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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 46 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This system is GREAT

    Posted .

    I've been using an Onkyo 7.1 surround sound system in my condo which was easy to wire up because the place was small and I could run the wires under the carpet next to the walls. Anyway, I moved into a house with an open kitchen that looks out into the living room. I couldn't figure out a good way to run the rear speakers without having wires everywhere so I've been using the fronts and sub for the last few months. I decided that I wanted a much simpler system so I started doing research on the Bose 321. I found nothing but mixed reviews. It seems like everyone either loves or hates the thing, but I figured I would give it a shot so I went out and got one. I'm amazed. I've been a pretty big stereo system guy since high school and have always tried to get the top of the line newest stuff out. It was hard for me to settle for a 2.1 system when there are so many bigger, more powerful options out there. This system allowed me to considerably clean up the wiring behind my entertainment system by subtracting a DVD player and all that speaker wire. It was cake to set up. Once I hooked it up and turned everything on everything worked the first time. i went into the menu, turned up the bass and treble a little bit, and was good to go. Some people have said that it doesn't have enough bass (and it's not as powerful as a lot of the bigger systems) but it IS a good amount of bass and blends very well with music and movies. It does NOT accurately replicate rear speakers, but it is a very full, rich, and theater like sound. It actually sounds much better than my 7,1 system did in a few ways. 1.) I don't have to adjust volume for voice versus louder scenes. I've continually had problems hearing quieter scenes with the clarity of louder ones. People will be talking then something big will happen and the volume blows you away. This system takes care of that problem. I haven't had to adjust volume yet. 2.) The clarity of special effects like breaking glass is MUCH more clear and crisp. 3.) The overall feel is much more theater like. You really do get that "out to the movies" experience as opposed to just really loud. I was worried that the volume levels might be a problem due to the small speakers, but it's not a problem at all. I haven't turned the system up all the way yet and it more than fills the room. In fact I can clearly hear everything throughout the house and into the garage! I've used the system to watch digital cable, movies, and play my Xbox. I have no complaints with anything I've tried to far. One unexpected aspect that I noticed was the fact that it seemed like my tv and movies looked better. It made no sense because I didn't change any settings and there's no video going through the unit (minus the built in DVD player, but my old one upconverted as well.) I really think that it seemed this way because the auditory experience is so much better that everything else seemed better as well. My girlfriend even asked what I did to make the picture better and I had to say "nothing." The price is a little steep, but I don't regret spending the money. Having such a small, clean, and efficient system without wires running all over the room made it well worth it. I've had a lot of people tell me that Bose is just too overpriced and not worth the extra cash, but after buying this system, I'll have to disagree. It's small, loud, clear, easy to use, and sounds awesome. I highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound although not surround sound.

    Posted .

    Heard this system in the store and was very impressed. Bought it, set it up at home and was totally disappointed! I returned it to Best Buy with the intention of buying another brand. My salesperson told me that I needed to hook the 3-2-1 up using a digital optic cord to achieve the best sound. I tried this and am now pleased with the unit. Love the sound quality and ease of set up using the digital optic cord.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted .

    first off i am not an audiophile by any means... i tried a few 2.1 channel systems and had problems with them all. i bought in the $400 - $700 range and was never happy (took two home and returned them both). so i got fed up and ignored the $1,000 price tag and just bought a bose on name recognition... so now i am very happy with my sound system...it has a very balanced sound, fills the room, sounds great, looks great, was EASY to set up, gets LOUD, dvd player picture looks great, the remote it comes with operates my tv and cable box (big plus for me as it got me down to one remote) the system has nice lows....seems lacking sometimes but you can boost the bass... only other potential con is the pricetag.... many audiophiles dont like bose...they will tell you they are overpriced....they may be right..but if you want a nice sounding system and don't want to go through the hassle of research and trying different options...i would swallow the $100-$200 "over priced theory", save yourself the hassle, and just buy this.....

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth it for LCD TV

    Posted .

