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Portable speakers comparable to Bose Soundlink - any ideas?

Mattes_01 12 10 March 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM More Bose Deals
Hi guys,

a while ago I started a thread asking for the best deal on the Bose Soundlink.
A friend of mine has these speakers and they are amazing.

As far as there doesn't seem to be a sale I would like to get your opinion on similar devices.
I don't mind spending 300 bucks for portable speakers, but there might be better value items (which are maybe even on sale) out there.

One (or two) of you might have an idea which is comparable, what provides a good value for the price and so on.

Anyway I am looking forward for opinions Smilie

Best regards.
Mattes

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Bose doesn't go on any real sale ever. The pretty much always sell at retail cost.

Bose is not highly regarded as having "Amazing" sound. They have a signature sound for sure and a label that inflates the price. Around here and audio communities Bose stands for "Buy Other Sound Equipment" This small portable wireless speaker market is one that I have very little knowledge of to make a recommendation.
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Thanks!
Maybe there is someone else who can give me an advice.
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Thanks!
Maybe there is someone else who can give me an advice.
It depends on how portable you mean.
If you mean lightweight and battery operated, then the following is of no use to you.
If you want the best audio in that price range, there is no doubt that the Audio Engine 5+ speakers beat the pants off of the Bose models in the same price range, although I do understand why you like the Bose speakers so much, even though they get badmouthed so much in these forums. The fact is that Bose speakers are good and way better than anything coming out of the Asian part of the world, but they are overpriced, and as such, there's always a better audio option for the same price.
Getting back to the Audio Engine speakers, they are so incredibly hifi for their price that even with the build up I'm giving them, you'll still be astounded.
I have the AE 2 models that sell for $200 and I can't get over how good they are.
The AE 5+ models are bigger with a bigger woofer but share the same tweeter.
I have listened to a Bose $350 speaker system that also ran on batteries and was in one single case, whereas the AE are two different boxes with one of them including the class A/B amp.
There is no doubt that the Bose system was very pleasant to listen to and had the added advantage of greater portability and being able to function where there is no AC power, but when it comes to sound purity and detail, the Audio Engines clearly beat them, even my $200 AE 2's.

Stereophlie review.
http://www.stereophile.com/standl...rs/1207ae/

Where to buy them.
http://audioengineusa.com/
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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
It depends on how portable you mean.
If you mean lightweight and battery operated, then the following is of no use to you.
If you want the best audio in that price range, there is no doubt that the Audio Engine 5+ speakers beat the pants off of the Bose models in the same price range, although I do understand why you like the Bose speakers so much, even though they get badmouthed so much in these forums. The fact is that Bose speakers are good and way better than anything coming out of the Asian part of the world, but they are overpriced, and as such, there's always a better audio option for the same price.
Getting back to the Audio Engine speakers, they are so incredibly hifi for their price that even with the build up I'm giving them, you'll still be astounded.
I have the AE 2 models that sell for $200 and I can't get over how good they are.
The AE 5+ models are bigger with a bigger woofer but share the same tweeter.
I have listened to a Bose $350 speaker system that also ran on batteries and was in one single case, whereas the AE are two different boxes with one of them including the class A/B amp.
There is no doubt that the Bose system was very pleasant to listen to and had the added advantage of greater portability and being able to function where there is no AC power, but when it comes to sound purity and detail, the Audio Engines clearly beat them, even my $200 AE 2's.

Stereophlie review.
http://www.stereophile.com/standl...rs/1207ae/

Where to buy them.
http://audioengineusa.com/
I have actually thought about getting those AE2 to use for computer speakers but I want a sub as well. Any idea on that type of setup? Not looking to spend a ton but I like quality. The reviews on them are great.
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I have actually thought about getting those AE2 to use for computer speakers but I want a sub as well. The reviews on them are great.
To give you an idea of how impressed I was when I first got them, I did something that I have never done in my life, wrote a letter to the company, commending them on the product, explaining how I'd lost my taste for music in my room with my japscrap Logitech speakers, etc.
I think they thought I was trying to weasel a freebie out of them, but they did reply, thanking me for the rave review.
The point of telling you this is to exemplify how great they are for the price.
I bought them sight unseen, based on reviews. Suffice to say they are not sold here in the Caribbean. and you won't find them in your local BB or Walmart either.
I bought them straight from the company, no tax, no shipping to Miami where I had them forwarded to me.

