While perusing my daily list of blogs, I happened upon an interesting article on one of my favorite A/V sites, Audioholics:
Q: I have a Bose Acoustimass 10 system, and would like some advice for finding a suitable A/V receiver to match the specs of the Bose in terms of wattage and ohms.
I was afraid to read the response.
You’re going to have to forgive me, because I know that there are PLENTY of people who have this system and love it. And when I first started the addiction … err, hobby … that is Home Theater, I had a REALLY basic Aiwa Prologic home theater in a box setup that I got on an open box deal at Best Buy. But I knew that the system I purchased was going to be my gateway drug. I knew at some point I was going to want to upgrade to something better, and I didn’t spend a wad of cash initially. So while I applaud this persons wanting to upgrade, my personal opinion is that he’s trying to figure out how to hook up a nuclear reactor to a Model T. Ok, maybe that’s stretching it, but what I’m saying is that when in the process of upgrading components, you need to determine what the “weakest link” in the chain is, and plan accordingly.
Here’s the summary of their response (and a link to the article):
If you own a Bose Acoustimass system, the vagueness of the included specifications may leave you wondering what A/V receiver would be appropriate for your setup. While we would not dissuade you from spending a few extra dollars on desirable features, in this case we would advise against spending big bucks on a receiver to gain extra power or qualitative improvements. While the use of 2.5” drivers allows Bose to offer extremely small satellite speakers, this exacts a price in terms of power handling and fidelity. As such, our recommendation is simply to spend what’s needed for the features you desire, but nothing more.
Allow me to translate: The speakers that come with the Bose Acoustimass 10 System is fine for that system, but you’ll want to upgrade to better speakers if you want to take full advantage of a more advanced receiver. I know, I know … “better” is relative to the person who owns to the thing in question. And it may come as no surprise to people who know me, but I’m not a fan of Bose cubes or receivers, so I may be a *tad* bit biased. But I’m far from alone in my feelings about them. That being said, I feel as thought there are definitely “better” and less expensive alternatives for Home Theater setups. They are small and easily hidden, and it’s pretty simple to set up, but sometimes it’s worth a little time and research to get something comparable (if not WAY better) and for less money that’ll take you a little bit more time to get together. I’ll tell you about my personal journey through the Home Theater upgrade cycle (including an insane number of “Universal” remotes) in another blog post. Or two. It’s a long (and expensive) journey …