Boston Acoustics Soundware XS Digital Cinema with Bluetooth and Dolby Digital Decoding Optimized 2.1 Virtual Surround (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Incredibly small speakers provide big, high performance sound
- Dolby Digital decoding Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (Theater-like surround sound)
- Dedicated music and movie playback settings (Sound is optimized for your content)
- Included wall brackets can be positioned at almost any angle
- Bluetooth enabled for music streaming (No docking needed, keep your smartphone with you)
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From the Manufacturer
The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema home theater system delivers an instant audio performance upgrade for your flat screen TV and comes in a compact package. This 2.1 virtual surround sound system features two diamond-shaped satellite speakers with articulating wall brackets as well as a powerful subwoofer for deep bass. It also includes two sets of analog AUX inputs for additional sources, dedicated movie and music playback modes, and Bluetooth compatibility for wireless music streaming.
2.1 System Delivers High-Performance Audio
Featuring a subwoofer and two 2-way satellite speakers, the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema system delivers big sound from a small package. Each finely tuned speaker features a high-performance 2-1/2-inch woofer and a 1/2-inch dome tweeter for pinpoint imaging and crisp highs. Quality, system-specific crossovers are utilized for complete audio coverage.
BassTrac Provides Powerful Bass Without Distortion
The dedicated 8-inch wireless subwoofer features BassTrac technology, a circuit that maximizes bass output while avoiding overload. A 250-watt amplifier and acoustically tuned port ensure powerful low-frequency reproduction of the most demanding audio. The subwoofer serves as both the connection center for inputs and houses digital signal processing circuitry and amplifiers for the system.
Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS) Delivers Enveloping Surround Sound
Boston's Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS) technology makes an authentic cinema surround sound experience possible with just two channels and a subwoofer. DOVS decodes the full, 5.1 channel audio signal from the disc and applies a proprietary process to derive the ideal 2.1-channel version of the original surround sound mix.
Satellites Sit or Mount at Any Angle
The two SoundWare XS satellite speakers are ultra-compact for easy placement. Whether you place your TV on a shelf or table or mount it in on the wall, the SoundWare XS satellites can be positioned for optimal audio performance. The included articulating mounting brackets allow for positioning at any angle.
Connects Directly to TV and Works with Any TV Remote
The SoundWare XS Digital Cinema connects directly to your TV without the need for additional components. It also learns the television's remote control commands so you don't have to add yet another remote to the coffee table. A credit card-size remote is included for setting up the system and programming the system's control pod to your remote. After the system is programmed to work from your own TV remote, the supplied remote will still work as a backup.
Movie and Music Playback Modes for Customized Audio
With separate movie and music playback modes, you can tailor the sound to suit the content. In movie mode, enjoy crisp, clear movie dialogue and powerful cinematic special audio effects, while music mode delivers concert-quality music reproduction. And after you set this option once, the system automatically remembers your setting for next time.
Bluetooth Enabled for Wireless Streaming
For more flexibility, the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema includes a built-in Bluetooth A2DP receiver, transforming almost any smartphone, tablet, or portable music player into a first-rate wireless streaming device.
Product and Warranty Information
The SoundWare XS Digital Cinema includes a digital optical input for true Dolby Digital decoding, RCA AUX inputs, and a mini-stereo AUX input for a portable media device.
Each compact, high-gloss satellite speaker measures 4-5/16 by 4-1/2 by 3-3/4 inches (H x W x D). The subwoofer measures 9-15/16 by 9-1/2 by 11-3/8 inches (H x W x D).
The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema is backed by a five-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Two SoundWare XS satellite speakers, subwoofer, two mounting brackets, remote control, control pod, owner's manual, and speaker wire.
Top Customer Reviews
The first one is that you will have wires and cables to connect everything. I already had wiring in the wall so connecting the satellite speakers was fairly easy. All the Soundware connectors are simple and solid. I personally think that digital audio is the way to go and so I use an optical connection. I have my TV mounted on the wall and run the cables through the wall. I eyeballed the distances and figured a 10' optical cable would do it. What I can say is make sure you measure your distances carefully and account for the exact cable path between the connection point on your TV and the sub/amp unit. Draw it out on paper. Then go back and make sure that you got it right.
