So I'm writing this review because I ended up buying these speakers even though I read so many bad things about Bose. They definitely looked the best to me out of all the available 5.1 systems, and I've always heard that Bose sound great- until I started to read reviews online. Well, let me tell you, there is no way that people giving these bad reviews have ever owned one of these systems. People are also assuming that everyone is ok with gigantic speakers filling up their living room- I for one am not. First of all, these speakers sound incredibly clear. As in, it sounds like the person is singing right in your living room. They are even clear at Very high volumes. So music is fantastic on these. The bass is also incredible for all types of music. As for movies, these are about as good or better than sound you will experience in a theater. There are two caveats here. One, you need to have a high quality blue ray player and be playing blue ray movies for the sound to be great. Second, you need a high quality amplifier. I am running my Acoustimass 6 set from a high-end Yamaha receiver, and I optimized the speakers with a mic that plugs into the amp and then automatically self-tunes everything to the room setup. In summary, these speakers are unbelievable for their size. I would even be happy if they were huge and made the sound they do. Those who are leaving bad reviews on these speakers and saying bad things about Bose are unjustified in their claims. This is easily one of my best and favorite purchases ever.