I would be sure to test other units from mid to high end audio manufacturers.
I have found Bose to add a lot of artifacts to the music. Everyone is impressed that so much sound comes out of such small enclosures, but in the long run it's the quality of the sound that matters.
I find Bose fatiguing to listen to after an hour or so. Very bright.
As the audiophile snobs say: No highs, no lows, that's Bose!"
I don't necessarily agree, but I do think there are other manufacturers that offer a better-sounding product without the marketing hype of Bose.
It all comes down to whether you personally like the Bose sound, after testing other systems.
I would also add that one reason Bose is so successful is that it scores very high in a very important factor: WAF - Wife Acceptance Factor. The small footprint of its systems means your living room can still look like a living room.
[This message has been edited by Chillpill (edited 04-03-2006).]