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Bose CineMate GS Series II Digital Home Theater Speaker System
- 2.1-channel speaker system with premium Gemstone speakers, improved digital acoustic performance
- Designed to enhance the audio from your TV and existing video sources
- Universal remote controls system and most components connected to your TV
- Simplified setup, with only a few connections to make. Ideal for small- to medium-sized rooms.
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The Bose® CineMate® GS Series II digital home theater speaker system is an easy way to bring Bose® performance to your HDTV. Two premium Gemstone® speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass® module deliver lifelike sound that seems to surround you for movies, sports, music and gaming. So what you hear will be just as exciting as what you see. Setup is a snap – just three wires and a power cord connect all system components, and a setup disc walks you through the process. There are no rear surround speakers, so no need to run wires across your room. An easy-to-use universal remote controls the system and most devices already connected to your TV.
From the Manufacturer
Bose® CineMate® GS Series II home theater system
The simplest way to add dramatic Bose home theater performance to your HDTV
Bring your favorite movies, shows, games and music to life with the Bose CineMate GS II system. Two powerful yet compact Gemstone speakers provide wide, immersive sound, while a hideaway Acoustimass module delivers deep notes for a more dramatic home theater experience. Proprietary TrueSpace® technology creates spacious, multichannel sound. The system connects easily to your HDTV, and you can control all your entertainment sources with a programmable universal remote.
A small interface module houses the audio input from your TV and displays on/off status for your system. Digital 5.1 decoding provides improved realism from 5.1-encoded DVDs, DBS or HDTV. Combine that with Proprietary Videostage® 5 decoding and post-processing circuitry, and you'll enjoy a high quality, multichannel surround sound experience from almost any source—such as DVDs, stereo CDs and MP3 discs.
The smallest, most powerful 2.1-channel speakers for a CineMate system. Patented Gemstone speaker array design works in concert with TrueSpace digital surround processing circuitry to deliver the exciting depth and resonance of home theater sound.
Patented Bose design produces low frequencies for all channels, with no audible distortion. Small size allows you to place it out of the way, so the sound seems to come directly from Gemstone speakers.
Proprietary TrueSpace digital processing circuitry
Delivers a spacious, multichannel sound experience with strong center imaging from just two visible speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module.
Houses two LED indicators and connectors for your audio input. Receives IR commands for speakers, connects directly to your TV and provides on/off information.
Universal infrared remote
Delivers seamless system operation and controls most video components attached to your TV.
Easy system setup
Just four simple connections—eliminates the guesswork of more complex systems.
Videostage 5 decoding and post-processing circuitry
Proprietary technology, combined with digital 5.1 decoding, delivers a high quality, multichannel surround sound experience from DVDs, CDs and MP3 discs.
|CineMate GS II speaker arrays:||2.5 x 5.5 x 4.1 inches ; 1.0 pound|
|Acoustimass Module:||14.5 x 8.8 x 19.1 inches ; 23.3 pounds|
|Interface module:||1.1 x 3.3 x 2.2 inches ; 0.99 pounds|
|Shipping dimensions:||12.88 x 19.63 x 24.25 inches ; 31.58 pounds|
What's in the box
- Acoustimass module
- 2 Gemstone speakers
- Interface module
- Universal remote control
- Power cord (8')
- Stereo cable (6')
- Speaker cable (15')
- Optical cable (6')
- Setup DVD
Bose® UFS-20 Universal Floor Stands -- Slender metal stands elegantly display your speakers while hiding the speaker wires. Designed to optimize listening. Height: 38" (96.5 cm). Sold as a pair.
Bose® UTS-20 Universal Table Stand -- Cast aluminum; elegant speaker placement on any flat surface. Groove in tubing conceals wire, provides easy access. Height: 7" (17.8 cm). Sold as a single stand.
Bose® UB-20 Wall/Ceiling Bracket -- High quality cast zinc bracket for unobtrusive wall mounting of Bose speakers. Horizontal and vertical adjustment to control sound direction. Sold as a single bracket.
Top Customer Reviews
REVIEW--Info I discovered during my research and since owning for 3 months: I listened to the Cinemate II and the Cinemate GS II side by side in the store, both using the Toslink (digital optical audio) connection and also with the Component (analog audio) connection while watching an action scene from Kung Fu Panda in both BluRay and regular DVD. To me, the Cinemate GS II's sound was clearer and also sharper (crisper highs and clearer mids like with voices). The Cinemate II sounded great too (a lot better than the panasonic), but the sounds tended to be more muddled in the mid-to-high range (as compared to the the Cinemate GS II). But for $200 less and if your ears don't mind the difference (or can't tell the difference) then the Cinemate II is the better bargain. Also, the Cinemate GS II has the universal remote, but I don't use it ( I use a logitech Harmony Universal Remote). The Cinemate II remote has volume up/down, mute, and power on/off. The Cinemate GS II remote has quite a bit of features (a lot actually), and it feels good in your hand; but if you really want one, they are available from Bose for $30.95.