    We bought a new Samsung 46" LCD to replace our 5 yr. old Samsung DLP. The DLP unit has big speakers and had pretty good sound. The new LCD's should simply leave speakers out. This system makes a HUGE difference in the sound and movies are fun to watch again. The sub reproduces a good amount of low end fill, not 12" material but it does the job quite well. Not full surround, not really even close, but much, much better than current trend LCD TV speakers. Bought it for $999 and on the 30th day was running through old emails and the best buy link to it showed it for $849. Called in and got a $165 credited to my BB card. Can't beat that but still over priced.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent

    Posted .

    Bought this for my follks for Christmas. The Bose had a great sound from the two small speakers. The sub was able to handle deep bass and all without any fluttering or distortion which was actually surprising. Took a little bit to adjust some of the sound settings, but as with all surround equipment, you have to adjust it to meet the room's space for optimal sound. I played multiple genre's of music through it and was impresses with the quality. However I also then played the same songs on my true 5.1 HD surround and there was no comparison. The 3.2.1 obviously just can't sound like a true surround sound system. But overall I was impressed. The sub didn't output as much bass as I had hoped, but works well for a smaller room. The components are high quality. The speaker wire is a decent size gauge and does not feel cheap. The unit itself looks nice and so does the sub. And of course it's a Bose! I'd give it 4 out of 5 only because it can't compare to a true surround sound, and it's a little pricey. You can get a true surround sound set up (if you have the room) for less which can be made to sound better.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Would be a 5 if it wasn't for a digital glitch

    Posted .

    I laid down the grand for this system because it looks and sounds better than any other system for what I'm looking for (smallest space, clearest and brightest sound). The surround sound effect is not bad (you don't hear sounds behind you, but you hear them left and right of you). There are 2 problems with this system, one minor, one major. The minor one: you can't send DVD sound alone to TV (it goes to Both the TV and the Bose system) which means you can't plug everything into your TV and then audio out from the TV into the Bose. Bose wants everything going through the Bose, not through a TV and then through the Bose. Not a showstopper. The major problem, however, happens when using the digital optic connection (which is the only way to get Dolby surround sound from an external source like your satellite receiver). The digital connection correctly detects and plays the different Dolby formats (and shows you the format on the media center's front display). If you then pause or stop the program (therefore stopping the inflow of digital sound source), within a minute or two the entire Bose system shuts down. This happens whether you have the analog (red and white) cables connected as well. This is repeatable on my system. I have an email into Bose support for this. Can anyone else post if this happens to them or not? Please do not say it does not happen to you if you have not tested the DIGITAL (not the analog) connection. It does not happen with the built in DVD, nor does it happen with the red and white analog cables. It only happens when listening to the digital audio connection using a fiber cable. Make sure the media center's display shows the name of your sound source ("TV" or "Sat" or "Aux") and the detected sound stream ("Dolby 2.0 or 5.1") from an external source (like a DirecTV or Dish satellite reciever - I use the vip 612). Then play a program and either stop or pause it (you should see the "Dolby 2.0 or 5.1" disappear from the display and only show the sound source. Wait a minute or two, and you'll see the display say "Bose 3.2.1" and then the whole system hard powers off. Sorry for the long winded review, but this is a serious glitch which may or may not be unique to my system. This is the new line, the Series III, not the Series II. Thanks for reading, and I appreciate other's feedback. If I get this issue resolved, I will re-post this review with a higher rating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Had to get it after having older system....

    Posted .

    This 321 system replaces a generation I series that we have had for over 9 years and Bose backs up their products with mailed updates and able to call with questions or concerns and the support staff will talk you through any problems. No problems with this one, but the series 1 machine had a disc caught in it twice, younger child too forceful with the automatic drawer. Bose fixed it with talking us throug the solution. This system series III replaced that machine in our main living area, but we are still using our old system in our secondary room. It is amazing how much this sounds like the more expensive system that Bose produces. It is easy to set up, takes less than an hour, and that includes moving furniture around. Love this product and previous systems that they have made. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Have to be the best sounding simple setup system

    Posted .

