Pros Sound, AdatIQ works well
Cons Have to run wires, proprietary wires, poor manual
Summary For those folks who complain that Bose is overpriced, I completely disagree. The quality of the equipment and the crispness of the acoustics is on par with other systems that cost more. I think a lot of folks look at the size of the speakers and think that they should be cheaper.
Check the voltage out of the box. My transformer was set to 230V. I wasted an hour troubleshooting this because the POWER light stays on even though it was the wrong voltage.
Pros Huge sound for the size, easily blends into any entertainment set-up. Some poeple will say that it's pricy, but the sound is worth it's weight in gold. I like the input output options of this system.
Cons don't have any
Summary I purchased a Bose cinemate a year ago for my Mitsubishi 65 inch. I was blown away by the quality of the sound from such a small system. I decided to purchase the V20 because I found it on sale. I am still getting used to all the settings but for what I paid, I think I made a smart choice. The old system still sounds great, it will go well with my master bedroom 40 inch LCD.
Pros sounds great
Cons only decodes dolby 5.1 and dts. For being there HD setup it kinda lacks in the HD department. I expected it to decode mode HD sound types like dolby true hd and dts hd and a few others pretty much anything HD go figure
Summary Now i don't know everything there is to know about audio and the various types of equiptment, nor do i want to, but I realized going into this that the displays were obviously going to be setup perfect by a tech or something equal. You will notice that they are so loud you can't help but be blown away by it. The I set mine up (easy as can be) I do have a wiring back round but snaking walls aside the actual setup was a breeze. The sound is teriffic I use pandora absolutely blast my bose v20 on some Pantera or Metallica or Beyonce or Wu-Tang at volume 70 with plenty left to go it nearly blasts me out of the room (my wife loves that... NOT) but i do. So the reason we (i) got it was we just moved into our house a few months ago just got an awesome like theatre quality couch and i fingered why not lets go all out. I got a blu ray and the surround ( had the tv ). After haveing dropped about 2800.00 total i stepped learning whats not so easy to learn untill youve dove already dove in (unless you spend like a month plus reading and talking and travelling from store to store). I definately could have done something like that. Anyway the surround on the Bose is GOOD not AMAZING. As far as im concerened the other guys need 7.1 to even try to equal their 5.1 but it only decodes dolby digital 5.1 and dts. Not dts-hd and master hd and dolby hd or whatever else there is. Now im not saying i would notice a difference if it did or that it doesnt sound better than the ones that do i am just saying it doesnt so ill never know for sure and for 2000 bucks i should know for sure. If i had known i dont think i would have gotten anything thing at all cause looking at the systems that do all that and that are top rated they are huge and unsightly and i would have waited for technology to catch up a bit more be it bose or someone else. For 2 grand and it being their HD product it definately lacks in the HD catagory had i bought it from say best buy well their policy would allow for me to return it. And that i would i dont have 2 grand for substandard equipment that doesnt live up to it price promises or quality. Again im no expert i dont know what someone other guys bring i gaurantee its better than most of the other commonly known brands and it does sound great but it doesnt do everything i would expect so be wary. Bose are designed though to get cranked stay cranked and sound great right the way through, and it does. just lacks in the HD sound decoding area but who knows i dont even know if there would be a difference i would just like the option again im confident that alot of the ones that do dont sound anywhere near as good so who the f********* knows NOT ME
"Dream Sound System!"on by Kirkliu
Pros Excellent Sound that gives you the dream feeling.
Cons Could have more HDMI input.
Summary It is fantastic sound system. When I put in a movie to my bluray player, I am shocked with the sound effect. Come on, bose-hater, you should try the dream feeling.
Pros Easy-to-use Universal Remote, Small Size with Big Sound, AdaptiQ configuration, HDMI Input, Video Processing and Upconversion, Product Quality.
Cons Original Price, Some Settings don't save on the first try.
Summary As an acoustical engineer (in training), I realize that there are systems out there that will sound better than Bose systems. However, I believe Bose has the best consumer complete package solution with the Lifestyle V20 and V30 systems. The V20 was out of my price range until I got a ridiculous deal on it at Circuit City during their closing sale and I have not regretted it since. The setup was relatively easy, almost all the needed cables were included. I even got a little excited when brand-name batteries were included for the remote. I was a little disappointed with the sound quality...UNTIL I ran the AdaptiQ setup. Being too cheap to purchase stands for the fronts and surrounds, I stashed them on bookshelves and cupboards on either side of the TV. I knew that I didn't have an ideal setup for listening, but it was a great demonstration of engineering-in-action to run the calibration and see how much of a difference your environment actually makes. After calibration, I can hardly "tell" where my speakers are located because the highs are perfectly phase-matched to my listening positions. It's hard to describe, but the system has a great balance and it is a joy to listen to.
Although I bought the system for the sound, What I was most surprised by is the quality of the Remote Control. First, it's IR, so it works in surrounding rooms. Second, It has a sensor that you can attach to the back of your TV (probably won't work with a projector) that detects the status of the TV. So there are no more mistakes when you push "universal on" and only half of your stuff turns on (a problem with a lot of other remotes). Third, the interface to program the remote is slick. Just choose your brand from the on-screen menu. It got the basic functions on my TV, DVD and Ipod dock right away. However, it did not get some of the "special" buttons like DVD zoom and eject the like. I do not have a fancy cable box, but I imagine it might have some trouble with all the features on those, as well. I completely ditched my old URC because the Bose remote is so useful.
Next, the media box. I am very impressed at the video signal processing from the media box. Usually my DVD player composite output is too dark and a little jagged for my TV; however, the Bose automatically adjusted it to a much more reasonable tone and sharpness. I don't think any of these preferences are user adjustable, but I wouldn't want to touch them even if they were. I wish it had a digital TV tuner in it so I could see how real HD looks through it; alas, that would probably be a little too much to ask for. I also noticed that sometimes the media box doesn't save settings after the first try. If you don't shut it down right away after changing settings, It reverts to the original way you had it. Everything's good now though, so no real complaints there. Also, this system is Bose-link compatible, but I don't have it. It's expensive. Really expensive.
In summary, get this system if you can afford it and want fantastic hassle-free sound. If you are a real audiophile with a theater room setup, you probably want more and bigger speakers, a more powerful amplifier and a acoustically-treated room. But then you wouldn't be reading this review because you've already dismissed Bose and your brand of choice. If you are like most people and just want a really great sounding system in your living room or den, this delivers in spades. It's awesome.