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Integrated System (Bose Lifestyle) vs Component System

Is it better to go for an integrated Lifestyle system or an Component Based system like Yamaha/Denon Receiver and Polk/Bose etc. speakers and Apple TV for your music, videos & photos. Which are the higher rated receivers & speakers than the Bose?

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Better is a subjective term. Simpler vs complex is more accurate. I'd go for the separate components if conspicuity is NOT required and to allow unlimited future growth. Sub/sats have their place but nothing beats having full-range speakers alll around the room with some real horsepower to push them.

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