    I am watching IRON MAN as I am writing this. Setup: 52" plasma, PS3 connected to bose via Optical connection. If price is not an issue, this is the best system to invest in. For a two speaker system, it delivers very good sound quality and simulates a 5 speaker surround sound without needing 5 speakers. The sound is crisp and sounds precise. I have other 5 speaker systems and the 3 2 1 sounds exactly like them, without the additional 3 speakers. Initial setup required some tweaking of the main system. I initially didnt get DTS or DOLBY DIGITAL quality from the PS3 but after changing the settings on the PS3, it sounds great. I also have movies stored on a hard drive and when i play them through the PS3, the BOSE system captures the Dolby Digital sound that comes from the movies. Along with the price, the only other negative thing I have about the 321 system is lack of input. as you can tell from the specs, there is only an HDMI out and video out from the unit is only component. Overall, I am extremely pleased. I just need to find an optical switcher to be able to connect my cable box to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound but too expensive

    Posted .

    This system has great sound. However I can't justify the sound for the price. I returned the system and got a Denon. Much cheaper system with just as good of a sound (no dvd player). Overall Bose is still a top quality sound system. I just think the price is a little over the top.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    Posted .

    Overall, an amazing product. Love the sound, took maybe a half hour to set up. There are more wires that they tell you in the description and it is not as simple as they try to make it sound (but what is?). DVD player and CD player play awesomely, no complaints there. The AM and FM is a little tricky to setup because the wires are quite limited, but receive well once setup correctly. The only thing about this product that disappointed me was the was only one fiber-optic outlet in the back of the module so I am unfortunately unable to play XBOX 360 on it because the outlet is being used for HD cable instead. I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone seeking a high-quality surround-sound audio system.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great System - 100% Satisfaction

    Posted .

    This system hit the sweet spot for my home theater needs. It produces about the best sound one could hope for without placing speakers all around you. When I was testing it after install, my family said it sounded like a movie theater. The only improvement I feel is necessary is that it should play Bluray and 3D, but it does not. I had to buy a PS3 to get that. If it can play DVD, they can make it play Bluray and 3D like the PS3 and many other players do.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for the money!

    Posted .

    Pretty good sound for a 2.1 surround sound system, not quite as good as the Kliptch 2.1 system I have in the living room, but certainly acceptable. Setup wasn't too bad - it's always a pain to disconnect everything to change out a component like this, but that isn't any fault of Bose. I would recommend this system for anyone who doesn't want to set up (or doesn't have room for) a 5 speaker surround sound system. Best picture I've seen from a non-Blu Ray DVD player like this. Overall, I'm very happy with this!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Product

    Posted .

    Best sound system that I have ever purchased. I have had several 5.1 systems and was worred about downgrading to a 2.1 system but it is by far the best system that I have ever owned. Quality of the system allows it to seem like true surround sound. Not to mention the rich sounds that are produced from the Acoustimass Module. Just wish that Bose would take the DVD player and switch it with a Blu-Ray drive. Other than that its the best product that produces the best sound. You will not be dissapointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly bad system at a horrendous price

    Posted .

