Originally Posted by geared4me
Why even bother starting a thread that supposedly welcomes all and just a few posts later start the bashing and excluding. You two have made it very clear that anyone with a lesser system in your eyes is definitely not welcome and will be inviting derision if they dare post their system here. Qualifier: I have never owned anything from bose.
First off, the Bose acoustimass system is not what I would consider a cheap system. Compared to others it is certainly not expensive, but when I started I absolutely couldn't afford one. My first surround sound came in the form of a RCA HTIB that didn't even have a subwoofer. I bought it completely based on price. It was all I could afford at the time and I still own the speakers from that system and have used them when I needed something to listen to outside. The sound quality from those are nowhere near what I have now, but I would still take those speakers anyday over the Bose AM.
It's pretty universally accepted in the audio world that bose does not produce good products. Anyone with more than 10 posts on this forum has easily found that out. We're not bashing cheap products, we're bashing one certain bad quality overpriced product. I still recommend HTIBs to friends who are wanting to start with something better than tv speakers, and I'll nearly every time find a nice cheap Onkyo HTIB on craigslist. That's generally what I'll start someone on who doesn't have much cash and wants to get in the hobby, but I will steer anyone away from overpaying for a Bose product and that includes here.
So just to be clear, if you want to share your more affordable system with someone on this forum, feel free to post here, even if its a $250 used HTIB, but if you want to listen to Bose then any Best Buy will take your money and sell you a rediculously expensive extended warranty to accompany your purchase. Long story short, don't buy Bose, and if you own Bose, sell it.