dsrussell said: "...People enjoy music on just about any piece of equipment and most people never listen critically, but love music playing in the background, or in their cars or on the radio..."
I agree. Most people I know do not care about audiophile approved gear. I recommend better audio stuff to friends all the time. But I do not criticize them if they buy and actually enjoy Bose products.
My girlfriend does not listen critically. She likes her Bose Wave radio very much. The advertising convinced her to buy it. It was very convenient and compact. Her only complaint is that it has too much bass.
She was thrilled when I gave her a pair of Bose 301 Mark IV speakers a few months ago.
The 301s sounded better than I expected, especially when powered by the hundred watt per channel Yamaha receiver I also gave her. The receiver was $20 from the Salvation Army. The 301s like lots of power.
A friend had given me the Bose 301 speakers after buying a pair of small Andrew Jones designed Pioneer speakers that I had recommended. She wanted new speakers to complement her new tv.
My friend loves the Pioneer speakers. She was surprised at how much better the Pioneers were than the Bose 301s.
My girlfriend loves her Bose 301 speakers because they are better than her Wave radio. Better for movies than the tv speakers. Big sound. Strong mid bass. She trusts the brand name Bose. Besides, they were free.
My brother does not listen critically either. He likes his cube Bose Acoustimass system very much. He prefers the Bose speakers to his television speakers. His Bose system makes him happy. I would not pay any money for them.
Should I tell my brother that he wasted his money on overpriced speakers when he enjoys them so much?
Should I tell my girlfriend that her Bose speakers are not accurate when she enjoys them so much?
They both have listened to my Acoustat electrostatic speakers. They acknowledge that the Acoustats are better, much better.
But they enjoy their Bose systems, and more importantly, they have no desire to spend money trading up. Bose makes them happy.