Originally Posted by roxanne1
Every jar has a lid. I am a little put off by the uninformed opinions of people who have never heard Bose and yet mimic the opinions of others they have read on various forums. That is human nature, lots of sheep.
On the other hand, I had a Bose LS 12 system for 6 years. At that time in my life, I wanted a system for music and to play my movie sound tracks and it sounded pretty good to me when I went to the local AV emporium. I did not audition other systems and speakers; I just heard the canned Bose setup and took the bait. It was easy and painless and I was up and running in a day.
When I invested in a HD Monitor last year and started hearing friends HT setups that used components and really good quality speakers, my eyes were opened. There is a BIG difference between Bose LS systems and a good component system with quality speaks. The problem is, The Bose systems are pretty much plug and play. With the component approach, either it's a lot of time spent learning and auditioning (becomes a hobby) or it is plug and pay someone to set it up for you. I now call Bose "audio for dummies" and I think this is accurate. However, the choices are much better today than they were 6 years ago, and with HD displays, there is a need for HD sound. I think that Component Audio is to Bose what HD is to Standard Def.
Very nice assessment. I've been using component systems since I was 12 years old, so setting one up is no big deal to me, but I think when a new purchaser looks at the back of a modern receiver it can be very intimidating.
There are a whole host of people who "just want to listen to the music", so a plug and play system is appealing. They either don't have the time or interest to assemble a system bit by bit. As for, in my opinion, the over-inflated price of the equipment, I don't demonize Bose for figuring out how to market stuff and make a healthy profit.
Back when records were popular, I once paid $250 in 1977 dollars for a Shure V15 phono cartridge on the belief that I'd hear all sorts of wonderful things that a $49 Audio Technica wouldn't deliver. It was my money, so whatever. These days, there are people who will swear that exotic, expensive interconnects sound head and shoulders above plain zip cord from Home Depot.
Bose has a market niche and they milk it very well. But I think your point is well taken: when you had a chance to compare the difference between Bose and other, possibly less expensive yet more capable systems, you could hear the audible difference. Some people honestly can't.
When I would talk to co-workers about my latest audio and video purchases, and tell them I have crammed 2 SVS subwoofers, a 55" HD RPTV, plus 7 Klipsch speakers into a 1100 cu.ft. living room, most would laugh and shake their heads. Spending $9000 on a home theater was, in their opinion, close to insanity.
Personally, if someone asks my opinion BEFORE buying a Bose, I will freely give it and try to steer them in a different direction. If they are proudly showing me their new Lifestyle system, I just look for ways to praise their new toy.