22nd July 2004, 07:49 PM
your listening room is probably the most important component. One thing in favour of Bose is designed to sound sort of the same even in bad listening rooms.
A decent hi-fi system in a good listening room will sound fantastic.
Maybe next SEED should be at Adelphi
22nd July 2004, 08:53 PM
22nd July 2004, 08:54 PM
Together with car and golf.
Originally Posted by Jer76
22nd July 2004, 09:07 PM
22nd July 2004, 09:17 PM
Bose NOT EQUAL Hi-fi. Nuff' said.
22nd July 2004, 09:24 PM
23rd July 2004, 12:29 AM
If you just want a hi-fi to listen to, and you don't want to have to sit down at a "sweet spot" in your room to listen to music, then Bose offers a compact and reasonable (though pricey) system for your needs.
If you don't mind researching (hey... that's the fun of it right?) websites and magazines, asking around and shopping for your system, then go for components to set up your hi-fi. You'll need a pair of good speakers, stands, cables, interconnects, amplifier and a CD player. You can get pretty good stuff that'll blow the Bose system away at $1500. I was seriously comtemplating the Bose system, but people gave me the same advice as the other posts in this thread. I finally resisted the lure of Bose, and went for the hard way. The sound is much better than the Bose... and you'll save enough money to buy lots of CDs. The only thing that Bose is better is the bass, because they have a dedicated sub-woofer doing the job. Build up a nice system yourself, and you can also buy a sub-woofer later on if you really want heavy bass (my guess is that you won't need).
By the way, magazines do not review Bose because Bose do not send their units for reviewing. At least that's what I read. And... take the award-winners in certain magazines with a pinch of salt... some politicking may affect the choices. I went to audition the award winning combination, and the sound was so shrill and metallic... it was the best-value combination of NAD and KEF speakers. I settled for something else, not award-winning but very warm and mellow reproduction, and I was much happier. Awards and designs mean nothing if you do not like what you hear. Make sure you ask the shop to connect everything up and listen with your heart only. If you do not like what you hear, what you read means nothing.
23rd July 2004, 10:52 PM
Re : BOSE Hi-Fi System
To all of you who shared your Hi-Fi experiences here, i would like to say : "Thank You"
I don know that there are so many music lovers here, beside photograhy
24th July 2004, 08:35 AM
if you want a bose style satellite system at lower cost, you can also consider Creative GigaWorks S750 (aka Cambridge Soundworks). If it doesn't work out, you can always use it as PC speakers
24th July 2004, 12:22 PM
Just one look at the Bose Acoustimass system and you would know that they don't work very well: a powerful subwoofer and tiny satellites. How to get any midrange? It's like people who set their equaliser in a v-shape. Sounds good at first, but after a while your ears get tired. You will be much better off with a good bookshelf-subwoofer combo.
24th July 2004, 12:33 PM
With the same amount of money, quite sure you can get better quality sounding components. One place you can try is KEC at Adelphi and look for either Clarence or Chun. They cater to all budgets.... but just make sure that you stick to your budget otherwise, they can always show you a better system at a higher price and you will be AWED!!!
25th July 2004, 06:03 PM
25th July 2004, 06:44 PM
Has anyone auditioned the Yamaha Home Theatre in a box systems? They're considerably cheaper than Bose and Yamaha is a leader in DSP/Sound processing technology.
25th July 2004, 06:58 PM
if u guys realise, the Bose showroom is very extensive acoustic treated. and their sat and sub is placed in such a way that it'll sound the best. but for most of us living in HDB flats, we don't have the luxury of space to have such a large acoustic treated room, thus sound quality suffers.
But if u r really into 'real hifi', you would want to ask yourself what is your music preference, and from there you select what you want.
www.echoloft.com is a very good forum to start out with, for knowledge and buy/sell.
if next time u want to branch out for home theatre, simply get another 3-channel amp for your front and 2 rear speakers. this way you will get the best out of 2-channels and 5-channels.
25th July 2004, 06:59 PM
I would suggest you sign up in Echoloft and seel opinions there for hi-fi. Not that I am anti-Clubsnap, but I think you probably get more responses there.
As to hi-fi system, it is very personal. Reading reviews like What's Hi-Fi gives you first impressions and some guide. The trick to buying hi-fi is buying what you like by listening, not hearing. It also means not buying the most expensive or what others like.
Bring the CDs you frequently listen to and like very much, go and test them at the various shops with various setups. At the end of the day, you will either end up confused, which means you should follow the reviewers guide or would have bought something created by yourself.
Just remember, even some very obscure sounding brands in hi-fi produce very good quality sound, even they are not found in magazine reviews. A case in point is ELAC speakers. So don't buy according to magazine reviews, or friends recommendation, create your own set-up.
26th July 2004, 06:11 PM
26th July 2004, 06:22 PM
I doubt that the previous posters were slamming small sub/sat systems as a whole but just Bose because it was overpriced.
Originally Posted by chaotic
There are much cheaper sub/sat systems from PC speaker manufacturers like Logitech/Cambridge Soundworks (Creative), or from established hi-fi mfgs like Yamaha. What exactly justifies the price premium of a Bose?
one disadvantage i see about tiny satellites is that they may not be able to go loud enough for home theatre purposes. Similarly, the small subs definitely don't have the muscle to deliver clean, deep and loud home theatre bass. But for general music listening should be fine.
p.s. even if you think you want only a hi-fi system, in the end, you'll want home theatre as well. Even if music is immensely satisfying, home theatre is fun fun fun
Last edited by erwinx; 26th July 2004 at 06:31 PM.
26th July 2004, 06:38 PM
hey... great to see so many Bose's owner here. I used my AM5 + my Creative 4.1 speakers to give me wanderful sound effect on my PC
I also connect my 301 series to my Thomson 25" TV...