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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch 300 vs Boston Acoustics Home Theater

    Posted
    Kyle119
    • My Best Buy® Member

    For those who aren't interested in reading about my "Klipsch 300 vs Boston Acoustics" experience, I would recommend it over the Boston Acoustics systems when compared side-by-side for three reasons: 1) Significantly clearer satellite speakers come in the K-300 2) Subwoofer handles a wider range, along with putting out a stronger sound. 3) Subwoofer does NOT distort NEARLY as easily as the Boston Acoustics. TESTING THE BOSTON ACOUSTICS W/ DENON AVR-590: For starters, I want to explain why I'm comparing the two anyway: We bought the Boston Acoustics packaged ($599.99) with the Denon AVR-590 reciever ($349 alone) for my Father's b-day. After installing the BA system(which was relatively simple) we connected the Denon reciever. *while the reciever is not under fire here, I want to point out that it is not the most user-friendly piece of equipment. It has taken me a week to become familiar all the different functions it has to offer.* That BA system offers a rich, high-quality sound. The satellites were very good, yet the bass doesn't complete the setup very nicely. It doesn't 'punch' like a subwoofer should, which is most noticable while listening to music. In addition, I found that that it lacked a 'strong' sound that filled the room. To be fair, I'm not saying it didn't put out sound, just not to a room-shaking level by any means. To wrap up the BA review, we watched Harry Potter 6 (Half-Blood Prince). I have no complaint with the satellite speakers, but the subwoofer would distort heavily during high intensity scene, even when turned down in an effort to save the sound. We had the Boston Acoustics system for about a week and a half. Using them daily. TESTING KLIPSCH 300 VS BOSTON ACOUSTICS BOTH W/ DENON AVR-590 reciever: Previously, I have had experience with Klipsch 2.1 Promedia ($150) speakers at a neighbors house. I have been impressed to no end with them so I encouraged my Father to return the BA and get the Klispch 300 system (we bought it on sale for $249 at Best Buy) . He bought the system and we did a side-by-side comparison as follows: We took down the BA back surround speakers, replaced the front-left BA satellite with a Klipsch 300 satellite, then put both subwoofers side by side. We kept everything the same as if the BA system was still setup. We then played various songs of different genres paying special attention to the clarity of both. The BA had a slightly (stressing slight)louder midrange, but amazingly weaker highs compared to the Klipsch. Clarity again sided with the Klipsch satellite on several occasions. As for the subwoofers, we would turn around while someone alternated between the two just to see what sounded better. The Klipsch sub (6.5") had a VERY strong sound to it, with a hard 'punch' and good lows. While the BA subwoofer (8") had problems keeping it all together when put to the test. To be fair we even tipped it on its side to allow it to fire outward, but even then the Klipsch sub ran cirlces around it in the form of clarity, punch, and strong, room-shaking sound. The Klipsch had very clear limits to its abilities, but up to those limits it was supurb! On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest) of the quality of how a Home Theater subwoofer should sound, I give the Klipsch 300 sub big 6 with the BA subwoofer a solid 4. After watching Lord of the Rings: Return of the King on the Klipsch system, it satisfies my conclusion that the Klipsch speakers offer a better sound, head and shoulders above the Boston Acoustics. INSTALLATION: We installed both systems on our own. The BA system came with a stand, but not a mount. The Klipsch could stand up on their own (with rubber feet included) or had a mounting bracket that was relatively easy to install. Total installation INCLUDING hooking up the reciever was about an hour. IN SUMMARY: The Klipsch 300 satellites have a distinctly better quality sound, while the subwoofer completes it with a justice rarely heard from a 6.5" sub. I would like to say we tested it fairly, but in the end it truly matters what satisfies your ears personally. For the price, we got exactly what we expected. The Klipsch 300 did it for me! Enjoy!! Note: the Klipsch didn't come with a reciever OR speaker/subwoofer cable, so we ended up buying an identical Denon AVR-590 reciever ($349 alone). The price was about the same for both the Boston Acoustics package and the Klipsch 300 (on sale) w/ Denon reciever. PS: for those wondering why I didn't take off any points for the 'power' rating is because we got what we paid for. We couldn't have asked anything more from a $600 setup. We LOVE it!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant, Accurate, Crisp, and Great Impact

