Originally Posted by popalock
Dang, I did everything in my power not to get punked for my post but I should have known the AV studs on here would put me in my place.
Thank you for better defining "Acoustimass" for me my good sir... =)
Funny how a little bug in your ear (JL) can change a persons perspective on the direction you want to take on a home theater system.... =)
I see where you are going with this. My main reasoning behind wanting a Bose system was because I didn't want to have to start from scratch... All good points though and I agree that they are overpriced for sure... I'll just take my time and do things right. The Bass Shakers will just have to wait a bit longer...
I appreciate your time and I look forward to following and contributing to this forum from now on...!
It was you who said in your post:
I just don't want to invest $2+K into a home theater system with what I know will be "sub-par" low-end performance without the ability to upgrade.
If you purchase the Bose system, there is no upgrade path... other than to sell it and replace it with something better suited for your needs.
You did not seem too concerned by the 2K+ cost. That gives you TONS of options. I'd look in the "Home-Theater-in-a-box" forum for some ideas if you want an all in one solution... http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=109
Or, of course, there are many other possibilities if you simply want to pick up separates. There are others on AVS who can give you lots of advice... You just need to filter out their suggestions to match your needs. Since AVS itself sells AV equipment, why not give them a call and ask their suggestions for a package to meet your price.
The Bose system does not reproduce the low bass in today's movies. Not even close. It certainly cannot do it in any size room. (Basic physics... to make loud, low frequency sounds you must pressurize the air in the room. The lower the frequency, the more air you MUST move to pressurize it to the same loudness/sound-pressure-level)
It is why you can hear decent bass with earphones, but will never hear subwoofer bass at 20Hz from their accousticmass module, With an earphone the diaphragm must only pressurize the air in your ear canal. The small speakers in the Bose can only move a small amount of air at low frequencies to pressurize it. I think I've read they have 5 or 6" cones.
To reproduce bass in a living room or theater of any size requires a speaker with a fair amount of displacement (the cone must move in and out a fair amount) Most home theater grade subwoofers have at least a 10 or 12" diameter woofer if they are going to reproduce really low frequencies. Even then, they will be limited in how loud they can get by the excursion limits of the driver suspension. (Any driver can move its diaphragm slowly, the real question is can it move enough air to get to the required sound-pressure-level in the space it is being used.) You can see the drivers I used in my subwoofers in this thread: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/foru...um-subwoofer/0
Unfortunately, the Bose Acoustamass module does not even have a published frequency response. They do say the whole system goes down to 40Hz or so. That is about two octaves above much of the material on today's DVDs.
Here is a dedicated thread on the V30. It describes ow it is unable to deal with sound on BlueRay disks... another possible consideration as you consider it. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=988485
They too suggest the accoustimass module be near the center channel so voices are not coming from the corner of the room.
Here is another thread on the V30: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=950338
Good luck in your decision, and in your purchase. Everybody has their own needs, and their own budget, and their own likes and dislikes. I can tell you one thing, people who visit my theater first are in awe of the size of the 110" screen, but when they leave, all they can talk about is the way it sounds. You can get immersed in a movie... visually and aurally. the shakers are just part of that experience...
Give AVS a call... they'll make a few suggestions, and you can decide what is best for you.