Originally Posted by aarons915
Hey guys been reading this thread for awhile and really want to check out the boston sound as it seems like the type of sound I like based on various people's accounts on the warm, full sound they produce. I'm looking for a pair of towers but my question is what would be a good pair to get that resemble the classic Boston Sound? I'm talking older speakers that I can find used to test them out, I love the look of the new A250 and A360 on their site just not sure I want to take the chance on new ones if I don't like them. I typically go for the setups that have two 5 1/4 or 6 1/2 inch drivers and do use them for home theater but am mostly interested in music since I'm not all that picky about home theater sound.
If it matters I have a Polk setup currently with Monitor 60's as my mains which I'm pretty happy with but really I've never experimented with much else.
If you can find them, take a look at BA's E-series. I have 2 sets of them, with E100 mains, E70's and E60's, one in the Gloss Cherry and the other in the Black Walnut. Been using the Black Walnut set (E100 Mains, E70 Center and Surrounds and E60 Wides). The Cherry set (E100 Mains + 3 E70's) is still BNIB. Been wanting to set the Cherry setup in the bedroom when I was looking to move into a new place, but now work is taking me elsewhere so I'll be moving to a different city. Hopefully I'll find a new place where I can still set up the bedroom 5.1 too.
IMO, the E100's represented one of the pinnacles of BA's speakers. Their downfall was that they cost too much to make and folks weren't willing to pay the MSRP for them. They are amazing speakers though, and sound really, really good. To get the most out of the E100's though, they DO require a good amount of power. Powering them with something like a 100 wpc receiver, they'll sound pretty good. Give them some juice though and they're pretty amazing I ended up getting some Emotiva XPA-1's for the E100's and realized just how much bass these puppies can put out. Enough to rattle the windows easily, and they can still sound SO sweet. Jackie Evancho's voice on 'Nella Fantasia'... Wow....
Their imaging when positioned properly is also fantastic. One of my favorite test tracks is the Drum Improv by Jim Keltner on the Sheffield Labs Drum and Track disc. You can place each drum and snare, each cymbal, and of course, with sufficient power, this track THUMPS. Played back on a good system with good speakers and amplification, it will sound like a live drummer on a real drum set in the room.
MaxEdited by djbluemax1 - 11/22/12 at 9:48pm