By now I think I tried all the TV-surround systems in the market, well most of them. Some sounded like heaven, others were cheaply cheap. At the end of the day (although they get a bit pricey) Bose just give you a perfect solution with sound quality, size, and style. Yamaha is a very good competitor.
Now shifting to a specific breed of surround systems, I remember the first sound bar I came across to be a Yamaha, but it only gave a surround-ish feeling. Now Bose have released their first-ever version of the sound bar, and although around $500 more than the Yamaha model I liked, I think they aced it with the new CineMate ($1,500). Not trying to be very biased to Bose (which I am), but yeah.
Hope their store at the Avenues opens up anytime during my lifetime.
Yamaha soundbars Link
Bose CineMate Link