And then of course you have to struggle to contain yourself at Xmas dinner when relatives brag about their recent BOSE speaker or radio purchase, or when visiting innocent acquaintances. Lord Help You if they discover you work in the industry or have a reputation as the "hiFi Guy", as they prod you for assurances of how wisely they have spent their HiFi dollars.\n\nWhat do you say? Offend them with your true opinion, or hold your tongue and do them a dis-service by going along with the conspiracy? That's no way for a brand to make friends.\n\nThis. This is it right here. It is SOOOOOO hard for me to restrain myself, but I try my best for the sake of the friendships. Haha. The civil side of me is like "Hey, buddy. As long as you're happy with your purchase, that's all that matters," and that's typically how I handle it, BUT, the nerd side of me that is raging inside is like "AAHHHH! You spent HOW much? You could have spent half that and gotten a system from [insert beloved Audioholics-approved brand here] and it would have utterly destroyed that overpriced sub-par set you got. Rabble rabble rabble!" I tend to contain my inner monologue these days so I'm much more pleasant in person than I used to be. However, I simultaneously feel disgusted with myself though. I used to be so overtly opinionated. I don't know which is better.\n\nThat said, while I do give Bose a lot of grief for home systems, I WILL give them credit for excellent noise-cancelling technology. I've used their aviation headsets before and came away pretty impressed. Especially since it was on one of the worst case scenarios being one of the loudest aircraft the USAF had in its fleet. The C-5 Galaxy with the old GE TF39 engines. Those things would absolutely scream and the Bose did an impressive job handling that level of noise. I absolutely cannot fault anybody who wants a pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones for frequent airline travel since they're reasonably comfortable to most and make the cabin a more pleasant place to be. The sound on those, however, would still be totally subjective. Still not my cup of tea, but I wouldn't give you any grief for going that route.\n\nBelieve it or not, Bose does have ONE place in my home: We have the Wave Radio. Essentially it's the clock radio\/cd player that goes in our babies nursery and even there I'm disappointed in it. At least the kids like it and there's pretty much nothing on there for them to mess up so at least there's that. It's my family's version of a Fisher Price toy. Haha.