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JZ1276
04-20-11, 01:46 AM
I'm sure this has happened to everyone at one time or another. I was in the gym earlier and overheard a conversation between two regulars in there that I socialize with and one of the guys was going on about how he's looking to drop 2k on "this awesome Bose" home theater system. The other guy was encouraging him saying something like "well you cant do better than Bose"!
The last time I heard something like this was when I was out with some friends and one of them were talking about a new setup he had just bought. My other friend said "Better make sure you use only Monster cables to hook it all up." I ended up debating with them for an hour and it's hard to argue with "You get what you pay for", so I kept quiet this time.
It's even worse when you're arguing with someone who knows nothing about HT systems when they know you're educated on this stuff, but they still doubt your opinions.
So what do you do? Keep quiet or put in your 2 cents?

OldBoy
04-20-11, 09:34 AM
for one thing i wouldn't call them "regulars"...we are all just people.

Spiky
04-20-11, 09:38 AM
I have absolutely no idea how not to sound like a snob. Just read my posts.

About the best you can do on Bose is ask if tiny speakers like that is the important factor. Wheedle your way into a discussion of speakers and steer towards sound quality as a better factor. There are better tiny speaker, too.

Spiky
04-20-11, 09:39 AM
for one thing i wouldn't call them "regulars"...we are all just people.

I think he meant 'regular visitors to the gym', it's a common usage.

spainlinx0
04-20-11, 01:17 PM
There is zero point arguing with people about Bose.

TGM
04-20-11, 01:24 PM
keep your mouth shut unless asked specifically.

SterlingBen
04-20-11, 01:31 PM
I have absolutely no idea how not to sound like a snob. Just read my posts.

+1

And in response to your topic question; impossible.

Larry C.
04-20-11, 01:31 PM
You know what they say? No highs or lows cause you got BOSE.

OldBoy
04-20-11, 03:34 PM
I think he meant 'regular visitors to the gym', it's a common usage.

rly?

JZ1276
04-20-11, 05:51 PM
rly?
Yeah regulars at the gym what else would that mean?

Numanoid
04-20-11, 09:09 PM
I'm going to start calling members of the general public "regulars" from now on. Thanks, Scott. :lol:

Spiky
04-20-11, 10:04 PM
rly?

If we were to call someone a name, someone who thinks Bose is high-end....I'd say "luddite".

Sdallnct
04-30-11, 05:59 PM
Don't bother. To give a real answer you would have to spend a lot of time. Just cutting and in and saying "Bose sucks" is worthless and would be dismissed.

And you got better things to do than spend a lot of time with gym rats discussing Bose. Well I would hope you would.

JZ1276
05-01-11, 07:43 AM
Don't bother. To give a real answer you would have to spend a lot of time. Just cutting and in and saying "Bose sucks" is worthless and would be dismissed.

And you got better things to do than spend a lot of time with gym rats discussing Bose. Well I would hope you would.

Hey, it happens all the time, not just in the gym... and whats wrong with gym rats???

Spiky
05-01-11, 06:12 PM
Nohting. Unless you are discussing Bose with them. ;)

K&AJones
05-02-11, 06:42 PM
I usually throw in some points and brands. But I always end up giving them a few web sites with something like this...

"here's a few web sites I visit that has some really good info on HT, TV's, sound , Blue-ray that has great reviews, insight and on the forums are installers and techs to people asking the same questions like what to buy"

That way I'm not seen as a "Mr. Know-It-All Snob" but as someone who is just trying to lend a hand.

cpgator
05-06-11, 03:13 PM
Blue-ray that has great reviews

I'm not seen as a "Mr. Know-It-All Snob"

I think you're safe. :)

Alan Smithee
05-07-11, 07:32 PM
What's wrong with being a snobby know-it-all? :)