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Bose Lifestyle 28 Series III DVD Home Entertainment System - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Our most popular 5-speaker DVD surround sound system for larger rooms
  • Direct/Reflecting® speakers, horizontal center speaker
  • Customized audio performance for your room
  • Optional accessory available for HDMI connectivity.
  • Link home networking: Technology to connect compatible Bose products for a whole-home entertainment solution.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Bose
  • Model Number: 40431
  • Output Channel Quantity: 5
  • Output Wattage: 350 Watts
  • Audio Output Mode: Digital
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Product Description

The Lifestyle® 28 Series III DVD home entertainment system adds exhilarating sound to your movies and music with performance you expect from Bose. It customizes home theater system sound to your room with the innovative ADAPTiQ® system. The stylish media center features a progressive scan DVD/CD player and AM/FM tuner. Direct/Reflecting® cube speaker arrays and a horizontal center-channel speaker fill your room with spacious surround sound. From premium performance to elegance, the Lifestyle® 28 DVD home theater audio system is made for your room-with all its unique characteristics. Its ADAPTiQ audio calibration system delivers a consistent surround sound presentation in any room, while offering greater freedom of speaker placement. This proprietary technology analyzes and adjusts the home theater system's sound to your room's dimensions, speaker placement and preferred seating locations. Great sound never looked so good Direct/Reflecting® cube speaker arrays, standing roughly 6" high, blend nicely with your décor. They combine with a sleek, horizontal center-channel speaker to deliver a level of sound you'd expect from much larger speakers. And the Acoustimass® module reproduces deep low notes while stationed inconspicuously almost anywhere in your room. The brushed silver media center elegantly accomplishes everything that conventional DVD home theater systems use multiple components to achieve. But it's also the hub of a whole-home entertainment system, made possible by Bose® link technology. So you can have independent volume control in each room, as well as access to two different audio streams from the same Lifestyle® home entertainment system.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 19.9 x 16.1 x 6 inches
Item Weight 10 pounds
Shipping Weight 14.2 pounds
Department Home Theater Systems
Manufacturer Bose
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Item model number 40431
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3.0 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #397 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Complete Home Theater Systems
#35,298 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com November 22, 2004

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Recently got a Bose Lifestyle 28 refurb unit, it was still pretty expensive. Quick thoughts:

Setup: the build quality and cables are all top-notch. Everything has a plug and every single wire was easy to set up. The wires didn't hide too wel in the two sets of stands I bought from Bose. Using the adapti-q system to balance the speakers was the appeal of the system.

Video: the new progressive scan features use a combo s-video and composite y-adapter to component to send a full progressive scan signal. I was skeptical at first, but was pretty pleased with the image quality and black levels put out by the unit on the LG 32LC2D HDTV. Not bad picture and it really did put out progressinve scan!

The central unit still relies to heavily on legacy ports: composite everywhere, 2 s-video, 2 coaxial and only 1 optical input. If you have an Xbox 360 and a PS3 (or two) only one of them will work with optical on this system.

Audio: there was no hiss or noise that I could hear when the system was on and no sound was playing, that's a plus. Video games through the optical sounded pretty good through the optical input, although separation was lost a little in the speakers. CD-based Music sounded pleasingly warm.

Now the bad part: this speaker set produces pretty crummy sound for movies. Dialog sounded muffled and quiet, voices were causing the acoustimass module to kick in a little too much- resulting in deep tones associated with normal voices on the Hot Fuzz DVD, while voice work in Star Wars sounded like people were talking through a pillow!
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I spend at least 3 months doing some research on which home theater system was the best for me. well after trying some brands that, according to the whole internet, are quite superior to Bose, and some super cheap configurations that according to some reviewers (from other sites), where better than Bose, I ended up coming back to my choice number one from the very beginning....BOSE lifestyle systems...

My friends have "yamaha", "sony", "klipch", and all the additions you can put on those HT's, but I was no satisfied. maybe it was their configuration, but the sound starts breaking after a couple of minutes after playing in higher volumes, DVD's whete OK in the sony, ang good in the yamaha, but blue ray disc soundtrack was horrible in both of them...

tryed a magnolia 1000 dollars worth from BB, andit was good, but not what I was looking for.

then decided to put some more money in my investment and ended up buying my Bose lifestyle system 28 series. I am totally satisfied. the Bass is not cheesy neither booming, is perfect. tremble was adjusted in a little lower setting, and the ADAPT IQ did the rest...since I have the bose VS-2, the DVD resolution is excellent, and sound is powerful, crisp, NORMAL (not timpanic membrane breakingly abnormal), CD playback is excellent. Playing games is a pleasure, with sorround sound, Dolby digital via optical cable...I also have a logitech squeezebox duet connected to it, and works astonishingly, with the coaxial cable connection...
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Listen - I know deciding on a system is a difficult thing to to do. I speak from experience as I've owned high end equipment and now this Bose Series III. Everyone who states that the sound quality is not brilliant is absolutely correct. I knew that going into the purchase. If you are one that is difficult to please when it comes to audio quality, stay away. If, like me, you know what excellent sounds like but are ok w/ pretty good and you want a system that is a snap to install, a snap to operate, a snap to expand, looks great and takes up very little room....this is your baby.

I have this system in my living room w/ a pair of speakers on each of 2 patios and in my master bath, each w/ a separate remote (the patios share one remote). I can run 2 sources at a time - easily. No muss, no fuss. No wires and no massive speakers taking up the corners of my living room. Hit FM before I hop in the shower and listen to tejano (it's a recent fad for me) while my wife watches TV in the living room - good to go. I know you can have this set up w/ a more complicated system to do the same but this was much easier...and my wife can operate it without a problem (she's very intelligent BTW but hates wasting her time w/ this stuff).

I was after good sound quality, outstanding design/construction/customer service and ease of use. It beats the pants off my previous system which sounded much better as I enjoy using it so much more - it is as non-obtrusive a system as you can get.

In the end, ask yourself what you are really looking for. 3 stars for sound quality and 5 stars for everything else - and I am impossible to please. Enjoy.
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