So I just got back from the Bose store after extensive research and in-store auditions of what are an overall a fantastic and *VERY* well built set of speakers. The Build Quality - *SUPERB* Very Apple like, these are the speakers the Apple would have made if Apple made computer speakers. The bases are all thick slabs of painted aluminum and the speaker grills and fine painted metal, with very high quality plastic for the housing and speaker stand necks. The subwoofer or "Acoustimass Module" feels incredibly solid, and pretty heavy - a sign of a heavy magnet and quality. The plastic is superbly high quality and feels like the high end warehouse machinery plastic. Amazing feel of quality herre. The control pod is all aluminum or metal, and has a very solid and nice feel to it. The Sound. 1 word: Balanced. 2 words: Balanced and very detailed. 3 words: Balanced, detailed, and immersive. The highs and the mids are excellent, however some of the mid-tones are played through the Acoustimass module (subwoofer), but overall meshes together well. I've heard better sound only from setups costing 40-50% more, if not then in the $1,500 range (for highs and mids). Now to the confusing part: At first I thought the bass was weak or off, but after a while I started getting to points in songs where it really kicked in and accompanied the speakers wonderfully. The thing is, the bass is INCREDIBLY controlled on this system. More so than the Klipsch iFi I had previously. And it's not going to knock down any picture frames or rattle any windows (well it might), but the bass that IS there is low, prominent, and VERY controlled and musical. Another upside about this system is that you don't need a high end sound card because it's USB - the soundcard is built in. And these supposedly also decode 5.1 audio and emulate a surround system with two speakers, but I'm only using it for stereo, and it exceeds in that area I'd say. I purchased these speakers with the Bose 12 month payment plan, and I think I'll keep them. Bose has a 30 day return policy, but I'll let them break in and see how they sound, and I think they're staying. I'll add photos when I can. UPDATE: After further testing, I'd say that the bass for lower frequencies IS weak, but there, and again, has a very balanced sound to it. There are certain songs where I can literally feel the bass, but on certain frequencies, it's just not really there. Still recommend these though, and it could just totally be my placement, though the Acoustimass module (subwoofer) is in a corner. UPDATE 2: So after playing a frequency bass test on YouTube that shows you the frequencies being played back, the Bose Companion 5's reach down to about 30-35Hz pretty well, and even has response down to about 20-25Hz. I think for movies this system would be awesome, will update my findings as such. UPDATE 3: Ok so after using GarageBand and the bass notes from "HipHop Kit" - these speakers have some bass to them, that's for sure. And it's rattling something in my house. I'm actually planning on using these speakers for music production, at least to the point until I need monitors like I used to have.