Pros + Surround sound effects are simply incredible
+ Intergration to my entire home music and video needs
+ Excellent distance of remote control
+ Built in IR blaster to control other non-Bose components, except TV
+ Very easy to set up
Cons - No option to manually balance L/R speaker balance
- TV control requires line of sight
- Expensive system
Summary I agonized about buying the V35. After reading lot of reviews, and all the advice I could find on-line, I finally decided to trust my gut and buy this expensive system.
My first impression upon opening the box was: with Bose you get what you pay for. The packaging is amazing. Very smartly done. You can actually unpack the system easily, and find everything you need, and the instructions are virtually stupid proof.
Next the set-up. I decided to make setting it up a family affair, so I asked my wife and two daughters to help me. Altogether it took about 30 minutes to set everything up, and then another 30 minutes to go through all the steps in getting the sound perfect. This might sound like a long time, but it did not feel that way. The speaker stands are a snap to set up, and you can tell they are of high quality. The speaker cables come ready to plug and play, no cutting or measuring, just plug in the cable to the back of the speakers, and then to the unit. It's hard to go wrong because every wire is labeled clearly, and color coded so you know what plug it fits into.
The only reason it took 30 minutes, is because we had to connect all of the following: 1.) BluRay Player 2.) CD Player 3.) Satellite box 4.) Cable Box 5.) IPod 6.) DVD player 7.) DVBT Television 8.) Turntable, and even connecting 8 things, it still only took about 15-20 minutes for this part.
The next 30 minutes were spent setting up the system, and I must say this is where Bose blew me away. First, the Bose remote control is very smart. On your TV screen it gives you instructions what button to push on the remote in question (BluRay, CD Player etc.) and then within just a few steps you get the message "your device has been recognized, you can now use your Bose remote to control this device." And indeed, you can put away 8 remotes that used to continuously get lost somewhere, now you only need 1.
Then the sound test starts, but not just any old sound test. The V35 comes with a funny looking pair of earphones, but which are not in fact ear phones. The two bulbs that rest right above your ears are microphones! They measure what is coming in, or in effect, what your ears will later receive. You then sit in 5 different locations in your living room, and run the very fast test. The system goes through and tests each speaker, and how the sound reflects off the walls and furniture of your home. It automatically adjusts itself for the perfect sound. Then this part of the set up is over, and you can get started.
I am simply amazed at how good the subwoofer sounds. Normally I do not like a reverberating bass shaking my entire house, and it was always difficult for me to set subwoofers up for the right volume in the last 3 stereo systems I bought. Well with this Bose V35, you do not need to worry about that. The level is set for you during the test described above, and it is set perfect.
I was super impressed when I plugged in my IPod to the dock which comes with the unit. You can see everything on your TV screen that you normally see on the IPod screen. Earlier I read a review that says you can only search Genre, that is false, you have all the criteria to choose from. And best of all, you can play all your videos too! And they look and sound great! This is when my wife clapped her hands with joy, she has a lot of videos on her 3 iPods, and this is already her favorite feature.
So in summary about the setup: everything worked, everything fit, everything functioned perfectly right away. Other manufacturers should strive for this type of quality in packaging and set-up simplicity.
Then we plugged in a BluRay disc, and sat back on our sofas to enjoy the show. Mama Mia!!! What a sound!!!
We put in Transformers, and I can only say, these tiny little jewel speakers are really well named. The sound is so ultra realistic you feel like you are in the movie. The surround sound effects are simply incredible, you can hear the bullets zing past you, you hear the train coming up behind you as if you were standing on the track. The clarity is mind boggling, the sound is simply perfect no matter if the movie scene is quiet, loud, thunderous, or virtually silent, it beats the THX cinema sound system at the theater we normally visit.
I am not sure we will be going to the theater that much any more. After all my couch is very comfortable, my popcorn is just as good, my HD widescreen gives me an excellent picture, and now, now I have the sound I always dreamed of. Knock your socks off awesome sound that just makes you enjoy movies like never before.