Other good to know info: You can connect both the Toslink and Component audio into the interface module at the same time. The interface module will automatically default to component audio unless there is an active Toslink connection (an active Toslink connection will always override the component audio). What does this mean? I have my DishNetwork receiver connected to the interface module via the component connection for watching TV--this is how I normally use the Bose Cinemate GS II (sounds great by the way). I then have my BlueRay player connected to the interface module via the Toslink connection. When I want to watch a movie, all I have to do is power on the Blueray player and the Bose Cinemate GS II will automatically use the Toslink connection (overrides the component audio). When I am done watching a movie, I power off the Blueray player and the Cinemate GS II automatically switches back to my TV audio. Of course the Toslink audio is the better of the two, but with only two connections available I had to compromise (plus my TV has no Toslink out--which would have been the preferred solution). The interface module works exactly the same whether you have the Cinemate II or the Cinemate GS II. Also, there is a Bass adjustment knob on the Acoustimass module, so you can turn it up or down to your preference. Sorry there are no other manual adjustments that you can do to the Bose Cinemate GS II.
Room filling sound: I have the Bose Cinemate GS II in my living room which is pretty big and it opens directly into the kitchen; total size is 20x60. Despite the room size, and even at a pretty low volume, I can easily understand a TV shows conversations because of the crisp and precise audio reproduction. I use to watch with closed captioning (so the TV can volume can stay at a normal level), but now I have turned closed captioning off.
Even at max volume (watching GI Joe), it was very very loud and the whole house was shaking, but the system did not distort at all--in almost disbelief it seemed to sound even better and clearer. I think that is attributed to the Bose TrueSpace technology which is used to covert 5.1 audio into a 2.1 system; the louder it got, I guess, the more the TrueSpace seemed to kick in.
Despite my acclaim for this system it is pricey; but, it sounds great, it was very easy to setup and it has the Bose 5 year limited warranty on the speakers. However, no matter how much a 2.1 system is touted as a possible replacement for a 5.1 or even a 7.1 system, in my opinion there are no 2.1 systems that can truly replace a 5.1 or 7.1 system. But if you don't like running wires and want a minimalist system with superb sound then I strongly recommend the Bose Cinemate GS II; or if budget minded, or can't discern the audio difference, then the Bose Cinemate II is a solid 2nd choice.
Cons: Won't decode any DTS-ES or DTS-HD signal, the latter being the most common for Blueray discs. You must step down DTS sources to PCM, losing most of the 5.1 mix and ALL of the magic this system offers with Dolby-encoded content.
I experienced the Cinemate system at both Best Buy and at the Bose store in our local mall. Best Buy used the Bose propriety demo disk. The Bose store used the Blueray disk of Toy Story 3. What the Bose employees didn't tell me was that they had changed the settings on their BlueRay player output to PCM to allow it to be played by the Cinemate system. Most BlueRay discs are coded in DTS-HD. This system will not play any DTS content.
It took me a while to figure out what the issue was and a call to Bose's tech support confirmed that Cinemate systems do not support any DTS content. They said I would have to step down the output to PCM. I did this and then compared the Balin's Tomb scene from The Fellowship of the Ring using Dolby 5.1 and the DTS-ES choices in the film's menus. The difference was devastating. The Dolby 5.1 sounded rich, with all the proper echo and sound effects. The DTS output sounded flat, had no separation of the sound effects and might as well have been coming out of my TV speakers.
If simply want to get great sound from Cable or Satellite HD content (all broadcast in Dolby 5.1 or less) this is great system. If you want to use the system with a Blueray player, don't buy it.
I started researching these speakers online and found that the people who bought them liked them but others said they were no good just due to the Bose name. A person on one of the forums mentioned a soundbar system which I had previously returned as being comparable to these speakers yet nearly $500 cheaper. Now having owned both system I can laugh at that statement as there is no comparison.
None of the other systems came anywhere close to sounding as good as these. Crisp highs, loud vocals, rich mids, very deep bass. I have to turn the bass down on this system so things will stop shaking on the walls. You can feel the bass. On the system that these speakers were compared to, I could only hear bass if I had the volume maxed and I had my ear pressed against the subwoofer. Not even joking.
People who haven't owned a Bose system ever, or in the past several years, really need to stop bashing something they know nothing about. I will admit that maybe they are priced a bit high. However, you get a great sounding system and I'm not sure you could do any better at this price. I have heard speaker systems (receiver/speaker/subs) that cost over $1000 not sounding as good as this system.
My expectations were shattered by this system and I would recommend anyone who has the money to spend and wants a simple, elegant and great sounding system, to pick these up and the nice stands (~$800 at this time for both speakers and stands).
(I do not work for Bose, am not some Bose "fanboy" (this is my first Bose system), have never posted anything about Bose before anywhere.)