Originally Posted by mechmat
So I'm looking for advice. Is sticking with Bose the way to go given the discount?
No, absolutely not. Hearing for myself the awfulness of all 3 of their ridiculously priced Cinemate systems, the tiny drivers they use are too big to make good tweeters and too small to provide adequate low end. You have 100s of speakers to choose from that at the very least, are a proper design with a tweeter + separate mid-low driver.
Their "Acoustimass" module is more nonsense and cannot compare to a real subwoofer. Notice how they don't even try to call it a subwoofer.
You can find tons of posts on multiple forums about the awfulness of their tiny speakers, horrible frequency response and directivity measurements, lack of any basic specs, cost, marketing bs, etc. etc. etc.
What would I recommend in that price range?
5 Ascend HTM200se $674
Any denon or yamaha receiver $279-$600
SVS PB1000 or Rhythmic L12 sub $500-$569
IMHO, the Ascend HTM200se speakers are a fantastic value that perform better then any other speakers in their size/price range.