cdy2179 I wouldn't be so quick to call Bose Headphones decent, they are shody poorly built and vastly overpriced. They used to have a display for a $200ish set of Triports at one of the local stores where you could hook up your own music to test them, I took several friends there and had them compare back to back with a $40 pair of Sennheiser PX-100's the first headphones I had done research before buying, Not one person preferred the sound of the Bose.
As far as their Car Audio goes, it's not terrible I have been looking long and hard at an Infiniti G37, and one of my biggest sticking points with the car is a sinking worry that a bunch of Bose "magic" is happening in the sound system, and it might be hard to rip out all the junk that is processing the heck out of the sound. The bright side is that the car has 10" speaker mounts in the doors and if I don't have to rip out the head unit to purge all the over equalization it could be fun. As things stand the "Studio on wheels" sounds slightly better than average, and it's worse than most other premium audio systems in various cars I have heard.
If you want to know the history of Bose headphones.http://intellexual.net/bose.html
A few years back, the United States Air Force signed Bose onto a multi-million-dollar contract to design noise cancellation headsets for Air Force flight crews. Bose won the contract over two other companies simply because of their "more established name" (brand recognition). The concept of a noise cancellation headset is to actively monitor the noise frequencies emitted from a jet engine and the turbulent wind, and reproduce the exact signal 180 degrees out of phase, thus theoretically canceling it out completely. Many reputable manufacturers have successful done so as well. Bose produced a model that cost approximately $1000 per unit, which failed to cancel out a significant amount of noise. The company used the contract as an opportunity to unload obsolete parts from years back. Bose pawned off thousands of outdated interface connectors for which there were no longer commercially available mating jacks, and incorporated them into the headsets. The Air Force, proud as it was, didn't scrap the project, but instead spent countless millions more replacing the consoles in a number of aircraft to make them compatible with the said headsets. In the end though, the Air Force did terminate the contract when test crews found that the headsets were ineffective and non-durable. This whole mess was created over a brand name's alleged reputation and prestige. Bose is now selling a downgraded version of these headsets to commercial airlines and to the consumer public. They now work to a minor degree, but are not surprisingly still easily outperformed by their competitors. These consumer market headsets are also very, very poorly crafted. I browse many online audio forums and have heard stories about these very expensive headsets falling apart prematurely.
And of course the reason you can always read a good reviews about Bose products.
Few magazines are now willing to give honest reviews of Bose products due to a Consumer Reports review a few years back that gave the AM-15 embarrassingly bad ratings (score of 62 out of 100). Consumer Reports allegedly used a double-blind comparison test, which is in fact the ideal way to compare speakers. That particular review ended up in a lawsuit over "unscientific testing methods". Thankfully, Bose lost that lawsuit, but since then, Consumer Reports and various other magazines give neutral-to-rave reviews that tip-toe around the actual sound quality and focus more on ergonomics and style. More prestigious publications like Fi and What HiFi? ignore Bose products completely.