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Boston Acoustics TVee Model 20 Review Print E-mail
Monday, 26 April 2010
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Boston Acoustics TVee Model 20 Review

I try and reserve at least one day each spring to watch part of The Masters golf tournament. This year's event could have been overshadowed by the much-anticipated return of Tiger Woods; instead, fans were treated to spectacular golf and plenty of back-and-forth lead changes until near the end. As I watched the tournament, I realized how much I enjoyed not just watching golf but listening to golf, too. The sounds of the game are often subtle: a driver striking a ball off the tee, an iron shot clipping grass, a golfer pleading for a wayward shot to straighten or the sound of a ball dropping into the cup all tantalize the ears as the eyes try to follow. Then there are the sounds from the gallery, as collective cheers, gasps and groans spring up from hundreds of fans as shots fall in or fall apart. Those sounds all give golf a buzz unlike any other sport and make watching an admittedly slow-moving event even more captivating. The Model 20 brought me closer to the event, letting me share the highs and lows with the players and spectators with a sense of immediacy and being there.

TVEE 7 Rear Connection PanelKevin Spacey portrays the life of singer/songwriter Bobby Darin in the 2004 musical drama Beyond The Sea. The film features Spacey singing Darin's parts with a style and delivery that sometimes goes beyond convincing and seems to conjure up the spirit and voice of Darin himself. The life of Darin, from teen star to Big Band vocalist to folk rocker, is spiced with a rich soundtrack that's particularly tasty during the Big Band segments. Crisp highs and mids from the soundbar work nicely with the bass thump of the sub to extend what could be a ho-hum two-channel experience into something much more realistic and exciting. In fact, some scenes brought such a musical swell that I had to turn the volume down. The soundbar plays louder than I would ever require in a smaller space, but the sweet spot doesn't really extend beyond its width.

The Model 20 has some downsides. With just one set of audio inputs – and no digital optical or digital coaxial inputs – you must connect to a TV with analog outputs. Also, the subwoofer works only with the supplied soundbar. Lastly, although you can connect a DVD or Blu-ray player to the Model 20 via the analog inputs, sound will be limited to two-channel audio regardless of the disc's surround formatting.

Final Thoughts

I came away impressed with the Model 20's easy-to-use design and platform and enjoyed the improved sonics. I recommend it as a low-cost solution for smaller living rooms, dens and even bedrooms. It will substantially improve the sound of your TV and movies, and you won't have to sacrifice a room or a day to install it. The Model 20 is available for purchase ($299.99) direct from Boston Acoustics' Web site, Along with Boston's 30-day in-home trial, the company covers shipping both ways should you choose to return for any reason.

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