Originally Posted by enerlevel
The bose might not , but I have not yet seen a 5" driver blending with 4 small cubes so well. Yes the price is high, many frequency are not heard , still what I like about them is that they give u a very large soundstage
.. Doesn't look as if u hearing small speakers
The "soundstage" you perceive is a mixture of two things:
1) a smearing of the sonic image due to a far greater percentage of reflected sound energy being heard in close proximity, time wise, to the initial (primary) direct signal.
2) the physical separation of the speaker cabinets themselves.
Knowing that the use of the std cone design for high frequency drivers creates an extremely narrow listening window for upper midrange and treble frequencies, coupled with absolute limitations on high frequency response due to cone breakup, this can ONLY be considered a poor design choice.
With no disrespect, have you ever heard a quality stereo pair of speakers with good source equipment/material? Those have the same ability to wrap sound around you when quality designs, concepts, materials are used. Please do NOT think that BOSE has some kind of monopoly on the "large soundstage" game. A set of Energy Micro satellites would easily offer increased volume output, decreased distortion, and increased musical clarity for less money and only a modest amount of additional real estate.
I have inspected at close range the new generation of Bose cone-type high frequency drivers and they are still a cone, using what appears to be untreated paper, with a large center dustcap and a prominent surround.
I have a buddy who blew out his Bose 301's and he replaced his tweeters with some $3 cone driver from parts express. The drivers he bought looked and sounded identical to the originals according to him. I doubt that a whole lot of magic is being implemented in a $3 part.
As far as the bass module, if you ever get the chance to look at the foam-surround, small magnet, untreated paper cones, you'll be wholly unimpressed. An Aperion Audio 12" active subwoofer (w/ dual PR's) would be very size efficient and sound MUCH better.Edited by BufordTJustice - 2/12/13 at 6:08pm