"Good Looking, and Sounding"3.5 starson by zbangando
Pros: Very home decor friendly.
Ease of use is deffinetly a plus.
Sounds very good on movies and music alike.
Cons: A bit lacking in the feature set.
Summary: Bose is a company that takes a beating when it comes to online user reviews, the most common line of text being "no highs, no lows, must be bose.". To an extent this generic line of criticism is just not accurate. I assume the people that include this in their review are not very conisderate, and do not fully understand the meaning of the audio industry and thus, good verses bad audio. Back to the review. My pros on this lifestyle system is pretty much straight forward stuff. This system is very home friendly, meaning that it blends in niceley with any decor. The size of the whole system contributes to this, especially the speakers themselves. Plus the RF universal remote works well once set up, yeilding a clean look with all your components tucked away in their cabinets leaving a clean look. This system also eliminates the need for you to personnally change and syncronize audio and video, the system does it all; which is very helpfull.
Now the sound. the way Bose was able to get a speaker as small as the Jewel Cube design and still acheive high output was in the magnets that are used. Unlike conventional speakers, these tiny Jewel Cube speakers use new neodymium magnets to generate sound. Thus the speakers play louder and cleaner when given the same amplifire power as conventional speakers. Anyway, all in all the system sounds very good accross the entire entertainment genre, from movies to music. The Adaptiq audio calibration system is also very helpful in accoustically challenging spaces. Although this is one of the best room calibration systems, I still recommend acousticall treatment in some rooms. The feature set for a system like this is hard to deicern although not hard to point out the big ones. The big feature that are missing is quite disappointing since the buyer is paying $3,000 for this system. This system only contains audio codecs to decode Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. This renders the system incapable of decoding HD audio codecs such as Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS HD Master audio, which is really quite a downside; especially for $3,000. On the upside it does dound very good with the base audio codecs, none the less it leaves me thinking of how much better sounding it will sound with HD audio. There is one more feature that is lacking, and it goes hand in hand with the lack of HD audio capapility. The HDMI version that this lifestyle system has is 1.2, which was released in 2005. We are now in 2009 and are stuck with same version, this lifestyle system came out in 2007. I expect no less than version 1.3. Although it is very possible that Bose will update this leading to both of my cons becomeing pros. All things considered this is a very high performing theatre system for the money, although if you are a serious audiphile, you may want to invest much more money in a coponent based system.