Its pretty rare for them to lose a lawsuit, and most of their reviews are right-on. I prefer reviews where actual measurements can be made, but sometimes, its just a opinion based on using a product.
I've come to disregard consumer Magazines where the product that advertises in the magazine with big $$ budgets get the top reviews. Those ratings do not impress me, be it speakers or automobiles.
As for Bose, I have a old set that I really like, I have owned many different vintage speakers, I find them used at garage sales, or occasionally, on Craigslist. I even buy new ones once in a while. Often, the the old ones need new surrounds (easy to replace), and sometimes they turn out to be junk. Most of the Bose Speakers (about 5 or 6 types) sounded poor to me, but the ones I kept, I like.
Right now, I need to get rid of several sets, they are taking up a lot of room in my shop. I bought a set of Criterion VI speakers at a estate sale last week for $5. Turns out that they were from Layfayette Radio many years ago, and worth all of $5.00
. They have a good mid and high sound, but no bass. If they weren't so big, they would go well with a subwoofer.
I used to build my own bass reflex and horn speakers when I was in high school, there is no secret to tuning them for the right frequencies. I still have the book I used with the formulas, they are probably found on the internet now, but that was 1959.