I know Bose speakers are no good. I know to tell other people this. But I know someone who actually wants to buy a set, the "Acoustimass® 15 Home Theater Speaker System", and as I was getting ready to tell him to avoid Bose, it suddenly occurred to me that I don't actually know what to tell him WHY to avoid Bose. I have a neighbor who works for a professional audio/video installer company; they've done things like the PA setups at Presidential debates, installations at theaters and stadiums (including Oriole Park at Camden Yards), etc. He says they once had a Bose rep give them a set as a sample of something he wanted them to carry. The people from the installer company tested the Bose set and found that not only did it perform far below the stated specs, but when they tried to give it the full power the specs said it could handle, the speakers were destroyed. This is just one thing I can tell my friend. I know this place is big anti-Bose (or at least it used to be). I know if I tell this guy that Bose speakers are crap he's going to wonder if they're so bad, how then did Bose get to be so big and popular? And I don't know what to tell him. Please people, give me something I can use to fight the instanity!