    Posted
    thehoove
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I installed this system in an apartment living room. That part of the room was probably 12x12 or maybe a little more. I paired it up with a Pioneer VSX-519V-K and 16 gauge wire. The whole system was a great bang for the buck. When installing the speakers, I was excited to see that the wall mounts swivel. This allowed me to point the speakers exactly where they needed to be. The center channel speaker also swivels up and down. All the speakers were carfully placed at head level and aimed at the couch. Subwoofer was placed in the corner about six inches away from the wall. Typically you want subs (expecially small ones) to be placed in the corner of a room. Every wall or floor under or behind it gives you a few extra decibels expecially in the deep bass range. The first thing I noticed was a slight buzz from the subwoofer. I just moved the power wire away from the signal wire and zipped tied it up. Problem solved. Then, once we got an optical wire hooked up from the DVD player, I started tweaking. We measured all the speakers to set the timing for each one. I set the crossover to 150Hz as specified (yes, that one does sound the most accurate). Then, turned the rear speaks down by 1 dB. After all the fine tuning, we put in an action movie and cranked it up. I would argue that this system sounds better than a lot of movie theaters. It has brilliant highs and better mids than I expected which really brought out vocals (expecially in the center channel). I think the compression tweeters have a lot to do with the clarity. The rear speakers were mounted at angles toward the couch as much as we could, but I didn't expect to hear them. They came through loud and clear as if they were angled right at you! This is why I say excellent angle before cutoff. Usually small speakers have that laser beam dispersion. Now, the subwoofer. This sub reproduces very deep rumbles with authority! You can feel it shake the floor like you are at the movies. I've never heard a 6 1/2 inch sub that is better. If you want to show me one around this price, feel free! The sub also does a great job of carrying up to 150Hz for those male vocals and whatnot. Usually, I don't like that, but you have to compensate for small speakers somewhere. Even so, the subwoofer fills in the sound without you really noticing bass from the voices coming from the corner. I wouldn't set your crossover much less than 150Hz or you will get a frequency hole. Only thing bad I noticed was when we had the movie up really loud, the sub blew some air noise out the port. Not a big deal. Like I said, it sounded as loud as the movies at that point... If you are trying to use this system in a huge room, you need a bigger system, not just a bigger sub. But, for small and medium sized rooms, it's great. So, very accurate, nice dispersion angles, great user friendly mounting hardware, powerful yet musical subwoofer. It got a 4 in sound quality, because obviouly there's better, just not for the price. The sub aired out a little, thus the power a 4. Just as an end note: compared to supposed high end small satillite systems (you can guess who I'm talking about), this system wins. Not sure why the other company doesn't run any tweeters in thier systems, but they should. Pretty soon, Klipsch is going to surpass them when everyone finds out they sound better for cheaper. Go for the company working on sound quality, not convenience of getting supposed huge sound (huge to who?) from a small radio or something. Listen to that little radio and soon you'll wish you just got an entire 5.1 system for the same price. Klipsch satillites are more natural and the highs extend effortlessly. The other company might have a better subwoofer in a 6.5, but why spend so much more? Klipsch has 8, 10, 12, inch subs that will blow that away, too. If you need more power buy a bigger system! Don't forget Klipsch is leader in professional cinema speakers and makes over $30,000 speakers! Then ask youself if you think they will sound good!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small Package - BIG SOUND!

