This is an entertaining thread.
I agree that Bose is overpriced for what amounts to mediocre speakers. Let me add a few Bose stories as well.
My college roommate from several years ago used to brag about how his uncle's multi-thousand $ Bose HTS sounded so good. Well, when compared to TV speakers they sound incredible!
I told him his uncle wasted his money. I even listened to them, and while they sounded pretty good, I had nothing to compare them w/ (except w/ stock TV speakers).
Recently, another friend's father bought a Bose Lifestyle system. I went to his house to check it out. Again, it sounds very good when compared to TV speakers or their old PoS bookshelf speakers they used to have. Even a $200 Costco/Wal-mart HTIB speaker set will sound much better than TV speakers. When my friend played the "Star Wars" DVD (pod racing scene), the bass was so feeble! What a waste of $. His father only bought it b/c he got 30% off the price (store going out of business sale). I say he still got ripped off by 50%.
My car was marketed as having a "premium Bose sound system". Although I really like my car, I don't like the audio at all. The head unit is vastly underpowered (although Bose probably didn't make that, I'm not sure). But the speakers aren't great and the bass, even w/ the stock Bose "woofer" in the trunk, is weak and pathetic. The best thing I did w/ its sound system was to spend another $250 and get a powered 10" Infinity sub (BassLink).
To sum it up, it's no coincidence that "Bose" rhymes w/ "blows". Bose blows!