The marketing masters at Bose have been making speakers for a long time, so the Bose Acoustimass 10 therefore comes as a bit of a disappointment. Due to cheap construction, this home theater speaker system suffers from a very narrow frequency range compared with other surround sound speakers in the same price bracket. Although they do the job, they won't immerse you in any warm Caribbean waters when you watch your next adventure flick
These speakers support the smallest frequency range of any speaker system we reviewed, from 46 Hz to 13,300 Hz. The audible range for the human ear goes approximate 24 Hz lower and 6,700 Hz higher. Even on a good day, these home theater speakers will leave sizeable gaps. The lowest lows and the highest highs will not register. Here are a few additional performance indicators:
Each satellite features two 2.5-inch midrange speakers mounted in a unique two-chamber cabinet that allows the speakers to point in different directions. This gives you more flexibility if you have the speakers resting on a table, but may not be useful for wall-mounted speakers. Unfortunately, the four satellite speakers do not come with tweeters to ensure the clarity of high pitches. Doubtless, the lack of tweeters contributes to the lackluster frequency limitations of the system overall.
A subwoofer compliments a typical home theater speaker system with an eight-inch driver to produce the bass. This particular speaker system contains an "Acoustimass module" instead of the traditional subwoofer. Rather than one big driver, the Acoustimass module features three 5.25" paper-cone woofers. The three drivers together can't really produce the lowest bass notes, thereby disqualifying the Acoustimass module from being a true subwoofer. The paper diaphragm is also a problem; if it comes into contact with water or even humidity, it is easily denatured, thus compromising the integrity of the speaker sound overall. For a home theater system in this price bracket, we would expect to see higher-quality material used in the diaphragms.
Other features we like to see in a good home theater speaker system that were notably absent from the Acoustimass 10 were removable grilles, resonance-resistant cabinets or a rear vent for better bass blending.
The lack of real tweeters and a suitable bass driver prevent this system from producing audiophile-grade sound. Even the midrange speakers have the tendency to polish off some of the finer details in dialogue or vocals. The system relies heavily on the Acoustimass module for midranges that should really belong to the center channel and satellite speakers.
This surround sound system does not include anything to make wall mounting easy; there are no keyhole slots and the package does not include any wall-mount brackets. The system hookups are spring-clip terminals, which are not as convenient or versatile as the five-way binding posts we hoped to see.
This home theater system includes a limited five-year transferable warranty for parts and labor on all passive speaker components. The electrical components are covered for one year.
Although the Bose Acoustimass 10 speakers are attractive and small, their low-tier performance and poor construction prevent them from attaining true home theater excellence. If you fancy the looks or the brand, you will get sound—just not the best sound available.
The satellite speakers feature a pivot to better control where your speakers are pointing.
The cheap paper cones in the Acoustimass module and low performance ratings across the board do not inspire confidence.
This home theater speaker system produces surround sound that might disappoint audio lovers.