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Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

Bluetooth®-capable home theater speaker system

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by Woody Sherman
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Sound bar speakers: room-filling sound with less clutter

Add big sound to your TV without a roomful of speakers. Sound bars require minimal space and wiring, and their sleek designs complement today's flat-panel TVs. Most sound bars have their own built-in amplification, so you won't need to use a home theater receiver. Some models use advanced surround processing and carefully aimed speaker drivers to simulate the effects of a full home theater audio system.

Better TV sound, made simple

Many people feel the world has become too complicated of a place: 40-page manuals. Spaghetti strands of cables. Signals flying through the air. And though we cater to the crowd that likes lots of features too, we here at Crutchfield feel you when you say, "I just want it to sound good, and I don't want to spend 3 hours studying the manual."

The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema has small but powerful satellite speakers

Small but powerful satellite speakers make the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema a great choice for tight spaces.

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As simple as hooking speakers to a PC

You can't find a better combination of slick and simple than this great-sounding speaker/subwoofer system from Boston Acoustics, the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema. It connects easily to almost any TV and delivers a big boost in sound quality, without the need for any other components. Dolby decoding works together with Boston's proprietary virtual surround processing to deliver dramatic surround-like effects using just the two tiny satellite speakers and subwoofer. And the included control pod, which receives commands from the included remote, can learn commands from your existing TV remote, minimizing clutter on your coffee table.

Wireless music streaming

You'll have a whole new perspective on your music library as well. The SoundWare XS Digital Cinema not only has a dedicated music playback mode, but also features Bluetooth® wireless connectivity. Stream and control your music directly from a compatible smartphone, tablet, or media player. Your music will sound nice and full thanks to the 8", front-firing subwoofer.

If you hear brooms on the ceiling...

Spots for two tiny mounting brackets on the wall and a square foot of floor space are all you're going to need for this system, making it perfect for offices, studio apartments, dorm rooms and more. But beware: 250 watts of total power mean the SoundWare XS will be right at home in bigger settings, too. If your landlord calls, it's not our fault. Enjoy thoroughly but responsibly.

    Highlights:

    • connects to your TV without the need for any additional components
    • selectable movie or music modes
    • digitally optimized 2.1 virtual surround sound
    • includes two ultra-compact diamond-shaped satellite speakers
    • all wired connections (TV and satellite speakers) are made to the powered subwoofer
    • speakers sit on a flat surface, or mount with included articulating brackets at virtually any angle
    • frequency response: 39-20,000 Hz
    • 1/2" dome tweeter and a 2-1/2" woofer on each satellite; 8" front-firing subwoofer
    • supports Bluetooth® 2.1 +EDR, A2DP v1.2 streaming from tablets, smartphones and portable media players
    • system's control pod can learn commands from your existing TV remote
    • credit-card style remote included
    • three inputs: 1 optical digital (with true Dolby® Digital decoding, 1 RCA stereo pair, one 3.5mm minijack for portable media devices
    • 250 watts total system power
    • mounting brackets included for satellite speakers
    • individual satellite speaker dimensions: 4-7/16"W x 4-1/4"H x 4-7/16"D
    • subwoofer dimensions: 9-7/16"W x 9-13/16"H x 12-3/4"D
    • BassTrac® circuitry monitors the audio signal to prevent audible distortion
    • warranty: 5 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
    Pieces in System 3
    Color Black
    Tweeter 0.5" Dome (1)
    Midrange 2.5" Cone (1)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 8" Cone
    Bluetooth Connectivity Yes
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
    Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 5 Years
    Specifications
    System Frequency Response 39Hz-20kHz Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 250 W (total system)
    Subwoofer RMS Power 250 W (total system)
    Audio Inputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Audio Video Connections
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 4-1/4H x 4-7/16W x 4-7/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 1 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 9-13/16H x 9-7/16W x 12-3/4D
    Subwoofer Weight 11 lbs
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    What's in the box?

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    • 2 Satellite speakers
    • Powered subwoofer
    • 6' AC power cord
    • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
    • Control pod (with attached 8' cable terminated by a 9-pin connector)
    • Two 15' lengths of speaker wire (with bare-tinned wire on each end)
    • 10' Optical digital cable
    • 10' Stereo RCA cable
    • 2 Pivoting ball-mount brackets
    • 2 Corner wall-mount brackets
    • 2 Flat wall-mount brackets
    • 2 Pan-head machine screws (Length=20mm)
    • 8 Pan-head machine screws (Length=7mm)
    • 8 Self-adhesive rubber pads
    • Two-sided tape
    • Owner's Manual/Safety Instructions/Compliance Information
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Product Registration Card

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    Features
    Controls
    Connections
    Mounting Options

    Features

    2.1 Digital Cinema: The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema home theater system delivers an instant audio performance upgrade for your flat screen TV and comes in a compact package. This 2.1 virtual surround sound system features two diamond-shaped satellite speakers with articulating wall brackets, as well as a powerful subwoofer for deep bass. It also includes two sets of analog AUX inputs for additional sources, dedicated movie and music playback modes, and Bluetooth compatibility for wireless music streaming. The system also includes a convenient credit-card size IR remote control.