    Posted
    RM15
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I must hand it to Klipsch! How they managed to get so much Clarity, Power, and Presence, in such a little pacakge is beyond me. Let me start out by saying that I have owned a pair of Klipsch RF-5's mated to a Adcom amp and pre-amp, so I know what good sound is. Its been a few years since I owned a nice set-up, and I caught a bad case of Home Theatre-itis. With the blessing of the boss (wife), and a set budget, I started hunting. The Criteria - Non Intrusive, Good Build and Sound Quality, won't upset the neighbors (too much). I started with the usual, the Bose systems. Bose definitely knows how to market (female approved), but there was just something lacking. And, after further investigation on their build quality and materials used, and the price tag, I passed. Then on to Polk, Sony, and I even ventured into Definitive and Mirage (higher end of budget, but great sound). I finally landed on the Klipsch 300 after much research online. I liked the price (under budget), and of course I was already a fan of Klipsch. So, I bought it without an audition knowing I could return it if necessary. I mated it to the Pioneer VSX820 (a killer receiver for the price), and went home to hook it up. After about two hours of installation (i'm a picky installer and everything has to be perfect, no wires showing, etc.), the auditioning began. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with the sound. Crisp, Clear, Warm, and Powerful. I spent about and hour testing sound from my Blueray and I-pod, both in stereo and surround. Watching Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen was awesome. I picked this movie becasue it can put a speaker system through its paces. The Klipsch HDT 300 handled all I could throw at it. The Sound was coming from all directions, and the Subwoofer 6 included in the pacakge provided deep, powerful, wall shaking bass. Stereo Music was fullfilling and did not leave me wanting for more. All in all, I am truly satisfied with my purchase of the Klipsch HDT 300 and the Pioneer VSX820. Combined, I spent $699 ($399 for the Klipsch HDT 300) plus tax and feel that I got an excellent value for my money. The wife also approves and now we enjoy staying in on a Friday or Saturday evening watching movies with just the two of us or family and friends. Go buy this system, you'll be glad you did!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Geat speaker system for a first home theather

    Posted
    mtbike8439
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Before purchasing a home theater system I wanted to make sure that I bought the best system for my budget. Originally I purchased the Boston Acoustics/Denon AVR-590 package but the wife didn’t like the size of the subwoofer. After doing some research to find a speaker system with a smaller but powerful subwoofer I came across the 300 series speaker system. Plus it was on sale for $250! Once I set the system up I switched the cable over to the music channels and was amazed at the clear highs the satellite speakers were able to achieve. You could hear every little note of the music clearly. At this time I had the subwoofer turned down almost all the way because a friend recommended “breaking in” the subwoofer over the course of a week or two by turning the gain up slowly. After the break in period (brought it up to half gain before the system started to distort) I turned on the Pats game and noticed that the subwoofer would bottom out easily (which is my only gripe with this speaker system). Since the subwoofer bottoms out easily it has forced me to constantly adjust the dB offset on the receiver when watching movies to make sure it is set to the correct level for the most base without bottoming out the sub. Overall I would recommend the system if your starting out but set a couple bucks aside each month to spring for a larger subwoofer later on down the road.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Not Bad

    Posted
    Nino125
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I didnt know anything about sound systems other than I knew I wanted one. When my friend helped me to get one, he suggested this brand even though i never heard of it. I thought i would need a sony or to get fantastic sound quality, a Bose. But that wasnt the case at all. The sound on the speakers are just what I wanted and the subwoofer is plenty worth it when watching movies and playing action games. The price wasnt too bad considering the sound quality. I would definitely recommend these speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    fair quality

    Posted
    rayjr79

    on the whole i think this is a good beginning surround setup. the surrounds and center are all very clear and crisp. the only thing i was disappointed in was the subwoofer. it distorts very easily especially with big explosions!! it just sounds very weak to me. i plan on buying a pair of stand alone fronts to take advantage of my sony recievers 7.1 capabilities at which time i will retire the sad little sub. until then i just turned the power way down on the sub and functions ok. but as i said very happy with the rest of the speakers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Home Theater Speakers for Small Room

    Posted
    soulbrother
    • My Best Buy® Member

    After much research, I purchased these speakers based on other buyer's comments that it is a good solution for a smaller room. I set them up in my den which is about 12 x 12. I adjusted the subwoofer to the manufacturer's recommended settings. In addition I reduced the sub output level on my Onkyo receiver to -3db and it sounds great. The sub doesn't bottom out and provides deep bass sounds. I replaced a Sony dream system with this setup and it sounds better than the Sony.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad Speakers - Had to return

    Posted
    FamilyManNJ
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased these as part of a new system I was setting up. There were on sale and had decent reviews. The system involved a new top of the line Blu-Ray player(LG390), brand new A/V receiver(Onkyo TX-SR507), and these surround sound speakers. The Blu-Ray player was purchased from Best Buy and is awesome. After setting up entire system and wiring room with excellent quality wiring, I turned on system to find that 1 of the small speakers was shot and the others gave off a background noise. Sent these speakers back and ordered a set of Polk Audio RM6750 from Amazon.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker set

