Originally Posted by bear123
Someone definitely drank the(marketing) kool-aid. I needed a good laugh. I wonder if people go back and read their old posts once they learn the truth. Maybe after hearing how much better a decent $1000 system sounds than Bose that misses half the audible frequencies. Despite evidence posted to illustrate why the sound quality is poor, and that the design of the product is poor(single driver "speakers" with no tweeter, bass modules that are peaky, don't play low enough, and don't play high enough to crossover smoothly to the poor quality speakers).
Sadly, one can put together a $7-$800 system that would run circles around the Bose multi thousand dollar lifestyle systems. The system would even use small bookshelf speakers with good WAF and higher quality components(i.e. quality driver, tweeters, crossovers, solid cabs not made of plastic).
Bose has been successful, there is no doubt about it. Their home theater/cube speakers/acoustimass module systems are what typically are frowned upon by those who know you can get much better for much less. The problem for those that realize this is that Bose seems to advertise, and quite effectively, good sound quality. The truth is, the sound is better than TV speakers, which is I believe what many peoples basis of comparison is, but fairly poor compared to even the most modest real sound system. They have developed a cult like following based largely on ignorance with a consumer base who has been brain washed by advertising.
If you're going to bother to post, you should at least bother to comprehend what you're responding too. You take one sentence out of context and then blather on against an argument I was not making. Why don't we start with what I actually said:
I do doubt this oft repeated claim that Bose doesn't spend on quality components today, that's just bias and speculation, where is the rash of early Bose failures? The customer base clamouring for a refund? A class action law suit?
None of this is happening because Bose has good quality. Mostly its the folk who don't own any Bose who are claiming they don't use quality components.
I am not arguing that Bose has excellent sound quality, that would be stupid. They are a mass market product, plug and play, simple products for the most part. If one now reads what I did say you can easily see I'm talking about Bose not making products that are failing, falling apart or with a high return rate. Perhaps you can provide proof of the class action lawsuits, or the consumer protection agencies downgrading Bose for high failure/return rates. Please provide actual LINKS for this proof.
And I can't believe someone is using the old "brainwashed by advertising" argument. I will repeat myself again. If it was so easy to ramp up sales with an advertising campaign, then EVERYONE would be following suit, and watching the sales roll in. So there has to be something more to it than a mass conspiracy brainwashing campaign.