Bose Acoustimass 10 SeriesIV entertainment speaker

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Cheap! Bose® Acoustimass® 10 Series IV home entertainment speaker system - Black

Bose® Acoustimass® 10 Series IV home entertainment speaker system - Black

Product Description
The Acoustimass® 10 speaker system features a proprietary powered Acoustimass module to provide profound low frequencies throughout the listening area. Two downward-firing drivers in the Acoustimass module give you powerful performance for the lowest audible notes and effects. The module features technology that minimizes audible distortion. You can hide the Acoustimass module virtually anywhere in the room, and you experience dramatic sound that all seems to come from the small speaker arrays. The Acoustimass 10 Series IV speaker system includes four innovative Direct/Reflecting® cube speaker arrays and a horizontal center channel speaker array to produce lifelike effects in 5.1-channel surround sound. Together, they deliver exceptional performance, so music and dialogue ring clear and true. The Acoustimass 10 Series IV speaker system is engineered to fill the room with beautiful sound ... not bulky speakers. With the module hidden away, all you see are the small, d├ęcor-friendly speakers. Accessory brackets and stands offer attractive placement options. The result is a rewarding entertainment experience youll have to hear to believe. It brings concert hall, movie theater and ballpark excitement into your living room.

  • Four cube speaker arrays
  • One horizontal center channel speaker
  • Designed to work with your 5.1-channel components
  • Powered Acoustimass® module

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Besides BOSE, who says BOSE is the best?
I hooked up the acoustimass speakers to Harman Kardon AVR 154 receiver. If you are into audio, you will know that although this receiver is not very powerful, the sound quality it delivers is excellent.

Purpose: My purpose in purchasing this system was two folds: Music and movies.

Setup: Setting up this system is a breeze. All cables are color coded and there's plenty of it (20 ft for the front speakers and 50 ft for the rear or surround speakers). All you have to remember is that all the cables first go into the module, and then one single cable (actually a set of 5 joined together) are connected to the receiver. I think this system was up and running within 20 minutes of me unpacking it.

What's included: You will get 4 cube array (vertical) speakers, one center speaker (identical to the cube arrays, just horizontal) and one BOSE module which houses all the connections and the sub woofer.

Sound Test: I own an IPOD touch and a PS3. I do own a cable box, but that is not ideal to check a $60 AIWA system, let alone a BOSE 5.1 speaker set. I connected my IPOD using an RCA cable and my PS3 using an optical cable.

IPOD: This was an analogue audio test, and I knew that this system will not perform its best with this setup, but since this is how I listen to music, I had to perform this test. The bass was great. It sounded balanced and did not over power the other aspects of the song. The instruments sounded nice, if not great, and the initial impression was one of utter satisfaction with the sound quality. However, once I started playing a song where vocals were the focal point, the system really disappointed me. The voice of the artist was just not crisp or clear. When the bass module was allowed to contribute, the sound quality was decent, but a song where the bass module had very little to do, the system sounded almost like a boombox, which was really disappointing.

PS3: I tested this system with Dark Knight's Blu Ray disc. I wanted Matrix, but Blockbuster didn't have it at time. I am sure a DVD would have done the trick, but since I own a Blu-Ray player, I thought it would be a great test. In the beginning when the Joker started killing all his compatriots during the Bank Heist, the system astounded me. Not only could you hear the sound, but feel it. Every gunshot, every bang was distinct, crisp and clear. It was like being in a theatre and I almost forgave BOSE for not giving me my vocals during the IPOD test. But then I heard the dialogue, and I ran into the same exact problem. You had to turn the volume up to hear the dialogue, but then it was too loud during the action sequences. I even tried turning the bass way down, but then for some unknown reason whatever clarity the dialogues had, disappeared. Then I tried playing an MP4 file from my PS3, which had the exact same problem. For some reason, this system has trouble with treble or highs. I know nothing about audio, but I know what sounds good, and for the amount of money I paid, this was not good.

Troubleshooting: The room where I had placed the BOSE system is not very big. It is around 12x20 feet and I had placed three speakers on the tv stand and 2 right on the wall behind my sofa. I played for hours with changing the direction of the cube speakers individually and together. I also tried different sound settings (DOLBY, DTS, NEO etc) but the vocals and dialogues were just not there. In the end I just packed up the system and returned it.

