This is my first post on the forum i dont particulaly want it to be a negative one although i only registered here for one reason... i didn't no where to put this information as there are so many Bose bashing threads about. Ive infrequantly read your forum for sometime now. I also came across this article today which is pretty damning:
intellexual... (not allowed to post a url)
Now im here in Bose's.... defence? Well not really but i personally work for Bose and i'd like to give my opinion. Bose overpriced for the 'performance'? Probably.
Im not going to claim that i have masses of knowledge about the ins and outs of audio systems nor do i no much about different ranges of sounds and different figures you guys seem to shout about. Im a 20 year old male that works for Bose who has Bose in his bedroom and whos dad has a 5 speaker B&W setup with Pioneer amplifier... don't ask me the model numbers.. i dont no.
Many people on this forum seem to bash everything Bose, i simply cannot understand why though, they certainly found a hole in the audio market that needed filling. I understand that you guys are passionate about audio as am I to a certain extent, i love music and movies.
I often go and listen to music and movies on my dads speaker setup.. it sounds wonderful, I also listen to Bose lifestyle systems day in day out. After listening to both extensively I can make comment on both of them.
For music the B&W speakers take some beating they have a smooth, warm, rich sound to them. Then on several movies including lord of the rings, 28 weeks later and ice age they still sound very good. Heres the bad part... They are setup in a typical fashion with the 2 rear channels either side and set a little back from a 2 seater, this is where my problems start... for movies was the sound ever supposed to sound this artificial? I move to one side of the couch and all i can hear is one rear channel blasting in my ear (even after turning the rear channel down). When an explosion happens 'behind' me i can locate it from 2 points in the room... ehhh? natural sound.. nope.
Music playtested in my house and also in several stores, not really comparable with the B&W system, sounds better in a home setting as most stores dont have many soft surfaces and admitidly the Bose Jewel cubes sound overly bright in these conditions (helped a bit by lowering treble). A bit more of a tweeter+bass box feel then the full range effect from the B&W speakers. Although the B&W wins here by a long way the Bose speakers create a sound that is acceptable and even 'pleasing' for most casual listeners. Movies... you'll probably think im mad but i rate the Bose system alot higher for movies then the B&W setup.. a more natural effect with cubes facing away from your ear and bouncing of the wall giving you a more spacious feeling.
Its probably hard for me not to be biased working for the company in question... but im trying to be as subjective as possible.
Now just to clear a few things up, things mostly outlined on the site mentioned above..
-Bose's 'theater' rooms... having helped build and construct several dedicated Bose stores I can tell you for a fact that Bose dont use any special sound padding or 'accoustically tuned' surfaces... its just a room with black paint on the walls. As for having a room behind these theaters with thousands of pounds of preamps and monstrous machines to make our speakers sound better this is just a barefaced lie. The person writing this article is just writing with pure hatred and doesnt actually have the facts. There is a room behind the theater... doh... but all it contains is a control box for the projector, and in most stores.. lots of stock and tills rolls and stuff... i can 100% verify that the lifestlye system in the theater is a original lifestyle system with nothing added to enhance sound, i personally unpacked one many years ago.
As for all these frequancy response numbers and mega killaheartzwatz thingys i personally couldnt care less that the Bose system doesnt meet an audiophiles scrutinisation on how many ranges of sound a soundsystem should meet... i use my ears as the tool not some random numbers( as shown above ). It reminds me of my quest to find a good HDTV recently. Im looking at all the numbers contrast ratios and so on... but then on reading the reviews and actually testing several different TVs find these numbers are all but irrelevant and my eyes are the only reliable test.
Just to wrap a few more things up... this probably all looks like im preaching... but oh well...
Bose invests all money made back into the company, being heavily involved in the company itself i no this as fact, it is still privately owned by one man, no greedy shareholders to please, yay! Bose offers 2 weeks to try the systems out in your home, i dont think you can be fairer then that... you may say they pray on people who dont no what good sound is... but if there happy then what else matters?
In conclusion, Bose offers a decent sounding system which isnt really appropriate for hardcore 'audiophiles' because it doesnt meet theres need in terms of performance... but they offer the most discrete, easy to setup system all in one package, and give people 2 weeks to try in in there home so they can test if they like it or not... sounds like a pretty good business ethic to me, although not pleasing for you hardcore guys for the mainstream 95% of people this is more then adequate.
Please dont bash me... im only giving my opinion and i also value and respect your opinions aswell..
i guess you guys are a bit like i was once with computers... telling people to stop buying dell and build there own computers because they will be cheaper and faster. I didnt convince many people unfortunately most still opt for the ease and 'comfortable' performance of a package computer.