Originally Posted by DSTJersey
OK So please don't attack me. I'm in no way an audio noob, just a noob to the forum.
So now that I'm looking for a home theater the Bose Cinemate GS II or whatever the full name is really attracted my attention. I've heard them in the store before and I love them, and regardless of haters I probably will purchase. They're going for something like $600 now. I get it's not a real subwoofer, more of a module as Bose admits, but between what I want and what my future wife doesn't want (bulkiness all over the room), this seems to fit where I'm at.
I'm just curious how this hatred to Bose started. "No highs, no lows, must be Bose". It seems that people who WANT to be audiophiles are the ones really feeling this quote. Do real audiophiles eventually admit that besides the price tag attached, Bose is actually a decent brand, or is it a hatred till the end?
I understand you can get floor speakers, 7.1, a sick receiver, etc. and will have an absolutely amazing sounding movie-theater like home theater, but for someone looking to get a 2.1 system to keep the wife happy, who hates the look of Soundbars, etc., do audiophiles still attack this?
Just curious to hear opinions.
Not going to read all 247 posts, but I was an enthusiast back in the day when Bose 901s and 501s were aspirational speakers to strive for.
No hate, just lessons learned the hard way: Having been away from "stereo" all these decades, we unwittingly bought a Lifestyle 12 system from the Bose boutique in the 90's.
It was certainly a much cleaner install than my systems from the 70's, it sounded great in the store, and looked fashionable. Like when you go in the Apple store and come out with an iPad despite so many better Android tabs available...
Later discovered it was a "closed society" in and of itself, wasn't Dolby capable, 5.1 capable, nothing even remotely like an inexpensive HTIAB system, and when the AM/FM/CD head-unit went out - the entire system is nearly unusable and proprietary for parts.
Now I have 5 dual-cube speakers and Acoustimass sub that can't be used with anything else unless I fix/repair the Bose head unit - which I guess I will as the system is so easy for the wife to use to listen to music during the day.
Had I known at the time that it was so incompatible and unexpandable with everything - I would NEVER have bought it.