Summary: OK so here's the thing for the look and style and NAME these speakers are awesome. Their ability to adapt to the surroundings makes them the best option for noives consumers. I have these setup downstairs in the living room for my parents for two reasons, mainly because they are perfect style for the decor, but also because the room has a lot of obstacles and anomalies that the Bose hardware becomes invaluable.
Pros: Attractive Design, Compact, Easy To Connect, Not that powerful
Summary: I upgraded my 5.1 Sony Surround sound speakers with these and the sound from watching movies is quite a bit better. I mainly went with the Bose because I needed compact speakers. I live in a fairly small condo and do not have the real estate to put up floor standing speakers. I am not a home audio expert and I am sure you can buy better performing speakers for the money. But, if a compact design is what you need in your home theater then these should work for you.
Pros: Good sound from small speakers, Speakers are compact
Summary: no doubt bose lifestyle speakers are good, however, I just bought one couple weeks ago because, it's highly recommended by friends who have it. I am not fully convince it is the best. It is nice when you are watching movies with great sound effects but for listening to music or watching tv.. it is very common and I can not compare to my preveiws major high end brands.
Summary: These speakers make great ambiance for movies but for music and none Dolby or DTS codec movies these are no good. Also for any source played through the center speaker sounds muddy no matter what the codec. The other speakers get you to a great point then the center comes in and doesn't push the music or scene to a happy place for the audio.
Excerpt: Ich habe das Bose Acoustimass 10 in Weiß seit mehr als einem Jahr und betreibe es an einem Pioneer VSX 920 und bin nicht wirklich zufrieden. Hatte zuerst das Acoustimass 15, aber nach der Installation habe ich meine Wohnung in einen Vibrationsgenerator umgebaut, weil die Bässe derart heftig aus dem Modul kamen.
Excerpt: Hace 2 años compre estos fantasticos altavoces con la intencion de que me sirvieran, tanto para Home cinema como para escuchar musica en stereo. Pues bien, os dire que para peliculas Home cinema son excepcionales. Pero acabe vendiendolos porque mi amplificador AV Pioneer de Home cinema y los altavoces Bose , la musica estereo sonaba distorsionada a alto volumen y no se apreciaba la nitidez o brillantez del sonido (sonaba siempre metalico).
Pros: excepcional Home Cinema para cine DVD
Cons: No para quien busque reproducir solo musica estereo CD