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BOSE(R) 321 GS Series II DVD Home Entertainment System - Silver

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  • Two speakers (instead of five) and a hideaway Acoustimass module - deliver much of the home theater experience that other systems use five speakers to create
  • The 3?2?1 GS Series II system?s speakers are half the size of our original 3?2?1 system, and blend easily into your room
  • Simple to set up, simple to use - with just 3 wires and 2 visible speakers (and a hideaway Acoustimass module) this 1 easy system incorporatesa setup disc that helps you through a step-by-step installation process
  • TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry
  • Bose Videostage 5 decoding circuitry delivers a home theater experience from almost any source. CDs, VHS tapes, and even mono TV programs,that weren?t recorded in surround sound
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Product Description

Product Description

Bose 321 GS Series II DVD Home Entertainment System is a newly redesigned, sleek media center that includes a DVD/CD player, AM/FM tuner and inputs for three additional sources. The 3 2 1 GS Series II system now has even greater ease of use and setup. The 3 2 1 GS Series II system is for customers who want the benefit of home theater sound but would prefer the simplicity of two visible speakers, a hideaway Acoustimass module and fewer wires so they don't need to run wires to the back of their room. Media center plays - DVD video (including progressive scan formats), AM/FM, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, digital 5.1, and MP3 files on CD AM/FM radio includes 20 presets, scan and seek Three audio inputs with both analog and digital coaxial jacks, and one optical digital audio input, provide greater setup flexibility Dimensions - media center, 31/6H x 133/4W x 99/10D (8.02 x 34.93 x 25.27 cm); speaker arrays, 21/2H x 51/2W x 41/8D (6.4 x 14.15 x 10.52 cm);module, 141/2H x 83/4W x 191/8D (36.7 x 22.2 x 48.5 cm) Weight in carton - 44 lbs (20 kg) One-year transferable limited warranty

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The Bose 3-2-1 GS Series II progressive-scan DVD home entertainment system packs greater visceral power, broader media flexibility, and richer sound into an even less obtrusive speaker set. Half the size of the original 3-2-1 system's speakers, Bose's patented Gemstone speaker array works in concert with the system's TrueSpace surround processing to deliver a spacious, multichannel presentation from just 2 visible speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module.

The system comes with a central DVD/CD media center, a pair of shelf speakers, a powered Acoustimass module (subwoofer), and everything you need to hook it all up with ease. Using Bose TrueSpace proprietary digital processing circuitry, the 3-2-1 GS.II system improves the sense of spaciousness imparted by stereo recordings and exciting movie effects from Dolby Digital and DTS surround-encoded materials. Yet its few parts require little effort to set up, so you can enjoy your new system's performance right away--it even comes with a helpful system setup and demo disc.

The DVD/CD player plays your DVD-Video movies (select from NTSC and PAL video formats) and CD-based music, including MP3 files written to recordable CD-R or CD-RW (including artist and title information display). Disc features include repeat and random play, DVD parental controls, forward and reverse chapter/track skip, and scanning within tracks.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the 3-2-1 GS.II's media center is equipped to deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

Proprietary Videostage 5 decoding circuitry goes beyond conventional digital technology to bring new life to old movies and music. It gives you a surround sound experience from practically any source, including older media such as videotapes, stereo CDs, even mono TV programs. Advanced post-processing techniques automatically deliver a clear, on-screen audio center image and balanced surround sound, similar to that of a 5.1-encoded DVD.

In the Bose Acoustimass module, 2 downward-firing drivers give you powerful performance for the lowest audible notes and effects. And proprietary Bose technology ensures that you hear with clarity the proper balance of deep lows from all channels for music and movies. Hide the module almost anywhere, even behind furniture, and all the sound seems to come from the small cube speaker arrays.

Other features include AM/FM tuning with 40 preset stations (20 FM, 20 AM), a sleep timer (1 to 90 minutes), and console input jacks for connecting other source components (such as a VCR, DSS, CD changer, or tape deck).

If you have other Bose hardware already in place--a Wave music system, a 3-2-1 Series II DVD system, or a Lifestyle system--you can hook it up to this 3-2-1 GS.II system using an optional 50-foot Bose link B connection cable to extend your entertainment to an additional listening area. You can also expand upon the 3-2-1- GS.II system later by integrating it with a Lifestyle system.

What's in the Box
An integrated AM/FM tuner and DVD/CD player (media center); 2 shelf speakers with rubber feet; a floor-standing Acoustimass module (subwoofer) with rubber feet; AM/FM antennas; an antenna stand; a module cable; a system speaker cable; a composite-video cable; a stereo analog audio interconnect (red/white RCA); an infrared remote control; remote batteries; an AC power cord; a user's manual; a quick-setup guide; a setup and demo disc; and warranty information.

Note: Bose recommends that you maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) of space between the 2 speakers with no more than 3 feet (1 meter) between each speaker and the edge of your TV screen.


