|Boston Acoustics Horizon Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Jim Swantko|
|Saturday, 01 March 2008|
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I have yet to come across a product which is perfect, and as much as I enjoyed the Horizon system, I’m afraid that is still true for a couple of reasons. First of all, these speakers really work best on smooth, hard surfaces, such as hardwood flooring. I noticed that, on my carpeting, they were very easy to knock over, even with a slight nudge. If you have small children, or large dogs as I do, then you need to be aware of this, as more than likely they will get bumped and topple over. The finish is sturdy enough to hold up to the fall; however, your expensive new flat panel television might not be. Luckily for me, I placed the speakers just out of range and an expensive impact was avoided.
Secondly, I would recommend using banana plugs to connect speaker cables, or be gentle when tightening down the posts onto bare cable. I had one of the binding posts break while tightening down the terminal onto bare cable. I assume that my breakage was a fluke, but my past experience with Boston Acoustic products has been nothing but exceptional. As I stated earlier, nothing is perfect.
The Horizon 5.1 system reminded me that the folks in Peabody (pronounced correctly “P-bdddy”), Massachusetts really know how to design pieces which work together, like my old car system. I’m happy to report that this is one of those instances where the sum of the parts exceeds the individual pieces.
What I sometimes forget in this hobby is that, more often than not, it makes sense to use equipment designed to work together. I know it seems logical but I, like many, sometimes get lost in the specs and the “gotta have it” factor. I try to mix and match components that seem like they should work together and result in a touchdown. Sometimes I get lucky and find the end zone – sometimes I get a chop block and end up with a torn ACL (sorry, I’m watching the Super Bowl as I type this). What I’m trying to say is that consumers should trust companies like Boston Acoustics to know what they are doing.
At the end of the day, I was really impressed with the Horizon 5.1 system. For a little more than $1,600 retail, a consumer can bring home a full 5.1 speaker system, which not only looks great, but can also really kick ass. Yes, it has a few flaws, specifically if you are a two-channel enthusiast, but this is not what the system was designed for, in my opinion. For movies and TV, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the system and wondered if there was a need for a mega-buck surround package when so much fun could be had for so little. If you’re shopping in this price range for a surround system, I highly recommend you put Boston Acoustic on your demo list.