    Digital Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS): Boston's Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS) technology makes an authentic cinema surround sound experience possible with just two channels and a subwoofer. DOVS decodes the full,  Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio signal from the source material and applies a proprietary process to derive the ideal 2.1-channel version of the original surround sound mix.

    Dual SoundWare XS Satellites: The Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS Digital Cinema features two matching ultra-compact satellite loudspeakers. The SoundWare XS satellite speakers are incredibly small, yet provide high performance sound. Unlike many satellite speakers, the SoundWare XS satellites are true two-way speakers with a separate mid-bass driver and tweeter that offers a 150Hz to 20kHz frequency response. Each Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS satellite speaker features a high performance 1/2" fabric dome tweeter and a high performance 2-1/2" treated paper mid-bass driver with a rubber surround. The satellite speakers employ an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for detailed, accurate performance. Each SoundWare XS satellite speaker features a pair of gold-plated spring-loaded speaker terminals that will accept up to 16-gauge speaker wire.

    Powered Subwoofer w/ BassTrac Circuitry: The powered subwoofer is equipped with a 250-watt amplifier which drives the subwoofer and the two connected satellite speakers. The powered subwoofer features a front-firing 8" graphite injected polymer woofer with foam surround, which utilizes Deep Channel Design (DCD) for increased bass response. DCD is a deeply grooved pole plate that enables the voice coil of the subwoofer to travel farther for greater output without bottoming out. The powered subwoofer uses an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for tight, accurate bass output. The powered subwoofer utilizes BassTrac circuitry for tight, distortion-free bass at all output levels.

    Note: All of the system's connections (analog & digital) are found on the rear-panel of the powered subwoofer.

    Controls

    Music/Movie Playback Modes: With separate movie and music playback modes, you can tailor the sound to suit the content. In movie mode, enjoy crisp, clear movie dialog and powerful cinematic special audio effects; while music mode delivers concert-quality music reproduction. And after you set this option once, the system automatically remembers your setting for next time.

    Remote Control: A credit card-size IR remote is included for setting up and controlling the system. The credit-card remote can also be used to program the system's external IR control pod to your television's remote. After the system is programmed to work from your own TV's remote, the supplied remote can still work as a backup.

    Subwoofer Volume: In addition to the system's main volume control, the powered subwoofer features a separate level control to increase or decrease the system's bass output.

    Auto Power On/Off: The powered subwoofer will turn on automatically when an audio input signal is received and off several minutes after the audio signal stops.

    Connections

    Digital Input: The Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS Digital Cinema is fitted with a digital optical (toslink) input to connect your flat-panel TV. Since there is only one digital input, connect your Blu-ray player & Satellite/Cable box to your television and then connect your TV's digital output to the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema.

    Analog Input: The SoundWare XS Digital Cinema also features a stereo RCA input and stereo minijack input to connect additional analog sources, such as a portable MP3 player.

    Note: All of the system's connections (analog & digital) are found on the rear-panel of the powered subwoofer.

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Digital Cinema features built-in Bluetooth (v2.1+EDR) and supports the Bluetooth A2DP (v1.2) profile. The SoundWare XS Digital Cinema system allows you to stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled device; such as your Apple iOS device, Android device, smartphone, tablet, or MP3 player. The Digital Cinema system can be paired to more than one device (although only one such device can play music via Bluetooth at one time). Once you have paired your device, the 2.1ch system will automatically search for available paired devices when you select the unit's Bluetooth input. Typical range is up to 33 feet.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Boston Acoustic Digital Cinema. 

    AC Power: The included powered subwoofer will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet or surge protector.

    Mounting Options

    Placement: The Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS satellite speakers feature MagnaGuard magnetic shielding which ensures the speaker's magnetic field does not interfere with a television's picture. The Boston Acoustics SoundWare satellites are compact, high performance speakers that can be placed virtually anywhere. Their unique geometric shape & design gives you multiple mounting and placement options, so you can place them on a shelf or mount them on a wall at almost any angle. The supplied mounting hardware allows you to mount the speakers flush or in a corner, and their pivoting mounting brackets let you aim the sound where you want it. Each speaker also includes a 1/4"-20 threaded insert for aftermarket wall-mount brackets or stands, and a tab for attaching a security device.

    Mounting Hardware: Included with each satellite speaker is an assortment of mounting hardware. Two metal keyhole-slot brackets are included; one for a flat wall and one for a corner. If you use a keyhole-slot bracket, you must attach the supplied pivoting ball mount to the speaker. The pivoting ball mount allows the speaker to pivot 20° in either direction and pivot down up to 40° when mounted to a flat wall. The corner mount bracket will not allow the speaker to pivot side-to-side. A set screw keeps the speaker from moving once it has been positioned.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Boston

    Written By Les, West Allis, Wi on Saturday, July 19, 2014
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    Sounds really good for just a 2.1 system! It was a gift for my parents and they really like it.
    Pros:
    Easy hook up
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    4 out of 5

    Good Value

    Written By Geoff, Jax, Fl on Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    Set up was a breeze,(except for synching w/ remotes) has good sound for it's size & price.
    Pros:
    Easy set-up, good sound
    Cons:
    Won't synch w/ t-v or cable remotes, some small parts missing
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    5 out of 5

    Great System at a small price!

