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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mother loves It made the dogs bark for a while all the sounds they were not use toPublished 2 days ago by rick
Only have had this unit in place for about a year now. The "Interface Module" died prematurely and now I am stuck with a useless BOSE GS Series II Digital Home... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael S Waxman
I purchased this 2 years ago. It has since developed a buzzing sound in one of the speakers and made it unusable. terrible quality.... Read morePublished 5 months ago by B J
Love the bass man! I love it. It's a great product both for watching TV (I remember watching Titanic and being surprised how well all different tones and sounds were produced) and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by navid
Now before saying anything I want to start off by saying I was sceptical about buying this model of Bose speakers! Read morePublished 7 months ago by andrew roman