Speakers buying guide (2010)
Posted 21 November 2011 - 12:59 PM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:36 AM
The key is finding the right speaker to suit your specific needs.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 06:04 AM
They are not powerful enough for much bigger spaces though. I have a tried a B&W Zeppelin but, fine as it is, I can't cope without the spacious sound stage provided by separates. I'm planning to try a pair of MM1s, though their design is dull compared with the Sticks and the Zep.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 06:07 AM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 08:15 AM
One bonus is the foam packing can be cut into stands for the speakers so they don't bounce off your desk. (Yeah, they have a serious amount of base if you want it).
Posted 22 November 2011 - 08:40 AM
I agree, I have the Bose Sound Dock portable and ths sound is awesome. I use it everywhere an anyone that hears it can't belive the rich sound and deep base is comming from such a small speaker/dock system. I am now looking at the new Bluetooth model. So why the omission of a worthy product from this review?????
Posted 22 November 2011 - 11:11 AM
We haven't yet tested that system. As the article noted, the lists aren't exhaustive—they just include systems we think provide good sound and/or functionality for the price. (Have you actually directly compared the $300 to $350 Bose Bluetooth system with the Philips Fidelio DS8550 and the Creative ZiiSound D5?)
I've tested a number of Bose speaker systems (some of which I've also reviewed). While all were solid systems, none were standouts for their price. For example, I think the Boston Acoustics Duo-i Plus is a better system for $250 than the SoundDock II. If you've purchased a Bose system and are happy with it, that's great.
The Aego M remains one of my favorite 2.1 computer-speaker systems but, alas, it's no longer officially available in the U.S.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 12:56 PM
Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:29 AM
A basic but decent stereo receiver, like a Sony, Yamaha, Onkyo, etc., runs anywhere from $190 to $500. Excellent speakers can be had for under $150 now.
But an early 1990s JVC receiver I inherited from my father with a pair of unused $25 small bookshelf speakers (originally used on a porch, so they are also waterproof, not that that matters…) delivers sound on a Mac far better than any overpriced and excessively bass driven Bose garbage.
Cheap is sometimes better.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 07:02 AM