    Written By Gordonj, Bloomington, Mn on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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    I heard this product in a Big Box Store in 2012 and I thought what sound it produces! I compared to the Bose Cinemate and I liked the sounds better with this product. Keep up the good work
    Pros:
    Small, large sound, nice looking, easy to hook-up
    Cons:
    None that I can think of
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Big sound in a small package

    Written By Johann, Lacey, WA on Friday, July 04, 2014
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    Incredible system in a small package! The bass, mids and highs are crisp with either TV or music. The Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to listen to music off a phone or tablet versus my old method of an aux cable. I couldn't believe the price point as this system combines several modes and quality all in one.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth connectivity, strong bass, small package, price
    Cons:
    Small gauge speaker wire
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great system for the Money

    Written By Paul, Mount Dora fl on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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    Awesome little system. Bass is excellent, mids and highs are just right. Blue tooth feature is awesome for pairing your personal music to the system. I don't understand how they are selling this so cheap. Thinking about purchasing another one.
    Pros:
    Price, Bluetooth, small size, bass is awesome
    Cons:
    Came with cheap speaker wire, nitpicking for sure. I changed it out for some a little thicker.
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    3 out of 5

    good for price

    Written By Rob in Central VA, Fork Union, VA on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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    I would love to say this is a completely awesome product but for the price i should be happy and it outshines my regular TV speakers! I don't know if I'm a qualified audiofile but I know what I like. The sub puts out great bass but the satelites are a little "tinny" if you will. delivering highs of tweeters but this speaker system has a hole in the mid-range sound. For a guest room, second or third TV this is great. As for your living room theater, spend a little more. Use the Crutchfield site, they have always been prompt and courteous to me,
    Pros:
    Inexpensive, good looking, compact
    Cons:
    sattelites "too tinny" (not too tiny), system has limited mid-range sound.
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound for smaller room

    Written By gginnc, Cherryville, NC on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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    Very compact and practically fades into the background--until it starts to operate. I placed the two small cubes on the TV stand and positioned them at either end--the subwoofer is on the floor and almost behind the stand. Sound is crisp and voices clear--the subwoofer is very energetic so it is set at between 30-40%--very nice in a bedroom application. No problem programming the Boston Acoustics unit with an AT&T control for volume and mute. My Sony TV has an optical output and that is how the unit is connected. All in all a highly satisfactory system
    Pros:
    Size and ease of setup, sound quality is excellent for such a small unit.
    Cons:
    No way to balance treble & bass. When muted, one of the green lights blinks annoyingly.
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    4 out of 5

    Great system

    Written By Rich, ND on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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    Extremely easy to set up. It stated that the unit could be interfaced with existing remotes, I thought to myself I've got to see this. It actually worked quickly and easily. I use it at the cabin, it's connected to a Samsung 46" 3D model 7000. I used the fiber optics cord rather than the RCA cables. Everything is included with the system and the sound is MUCH better than the tin can speakers that come with the TV. I've even connected my Ipod to the unit using BT.
    Pros:
    Great sound improvement over the original speakers in the TV. No it's not a 5.1 or 7.1 stereo system, but none the less it works great. I would highly recommend that system to anyone. I would also recommend dealing with Crutchfield, they are very knowledgeable folks.
    Cons:
    Occasionally and I mean occasionally like maybe three to four times the unit's IR's pick up will change to the volume. I have no idea why, but it certainly isn't worth no buying the system. This is the only reason I moved the rating from 5 star to 4 stars.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound, Great Deal!

    Written By Shane C., Raleigh NC on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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    I have dealt with Crutchfield for years now and have always been happy with my purchases. The same holds true this time. These are true Boston's with that great Boston Acoustics sound. I am very impressed with the tightness of the Sub, great deep bass and highs to be expected for such small cubed front mains. Set up was a breeze. Overall, I was highly impressed and have already recommended these to Friends!
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Ryan S., Mesa, AZ on Friday, May 30, 2014
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    I've always been very happy with Boston Acoustics in my vehicles, so I figured I couldn't go wrong with this setup. It really amazed me how much sound you get out of such a small package. I bought this to go with our new 60" in our bedroom and this thing rocks the whole house.
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Value

    Written By PezzVT, Bennington, VT on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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    Not the sound you will get from a $1000+ Bose or Yamaha sound system and definitely not what a good surround system would give you. Having said that, for the low price it gives sound far superior to the TV speakers. Clear instructions for setting it up.
    Pros:
    Good sound for an inexpensive price, clear setup instructions. Even included an optical digital sound cable which was unexpected!
    Cons:
    Not sure if this is even a con - the sound not as good as the $1000+ systems but for the money quite acceptable.
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound and looks for the price

    Written By Tim, Midwest on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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    This is a pleasant middle of the road system, especially for a secondary system or for those who are only interested in a smaller system. Plays reasonably loud, decent bass, full sound. I have this for a second tv in our 12' x 20' living room. Well worth the money. The led lights have been complained about in some other reviews, but they are simple to understand if you pay attention to the instructions. Really don't have much need to look at the led's other than when switching from tv to Bluetooth. Very easy to learn my Directv remote, so the factory remote is not normally needed other than for setup or operation of Bluetooth.

