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The Bose Lifestyle Home Entertainment Family is Bose's line of premium home theater systems. Starting in the early 90s the lifestyle systems were either stereo or surround sound systems. They came with Music Centers that played CDs, AM/FM radio and had analog and some even had digital inputs. By 2001 Bose released the first version of its DVD based lifestyle systems. In 2007 Bose announced the creation of a new lifestyle system called the Lifestyle V-Class.[1] Unlike the previous versions the V-Class does not come with an internal CD/DVD player.

CD Based Lifestyle Systems

Starting in 1990 Bose released a wide variety of Stereo & Surround sound CD based Lifestyle systems. Each systems came with a music center that had the ability to play radio and CDs. Some systems came with a CD magazine that allowed it to play up to 6 CDs at a time. The music centers each came with a couple of analog RCA connectors. In the late 90s the surround sound systems started to come with digital connections.

The speakers used ranged from directional speakers, direct/reflect speakers, and jewel cubes all requiring to be connected to a bass. Bose even created a Lifestyle 901 system, using its famous 901 speakers.

Each system came with an RF remote and the system could expand up to one other room with A/B or Zone 2 technology. The Lifestyle 50 was Bose's only system that had 4 zone technology and came with a touch screen RF remote.

DVD Based Lifestyle Systems

Series 1 - In 2001, Bose released the first version of its DVD based lifestyle systems with AdaptIQ technology, an audio calibration system, and zone technology giving it the ability to connect to one other location.[2]
They were the Lifestyle 18, 28 and 35. The difference between the systems were the speakers that they came with. The 18 with directional speakers, the 28 with direct/reflect speakers and the 35 with Jewel Cubes.

Series 2 - In 2004 Bose came out with the series II lifestyle systems that added progressive scan, a universal remote, improved acoustics & AdaptIQ technology, and the ability to connect up to 14 additional rooms of music called BoseLink.
Bose also added two new systems the 38 & 48, both with the ability to store music called uMusic. uMusic is called an intelligent playback system because it ranks the music stored on the system by ones listing habits (similar to a TiVo) by +/- buttons and if a person listens to a song all the way through. Through these steps it is supposed to learn ones musical tastes.

Series 3 - In 2006 the series III systems were released. The difference was only cosmetic with a redesigned center channel now horizontal and an Acoustimass bass module that is 30% smaller than its predecessor. The model line up did not change. The Lifestyle 18 system, while not discontinued, was not made public during this series.

Series 4 - In 2007 Bose updated select versions of its Series III systems to include an external video selector called the VS-2 that gives 3 video inputs (featuring 2 HDMI 1.2a & 3 Component, S-Video and Composite) and either HDMI 1.2a, Component, S-Video or Composite out to the TV. According to Bose with this device you can choose whatever input your external components support, connect it to the VS-2, and have the Lifestyle system switch both the audio and video by using your Lifestyle remote.[3][4] While remaining a Series III product, the Lifestyle 18 was re-introduced to the public market at this time.

Bose currently offers the following Home Entertainment systems as follows[5]:

  • Bose Lifestyle 18 Series III
  • Bose Lifestyle 28 Series III
  • Bose Lifestyle 35 Series IV
  • Bose Lifestyle 38 Series IV
  • Bose Lifestyle 48 Series IV

Common Features

The Acoustimass bass module is the same for each model and is the subwoofer of the unit. They all have 5 speakers that provide the Direct/Reflecting sound, (except for Lifestyle 18, which comes with single cube speakers) that Bose pioneered. A media center is included that has a progressive scan DVD player, CD player, and AM-FM radio, as well as a universal RF remote that operates any audio/video device connected to the media center. The series I systems have zone 2 capabilities for expansion to another room; while the others have BoseLink connections that has the ability to expand up to 14 other rooms with or without wires.


The key feature of the system is the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system which allows for the system to adapt to the owner's personal living room environment. The system plays tones through each speaker and listens with a microphone headset worn by the user, and based on what it hears the media center will calibrate and equalize each speaker to compensate for any acoustic abnormalities in the room. In this manner any Lifestyle system will sound as good as the professional demonstration in any size living room.

System specifications
  • 5.1 Surround Sound
    • Five Direct/Reflecting speakers
    • Acoustimass module
    • Dolby Digital, DTS & PCM 2.0
  • Lifestyle Media Center
  • DVD, DVD±R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, VCD, MP3 files and MPEG-2 playback and compatibility
  • AM/FM radio.
  • Bose ADAPTiQ Audio Calibration System
  • Universal RF remote
  • Audio Connections
    • input = 4 analog RCA, 4 digital coax & 1 fiber optic
    • output = 1 analog RCA, 1 digital coax & 1 fiber optic
  • Video connections (without VS2)
    • input = 1 S-Video & 1 Composite or 1 Component
    • output = 1 S-Video & 1 Composite or 1 Component
  • BoseLink

Different Features

The differences between the systems come down to the speakers and the media center thanks to uMusic.


The Lifestyle 35 & 48 systems use the Jewel Cube speakers, considered by Bose to be its best speakers. The Lifestyle 28 and 38 models have the Acoustimass Direct/Reflect speakers.


The Lifestyle 48 & 38 systems have intelligent music storage capabilities. The 48 has the ability to store 340 hours of music and the 38 able to store 200 hours. Their uMusic technology is called an intelligent playback system because it ranks the music stored on the system by ones listing habits (similar to a TiVo). This is influenced by utilising the +/- buttons on the remote, or just by skipping and listening to tracks stored on the system. UMusic also makes connections between different artists using a built in database called the AllMusic Guide, whether by mood, instrument or artists's collaborations. Through these steps it learns ones musical tastes quickly, and chooses music accordingly.[6]

Lifestyle V-Class

In 2007 Bose announced the creation of a new system called the Lifestyle V-Class.[7] Unlike its predecessors it comes without an internal CD/DVD player. When introduced there were two versions: the Lifestyle V30 and V20, and later V10 which released in October 2008. The main difference of the systems are the speakers that they come with. The V30 using the Jewel Cube speakers, the V20 using the Direct/Reflect speakers and the V10 using the Virtually Invisible cube speakers. Consumers may add any source component including HDMI-connected HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc players.

All V-Class products are 5.1-channel systems featuring two HDMI 1.2a and four component, S-Video, and composite inputs; and one HDMI 1.2a, component, S-Video, and composite outputs. They are capable of upconverting video from any of the 4 connected S-Video, composite, and component-video sources to HDMI, and can upscale those sources to 1080p resolution. They come with 5 Fiber optic & RCA audio inputs with 2 digital coax audio inputs, one being assignable. V-Class systems also have an AM/FM tuner, an RF universal remote, an external display, AdaptIQ, and Bose Link.



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