Written on: 28/10/2012
i had my bose am5 for about 7 years in a small room. had a few issues with right channel so looked into bookshelf alternatives. bought a pair of wharfedale diamond 9.1 and sound is far superior to bose and at quarter of the price. bose bass is strong but not a good enough frequency range and mid range and vocals can be weak. great levels of volume though. (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2011
i will never recommend anyone to own any of the bose products. they are just waste of your money. may be it will sound amazing to some people who never heard any other quality systems. take an example of their wave radio. i can challenge that i have made a radio with philips speaker and pioneer electronics which sounds 200% better than their wave radio. and most of their home theater has minimum options for extra connections or something like that. i don understand why people are running... (read more)
Written on: 08/10/2010
I own the life style 48. I have had high end audio system in the past and was curious to find out if its a myth or truth about Bose. I have had it for about 6 months now. It stopped working due to hard drive problem. Upon talking to their tech i was asked to send it for repair. These guys are cheap even though they charge a abnormal amount for their system, they use standard surface UPS shipping. It took me 20 days to get it back. Excited as I was, hooked up the system to test it, with in... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2010
poor sound, and the bass quality very dissapointing (read more)
Written on: 07/07/2010
Owned the the Bose Acoustimass system for more than 3 years. I'm not and wasn't an Anti-Bose advocate but I don't recommend Bose although everybody has different taste and reference. I have owned high end systems prior, but was persuaded by the sound at the shop, the small size and the unheard of price I got them for when in the Military Overseas. When I installed them in my apartment, it was a different story and sound. I had a great A/V receiver BTW. I was always moving furniture and... (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2009
although these speakers are attractive looking and simple to use, the sound quality is shocking! There is no mid range and the bass is muddy with no definition. for the money you can get a basic hifi such as cambridge audio and i promise you will be much happier! (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2009 by BPMT
These Bose Accoustimass sound really weird as though the music is stuck inside and then spread out all over the wall. Also there's like a low frequency undertone being added to the music. I guess it's great for background elevator music but for not much else. Definitely a no-no. (read more)
Written on: 01/03/2009 by BPMT
My friend has these Bose Accoustimass and I'm fairly familiar with how they sound.
I listen to a lot of jazz and I know my music very well, I also attend a lot of live concerts and I'm a frequent opera visitor (my wife's cup of tea) so I know what real music sounds like, both amplified and acoustic. The Bose simply doesn't deliver it. I don't know how, but there seems to be something sucked out that makes the instruments and voices sound unnatural. Really weird.
But what really makes me wonder... (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2009
the best part of Bose AM 5 is that you get to hear both the speakers equally no matter where I sit in my living room.. Its just mind blowing any song you play is just awesome
I think People who value good quality music and unerstand quality should only buy Bose coz they understand the is Bose (read more)
Written on: 19/09/2008 by mohawkmusic (1 review written)
1. I was a professional sound engineer (studio & live) for 17 years and also played keyboards professionally for many years. 2. I now own a music company providing CD and Digital jukeboxes and sound systems to bars and taverns throughout the Northeast. 3. I was anti Bose (price vs sound) for better than 2 decades! I've used numerous professional and extreme high end products in my work including studio monitors and live sound speaker arrays. Stereo imaging and clear, "pleasing to the... (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2008
The Bose Accoustimass is a great Buy for sure, Just hear them for 30 mins before you buy them and you will simply fall in love with them. (read more)
Written on: 20/06/2008
Bose Accoustimass has brilliant sound quality, brilliant sound staging...ive never heard anything so surreal...obviously the yamaha a/v amp ive got contributes but honestly the sound system is beyond belief. yamaha and bose make a true to lofe combination. I would recommend them over anything in its class (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2008
Bose's research on audio, and open real explanation of the hidden reality of nature, and how scientific audio reproduction has been achieved through painstaking research is a commendable practical feat to experience for mankind in the privacy of their homes through bose audio systems. Produces deep bass without distortion and booming. Gives the listener real stereo effects. Sound seems to come from small speakers. Speakers are lasting. Fit and forget, cleaning is the only maintainence.... (read more)
Written on: 27/01/2008
I have owned a set of AC5's for a few years now and reading through some of the earlier comments on here just makes me laugh.