To pay almost $3000 for a sound system is not a decision I took lightly. It took me 6 months to convince myself, but now I am so glad I did. My family actually enjoyed setting the V35 up. I think both my girls and my wife now appreciate why Dad had to have this system. The entire time we were busy setting it up you kept hearing "wow", or "oh my", or (my youngest daughter) "Bose is the Boss!!!" "Awesome" "Dude this is amazing" etc. etc. etc.
This is a 5 star product if there ever was one. Do not believe the Bose bashing people who cannot, or do not want to afford the luxury of a simply super system that is super simple to set up and enjoy. If you can afford it, and love great sound with a modern flair, tiny speakers, and exceptional quality construction, then get it. I decided this was my Fathers Day, Birthday, and Christmas present all wrapped up in one, and I am so glad I did.
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Hope this review is helpful.
Pros Great sound
Ease of use & setup
Crystal clear audio music
Easy to tweak settings
Single Remote Control for all your devices
No DVD or Blu-ray player
Summary After two years of research, many many visits to the local Bose store, lots of questions asked, we finally took the plunge with the latest model and enjoyed a 10% sale that was offered at the time! We were looking to replace our current home theatre system with the very large Kiplisch speakers (one of the main reasons for the search and hence was attracted to the jewel boxes) and we were looking for a replacement that was more befitting an apartment space. Addtional extra was the remote ended up operating more like a harmony, which was not what we had orginally thought (we remain a harmony-run family, with this one exception). All hooked up to the receiver include the TV, tivo, xbox, apple tv, and play station.If you will buy the Bose Lifestyle V35, I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: Bestdealschecking.info/bose-lifestyle-v35
We love the slim line look of the receiver and without all the huge speakers in the room, we feel we have gained back a lot of space. The receiver has inputs/outputs that really reflects the current modern day demands and entertainment devices. The speakers are amazing: the centre one offers the best sound in terms of hearing speach in any genre and we are not raising the volume to hear the talking part of a program and then having to turn down the volume when all the sound effects come into play!
The set up takes a while, even for my husband who is a technical nerd, but that maybe because of all the additional devices we had to program the remote to learn. The sound testing system is cool and I am sure that is why we are so enjoying the surround sound effects and the clarity of the voices is beautiful. The speakers bring music to life - seriously. we played so many genre and each one just echoed with such depth that you would have thought you were in the recording studio. We were impressed with the integration of the receiver with the speakers and the sound testing that came with the set-up.
One thing to note, we opted to have wireless back speakers which required additional hardware to be purchased. The sound quality is a tad better with the back speakers wired; but we opted for wireless and we will probably end up not noticing in the long run!
The remote was a dream and it did take a little time to learn the language of all our devices. We thought we couldnt use the infra-red wireless headphones with it - well you can! The cord has be be jacked in the front panel of the receiver and you have to turn up the volume to hear.
Like everyone, we were also aware of the high costs, but when you break it down, tangible and tangible benefits do out weigh the 'cost number'. For those of you who are looking for a cleaner look and good sound quality (loves movies and many genre of music: I am trying to differentiate from those who have ears that pick up a whole lot more than the average population and are very fussy about what they listen to): this being said, it is really worth a look and a serious investigation at this latest Bose Model.
This product was not bought on a whim and we had a lot of high demands and requirements, especially where the hamrony-like features and the wireless headphones were concerned! Seriously, we held back from buying the model earlier as we were still investigating on whether the Harmony could be trained for the Bose system: in the end we were impressed with the Bose remote! (but if you will buy the Bose Lifestyle V35, I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: "www.*********.info/BoseLifestyleV35" )
We have had the system for over a week now and we cant stop pinching ourselves on the recent purchase and wonder why we had waited so long.
Updated on Nov 30, 2011
Pros Small, compact footprint unmatched by any other home theatre system. Bose Jewel speakers are time tested, have a 5-year warranty and sound great.
Cons The Bose V35 commands a top notch price. $3300.00. For that price, I would expect a top notch return policy and a top notch system warranty. Unfortunately, Bose only gives you 30-days to try this system and a short one-year warranty.
