These floor standing speakers defy the simple basic look that's been around for over half a century - the plain MDF boxes of archetypical mainstay designed right/left front main A/V loudspeakers. These were obviously designed by forward thinking designers instead of the run of the mill speaker engineer. I don't have to sit ordinary box speakers in my listening surround sound room anymore and am still getting a quality soundstage. The cabinets are molded plastic that divulge an affable, more flowing shape than that of typical hard-corned box. The back of the speakers' plastic enclosure is finished with a rough nubby paint that gives the speaker a soft textured feel, the color is an off-white mist with a matching darker silver mist colored cloth grill.
With the positive outward appearance of the speakers and the focus being on the physical design, Boston Acoustic appears to me to have not skimped on the technology side of the speaker equation. Skinny LCD/plasma friendly speakers may be the rage these days, but with these HS 460's, they give something more substantial. The speaker is fairly unusual in that it includes both a port and a couple of passive radiators in addition to a pair of 6.5 woofers. These can be used by themselves with no subwoofer while still reaching deep enough sound decibels to be very adequate for the bass portion of the sound range, especially when set away (12" to 18") from the back wall. They tend to lose some bass definition if they are too close to the front wall. It is a basic two-way system, using a soft dome tweeter to cover the upper octaves. They don't come with floor spikes or adjustable feet, they just rest on the ridge formed by the front of the cabinet, along with a fixed bar toward the back. Possibly could be a little wobbly on thick carpet, but I don't have any problem with the way it sits on my floor. These are speakers that can benefit from selecting individual crossover points for each channel when used in a surround sound setting if your receiver has that capability.
These speakers dispersion is good and I found they sound first-rate in spite of where you place them in a room. They do not fatigue after lengthy listening sessions, are lively sounding and have the ability to resolve sonic image with good depth and focus, being comfortably open and detailed. These speakers are a good match between form and function. I am a value conscious audiophile and these speakers appeal to me not only because of their price point, but because their sound to cost ratio is extremely advantageous. I like them very much!
OK sound. Great tweeters, just ok mids and subs. Not as loud as I thought they would be. They're replacing some older speakers that had become muffled. Better as surround sound speakers then just actually listening to music.