Bose Lifestyle 50 Home Theater in a Box

Lifestyle 50

A rack of conventional components is replaced with a Personal music center smaller than a videotape. Instead of room-filling loudspeaker cabinets, you see only tiny Jewel Cube speakers no bigger than your computer mouse. A hideaway Acoustimass module delivers full, deep bass for movies and music. And the rest of the system including AM/FM tuner, 6-CD changer and the cables and connections for up to four rooms hides completely out of sight.

User Reviews (4)

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Ron Barry   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 03, 2004]
Strength:

size, ease-of-use, multi-source/room control, clarity and impact.

Weakness:

there is a mid-range drop-out if you are running a frequency analyzer... if you are running a frequency analyzer. but 99% of people won't hear it. if you only need one room control and only "home theater" or "only audio", there are probably other systems you could use to get more "bang for the buck"; but none that i would personally choose to get a multi-zone/source system for both theater and audio applications.

Having flirted with Bose and B&O multi-room systems in the past, I was prepared to be disappointed. Boy, was I wrong. The Lifestyle 50 not only provided the easy out-of-box experience I expected, but once installed, delivers much better performance than I could have hoped for. Bose's tendency to market itself as an unconventional approach sets you up to expect an awkward sound. But all I've experienced (on everything ranging from movies to Tool to Gershwin) is outstanding clarity, punch and roundness. There are certainly "louder" and "more accurate" systems out there. But there is nothing else anywhere near this price point and level of utility that any of my audiophile-engineer friends have been able to show me. On top of all that, the ability to seamlessly control multiple audio sources across multiple rooms with a user-friendly remote opens up a whole new world.

Similar Products Used: Yamaha and other HTIBs, Paradigm components, etc.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Dagfinn Stava   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 13, 2003]
Strength:

Easy set-up. The remote is just incredible. There's only one cable to the cd-player, the rest of the cables are connected to a box you can hide away.

Weakness:

Midrange. I've experienced (after using the system 6 days), that the cd-player (or system) hangs, I then have to cut the power to get it to work again. It's got old technology; NO DTS, NO optical connections, NO AdaptIQ (Which is strange since this is the "flagship")

I decided to get a Bose after experienced the demo-cinema at the local Bose store. I taught the sound was awesome, and the size and design was appealing to me, so I bought a LS 50. The surround-sound is really good, but I don’t like the stereo-sound quality; I miss the midrange. I was fooled by the music they play at the Bose store. There is a classical-music CD with the system, and the system sounds awesome, -BUT put on a pop/rock CD and get disappointed. I contacted Bose and they recomended me to try the LS 35. The 35 has new technology and the AdaptIQ which makes "all the different". Well, I'll try, but if the 35 sound the same as the 50, I’ll buy Bang Olufsen, (it's a bit more $, but then you get quality)

Similar Products Used: Onkyo, Sony, Pioneer.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Jeff   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 08, 2003]
Strength:

Small and compact

Weakness:

Overpriced for the performance. Subwoofer is weak and the little cube speakers lack midrange.

This system sounds nothing like my parents home system. In the store it sounded great, but I am not happy with it at all. It is underpowered and when watching a DVD it is hard to understand some of the softer dialogue. The words are muddled and echoy. For music it sounds OK. At my parents house, I enjoy listening to movies clearly to a Marantz receiver through a set of Paradigm speakers. If I had a little extra money, I would certainly upgrade!!!

Similar Products Used: Marantz SR-19 Paradigm Speakers
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Eric Smith   AudioPhile [Jun 23, 2003]
Strength:

Everything, direct/reflecting jewel cubes fill the entire room. The subwoofer can definitly make the windows as well as the rest of the room shake rattle and roll.Can easliy hook up speakers outside or in your other rooms without using other receivers or CD players.

Weakness:

NONE!!!

I think that this is the ultimate home theater system!!! People look at this think and probaly think, Well over $3,000 for a system that it this small? BUT, when you turn this up, it will simply blow you away!!!! This is the best way to go if you want the absolute best home theater.

Similar Products Used: NONE!!! can compare
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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