    Posted
    W1ster
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I read all the reviews, compared several surround speaker systems, and bought the HD 300 on sale. Some of the reviews said these weren't for larger spaces. My living room is 20ft x 27ft and these speakers fill it up, no problem. I don't really blast them as I value my hearing. But the subwoofer definitely rumbles for a wonderful theater-like experience. I highly recommend these speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great set of speakers

    Posted
    ibabulldog

    These speakers sound great! And were a snap to hook up. The highs are crisp and crystal clear, and the base is real deep. I also like the little cushion that you get to set the center channel speaker on, works out real nice. Only downside is that you can't pivot the wall mounts on both axis, for example you can go up and down or right and left depending on how you mount them, but you can't pivot both ways. Overall these speakers are great though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Dynamite comes in small packages

    Posted
    peanutbutterribbons
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought these for $229 brand new in the box. I let them sit for a week before installing them. I considered buying quintets. My room is smalled and paired with a pioneer receiver, they pound. Tested them with Transformers 2 on blu ray. Wow!! Do not give into the bad reviews for the sub. Yes its small but if it distorts, turn it down a little. If you have smaller room, these little guys scream!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Klipsch 5.1 Speakers

    Posted
    Bridgemix

    I've been a previous owner of Klipsch tower speakers. I paid $2,000 for these liquid cooled, radiator driven speakers 12 years ago. These little speakers really put out the crisp hi end and mid sounds. The little 6.5" subwoofer is extremely amazing and would recommend this to anyone looking for a fabulous deal. At the $249 price for the kit, it's a steal. At $400, I may have done much more research.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    inputs are very small

    Posted
    Sclye
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I really just needed a powered subwoofer to go with my new Sony home theater amp.rec, but for only a little more than the cost of that one speaker I could get a whole set from Klipsch. However, when I got it home and tried to insert my 12 AWG speaker wire I discovered it has "mini" input clips. They weren't even close to big enough -- I'm guessing if you have 14 AWG or smaller you might be ok...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Set of Speakers

    Posted
    Gordon33

    I bought this set of speakers for the sale price of $249.00. For the price, they are an outstanding value. Clear crisp mid-range and the powered sub-woofer really makes this sytem stand-out. Ideal for a small to medium sized room. If you're looking for very good sound at an affordable price, this system is a great choice. I am very pleased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speakers!

    Posted
    Mike226
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This is a good set of speakers, the sound is crisp and clear. I bought them to go with the Pioneer VSX-519V-K receiver (also great!) - made a good combination. Make sure you buy 16-18 gauge wire though - I had 24 originally and it didn't sound NEARLY as good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice 5.1 Speaker System

    Posted
    MedMikey08
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This speaker system has great sound as one would expect from Klipsch for such a small system. I was looking for a 5.1 system for my bedroom. For the price I paid ($250 + tax), I couldn't find anything better at the time, especially since this package has a subwoofer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    sub woofer not so good

    Posted
    adamss
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this to replace my big speaker system. It is pretty good. The subwoofer can not handle the bass. It cant hit the really low bass. I think I am going to swap it out and use my old 10 inch powered sub.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers at a REALLY great price!!

    Posted
    FLAN
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    We bought these speakers on sale and what a great deal! They sound fantastic and I was very surprised with the quality of the lower frequency sounds, given the size of the subwoofer. Now my TV finally sounds as good as it looks!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOUD SPEAKER SYSTEM

    Posted
    keith84navy
    • My Best Buy® Member

    i hooked it up to my Pioneer reciever with banana clips. It sounds so awesome .. i was so suprised how good it sounded i bought it as an open box item. I recommend this item to anyone look for a big band with very little money to spend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great system

    Posted
    mc77
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Shopped around for a few weeks and kept coming back to this system. Looks great and sounds even better. I paired it with the new Onkyo 508 receiver, which is also amazing. You won’t regret this system.

    I would recommend this to a friend