The other piece that takes a cable is the remote sensor. You will have to mount that so that you have a clear line of sight and then run the cable to the back of the sub/amp unit. I'm not sure how long the cable is but I am going to say 10'. This is another thing to consider in your placement calculations.The sensor is fairly large and not so pretty so think about placement.
Which brings me to my second caveat--the remote. Some reviewers have not been happy. I'm not sure what their issues were.Read more ›
You might not be getting the Soundware XS 2.1. But an older "Soundware XS."
The older model lacks 1) speaker level inputs, 2) a line level input, and 3) crossover controls that are present in the 2.1 version subwoofer. This prevents interface of this speaker system with stereo systems lacking optical ports.
I ordered from HIDEF Lifestyles during a Lightning Deal.
P.S. If someone has a setting to correct the Mids or some tweaks please let me know! :)
- the major complaints from the one and two star reviews were false (maybe they got defective units?)
- the speaker system gave my tv the extra bit of audio umph it needed
- the bluetooth integration makes it easy to play music on the system directly when desired
- the sound is balanced and of great quality
Also it should be noted I use the bluetooth and optical digital inputs and haven't tested the others and I'll likely have no need for them.
* Small speakers, easily mounted almost anywhere. Oddly, they're not designed to sit on a shelf (see cons, below).
* Excellent sound quality from 2 tiny speaker modules. Does have a floor-standing woofer cube.
* Hooks up via RCA red-white (right-left) cables or optical input to almost any HDTV or cable box. My DVR has optical outputs, so it just worked out of the box.
* Small volume control remote, but we don't have to touch it very often. This unit is installed in a bedroom where a loud volume is rarely needed. That said, it can get quite loud if you want it to.
* Tiny speaker modules are not designed to sit on a shelf, they need either a stand or to be mounted on a wall. I have 2 speaker stands, but they are almost too large for these 4" x 4" cubes. You would want to think about this before purchasing and installing.
* There's a remote-sensing module that has to be placed somewhere where it's visible to the remote. It does have cool green (or red) lights that flash when you change the volume, though.
First off, I knew this wasn't a wireless set of speakers so it's not fair to knock them for having to be wired, but my god is it hard to make this set a "clean" install. The two satellite speakers need to each be plugged into the sub and the sub into the TV and power outlet. Okay, fair enough.
Now here comes the real downfall of this set. You then have to plug in the remote control sensing unit into the sub AND place it somewhere where you can see it from where you'd like to control the set. I saw this device before I ordered, I knew I would have to deal with it, but didn't really realize what a HUGE pain in the ass it would be to cleanly install it. It's much bigger than I thought it would be and it's hard to place how you want it to be oriented as the wire is relatively firm and hard to bend which makes it tough to angle properly.
To add insult to injury, my set came with a broken remote control sensing unit (it won't light up or respond to remote control inputs). I tried making sure the connections were tight, turning the sub off and on, etc. I'm sure that I could get a replacement, but this has now ruined my first impression of this set and quite frankly I'm almost glad this happened. For the record the box was fine and had no signs of damage, so I doubt this was done during shipping.
The only reason I am giving this two starts, is that the sound on it is quite good compared to some of the sound bars I've heard.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this system. Great audio and the speakers are so small. Not like the old 80s systems with 6 ft speakers in the home. Read morePublished 9 days ago by j brad g
When it works, it sounds really good. After purchasing this system, it sat in the box for about 6 months before I opened it. After setting it up, it wouldn't power on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris the reader
Great sound, no issues syncing remote. Very happy with productPublished 2 months ago by Patrick Castro
I had high hopes for this system as I've owned other Boston gear and it's generally been great. The subwoofer is adequate but low end is severely lacking. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shawn E.
I enjoyed my speakers, but the receiver that controls the speaker volume, source, etc. broke less than six months after my purchase. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel Ferguson
This system is great but the remote is broken and I see nowhere to get a replacement and there is no way to control the volume on the system itself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by gemgirl84
Garbage surround sound system. The subwoofer circuitry is faulty and needs to be replaced. I've been searching online and this is a major problem with this model and the 5.1. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mooses5