Here's my take on both systems we'll start with the Bose (I heard it once when I was attending highshool when we were watching "south pacific") and again at best buy
Whats in the Box- "Bass module",Wires,Manuals,2 satalites,DVD/CDplayer/Tuner module./remote.
Pro's: They sound clear and the dialogue is intelegable,and they present a decent if confused soundtage.
Cons: Some backgraound sounds are muddied,vocals are coloured heavily,some coane break up at high volume. They seem to be overwhelmed during intense scenes.
The "bass module"
Pro's: stylish,Big,can get Pretty loud
Cons: Limited frequency response,Little or no LFE capability,Flarts on deep bass and action scenes
,Distorts, Dialogue comes from it. Flimsy as hell.
It's okay I guess its pretty cheep feeling and looking.
This system is imply overpriced for what you get at $500.00 if it were 59-$100.00 Nobody would complain.
What's in the box:
Subwoofer,five Identical satalites,RCA cables. 3.5 MM cable,remote,batteries,manual/warranties.
Pros: -They sound good and crisp but nowhere near a bright as the Bose and they look better than the bose cubes. I can Understand the dialoge and hear the Ambient sounds without the muddiness that the Bose cubes introduces into the audio spectrum. And they sound good on music without the tizzyness that the bose has.
Cons: The wires are a bit too short.
Pro's: it can actually be called a subwoofer seince it does do the deep bass the Bose simply cannot do and this only is with a single "8"? tang band woofer. it has to at least go down to 26Hz because I get the suck in ears effect during underwater and heavy LFE scenes that the bose just cancels out /rolls off. it has a nice rich sound to it. A nice amp with heatsink on the back. And most of all it does NOT fart like the bose.
Cons: - No dolby or surround processing, No Speaker level inputs Just RCA Line level inputs and satalite outputs. and a 3.5mm input.
Remote: it does what it's designed to do control the volume of the system and the satalites.
I reccomend this over the 3-2-1 system for both music and Movies. I do wish there were speaker level inputs but you can hook both a tuner and a DVD changer to the back and have a nice little sound system tor the money.