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Opinions on a Bose Lifestyle 12 pls.

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Popester, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. Popester

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    Thinking of buying one for 1750. Any thoughts on the system? Any suggestions on alternatives - compact system

    TIA
     
  2. PFM

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    Bose,

    Woudnt touch em with a barge pole (IMO).

    for ~1700, would buy you an excellent seperates system, of If you are determined to have a lifestyle system, then I would reccomend on of the TEAC range.

    But DO demo them all (including the Bose) before you part with your cash.

    If your buying locally, a good hifi/AV retailer will spend time with you to make sure you get the right system for you. The sign of a really good retailer is one whos not afraid to reccomend something he/she doesnt stock (if it suit your tastes). After all they will be looking to invest in you for future purchases.

    Good Luck.

    (dont buy the Bose... dont buy the Bose...dont buy the Bose):D
     
  3. alexs2

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    As PFM says,I wouldn't buy Bose either,and certainly not at that price.
    A separates system of the same price,whilst not being as neat and tidy,will offer much better performance,and greater satisfaction in the long run.

    JVC also make a "lifestyle" type system,which has received reasonable reviews.
    Also look at the offerings from Yamaha,Panasonic and Sony....but listen before you buy.
     
  4. CJROSS

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    Hmmmm a budget of £1750 could buy you the following (with an eye on the asthetics IMHO) :

    http://www.hifibitz.co.uk/Warehouse/details.asp?ProductID=LINCLASSIKBL £750
    http://www.hifibitz.co.uk/Warehouse/details.asp?ProductID=OPEPLATEACH £700 or
    http://www.castle.uk.com/pages/classic_stirling.htm £800

    This is real Hifi dude, Bose is nowhere near the sound available from other hifi makes from what I have heard conversely how about this :

    http://www.hifibitz.co.uk/Warehouse/details.asp?ProductID=ARCCD72SV £449 Silver of course
    http://www.hifibitz.co.uk/warehouse/details.asp?ProductID=PIODV656SV £339 SACD/DVDA/CD
    http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/unisonresearch/unico.html £800
    http://www.castle.uk.com/pages/classic_durham.htm £399

    Trust me dude as they say in the movies :

    “Step away from the Bose lifestyle with your hands and place them on the hifi separates NOW”
     
  5. Flimber

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    The Teac 550 System (Reciever + DVD player) can be had for £399 now (£450 off rrp). The DVD is easily m/r upgradable via it's remote. It'd almost be rude not to buy one.

    For the matching TEAC 5.1 speakers get in touch ;)

    Mike.
     
  6. CJROSS

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    Hey Flimber I agree thats a good price for the TEAC AV stuff but it wont compete with the other stuff in hifi mode AFAICT.
     
  7. MartinImber

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    My god real hifi for less than half the cost of Bose hearing aid beige noddy jobs:eek:
     
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    Well Martin for £875 (half of £1750) You could have yourself the following (would it possibly sound better than the Bose ? Do bears defecate in the …… :

    http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/product_main.asp?sku=303455&shopid=SHOPFHGGEBCBASFTN3582KGDN7506GQHF7815 £215 Marantz 6000 OSE Gold CD

    http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/product_main.asp?sku=311330&shopid=SHOPFHGGEBCBASFTN3582KGDN7506GQHF7815 £300 Denon 1055R Gold Amp

    http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/productdetailsnew.asp?MODELCODE=SON-SSB4ED £230

    Leaves £130 to spend on cabling, so lets say £40 Chord Calypso IC £10/m speaker cable.

    Nah the Bose @ £1750 would sound "better".
     
  9. mikeburns

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    I have never listened to any of the Bose equipment but I have to say the build quality and finish on them is pretty poor.
     
  10. MartinImber

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    Well I expect my stuff to blow away any Bose noddy system!

    :p
     
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    If You dare, an example to uphold my theory on Bose:

    Set up a thread simply stating that Bose lifestyle products are way better than any of this hifi seperate malarky at a £1750 price tag and see what happens.:devil:

    My predictions...:lesson:

    1. 3rd degree burns

    2. a Sh*t load of very good suggestions of what you can get for £1750

    3. An overwhelming sense of relief that you didnt part with your hard earned on a Bose

    4. Undying gratitude from your ears for the many years of acoustic pleasure you grace them with when you dont turn on a Bose

    Try it Popster (but then be sure to publish a long, sincere and frank retraction of your statement & probably best to include an apology as well):devil: :rotfl: :devil:

    PS did I really spell recommend with one "m":suicide:
    ...all those wasted years at Uni:laugh:
     
  12. Uncle Dicky

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    If you buy the Bose you will be making a mistake! Check out the M&K range -

    http://www.mksound.com/

    Leagues above anything Bose offers!
     
  13. Brox

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    Just a little something to throw in the pot, my American friend informs me that in America Bose is akin to our Amstrad and significantly cheaper than it is over here. I myself don't like the sound of Bose but love the looks. It certainly isn't worth the money you pay over here but have you tried ordering it from an american company?
     
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    Hi,
    Try this if you want wife friendly, small speakers and something that sounds good...

    Gallos 5 Micros + sub from uncle eric were £1200 (check price with eric) http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=41961
    Denon AV Amp 1803 £329 http://www.leconcepts.com/rxr/denonrxer.htm
    Cheap Samsung DVD £99 http://www.samsung-superstore.co.uk/productDetails.asp?id=11115

    Gallos Micros come with cables but you may need longer ones for the rears. However this little lot is £122 under your budget and a system that will knock spots off the Bose. You're not likely to regret buying this unlike the Bose in a few months time.

    Rgds

    (Ex Bose owner, now Gallos owner. Cheers eric)

    Sound advice :smashin:
     
  15. Brox

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    Paulfd i'm sure you realise that Bose actually beat the Gallo sytem in a recent edition of What HiFi! Do you have a Gallo system ?
     
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    What Hi-Fi give 5 stars to Sony AV amp. Still pile of cack though.
     
  17. Uncle Dicky

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    In fairness I have not heard the Gallo system, although it would not surprise me if it sounds better than the Bose system. To believe the reviews contained in What Hi-Fi is not a very wise step at all if you are looking for a decent setup. Get some advice from a local dealer, not a magazine!
     
  18. paulfd

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    Brox, no don't have full system, just 3 at the front but looking to buy another 2 to replace ageing Yamahas for rear when finances permit. Use Velodyne CHT 15 for LFE and MJ Pro50 with high level feed from amp to supplement the Gallos for low frequencies. Works well IMO.

    As for Bose beating Gallos on review, never said that they didn't sound OK. My disillusionment started when I moved the 'base' unit to the front and started to hear voices from it. Then brought the Avia DVD to assist in setting up and this showed gaps in the sounds being reproduced.

    Probably the best advice that you're likely to get. I auditioned the Gallos at eric's, liked what I heard and bought them.

    One thing about opinions, everyone has one and it's right because it's theirs!:)
     
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    To be honest I was playing devils advocate, i've never heard the Gallo's but I have hard bose (and didn't like them) your comment about opinions is very true!
     

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