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Boston Acoustics SoundWare

Boston Acoustics SoundWare
alaScore 91

496 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 496 reviews of Boston Acoustics SoundWare. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The size and usability also get good comments.

price, usability, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Boston Acoustics SoundWare is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Boston Acoustics SoundWare


alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 user reviews of Boston Acoustics SoundWare from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers on Reviews about the usability and design are on the whole positive. The size and price also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability.

price, size, design, usability


99% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Boston Acoustics 5.1 MKII Surround Sound Speaker System - BlackBoston Acoutics Soundware XS 5.1 Speaker Package - Glossy WhiteBoston Acoustics SoundWare Cube XS Satellite Speaker High-Gloss Black

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Boston Acoustics SoundWare


alaTest has collected and analyzed 224 user reviews of Boston Acoustics SoundWare from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Speakers on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The size and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Boston Acoustics Soundware XS Digital Cinema with Dolby Digital Decoding Optimized Virtual Surround - BlackBoston Acoustics SoundWareXS5.1W 5.1 Speaker System (White)Boston Acoustics SoundWareXS5.1B 5.1 Speaker System (Black)

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Sumit Bhosle (

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

Expert review by: Caleb Denison (

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema…


We had fun playing around with Boston Acoustics' SoundWare XS SE speaker system last November. Even though it fell a little short on midrange presence (as expected from such a small speaker) and couldn't quite cough up the deepest bass , it's...

Very impressive sound from a compact system ; Sub is tight and musical ; Bluetooth pairing is a snap ; Music sounds as good as movies/TV

Control pod difficult to position and unsightly ; Poor IR remote sensitivity ; Sub must stay in close proximity to its source (TV) ; Tiny speaker wire

While we aren’t prepared to dub the SoundWare XS Cinema system a “sound bar killer”, we do think it makes an superior sounding sound bar alternative with an ultra-small footprint.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Digitaltrends (

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS SE Review


Clean, articulate treble, Mounting hardware included, Versatile placement, Attractive design

Anemic midrange, Sub misses lowest octave, Requires small-gauge wire

The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS-SE speaker system does what it was set out to do, and does it well. We found it to be an extremely compact, dynamic speaker system that provides an entertaining movie experience with fidelity several steps above the...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Matthew Moskovciak (

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 (black)


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: Clint DeBoer (

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema Speakers Preview


We're not going to write much about this because we already reviewed the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 Speakers system. This system is designed by Boston Acoustics to also include digital inputs.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Tom Andry (

Boston SoundWare XS 5.1 Review


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

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: Tom Andry (

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 Surround Speaker System


In this economy, everyone is looking for a deal. There are also people that are that looking for big sound out of small speakers. While the first is relatively easy to find, the second is pretty much

While it is hard for hardcore Audioholics to get excited about sat/sub systems, the fact remains that they are a popular choice for first-timers. The XS system ups the bar by giving users a lot more options than they would have any right to expect at a...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: (

Boston Acoustics SoundWare Indoor/Outdoor Speaker Review


The SoundWare speaker from Boston Acoustics is a very interesting product, considering that whole-house audio has become all the rage. Whether it's in the kitchen or out on the back porch, we all

Flexible mounting system included for use indoors or out ; Large color selection, or paint 'em whatever color you like ; Great sound and build quality

Push-pin type connectors ; Bass output is limited at higher volumes ; No fasteners included with mount

I began this review expecting the SoundWare speakers to be comparable in their performance to in-ceiling or outdoor speakers. Those expectations were exceeded on many fronts. These speakers are perfect for small to medium-sized rooms or screened...

Expert review by: TopTenREVIEWS (

Expert Review


The satellite speakers are small and sleek. They are light and wall mountable, which makes them easy to hide within your home décor.

Having the connectors on the back of the satellite speakers makes it difficult to connect the wire to the speakers. The connection holes are also so small you can only use thin, bare speaker wire.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: L.A. Audio File (

Expert Review


The Boston Acoustics® SoundWare speakers offer a quality product at a very reasonable price. Sonically, the speakers performed well and had a good frequency range, yet the small size will limit bass response. They are designed to mount easily and fit...

Sep, 2010

Product Specifications

Rugged, compact and colorful, with a unique shape that offers unique placement options, SoundWare belongs in a category of one. Enjoy great sound indoors on a desktop or the floor. Or outdoors under the eaves or on the deck. Tuck them neatly into a corner and aim them up, down or sideways. SoundWare is a weather-resistant high performance loudspeaker that redefines the word versatile.


Active / Passive Speakers:Full Active System / Passive
Signal Connection:Wired


Bluetooth: No
Docking System: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Dimensions / Weight

Oval Size in mm:Not Applicable
Speakers Format:Round

General Features

Active / Passive Speakers:Passive
Category:Component System
Number of Speakers:<=3 / 6 / Not Applicable
Number of Ways:2
Sound Projector: No
Soundbar: No
Speaker Type:Satellite Speakers / Speaker System
System Type:5.1