On another note, the sub....
Just for kicks, I tried them with the Logitech sub and it sounded like crap. muddying up the sound.
The bass from the two speakers is not deep by any means, but it is well balanced and great if you are close to them.
If you want to fill a room with sound and a deep thumping bass, I'm not sure that these are the speakers to buy along with a sub.
They have their niche and are exceptional at what they do but I believe that a matched system ( I have no idea which) with two satellites and a sub, may be superior to the 2's with some mismatched sub.
That's just my opinion, of course, but I'm pretty sure that it is correct.
I have heard that the 5+ are out of this world and that the greater bass performance may suffice.
Another remark worth mentioning is that they did not do well as TV speakers. They are too detailed and not big and powerful enough to deal with those big "bang crash" sounds you get from movies.
If it is beginning to sound like a negative review, then it's only because of my choice of words. I wouldn't part with them for anything less than the bigger AE 5+ speakers. Hooked up to my desktop. only a couple of feet from my face, they are absolutely outstanding.
One of the unique and highly useful features of these speakers is their ability to sound good at low volumes. There are times when playing them loud is not an option (people sleeping etc) and the detail and satisfactory sound at a low low volume, is remarkable. Unlike cheapie cheapie speakers that always leave you wanting to turn up the volume, "to hear more", these speakers sound great at any volume, up until you go overboard and they start clipping.
If I remember correctly, the manufacturer offers a 30 day trial, satisfaction guaranteed policy, so there truly is no risk.
I hope you get yourself a pair.
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To give you an idea of how impressed I was when I first got them, I did something that I have never done in my life, wrote a letter to the company, commending them on the product, explaining how I'd lost my taste for music in my room with my japscrap Logitech speakers, etc.
I think they thought I was trying to weasel a freebie out of them, but they did reply, thanking me for the rave review.
The point of telling you this is to exemplify how great they are for the price.
I bought them sight unseen, based on reviews. Suffice to say they are not sold here in the Caribbean. and you won't find them in your local BB or Walmart either.
I bought them straight from the company, no tax, no shipping to Miami where I had them forwarded to me.

On another note, the sub....
Just for kicks, I tried them with the Logitech sub and it sounded like crap. muddying up the sound.
The bass from the two speakers is not deep by any means, but it is well balanced and great if you are close to them.
If you want to fill a room with sound and a deep thumping bass, I'm not sure that these are the speakers to buy along with a sub.
They have their niche and are exceptional at what they do but I believe that a matched system ( I have no idea which) with two satellites and a sub, may be superior to the 2's with some mismatched sub.
That's just my opinion, of course, but I'm pretty sure that it is correct.
I have heard that the 5+ are out of this world and that the greater bass performance may suffice.
Another remark worth mentioning is that they did not do well as TV speakers. They are too detailed and not big and powerful enough to deal with those big "bang crash" sounds you get from movies.
If it is beginning to sound like a negative review, then it's only because of my choice of words. I wouldn't part with them for anything less than the bigger AE 5+ speakers. Hooked up to my desktop. only a couple of feet from my face, they are absolutely outstanding.
One of the unique and highly useful features of these speakers is their ability to sound good at low volumes. There are times when playing them loud is not an option (people sleeping etc) and the detail and satisfactory sound at a low low volume, is remarkable. Unlike cheapie cheapie speakers that always leave you wanting to turn up the volume, "to hear more", these speakers sound great at any volume, up until you go overboard and they start clipping.
If I remember correctly, the manufacturer offers a 30 day trial, satisfaction guaranteed policy, so there truly is no risk.
I hope you get yourself a pair.

We are getting a bit away from the OP's original question so maybe we should move this to PM. Check your inbox!
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HI guys,

indeed I am searching for something battery driven. A mobile wireless portable device, the these audioengines fo not work for me.
And btw: you get them at amazon for 100$ cheaper.

But thanks anyway.

So is there anyone who can give me an advice?
There must be someone who was faced with he same problem, than I am...

Rgds
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