If you read back some of the criticism's you will find that they tend to contradict one another. For example, how many negative reviews have said that there is no bass yet there are plenty of negative reviews also saying the bass is boomy or uncontrolled? See what I mean, they both can't be right, is there bass or isn't there? One of them must be wrong. Do the... (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2008
Go listen to a live concert and then come back to compare speakers while your ears can still remember what live music sounds like...Even better,listen to live piano and then compare...Not too many speakers on the market can recreate similar sound and none under 3000.00$. Stop comparing speakers like pioneer,Sony,Panasonic and all the like...they all sound the same and they sound crappy. First,you need an excellent source and everything else after that,all the way to the speakers. Good luck. (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2007 by lasag (1 review written)
It stands above the rest, for music and movies alike. Great sound fills up the space around you and you can feel it as much as hear it. This was on a Sony Amp and I was told the Yamaha amps are better. May be this christmas I will know? (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2007 by notbose (1 review written)
Spend your money on power amps and good speakers. If you are so worried about cables on the ground then research wireless technology for your quality speakers. (read more)
Written on: 01/01/2007 by mconn
I have gone through a plethora of speakers...from original AR's, Epi's, Boston Acoustics to store brands, and finally building my own. With computer program assistance, a friend and myself were able to build some pretty impressive units. As I got older and my music taste changed and I wanted to listen to music for extended periods for ballroom dancing, talk radio and background music...it was difficult to listen to many of the systems I have for extended periods. There extended range was too... (read more)
Written on: 19/12/2006 by lmckines2 (1 review written)
Amazing sound quality, great sound stage presence. I've owned Lot's of other sound equipment, including various configurations of 5.1 to 7.1. These are some of the best sounding speakers I've heard, and I have read dozens of negative reviews about the poor build and sound quality. For around $900.00 the Bose Accoustimass speakers do pretty well. I have them mated with an H.K. receiver, so that could be the issue with others and their poor sound experience. I've also heard that there are... (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2006 by unhappy bose consumer (1 review written)
I was suckered by inexperience and advertising.
These are way off price. There is no mid-rang, and the Bose Accoustimass stereo speakers have flat highs and muddy lows. (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2006 by audiomadboy (1 review written)
Bose Acoustmass speakers redefine the concept of speaker construction from big, bulky cupboards to small, cube boxes as small as a standard coffee mug. Yet the sound that these small cubes and their bass module can put out is just unbelievable!
Many of my friends, when they first heard my system, said their ears and eyes couldn't agree and they claimed that I was hiding some bigger speakers somewhere in the house. I let them look everywhere in the house to prove them otherwise. What... (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2006 by Dataman (6 reviews written)
Contrary to all my past habits and advice to others, I bought a set of speakers (on the net) without hearing them, AND after reading the various mixed reviews from around the world, I simply relied on the reputation of BOSE - and the fact that I heard the original Acoustimass-3 equivalent some 20 years ago. I have been something of a hifi enthusiast since the late sixties - not an expert mind you, but someone who knows a nice sound when he hears it.
Some hate Acoustimass 5's and some love... (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2005 by bose reviewer2005 (1 review written)
Bose Lifestyle 48 system dual voltage and region code 2.
The system is amazing, it comes with 340 hours of music whcih you can download to the system itself without having to play the CD. It already has the names of the musci titles, the album and the songs in the system which can be update from the software company.
The system is expandable to more rooms then most people have in their house and kicks out EXCELLENT SOUND.
I give my system 10/10.
Great job Bose. (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2005 by victoranthony (14 reviews written)
Bought these Bose Accoustimass because of size and originally as a compromise from my big speakers. I am glad I got them though as they are amazing. Base could be a little deeper but soundstaging is excellent. (read more)
Written on: 29/01/2005 by crazydog (1 review written)
I have had Bose Accoustimass 6 for over 2 years now, it is awesome in delivery and at low volumes you hear clear sound, the sound is well balanced and is not muffled. (read more)
Written on: 12/10/2004 by Mickeydub (1 review written)
I have owned these Bose speakers for 12 years. I've never been more pleased with somethiing I've bought. Everything I desire from a speaker (for home), it delivers. For a speaker that is a a grandfather compared to the ones on the market today, it'll still wipe the floor with the majority. Also,look at your home cinema sound system, where have they got the design from? If every manufacturer is imitating these, there must be certain attribute to the design. Bose is a market leader, and has... (read more)
Written on: 26/09/2004 by fatboab (5 reviews written)
I've had the Accoustimass 5s for 10 years and moved home 3 times, on each occasion it took a long, long time to position them. Once you get the sub in the right position, then work on the sats. The only fault is that they need the volume up a bit higher than normal. (read more)
Written on: 12/05/2004 by apduenas (1 review written)
I have owned the Acoustimass 5 Stereo Speakers for about 14 years. They have been great. I match them up with Bose 401's, which provide the deep bass that they lack. I have 4-401's and the Acoustimass 5's, which I typically play as a 4-speaker system, or occasionally as a 6-speaker system. Together, they beat practically any system I have heard. (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2004 by SOhp101 (1 review written)
To be quite honest with you, these Bose Accoustimass stereo speakers sound pretty good, especially when compared to Sony, Panasonic, and other similar brands. What most people do not realize is that those companies make notoriously bad speakers and they are not even considered half decent.
