zambiland wrote:Whatever you do, please do not get Bose!
What is wrong with Bose?
I'll let you do the google search to see the debate as it rages online as it has for decades (Here's one critique to get you started: http://liquidtheater.com/editorial_56.html
). Basically, Bose derives more sales from marketing than they do investment in quality materials or designs. The quality you get from their products is very overpriced. In many cases, it simply sounds bad (I love this description of a 2.1 system: "sounded like a mosquito squad accompanying a hippopotamus tap-dancing in an attic"). Given that this is a forum dedicated to the Grateful Dead and they have had a passion for good sound since the beginning, in fact, practically bankrupting themselves in that endeavor, I think we owe it to ourselves to have a more than casual interest in the quality of sound reproduction in which we invest. I suppose Bose is fine for audio products that you don't really intend on listening to, such as background music in an office, but in just about every case, there will be a better quality alternative that will cost less. Very few audio products that are as financially successful have generated as much controversy. In this case, controversy does not mean that they are misunderstood rebels. I rate them about 2 steps higher than white van scam speakers.
They've had a couple of pro audio speaker products in the past that some have used with success, but they are very different from the consumer products and at this point in time are quite antiquated.