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That's sort of like asking what your computer would run like if you put in an SR2 mobo, quad 580s and dual xeons; its a whole different animal and not really relevant. It sounds like the listening environment you heard the other speakers in was pretty terrible and/or the shop had them eqd for big bass (a lot of people only care about this).

Sorry, I should have asked the right question.

Klipsch and Polk Audio I listened to in the store were both very boomy to begin with. Now, I do admit that even with an untrained ear of mine, these two sounded better (clear) than the Bose unit I bought.

However, due to the restriction of my living quarters (i.e. condo with a small living room, no more than 17x13) I do not need the loudest speakers and the small sizes are a very plus.

I guess what appealed to me was Bose's small size, and the ability to put the Acoustimass unit anywhere in the living room, even in hidden areas in a corner behind a sofa. I didn't get the Bose's centre console simply because I couldnt justify spending $2000 on a receiver where I could get a good enough one for my own use for about $300-400 -- I picked up the Denon AVR-591 by the way.

So to ask once again with clear intentions:

-- I see on other AV forums all over that Bose is not worth the money. However, I did get it really cheap, more cheaply than the Klipsch and PA setup. In this case, what would the gurus say in this aspect? Even at half price, it is not a good buy? I would not have gotten these speakers had they been going for full retail. These only came into my buying selection due to it being half off.


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Like I said, I wouldn't use them even if I had gotten them free. I do not think trading quality for size is a good deal, but there are other companies that do small speakers better (gallo & orb audio) if you were that interested. It's just not possible to get great sound from a 2.5" driver in a little plastic box.

Anyway, in regards to how the speakers sounded at the store - that can be very different then how they will sound in your own room - rooms affect sound a great deal.

When you say you picked them up for half retail I'll assume you mean you got them for $500 - which is far more than they're actually worth. For that amount I'd buy a pair of speakers or a pair & a center or a pair & a sub depending on what was available to me.
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I'd say stay away from the VSX series from Pioneer unless it's an Elite model. The THD and power ratings are not what Pioneer claims them to be. I have a VSX-9040TXH (The canadian version of the VSX-21TXH) and it's a nicer than the base models. Enough to drive WF-35s and WS-24s.
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Like I said, I wouldn't use them even if I had gotten them free. I do not think trading quality for size is a good deal, but there are other companies that do small speakers better (gallo & orb audio) if you were that interested. It's just not possible to get great sound from a 2.5" driver in a little plastic box.
Unfortunately I don't have access to shops that carry such brands like Gallo and Orb.

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Anyway, in regards to how the speakers sounded at the store - that can be very different then how they will sound in your own room - rooms affect sound a great deal.
I understand that, therefore tis the reason I didn't go for full tower Klipsch or even Polk Audio. I don't need all the power, yet, unless I live in a house with a dedicated room for HT. Someday, however... Some day...

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When you say you picked them up for half retail I'll assume you mean you got them for $500 - which is far more than they're actually worth. For that amount I'd buy a pair of speakers or a pair & a center or a pair & a sub depending on what was available to me.
I got them for $550. So even a 2.1 > these Bose 5.1?
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In my opinion yes, but that's not just limited to bose.

I would rather have a quality stereo or 2.1 system than a dirt cheap 5.1 system. You can always expand to surround later if you want.
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