Focal XS Satellite vs Bose Companion 5

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by havok44, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. havok44 macrumors newbie

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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
     
  2. nyguy4u macrumors member

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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.
     
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    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.
     
  4. CLuv macrumors 6502

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    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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