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For Real, SOUND QUALITY =AMAZING !!!!!,
This review is from: Bose Lifestyle T20 home theater system--Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
We have been using 2.1 sound system for our HDTV for a while. Recently, decided to upgrade to a 5.1 system; shopped for HTIBs in local stores and online. Checked and experienced the various models of BOSE surround systems both the 2.1s and 5.1s.
Decided to go with this LIFESTYLE BOSE T20 system(instead of the V25, V35,etc. models) for the following reasons:
-No need for AM/FM tuner
-No need for ipod/iphone dock
-No need for a high end remote with LCD screen on it
-No need for DVD player/cd player/Bluray player.(already own a bluray player)
For our requirements, T20 was sufficient (TV and Movie watching)
Unboxing was a breeze. Boxes were numbered so they can be opened one by one. No complaints for the install-quick setup-running the wires was the most time consuming.
The systems directs you to integrate all the sources through onscreen instructions. Remote is a little bit heavy. I connected the optical cable into the wrong socket and it asked me to check it, It was my fault as I didnt look at the back connection panel carefully (I was more excited to get it connected and enjoy the surround sound).
But once all the wires were nicely tucked in and the connections paired correctly, I fired it up with a DVD to check the sound.
I skipped the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system at first.....The sound was great but to me it didnt feel like "the sound fill the whole room" effect.
Then I decided to configure the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system which lets you chose 5 regions in the room and calibrates and adjusts the sound accordingly. This is also an on screen step by step system guided process.
After the whole setup was over, I played the DVD again and the sound quality went from "GREAT" to "super AMAZING". The whole room was full of Rich premium sound. Really satisfied with the product-Sound Quality, system integration, compactness and all its features. Watching TV and DVD/Bluray Movies has been a wonderful experience with this system.
Update continued August 29,2011
I had to add the following settings feature for the T20 system:
The system (through the Remote) allows you to configure the sound from the source (TV,DVDplayer,Bluray player, game consoles, etc.)as following
1.Original ...........Plays stereo audio when stereo audio is received from the source/
2.Recommended ...... Plays 5-channel audio WHETHER OR NOT 2- or 5-channel audio is received from the source/
3.Alternative ........Plays 5-channel audio when either stereo or 5-channel audio is received from the source/
4.Enhanced Mono ..... Plays simulated surround sound when monaural audio is received from the source.
(From Bose product instruction Manual)
This is a really nice feature because if the input source does not contain a multichannel audio, using the 2 or 3 setting from the list above would make the audio sound "LIKE" multi channel (I found it really useful for TV watching or for the DVDs that didnot have multi-channel audio). So far watched many DVD and Bluray movies with this system .... truly a wonderful experience......STILL 5 STARS.
Update continued May 14,2013
As of present day, this system still is worth the buy; watching Tv and movies is really enjoyable.
A special mention- Playing video games with a game console connected to the Bose T20 system=REALLY EXCITING and THRILLING AUDIO experience .....That's all I am going to say!! (WAOW)
Update continued July 26, 2014
It is to this day, still a sheer joy enjoying the premium sound from this HTIB system. It's so amazing to watch movies/tv shows with this system, as it emits all the sounds from the source content with superb clarity.... clicks, booms, thuds, rattles, screech,etc. STILL 5 Stars!!!!