    My only complaint is minor, which is weak Bluetooth reception. I have several Bluetooth audio devices and am very experienced Bluetooth range. My laptop can barely connect 15 feet away.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, variety of inputs, controls.
    Cons:
    Bluetooth range
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Ron, Antioch Ca on Monday, May 19, 2014
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    So ive seen some of the bad reviews and I disagree with 98% of them. First off let me say yes the Bass (not base) can get a bit "boomy" however if you adjust the sub on the back a bit lower this solves this issue. Also there are two listening modes that if you switch to the other is does lower the bass a bit and that will also help this problem. The Clarity and mid range problems also talked about in the reviews actually improves with the listening mode. I agree that this system is geared more for a smaller room. I do however use this in a larger room, and the sound is nice and clear the only real loss is from the bass. but i mainly use it for tv watching as the speakers on a standard flat tv are not that good. Over all with a little know how and some decent speaker placement this 2.1 system is great and I was even thinking about purchasing another for my sons room.
    Pros:
    compact, easy to set up, sound quality, bass.
    Cons:
    Remote control is a bit flimsy feeling but no big deal once you program a main controller to it.
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    4 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics

    Written By Nathan, Canon City on Saturday, April 26, 2014
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    Pretty darn good product considering the ease of use and sound quality for the budget range
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

    Written By MC, Le Roy, NY on Monday, April 21, 2014
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    meets expectations , very good quality
    Pros:
    clear and sharp
    Cons:
    remote could be easier to use with cable
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    5 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

    Written By Anonymous, syracuse ny on Friday, April 18, 2014
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    easy set up...great price...great sound!
    Pros:
    as above
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Just what I wanted

    Written By JD, Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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    This product is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted an inexpensive sound system for the new LED tv in the den. I was about to go with a soundbar when I found this. No worries of multiple connections, separate amp, etc. Just plug the digital optical output from the tv into the subwoofer, and the speaker wires from the satellite speakers into the subwoofer, and you're done. Setup is simple, sound is terrific. This is not the higher-end surround system, that goes in the living room. This system gets the job done for a huge improvement over the tv speakers.
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    5 out of 5

    Better than I could have imagined

    Written By Albert, Brevard, NC on Monday, April 14, 2014
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    I bought this system to upgrade the sound of an older (2008) Sony 40" Bravia LCD, and a sound bar like the Sonos just wouldn't work in the basement family room over the fireplace. When I saw this one at a nice discount from Crutchfield, I thought it might work and also provide music down there. I set it up easily and was very impressed by the sound improvement (I can use the TV's speakers and the system's L/R speakers and Subwoofer together for TV suedo-surround sound). The system allows you to choose this surround option for your TV and a more conventional pure stereo sound for Bluetooth music, and it remembers your setting for each input. With a little practice, the LED feedback begins to make sense. And the TV remote learning program worked very smoothly. The music setting provides very clear sound, and the surround sound for the TV is a big improvement over the TV's built-in speakers, especially the bass, which is not too overpowering, so just the way I like it. The system is so compact and the amp and drivers are all in the subwoofer. Great idea.
    Pros:
    Simple setup Nice design Remote learning function Separate TV and Music settings
    Cons:
    Must read instructions carefully to figure out unit's feedback LED's
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic sound!

    Written By AnnR, West Texas on Saturday, April 12, 2014
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    Wanted a small sound system to use with SiriusXM in my new kitchen. This product was so easy and quick to set up and the sound is unbelievable for such a small system. I wish the sub was a little smaller but that is easliy overcome with the superior sound it and small speakers produce. It far exceeded my expectations. I'm ordering the same system to use at another location.
    Pros:
    Small system far exceeded my expectations
    Cons:
    Would have liked the subwoofer to be a bit smaller but the big sound it produces is worth the size.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome impact

    Written By BobB, South Windsor, CT on Friday, April 11, 2014
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    Purchased this system to replace a Yamaha soundbar really didn't do much for me soundwise. The sound is incredible and for the price ($179 and less than the Yamaha) it can't be beat.
    Pros:
    Incredible, full sound, rich bass. Remote IR receiver, so subwoofer does not need to be visible. Bluetooth receiver for IPOD works great.
    Cons:
    No subwoofer bass control on remote. LEDs (volume, etc) are very bright, but only on for a short time when changing selections.
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    5 out of 5

    excellent surprise!

