That's sort of like asking what your computer would run like if you put in an SR2 mobo, quad 580s and dual xeons; its a whole different animal and not really relevant. It sounds like the listening environment you heard the other speakers in was pretty terrible and/or the shop had them eqd for big bass (a lot of people only care about this).
Sorry, I should have asked the right question.
Klipsch and Polk Audio I listened to in the store were both very boomy to begin with. Now, I do admit that even with an untrained ear of mine, these two sounded better (clear) than the Bose unit I bought.
However, due to the restriction of my living quarters (i.e. condo with a small living room, no more than 17x13) I do not need the loudest speakers and the small sizes are a very plus.
I guess what appealed to me was Bose's small size, and the ability to put the Acoustimass unit anywhere in the living room, even in hidden areas in a corner behind a sofa. I didn't get the Bose's centre console simply because I couldnt justify spending $2000 on a receiver where I could get a good enough one for my own use for about $300-400 -- I picked up the Denon AVR-591 by the way.
So to ask once again with clear intentions:
-- I see on other AV forums all over that Bose is not worth the money. However, I did get it really cheap, more cheaply than the Klipsch and PA setup. In this case, what would the gurus say in this aspect? Even at half price, it is not a good buy? I would not have gotten these speakers had they been going for full retail. These only came into my buying selection due to it being half off.