Are Bose Speakers Over Priced vs. Performance??
Seems so, compare Paradigm's $716 & JBL's $866 HT sets frequency response below
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Bose AM-15 / Price $1,399
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SATELLITES
Frequency Response:.....
280 Hz to 13.3 kHz 10.5 dB
BASS MODULE
Frequency Response:.... 
46 Hz to 202 Hz 2.3 dB

Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)*  85.1 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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Paradigm Cinema Home-Theater Spkr System / PRICE $716
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Frequency Response
CINEMA V.1front left/right.............................
125 Hz to 20 kHz 5.2 dB
CINEMA CC center........................................
125 Hz to 20 kHz 5.0 dB
CINEMA V.1surround....................................
125 Hz to 20 kHz 4.6 dB
PDR-8 subwoofer........................................ 46 Hz to 115 Hz 2.1 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right.............................................................
86 dB
center.........................................................................
89 dB
surround....................................................................
86 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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Acoustic Research HC6 Home Theater Spkr System / PRICE $799
Sound&Vision FEB/MAR 2002 Issue - Page 72 - 76
Frequency Response
HC6 front left/right............................
125 Hz to 20 kHz 5.1 dB
HC6 center........................................
110 Hz to 20 kHz 4.2 dB
HC6 surround...................................
125 Hz to 20 kHz 4.9 dB
HC6 subwoofer................................... 49 Hz to 130 Hz 2.2 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right.............................................................
89 dB
center.........................................................................
89 dB
surround....................................................................
89 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
Not online - Sound & Vision FEB/MAR 2002 Test Report (pg. 72 - 76)
JBL N-Series/PB10 System / PRICE Total:(with package discount) $866
Considered a "Best Buy", not only for the JBL NSP1 price (Click the "Cool" graphics for the latest price), but for their dynamic Cinema Theater playback ability.
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Frequency Response
N-24
front left/right.................................. 89 Hz to 18.9 kHz 2.7 dB
N-Center...............................................
89 Hz to 20 kHz 5.5 dB
N-24 surround.........................................
89 Hz to 18.4 kHz 3.2 dB
PB-10 subwoofer.................................. 43 to 124 Hz 2.1 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right.............................................................
86 dB
center.........................................................................
90 dB
surround....................................................................
86 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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Energy Take 5.2 HomeTheater Spkr System / PRICE $900
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Frequency Response
Take 2.2 front left/right.............................
110 Hz to 16.3 kHz 4.5 dB
Take 1.2 center........................................
110 Hz to 17.4 kHz 4.5 dB
Take 2.2 surround....................................
110 Hz to 13.2 kHz 3.2 dB
S8.2 subwoofer........................................ 32 Hz to 100 Hz 2.6 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right.............................................................
89 dB
center.........................................................................
90 dB
surround....................................................................
89 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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Jamo Apollo ($799) Klipsch Quintet ($899)
Frequency Response
Omega 1 front left/right....
180 Hz to 18.4 kHz 4.6 dB
Omega 1 center...............
180 Hz to 17.5 kHz 4.5 dB
Omega 1 surround....
180 Hz to 17 kHz 4 dB
SW 410E subwoofer 44 to 203 Hz 2.6 dB (not shown)
Frequency Response
front left/right....
188 Hz to 20 kHz 3.4 dB
center...............
156 Hz to 20 kHz 5.5 dB
surround.........
188Hz to 20 kHz 3.5 dB
subwoofer..... 34 to 126 Hz 3.5 dB (not shown)
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Polk Audio ($960)
Paradigm Micro ($886)
Frequency Response
Micro front left/right....
110 Hz to 18 kHz 3.4 dB
CC-70 center..............
115 Hz to 20 kHz 4.7 dB
ADP-70 surround..........
138 Hz to 13.4 kHz 4.7 dB
PDR-10 subwoofer 42 to 115 Hz 3.3 dB (not shown)
Frequency Response
RT-15 front left/right....
105 Hz to 20 kHz 3.8 dB
CS175 center............
92 Hz to 20 kHz 4.6 dB
RT-15 surround.........
105Hz to 20 kHz 3.8 dB
PS 120 subwoofer 46 to 132 Hz 3.3 dB (not shown)
Klipsch Synergy System 6 HT Speakers PKG / Price $999 total
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Frequency Response
KSB 1.1 front left/right............................
91 Hz to 14.2 kHz 3.5 dB
KSC-C1 center........................................
99 Hz to 15.3 kHz 4.4 dB
KSB 1.1 surround...................................
91 Hz to 12.5 kHz 5.5 dB
KSW 10 subwoofer................................. 32 to 134 Hz 3.9 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right..........................................................
88.3 dB
center......................................................................
92.4 dB
surround.................................................................
88.3 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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Polk Audio RTi Series Home Theater Speakers PKG / Price $1,230 total
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Frequency Response
RT25i front left/right..............................
88 Hz to 15.2 kHz 3.0 dB
CS245i center........................................
87 Hz to 16.2 kHz 2.6 dB
RT15i surround.....................................
94 Hz to 11.4 kHz 5.6 dB
PSW350 subwoofer................................... 32 to 127 Hz 2.3 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right..........................................................
88 dB
center......................................................................
90 dB
surround.................................................................
88 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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B&W 303 Home Theater Speakers PKG / Price $1,270 total
See the Sound & Vision MAY 2001 Test Report (pg. 65 - 67)
Frequency Response
DM 303 front left/right..........................
85 Hz to 15.0 kHz 3.9 dB
LCR 3 center........................................
80 Hz to 14.8 kHz 2.9 dB
DM 303 surround.................................
85 Hz to 14.2 kHz 3.5 dB
ASW 500 subwoofer.............................. 44 to 100 Hz 2.1 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right..........................................................
91 dB
center......................................................................
91 dB
surround.................................................................
91 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
Not online - Sound & Vision MAY 2001 Test Report (pg. 65 - 67)
Paradigm Legend Home Theater Speakers System / Price $1,497 total
See the Sound&Vision September 1999 Issue - Page 49 - 52
Frequency Response
LEGEND front left/right.........................
30 Hz to 20 kHz 5.5 dB
CC-170 center........................................
92 Hz to 20 kHz 4.9 dB
ADP-170 surround.....................................
62 Hz to 11.2 kHz 8.2 dB

Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right..........................................................
92.1 dB
center......................................................................
90.2 dB
surround.................................................................
84.1 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
Energy Encore Home Theater Speakers PKG / Price $1,500 total
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Frequency Response
ENCORE 2 front left/right..............................
106 Hz to 20 kHz 3.9 dB
ENCORE 1 center..........................................
112 Hz to 20 kHz 4.1 dB
ENCORE 2 surround.....................................
106 Hz to 20 kHz 4.1 dB
ENCORE 8 subwoofer................................... 30 to 80 Hz 2.0 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right..........................................................
86 dB
center.........................................................................
90.3 dB
surround.................................................................
86 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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Polk Audio RM7500 Home Theater Speakers PKG / Price $1,599 total
See the Sound&Vision September 1999 Issue - Page 59 - 62
Frequency Response
RM755 front left/right..............................
103 Hz to 17.5 kHz 2.3 dB
RM75C center......................................
103 Hz to 20 kHz 4.6 dB
RM755 surround.....................................
103 Hz to 11.2 kHz 2.3 dB
PSW650 subwoofer............................... 35 to 111 Hz 3.0 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right..........................................................
88.1 dB
center......................................................................
90.7 dB
surround.................................................................
88.1 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
JBL HLS Home Theater Speakers System / Price $1,829 total
See the Sound&Vision September 1999 Issue - Page 54 - 58
Frequency Response
HLS620 front left/right......................
32 Hz to 20 kHz 6.2 dB
HLS Center...........................................
94 Hz to 17.5 kHz 4.4 dB
HLS620 surround.............................
32 Hz to 20 kHz 5.2 dB
PSW-D112 subwoofer....................... 32 to 82 Hz 2.9 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right..........................................................
91.3 dB
center......................................................................
89.6 dB
surround.................................................................
91.3 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
Definitive Technology ProCinema 400 Spkr System / Price $1,847 total
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Frequency Response
PROTOWER 400 (left/right front):......
32 Hz to 17.3 kHz 4.9 dB
PROCENTER C2 (center):...................
115 Hz to 19.1 kHz 3.4 dB
PROMONITOR 200 (surround):.......
94 Hz to 20 kHz 3.5 dB

Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
PROTOWER 400 (left/right front):....
91.7 dB
PROCENTER C2 (center): ...........
90 dB
PROMONITOR 200 (surround):.......
88.9 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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PSB Image HT Spkr System / Price $1,896 total
See the Sound&Vision Jul/Aug 2000 Issue - Page 85 - 87
Frequency Response
IMAGE 4T (left/right front):.........
36 Hz to 20 kHz 4.4 dB
IMAGE 8C (center):........................
76 Hz to 16.1 kHz 2.9 dB
IMAGE 1B (surround):................
73 Hz to 18 kHz 4.0 dB
SUBSONIC 6 subwoofer...........  28 Hz to 103 Hz 2.2 dB

Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
IMAGE 4T (left/right front):....
90.3 dB
IMAGE 8C (center): ...........
89.2 dB
IMAGE 1B (surround):...........
88.6 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
M&K 750THX HT Spkr System / Price $2,047 total
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Frequency Response
LCR-750THX front left/right.......................
97 Hz to 20 kHz 5.4 dB
750THX center..........................................
97 Hz to 20 kHz 6 dB
550THX surround......................................... 
115 Hz to 17 kHz 3.8 dB
V-1250THX subwoofer.......................... 36 to 86 Hz 1.8 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right...............................................................
88.4 dB
center.........................................................................
88.4 dB
surround......................................................................
82 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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Klipsch Reference Series HT Spkr System / Price $2,100 total
See the Sound&Vision June 2000 Issue - Page 54 - 58
Frequency Response
RB-5 front left/right..................................
86 Hz to 17.5 kHz 3.3 dB
RC- 3 center.............................................
90 Hz to 18.9 kHz 6.0 dB
RS-3 surround.........................................
99 Hz to 14.8 kHz 3.6 dB
LF-10 subwoofer.................................. 26 to 97 Hz 2.4 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right..............................................................
92.1 dB
center.........................................................................
88.3 dB
surround.....................................................................
93.0 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
B&W 600 Series 2 HT Spkr System / Price $2,100 total
See the Sound&Vision May 2000 Issue - Page 48 - 53
Frequency Response
DM602 S2 front left/right................................
70 Hz to 20 kHz 2.6 dB
CC6 S2 center....................................................
87 Hz to 18.2 kHz 4.5 dB
DM601 S2 surround..........................................
85 Hz to 17.2 kHz 3.3 dB
ASW1000 subwoofer...................................... 48 to 129 Hz 2.0 dB

Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right............................................................
89.9 dB
center........................................................................
88.4 dB
surround...................................................................
86.5 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
Atlantic Technology 270 THX HT Spkr System / Price $2,596 total
See the Sound&Vision Feb/Mar 2000 Issue - Page 80 - 84
Frequency Response
271 LR front left/right.................................
97 Hz to 15.6 kHz 4.1 dB
273m C center............................................
94 Hz to 14.6 kHz 2.5 dB
274t SR surround.......................................
97 Hz to 20.0 kHz 4.5 dB
272 PBM THX subwoofer........................... 26 to 144 Hz 4.54dB

Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right............................................................
88.5 dB
center........................................................................
88.5 dB
surround...................................................................
82.4 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
Definitive Technology BP 2002TL HT Spkr System / Price $3,497 total
See the Sound&Vision DEC 1999 Issue - Page 68 - 72
Frequency Response
BP 2002TL front left/right..........................
29 Hz to 20 kHz 4.0 dB
C/L/R 2500 center......................................
29 Hz to 20 kHz 2.9 dB
BP2X surround............................................
112 Hz to 20.0 kHz 3.9 dB


Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right............................................................
91.6 dB
center........................................................................
94.0 dB
surround...................................................................
89.0 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
Acoustic Research Hi-RES Series HT Spkr System / Price $4,400 total
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Frequency Response
AR1 front left/right.................................
20 Hz to 20 kHz 5.6 dB
AR2C center............................................
215 Hz to 20 kHz 4.9 dB
AR9 surround.........................................
37 Hz to 20 kHz 6.3 dB

Sensitivity (SPL at 1 meter)* 
front left/right............................................................
93.0 dB
center........................................................................
91.6 dB
surround...................................................................
92.5 dB
* measured with 2.8 volts of pink-noise input
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