Focal XS Satellite vs Bose Companion 5

havok44

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Dec 1, 2009
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I was looking at buying one of these two from the apple store and was wondering what everyone has thought of them.

I do appreciate it when posters also reccommend other speaker brands in the thread, but i would like to warn that I need to purchase from the apple online store as I have a decent sized giftcard, and i sorely want better speakers (currently have bose companion 3s) for my new imac 27inch
 

nyguy4u

macrumors member
Oct 21, 2008
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I'd personally pass on both, and buy the Harman Kardon Sound Sticks 2. They have excellent reviews, and despite what others say, sound pretty good (my wife has a pair). Plus, the Apple online store carries them.

You'll get better mid's and high's with the Bose - but they lack bass. The Sound Sticks have a pretty decent low end, but also lack a headphone out, if you need it.
 
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thegoldenmackid

macrumors 604
Dec 29, 2006
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dallas, texas
If you need the loudness in the compact package try something like the Blue Sky EXO 2.1.

Check this thread. I also recommend a trip to your local Apple Store which should have both models available for in-store testing

While iThink that the Focals are overpriced for the 30 minutes I spent listening to them. The detail and depth of the audio is significantly better then the Sound Sticks.
 
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CLuv

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Apr 9, 2007
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Northern VA, USA
If the Focals are anything like their A/V speakers, you can't go wrong. They make some of the finest speakers and drivers in the world. Have a pair of Focals myself for my home audio. Run laps around Bose.
 
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