Bose Unveils High-End Desktop Speakers

Audio company Bose Inc. introduced new speakers as part of its new $399 Computer MusicMonitor package yesterday, designed to provide top-quality sound from a desktop and capitalize on the emergence of the computer as a home music center. Bose alleges that it is able to provide symphony hall-comparable sound in digital camera-sized speakers through what it called a breakthrough: a technology for delivering deep bass tones from small enclosures.

The key to the roughly 5-inch-by-2-inch speakers is what Bose calls "dual internal opposing passive radiators." Conventional speakers typically feature one large radiator. Each of the new Bose speakers has two smaller radiators, in addition to a larger loudspeaker at the front of the unit. With the radiators opposite one another inside the back of the speakers, the vibrations created by one work in opposition to those created by the other and cancel each other out. Without the opposing forces, such small speakers might creep along, propelled by the force of the powerful vibrations. For now, the technology is incorporated only in the Computer MusicMonitor, which goes on sale Oct. 4 online, in Bose and other stores and by phone order.

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Thanks for the link, .AlleymaN. See also <a for more.

As +Octol pointed out, their refusal to release any specs, ever, speaks volumes. If you've ever actually been in a symphony hall, you'll likely be severely disappointed by what BOSE considers "symphony hall-comparable sound."

People just don't nip at them for no reason, Knight85. The fact that they sued Consumer Reports for libel after a bad review, suppressing further impartial reviews by 3rd parties, means that it's up to those of us who've actually heard BOSE speakers to spread the word.

Don't be suckered. Don't buy BOSE.

I wonder what is with all the bad press that Bose gets. I love their systems and feel that people just rip at them for no reason.

By the way, people with money are not always naive.

Octol, have you ever considered that Bose may be trying to protect their competitive advantage. I see it to be the same as Microsoft hiding its source code for Windows. Just enjoy the music and stop worrying about what the speakers' technical specs are! :P

While I haven't checked for a while, I always had a problem with BOSE speakers because they never published any specs for their speaker systems.

This means that they either figured they were selling exclusively to morons who wouldn't understand the specs or that they were hiding some technical inadequecies.

Either circumstance made me lose any interest in their equipment – especially at the prices they were charging!

They are not MightyJordan. However, they market to a price insensitive crowd for the most part a.k.a. they market to a lot of naive people with money to spend. They do make good subwoofers as QuarterSwede mentioned, but their speakers have a bad quality to price ratio.

It may sound better than their previous generation cubes but nothing beats full sized, full range speakers.

Edit: After reading the article it is pretty impressive that they've managed to squeeze such powerful bass into such small enclosures (this coming from a Bose hater none-the-less). I may not like their sound processing but they do have some high quality subs.