lethargicmass wrote:(One design point that always angered me about the Acoustimass module,... Amar designed it to get more bass response out of a smaller box at the risk of driver damage at higher volumes.)
As far as sound quality goes, I like the sound of sealed boxes myself, most normal listeners would have no problem sacrificing a bit of audio quality for better WAF. This bass module doesn't sound bad, just not great.
As far as driver damage goes for this bass module, I have put mine through torture and have had no problems. Back in the early 90's when I bought this system, I was one of those ignorant listeners who always had the bass control knob cranked to the hilt and had the loudness button on. Always had the volume cranked to 10, had the doors in my apartment rattling from the bass 24/7. I'm not like that anymore, now I am a fanatic for flat freq response.
I think there is some kind of electronic protection for the bass drivers.
lethargicmass wrote: I have to say that your high end measurements suggest that the years have indeed taken their toll...
The freq above 6khz probably aren't falling off as much as my meter is showing. I use a Craftsmen SPL meter. I've measured quite a few systems with this same meter and the db's always start to fall off around 5khz. With testing db's at 85db, when I get up to 16khz-20khz, the meter reads that the volume has fallen down below 60db's, but it's actually still so loud that I need my hearing protection on. So I think my meter is very inaccurate above 5khz.
lethargicmass wrote:I may hate Bose designs, but I'm not going to try to "educate" someone's ear to hear things the way I think they should hear them just to support my opinion of what's good.
I believe Bose sets out to make speakers that sound good to the average person, if that means sacrificing some audio accuracy, then so be it. To me they do sound good. They definitely cover up flaws and other harsh sounding audio qualities of poor recordings. The Bose are not revealing such as my JBL's. But if I listen to a great recording through the JBL's that can give me goose bumps, listening to the same recording through the Bose will just sound good, not exemplary.
I can listen to the Bose all day long with the volume cranked to the max and not get any hearing fatigue. I do get hearing fatigue much quicker with my JBL's and others I've listened to.
To put this idea in terms of cars. You have the average person that likes the average car which isolates you from the road, when hitting pot holes, this car will soak it up and not jar you, the steering is slightly numb so you don't feel every imperfection in the road, the transmission shifts smoothly, the exhaust is quiet. This car is comfortable to drive every day, the majority of people are content with this. This is the Bose speaker.
Then you have the true sports car that feels everything the road has to offer, the transmission shifts hard, the exhaust is loud. On a smooth track this car is great, but take it on the road and pot holes become jarring, the steering twitches with imperfections in the road. This car is very revealing and only a small percentage of the public feel the need for this much driver involvement. This is something like high end pro JBL or high end PSB or Martin Logan's.
I believe the majority of people would love the sound of Bose, accurate or not.
I believe in giving opinions to help people make good decisions, but I get so aggravated when I hear "no highs, no lows, must be Bose," and hearing of Bose's supposed poor quality because all their money is spent on advertising.