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Do Bose make good stadium speakers or something cause...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ryan Peddle, Aug 12, 2001.

  1. Ryan Peddle

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    I curious at whether Bose makes good stadium speakers or not.
    At almost every major/professional stadium or sports auditorium I have been to the speakers they have are Bose. I know all the tripe about Bose HT systems...oh what crap they are. But why do so many stadiums (such as the Air Canada Center in Toronto) use Bose speakers???
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    I'm pretty sure they're US
     
  3. Ryan Peddle

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    Nope...their headquarters is in the States but I don't know where they are manufactured.
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    It's marketing. Something that Bose excels at. Too bad - I would much rather listen to some big bad JBL's in a large enviroment than those Bose. However, at least good sound in a stadium isn't that important.
     
  5. Ryan Peddle

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    The sound isn't all that bad. I know when I went to the ACC to see the WWF that you could hear the music crystal clear (better then the skydome, but that's a different envir.) and the smaller speaker in the hallways and fan areas of the ACC or not shabby either. Maybe they actually do make a good speaker.
    Actually here is a link to the speakers that are in the lobby area of the Air Canada Center. http://www.bose.com/products/on_stage/402silvr.html
    They are the left and right speaker.
    Next time you go to your local pro stadium or sports arena, check what speakers they are using.
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    [Edited last by Ryan Peddle on August 12, 2001 at 07:41 PM]
     
  6. Brian Kleinke

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    I've been to lots of places that use Bose. But keep in mind that the people who buy things for companies tend to buy what ever has the best name/image. And in the public's eyes Bose != BAD [​IMG]
     
  7. Henry C

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    I know they spent $1.5M on Bose speakers for Staples Center here in LA. The sounds are OK, but the acoustics for the arena aren't that good. I haven't been to a concert yet, just Laker games, so I don't know how if it really sounds good or like crap
     
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    One possibility is that Bose might give a significant discount off it's Pro Speakers for high-profile areas (like Pro Sports Arena's etc.). It's good advertising, IMHO. When I was at the ACC for a Leaf's game early this year one of my co-workers (it was a work-related event) was staring at the speakers in the arena "ooing" over the Bose name.
    It started a discussion over Bose and speakers in general (since a couple other people in attendance were aware of Bose's deficiencies in the home speaker department) which probably wasn't Bose's intentions. But it shows that among the millions of people that are in those stadiums at one time or another, a lot are probably leaving with the impression that "If the ACC (or other stadium/arena) uses Bose, they must be good".
    On the other hand, I'm not exactly a expert on Stadium speakers. Maybe Bose makes good Stadium speakers. The ones in the ACC are horn-loaded and nothing like their home speakers.
    Graeme
    P.S. On checking out Ryan's link, I navigated to the "Business Solutions" area where they tout some "Sucess Stories" which includes Madison Square Gardens and General Motor's Place. If you read about them, it shows that they way Bose works is the Stadium goes to them to do their setup, then Bose takes over and supplies the speakers and does the install.
    [Edited last by Graeme Shiomi on August 12, 2001 at 10:49 PM]
     
  9. Keith Mickunas

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    I've also noticed that a lot of cars, and I mean a lot, come with Bose from the factory. I heard the auto industry has had a significant affect on Bose's bottom line. The impression I've gotten from reading reviews and other discussions about Bose is that their little cubes suck, but the rest of their stuff isn't that bad. I haven't done any comparative listening but I haven't been unhappy with the quality of the OEM Bose sound systems that I've had in my cars.
     
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    I remember reading something about a Bose installation in a stadium... I think it might have been something for the recent Olympics in Australia. They talked about all the studies and research that was done at the stadium to come up with the sound system, and they ran a poll among the visitors to the place, who all felt that the sound was much clearer than what the stadium had before, or something like that.
    Bear in mind, Bose speakers are excellently engineered. They're just built to satisfy a different set of requirements, and size/shape/aesthetics are important requirements for those speakers. That makes them less suitable for an application where sound quality is of the highest importance (which is the situation with most of us here, I would believe). However, that doesn't make them poorly engineered speakers. Similarly, if Bose decided to do a stadium P/A system installation where voice clarity was more important than a 20-20kHz flat frequency response, I bet they could come up with a design that would satisfy those criteria.
    It's always amusing to see posts which don't contain much substance beyond "Everyone says Bose are bad, so they must be bad".
     
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    that was a thoughtful reply Saurav
     
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    Saurav said:
     
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    I was in Michigan and went to a theater that was THX certified, and using JBL HLS series speakers. It was the WORST sound I have EVER heard at a theater.
    Bose does a good job of making enclosures that maximize the performance of the simplest of drivers.
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    I haven't been to a concert yet, just Laker games, so I don't know how if it really sounds good or like crap.
    You're not likely to ever hear the house system at a concert. Any semi-major act will bring their own sound reinforcement or have it contracted by a SR company.
     
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    I have heard many installations(permanenet and temporary) of Bose professional speakers and they have actually sounded very good. Our Temple/Haveli in Bartlett, IL has Bose speakers installed and it sounds very good. I don't think the company offers good value for money for the home market, however.
     
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    re: Aren't Bose made in Canada?

    Nope, Framingham, Mass.

    (When I visit my company's headquarters, I have to drive past the building and never miss the opportunity to flip them the bird).

    -mbs
     

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