Summary: I purchased the Bose Cinemate Speaker System on December 23rd, 2009 and installed it as the instructions stated. I connected the speakers like the manual says and did all the things that the manual said to do to make the sound better than it was BEFORE I purchased the speaker system. It has an off the wall speaker sound and to get any satisfaction, you have to turn the TV off and increase the sound of the speakers and then it becomes a BOOM BOX.
Summary: Garbage. Bought on Christmas sale in dec 2012. Sound has been cutting in and out for several months... Just outside of warranty. Last night the system broke down entirely with no sound and only a flashing red light. After 10 mins with Bose tech support they tell me I need to mail it to them to fix. Can't believe we dropped the cash we did on this system. Never buy Bose again... Sound quality was good (not great for the $$) and quality??? Zero.