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OK, so all I wanted was a great surround system that would accept an optical cable to throw out surround, and did NOT want to have a large receiver sitting under my TV for just that only purpose. The Display being separated from the Media Unit is awesome. I have an Xbox 360, Comcast Tivo (yes, Tivo from Camcast), and an Apple Mac Mini hooked up to a 52" Samsung LCD (1080p) TV, and just wanted surround sound. I was not evening looking for a remote...no remote shipped with any system actually works, right? I was still looking for a 1 remote control solution. (more on the remote later)
Forget the fact that I paid $1700 for this...I know would still pay the $2,000 for it. I know Bose can be pricey.... If you are looking at this, you're considering it too. I would do it again, even without the sale price.
It sounds damn good. It blows away any of those all in one's you see out there for $1,000 or less. I'm sure that at some price point, an all in one will sound better, but I'm sure it will cost a pretty penny. There is even good bass. Can I get more rumble with at 'proper' 8" or 10" subwoofer? Yes, if I want to, but LIstening to Rush, Moving Pictures sounds PERFECT! (had to up the Bass to a +8 to make this sound like that).
Surround is good, bass is good, TV pass thru (for video) is good...even the remote is more than I expected.
Ships with (just about) everything you need: HDMI, components, composites, & speaker cables, remote, IR transmitters, batteries.
Speaker wires: 3 x 20', and 2 x 50'
it came with speaker stands/mounts. But, most high-end systems don't, and look what it DOES come with. OK, I can give some slack here, but the stands/mounts were $30 (MSRP) each. Found them online for less than 1/2 of that.
Now, I was ready to go buy a true universal remote (Logitech, or old Harmony remotes), but was going to try the Bose remote first.
Waited until I had a few hours, because I had to re-run my HDMI cables. Took the Xbox360 and Comcast Tivo, removed them from the TV, and hooked them up tot he HDMI in on the Bose. Bose is now connected to the TV over HDMI. Played with the remote settings, and was surprised as anything when it worked EXACTLY like I wanted it to. Thought I would have to run the IR Emitters....nope. PLEASE...take your time with the remote settings. There are a LOT OF CODES for your to search through. Don't stop at the first one just because the power on/off feature worked. Write down what worked, and keep moving down the list. Took me 7 working TV codes to find the one where the menu button actually brought up a working menu. Took me 3 tries to find the right Comcast Tivo code. I figure this is why people have problems with the remote's universal feature (that they stop on the 1st working code). The remote is Radio Frequeny for the Bose controls, and will do IR for the other components without requiring the IR Transmitters.
-MeBeSte's Bose Lifestyle v20 Review
Bose's Lifestyle v20 is a great 5.1 channel home surround sound audio system. I have waited a long time to be in the position to take a plunge into Bose audio and I, my partner and even my children have been more than impressed with this over the past 6 months I have been using it.
As someone who loves video and audio, being able to mix them both in perfect harmony is something I have not has the pleasure to do. I have had many home audio systems as well as surround sound systems but this one has really put a smile on my face.
It comes with everything you require to be blown away by superior sound quality including a handy remote control to amend the settings while you sit comfortably. The speakers can be stand alone, sit on stand or fixed to a wall. The sub-woofer sounds great without being too bassy and provides real clear clarity sound.
I do everything with my Bose Lifestyle 20 including gaming, watching TV, movies, DVDs and listen to music. As an avid music lover & DJ, its surprising that I do sometimes choose to listen to music on the Bose system compared to my PA system.
If you are looking to spend some money on a decent home surround sound system then I would say it is a no brainer to choose Bose. They don't do budget ranges, everything is top quality.
I would definitely recommend this system to anyone who is looking to purchase one.
I bought a house that had the BOSE Lifestyle 20 system installed. It has broken down TWICE in the last year and a half and it costs a lot of money to have it repaired.
The first time the CD player quit working and then a year and a couple of months later...the CD jammed up and one channel stopped functioning. To say I am disappointed with the QUALITY of their product would be an understatement. This is a very expensive PIECE of JUNK !!!!!!
For those BOSE lovers whom are looking for something easy to move and petit............this is THE REAL THING!!.....This amazing Jewel Speakers will throw you out of your socks!!They are very small and packed with plenty of power. The Acoustimass delivers fantastic Bass and Treble.Sharpness of sound remains eventhough the Volume is high.Santana and Faith Hill sounds great on this System.........Price...........Hmmmm........can be quite steep for this range.If you are looking for Good Sounds and not your Pocket......take The BOSE!!!!