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Your thoughts about the Bose Solo sound bar

Discussion in 'Home Theater Audio' started by 1953, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Let's be a little more polite, ok? No name calling, even if you claim it's not directed at anyone in particular. Thanks.
  2. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Bose puts out a decent product, but they're very overpriced, so you can always find better for less.

    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.
  3. hfa

    hfa Cool Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Have a few different types of soundbars and the zvok 555 and the 580 will beat the solo hands down. They are platform boxes where you put the tv on top OR on a shelf,but the size of the boxes are huge and in some consoles will not fit.zvoks weigh 28 to 45 lbs. THEY ARE THE SIMPLEST CONNECTION AND FOR ME WORK BETTER IN A BEDROOM OR OFFICE. sOUND IS VERY GOOD AND IT HAS ADJUSTMENTS FOR TREB AND BASS. bASS WILL NOT PERFORM AS WELL AS A SOUNDBAR/SEPERATE WOOFER. A soundbar needs to be 250/300 watts to get the sound out well enough to fill a room and not sound like a tiny box.Zvok can get richness, but it can not be added to or hdmi.JBL,KLIPSCH ICON SB1 AND THE SOUND PROJECTORS DO A MORE REAL SOUND away from 5.1, but that is the price of a decent 5.1. polk, jbl, harmon, and yamaha make soundbars around $400 which sound good.Listen before you buy.Bose has always been a Master at selling a productl
  4. puckwithahalo

    puckwithahalo Hall Of Fame

    Sep 2, 2007
    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.
  5. lugnutathome

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    They do indeed! Plus in a smaller room that 321 system has a very nice sound. I still have one of those systems in the room that is my wife's mom cave.

    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

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