Summary: These puppies didn't last a day in my intended second system. BOSE used to be well known for their quality speakers way back in the days of the original modest 301s and 501s - but not any more. They are selling this 'Acousti-mess' business model product on pure reputation and "sound-stage hype". The "sub-woofer" is nothing of the sort - it's a mediocre woofer, at best.
Summary: I recently spent some time auditioning this product (outside of a retail store in multiple placement configurations, which is a much different experience) and honestly none of that time was necessary for me to know that no amount of engineering or marketing is sufficient to ignore the laws of physics and still have a good product. My listening experience did indeed bear this out, for what it's worth.
Summary: Unfortunately, these speakers did not live up to my expectations. I think they are halfway decent speakers, but for the price I expect them to be something to be proud of. I have to say overall the sound quality is just about poor. The highs are not there, and neither are the lows. The bass module has the frequency set so high it seems the woofer is pointed right at me, instead of being an ambient rumble.
Excerpt: "...a way typical of all Bose systems. There is a charateristic Bose sound which bears no relation to Hi-Fi whatsoever. It can be characterised as a bloated, flatulent bass which overpowers a weak veiled midrange all topped off with a screeching, strident top end. The design of the system goes against everything that quality manufacturers know to be essential get speakers to sound natural or even 'right'. When I sold Hi-Fi and people would ask about ...
Pros: Relatively easy to fit in the dustbin
Cons: Everthing about it, starting with the price .