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Boston Acoustics SoundWare

Boston Acoustics SoundWare
alaScore 91

463 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 463 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The size and value for money also get good feedback.

usability, value for money, 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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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...

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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

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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...

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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 want our music to follow us throughout the day. But as...

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...

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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...

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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...

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Review: Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS


Designed to be the perfect system for parents, friends, children, and even your bedroom, the SoundWare XS is looking to impress.

I used the Yamaha to calibrate the speakers and verified the settings with my own measurements. The rear speakers were placed near the side walls (about 3 feet from either side of the king-size bed) and pointed inward. The center was positioned...

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

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
Speaker Type:Satellite Speakers / Speaker System