Originally Posted by burley808
Do we all hate Bose because the quality sucks or the price? I agree that the Wave Radio is waaaaaaayyy over priced. But lets say its price point was around $150 new... I bet everyone would be preaching the Bose gospel.
Their home theater systems are really, really bad. The satellites have been measured at ~280-13khz +-10.5db and the bass module at 46-220hz. Quite honestly the worst frequency response for a speaker anywhere near that systems price point i've ever seen.
I have major doubts about the wave radio also. First off its not a stereo design, its mono. Its got 2, 2" drivers, one is playing low frequencies, attached to the mythical 'acoustical wave guide' which is just a transmission line enclosure that snakes through the radio interior. The other 2" driver plays all the higher frequencies. They use some DSP filtering tricks to achieve a diffuse sound field.
The summary of bose tends to be they are very good at marketing, they don't sell systems with flat frequency response nor do they even try to. They sell what can be made cheaply and sound good with sources that would be popular with their target audience for the product. They also don't do anything particularly original in their acoustical design. The transmission line enclosure that makes the wave radio what it is has been around for decades and is actually a very good type of enclosure.
That's all fine, but that doesn't generally cut it with for the folks that frequent these forums.