    Written By Anonymous, 149 john street on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    Very good speakers, they caugh me by surprise. They ar so small but produce such a great sound. I would highly reccomend them.
    Pros:
    Great sound Small nice size Very mobile
    Cons:
    Bluetooth is hard to connect sometimes.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome system

    Written By Ty, Lancaster, PA on Sunday, March 23, 2014
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    This is an awesome compact system. I love the Bluetooth capabilities so I don't need a receiver. I have the system in my shop and stream Sirius from my phone and it definitely puts out awesome sound quality. I would highly recommend this system for the money.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Crisp sound Good base Compact
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

    Written By Carla from Spokane Valley, Spokane Valley on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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    I really love this system, I had no idea what I was purchasing however it was easy enough that I put it together myself. The sound is awesome and it worked very easy to my TV, I wish I had a stereo now. Glad I bought it and would recommend it to anyone looking for some good surround sound. Movies are really good, I love it..
    Pros:
    easy to set up
    Cons:
    nothing I can see
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    4 out of 5

    Soundware xs

    Written By Sheldon, Orlando, FL on Friday, March 14, 2014
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    Initially had a problem with the control pod, system came on but would not receive anything from the remote. Called Crutchfield tried to diagnose the problem but could not, so they sent me out another one. I swapped out the control pod and that solved the problem. Overall very happy with purchase, well worth the money. Crutchfield were very helpful and wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.
    Pros:
    size, sound and price
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Sounds great! Banging little system

    Written By Sal F, New Jersey on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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    Great sound. Nice look. Needs a better remote. System occasionally turns on by itself. We leave it unplugged.
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    3 out of 5

    Not bad for the money

    Written By MarkPA, Philadelphia area on Thursday, February 27, 2014
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    Very easy to set up out of the box. Components feel quality made and rugged. paper cone on sub does the job but is old school. Sound is pretty good once you get the sub level right, but it can be boomy when too high or placed in a corner. the 2 satellites lack lower midrange and the sub does not do too well with the zone above 80hz and below the 180hz crossover. Likewise, the satellites don't do well with the 180hz to maybe 500hz. So there are noticeable gaps in spectrum. But overall, it delivers a good sound that is definitely better than tv speakers. I am still having problems getting it to link up with Bluetooth though once it is shut off. I can't figure out which combinations of settings, mode, link, etc make it link up and play, a laptop for example, through the speakers, but once it links up it sounds great. Haven't hooked it up to a TV yet. The lights on the control pod are difficult to see from a distance to really know what settings you have selected, but you get the hang of it after a while.
    Pros:
    good power, quality construction, good sound from 3 small speakers. Great value for money, and very convenient to set up and enjoy out of the box
    Cons:
    sound spectrum a bit lacking in midrange. Imaging is a bit poor. Bluetooth doesn't link up very reliably, but when it finally does, it works great.
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    5 out of 5

    Much better than I thought

    Written By MG, Peoria, AZ on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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    This speaker system actually turned out to be much better than I thought. I had a gift card, and figured I could use some new speakers for my home computer. The optical input, at the moment, seems to work better than the analog input (not sure why but guessing its something on my computer). The sound is rich, detailed, and spacious especially with higher sampling rates (192/24). I don't use them for gaming though...just music, so i can't speak to how they sound for gaming. Judging from the number of people doing this review, and the number of 5-star reviews, it appears I'm not alone in my opinion that they are good. Remote is a bit temperamental, but i look past it.
    Pros:
    Small enough to use for computer speakers. Also think this would work well enough for tv speakers given the sound I'm experiencing. Or bluetooth for that matter.....maybe a great set to have in the garage to stream music too.
    Cons:
    Can't really think of any. For what it is, seems to be a great deal.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Product

    Written By Bryan, Colorado on Saturday, February 22, 2014
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    I was looking for a replacement sound bar when I came across this product. The price was perfect and even recommended by the Crutchfield Advisor. I bought it from CF because of the guarantee and the ease of a return if necessary. However, no need to return this system. Took 10 minutes to hook up and it even came with an Optical cable. I hooked this thing up and it sounds great! The speakers are attractive looking and the performance is incredible. Music is clear and crisp and movies sound great. Don't expect to be blown out of the house, but you can be confident that your money is well spent. I am real happy I purchased this system and would recommend it to anyone looking for great performance, even in an open room. We have real high ceilings and a wall of windows and the sound is still very good. You wont be disappointed!
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    5 out of 5

    Boston Sound system

    Written By William, Hayward, Ca on Friday, February 21, 2014
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    sounds great and looks good
    Pros:
    Easy to set up, once I got some instructions from the both the help desk and the book.
    Cons:
    Had some trouble getting the sound out of the unit, called your help desk and got the unit working.
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    5 out of 5

    Great sound, small price!

    Written By CarlJ, Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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    These speakers were replacements from the Infinity bookshelf speakers we lost in a house fire. I wanted to get something smaller and less obtrusive. Right off the bat you could tell these speakers were well made and solid, I installed these in a 24x22 family room and they sound great!
    Pros:
    Very good audio span, speech is very clear and music sounds balanced. Impressive base, small speaker but powerful sound! I love the optical audio input. Speaker mounting hardware well made!
    Cons:
    I just wish the remote was a bit larger, not just a thin wafer, but that's just my option.
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    5 out of 5

    great 2.1 system

    Written By alphag0d, atlanta,ga on Monday, February 17, 2014
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    Great 2.1 system. Bass from sub is decent,not too loud but strong.sattelites are clear. Easy to setup. Was torn between this and the sony ht-ct260 soundbar.Glad i got this,my friend ended up buying the soundbar for around 250 and this sounds way better. For the price, I dont think theres a better 2.1 system with optical audio.using for xbox one and games sound good,not really surround sound but still good for stereo.movies also sound better.although any speaker system would have been better than my tv speaker,these really lived up to my expectations,especially after reading all the good reviews. Good bang for the buck!
    Pros:
    Loud Clear Easy setup Good price Small and mountable
    Cons:
    Wired Comes with cheap wires
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    5 out of 5

