US company Bose has carved a niche in the ?lifestyle? audio arena with integrated stereo and surround sound entertainment systems that appeal to whose who want speakers and components that dominate their living spaces. A winner with women and others who value discreet-looking AV gear, these systems also earn Brownie points for simple setup, operation and design.

Value-wise, it?s possible to assemble a system of speakers and electronics from other brands that would provide similar or better or performance for less money than a Bose solution, but you would forfeit the cosmetic finessing and functional seamlessness that its integrated systems offer.