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This weekend I stopped by a friend’s house. He was playing music over his Sonos system. It consisted of a sound bar, 2 rear speakers, and a Sonos sub. That’s it, no receiver, amplifier, nothing. I expected something like the old “no highs, no lows, must be bose.” The thing actually sounded shockingly good. It made me question the racks and rooms filled with audio equipment I have. 
 

Today while bored at work I decided to google a little about Sonos systems since I know nothing. The general consensus I’m reading online is that Bose has better sound quality, but Sonos is more user friendly and easier to use. Bose sounds better? 
 

I didn’t do any critical listening or serious comparison. Are these things any good or am I loosing it? I did have a few beers lol. Getting rid of the towers and audio rack in the bedroom would at least make the girlfriend happy. 

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* You’re not. My stepson has the main system in his living room and satellites in several other rooms. He likes heavy bass and the Sonos can produce it, although on the boomy side for my tastes. Very user friendly for sure. We use Sonos in the car club I’m in located in a very large, high ceiling building. Pretty amazing how well the satellites can produce quite acceptable, full spectrum sound. And we are talking about filling several thousand sq. ft. of volume — . I believe each speaker enclosure uses a Class D amplifier for each the tweet and woofer driver speaker. Taking into context what it is, it is an impressive system — particularly for those that live on their phones controlling every function of their lives — 

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Soundbar technology has come a long way these past couple years. 
 

I was in BB the other day and listened to the BOSE 700 soundbar and matching 700 bass module. I was totally surprised by the sound this simple and clean looking system put out.

 

My friends all have these huge and beautiful homes and nearly all of them have Sonos soundbars. As much as I hate to admit it, they all sound very good especially when the subwoofer is turned on. 

 

I could unload all my gear, buy a soundbar and pocket a couple thousand but I just can’t give up my passion for buying and testing new gear. I actually like trying gear out more than I like using it, so I am a bit of a weirdo.. 

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20 minutes ago, K5SS said:

Soundbar technology has come a long way these past couple years. 
 

I was in BB the other day and listened to the BOSE 700 soundbar and matching 700 bass module. I was totally surprised by the sound this simple and clean looking system put out.

 

My friends all have these huge and beautiful homes and nearly all of them have Sonos soundbars. As much as I hate to admit it, they all sound very good especially when the subwoofer is turned on. 

 

I could unload all my gear, buy a soundbar and pocket a couple thousand but I just can’t give up my passion for buying and testing new gear. I actually like trying gear out more than I like using it, so I am a bit of a weirdo.. 

I completely agree. It’s more of a hobby. I regret selling most of the stuff I have over the years. Occasionally I buy stuff back. After seeing his setup I feel like a hoarder lol. I was just blown away that the difference wasn’t night and day. I appreciate the honest opinions. 

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I replaced a Blows system in a friends home that they paid $14,000 for about 15 years ago with a soundbar and sub and their words "I can't believe how much  better that sounds"  Not given up any of my rigs for one, but in a secondary bedroom or work area that has a TV, what the heck.  

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I'd say sonos is good for what they are... Especially when comparing them to bose. However, sitting in a dedicated stereo room in front of some kick-*** hifi speakers and an amp that could potentially power your entire street, can not be compared to the simplicity that is sonos and bose. 

 

In other words, I don't think you're going crazy. You might've just gotten yourself temporarily taken away by the hype. Shake it off!

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You’re not losing your mind, but you could loosen your grip on, and lose, that extra “O.” 😉

 

I was at a neighbor’s outdoor party and had the same reaction to a large Sonos speaker, but then again, alcohol was involved.  Alcohol causes one to lose inhibitions and loosen up.

 

On the one hand, Sonos speakers, IMO, do an excellent job of filling spaces with music that sounds good as you walk around.  On the other hand, my DIY system of Super Heresys and 4 tapped horn subs does an excellent job of producing focused full impact music fidelity if you sit in the sweet spot.  Most of my friends and family aren’t interested in spending time in the sweet spot.

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If you really want great sound check out the Marshall Woburn, its a large step above the others including anything Klipsch makes.

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6 minutes ago, jason str said:

If you really want great sound check out the Marshall Woburn, its a large step above the others including anything Klipsch makes.


That is a great sounding speaker, I listened to it a few weeks ago. I can tell you that the Bose 700 with matching 700 subwoofer sounds much better. It should, obviously, at nearly 3x the price. 
 

I have been a Bose hater for many years but this new 700 soundbar appears to be a game changer. 
 

The truth is that soundbars are shrinking the gap between full sized speakers/systems but there’s definitely still a gap. 

 

 

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