    Great System

    Written By Doug, Fargo, ND on Monday, February 17, 2014
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    Great sound, very compact. Components seem well made and and solid. Included remote is small and awkward, but after the system is programmed it's really not needed. For this price, haven't found anything that compares!
    Pros:
    Small, good sound, Bluetooth capability.
    Cons:
    Included remote is flimsy, somewhat tricky to program.
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    4 out of 5

    Good functionality - average sound

    Written By Holly, Des Moines, IA on Monday, February 17, 2014
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    For the price, this sound system works well. We bought it to improve on the sound out of our Samsung 42" flatscreen, which acutally had pretty good sound for a flat screen I thought. This improved it, but doesn't deliver quite the punch I would expect for movies. It did have a much bigger subwoofer than other soundbars for the price, so I'm assuming it should perform better. The Bluetooth works well with my Iphone 4S and Ipad. Music acutally sounds great on it, but the movies just seem a little weak. Wish it had an EQ adjustment but I'm sure that would make it cost more money. It does have a movie/music setting, thought the music setting seemed to work better for loud action movies. The movie setting works better for regular tv. I was also pleased that I was able to get it to respond to my Direct/TV remote. The speakers sit on our mantel just below the TV and are angled slightly up because of their base setting. The speakers did seem to sound a little better when they were pointed straight at us and not angled up. May try to mount on the wall to achieve this.
    Pros:
    Easy to set-up, integrate with existing remote. Good sound for music, everyday TV
    Cons:
    Average sound for movies.
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    5 out of 5

    High Quality for small dollars.

    Written By JoelF, Wells, Me. on Sunday, February 16, 2014
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    I absolutely love this set up. It took only minutes to hook up. It sounds as good as anything I have ever used as a surround sound and it is only two tiny speakers accompanied by a small sub. I bought this because the TV. speakers were making the back panel of the TV. vibrate. This was an easy solution to that. The Bluetooth connectivity just adds enjoyment.
    Pros:
    Beautiful sound, Deep sub, Bluetooth.
    Cons:
    Tiny remote. So easy to lose. It is now taped to my TV. Remote
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    5 out of 5

    Impressive

    Written By ChrisM, Lenexa, KS on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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    Quality sound at a good price.
    Pros:
    Easy install. Great sound from a simple system. Love the Bluetooth connection from my iPhone.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Crutch field Boston Soundware XS

    Written By Boston Soundware XS, Monroe,New Jersey 08831 on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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    Very nice Sub Woofer w/ 2 surround Spkrs
    Pros:
    Good value
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Boston acoustics sound wave

    Written By Prado, Odessa on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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    Easy set up. Bluetooth was slightly confusing at first but wow what a great sound this system creates. For the price it's definitely beats any Beats system or Bose shelf speaker and I bet it would sound good as a surround sound. I use it in large master bedroom in place of a shelf speaker and the bass and overall sound is incredible.
    Pros:
    Great sound. Great bass. Easy setup. For the price it's unbeatable.
    Cons:
    Bluetooth range is only thirty feet. I found the speaker wires to be slightly on the short side. If I lose the remote the system is practically useless.
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    5 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

    Written By DewittD, Madison, MS on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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    Excellent product that I recommend to anyone that loves great sounding music
    Pros:
    Smooth sounding, clarity outstanding. Ease of operation and installation.
    Cons:
    Forgot to turn on prior to pairing??
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    5 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics Does it again. Thanks Crutchfield

    Written By TateWard, Watertownd SD on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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    This little system is great and will beat most soundbars out there. Treble and dialogue is crystal clear and the bass is great. Actually have the sub turned down around half. I had Boston Acoustics before and figured I wouldn't be disappointed. Very happy with my choice and also with the service/delivery from Crutchfield. Would recommend this too anybody who is looking for an easy and great sound solution for a great price. Thanks Crutchfield!
    Pros:
    amazing sound, adjustable powered sub, great look, easy setup,
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    SoundWare Cinema

    Written By John L., Whitinsville, MA on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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    Love the unit. It set up as simple as can be and delivers excellent sound for a basic system. we use it for a bedroom television and it enhances the viewing and listening experience.
    Pros:
    Easy to install and operate
    Cons:
    The LED indicators on the control pod are very bright.
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    4 out of 5

    Great system

    Written By Jimmy, Buffalo, NY on Friday, February 07, 2014
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    Great package of product all needed accessories are supplied works great and has nice solid sound!
    Pros:
    Great sound for a low cast small system.
    Cons:
    The remote is needed for volume adjustment
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    5 out of 5

