- May 8, 2003
Ok I recently got a new entertainment center and had no room for my existing front speakers so I went out to get some new ones. I had 2 Bose 301's I believe, the bookshelf ones. I thought they sounded pretty good. For the Center I had the Bose Center Speaker, I forget the model but its the thin black one. And for rear I had set of the Bose Acoustimas 3. I never really liked the sound of the rear acoustimas speakers, even when I hooked them up as main speakers. But since they were just the surround ones and looked cool up in the corners I didn't worry about it. Anyway I needed new speakers and headed to the mall and went in the Bose store. I ended up leaving with the Acoustimas 10 this time. I thought they sounded really good in the store, plus I love the way they look. So I get home and since the wires are already in the walls its a pretty quick setup. It looks great - little cubes on the wall in the back and ones in the front on the stands, I decided to keep using my center speaker because it was black and matched the TV better. So it all looks perfect. So I turn it on, listen to music. It sounds ok, not like in the store, just ok. Now I am not a big stereo person but I know what sounds good to me and what doesn't. For me I could keep hearing that bass modual thing, it sounded like it was working over time over there in the corner and i found myself kept looking at it because i could hear it and could hear where the booming was coming from. So next I watched a DVD. I had rented Sum of All Fears. Most of the movie sounded ok, not really worth the $1000 I just spent on it, but hey it lookes great sitting there. There were times when I thought that bass thing was gonna walk out in the room because it seemed as if was doing so much work. And at times I had to turn the volume up to hear the voices over the booming, which just made the booming that much worse. But anyway I figured it sounded ok, plus I own these cool little Bose cubes that look great. So the next day I was looking around and reading reviews about speakers, Bose in particular and not too much was all that great. Then I stumbled across this site, where I found all the Bose haters in the world, I mean these Bose haters even go on cruises together and talk about how much they hate bose (I am just kidding about the Bose hating, well some of you) but anyway I had never heard about most of the brands of speakers that you guys were talking about, I mean going in places like Best Buy, Circuit City, I never see them. So I went to some of the websites and read more. I ended up going to a local store and checking out the Paradigm's. They also had B&W's. I was listening to the Paradigm Cinema's, the smaller ones I believe they were the Cinema 70's. Personally I thought they sounded much better than my Bose. The guy was really nice, he said that Bose and Sony were the most recoginized brand names and here I walk in owning a Sony receiver and Bose speakers, I thought that was funny. Anyway he didn't bash Bose or anything which I thought was cool. I just simply told him I didnt like the way they sounded and was thinking about returning them and get something else in the same price range. So I ended up listening to the Pagadigm Monitor Mini's as the two fronts, Cinema 70's as the rear, Cinema Center, and 10" Sub. I thought it sounded much better, more crisp, and not so much of the bass was concentrated in one place (around the sub). He gave me a price of about $1250 for the entire setup with stands. About $1000 if I wanted to replace the two Monitor Minis in the front with the Cinema's. I told him I would think about it and be back. I looked a little more and found that these Cinema's are only 40 watts. My Sony receiver (845 I believe) is 100 watts times 5. So I guess all this comes down to a few questions I have. Is this setup good? Is this price good? Is that wattage ok with my receiver that has more power? Does that mean I would never be able to turn the receiver 1/2 way up?? If not what are some other brands that I sould look at? I am looking to stay around $1000 for the setup. Hopefully I havent taken up too much of your time. Thanks for reading and any replies!!