I don't post here much, as you can see by my post count, but I've been around. I don't work in the industry any more, and I don't even have a 2 channel setup past my Shure SE310's and my iPod.
I never had much experience with the Boston brand until I worked for a dealer and sold them. They are now my #1 value pick. In my own personal opinion, the way Boston meets my tastes for audio reproduction can only be beat at much, much higher price points. Just as a side note, the dealer also carries JM Labs, and BA was always the better choice for me.
Now on to why I'm posting. I got to listen to the new Horizon series because I'm now on the customer side of the fence. BA still does it for me, despite how peculiar this line up. I'll be frank, the style is odd. I happen to like odd, so this works for me. I'm tired of the same ol' boxes (Unless we're in the Utopia-ish league..Then I can be convinced).
Every model in the Horizon line astounded me with their bass. I know the demo rooms at this dealer well, and I know they are one giant room node. Usually, bass is laughable. At least customers are happier when they get home and surprise! Bass!
I listened, in 2 channel, to the HS40's, HS60's HS450's and even the MCS 130 satelite. All had a great amount of bass output. Why am I so bass obsessed? I think music without proper bass reproduction is blasphemy. Not that I like one note wonders that move my hair. I played the cello, and I can appreciate being able to hear and feel the sound of a lower register instrument.
The big difference was obviously in extension. The bigger HS450's had the best extension, and also the best output. The HS60's have tremendous bass output for a small bookshelf, and the most surprising performer was the MS 130 satellite. There was an obvious lack of information below the ~100hz point, but the mid-bass was ample. Perfect satellite to pair with a good, quick sub at about the 100-120hz range.
Boston does have a polarizing mid-range and top end. They can come off as being bright and analytical, however I appreciate the detail. How do you deal with that? Make sure the speaker suits your musical tastes. If you like music that needs softening, do not buy these.
All in all, I think the Horizon series is a home run in the value department and will set BA apart in the style department. I was shopping for a sub/sat setup (Was looking at the Def Tech Promonitor setup and the MSC 130), however I think I can now squeeze in the HS450's. What's not to like about that?
Any Q's about the line, fire away. Only thing I wish I could've listened to was the HS 460 (To see the difference) and I didn't get a chance to audition the subs.
But since the HS40's come in singles, it looks like I'll be doing the HS450's and three HS40's.