Did you listen to those BOSE speakers in a demo room? Either at a best buy or at a bose store?
Were they playing an actual movie or a ton of demo content?
I've heard bose in 2 ways..
1: I went to a bose store, numerous times with my father who loves bose (can't teach an old dog new tricks
love the man to death just doesn't want to listen to me) went into their little room where they show off their speakers. They play nature sounds, some various bose specific content and i will admit, THEY SOUND AMAZING, the first time I ehard them I was like WOW, these little things sound great for what they are
Then I heard them in the second scenarious
2: in someones living room. We were watching a movie, the diaglouge sounded okay, but anyone with a deep voice sounded muffled because their voice was now comming through the acoustamass module. Their voice went from in front of me, off to the side where the module was.
Explosions were harsh, they broke up a bit.. The bass was nearly non existant in any real mannor. Sound was super directional, it had no "image" every speaker seemed like its own source rather than blending in and providing an immersive experiance.
While I'm not super experiance in compact system, I do recall people advovating even these speakers over the bose. They used to retail for nearly a grand if I recall some other members posts correctly..
Energy Take classic 5.1
I believe energy offers a 2.1 setup as well..
Use the extra money to take your wife out to a nice exspensive dinner or buy a more poweful subwoofer..
If you take her out to a nice dinner and talk about how much you saved over the bose.. your chances of getting laid that night are much better