I keep hearing people ragging on Beats, and Bose, but what is actually so bad about them other than the price range? I messed around with some Companion 3's at work the other day and thought they sounded fairly good (they seem pretty well built too). I wouldn't pay £249.99 for them personally (I could buy an Amplifier and Floorstanders for a similar price), but going by what some people say about them I was expecting budget quality to the likes of Asda £34.99 bargain bin speakers and I actually thought they sounded good after all I had heard people rip on them. They sounded better than the Samsung Soundbar+Wireless Subwoofer package which we have going for the same price.
you can buy an hd600 for roughly the same price, that's probably why. they are priced like high end phones, but don't sound like them.
but yes there are other plenty bad options out there, like soundbars. but honestly you cannot compare speakers to headphones as speaker sound quality costs a lot more compared to headphones
have you actually used a decent pair of l/r phones? quality l/r headphones will offer far better sq and more accurate imaging. surround sound is impossible on headphones, as already discussed in this thread, since it is dependent on speaker placement which is impossible on headphones.