"I have Bose 501 for my front speakers. I got them while I was in Japan for $300. "
Doesn't count. The 501's are real speakers with tweeters and 6.5" woofers and you got them for $300
In Canada the Bose Life Style 48 system is Can $5,000. Acoustimass module + the tiny cubes and the combo DVD player and receiver. I went to the Bose web site to get specs like Xover point, watts, size of speakers etc. There is nothing -- like zero info.
For $3,700 an AV shop (they do not carry Bose) is offering a Cambridge Audio HT receiver and DVD player, 5 Mordaunt Short speakers (floor standing fronts), a sub, and an Infocus projector and Screen.
The next most expensive Bose Life Style System the, 38 is CAN $4000.
For $2700 that same AV shop offers a Harmon Kardon HT receiver and HK DVD player, 5.1 ch Paradigm HT speaker setup with sub-woofer, an Optoma projector and screen.
For $1,000 less you get better sound and they throw in a projector and screen.
End of story - To bash Bose, just compare what you get, and more importantly compare what you hear for the same or less money.