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Technical Details
Brand NameBose
Item Weight44.2 pounds
Product Dimensions25.4 x 24.8 x 24.1 inches
Item model number321GSII-SL
Color NameGraphite
Built In Decoders Videostage 5 decoder, Dolby Digital, DTS decoder, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II
Speaker TypeSurround
  
Additional Information
ASINB0002JY6SQ
Shipping Weight44.2 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableApril 18, 2005
  
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Customer Reviews

Well, I had Bose 321 for about 2 years, never felt great or worth the money.
Nagaraj Subramanian
BOSE suggested fixing our faulty unit, but after a protracted phone argument, they agreed to replace the entire system at my request!
Steven Daniels
I think there is a market for this type of product, but poor execution here by Bose.
Peter Acimovic

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Stewart M. Cockrell on February 12, 2007
After jumping on and then off this system's band wagon about 40 times in the last month, my wife and I finally decided to get this system. When I decided that I was finally going to break down and get some speakers, cause the ones in my TV were going out, I originally saw this system in a infomercial and fell in love with it, just because of it's simplicity. After reading the reviews online, I have to admit I was leery about it, since it didn't really shine to some people. But after visiting a factory store this last weekend in Las Vegas and getting to hear this system, I realized for what it is, it is outstanding.

First of all, if you are wanting full 5.1 or 7.1 system, don't buy this. If you want to run the wires to get the true surround sound, this system isn't what you are looking for. Know what you are buying people.

But if you are looking for an adequate solution to better sounding TV, games and DVD's, then this is the system for you. These little speakers and subwoofer are able to bounce sound off of walls to make you feel like you are surrounded in sound. We have a big living room were this is set up, and it works great. In a 15 X 25 room with vaulted ceilings, it still sounds great. We watch Mission Impossible II as our first full length movie and it delivered like were were at a theater. We then put in the grand daddy of tests for me. Jurassic Park. The T-Rex scene was clear and loud and scary as ever.

Set up was really easy too. Took me about 2 hours, but that was because I was being really careful to keep my cords organized and also being really lazy by not pulling the TV out from the wall. The DVD until runs well with my Direct TV and Xbox. I can't wait to load up a game and see how the sound is on that.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Tariq Ali on September 24, 2004
After spending 4 weeks investigating wireless home theater system. I realized that they are not really wireless. So finally I came across this Bose 321 GS II System. I went to my local electronic store to listen to the sound and I was blown away. The price is not cheap but you really get what you pay for. The sound quality is excellent. I can't believe this is only from two speakers and a subwoofer. Now I am even able to listen to my regular TV program in surround sound. The setup process is easy to get you started. Everything you need is included in the box. The universal remote control is great. Now I am only using one for my TV, VCR, and Cable box. If you want to take full advantage of this BOSE system then you might want to think about buying extra cables which is all described in the setup CD.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve S on November 28, 2006
I bought this system at a Bose Outlet store after listening to it at Circuit City. When I first listened to it, the small speakers blew me away. I was interested in it in the first place because I was hoping for a two-speaker solution that would simulate surround sound. I didn't (and still don't) want to run wires all around the ceiling of our TV room to reach speakers hung on the back wall. I bought into the Bose hype about bouncing sound off the walls to achieve a virtual surround effect. Maybe it works in a smallish room that's all hard surfaces, but it doesn't work in our TV room, which is 16' by 22' and has floor-to-ceiling windows with soft blinds on one end and an open staircase on the other. That stipulated, I'm still pretty satisfied with this system after fooling around with it for a couple of weeks.

We have a 55-inch Sony LCD rear-projection high-def TV with many, many inputs and outputs. All the sound runs through the TV, and an optical cable takes it from the TV to the Bose "media center", which processes all the digital audio whatnot and sends it on to the two little speakers. I don't use the Bose DVD, which seems kind of cheesy, actually. We have a Sony "upscale" DVD player connected to the TV with an HDMI cable.

To cut to the chase, I now find that I get the best performance from this system by putting the speakers (on floor stands) on either side of the TV and toeing them in (angling them toward each other) just slightly -- maybe 15 or 20 degrees. This seems to give a real sense of separation between left and right without messing up the "center" of the sound. I think solutions will vary with different rooms, but this is what's working for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kenshi on October 10, 2006
Below is my experience with this product after owning it for 2 weeks.

Pros:

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1. Amazing sound especially when watching DVD movies

2. Very good progessive scan DVD picture quality

3. Simple, compact and all-in-one design

4. Remote control can work with various TV's, Cable boxes and VCR's

5. Can play both NTSC and PAL DVD's

Cons:

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1. Expensive

2. No HDMI output

3. Non-intuative remote control

4. No headphone jack

Overall, I love and chose the Bose 321 because of the sound quality and compact design. I got this system because I wanted a compact all-in-one media center and I was not interested in getting a HTIB with 5 speakers. I looked at Denon (2 products), Sony and Samsung.

I use this on my 23" Samsung LCD TV using Monster component video cables and while I would have preferred to take advatange of its HDMI capabilties, the reality is that I am very happy with this image quality. Movies such as Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Hero look and sound fantastic. Prior to this I was looking at the Sony DAV-X1 which is much cheaper and more feature-rich. However the internal turmoils between their consumer electronics and media divisons convince me this would not work for me. For example, my PAL DVDs cannot be played on the Sony whereas on the Bose it was no problem. I am of the opinion that Sony is a directionless company and this is reflected in their products.

To be fair you do need to have the right kind of room to take advantage of their TrueSpace 2.1 surround sound feature. My couch is up against the wall with the media center located 12 ft in front of me.
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