I really thought I had lost it when I started looking at the Bose system. I didn't think there would be all that much different but there is a huge difference in the sound and I am so glad I went ahead and bought this little unit. Sound Quality There really is a difference in the smoothness of the sound. I find that I find what I would call soothing. It's like a softness and even more understandable. I went to buy a inexpensive unit and when the salesman ask if I would like to look at this unit, I thought no way am I going to go to that much expense but much to my surprise, this unit was about what any of the better units cost. Compatibility I wanted to surprise my hubby with this set for his birthday and so my brother-in-law who says he doesn't know anything about electronics came over and connected it to the television. He said the instructions made it easy to follow and he only had to make one phone call to ask for help. My husband loves to have music on during the day and I find that this Bose unit doesn't irritate me like our other unit did. Yes, there is a difference and I would recommend checking out Bose before you decide on purchasing any type of sound system. Ease of Use Once it was connected there really isn't much to do but turn it off and on. Durability We haven't had this unit but a few months but based on the quality of the unit's sound, I see no reason that this set won't last for years. Design I really didn't want something else hooked up in the family room but the design and size of the unit makes it less intrusive looking than the one that we had. It is a smaller unit and I really don't mind it being in there.