Updated: Oct 9, 2017

Bose Acoustimass Speaker Reviews and Buying Guide:

Finding the Right Bose Acoustimass Speakers - Few names stand in such high-esteem in their field as Bose does in the sound technology industry. Bose was born when a grad student wanted to create a better speaker system, and that really remains their focus: creating new and better products, researching and developing systems that bring crisp, clear sound, and always striving for the next, the newest, and the best. One of their most popular product lines is the Acoustimass family of surround sound speakers. Acoustimass is ideal for discriminating consumers who want to create the very best home theater experience in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. What do you need in a surround sound system? What can Bose offer you? Which Acoustimass is right for you, your family, and your home? We'll help you sort it out with this guide.
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Bose Acoustimass Speakers:

You will find 5 different Bose Acoustimass speaker models from which to choose: 3, 5, 6, 10, and 16. What's the difference - besides price? Let's take a look.

Bose Acoustimass 3 Series - This is the low-end of the Acoustimass spectrum (but not the first to be released by Bose. This is the 4th in their Acoustimass line). It is comprised of fewer units and costs less than the more high-end models. So what does it have? It has the convenience of two cube speakers that are nearly invisible and are ideal for small - and even tiny - rooms. The multipurpose speaker system also has an Acoustimass module, which produces clear notes without distortion. The 3 series has impressive Bose-quality sounds, lifelike sound, and can be used with your home theater receiver, rear channel speakers, or stereo. AlaTest scored the Acoustimass 3, 84 out of 100, or "Very Good." It does not deliver the outstanding sound that you'll find with the more expensive Bose models, but for under $200, it is certainly more than worth the money. One Amazon reviewer called it a "great" and "robust" little system. You can find the Acoustimass 3 for $180 .

Bose Acoustimass 5 Series - This is also a 2-speaker system, but it is designed for larger rooms. Like the 3 series, it can be used as part of your home theater or with your stereo system. It also features 2 Direct/Reflecting cube speakers for wonderful, lifelike sound, no audible distortion, and Acoustimass module for a fuller range of sound and effects. Part of its appeal, as with the 3 series, is its compact design that can be easily hidden. It is not an obtrusive system. The Bose Acoustimass 5 surround speakers review very well with consumers. Again, they generally say it is a great system for the price. One Crutchfield reviewer noted that "it could be better." He was a professional DJ and found the speakers were not ideal for very loud music. If you like moderate music (or at least a moderate volume), or to watch movies, it is perfectly suitable. AlaTtest gave this an 83/100 - still "Very Good." It is a good buy and a good entry-level surround sound system; if you do like to watch movies, it could very well be ideal for you. You can find it for $399.

Bose Acoustimass 6 Series - Next up, we have the 6 series. This 5.1-channel home theater system has 5 video-shielded speakers and a subwoofer, magnetic shield, bass and subwoofer volume controls, color-coded cables, Acoustimass module, automatic protection circuitry to prevent electrical stress, and a 5-year warranty on the drivers and 1-year warranty on the electronics. Crutchfield, tech experts and leading retailer, says, "You won't notice the speakers - you'll notice the sound." They have the typical Acoustimass compact design to blend seamlessly with your decor. ElectronicsME (made easy) says that the 6 series is not great for larger rooms but is "perfect" for smaller rooms. The reviewer added that this entry-level speaker set is ideal for the "unsophisticated" bedroom or den. Ouch. No one wants to think they're unsophisticated! But the reviewer means that if you are an audiophile who has a golden ear, you will not find the Bose Acoustimass 6 series to provide clear enough sounds, particularly in the mid-range. But if you're like most of us unsophisticated folk, you'll find the 6 series perfect for your bedroom or small living room. It will make watching movies at home more of a theater experience. You can find these surround speakers for $699.
Bose Acoustimass 10 series - Bose calls the 10 series their "best 5.1-channel home theater speaker system for large rooms," and it is their most popular. The system features 4 Direct/Reflecting cube speakers, horizontal center speaker, Acoustimass module with two high-performing drivers, lifelike sound for music and movies, low audible notes and effects, and the characteristic compact and concealable design. A review by Digital Trends says that your movies and music deserve Bose sound, and the 10 series offers "impressive" and "lifelike" sound. A CNET reviewer took on those who criticize the Acoustimass' bass and frequency range. The reviewer said that Bose doesn't make typical "plug in and play" speakers: the placement of your speaker, the power, the input, and the audio quality are all vital to your overall sound. If you want a good plug and play, go with Sony. If you want to go to the next level, tweak the Bose Acoustimass 10. With some experimentation with speaker placement, you can get that crisp sound that Bose is so well known for. These surround speakers are available for $999.

Bose Acoustimass 16 Series - Finally, we have the Acoustimass 16, a 6.1-channel home theater speaker system for larger rooms. It has 5 Direct/Reflecting speakers (cube) and center speaker (horizontal), module that is powered Acoustimass, and 3 high-performing drivers for a full range of sound. The 16 series works with your 6.1-channel receiver, your television, DVD player, stereo, and other home theater components. As always, it features the compact, sleek design that Bose, and particularly the Acoustimass line, is known for. Digital Trends says it increases the impact of your home theater system, while an Amazon reviewer said, "There is a richness to the movie sounds that do make it worth its weight in money." You can find this for $1299. You can see an expert Crutchfield review of the 5, 10, and 16 series on this YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW6l96YW2r0). Bose is a love or hate type of product: you are sure to love it if you remember CNET's advice to take a little time and tweak your speakers' placements and other little adjustments that can make a huge difference in the sound quality. If you're looking for simple, plug and play speakers, look elsewhere. If you want richness that is unparalleled, there is no one better than Bose.