http://bosespeakers1.infoCheck out my other video about the Lifestyle 48. It shows an example of a small speaker system that costs about the same as the Lifestyle 48, and sounds much better. That videos description also has information about this systems remote, which I suggest reading.Anyway, This video shows an example of a big speaker system that you can get for the price of the $4000 Bose Lifestyle 48, and blows the LS48 away.This video shows how the Bose Lifestyle 48 is overpriced in terms of being overvalued. How on earth can those 4 in. tall Jewel Cubes be worth the same as these bigger speakers, especially when Bose uses some of the cheapest materials out there (you'll see the annotation in the video that addresses the different kinds of paper, and how they're different)? Sure, you could say "something can't be overpriced if people are willing to pay for it", but a lot of people who think Bose is good have no idea you could get something like this for the same price. And since Paradigm, along with every other audio company out there, doesn't advertise, but Bose does, how can people even know about these other brands? BTW, this dealer sold Bose years ago, and the only way they could sell them is if they separated them from their other brands, for people would compare them side by side and most of the time choose the other brands, which often cost less or were the same price as the Bose systems. And, if you notice, all Bose stores now do this or something similar. In big box stores, the Bose Lifestyle systems are on the "end cap" on the shelves in the electronics section, so there's no brands directly side-by-side to compare the system to. And while you could go around the corner to hear the other brands, Bose's systems are set up 3 ft. in your face and behind you, so you're right in the speaker's sweet spot, which is going to sound good. And of course, the other brand's speakers aren't set up like this; you're farther away from them. Also, at some specialty dealers that sell Bose plus other good brands, the Bose demos will be on the opposite side of the store, with the same fancy demos that are at the big box stores. And, at these dealers, some of them have one or all of their Bose products in a completely separate room, so it's even harder to compare them to other brands. Plus, at these dealers and the big box stores, most of the time you can't play your own music on Bose's systems. All you can hear is Bose's pre-made demo. As a salesman at a specialty dealer that sold Bose told me, in Bose's demos, Bose wants you to hear what Bose want you to hear; not what you want to hear, for they'll play something that'll bring out their speaker's full potential. And, he told me that yes, Bose reps are very picky about where in the store their products are placed, which of course is away from the other brands. But then, Bose also has their own dealers, with only their products in them. While they will let you bring your own music and play it on their systems, like I said, there's only Bose's products there.But anyway, Bose claims their systems are equal to big speakers, yet as mentioned in the video, the Acoustimass module, which is what they say does this, is designed very poorly. Instead of it being a subwoofer, the Acoustimass module is basically the two woofers on the Monitor 7 speakers in this video put in a box, and is off to the side. This is a poor design because it plays too high, resulting in bad imaging. Certain sounds in a recording are intended to come out of certain drivers. The woofers on the Monitor 7's in this video are intended to play sounds that are meant to come from the front speakers and the front speakers only. Having the woofers off to the side, away from the front speakers, is not going to sound like what the recording was supposed to sound like. And, a mentioned, it's not a subwoofer, so the sub-bass in a recording, and especially in a movie, isn't even going to be audible in a Bose system. 2 5.5 inch drivers imply can't reproduce sub-bass, for they are too small.Also, beginning at 7:44, there's a slideshow that simply shows all of the systems main components, and at 8:16, there's a picture that shows all of the systems main components together. This system has just as many essential components the Lifestyle 48 has. The LS48 has 5 speakers, 1 Acoustimass module, the media center, a VS-2 Video Enhancer, and the remote; 9 components total. This system has 5 speakers, 1 subwoofer, the A/V receiver, a Blu-Ray player, and the remote; also 9 components.Anyway, if you're considering buying the Lifestyle 48, or if you think Bose is "the best" or "really good," think again and go listen to something like this.