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Old 02-20-2009, 02:46 AM   #1
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I have been throwin arounf the idea of upgrading my surrounds. I like the Bose Acoustimass cube speakers because they are small yet very clear n powerful. I have seen dual cube speakers for sale all over ebay. My question is this:

Can they be used with normal speaker wire straight from a reciever?

I have heard and read different things. Either it is yes, I can they are just like any other speaker, or no because they are proprietary to the Bose acoustimass sub and have a "speacial connector" I love my Onkyo reciever, front speakers, center and sub, so I really don't wanna have to upgrade all that also. I am just lookin for an econimical way to upgrade my surround speakers (which are 6 inch sony bookshelf speakers) For a smaller design and potentially better sound


Any clarification would be great!!
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:52 AM   #2
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The speakers are great pepole here will tell you for the price of the bose u can get like 10 polk audio tower speakers that sound beter but do u really want 10 polk audio tower speakers r the 5 cube speakers? STAY WITH THE BOSE are listen to the polk fans with 10 towers in your living room that are very noticable. P.S. MY SYSTEM WILL BE UP SOON WITH BOSE AND ALL CAN HATE ME. Speaker wire will work fine and sound great!!!!!!!!

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Old 02-20-2009, 04:54 AM   #3
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Check this out first before you spend tons of money...

http://www.intellexual.net/bose.html
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:38 AM   #4
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How much will this Bose system that you are considering cost you? If you tell us that, we will be able to get you twice (or more) the value for your money... SERIOUSLY!!!

BOSE BLOWS!!!
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:22 AM   #5
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I'm not going to bash Bose, or suggest towers........


Look at these......

http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/s...999=WFROOGLEB3


Good, smaller speakers, for a low price.


I don't own them, just throwing it out there.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:49 AM   #6
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I have been throwin arounf the idea of upgrading my surrounds. I like the Bose Acoustimass cube speakers because they are small yet very clear n powerful. I have seen dual cube speakers for sale all over ebay. My question is this:

Can they be used with normal speaker wire straight from a reciever?

I have heard and read different things. Either it is yes, I can they are just like any other speaker, or no because they are proprietary to the Bose acoustimass sub and have a "speacial connector" I love my Onkyo reciever, front speakers, center and sub, so I really don't wanna have to upgrade all that also. I am just lookin for an econimical way to upgrade my surround speakers (which are 6 inch sony bookshelf speakers) For a smaller design and potentially better sound

Any clarification would be great!!
Which Sony Speakers do you have?
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:50 AM   #7
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I've got an Onkyo amp also and you're right to love that. I've also got Bose Accoustamas 10's and to answer you're question, you can't wire the cubes directly into the receiver. You'll need to buy the complete system with the base module as this part has the crossovers. This being said, I couldn't recommend the Bose, they are seriously lacking the midrange frequencies. My friend was going to buy the same system as me, as he thought it sounded great, but I suggested he do a little more research than I did and he ended up with KEF speakers, although more expensive, they have a much richer sound.
There, I've done it. This is the first time I've admitted to owning Bose speakers on this website. I feel so ashamed and dirty.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:00 AM   #8
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This is the first time I've admitted to owning Bose speakers on this website. I feel so ashamed and dirty.

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For around $2000 Canadian, I was able to get a kick ass system. Bowers & Wilkins (a.k.a. B&W) M-1 mini theatre satellites + the AS-2 subwoofer ROCK my living room for such a compact physical speaker. They are probably bigger than the Bose crap that you were considering, but they pack far more punch. The only downside is that the speakers only come with shelf stands or wall mounts. Floor stands are sold seperately. I just mounted mine on the wall.

Check them out here: http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/display.aspx?infid=1183

Make sure to check out the gallery and specifications tabs on the page I listed above for more details and photos.

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Old 02-20-2009, 08:02 AM   #10
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There, I've done it. This is the first time I've admitted to owning Bose speakers on this website. I feel so ashamed and dirty.
I was nearly tricked in their marketing scam too, lucky I read that article that was posted here.

