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    Bose... Good or terrible for classical music? How are the computer speakers or headphones or anything else by them?
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    LOL "No highs, no lows, it must be BOSE."

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    Girl: Does it have a waveguide?

    Reminds me of a conversation a buddy and I had with another guy, when we were in the Air Force. The guy was showing off his system to us and bragging about his no-name acoustic suspension speakers that were rated for unlimited power. When my buddy and I brought up some high-end speaker system we liked, his retort was, "Well, are the speakers acoustically suspended?"

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    Anyway, Albert7, going back 40 and more years ago, BOSE had developed a fan-boy cachet that enabled them to charge far higher prices than many speakers that cost much less and sounded much better. They were Apple before Apple was. I have not kept up with the latest equipment trends, but I would not doubt that the trend continues today. With their in-store demo rooms and expensive glossy advertising, there is a lot of overhead that must be priced into the product.

    Simon Moon, on another thread Bookshelf speakers posted (along with a video) about a very inexpensive bookshelf speaker from Elac that sounds intriguing. There were also several other speakers recommended by others that would probably fill the bill nicely for you, at a much lower price than BOSE.

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    The one product that Bose does well is the noise canceling headphone. It is overpriced, but I prefer it to the competitors

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    How are their IEM's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    The one product that Bose does well is the noise canceling headphone. It is overpriced, but I prefer it to the competitors
    I've heard other people say the same but find it a bit puzzling. When I was traveling a lot, I needed a pair of noise canceling headphones and read several comparative reviews. The Bose phones were always the most expensive but also rated the most highly.

    Not sure what "overpriced" means in this context!


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    So conclusion is Bose is kinda good I guess?
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    When I'm listening to the Sony Hi Rez Walkman at Burger King during dinner I listen on these:

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    but at home when no one is looking at me I much favor the ol Sennheiser Momentums over ear headphones.

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    The Bose headphones are very fine if you need noise cancelation. Otherwise, I'm sure phones with comparable sound (or better) can be had much more cheaply. But you'll get no agreement on which around here!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert7 View Post
    So conclusion is Bose is kinda good I guess?
    Uh, I think the conclusion is Bose is overpriced and bad value for money, save for their noise-canceling headphones.

    Try Sennheiser, AKG, or Audio-Technica for good value headphones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    The Bose headphones are very fine if you need noise cancelation. Otherwise, I'm sure phones with comparable sound (or better) can be had much more cheaply. But you'll get no agreement on which around here!
    I hate to sound like a shill for Bose, but I tried several other noise canceling phones and was underwhelmed. The worst was Audio Technic, but all of them, compared to Bose, did a poor job canceling noise and transmitting music. The Bose was also fairly comfortable. I think $300 is kind of steep, but the whole headphone market has gone kind of nuts, and at least these didn't require a headphone amp.
    The rest of the Bose catalogue is a triumph of marketing over reason

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    You'll aways pay the brand "tax" for Bose; and that tax could always be used to get better gear across the board with them. Period.

    If you want IEMs, check out the RHA 250 through T20 with comply tips (the tips, for me were *critical*).

    If you want headphones, the Oppo PM-3 or HiFiMan 400s are 10x better for the same or lower prices (they're both around $300).

    I can only listen to on ear for 20 minutes or so before they chafe my ears.

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    I am going to use IEM's mostly.

    However, I still am thinking that Bose is the best for an external Bluetooth speaker set however. Most of my audiophile makers don't make Bluetooth speakers and I hate Beats a lot.
    "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
    --Robert Christgau
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