    Of all the home theater products I have purchased and returned, owned and professionally installed... only the Bose V35 are worse. In my experience Bose products are incredibly over priced. Without getting into serious detail, here are the facts. This system along with most other Bose systems use tiny 2-3 inch drivers. Sound reproduction boils down to the movement of air. Large speakers do this well because they employ large woofers and large magnets. Bose uses tiny woofers and tiny magnets so their speakers will NEVER reproduce powerful sound. Its physically impossible. Ask your highschool physics professor if you don't believe me. Next, the woofers are made out of paper. Some people will say that paper is the perfect material for reproducing sound. Anyone who knows sound knows that paper cones are great for producing sound in a SMALL frequency range. Paper cones can't produce low end or high end sound effectively. I estimate that the speakers cost in the range of $2-$5 to produce. The base module is basically a box with multiple 5-6 inch woofers. Since this is essentially the "subwoofer," it should produce low end sound but 5-6 inch woofers can't produce low end sound effectively since they can't move enough air. This means that the base module ends up being a speaker instead of a sub. The control center is NOT a receiver. The drive frequently gets jammed and at times powers off completely while in use. When I first got this system several years ago I thought it was just mine so I got a replacement and it happened with the replacement as well. It also sends base frequencies to the satellite speakers so distortion is always present whether you are watching a movie or listening to music. The build quality of this system is also very poor. This is the case with just about every Bose product from the Lifestyle systems and 900 series speakers all the way down to their lower end systems. The fit and finish is comparable to a $200.00 system. This is not an opinion this is a fact. Take it apart and see for youself. On a positive note, most Bose systems do pass the "Wife," factor. This means that they are asthetically pleasing. This system is VERY easy to set up as with most Bose systems. The engineers at Bose have done a wonderful job making this system easy to set up for people who know zero about electronics. Lastly, know this: Bose DOES NOT publish any of their audio testing results. If they did anyone who knows a little about audio would probably laugh. Their are however many indepth audio reviews on Bose products done by professional sound engineers. This system should cost about $199.99 based on build quality, sound quality and durability. For the price, you can find a much better system however it will not say Bose on it. Happy shopping :)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great system for a beginner.

    Posted .

    This is my first Bose system ever. I've heard so many great things about Bose systems and the quality of sound they produce and they live up to their reputation. This system was very easy to set up. It's not surround sound, but when I turn it up.... you know it's a Bose. Now, the price was a little steap, but you will not be disappointed if you are a first timer like me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME SYSTEM!

    Posted .

    Having read the reviews on the older Bose 321 II Series, one would be hesitant to purchase one. I had previouisly owened a Bose Cinemate - and I was very happy with that. This is an awesome system for most people that don't want to run speakers all over the room and have limited space. I have only had it a short time, but absolutely love it. I did during the setup go in and increase both the base and treble settings. Setup was easy - and now with the HDMI and upconvert to 1080 - this was a definite improvement over the older 321 II series. No it's not for everyone I guess, but it suits our needs very well. For the type of system it is the sound is incredible. So if your considering this - you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound!

    Posted .

    This system has AMAZING sound... especially for only having 2 speakers and a subwoofer. It's easy to set up, and are small enough to blend in easy with your furnishings. It's great that you get a full 'surround' sound without having to run wire and speakers around the room. The bass is awesome, and the built in AM/FM/CD makes listening to music like nothing you've heard before. I've been amazed by the 3-2-1 since I saw the series II --- and I'm still loving it. the benefit of the series III is the HDMI options. LOVE this system!!!! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    BOSE GS Series III Home Entertainment System

    Posted .

    This Bose Home Entertainment system is amazing! I get compliments from everyone that comes over, the family LOVE watching all their dvds, listening to music. The realistic, crystal clear sound, due to the TrueSpace surround technology, is fantastic! I installed the whole system really easily, but an instruction dvd is also included, for help with set-up. The system looks great, sounds great, and also comes with a universal remote, to conveniently control everything with one remote. I'm VERY happy that I bought this, and found out that Best Buy has a ton of home entertainment packages to choose from; some of which include Geek Squad assistance. I'd recommend, to everyone! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Blown Away

    Posted .

    I am really impressed with this new unit. Going from the componet video to the hdmi was a change that was visible. It is really easy to st up and the unit comes with everything you need to make it work(including an hdmi cable). The only complaint that i have was that the people in Best Buy don't have a clue what comes in the box which can be a pain. I asked them if the unit came with a hdmi cable and they told me that it did not. This system comes with everything you need to hook it up. Now i have to take time out to go back to Best Buy and return something i did not need because the employees there have not done their research.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great & simple home theater system

    Posted .

    This is a great product. The 3-2-1 System has a very easy set-up, and has excellent sound. It can be hard to adjust the settings (i.e. if you want more bass or treble), but the sound quality overall is great. The best part of the 3-2-1 system is its flexibility - its very easy to connect to the rest of your entertainment system.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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