Bose Lifestyle 28 Home Entertainment System (Black)

Bose Acoustimass 6 Home Entertainment Speaker System – Black

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. Color: black 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 it’s 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.

Bose Lifestyle 28 Home Entertainment System (Black)

Features Bose Lifestyle 28 Home Entertainment System (Black)

  • 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
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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List Price: $ 2,499.99
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Bose Lifestyle 28 Home Entertainment System (Black)

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  1. jeff spielberg says:
    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Great hype, but missing some features, June 13, 2003
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    jeff spielberg (Hanover, NH, USA) –

    I picked up the lifestyle 28 system about a year ago, before I knew much, if anything about audio and speakers; I really should have shopped around. This system looked OK in the store, although I was still skeptical, as in the Bose stores, there is no place to try out the systems in quiet, with your own music, as everyone should do when buying speakers. I got home with the system, and set it up; I have to give them credit for one thing-the setup is relatively easy. Unfortunately, to use component video, one needs to use the adapter. I am using the adapter, but the use of component video doesn’t help all that much over s-video, as the DVD player is a cheap, non progressive scan player. If you spent the money on a high definition television, as I did, to get progressive scan dvd, one needs to buy an extra dvd player. Also, there is only one video input, and it has to be the same format as the output (i.e. both component, both s-video, etc). Any other system in this price range has multiple video inputs. This means that if you have a vcr, and want to switch from your vcr to the dvd player, you would have to change the bose system to dvd, and change you tv to the bose input. If your tv doesn’t have multiple inputs, you would have to either buy an a/v switch, or physically switch the cables. I do give bose credit for including coax digital input for all audio channels, but there is only one toslink optical in. That shouldn’t be a huge problem, unless you have lots of external audio components, which most people buying this system will not. One other problem I’ve encountered is that the bass module is not a subwoofer, just some more midrange drivers designed to output lower frequencies, and they don’t accomplish this very well.

    The bose system is not terrible if you don’t need any of the extra features of non-bose systems, and you only use it for video games and movies. With music, no feature like “range compression,” as bose calls it, or any other equalization on the system can make it sound real. The goal of reproduction of music is to make one feel like they actually there, and the bose system just doesn’t accomplish this. The sound from the system does not do a very good job of filling any relatively large room; the directions that bose gives you for placement of speakers is exactly what any audiophile will tell you not to do-you don’t want first order reflections in your home theater. (you can google search for better tips on placement). When the volume on the system is turned up over about 60% (which is usually needs to be at, since the amp is not very powerful) there is noise in the system. It goes “click-click-beep, click-click-beep.” This is not noticeable if you have something player through the speakers, unless you listen very carefully. I first thought this might be a result of unclean power going to the unit, but I have a monster brand surge protector that does a pretty good job of providing clean power. It is evident that the bass response is lumpy, possibly because bose sugests that you place the bass module on a wall, which is known to create standing waves. The soundstage is rather large, but sound noticably drops off in certain places around the room.

    Good luck in your search for a good system, and the best advice anyone could give is this: go listen to the systems, with your own material, and compare! Make sure you shop around. There are endless possibilities in home theater now.

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  2. E. K. Bryant says:
    44 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Sound, Crazy Price!, August 18, 2002
    By 
    E. K. Bryant (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) –
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    This review is from: Bose Lifestyle 28 Home Entertainment System (Black) (Electronics)

    Bose makes great audio products. The Lifestyle 28 produces an incredible sound with high volume and no distortion at all. These speakers are only different from the old ones in that they are smaller and have bigger decibals for volume. But the price is simply ridiculous. For half the price you could get a Klipsch Synergy system, true power with perfect fidelity. The price you are paying for the Bose speakers are just for the fact that they are small and easily conceilable, not because they have the best sound (because they don’t) or because they look great (because they don’t).

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  3. Peter Dahlheimer says:
    21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Paying for a name., January 20, 2004
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    Peter Dahlheimer (CO) –
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    I bought a Bose Lifestyle 35 system in Denver, CO, at the Cherry Creek Mall Bose Outlet. Prior to purchase, I was brought into a sound studio in the store to listen to “the system”. It sounded pretty impressive. I brought the unit home, hooked it up and listened. Honestly, I had a hard time telling whether the Bose system or my television speakers were on. Very disappointed. I turned up the volume a bit (about 75% of max) and the center cube speaker blew. Very disappointed. I did some research and learned a lot. Bose does not publish a lot of the specs one would expect to be published on any audio system, let alone such an expensive one. People in the field think poorly of Bose quality and value, period. I called Bose Headquarters, the store in Denver, and a local dealer inquiring about returning the unit. I was told I must drive the unit back to Denver (250 miles from my home, over the mountains, in the snow) to return it, which I did. When I did, the store manager informed me that there is a mail-in return policy and I didn’t need to waste an entire day, let alone drive so far in such conditions. He asked if there was anything else I was unhappy about (besides the salesgirl not informing me that I was to receive a free Wave Radio with the purchase; by the way, I liked the Wave Radio a lot but it is also overpriced), and I asked him if the system in the demo studio in the store is the same system I purchased. I mean, after all, they shine pretty spotlights on it and completely lead you to believe that’s what you’re listening to. “I don’t believe anyone said that to you, did they?” was my response. Unbelievable. It turns out that what you hear in the studio is a specially recorded track (made by the designers of the system to accentuate the strengths and minimize the weaknesses of the system) played on an $8000 digital tape player! I subsequently purchased a $500 Onkyo 6.1 channel (not 5.1, like the Bose) system from Circuit City and am completely thrilled. It sounds FAR better than the Bose, for 1/7 the price. Goodbye, Bose, forever.

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