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Boston Acoustics SoundWare

Boston Acoustics SoundWare
alaScore 90

474 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 474 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 are impressed by the reliability and design. The size and usability are also appreciated.

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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 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 comments, but many are critical about the reliability.

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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

Nov, 2015

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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 4.2/5 for other Speakers on Opinions about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The size and price are also appreciated.

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 SOUNDWARE 4.5-Inch Indoor/Outdoor Coaxial Speaker (White)

Nov, 2015

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: 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.

There are dedicated modes such as Movie and Music and the system shares all of the great features from the original SoundWare XS system, like the incredibly small speakers and the "distinctive" SoundWare shape. Boston Acoustics includes articulating...

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 $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: 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

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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 (

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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

Expert review by: Andrew Robinson (

Boston Acoustics SoundWare On-Wall Loudspeakers Reviewed


Mount it on the wall, desktop, or even outdoors the compact Boston Acoustics SoundWare on-wall speaker will deliver impressive sound for under $100. Available in white, silver, bamboo, red, onyx, expression and natural, the SoundWare is designed to...

The SoundWare speakers are small, stylish and easy to integrate into seemingly any environment, be it indoors or out ; As desktop speakers the SoundWare's are quite good and if you round out their bottom end with a small sub they're near perfect for...

The SoundWare does require a subwoofer if you're planning on using them for anything other than ambient listening, which isn't a bad thing but will add to the cost of ownership ; At louder volumes the SoundWare speaker will begin to break up and show...

For just under $100 apiece the SoundWare speakers from Boston Acoustics are truly wonderful little speakers designed to bring music to virtually any environment. They come in a variety of fun colors or can be painted to match any décor, making them one...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Mark Fleischmann (

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

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:Passive
Signal Connection:Wired


Bluetooth: No
Docking System: No
HDMI:No / Not Applicable
WiFi Connectivity: No

Dimensions / Weight

Oval Size in mm:Not Applicable
Speakers Format:Round

General Features

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