I had a Bose Cinemate 2 for about three weeks and then returned it. It had two little idy bitty speakers and I put those on the Bose stands and it had a sub woofer/Amp that sits elsewhere in the room.
For what it was if sounded pretty good for the sound effects, explosions, car chases, the roar of a football game but when it came to everyday TV they sounded really boxy. Almost like a constant bass hum through the dialog. It was very annoying when trying to watch something simple like the news. I knew the weather girl was didn't really sound that way.
I have a 65" TV in my bedroom and I was able to put those little speakers on their own stands right at the corners of the bed. All I had to do was sit up and just barely twist the placement speakers to get the perfect listening position from them. Once I did the freakin' stereo effect from them was totally awesome! And with them being close to the seating position it sounded loud without dirupting the whole house. Being able to place the speakers in the absolute perfect spot can make a huge difference in the listening experience. The only problem is.... they just didn't sound that good to me. Like the dialog you have mentioned. My hand was always on the remote, turn it way up for dialog and then way back down for action scenes. Besides there are no adjustments except for turning that bass up or down and you'd have to get up and do that, no adjusting from your listening position. For the price of that Bose System which is a little over eight hundred smakeroos I figure I would buy some killer bookshelf speakers and an A / V Receiver. That way I have more control over the sound and there will be room for upgrades. With Bose, no up grades, that is as good as it gets and you can not add on to that system.
So.... what would be some good little bookshelf speakers to achieve that effect..?