Actually Johnny G, you can goto Bestbuy and they have a bunch of stuff adjacent to the Bose display.
I also went to a Bose/Klipsch dealer in Calgary and the guy hooked up a Cinema 6 running of a Panasonic amp, then ran the AM-10 setup off the same amp. They were pretty much the same sounding system.
When he ran the Cinema 8 off the same source it was noticeably better and I dont have to tell you what the cinema 10 was like...but they are a much bigger speaker.
You are right in that its best to let your ears decide. The Bose haters will instantly say a Klipsch Cinema 6 will blow away a Bose AM10 setup, just because they are Bose haters and respect the name of Klipsch more. But my listening experience said they were basically the same system, while the Bose was more expensive.
JVC 61FC97 tv, Pioneer VSX1015 amp, Panasonic S-77 dvd, (shaw)Motorola 6412-III, Axiom M22v2, Axiom QS8's, HSU STF-3 sub