I'll never understand people that buy something just because it looks good. In this case, it is speakers. Their only purpose for existing is to produce sound. And now that the OP realizes the sound quality on them is garbage (which could have been done with a simple search of the forum, or Google), he is wanting to know what else is aesthetically pleasing, sounds good, and has a universal remote (for around the same price).
Well, if you want a universal remote, they cost like 10 bucks at Wal-Mart. Pretty much the same thing as the Bose remote, so now we have 420 bucks left (or you can splurge on the most basic Logitech Harmony remote for like 25 bucks)
You say you don't want a lot of wires running across the room, so I'll stick to a 2.1 system, being that's what the Cinemate Series 1 is that you currently have.
Pioneer 821-K $200
Polk PSW 10 sub $120
Any 2 bookshelf speakers you can find $100
It will just be 3 wires. One to each speaker, and one to the sub. Pretty much what you have already.
There, I just made your system 100 times better, for the same price. You can thank me later.