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Boston Acoustics A360 Conclusion

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Boston Acoustics A360 TowerThe Boston Acoustics A360 loudspeakers are well built and look good at $800/pair.  High quality parts are used in the cabinet construction and the drivers are decent quality.  I was disappointed with the actual sensitivity compared to the manufacturer’s stated sensitivity.  I felt like a 100WPC amplifier couldn’t get the A360s very loud.  This low sensitivity is mainly due to the midrange and low treble being somewhat recessed compared to the rest of the frequency range.  That recessed midrange reduces listening fatigue allowing for a listen-all-day type of response.  The tradeoff is that some recordings do not sound very natural.  The bass response is excellent given the size and footprint.  An upright bass sounds pretty convincing when the speaker is properly placed with a little room gain. 

I envision that Boston Acoustics designed this speaker to please the masses and I think it is excellent in that regard. 

 

Boston Acoustics A360 Scorecard
MSRP: $800/ pair

 

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Build QualityStarStarStarStarStar
AppearanceStarStarStarStar
Treble ExtensionStarStarStarStar
Treble SmoothnessStarStarStarStar
Midrange AccuracyStarStarStar
Bass ExtensionStarStarStarStar
Bass AccuracyStarStarStarStar
Dynamic RangeStarStarStarStar
PerformanceStarStarStarStar
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Joel Foust's experience in quality control, product certifications and do-it-yourself loudspeaker design bode well for the consistent application and development of in-depth loudspeaker testing. Joel is committed to providing accurate results that are comparable for each loudspeaker tested.

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Recent Forum Posts:

DCmoe posts on June 13, 2013 07:01
gtpsuper24, post: 972123
Like Klipsch who uses the tweeters sensitivty to falsely jack up the SPL.

Same thing for BIC speakers.
gtpsuper24 posts on June 12, 2013 13:49
Pablo Albino, post: 972120
82,7 dB? That really disappointed me a lot! Couldn't be a defective sample?
I was planning to purchase an little integrated amp (75 W) to feed that towers. However, that measurements has made me reconsider my original plan.

Or it could be accurate given how so many manufacturers falsely inflate their specs. Like Klipsch who uses the tweeters sensitivty to falsely jack up the SPL. When actually they are probably closer to 91-92 as a system.
gene posts on June 12, 2013 13:49
Pablo Albino, post: 972120
82,7 dB? That really disappointed me a lot! Couldn't be a defective sample?
I was planning to purchase an little integrated amp (75 W) to feed that towers. However, that measurements has made me reconsider my original plan.

you're gonna find that most manufacturers fudge sensitivity ratings on speakers. We measure sensitivity from 300Hz to 3kHz which is the IEC standard way of doing so. Most manufacturers simply do a fullrange test to give the illusion of higher sensitivity. We've measured Klipsch speakers to be a whopping 8dB less efficient than their published spec. Bryston's new tower speaker was measured by the NRC to be 4.5dB less sensitive than published spec.

You will probably be ok with the amp you want to use if you power these speakers in a small to medium sized room. Otherwise, you may want to get a bigger amp or go with a more sensitive speaker.
Pablo Albino posts on June 12, 2013 13:42
Sensitivity

82,7 dB? That really disappointed me a lot! Couldn't be a defective sample?
I was planning to purchase an little integrated amp (75 W) to feed that towers. However, that measurements has made me reconsider my original plan.
internetmin posts on May 15, 2013 10:22
Boston Acoustics

Ah, I had a pair of Boston Acoustics HD-series monitors back 20+ years ago. Those speakers got me into the high-fi hobby. I haven't listened to any of the recent speakers but I've always had a special sentimental affinity for BA.
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