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Old 02-20-2009, 09:23 AM   #11
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[QUOTEThere, I've done it. This is the first time I've admitted to owning Bose speakers on this website. I feel so ashamed and dirty.
I was nearly tricked in their marketing scam too, lucky I read that article that was posted here.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, I wish I'd seen that post before parting with my cash too. Don't get me wrong, they're not painful to listen to, they're just missing the punch and clarity that the midrange frequencies bring. As I said in my earlier post, my friend's KEFs sound amazing, really bright. Although they did cost 1200 and I only paid 600 for the Bose.
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:17 PM   #12
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I've got an Onkyo amp also and you're right to love that. I've also got Bose Accoustamas 10's and to answer you're question, you can't wire the cubes directly into the receiver. You'll need to buy the complete system with the base module as this part has the crossovers. This being said, I couldn't recommend the Bose, they are seriously lacking the midrange frequencies. My friend was going to buy the same system as me, as he thought it sounded great, but I suggested he do a little more research than I did and he ended up with KEF speakers, although more expensive, they have a much richer sound.
There, I've done it. This is the first time I've admitted to owning Bose speakers on this website. I feel so ashamed and dirty.
Not true. A pair of sissors or a wire cutter is all he needs.
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:26 PM   #13
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I'm not going to bash Bose, or suggest towers........


Look at these......

http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/s...999=WFROOGLEB3


Good, smaller speakers, for a low price.


I don't own them, just throwing it out there.
I do own them, and they are great!
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:35 PM   #14
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they will work, i'm using them as sorrounds as i don't have enough space either...but defenetly they will work, i have the double cube speakers and i'm using them with my receiver without having them to the bose module....bose haters please stop posting with nonsense that doesn't answer the OP's question...its a simple question of yes or no they wont' work, if OP wants your opinion i'm pretty sure he'll ask for it...
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:11 PM   #15
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Yet none of the people who own these...umm "speakers" have it in their sig...just saying.

But in all honesty it's not like the OP has the bose speakers to begin with, and by telling him about alternate alternatives, ultimately he might make the better buy in the end when he does decide to upgrade his surrounds. That's where the Opinions come into place about alternate routes instead of being dead set on the cubes which might lack in the audio experience in the end. But if the OP is dead set on Bose being the best without research, more to the own. If he's happy, then we should all be happy with him. And for my two cents, I would like to say that their are better sounding surrounds that are cheaper than the bose "cubes, speakers" or whatever they call them.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:15 PM   #16
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Klipsch has a few nice compact speaker options that are not much bigger than the Bose, if any, and cost less.

Quintet SL

Quintet III

Then you can just add a 10" sub and you are good to go.

Seriously, as a former Acoustimas 15 owner, a real sub with these speakers will sound better than the Bose.

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Old 02-20-2009, 04:39 PM   #17
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Im not trying to bash, because you can read tons of threads of bashing, but seriously, there are many many options that you have for cheaper speakers, that will sound much better than Bose and be much cheaper...
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if you are looking for a smaller speaker with good sound look into these. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001H2VBD0/interactiveda8780-20

If you have a Magnolia Bestbuy near you, you can usually demo them there.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:19 PM   #19
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I was in American a couple days ago (major retailer in the midwest I guess) and was looking at their speaker offerings and generally just screwing around. I was listening to some Polk RTiA6's and when I was done, there was this sudden DIN from around the corner. I walked over and a customer was listening to the lobby shootout from the Matrix on a Bose Acoustimass system.

Having never heard it before, I stood and listened. I will say that I was pretty impressed with how loud those little speakers are capable of getting. In that I was surprised. But I quickly realized that something was missing, and that was the midrange. I've watched The Matrix probably 20x or more at home on DVD and BD and quickly picked out that there was a lot that was really lacking to this set.

That's just the thing- while the fronts I was looking at were about $500 a pair, they're still a far better deal than an Acoustimass system. The sound that even a pair of Polk RTi's are able to produce is much more clear and full than the Bose system. I was actually cringing and walked away before the scene was done (and that's one of my all time favorite movies).

Seriously, long story short, there are some great options out there in audio that will get you better sound.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:24 PM   #20
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You can hook up those speakers by cutting off the connector, however you can do much better for yourself than picking up Bose's cubes - they are made of untreated manilla hemp, don't measure even 3" and don't deliver very well for frequencies that not only are hearable by most humans but also appear in most music and movies.

KEF, Klipsch, Cambridge Audio, etc., will all give you at least double the bang for your buck where fidelity and performance are concerned over the Bose speakers.

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bose haters please stop posting with nonsense that doesn't answer the OP's question...its a simple question of yes or no they wont' work, if OP wants your opinion i'm pretty sure he'll ask for it...
Most people become knowledgeable by things they read, not necessarily by questions they ask.

Finding out that he can get far better sound by spending less money, I'm pretty sure that's something the OP will appreciate discovering.
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