Summary If you want a compact, 4-port, HDMI HTIB system, there is no equal to the Bose V35. Bose does an excellent job getting all devices to power from the master Bose remote, but there are limitations to its greatness. The initial thing you will find is that each component has to be powered on/off individually. So, you turn on the Bose V35, then turn the TV on, then turn on the device you want to use. Three steps to get powered up is unacceptable. At a minimum, when the V35 power On switch is activated, the TV should power up automatically as the V35 remote uses the TV for the remote control navigation.
As for the sound of the V35, Bose uses the long time veteran Jewel Speakers which have been around since 1993 I believe. Given their size, they sould great, but as always, one typically either loves or hates the sound of a Bose system. The clarity of the Jewel speakers is top notch. If you haven't heard the Bose Jewel speakers, go try them. Don't listen to the Bose haters that swear off the Jewel speakers. I suggest those that really hate the Jewel speakers, really hate the price of them, not the sound. Others will tell you that the Jewel speakers are not built well. Well, Bose stands behind them with a 5-yr warranty so that is a mute point. Go try 'em.
As for the system, I reiterate once again, for the size of the Bose V35 A/V receiver, there is no equal on the market today. The V35 is compact, supports up to 4 HDMI devices, 3 in rear, 1 in front, and looks great on your A/V stand. Unfortunately, given the hefty price of the V35 system, I felt the receiver seemed cheap. Very light, built from cheap components and not what I would have expected for $3300. So the $3300 question is, just how good are the components of the V35? I do not know. I can live with a lightweight system that is backed up by a a good warranty, but Bose only provides a 12-month warranty on this system. Most premium A/V receivers offer three or five year warranty's so I am perplexed by Bose on this one.
The Bose V35 system captures the essense of what new HDMI home theatre customers want. A compact system that primarily uses HDMI inputs, with robust compact speakers, a centralized remote and a system that sounds great.
For $3300, the HUGE dilemma for the end-user is, just how well will the V35 stand up over time given the skimpy Bose warranty. This was a major mistake on Bose's behalf.
Pros The setup is incredibly simple and easy. The jewel cube speakers put out sound with great clarity, crispness and not muddy. The bass comes in when the director calls for it and no more. The rear speakers actually project incredibly.
Cons Our major beef is that the sales staff said it would learn all remotes. NOT TRUE. We have a Charter Cable MOXI cable box and the bose system is not able to learn it. Also problems with a very recent Panasonic blue ray player.
Summary Bottom line----We felt the Bose system was a step up and a cool clean look. We had an Onkyo receiver with Polk mid price speakers and the sound was not as crisp, clean and direct. The Bose system is very good but you have to swallow hard to pay the $3100 purchase price. They have a liberal 30 day return policy so you can buy, evaluate and return with no restocking fee if you decide the sound and look of the system are not worth the $3100. We will be keeping our system. We love it.
Pros You can't NOT hook this up the right way. No matter what you do there is a prompt to make sure it works right every time you use it! Powered on the bose system without my Blu-ray being on and it told me my player was off I hit OK and it turned on!
Cons Only downfall in my opinion is the sound quality could be better. However, I'm an audiophile! I can get better but I must spend more. This system is hands down the BEST for the money.
Summary Most people think Bose as a brand is expensive. Well after weeks of comparison shopping and listening to those dreadful "speaker rooms of death" I decided that bose was perfect, both in price, functionality, and cosmetics. With systems ranging from $799-$3299.99 I was able to fill my whole house with bose and use my discretion on where I wanted which system. Granted, I still have my 2-channel Martin Logan 10K speakers for classical music but I must say the re-production of sound that you get from the V35 is AMAZING! Hands down this is an UNMATCHED audio system for the money, being bundled with IPOD charger/dock and a full ONE-TOUCH RF remote with easy on screen guides to walk you through the setup process, why go with anything else? If you are looking for a system you only have to buy once and don't want to replace every 3-5 yrs---THIS IS IT!