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Your thoughts about the Bose Solo sound bar
Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:41 PM
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:16 PM
As far as soundbars, they can work fairly well IF you have the right room for it. Remember, that a soundbar works by reflecting sounds off of adjacent walls, so if the TV is in the center of the walll and you have full walls on both sides (and the seating area is also in the middle of the rear wall - directly in front of the display), then they can work well. If you have an open floor plan or windows along one wall, or your display is off to one side of the wall that it's on, then the reflections will be all off (or non-existent) and the sound could actually be worse than just a center channel alone or two sides would be.
I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.
Directv customer since 2000
Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:09 AM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:07 AM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:15 PM
Now new for the money one could get something far nicer sounding and a real surround to boot. But for a smaller room the WAF (wife acceptance factor) overall sound and add in the lifetime service policy and it can be a good deal for the right circumstances.
As to soundbars themselves, if all you want is fuller sound and more volume and are not determined to have surround effect then choose what sounds best to your ears (and properly connects to your equipment) and be happy.
I run a Yamaha Digital Sound Projector (YSP-1000) in a massive 736 square foot master bedroom with a 12 inch Polk sub that has and incredible soundstage but these cost a LOT. Nonetheless if a single "speaker box" is all you got room (or permission) for the Yamaha YSP line is worthy of consideration. (this system replaced another 321 I had)
In the end there is no substitute for multi channel surround but circumstances can make any of the above liveable. and budget considerations also shape the focus. If the Bose soundbar has managed to create a bass response similar to what they have done with the wave radios it might be just fine to the ears of some.
Don "it all boils down to what suits you and your situation" Bolton
While I do agree that Bose is overpriced, I will say one thing for them. I have an old 321 system from them that I inherited from my grandfather. One of the speakers was not working when I got the system, but it was well out of warranty. Anyhow, I called Bose looking to see if there was any way to get a schematic of the electronics inside so my roommate could check for problems. Bose said no to that (no real surprise there), however for $79 they would return the system to like new condition, regardless of how many issues it had, and give it a new warranty just like it was brand new. At least in my eyes, that's pretty awesome, and a great price for what you get. So, while I probably wouldn't buy one new, I will say it seems like they take care of those who have.
What's a dazzling urbanite like you doing in a rustic setting like this?