Originally Posted by curtissp
It's really personal preference...
Since I live next to a Home Theater shop I hear tons of speakers..
The speaker I was mostly impressed by was the Kef LS 50.. I dunno what it is about that speaker but they sure did their research on it.
Not the most aesthetic speaker... But damn it sounds good!!
Dali I was also impressed by in it's price range a little bright but not as bad as Klipsch reference line.
Paradigm Studio 100's.. They are quite impressive cause they go really loud and don't distort
No speaker is perfect they all have their flaws.
I think you need to be more mindful of what the OP wants. He comes in here with a $1000 budget looking for a stereo system, suggesting he spend three times that and bashing brands is not really helping anyone.
OP, you can definitely do better than the Bose for $1000, and no you don't need to spend $3000 to do so.
I would look at a good entry level receiver, I like Denon because it comes with Audyssey room correction. You can get the AVR-X1000 for $199.99 at www.accessories4less.com
. With your budget don't spend anymore on a receiver.
With $800 left, I would buy a sub and a pair of bookshelves. Since you are in a small room, the SVS SB-1000 would be a great choice. It is a sealed sub that will be very accurate and offer up tight controlled bass. It is fairly compact so you can put it just about anywhere, and will be a night and day improvement over the bass module Bose includes.
With $300, get yourself a pair of bookshelves. You have a lot of good options here:
HTD Level Three (front ported and ribbon tweeter)
HSU HB-1 MK2 (horn loaded, might not be the best if you are sitting close)
EMP E5Bi (Excellent mid-range and dynamics, best looking speaker of the bunch)
Arx A1rx-c (Great all-around speaker, strong bass, finish is basic)
Ascend CBM-170 (Excellent neutral speaker, very accurate, finish is basic)
Wharfedale 10.1 (Laid back, good mid-range, high build quality)
KEF Q100 (Uni-Q driver is very good, little over budget but a solid choice)
All of these speakers are better choices than the Bose in my opinion, by a good margin. Combined with the SVS sub, you will have a very good 2.1 system, and you have the option of expanding in the future to 3.1/5.1.