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Boston Acoustics SoundWare

We have collected and analyzed 18 expert reviews and 445 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 80/100 and users rate it 87/100. The average review date is Dec 24, 2012. We have compared these reviews to 1147307 reviews from other Speakers. The alaScore™ for this product is 89/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 11, 2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Boston Acoustics SoundWare


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Boston Acoustics SoundWare from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the usability and design. The size and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

price, size, design, usability


98% 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 Acoustics 5.1 MKII Surround Sound Speaker System - Black

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Boston Acoustics SoundWare


alaTest has collected and analyzed 286 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 products in the same category on People really like the reliability and design. The size and price also get good reviews.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

89% 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 Soundware XS Digital Cinema with Dolby Digital Decoding Optimized Virtual Surround - Black

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Caleb Denison (

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema Review


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.

The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Cinema system may be billed as a home theater solution, but it is just as adept at producing great sounding music as it is pumping out thrilling, cinematic sound effects (we think it would be just as at home in a dorm...

Apr, 2012

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 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

Jun, 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 : 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

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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...

Dec, 2009


Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Special Edition


Boston blesses your living room with an accomplished compact 5.1 system.

Tight, unified sound with plenty of detail ; Gorgeous compact satellites with high-gloss finish ; Easy to install

Tiny holes on push-clip speaker terminals ; Sub lacks high gloss finish

Expert review by (

Boston Acoustics Soundware XS


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

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

Very little, considering the price and form

Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Boston Acoustics Soundware XS Digital Cinema loudspeaker review


Boston Acoustics' latest effort is not your average 2.1 system. In fact, it's hard to say exactly what product category it fits into. Because, as well as providing enhanced stereo playback of movie/TV fare, it also offers built-in Bluetooth, letting...

Sparkling sound; Bluetooth streaming; cute design

Toothless Movie mode; no HD audio decoding

May, 2012

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.


Recommended amplifier power (max):100
Recommended amplifier power (min):10 / 15


Audio decoders:Dolby Digital
Audio output channels:2.1 / 5.1
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital
Crossover frequency:3500 / 5000
Frequency range:150 - 2000 / 150 - 20000 / 90 - 20000
Recommended usage:PC
RMS rated power:250
Sensitivity:85 / 87


Color of product:Black / Espresso / Red / Silver / White / Wood / Yellow

Disk Drive

Built-in hard drive: No

Energy Management

Power Source:AC

Hard Drive

Built-in hard drive:N


Audio output channels:1.0
Number of drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1
Number of tweeter drivers:1
Number of woofer drivers:1
Recommended usage:Other / PC / Speaker set unit
Speaker placement:Celing-mountable, Floor, In-wall/in-ceiling, Tabletop/bookshelf, Wall-mountable / Floor, Tabletop/bookshelf, Wall-mountable / Tabletop/bookshelf, Wall-mountable
Speaker position:Satellite
Speaker type:2-Way
Suitable for outdoor use:N / Y
Tweeter: Yes
Tweeter diameter:0.5 / 0.75
Tweeter Size:0.5 / 0.75
Woofer: Yes
Woofer diameter:2.52 / 4.49
Woofer diameter (imperial):2.5 / 4.5
Woofer Size:2.5 / 4.5

Management Features

Handheld remote control: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Optical Drive

Disc types supported: No
Optical disc player type:Not included

Packaging Content

Manual: Yes
Quick installation guide: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


Equalizer: No

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Wireless technologies:Wired


Power Source:AC


FM radio: No

Satellite speakers

Number of satellite speakers:2 / 5
Satellite speaker crossover frequencies:4000 / 5 / 5000
Satellite speaker crossover frequency:4000 / 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 tweeters quantity:1
Satellite speaker type:2-Way
Satellite speaker woofer diameter (imperial):2.5
Satellite speaker woofer size:2.5
Satellite speaker woofers quantity:1
Satellite speakers RMS power:100
Satellite speakers wall mountable: Yes
Wireless satellite speakers:Y


Subwoofer crossover frequencies:60 - 180
Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):8
Subwoofer driver size:8
Subwoofer drivers quantity:1
Subwoofer frequency range:40 - 150
Subwoofer impedance:8
Subwoofer RMS power:100
Subwoofer sensitivity:24 / 85
Wireless subwoofer: Yes

Technical Details

Apple docking compatibility: No
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Color of product:Black / Black, White / White
Frequency range:39 - 20000
Karaoke: No

TV Tuner

TV tuner integrated: No


3D compatibility: No
Video compression format: No
Video formats supported:Not supported

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.7 / 6.57
Height:4.25 / 6.18
Satellite speaker dimensions (WxDxH):4.25 x 4.45 x 3.7 / 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 / 12.2 x 11.2 x 15.6 / 9.45 x 11.3 x 9.88
Subwoofer weight:19.8
Weight:17.6 / 4.85 / 4.89
Width:4.45 / 6.18