In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 26, 2007 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

Bose speakers worth the cost

By Mark Kellner

Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You can get a pretty good desktop computer and monitor for just under $1,000 these days. Why then should anyone spend another $399 for a pair of small desktop speakers?

"The sound, my dear Watson," as Sherlock Holmes might have said after hearing the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, a product introduced this month by a firm whose name is rightly synonymous with high-quality audio.

The first word that came to mind during a demonstration of the speakers at Bose's headquarters in Framingham, Mass., was "astonishing," particularly when it was revealed that two, not three, speakers were involved. To explain, I entered a room with a computer and what looked like two desktop speakers and a floor-placed subwoofer. That's not atypical for high-end computer sound systems.

But in the Bose demo, it turned out the subwoofer was a hoax, just a box with lights and wires, no speakers or amplifier. The deep bass sounds I heard came from the small desktop speakers alone.

True, deep, resonant bass, after all, comes from subwoofers and nowhere else in a speaker system, right? Well, right up until a few weeks back when the MusicMonitor system made its debut. The bass is as deep and resonant as anything I've heard from any computer speakers. It is a joy to behold.

It is also a wonder to behold: the speakers, after all, are just shy of 5 inches high by 5 inches deep and 2.5 inches wide. The left speaker weighs 1.2 pounds, and the right speaker, housing some extra electronics, is 1.3 pounds. There's a small remote, and a carrying case is an option.

Bose says the system can deliver high-volume output because of the way the speakers were engineered: "Thin but powerful neodymium transducers have 10 times the magnetic energy density of conventional speaker magnets," is the official explanation. That works for me. The sound is awesome.

During our demonstration, Bose officials pointed out the speakers were engineered to complement today's desktop computer designs, which are tending more toward brushed metal than plastic cases. The speakers also won't damage a CD or DVD disc placed on top of them, another sign of careful planning and design.

The unit can work with portable audio players and portable DVD players as well as desktop and notebook computers. With their small size and relatively light weight, they could go on the road as part of a traveling presentation setup, particularly with a 17- or 20-inch notebook computer.

Although this normally doesn't come up in evaluating a product, the morning I spent at the Bose headquarters, which included hearing from company founder Amar Bose, helped convince me of the verities of this product — and any other — that the firm offers. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering graduate and a professor of engineering there, Mr. Bose is that rare man whose curiosity and commitment to his craft seem to outweigh the mere pursuit of profit. His original work in audio grew out of an unsatisfactory purchase of an early "hi-fi" set from Radio Shack. Today, Bose speakers and headphones are the favorites of purists, and of many of the rest of us.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


© 2007, News World Communications, Inc. Reprinted with permission of The Washington Times. Visit the paper at http://www.washingtontimes.com