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      Boston Acoustics SXi696 - Review

      Hey guys,

      I recently had to upgrade my Rear speakers and i was damn sure that i will go for JBL GTO Series. So all this happened on a Saturday evening, i went to the car market in Noida and entered the busiest shop at that moment(Car Raunaq). I was inquiring about the GTO series and was just playing around doing some testing and fideling around with the controls in the stereo that the shop guys has fixed these GTO demo Series.

      Finally after 30mins of playing around and waiting for the shop guy to get freed up from the customers, i told him that i wanted a Pair of GTO 948 and he gave me a weird smile and asked, "Do you have a budget or you looking for quality?" and obviously i said both. He told me to wait for few minutes and asked another guy to get the box that was hidden somewhere and gave it to me. The shop guy told me that these are better then JBL and cost a little higher difference of Rs 600.
      I was looking at the box and it said 470W and 100RMS and i was like because for 70w extra i have to pay Rs 600??? and more over these are just normal looking speakers.

      The shop guy then said, "Take the JBL GTO 948 and Boston SXi696 and fit them if your car and listen. Later you decide which one you want".

      I gave a weird smile to him and said, OK. I took the guy who installs the stereos along with me to get them tested.

      And the Testing begins....

      Boston SXi696 Series:

      Specifications
      Type : 6x 9 3-way speaker
      RMS Power : 100W
      Peak Music Power : 470W
      Freq Range : 45Hz-20kHz
      Impedance : 2 ohm
      Resonance : 45Hz
      Sensitivity : 90dB
      Magnet : 110 x 15mm

      Features
      Copolymer cone with rubber surround
      Woofer
      1 PEI Tweeter
      Ferro fluid cooled tweeter


      JBL GTO 948


      Specs
      Power Handling, RMS100 Watts
      Power Handling, Peak400 Watts
      Frequency Response (3dB)45Hz - 21kHz
      Sensitivity94dB
      Mounting Depth2-15/16" (75mm)

      Results:

      Boston:- Felt the nice bass and as far as the treble, they are mild and doesnt hurt your ears.

      JBL:- Crisp, High treble and compared to boston, i felt JBL was lacking in bass.

      I was not sure if i was wrong, i asked my friend who visited at this time and i asked him to listen to the speakers both Boston First and JBL second without telling him what did i had in the boot. He selected Boston again.

      Later i told him that it was Boston that he selected and Not JBL. We was shocked as well considering the fact that he is a big fan of JBL.

      Well having said all this, What am i trying to prove here? Boston is better then JBL?

      Nope, These are 2 different segments for different kinds of people and depends on their taste of listening.

      Ended up buying the SXi696 for Rs 4400 with bill and replacement warranty and i am happy with the decision

      Anybody have these or anyone tried these?
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      SKC that's a great review. What ultimately matters is how your ears perceive the sound irrespective of what specs say on paper.

      If you were offered the GTO 948 for 3800, that's a gray market rate.
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      yes, Thats grey market but yes you are absolutely right
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      Boston is better than JBL. Esp. when it comes to bass. I asked Mr Satya at Evo for JBL comps, and he told me he would fit Boston as the quality is way better. And I'm very happy with the quality. Bass is really good.
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      Thanks Guys... i am happy to hear that its a good one from you guys.. i was thinking that may be i was the only one to hear it this good.
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      Well, I haven't heard both on a particular set up. But they were definitely better than my friend's JBLs hooked onto a sony hu, sony amp and 2 subs.
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      In the sense that, I'm sure they would have not sounded as good as my Bostons w/o the Amp and subs. Anyway, I'm a noob, the ICEexperts can help.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Arkin uıʞɹɐ View Post
      Boston is better than JBL. Esp. when it comes to bass. I asked Mr Satya at Evo for JBL comps, and he told me he would fit Boston as the quality is way better. And I'm very happy with the quality. Bass is really good.
      We can't generalize like that at a brand level. The GTi series of JBL will kick the best speakers made by Boston out of the window. And Mr. Satya will recommend the speakers which carry the maximum margins like any good businessman, so let's not get carried away with that.

      The GTO 948 has an incredible bass response. I know 'cos I have a pair in my car. At Rs. 3700, SKC could have heard a fake one as well. I can't compare with the Boston as I have never heard it. If one is happy with how a particular speaker sounds, nothing else matters.
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      Gilead - I agree.. may be you could take a demo sometime when u can and let me know your feedback on boston and especially on SXi696.

      Because it wasn't a fake one that i heard in JBL thats for sure. this guy is a Authorized dealer.
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      Quote Originally Posted by SKC View Post
      Gilead - I agree.. may be you could take a demo sometime when u can and let me know your feedback on boston and especially on SXi696.
      Sure. Catch you in one of the meets.

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      Because it wasn't a fake one that i heard in JBL thats for sure. this guy is a Authorized dealer.
      So how come an authorized dealer is offering you gray market prices?
      I don't know what's gonna happen man but I wanna have my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames

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