Bose does make decent speakers, but they are way overpriced and deceive the customer into thinking that he has a good audio system simply because of the high cost. Some "audiophiles" just like bashing... (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2004 by harlydog (1 review written)
There really seems to be no end to peoples extreme comments on bose, but lets get some things straight, here in the uk the bose marketing hype does not tend to be as apparent as it is elswhere, so the first time i encountered the system was when i listened to a set in a direct comparison with a set of similarly priced mordant short 904's,905 centre,903's and a much more expensive set of tannoy eyris's.
I have always enjoyed true audiophile equipment and for my main stereo i use... (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2004 by iansmith56 (1 review written)
I'm laughing here with amusement at some of the stuff that has been posted on this site with reviews of Bose Acoustimass Speaker systems.
I drive a diesel car and my best friends all drive petrol models. They all complain about diesels and their characteristics and call them 'oil burners'.
Well, actually i don't care about what others think, and I am quite happy with my diesel car and don't feel insecure enough to have to try and prove that my point of view is the right one !!
My... (read more)
Written on: 17/02/2004 by firegarden (1 review written)
Hats off to Bose's Marketing Dept. It is here that most of their profits are utilized. Their systems are typically used in high-end automobiles, therefore they must be the best. Right? Not a chance. Much of the technology in speaker design is quite dated. They have already captured the market, so why upgrade. Bottom line. If you need to justify spending more money (often times much more money) to purchase a prestigious label, then treat yourself to Bose. If you're looking for brilliant sound... (read more)
Written on: 05/02/2004 by phils (1 review written)
I have owned Bose Accoustimass Speakers for years and the sound really great inside my house.There are many reviewers saying that bose is not the speaker for their expectation. Yes it is true because Bose speaker is for music, not for noisy heavy deep bass. If you want noise and heavy deep bass, you have to purchase a big speakers like JBL,Miller & Kreisel,or Cerwin vega but,on the otherhand, If you want good blending music which has a soft natural sound to your ear,you can rely on... (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2004 by JohnnyA (1 review written)
I wonder if anyone has had the same problem as I have. My old speakers were certainly not high end (Two-way Cerwin vega, about 10 years old), but they sound just fine. I recently puchased the Bose Accoustimass 6, which has the five cubs plus the bass unit. At the store it seemed like a decent set for the money. But when I hooked it up at home and flipped back and forth between my old two speakers and the new 5 speakers there was no comparison. My old speakers are louder with a much... (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2003 by 89grand (1 review written)
I have never purchased a Bose system nor am I stupid enough too but I realize that Bose over hypes their products to such a disgusting level that it causes the un-informed, mind-less sheep to run blindly to purchase them but I have a suggestion for anybody who hasn't made this mistake yet. Go listen to them somewhere...I mean really listen to them and make sure they have some sort of even half assed hifi speakers of a different brand in the same price range to do side by side comparisons and... (read more)
Written on: 18/11/2003 by potter03 (1 review written)
I have spent a lot of time comparing many of Bose's products to other companies and as always I have been disapointed. The Cubes are fair at most. They have a problem of drawing atention to themselves. When watching a movie or listening to music the last thing you want to be thinking about your speakers. I want for a company that deals with Bose(which will be un-named). I work with excelent equipment to test these speakers on.
The sound stage is fair and the imaging lacks true definition.... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2003 by Neofolis.
OK, I appreciate that taste is very personal, but the idea of speaker technology is purism, i.e. trying to recreate realistic, life like sound. For a low end, budget set of speakers these are not hideous, but there are better choices available even at this budget. Bose do manage to get a lot of sound from quite small packages, but in this case, like with so many of their speakers, the midrange is too forward.
