At Our Picks, we like Bose gear, it always comes with a slightly ‘unusual’ design and is always good quality. It appears that we are not alone with our Bose admiration as the Acoustimass 6 Home Entertainment system is currently the top selling surround sound system at Amazon with a 4.5 star rating too! So if you’re already convinced hit the link below, otherwise read on if you’re not so easily persuaded!
Onkyo have a very popular ‘sound base’ system (as opposed to soundbar), the LS-T10 6.1 Channel 3D system. This sound system is currently getting rave reviews over at Amazon and elsewhere on the internet. The LS-T10 sports 6.1 channels of sound, with ‘panoramic 3d sound’, several preset sound modes and can process Dolby Digital audio.
We like soundbars and we like Bose, so of course we had to check out their Cinemate 120 Home Theatre System. The system boasts TrueSpace technology and a Wireless Acoustimass module which is all very well and good but what does it sound like? Well according to reviews, not bad. Read on for more information.
The HT-S3700 is the latest offering from Onkyo in its Home Theater range. There’s the standard 6 speakers and a receiver that blasts out 100W per channel. There’s HDMI 2.1 and Bluetooth connectivity and to round it all off, a current price tag of US$400.
With the gaming fraternity squarely in its cross-hairs, the Polk Audio N1 Sound bar offers ‘The Single-Speaker Secret to Great Gaming Audio’. A wild claim may be? Not according to the reviews that are floating around for this piece of kit.
The N1 will connect up to the gaming console of your choice with its 6 foot (2 metre) digital optical cable and will blast forth the audio from your gaming sessions. Microsoft has collaborated on the Polk N1 and it consequently has a couple of modes specifically for Halo and Forza Motorsport.
Our concern with the N1 is that by providing an output for a sub-woofer that this implies the bass is a bit lacking in the unit. This is mentioned in some of the reviews but of course at least the sub-woofer output allows you to beef up the sound if required.
Polk Audio N1 Sound Bar features and specifications
• Collaboration of game designers and audio engineers.
• Connects directly to your console
• Dolby® Digital and Polk’s patented SDA® Surround Sound Technology
• Customized, optimized audio built in
We’ve been looking at Bose gear a lot recently, so rather than halt the trend we’re going to continue with a quick peek at the CineMate Series II 2.1 sound system today. This compact 2.1 home theatre system sports Articulated Array speakers and is specifically aimed at users looking to hook up a sound system to their TV. There’s a simple setup, with a four button easy to use remote control.
Bose CineMate Series II specifications
* 2.1 channel configuration
* 2 speakers and sub-woofer, all wired
* Integrated Amplifier
* 1 x Optical audio input (SPDIF)
* 1 x audio line-in
The key with the Bose CineMate Series II is it’s ability to fool the user into believing that they have full surround sound produced by just two speakers. Bose reckon they do this, and describe the process with a couple of boffins in the video below.
Pros – Ease of use and setup, sound quality
Cons – Lack of treble/bass controls
An average score of 3.7 out of 5 based on these 3 reviews.
Whilst the 3.7 score for the Bose CineMate Series II doesn’t exactly light up the home theatre sound system world, the reviews are not massively negative. So if you’re looking for a sound system for a spare room or may be just have a small lounge the CineMate Series II may be what you’re after.
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