I am probably going to open myself up to a lot of ridicule, but here goes anyway...
I've got a reasonably good entry-level system: Onkyo A9555, Sony Playstation, MIT and AudioQuest interconnects, and anti-cables.
My sister gave me a set of Bose Acoustimass 5 Series III speakers on stands and the matching subwoofer. To me, they sound OK, similar to the same system through my AKG-K701's.
Granted that I am on the wrong side of 60, and that I never had golden ears to begin with, how high would I have to go on a set of speakers to sound noticably better than the Bose units on my system?
The main reason I am asking is that everyone beats up on Bose because of what the company spends on marketing and the resulting price-to-value ratio, but if you take price out of the equation, how do they stack up against other low-end speakers?