The speakers are fairly dynamic and will fill a small to medium sized room. The... (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2003 by Mike.
Don't waste your money folks....A little bit of research and you can buy yourself much nicer sounding speakers!! (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2002 by Raghu.
I have been reading so many reviews for and against the Bose Accoustimass speakers. It is really amazing that people try to portray their taste as the ideal one and they like to be the benchmark for others to evaluate. There are Hondas, Toyotas, Fords, Ferraris and many more in the market, each have to pick their choice according to what they like. Like no one car is best for all no one speaker system is best for all.
You decide what makes a good listening pleasure. Forget about the low... (read more)
Written on: 15/08/2002 by asif.
Excellent speaker surround system. I cannot believe BOSE technology for a price of $449 from bestbuy. I previously owned Sony, Yamaha and JBL but there is no match of these cubes. Sharp and crystal clear. (read more)
Written on: 15/08/2002 by mamlin.
Inside scoop: I spent years selling speakers and Bose was the biggest seller because it was easy to sell - everyone knew the name. All of the sales guys tried to sell Bose. NONE of the sales guys bought Bose for themselves or their families because we knew from experience that they did not sound good. Why did we sell Bose, then? Bose always gave us "spiffs" (money bonuses), in addition to the commission the store paid us, for selling Bose products. Sell an AM-3 and get $50 from Bose;... (read more)
Written on: 06/08/2002 by Fred.
My bose system is from 1987 and they sound as if i were at the actual jazz concert. They sound of the trumpet is absolutely perfect. I would know since i'm a jazz player my self. I don't know why you say they are so bad, It might be because you don't know how to connect the Equipment or you're jealouse of your smart Brother. (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2002 by rix2000ss.
I am pretty critical of sound and I feel the Bose Accoustimass speakers sound pretty good. I realize that there are speakers that sound a lot better out there, but I am one that really appreciates the size as well. I have a nicely decorated room and my AM7s fit quite nicely. These speakers are perfect for my needs. Their price is reasonable as well. If you like big cabinets, and a bigger budget, there are much better speakers out there. (read more)
Written on: 13/03/2002 by Garry.
I have had my bose system for a few months and I find that it offers great 3D sound. Like most people when you look at the price tag you also look at the make of the product. I know that bose make fantastic systems, so it's almost always worth the money. But I have never heard of Monette Audio and how can this 'founder' compare himself with bose. (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2002 by Dave.
I was sold on satellite systems when I bought my Polk RM 3000's in 1990. They sounded great on my 30 watt Marantz receiver. In 1995, I upgraded my sytem to a Pro-logic reciever. At that same time I purchased Bose Acoustimass 7 speakers for my front speakers with a center channel included. I was very disappointed when I hooked them up. they sounded great at the store, but did not compare to my polks. Something was missing. I stopped in a Bose store last week and heard their new systems which... (read more)
Written on: 07/02/2002 by Dave.
Correct positioning of the Bose Accoustimass speakers and base module is essential to get the perfect sound for your room. I have used these speakers on cheap stack systems and they have considerably improved the sound and also with mid range CD players from Marantz etc and the sound is amazing for their size-even better than some floorstanders I have heard. Rich warm bass, crisp, clear treble but if anything slight lack of midrange. Definitely worth a listen after reading all these... (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2002 by JBM.
I've owned a Bose Acoustimass 7 system for several years and have never really understood how they got such great sound to come out of such small speakers. I've never noticed any highs or lows missing, in fact, if I turn up the volume much past 6 (on a scale of 1-30) the floor vibrates, the kitchen cabinets vibrate and you can feel your backbone vibrate. No lack of bass here. I'm not saying Bose is the absolute best, but this guy must have them hooked up to a Walkman or something. (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2002 by Pericles1mx.
I got an Accoustimass 6 speaker set from Bose and the sound is terrible at high input. I got a 100W Nakamichi amplifier and the speakers can`t do the job. (read more)
Written on: 24/12/2001 by Graham Monette (founder of Monette Audio).
Trust me, I founded Monette Audio, to show that absolutely huge amazing sound, can come out of small pricetags and small sizes of speakers. Through all the research that I've been doing, I can conclude, as far as bose is concerned, that they DONT research. they last updated their Acoustimass designs in spring of 1988. Which was 14 years ago. Play some music through them at the demo store, that has lots and I mean LOTS of transients (small echos and ambients in the background) and you'll... (read more)