Summary: These are great sounding when the subwoofer works. Not very much use over 2 years and the subwoofer started making crackling noise and wouldn't output sound anymore just annoying noise. The small speakers are great and light weight. If the subwoofer didn't go out so quick under light use and had a longer lifespan would give it more stars.
Pros: Small speakers are lightweight, price is reasonable.
Cons: Subwoofer longevity questionable, didn't last very long even with light usage. Sound turned into a crackling mess from subwoofer unit. Probably a bad speaker inside.
Summary: I purchased this system to go with my new HDTV to improve the sound. That it did but I believe this platform for Bose is aging. The subwoofer is too big to be easily concealed with todays more minimalistic furnishings and entertainment centers. Even more frustrating is that the system is not compatible with the SAT/Cable remotes as the Comcast remotes can not be programmed to adjust the volume of the system so the use of two remotes is necessary.
Pros: Improved sound over the TV speakers.
Cons: Subwoofer to large, system not compatible with Cable remotes, audio/EQ is not adjustable
Summary: Pros: Remarkable sound from Dolby 5.1 sources. Easy to install if you have an optical digital output from your HDTV Cons: Won't decode any DTS-ES or DTS-HD signal, the latter being the most common for Blueray discs. You must step down DTS sources to PCM, losing most of the 5.1 mix and ALL of the magic this system offers with Dolby-encoded content. I experienced the Cinemate system at both Best Buy and at the Bose store in our local mall.
Summary: I have a 50" Panasonic wall mounted in a 15x17 Bedroom. Just got Netflix, so wanted to experience 'better sound' The system is beautifully designed, easy to set up, and has a nice multifunction remote. The sound is fine. Why the downgrade? The small speakers are no better than the Panasonic's. I found myself getting up to adjust the Bass repeatedly because movies go from too loud to too soft. I like explosions on the screen, not in the room.
Summary: Sound was fine but not worth the money for only 2.1 sound. If they gave you 3.1 sound it would have been almost acceptable. I returned it for a 400 dollar 5.1 sound system and am much happier with the sound. It does sound great for music but does not come close to 5.1 surround no matter how well it sounds. I am glad that it went back. Too expensive for 2.1 sound and their magic can't change that.