Really, really small musicians. How else could they sound so great? ;-0}
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I'm thinking of trying their new 3-2-1 'plug-in' device that makes your system sound like surround w/just 2 speakers. has anyone seen that ad on TV yet? there's a 30 day money back guarantee. maybe we could all chip in, buy one & take turns auditioning it before we send it back. hell, someone may decide to keep it.
These technological wonders have a 2.5 inch "twiddler" speaker in each cube, then the awesome bass is supplied from a 5.25 inch woofer...how could you not get jaw dropping sound? The funny part is if you look at the manual link it tells you to set your speaker settings to the LARGE setting!
I cant be sure but I think I saw one time that the module speakers only go down to like 250hz.
There is a great article that talks about the Bose Acoustimass system and compares it to audiophile grade components. (I can't seem to find it currently) The cubes are made of plastic, with nothing in them but air. The cubes are crossed over at around 280 Hz and the sub stops at about 200Hz or so. They actually remove some of the music. Appartently they feel this range of music is not important.
Most the large, elaborate displays have as much as 30K in electronics driving them. The need to get decent sound out of their displays. Ask the demo guy next time you are at the outlet to see the back room, to get a quick peek at the electronics. I'll bet he won't let you see it. THis is mostly in their outlet stores if I'm not mistaking.
As far as the CC and BB displays, who listens to their rear speakers inches from their head as the display emulates? Put the same setup in a room that is 13x20 and things start to fall apart like a cheap meatloaf.
Bose was a professor of EE at MIT; a bit amboyant from what students have told me. Since their first commercial break-through, the rear radiating little box with a V shaped back, I've always thought Bose stuff sounded a bit gimmicky . But for some applications the Bose "magic" is appropriate: The sound system in our 2000 MB 320 wagon is excellent. OTH, stereo in our 2000 Porsche Boxster is amazingly good as well, so maybe audio for autos technology has improved generally.
Used to work at an audio store. Fixed speakers. Saw some Boses come in. They used very cheap parts. Very cheap paper cone tweeters and woofers. The crossovers were also with cheap parts. They may have good engineers (don't know, never meet one of theirs), but the parts they used was sad.
I suppose, Bose do serve a nitch in the market, their marketing has hyped up the product so that for most people, the Bose badge is desireable. They charge a premium for their product for their hyped up badge...people feel good buying their prodcuts.