Conclusion: The system is barely ok for the movies, and horrible for music. I actually went to some independently owned audio stores and heard some other speakers. Before I bought BOSE, I hadn't even heard of companies like Mirage, Paradigm and KEF. I always assumed that BOSE was the best, but after buying the system realized that BOSE is the only one saying it. Even CNET doesn't have an expert review of this "excellent" system. I ended up buying KEF 2005.3 5.1 speaker system and couldn't be happier with it. The vocals are crystal clear, sound is crisp, and dialogues are powerful. The bass is great and does not interfere.

IMHO, please go and listen for yourself to other systems before you buy BOSE. Ask the dealer if its at all possible to play BOSE and another comparable system next to each other. Try listening to the speakers without the bass module or the subwoofer. Take your favourite CD, IPOD or a DVD with you and listen to the system at low, medium and high volumes. Don't let the salesperson blast the manufacturer's CD or DVD in your face while you are standing 2 feet away from the speakers. It's just like singing in the shower, everyone sounds good.

In the end, BOSE was really disappointing for a system that claims to be the best. I did some research and found out that BOSE sued Consumer Reports and eventually lost because Consumer Reports criticized one of its systems. Also the lack of expert reviews on the BOSE systems should be a clue that there is something fishy. To me BOSE is all marketing and not a good bang for your buck.

Also go the AVS forums or any other audio video forums and read about BOSE and other speaker systems. You will be shocked as I was. And if you are a BOSE owner, and in love with the sound quality, I am very happy for you. I just couldn't spend that much money and not be happy with my system. I work very hard for my money.

WOW!!! I love it!!
I use this with my Sony 52" LCD 1080p HDTV...and the sound is amazing. I was watching Valkyrie, and in the beginning of the movie it was just I had the sound at the normal volume...all of a sudden guns and bombs were blazing...I had to turn the sound way down so my neighbors didn't think a war was starting in my house. :)

I love the fact that you can adjust the directionality of the satellite speakers into two's like getting two speakers in one. The sub-woofer is wonderful...solid can handle lots of base without making that irritable rattling sound that some sub-woofers make when they can't handle the job.

I also love the fact that this system really makes you feel like you're in the movie...cause it vibrates the room...when things blow up, it rattles the's awesome...with that said, if you have people living below you, you might not want to test this system to its full potential.

tish Tish Booom Boom WTF? is that sound,
All I have to say is areyou kidding me 1k for this POS. get the streem speaker package instead from epinions or streem speakers hemelves and you'll be happy that $200.00 system PWNS the bose through out everything you can imagine.

he highs are too tizzy and, the midrange is missing and the bass is hollow and boomy, if you want 5.l from bose get three pairs of 301's and a velodyne brand sub.

Satelites. 13khz-200 Khz Bass module: 280hz-46Hz.

Streem system: Towers: 15 hz to 50KHZ Sub: 150Hz: 20Hz. Center: 15 Khz-80hz. Bookshelf rears: 15Khz-50Hz

I am using my aunts ACCOUNT I am raymond leggs from the AVS forum.

Bose 10 versus Mirage Nanostat - Mirage wins with my ears.
I have an Onkyo TSR605 receiver and I hooked up the Bose 10 speakers versus the Mirage Nanostat and the Mirage satellites are much, much clearer; also my old Onkyo woofer that came with my previous Onkyo Home Theater System produces much cleaner bass than the Bose (I started to get a headache with the Bose subwoofer because it was almost always booming when it shouldn't be and it was a muddled bass instead of a clean bass). I tested both with a movie (The Incredibles) and a concert DVD (Sarah Brightman). The Mirage Nanostat is about $500 without a woofer and the Bose 10 is $1000 but even if they were the same price, the Mirage is much clearer and won't give you a headache like Bose's subwoofer. For those who complain that the Mirage Nanostat center channel would be better if it pointed at you instead of the ceiling, I turned it so the speaker faced me to get a slightly louder sound but if this isn't good enough, I also hooked up the Bose center speaker and it acoustically matched the Mirage Nanostat speakers so you could always buy the Bose center speaker separately for $200. The Bose 10 speakers are going back to Best Buy tomorrow.

Excellent system, sounds fantastic!
I love this system! I've had it for about 6 months now and the sound is fabulous. The bass is deep and will shake the walls, and the speakers will blast crystal clear sound even when you turn the volume up to full blast.

I read a ton of reviews on different sites that have claimed Bose is just over-hyped junk, but I can honestly say that for this price range, this is a quality system. I currently have the system hooked up to a Sony receiver that puts out 110 watts per channel, and it can get L O U D! When watching concert videos and movies, you feel like you're there.

Obviously, someone looking to design a room totally dedicated to home theater use would go with a larger, more professional setup, but for typical living room style home entertainment, this system will do the trick.

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