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ammu vasanth
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Hi

Just to make sure if buying Bose music system is worthwhile..i like music a lot and think iPod ( iam a proud owner of a mini ) and think it's a deal . But an earphone for $299 (Bose

..Not me..any justifications on this?
Steven Bell
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Bose simply makes the best speakers around. Hands down. You get what you pay for.
Alan Wanwierd
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I wouldnt necessarily say 'best hands down'... but Bose do have a high quality product. (There are plenty of smaller manufacters who produce fantasicly good speakers at least as good as Bose if not better).

Decent speakers or headphones will improve the quality of your listening experience with a great deal more detail being audible and a sharp clear sound (difficult to describe - but go to a hi-fi shop and do a comparison test - you'll know what I'm talking about).

Unfortunately if you're using these headphones primarily to listen to MP3s from an iPod, a large amount of the detail will already have been 'clipped' by the compression and you may not get the full benefits of expensive kit!
ammu vasanth
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Unfortunately if you're using these headphones primarily to listen to MP3s from an iPod, a large amount of the detail will already have been 'clipped' by the compression and you may not get the full benefits of expensive kit!

that's exactly what i did..i tried Bose headphone on mp3..maybe, that's why i couldn't say it from other headphones.. i was told Bose measures sound in RMS and not in Wattages..all i know is higher the wattage , better the output.. can enayone explain what this RMS stuff is ? ( think i had this in my School..but.. u know what i mean ..)
Steven Bell
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two types of wattage, rms and max output. rms is something like the amount of output you would expect during normal play (I'm not sure on the actual measurement). Most good speakers/headphones measure in rms, don't even take into consideration the wattage unless it's rms.
Jeroen Wenting
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My personal favourite for headphones is Sennheiser.

Indeed for mp3s you won't get much benefit from speakers/headphones that are more than decent, but when listening to CDs or DVDs using a quality HiFi player (so not your computer!) you clearly notice the difference.


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Madhav Lakkapragada
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Originally posted by Steven Bell:
two types of wattage, rms and max output. rms is something like the amount of output you would expect during normal play (I'm not sure on the actual measurement).


RMS = Root Mean Square.

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Alan Wanwierd
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Originally posted by ammu vasanth:
..all i know is higher the wattage , better the output.. ...


Not true - the higher the wattage the LOUDER the output, and there might be a rough corolation with quality for similarly constructed units since a speaker working at 50% its max capacity will perform better than one working at 95% its capacity (Which will tend to start distorting). So a 100W speaker cranking out 50W of power will tend to distort less than a 50W speaker cranking out 50W of power.... but it isnt necessarily as simple as that! Good speakers will perform much better then bad ones when driven towards the top end of their power rating.

Have you ever heard people listening to a cheap radio in SE Asia? It tends to be turned up loud, but you cant hear a damn thing 'cos its its all a distorted horrible mess.

The measure of a good speaker is not loudness - its clarity!. When you can listen to Berlioz Symphony Fantastique and have the tubular bell send shivers down your spine as the pure tone cuts through all the orchestral backround - you know you've got a good sound. When you can listen to Miles Davis and think you can hear the smoke bellowing around the room - thats a good sound, and when you listen to modern teen-pop and realise that actually theres no depth to the music whatsoever - that may be because you've got used to hearing all the depth in other things through your excellent clear speakers!

You dont need it to be loud to experience good hifi!! (Although if you refer to the "Legalise drugs" thread, you can learn a number of ways to increase your enjoyment of good hifi! )
 
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