I posted a review of the original TriPort a while back; tried the AE2 recently (was hoping they'd fixed my two biggest gripes with the original TriPort and to have a new mobile phone - 1/2 isn't bad but still...). I've heard most of the speakers (901's being the notable exception) - and honestly feel about the same way about most of their products:
Within reason, and within context, they deliver on their claims.
I think their passive speaker offerings do the best job to this end.
Here's an anecdote that may help elucidate my position:
I remember the first time I got to play with Grado GS-1000s, and they've got the "World's Finest" stamped on the box - my initial impression was "these are how much now?" Sure, they're good at what they do, but they're not "the best at everything" as touted. Especially for the price. In my opinion. However, that doesn't mean I dislike Grado products inherently - I enjoyed my SR-225s for quite some time (and suspect some head-fi'er out there is still enjoying them). I think Bose fits into the same boat: some of their products are winners, some are losers. The losers are probably the ones that get the attention. It'd be pretty boring if we just talked about how "average" things are going, because nothing is breaking or standing out - the nail that sticks out gets hammered.
Edited by obobskivich - 12/24/11 at 10:00pm