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.
Summary: I am actually surprised at the number of negatives, thought that there would be some loyal blinded bose fans writing review. Look, Bose really made a name for itself in the 70's early 80's when they had decent bookshelf speakers, they have totally fallen behind with the advent of surround sound, prologic, thx etc. I agree with many of the comments that the cube speakers are totally worthless, sounds like you are playing a mono am channel.
Summary: We bought this system for our home. We bought it as an investment that we would have for years. Bose is supposed to be some of the best speakers on the market. We have Bose 601 speakers and they are awesome. This system sucks and I wouldn't recomend anyone spending $1,000 on this system. You should go to Wal-mart and buy the cheapest boom box they sale and get the same effect. Please concider what I am saying and try something else. We bought sony and it is much better.
Summary: I am a former BOSE Acustimass 10 owner. When i got into Home theater, I was a newbie and pretty much bought into the marketing power of BOSE. They had the nice little Demonstration stands at Best Buy and at Fry's Electronics, they have the Soundroom that is tweaked to make the Bose sound incredible. Problem is, that room costs hundreds of thousands of dollars of technology to make the BOSE Accoutimass speakers sound that good. I don't have $$$,$$$.$$ to spend on a room.