    The Best Simple Sound Solution

    Written By Mark, Somerset, MA on Friday, February 07, 2014
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    This system is the best thing I've come across for "home theater". I used to have a real nice 5.1 set up but became sick of all the wires and the speakers getting in the way. I wanted a soundbar solution but the ones I listened to didn't sound that great and I was reluctant to spend over $400 on one and anything less than that is really not worth it. When I saw that this was on sale I took the chance and bought it. This thing puts out very good quality sound, simulates surround sound(don't think it will equal a 5.1 or better set up though), is very easy to setup, hardly any wires, and shuts on and off automatically with the tv. On top of that the bluetooth works great with my iPhone. It also has a 5 year warranty so that shows it's a quality product.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, ease of use, connectivity, small.
    Cons:
    Ummm, it wasn't free?
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    4 out of 5

    Nice for the price

    Written By TrellA, Bucyrus, Oh on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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    Sounds great ! I wouldn't pay the retail price,but for this price it can't be beat. Setup was easy. I have a desk top t.v. and I put the control module under it in front of the pedestal with the lights facing upward. The led's are not too bright b/c you see their reflection off the bottom ot the tv. The led colors are a bit confusing,so keep the manuel handy for reference to which mode you're playing,etc. Haven't tried the bluetooth yet. Only concern is the remote battery-a coin type. When/if it needs replaced will I be able to find one? I set the speakers on the desk top on either side of the tv.The sub is smaller than others making it easier to place out of the way.Overall I like this system.
    Pros:
    Sounds great,compact,easy setup.
    Cons:
    Would be nice to have sub volume built in to remote.If it had this feature I'd give it a 5.
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    5 out of 5

    Great speakers

    Written By Eric, Gaithersburg, MD on Monday, February 03, 2014
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    Great sound from these little speakers. Very easy to install (once you figure out that the plastic at the end of the optical cable is a protective device and needs to be removed). Also easy to hook up to Bluetooth. Highly recommended.
    Pros:
    Good sound. Easy install.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Big sound in a minimal package

    Written By User, Alma, CO on Sunday, February 02, 2014
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    This small package from Boston Acoustics really delivers an enjoyable sound. I was looking for a desktop (computer) setup that provided a superior audio experience while providing a clean minimalist look. These easily deliver a sound equal or better than any other desktop speaker in there price range. Although not as immersive or full of depth as my Harmon 7.1 system, Boston has delivered more than enough for an up close desktop setup. With the lack of controls on the speaker themselves they create a super clean look next to an LCD screen. The system is so very simple, and full of features. Easily the best computer speakers I have used, large studio monitors excluded. So bring it on; movies, music, games, these speakers wont disappoint (at close range :-).

    One added benefit, these speakers do not receive interference from cell phones like so many small speakers. So gone are the days of text messages and phone calls ringing my speakers before my phone.

    Big thanks to Crutchfield for the continued excellent service and killer deal!
    Pros:
    Clear sound throughout the range of the speakers. Discrete look. Auto power off when input signal stops (unless on Bluetooth, then they just go to pairing/search mode). Easily switches between multiple inputs.
    Cons:
    When pushed near there limits the speakers display a bit of high frequency distortion. Remote not as high quality as the rest of the system.
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    5 out of 5

    SoundWare XS rocks!

    Written By RonM, Pittsburgh on Sunday, February 02, 2014
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    This system packs quite a punch for it's size. I wanted better sound for watching movies, and this system delivers. Bluetooth is an added bonus since I listen to music during the day while I work. My computer is in the same room which had a HK SoundSticks system, now I use the SoundWare for listening to music as well. I would recommend this system to anyone.
    Pros:
    Sound, price, Bluetooth, appearance
    Cons:
    This is very minor, but in my opinion, the receiver module is a little clunky and the lights are too bright.
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    4 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

    Written By MikeK, pa. on Sunday, February 02, 2014
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    The speakers sound really good especially for the price. I use it with my cell phone and internet radio. the bluetooth hooks up quickly.
    Pros:
    good quality sound
    Cons:
    The module that you have to point the remote at needs to be almost directly in front of you or it doesn't recognize your command.
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    4 out of 5

    Very good sound in a small package

    Written By cloudsrest, NH on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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    This sound system is working out really well with our new wide screen TV. I did not want to have to run wires for a 5.1 system as the new TV room would not lend itself well to that. I have to say I am impressed. The sub puts out enough bass and lower mid-range; while the tiny satellite speakers give out excellent mid and highs. It is easy to set up. The only thing i don't like is the remote and led remote receiver set up. The remote works fine but worries me that it may not hold up. Also, the small LED box that receives the signals from the remote is conspicuously wired to the sub/receiver in plain view. Overall, excellent little system. Recommended.
    Pros:
    Sound, ease of set up, small size.
    Cons:
    remote / LED remote receiver set up.
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    4 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

    Written By Archie, Richmond, TX on Thursday, January 30, 2014
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    Due to decorating and appearance concerns, I had seen my TV audio system dwindle from a 3.1 setup with floor standing mains to a 2.1 bookshelf setup before ditching the receiver and external speakers altogether. Yeah, the wife hated bulky speakers, but I'm no audiophile, nor do I care to rattle the house during movies (as opposed to my neighbors, who rattle our house when they watch movies). That said, my wife and I both really like this system so far. Sound is clear, dialogue is good, and I actually had to dial down the gain on the sub to less than the midpoint. No, the little sub isn't going to shake the foundation, but there is plenty of low end fullness, and when the audio calls for a "thump" or "thud", the sound is tight and clear, not muddy. For a simply plug-and-play 2.1 system (with tiny speakers), this system does all I could have hoped for. It certainly fills our open floor plan living area more richly than the TV speakers ever could (not exactly a high standard to beat, I know).

