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Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1
alaScore 89

125 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 reviews of Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and usability are overall positive. The size and design also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the usability and design. The size and price also get good feedback.

price, size, design, usability

98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Boston Acoutics Soundware XS 5.1 Speaker Package - Glossy WhiteBoston Acoutics Soundware XS 5.1 Speaker Package - Glossy White

Aug, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the usability.

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Boston Acoustics Soundware XS 5.1 channel Home Theater System (White)Boston Acoustics Soundware XS 5.1 channel Home Theater System (White)

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Matthew Moskovciak (cnet.com)

SoundWare XS 5.1 review

 

As good as the SoundWare XS 5.1 system is for its size, it can't defy physics. The Pioneer SP-PK21BS sounds much, much better, but it's also a much, much larger speaker system. And even if living room decor is your priority, you should seriously...

The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 speaker system is one of the most compact and stylish systems we've seen. It sounds much better than you'd expect given its size, and it's very affordable.

The Boston's cramped speaker-wire connectors are difficult to use. And if you don't need extremely small speakers, you can find better-sounding (and still stylish) speakers for the same price.

The Boston SoundWare XS 5.1 is an exceptionally compact system and sounds great for its size--although larger systems sound even better.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Tom Andry (audioholics.com)

Boston SoundWare XS 5.1 Review

 

Boston Acoustics is attempting to out-cube the masters of cube with their SoundWare XS system. At $500, it complete with five cubes, a sub, and a very innovative design and mounting system.

Small ; Versatile mounting system ; Very nice sub for the size/price

At higher volumes can be fatiguing ; Cubes demand high crossover point

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Mark Fleischmann (hometheater.com)

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 Speaker System

 

Gaze back into the mists of time, and you'll find that the earliest loudspeakers were boxes with nothing but right angles. This shape lends itself to efficient manufacturing techniques and is still used for most speakers. However, speaker designers...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Mark Fleischmann (hometheatermag.com)

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 Speaker System

 

Gaze back into the mists of time, and you'll find that the earliest loudspeakers were boxes with nothing but right angles. This shape lends itself to efficient manufacturing techniques and is still used for most speakers. However, speaker designers...

The SoundWare XS 5.1 system was a little harder to set up than it should have been, but its speaker terminals are nice and sturdy. They are neither binding posts nor wire clips, but something in between-a sort of spring-loaded binding post, or a...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Rachel Cericola (bigpicturebigsound.com)

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 Loudspeaker SystemReview

 

Good construction and killer performance make these teeny speakers and monster subwoofer a nice starter system for any budding audiophile.

In this economy, it's hard to justify new speakers. However, the SoundWare XS 5.1 system packs a roomful of fun into one small $500 package. There are plenty of other systems out there that are slightly cheaper, but Boston Acoustics' quality is worth...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Boston Acoustics Soundware XS5.1SE review

 

Detailed, solid sound from this dinky, affordable speaker package

Cute, tidy looks ; detailed, controlled and convincing sound

Not short of competition

Shinier than before and just as enjoyable to listen to, this excellent little Boston Acoustics package is a must-hear

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Boston Acoustics Soundware XS review

 

Best style speaker package up to £500, Awards 2010. It's small, sturdy and well priced too

Small but sturdy ; included wall brackets offer versatility ; cohesive, balanced, full-bodied sound

Very little, considering the price and form

Now replaced with the Soundware XS5.1SE. Best style speaker package up to £500, Awards 2010. It’s been a while since we’ve enjoyed a budget 5.1 package that sounds this good. Now replaced with the Soundware XS5.1SE

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Sumit Bhosle (tech.firstpost.com)

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1-Review

 

An ultra-compact 5.1 home-theatre speaker system sounds like a highly compromised solution for hardened videophiles, though a highly desirable solution for lifestyle consumers. It is a large gap between what videophiles and music lovers can live with...

TECHNOLOGY The speakers, as mentioned earlier, are very small, but that is the only place Boston has skimped. Attention to details, build quality, cabinet design, mounting versatility—you name it and Boston has treated it very seriously. Speaker set...

Sep, 2013

Consumer review (cnet.com)

Crystal clear sounds defy laws of physics.

 

Who said bigger is better? Winning design- speaker's polygonal shape allows it to be pointed at an angle or just firing forwards. Unobtrusive speakers means its sounds ambush you with a smack & a smile. Woofer is a rock solid down-firing 100W...

Easy set up. Audiophile sound quality. Robust, refined build quality. Unique design. Unobtrusive. Woofer down-firing with configurable back panel. Chic, sexy & aesthetic.

Makes you wonder why you paid so much and broke your back setting up those larger and more expensive speakers.

Nov, 2012

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Love these speakers

 

absolutely love these speakers. Kids are having a blast hearing the engines roar on the xbox and wife and I sit back and really enjoy hearing the movies clearly.

very easy to set up. solidly built. great sound. Had an old set of speakers before and never realized how much dialog and sound I was missing till I go these plugged in. Using a vsx-921 receiver and it works great. connections although not banana plugs...

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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio output channels:5.1
Recommended usage:Home theatre

Energy Management

Power Source:AC

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Wireless technologies:Wired

Power

Power Source:AC

Satellite speakers

Number of satellite speakers:5
Satellite speaker crossover frequencies:5 / 5000
Satellite speaker crossover frequency:5 / 5000
Satellite speaker frequency range:150 - 20000
Satellite speaker impedance:8
Satellite speaker sensitivity:85
Satellite speaker tweeter diameter:0.5
Satellite speaker tweeter size:0.5
Satellite speaker type:1-Way / 2-Way
Satellite speaker woofer diameter (imperial):2.5
Satellite speaker woofer size:2.5
Satellite speakers RMS power:100
Satellite speakers wall mountable: Yes

Subwoofer

Subwoofer crossover frequencies:60 - 180
Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):8
Subwoofer driver size:8
Subwoofer frequency range:40 - 150
Subwoofer RMS power:100
Subwoofer sensitivity:24
Wireless subwoofer: No

Technical Details

Color of product:Black, White / White

Weight & Dimensions

Satellite speaker dimensions (WxDxH):4.45 x 3.7 x 4.25
Satellite speaker weight:11 / 17.6
Subwoofer dimensions (WxDxH):11.2 x 15.6 x 12.2
Subwoofer weight:19.8