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please learn to read the post before you reply

this isn't about the newer cube style speakers

the speakers I'm refering to are the older 501 or 301 speakers I believe

sorry I've just been trying to get somewhat of an answer regarding this and some members here seem to be too illiterate to read what has been posted here and what I'm trying to get at. either that or we just have one too many kiddies here who can only post little one line wonders thinking it makes them look cool cause everyone else has said them.



I'm not talking the newer cheap small ones that use $5 drivers but rather the ones further back in their history when they actually used full sized drivers. where they any good back then or still a bunch of rubbish?



just to help clarify here. I'm not looking to buy speakers. I don't really care about their new line of speakers. what I am refering to is there older speakers. if you're just going to post to bash bose in general this is the wrong thread unless you are bashing the older bose stuff. and please if you are going to bash them at least give some info as to why with the older speakers thank you.

I'm just trying to find info on the OLDER bose line of speakers
Edited by rx7speed - 6/11/08 at 6:21am
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Speakers havn't really gotten much better, newer speakers are much more efficient and may require less power. BOSE is OK but as many audiophiles will tell you... you can get 2x better for the same price from a company that isn't as "well known" as bose. If you are rich and money does't matter than the best choice would be BOSE.

You can usually get a 40-50% mark down off of retail price at most stores with some companys. I purchased a custom surround setup from a local place here and the retail total was $3,500 and I only paid $2,100. As far as I know BOSE doesn't allow companys to set their prices lower than retail.

If your going to make a big purchase make sure you search online.. some companys will assume you don't know much and sell you crappy speakers for outrageous prices.
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bose speakers are the best, even the smallest ones have the biggest effect, im a Dj and i use bose speakers for its high end power, and clarity
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bose speakers are the best, even the smallest ones have the biggest effect, im a Dj and i use bose speakers for its high end power, and clarity
LOL.... Bose speakers are NOT the best. Not even close. Their older stuff was better but all their new stuff is just a result of marketing. Go look at ANY high-end system... you won't see Bose mentioned. In addition, the best systems cost $10K+ and this is outside of Bose's product range.
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Bose are great. Worth the money? NEGATIVE. They are great speakers, but as many will tell you, they are NOT the best.
    
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Speakers havn't really gotten much better, newer speakers are much more efficient and may require less power. BOSE is OK but as many audiophiles will tell you... you can get 2x better for the same price from a company that isn't as "well known" as bose. If you are rich and money does't matter than the best choice would be BOSE.

You can usually get a 40-50% mark down off of retail price at most stores with some companys. I purchased a custom surround setup from a local place here and the retail total was $3,500 and I only paid $2,100. As far as I know BOSE doesn't allow companys to set their prices lower than retail.

If your going to make a big purchase make sure you search online.. some companys will assume you don't know much and sell you crappy speakers for outrageous prices.
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LOL.... Bose speakers are NOT the best. Not even close. Their older stuff was better but all their new stuff is just a result of marketing. Go look at ANY high-end system... you won't see Bose mentioned.
Q F T! Bose is a bunch of garbage, they don't even list the frequency response for their subwoofers on their website because its so crappy! In fact they call them "bass units" or something because they're not actually subs. Its a bunch of crap.
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Speakers havn't really gotten much better, newer speakers are much more efficient and may require less power. BOSE is OK but as many audiophiles will tell you... you can get 2x better for the same price from a company that isn't as "well known" as bose. If you are rich and money does't matter than the best choice would be BOSE.

You can usually get a 40-50% mark down off of retail price at most stores with some companys. I purchased a custom surround setup from a local place here and the retail total was $3,500 and I only paid $2,100. As far as I know BOSE doesn't allow companys to set their prices lower than retail.

If your going to make a big purchase make sure you search online.. some companys will assume you don't know much and sell you crappy speakers for outrageous prices.

I'm not interested in buying bose. I know the newer series with the smaller speakers aren't that great even more so when you factor in the price.

what I'm more curious about is their older line of speakers that you can't buy retail anymore that once upon a time used more of a full size driver (sometimes up to 10" I believe) and how they sounded.


and guys please lets not turn this into a just bash bose or stick up for how bose is so great. can we stick to the question at hand at least to start with?
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I'm not interested in buying bose. I know the newer series with the smaller speakers aren't that great even more so when you factor in the price.

what I'm more curious about is their older line of speakers that you can't buy retail anymore that once upon a time used more of a full size driver (sometimes up to 10" I believe) and how they sounded.


and guys please lets not turn this into a just bash bose or stick up for how bose is so great. can we stick to the question at hand at least to start with?
hrmmm i havent listened to a an old bose system in a while, but i'd say they were better in the past. my friends parents had the 5.1 system for their living room, and it really fills up the space [big room] with quality sound.
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guys in regards to the OP's question some of Bose older 2 channel setups weren't that bad. That's how they got big and got their name... the wave radio and some of their older stuff. Now they are big on marketing and sell crap, but some of there stuff isn't bad... I wouldn't call it great either though.

You would be much better off trolling agon and picking up a real pair of older speakers than an older pair of Bose.
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Bose is a great company that enables people who are not self-proclaimed audiophiles to have a high-end speaker setup with minimal research and installation. The people Bose markets to don't need to know what the frequency response is. Spec sheets scare of some consumers. The speakers do not suck, they are quite nice on average, as I've heard (literally). Sometimes the (wealthy) consumer just needs a brand to fall back to.

On the other hand, if you're on OCN, you're probably qualified to not need Bose speakers and to get a better setup for a lower price. You'll have to do the research yourself though. I kind of wish some of the people who replied here had recommended a better buy for the OP, rather than just put down Bose in general. I don't know enough about this stuff to make a decent recommendation. Hopefully someone will.
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