"You usually can't go wrong with a Bose audio system!?"1.0 starson by DaveOCP
Pros: Badge will impress those who don't know what good sound is
Cons: Everything else
Summary: You usually can't go wrong with a Bose audio system!? Seriously, how much did Bose pay you to say that? ALL Bose home products are built with a 10,000% retail markup, and they ALL sound terrible. Every single last one.
There's a reason why the local Circuit City or Best Buy has a dedicated "Bose section". No retailer is allowed to let you directly compare a Bose product to the competition made by real speaker and electronics companies because that would show just how bad the Bose products actually are.
If all you want is a simple radio\CD player, try the Cambridge Soundworks Radio CD 740. Its about half the price of comparable Bose products, and absolutely blows them out of the water.
If you're actually interested in a real pair of speakers, here's a list of companies that aren't just marketing departments. ACI, Acoustic Energy, Adire Audio, Aerial Acoustics, Alegria Audio, Aliante, Amphion, Anthony Gallo, Aperion Audio, Ascend Acoustics, ATC, Athena, Audes, Audio Note, Avalon, Axiom, B&W, Boston Acoustics, Cabasse, Castle, Celestion, Dali, Definitive Tech, Dynaudio, Energy, Epos, Focal-JMLab, Harbeth, Heybrook, Infinity, Jamo, KEF, Klipsch, Linn, M&K, Magnepan, Mirage, Mission, Monitor, NEAR, NHT, Onix, Paradigm, PMC, Polk Audio, ProAC, PSB, Quad, RBH, Revel, Ruark, Silverline Audio, Soliloquy, Sonus Faber, Spendor, Talon, Tannoy, Thiel, Totem, Triangle, Von Schweikert, and Wharfedale. There are many others. Most of these companies offer speakers well under $400 a pair. Pair that with an affordable Denon or Pioneer receiver and DVD player, and you'll still be well under what this ripoff piece of junk costs.