"Agree with "expectations" and similar reviews"3.5 starson by rickinAZ
Pros: Solid system from the box to ease of use, nice simple interface, very 'analog'
Cons: Solid but behind times with features (maybe that is their charter?). The 'remote-control' effort (yet universal remote?) apears to be an attempt to try and fill in the external digital void.
Summary: Bose has been 'slammed' ever since I remember their introduction into the mass market. Bottom line, they are still around and providing products. My 1st purchase years ago was a center speaker, nothing special, but the performance met expectations and no magnetic interference.
The cinemate system minus extra features is as advertised. And can be sufficiently tuned to enhance the sound in a room. Don't be fooled by negative reviews. Play with the thing for a while and those '1st impressions' may be negated. Yes, its expensive and definitely not the choice for the budget-value minded but it just might meet your needs.
Im keeping mine. With a little volume control and source adjustments the sound meets my expectations and Im not getting any younger.