No. of Recommendations: 3
In defense of Bose.....

I have had a bose lifestyle system for over 15 years and it has served me VERY well. It is one of the first generation lifestyle systems and comes with only 2 cube stacks and the sub-woofer, and then the lifestyle module. The sound is still superb and it is simply incredible when used as surround sound for a movie.

About 2 years ago I went to an audiophile store to look for a small system for my office. I told them that I am very impressed with my Bose and they immediately started looking down their noses at me. They told me Bose was crap and that true audiophiles would never defile their lips by speaking that name. The guy proceeded to show me several units that were the size I was looking for, but sounded like something I would expect to find in a 1950 Ford Pickup. When they played the classical music, it sounded superb, and I do listen to classical, just not exclusively. So I asked the guy to play some jazz and rock. That was when the systems petered out the worst. There was simply no bass to speak of and the vocals sounded strangely distorted. This was top of the line equipment too. The only brand name I recall is Bang Olufsen. When I asked about the poor sound quality, the guy said that I was hearing the "true sound" of what the recording was really meant to sound like.

Whatever! I figure that if I am going to pay that kind of money for a system, I want it to sound good TO ME. I don't care what some audiophile nerd likes to hear. To me, Bose has always sounded good and been very reliable. I don't care if I can hear the notes too high for human ears, because my ears are human and I can't hear those tones anyway. I have heard the arguments about the harmonics...but that is just not important to me. What is important to me is that the highly eclectic variety of music I listen to sounds as good as possible on my stereo...and for me, that is Bose all the way.

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