    My only concern with the system would be the lack controls on the sub itself. The only way to control the system is the little credit card sized remote that it comes with. The learning function to use my other remotes was flawless, but I can't help but feel like it the system will be scrap if you ever lose the remote.
    Pros:
    Substantial upgrade from TV speakers Clear dialogue Easy to program with existing remotes
    Cons:
    No physical switches, dials or buttons on the unit itself, other than a power switch. Could be an issue if anything ever happens to the remote.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By Hank W, Port st. Lucie Fl on Thursday, January 30, 2014
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    My recollection of the terrific computer speakers by Boston Acoustics 15 years ago is what drove me to take a chance on purchasing this system. The price is right and the sound quality is just outstanding. These speakers take up minimal space but fill the room with incredible clarity. I would recommend these to anyone seeking top quality excellent priced digital cinema products.
    Pros:
    Easy set up; great sound
    Cons:
    None that I've discovered
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    4 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

    Written By Tom, Hartford,CT on Thursday, January 30, 2014
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    Awesome product.
    Pros:
    Awesome sound
    Cons:
    Too many wires
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Product!

    Written By DLASH1, Ohio on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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    I love the three speaker system it was easy to set up and once I figured the remote out it worked like champ. I have never had high end system but all I know is this one is plenty good enough for your average viewer who wants to greatly improve the sound of his home theatre compared to the TV speakers .
    Pros:
    I like the ease of use and the sound is incredible .
    Cons:
    I can't think of any , yet .
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    4 out of 5

    boston acoustic soundware xs

    Written By R., co. on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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    good sound, need to upgrade digital auto cable, sometimes need to wiggle it bit when ir control pod is not working.. my 35w computer speakers will blow the Boston 250w out the window. they are only a little louder than Samsung TV speaker...they have bass
    Pros:
    good sound, easy set up, good for very small space..
    Cons:
    not loud enough in small space of my rv.. keep the base down sounds better..
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    5 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

    Written By BrennanR, Illinois on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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    Fabulous compact system. Very pleased. Easy to setup. Rich Bass. I have purchased three of these systems!!!
    Pros:
    Rich bass, Compact system. Like the bluetooth connectivity feature!
    Cons:
    When you turn the main power switch off, you have to use the remote to link it back to your TV.
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    4 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

    Written By radannum, myrtle beach,sc on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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    I could not be more pleased with my purchase. Excellent sound, w/ great lows thanks to the included sub woofer. I would recommend this to anyone looking for better sound for the television.
    Pros:
    Bargain and comes with all cables to install including fiber optic cable
    Cons:
    LED interface is annoying.
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    3 out of 5

    Better than TV speakers-But.....

    Written By Mark, St. Louis on Monday, January 27, 2014
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    These are much better than the speakers in the TV, but not what I was hoping for. I am using the 3mm out from the TV to aux input on the sub. The sound settings are a choice of two, Music and Movie. Flat would have been a good option. Neither really sounds great for regular TV programing. Movie just has too much bass unless the adjustment pot on the sub is turned down. Music setting seems to be the best of the two. The bass is pretty muddy and just rumbles a bunch but turning it down makes the system become "Tinny" or empty sounding. If you like big booming bass with little concern for sound balance, these are for you. The remote interfaces with a 4 LED pod that needs to be line-of-sight for it to function. These bright LEDs light up every time the volume or mute buttons are pressed. Seems like this is supposed to add some "Flash" to the product but I find it very annoying. Programing the Dish remote or TV remote is very easy so you really only need the speaker remotes to do setup or change from movie to music settings. My cheaper Creative computer speakers sound better but do not have the remote capabilities. So they went back to my computer.
    Pros:
    Good remote function. Easy to hook up. Build quality.
    Cons:
    LED interface is annoying. Bass is muddy and seems to be carrying too wide a frequency range making it rumble too much.
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    5 out of 5

    Well worth it

    Written By Alan, Dallas Pa on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    Really beefs up TV sound & blue tooth is a plus. Was thinking about a Bose solo, but this is less than half the price & I doubt the solo sounds any better.
    Pros:
    Doesn't take up much space
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics

    Written By Edward G, Palm Springs Ca on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    I could not be more pleased with my purchase. $179.00 shipping included. Sounds much better than anticipated, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for better sound for the television. Movies sound great. Took 5 minutes to set up.
    Pros:
    Great sound, easy set up.
    Cons:
    None
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Boston Acoustics Soundware

    Written By MarkM, Silver Spring Md. on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    I have mine hooked up to my computer.I listen to Pandora and Dutch radio,mainly jazz.You just can't get the real feel of the music without a sub.Sounds great and I love it!
    Pros:
    Takes up very little space.
    Cons:
    none
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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