my school decided it would be a good idea to put a couple of the 2.1 lifestyle systems in our student union. The midbass coming out of those small cubes is almost laughable. I wish I had the brilliant idea to market speakers so well. I bet if someone were to design a similarly sized system with better components that sounded legitimately slightly better than bose, and then market and publish extensive double blind listening tests they'd be rolling in the dough.
6 months ago I was at a party at my friends house: I'd assembled the surround sound system in the basement and it was a kickass JBL and H/K system that I got for like $1100, all speakers, receiver, and cables included. Someone was asking me about it and I told them what I paid and he said that he had one of those bose cube systems. "A lot more expensive" he says. I'll bet it was sir, I'll bet it was.