In a fitting environment, high up in the Royal Suite of the Shangri La Hotel overlooking Sydney Harbour, Bose has revealed two new Lifestyle home theatre systems. They are the first from the US Company with built-in HDMI connections, built-in video transcoding and upscaling, and a hideaway media console, which connects with source components.
The only thing missing is an iPod connection or an ethernet port that would allow the system to be connected to the Internet to download IP content.
A neat hideaway console that can sit in a cupboard or rack makes it possible to hide connected source components with the system fully controlled via a remote inerfacing with a neat RF display screen that can be located right next to a TV. The only other visible components are the Bose speakers.
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The two new Lifestyle systems are the V20 and V30 with a reccomended retail price in Australia of $3,999 and $4,999, respectively. In the USA the same systems are selling for up to $1,700 cheaper.
They are the first Lifestyle systems without integrated music and video sources such as CD player or DVD player, and they give consumers the ability to add any source component they want, including HDMI-connected HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players. Both systems, however, incorporate an AM/FM tune r.Each system delivers 5.1 surround sound for movies, music, sports and video games. They include five small speaker arrays, the hideaway media console, an Acoustimass module, radio frequency remote and a standalone display.
To control a TV and hidden source components, the supplied RF remote accesses the media console, which contains a database of IR remote commands for multiple brands of A/V equipment. Supplied IR flashers deliver the IR commands to the source components and the TV. The standalone display features buttons to control source selection, volume, mute, and on/off.
The main difference between the two systems is the V30’s use of Bose’s smallest Lifestyle-system speakers, the Jewel Cubes. Both 5.1-channel systems feature two HDMI 1.2a inputs and one HDMI 1.2a output to transport audio and video over the same HDMI cable. They also feature the ability to transcode video from connected composite-, S-, and component-video sources to HDMI and upscale connected video sources up to 1080p.
Other features common to both systems, and available on existing Bose systems, include ADAPTiQ digital room correction and Videostage 5 decoding, which delivers surround sound from stereo and mono sources. Both systems also feature Bose Link, which can be can be used to create a wired two-source, 14-room multiroom-audio network. Audio can be played in remote rooms through Bose Link-equipped systems, including the company’s two-speaker virtual-surround systems, the Wave Music System table radio/CD, radio-only Wave Radio 2, and Roomate one-chassis amplified speaker system sold with RF remote. A $399 wireless transmitter and receiver kit can cut the cord to eight rooms.
The new systems are available in all of the company’s 115 Bose-branded stores, Bose’s web site and toll-free number, and authorized Bose dealers.
In the spring, Bose began offering the VS-2 video-switching accessory to deliver HDMI connectivity and video transcoding/upscaling capabilities to home theater systems built around the company’s current Lifestyle systems.