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HT Setup that can compare to a Bose GS series III

post #1 of 7
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I'm looking for a system whether a HTIB or components pieced together to Outperform a Bose 321 GS series III in terms to clarity sound and price...
Also a priority are small speakers cubes and wireless rear speakers if its a 5.1+ system
Thank you in advance...

sidebar: what makes the bose sound so good? Is it the speakers or the signal processing on the unit?
post #2 of 7
Search this forum for "Bose" you'll get tons of advice and comparisons to Bose, Many people here have seen the light once they heard real quality speakers for the same price or less.

What makes Bose sound so good you ask. It's called the placebo effect, advertising, lack of comparison, selling a rock for the price of a diamond.
post #3 of 7
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It's actually for my mother... I want her to get a htib with wireless speaker and call it a day. but she rather spend the money on a name brand and the clarity thats there opposed to the boom and thunder of these htib units.

I justed join but i have read enough to know that most here hate bose. I'm not madd at bose its obvious they are doing something right because theyre still in business regardless of the forums opinion. (marketing or true performance.)
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by SPONGEM View Post

I'm looking for a system whether a HTIB or components pieced together to Outperform a Bose 321 GS series III in terms to clarity sound and price...
Also a priority are small speakers cubes and wireless rear speakers if its a 5.1+ system
Thank you in advance...

sidebar: what makes the bose sound so good? Is it the speakers or the signal processing on the unit?

You must be new here Bose is not, the most respected name in audio in real audio circles but rather a laughing stock

It's called Psychoacoustics. This is the heart of Bose research They find ways to use induced distortion and frequency response manipulation to create an artificial big sound that will fool the untrained ear into believing the response range is greater than it really is. It's a nice parlor trick but proves fatiguing over extended listening times.

You would struggle to find anything that will not outperform the Bose.

mk
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by SPONGEM View Post

It's actually for my mother... I want her to get a htib with wireless speaker and call it a day. but she rather spend the money on a name brand and the clarity thats there opposed to the boom and thunder of these htib units.

I justed join but i have read enough to know that most here hate bose. I'm not madd at bose its obvious they are doing something right because theyre still in business regardless of the forums opinion. (marketing or true performance.)

To have clarity you have to stay away from anything with a lot of peaks in the response. In all fairness yes, the HTIB will also have this problem maybe in some cases worse than Bose. But you definitely don't want Bose either because the clarity especially on male vocal is horrible. I can't even understand what's being said often times on the Bose Wave Radio especially with a deeper male voice. Something cheap that does not attempt to enhance bass will be your best bet. I don't keep up with products like this because if I needed it I would build it but there should be others here that will have brands in mind.

mk
post #6 of 7
Go to your nearest Paradigm, B&W high end audio store, Even Best Buy with Klipsch or Polk would be ok. They'll have entry line speakers and recevers that can spank Bose for the same money. I know Paradigm has a cube type system that sounds great for what it is.

As far as wanting wireless goes....you'll be shooting yourself in the foot trying to find real quaility audio if you go wireless, for rears I guess it's not that big a deal if your Mom doesn't care, but you'll still have to plug them into an outlet to power them.

Some nice Paradigm or B&W Bookshelf Mains and a nice matching center for the front would be my recommendation, They'll be accurate and tight and if your not looking for lots of deep bass they may have enough without you needing a sub, as they carry more bass than you'd think they would.

They also image very well and you may not even have to put surrounds in if she's happy.
post #7 of 7
lots of companies like Def Tech, Energy, etc...... make HT in a box that will sound better than Bose. Have a look at BB as you mentioned (nothing wrong with them) and crutchfield if you can and look around. personally i'd take a DT or energy midprice system before anything from bose. not sure about wireless though.
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