I recently was at ultimate electronics to audition a bookshelf speaker in the 300 dollar range. I ultimately went out the door with a pair of Kef Qcompacts. However i always knew about bose and i wanted to see if their bookshelves are any improvement over the acoustimass system. So i auditioned using R.E.M.s automatic for the people. I did instant a/b switching between this and the infinty primus 160. Immediately the Bose's bass struck through. It was an 8 inch woofer so i'd expect better bass. However the midrange seemed very muddy, hard to describe, perhaps it has to do with something in the crossover with the tweeter. It honestly wasn't as bad as i was expecting it to be but the high frequencies are where it sorely hurt. I could beleive the lack of sheer treble extension cymbals lacked airiness. Nothing snapped into place. Switching back to the infinty, was like removing a blanket from the speaker. This is not a bad speaker, but it certainly does a few things so very wrong. The direct-reflecting is not necessarily bad, some other companies do use a switchable ambience rear firing tweeter. However i can't hear whatever spacious sound it's supposed to produce. The midrange was there, but without the sparkle for voice sibilants, and strings it never can sound right. I don't expect anyone to purchase these if they listen to them and then try a different speaker right next to it. For cosmetics, it looks cool but one tap and the uneven joints and bad veneering don't look good. It is relatively large so if someone is in the market for a bookshelf a far more attractive option with better sonics can be had, from Klipsch, Infinty, Kef, Mirage etc. The bottom line is that it is not that bad, and Bose doesn't try to break the laws of physics, but at this price so much more can be expected.
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