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After finding money left in the kitty of our house funds several years ago, we decided to invest in some Bose surround sound for our common room.
As we have nothing better to do than watch films during the weekends, the speakers get quite a bit of use.
The quality of the product is unbeatable. The sound is crisp, and the volumes on the indivdual speakers can be changed as well as how much bass etc.
The DVD player is quite good, limited only by the quality of the DVD.
The vast array of buttons and settings may VERY confusing to some, but to get the perfect surround sound, there has to be a number of adjustments which is influenced by the size of the room etc, but it is much simpler than other alternative systems we looked at.
The speakers can also be arranged easily, set up is relatively simple if you've had experience with sound systems before.
It doesn't come cheap, for a new one you're looking at around £1000, but you can pick them up for around half that on eBay. It can be seen as an investment though - we had for several years and the quality never dithered in the slightest.
One of the best things about this product though is the smugness you can ave by saying you have Bose Surround Sound - trust me, it feels good.
We purchased the Bose 321 home cinema system around 2 years ago when we were looking for a new DVD player to replace a broken one.
We paid around £500 for the system back then which was a big investment for us and for which we wanted a DVD player and home cinema system that would last for may years to come and would be reliable with high quality sound. We had always been impressed with the Bose brand having already purchased a Bose Soundock for the Ipod, and so were pretty easily swayed to buy the Bose 321 system.
The Bose 321 system is certainly very impressive. The sound quality is amazing and does make you feel like you are in the cinema when you are watching DVDs on it. The machine is top quality and looks very stylish also. If you do buy this system you really want to be living in a detatched house though as it can get pretty loud!! Unfortunately we are not at the moment and so sound levels have to be monitored a bit more!
We are pleased overall with this purchase, but I am still unsure if the extra money we paid for this system over the likes of Philips and Sony was totally worth it. I am really not sure, but do know that this is a great product and we enjoy using it very much!
Bose 321 GS System
I bought this system directly from the Bose shop, even though I decided that day; I was not going to buy anything. But somehow, I found it impossible to resist the sleek and slender design of the Bose 321 GS System. It was demonstrated to me in the shop by the very helpful staff, but they did not need to sell it to me. The system sold itself, based on everything from sound to looks. The one off-putting thing however, was the extremely steep price, but I tried to keep that out of my head, knowing that it was great value for money.
The sound is utterly amazing, but was it really worth over a grand? Seems not really, as a few months later, I purchased a £50 Creative Labs system from Argos, to find out the sound quality from a system 20 times cheaper, was almost as good. There are many other alternatives to the Bose system, but all the same, it is still pretty damn good.
Accompanied with my Philips flat screen, bought on the same day (was a worryingly expensive day), the Bose system takes pride of place in my living room. Now, I have to say, it does look pretty impressive, and does kick out a Dolby Digital 5.1 sound quality, in other words, makes your sofa vibrate.
The set consists of two speakers, a subwoofer, and a table top DVD player. The system is compatible with many systems, such as MP3/4 players, video cameras, play stations etc, which is quite a cool feature. But the thing is most systems now offer that plus more, so does this Bose system really have that much of an edge? The honest and disappointing answer to that question is a straight up no; which is a shame for the grand it costs.
Overall the product is brilliant, it looks stunning, it works perfectly, and it just delivers all-round. The problem is you can get the same thing for about half the price, shame really.