Summary: If all you want is good sound and simple set up, this is for you. BUT for the cost, they should have given it a DVD player that would play jpegs, avi files and all the rest like my $25 JVC one does. It kicked out my 40 Year Old Virgin DVD the day I bought the system, and is very select about what DVD's, and yes, they are all purchased in the good old USA, that it decides to play.
Summary: This is an easy system to set up. So what? What is there to it? I rate it equivalent to a set of Harmon Kardon Soundstick II's. For $119, I'll take the H/K's and buy three or four sets. The Bose System offers a built in Hard Drive to store your music on MPEG files, but doesn't offer a good way to organize your music. For this kind of money, buy a 17" iMac G5 and a set of Sound Stick II's and you will be a whole lot happier.
Summary: I ended up getting the Bose system the same day I spent $2500 on a new HDTV, with the idea that I would have the best sound and look avaliable...In the store the system sounded great! The demo was playing Lord of the Rings...but when I got home, listening to regular movies or tv there is no surround sound about it...The pros are the size and looks. I like the fact that my living room doesn't have a large shelf system or 5 or 6 speakers arranged all over the place.
Summary: Dear John, Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding the pricing of Bose products. The prices in Australia and New Zealand are based on the prices set by our parent company, Bose Corporation, USA. In setting prices locally however, we need to take into consideration local import duties, taxes, business administration costs, and transportation, hence making our local pricing appear to be more than what would be paid in the American market.