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Bose Lifestyle 28 Home Entertainment System (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- The Lifestyle 28 home entertainment system comes with a media center, 5 cube speakers and a matching Acoustimass module
- Plays DVD-Video, CD, CD-R/RW and MP3 CD
- Decodes Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, offers Bose Videostage 5 processing, which generates 5.1 audio from any 2-channel source
- 5 Direct/Reflecting cube speaker arrays blend into your decor
- Acoustimass module delivers bass reproduction down to the lowest frequencies, even at the loudest levels
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This Bose« Lifestyle« home entertainment system includes 5 swivel-cube speakers that project open, spacious sound throughout your room. A powered bass module with proprietary technology adds depth and impact to your favorite music and movies. The receiver/media center is capable of playing DVD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 discs while the digital 5.1 decoding turns your family room into a theater! Multi-source/multi-room capability lets you expand your listening area. <b>Color: black</b>
The Bose Lifestyle 28 DVD home-entertainment system delivers home theater simplicity with superb sound, elegance, and simple setup and configuration. The system comes with a central DVD/CD media center, a quintet of Direct/Reflecting cube speakers, a powered Acoustimass module (subwoofer), and everything you need to hook it all up.
The brushed-silver media center features an integrated DVD/CD player and AM/FM tuner. Its Zone 1/Zone 2 configuration gives you independent volume controls in each of 2 different rooms. You get Dolby Digital 5.1 surround processing for dynamic, lifelike surround effects from your favorite movies, as well as Bose Videostage 5 processing for mono and stereo sources. This processing generates 5.1 audio from any 1- or 2-channel source, from old movies and TV shows to today's commercial CDs.
The DVD/CD player plays your DVD-Video movies and CD-based music, including MP3 files written to recordable CD-R or CD-RW. Disc features include repeat and random play, DVD parental controls, forward and reverse chapter/track skip, and scanning within tracks.
The compact Direct/Reflecting cube speaker arrays--each standing roughly 6 inches high--blend with your décor to deliver the kind of sound you'd expect from much larger speakers. And the Acoustimass module reproduces deep, resonant low notes while stationed inconspicuously almost anywhere in your room. The result? Riveting surround sound that seems to come from the cube speaker arrays, whether its the hypnotic whisper of rustling leaves or the pure power of a ferocious storm.
In the Bose Acoustimass module, 2 down-firing drivers give you powerful performance for the lowest audible notes and effects. And proprietary Bose technology ensures that you hear with clarity the proper balance of deep lows from all channels for music and movies. Hide the module almost anywhere, even behind furniture, and all the sound seems to come from the small cube speaker arrays.
Other features include AM/FM tuning with 50 preset stations (25 FM, 25 AM), a sleep timer (1 to 90 minutes), and console input jacks for connecting other source components (such as a VCR, DSS, CD changer, or tape deck).
Connections include digital and analog audio inputs and outputs for a range of ancillary components, with a choice of composite-video, S-video, or--with an optional accessory cable that connects to both the composite- and S-video outputs--480i component-video outputs, depending on your television.
What's in the Box
Media center, 5 speakers, 1 Acoustimass module, FM/AM antennas, all requisite cabling, a remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, a quick-setup guide, and warranty information.
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I've owned several Bose products over the years from headphones, earbuds to Home theater (over a dozen products) Sure the price has always given me pause, but I just find it very tough to get the same "True" sound quality from anything else. I'm not a Bass Head, I'm not a Metal Head, I just enjoy music the way it was mastered. Right now I still have my Lifestyle AV28 for my main system. I've investigated many options to upgrade to over the last couple years and I just can't find the same sound quality (short of spending $4k on the latest Bose system).
I'm writing this so people reading reviews get all sides of the story. Yes, products break or have defects. That's part of everything manufactured. Bose has always helped me work through my issues in the past. Please, Don't "Not Buy" Bose because someone bought a broken one and wrote a review out of momentary anger (We've all been there) They'll fix it or replace it, but 90% of the time the one you buy will work fine for many years.
Happy Listening to anything you choose to go with!
Setup is pretty simple, with a pictograph easily explaining the connections, and then a DVD that guides you through the last few phases. The climax comes when the system uses a special headset you wear in different locations that provides feedback to the system for automatic optimal sound delivery. I know, it sounds crazy, but is cool to have the system fine tune itself.
Playing DVDs is pretty simple, but I wish the system allowed a faster fast forward scan. There is an adapter to allow the video output to be converted to a component output, which is better than an S cable, which is better than the traditional red, white and yellow jacks most people are familiar with. You just need a modern, high end TV that handles component input (like my Samsung DLP) to appreciate it. The surround sound aspect is awesome, and we truly enjoy watching our favorite DVDs with rich, realistic sound that can rattle the house if so desired.
Music CDs come across as clear and sharp, and the bass driven from the subwoofer is convincing when needed.
As far as listening is concerned, you can choose how many speakers you want to use, from 2, 3 or 5. The easy to use remote can control almost anything without a need for the TV screen menu, but that's wasy enough to understand once you get through the difficulties of the manual's technical instructions.
Overall, I am very pleased, and look forward to many years of service from this system.
What other product has such discrete speakers, a single beautiful head unit, such easy setup, so few connections, and can drive a second system in another room easily with an RF remote?
If these things are important to you, the Bose Lifestyle 28 is excellent value. Unbeatable.
Finally, the sound from this system is amazing. There are certainly comparable sub-sat configurations, and if you want big speakers and a number of seperate components there is no question better sound can be had for less money. But this is not the value proposition from Bose, and there is no pretence on their part that it is.
The sound is fabulous; deep bass and great spacing. Video is good -> great. But for those of us who need CC, it's a poor choice.
(Note: CC is different from subtitles; if a DVD has subtitles -- such as "English for the Hearing Impaired" as a choice -- you will be able to use that.)