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Excellent budget sound system that easily takes on the likes of Bose and more,
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This review is from: Cyber Acoustics Subwoofer Satellite System (CA-3602a) (Electronics)
I've been very impressed with this sound system since purchasing it about 2 months ago. The sound quality, volume, build quality, and overall aesthetics are outstanding, and outperform in my mind much more expensive systems I've spent a significant amount of time listening to or even previously owned from Bose, Klipsch, JBL, Logitech, or Cambridge SoundWorks. My only complaint is the on/off switch is a bit tough to flip with its location on the side of the volume dial rather than a push button on the side or top of the volume dial. Other than that, the range of the satellite speakers is excellent, and as long as you fine tune the bass volume out of the box, the system has excellent sound quality and can reach a floor rattling volume without much distortion. All for a bargain basement price.
I challenge anyone considering buying a system like Bose Companion 3 to try this first. You won't regret it. I will never overpay for quality desktop speakers again, and I would consider a full-sized home theater system from Cyber Acoustics if they made it.
For those looking for the system's specifications, I've listed them straight from the box:
30 watts total RMS
62 watts total system peak power
Short auxiliary chord, in addition to computer input chord
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Initial post: Dec 5, 2013 1:07:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2013 1:21:01 AM PST
i just ordered these for work but i personally have a Bose Companion 5 set. which is the comparable setup (not in price or performance but the two satellites and a sub) and if this comes anywhere near what the Bose can do i will eat my sub. the Bose system minimum and maximum response levels are miles further in each direction. the subwoofer has feedback cancelling in it that completely eliminates screech over 20khz
the subwoofer is tubular like a bazooka tube but has a ~14lb driver magnet. it has enough power to make me turn the volume down for fear of shattering my windows with vibrations. it also creates a pseudo 5.1 surround envelope in the room it is in. in short these speakers are probably good to the uneducated ears but if you really care about your audio quality i urge you to look at more serious speakers.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2014 8:22:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2014 8:27:08 AM PDT
For the whopping $400 which you paid for (or more accurately, got conned for) your Bose Companion 5 system, I could easily buy a pair of compact bookshelf speakers, an external T-amp, and an external DAC which together would blow that garbage out of the water.
For less than ONE THIRD of that price, you could get a pair of powered monitors such as the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers which would still run circles around your Bose junk.
I have heard this CyberAcoustics set, and for $42 it's not bad...and not THAT much worse than the Bose Companion 5 which is really worth about $120. For that ballpark, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System (Black) or Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer would both be much better choices.
Bose is one of the biggest consumer rip-off scams in existence, right down there with Monster Cable. This is why they are the laughingstock of any audio enthusiast forum, and there is even a Facebook page called "Bose Sucks" dedicated to debunking all their marketing propaganda.
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