I have been following Bose for quite a few years. Back when Bose first introduced small speakers and a sub all in a tidy package I was always curious about the line. Bose also had some interesting stereo speaker products. When Lifestyle systems, using tiny jewel cubes, came out, the product line was considered premium and was only aviaible at premium audio stores here in Canada.
Reading many reviews over the years there was lots of positive and negative criticism about the build quality and sound of Bose products and sound. Lots of audiophile hate. During all of that, whenever I auditioned any of the Bose gear and actually listened myself I quite liked what I saw and heard. In time I slowly started to acquire some Bose products after trying a variety of other solutions.
I don’t know how many Bluetooth in ear speakers for my mobile phone I tried for hands free phone calling. The best one by far was the Bose Bluetooth speaker. It integrated so well with my iPhone and Siri. The sound from callers was great and they said I sounded good and clear too.
I quickly dropped the Apple earbuds from my first iPhone in favour Bose IE 2. These got a lot of favourable reviews and indeed sounded very good. I still use them everyday to listen to music and YouTube, so as not to disturb fellow coffee shop patrons. Again great build and sound.
After trying way too many computer speakers, I settled on a Bose Companion 2 system. Again great sound which really caught my attention.
Still reticent to make the full jump to Bose home theater solutions I toiled with reviews and demonstrations for years. When I purchased my first HT system the premium stores were dropping Bose only to be picked up partially by Bestbuy and Costco. I eventually brought home a Yamaha sound bar and sub to try, I didn’t like the resulting flat anemic sound. I took it back the next day and bought the Cinemate 130 which exhibited way better sound and excellent build quality. I knew I made the right decision.
Bose was moving into wireless in a big way with SoundTouch. I was noticing the reviews about Bose’ newer products. Audio quality was starting to get better and less Bose hate was making the rounds. Unfortunately a new kind of hate about feature availability surfaced, no Apple Music and SoundTouch functionality dominated the posts. With all all the new market demands it seems the talk, good and bad, centred around the new tech, BlueTooth, AirPlay, Apple Music. Not a lot of complaints about sound.
Feeling more comfortable about making a full jump I unloaded my legacy 5.1 AV gear and settled on a Cinemate 130 system with SoundTouch, Solo and SoundTouch 30s. That was after months of auditioning and pontification. Through it all, the Bose Sound, which is what this really about, has remained solid with warmth, detail and as much punch as my ears needed. Bose has stayed true to its roots of direct and reflected sound, air volume for bass and psychoacoustics. I think Bose does a great job decoding the modern digital AV standards from optical and streaming sources.
I have repeated my story a few times in the forum as I remain very satisfied with the product line. Only time will tell how long my love affair with the Bose line will remain. I have to say though it was always the resulting Sound that attracted me to Bose. The wireless features remain a challenge and not just for Bose. I was at an audio show recently and one of the reps from a different company, that seems to have implemented their wireless systems quite well, said it was a VERY hard road.
I am quick to put my comments out to customers who are so frustrated with some of the features lacking in the Bose wireless line (no. 1 being Apple Music) that they will sacrifice sound quality and go to a competitor. I hope Bose really takes notice of that because there are lot of people who will not shell out extra money to by Airport Express devices or employ some other way to get to Apple Music, preferring to give up and get lesser sounding gear from a competitor.
I added Airport Express and Apple TV into my mix and don’t regret my choices, a few others have posted the same. The results have been a great.
Bose sound still remains high quality and that for me is what it’s all about.