(08-15-2015, 03:38 AM)DocWils Wrote: But Bose Noise Cancelling headphones don't suck at any price - still the best on the market, according to our audiology lab tests.
Probably so, but any headphone that cancels noise would not be considered "audiophile".
The original 901 was an interesting speaker to say the least. Dr. Amar Bose had a good idea there. He knew that at live concerts, sound is reflected all around. In fact, most of what you heard in a concert hall is sound reflected from ceilings, floors etc.
His Direct/Reflecting idea and design was a step in the right direction but had the proportions wrong. (one front firing, 2 pairs of four on the back of the trapezoid shaped cabinet.) and lacked deep bass. Heck...look at the new Dolby Atmos system which can have up to 24 speakers on the floor and 10 overhead!
Other speaker manufacturers took the idea and made even better direct/reflecting speakers. Of course any speaker (but especially for those designed to create reflections) needs to be placed in a proper position in a proper rectangular room. (pre-digital)
What's exciting in this digital age, however, is the ability to electronically / sonically change your listening environment to mimic various rooms or a movie theater using feed-back microphones and built-in equalizer algorithms. And they are getting better all the time as processing memory and speed keep increasing.
Today, you can get VERY good sound for almost any budget.
But for "Audiophile" quality, it is still an expensive hobby. And since Bose is expensive, many neophytes assume they are "high end". But as we old stereo salesmen say:
"No highs, no lows....it MUST be Bose".