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Bose (43478) LIFESTYLE 48 Home Entertainment System - Series IV - (Black)

by Bose
14 customer reviews

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  • Box Content - Media center, Acoustimass module, 4 cube speaker arrays, 1 horizontal center channel speaker, Remote control, 5 speaker cables (3 front speaker cables and 2 surround speaker cables), Audio input cable, Stereo audio cable, 6 Feet Video Cable, S-video cable, 2 component video adapters, Mounting strip, Rubber feet for Acoustimass module and speakers, 4 AAA batteries, TV on/off detector, AM loop antenna, Discs 1 and 2, FM antenna, Optional IR emitter cable, Media center power supply,
  • ADAPTiQ audio calibration system
  • Bose link AL8 homewide wireless audio link options to enable any room-to-room wiring
  • uMusic intelligent playback system
  • Integrated system design
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Product Specifications

Brand NameBose
Output Wattage200 watts
Color NameSilver and Black

Product Description

The Bose Lifestyle 48 Series IV DVD home entertainment system will digitally store and organize up to 340 hours of music in the media center. The uMusic intelligent playback system actually listens to your music and learns your preferences, then makes selections based on what you like. It is ready with just the songs you want to hear. The ADAPTiQ system was developed to adjust the Lifestyle system for a consistent, high-quality performance each time you listen. Fill your living room with surround sound through tiny, Jewel Cube speaker arrays and a horizontal center channel speaker. Designed to visually complement flat-panel TV screens, Bose technology allows you to hear home theater sound while delivering natural-sounding dialogue and vocals from even older TV programs & videotapes that weren't recorded in surround sound. Media center with integrated progressive scan DVD player Acoustimass module Jewel Cube speakers Horizontal center-channel speaker array Direct/Reflecting speaker technology Proprietary Videostage 5 decoding circuitry Digital 5.1 decoding Control integration Media center - 3 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 11 1/2 (9.4x39.9x29.2cm) / 9 pounds (4.1 kg) Cube speakers - 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 (11.2x5.6x8.1cm) / 1.0 pounds (0.5 kg) Center channel speaker - 2 3/8 x 5 1/2 x 2 5/8 (6x14x6.7cm) / 2.36 pounds (1.07 kg) Acoustimass module - 13 x 8 x 21 5/8 (33x20.3x54.9cm) / 26.22 pounds (11.9 kg)

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 18 inches ; 50 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 70.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,732 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

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Customer Reviews

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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By gix67er on January 21, 2009
The Bose(R) Lifestyle(R)48 is a very nice system. I have had the system for about 3 weeks and have given it a lot of consideration. First let me say that I should have done the research that I am going to share with you all before I purchased the unit. Nevertheless here is my review.


First let me say that I strongly recomend you doing a lot of research before buying this product. The system is a very good surround sound system and will impress you in the store because it is designed to impress you. The demos that are ran at the time of purchase are designed to pull out the best in the system, however when you get the product home it does not sound the same. The VS-2 Enhancer works very well and allows you to upscale your DVD player to 1080. The size of the cube speakers are very small and can not even be seen sometimes. The setup is very easy and hooking the entire system should not take more than one hour with no audio experiance at all. the music library is kinda nice, not very user friendly but does the job. In the right conditions the system does sound very good and is very powerfull.


The price is the first thing that sticks out. The unit is very pricy. This is where I learned everything the hard way. After not being happy with the amount of bass, I went to check out a few other units at my local Best Buy. I was greatly displeased after speending about 3 hours in the store with a Home Theater expert to find out I could have done so much better. I built from scratch the best in home theater system that could have been built for $1896.00. That system included a reciever that supports 4 HDMI outs and 4 HDMI ins. 4 optical outs and 4 optical ins. 7 speakers with a 12inch sub.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Elliot on June 15, 2010
I bought Bose Lifestyle 48 System over a year ago. Overall video and audio are good, but minor problems include:
a) No Blue-Ray capability for DVD's
b) Poor synchronization of remotes for peripherals like TV & cable; despite what Bose store reps tell you, you can't control eveything with one push of the button - you might as well keep all your remotes.

However, MAJOR problem has to do with UMUSIC system:
One of primary selling points used by Bose store reps is telling you that you can load 200 CDs into system, the Bose will store & remember them all, and by Gracenote technology you can create infinite playlists based on music preferences, and never have to load/reload CD's again. (technology is much like iTune Genius Mix).

Sounded great at the time to me so I bought it, and spent COUNTLESS hours (60? 100?) loading CD's (each takes 10-15 minutes), categorizing them, then training the presets to play what I want (e.g. I don't want Beach Boys singing their version of "Silent Night" when I want to hear a jazz mix...)

Then, one day, our power went out. Only for 10-15 minutes, tops. WIPING OUT ALL MY SAVED CD'S. Now there is no stored music. I talked to Bose rep, at his recommendation sent it to their service center (at my cost), and spent over $150 for them to replace hard drive, AND THEY COULD NOT RECOVER MY STORED MUSIC.

So basically right now I have a basic DVD player with a decent sound system. Needless to say I was P.O.'d. It will be FAR less traumatic for me at this point to connect up my iPhone & play my easily-personalized playlists from that than to waste another month of my life reloading CD's into Bose.

Bottom line: don't waste your money on this turkey. Or your time.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Philippe on January 24, 2008
Can't complain about the sound that this system puts out, it's great. However, one of the strong selling points of the system is the flexibility that the VS-2 video enhancer provides, which comes with several of the Lifestyle systems.

The concept of the VS-2 sounds great, but in my configuration, it's a paper weight. I have a DirecTv HD-DVR, which can output video from 480i to 1080i. However, when I hook up HDMI from the DVR to the VS-2, and HDMI from the VS-2 to the television, the only way I can get the video signal to the TV is to configure the HD-DVR to put out 480i. So, I basically have to have the HD-DVR downgrade 1080i shows to 480i, just to have the VS-2 upgrade it back. I will have to resort to using composite video from the VS-2 to the television (though I have not tried this yet)to get things to work right. Not using the VS-2 is out of the question, as I can't see the Lifestyle 48's controls (i.e. music library listing, etc...) without it. I tried to argue with the Bose installer about the HDMI incompatibility, but he said not to worry about it, and use Component video, which he said offers a much better video signal than HDMI (ya right).

So, I give it 4 stars for sound, 1 star for video, and a -1 star for false advertising regarding the VS-2 (and the installer giving me false information to make the VS-2 work)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James L. Clark on February 23, 2010
I Purchased the Lifestyle 48 when it first came out. Did not take long to see lack of newer video formats, but I could live with that. I am very happy with sound performance and have no complaints, and don't care about what material speakers are made of. They sound great and no issues. I have had remote control working the unit issues and they sent me a new remote no charge, but still operates inconsistently. The big complaint and maybe this is a component quality issue, I am getting a hard drive error message and Bose said the only fix is to send unit back and they will do a complete refurbish, for $170 dollars and I pay shipping to them. I have used the hard drive very little and this is poor performance for a premium priced product. Now if they were going to upgrade the video to HDMI on this refurbish then I say that would be OK. I hope I can use as a very high priced speaker system, but the Bose tech could not say that the unit will continue to work even if I don't use hard drive. VERY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE and VERY UNHAPPY CUSTOMER>
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