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2.0 out of 5 stars You DON'T get what you pay for. Definitely NOT the best for the money, June 11, 2012
This review is from: Bose Lifestyle V25 Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
Just helped my uncle install one of these in his home and was thoroughly underwhelmed by the finished result. The upper frequencies are decent, but there is an utter lack of clarity across the mid-range frequencies, and absolutely no presence in the lower bass frequencies. Imaging is extremely poor...absolutely no sense of dimension beyond the speakers themselves, and I can pinpoint each speaker as a point source. (speakers do not "disappear" as a quality speaker should).

Beyond that, the quality of the actual components is sub-par, and comparable to entry level home theater in a box systems. Extremely cheap paper cones, nestled in low quality enclosures, in an "improper" configuration (how do expect to voice high frequencies properly without a tweeter?).

Having heard his system, I was curious to see what he paid, and after seeing the price and stumbling on all these reviews glowing about "getting what you pay for" felt like chiming in. These Bose systems are not the best out there in terms of audio quality and design. Not by a long-shot.

In reality, for the money one is expected to pay for these Bose lifestyle systems, you're not getting much from an audio quality standpoint. These systems would be decent.....if they were priced at ¼ of the asking price (and I say that without exaggeration). What you're really paying for when you buy these systems is Bose extensive marketing budget that molds the perception of the company as a premium brand.

The problem with these lifestyle systems, is that you're asked to pay `high-end' money for entry level quality....in fact, there are plenty of entry level home theater in a box systems out there that will outperform this system for a fraction (literally) of the cost of these Bose Lifestyle systems. From an audio quality and a design standpoint, I just don't see any value, outside Bose's brand equity, that justifies the asking price.

For the price of these systems you can piece together a system based on a decent sent of towers, a center, surrounds, and a real sub, and a receiver. Polk Audio, Klipsch , Definitive Technology, and numerous other brands out there (including internet direct offerings of Aperion, Axiom, and SVS) have 5.1 systems that fall well within the price range of the Bose Lifestyle systems, while offering far better sound and build quality.

If you're drawn into the minimalistic aesthetic of the Lifestyle systems, there are countless other `lifestyle' type systems out there that will blow the Bose systems out of the water. Look into Paradigm Cinema, Polk Blackstone, Definitive Technology Procinema....If you go the internet direct route, Orb Audio, and Hsu have great lifestyle systems as well.

At any rate, I don't want to knock any one else's purchase, but I wanted to help potential buyers make an informed decision by offering a counter-point to the prevailing perception that Bose is as good as it gets from an audio quality and design standpoint. This simply is not the case, and if you have the money to spend on these systems and care more about quality and less about brand name, there are far better uses of your money.
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Initial post: Feb 8, 2013 8:39:50 AM PST
This is the best review I've read regarding Bose systems and spot on with other better recommendations. Common sense can tell you just looking at the small plastic speakers that the value just isn't there. This Bose systems are so overpriced it's ludicrous. I think the 1/4 price comment is very accurate. People who would pay this much money for a mediocre system at best are insane. The other night I went to the Apple store at the mall for my iPhone5 upgrade and noticed the luxe Bose store right across the way ... that's where your money is going. A store like that in an upscale mall ... the rent and labor cost and incidentals is very high ... that money has to come from somewhere. Add to that all the print ads, occassional TV ads, etc. And ask yourself - what other speaker company advertises like that? After you think about the answer to that question, start researching and going ut to listen to some of these other systems and get one helluva lot more bang for the buck.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 11:52:01 AM PDT
Sana Zubairi says:
Spot on! Bose is the most over-rated audio company out there. The only thing they claim to excel in is producing decent sound from tiny components. They have a large marketting budget that is funded with the exhorbant pricing they charge for their crappy products. They have a showroom here at Mall of America and I walked in there the other day to checkout what is new in their inventory. Found out someone was blarring a huge hedious looking sub-woofer that was so boomy that it muddied the over-all sound.

All, please save your money and look elsewhere. Sigma 610 has some good recommendations. I own both Klipsch (reference series) and Def Tech (promon and studio monitor series) and I am satisifed with their performance.
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