Review: Bose Computer MusicMonitor

The first thing you’ve probably noticed about Bose is their consumer range of audio products and how small their speakers tend be. However even the tiniest of speakers require the assistance of a subwoofer. Until now, that is.

Most people like to turn up the bass in music because it really gives it that kick. Duran Duran’s “Notorious” definitely wouldn’t feel the same without the punchy bass drum accentuated with an eighties bass line. However producing bass is highly dependent on the speaker and cabinet size. To produce low frequencies you need more air moving, and that also requires more space. The first thing you’ve probably noticed about Bose is their consumer range of audio products and how small their speakers tend be. However even the tiniest of speakers require the assistance of a subwoofer.

Until now, that is.

The Bose Computer MusicMonitors are aimed towards laptop and desktop users who are looking for a quality listening experience. Most of us are probably used to the subwoofer sitting near our feet but Bose have kicked the vibrating foot rest out the window and introduced something new called “dual internal opposing passive radiators”. These sit inside the speaker enclosure and increase the bass response without the need for a giant sub. In practise these speakers create a significant amount of bass and they have enough volume to carry throughout the house. The on-board Digital Signal Processing also means that the signal is getting the Bose treatment and you will have a tough time overloading them.

Bose seem to be obsessed with musical accuracy and an unobtrusive design, and that’s exactly what you get. We’ve been playing with the Bose Computer MusicMonitors for a few days now and it’s becoming really easy to distinguish between a good recording and a bad recording. Masterpieces like The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” sound excellent while many rap music recordings can sound pretty dull in comparison.

That might be the only problem to write home about because once you start getting used to speakers in this range: once you’ve heard the clarity that the MusicMonitors produce, you’ll probably be hooked. Everything is so clear and distinct.

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If you’re sick of that big subwoofer near your feet then the Bose Computer MusicMonitor go on sale this month and will set you back around $499.

As a long time musician and audio buff, I can safely say that these do set an excellent standard in computer music solutions, especially if size is an issue.

Product: Bose Computer MusicMonitor

Vendor: Bose

RRP: $499

Website: Bose Computer MusicMonitor



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