Bose CineMate Series II
Released August, 2009
The Pros:Very good sound performance for a 2.1-channel system. Helpful installation guide makes setup easier. Optical and RCA Cables, screws included in the box.
The Cons:Interface module does not display graphical volume information. More expensive than a lot of 5.1-channel speaker systems. Included remote tends to be finicky.
The Bose CineMate Series II is a 2.1-channel surround sound system consisting of an interface module, 2 Articulated-Array speakers, and an Acoustimass woofer module. It’s essentially a more affordable downgrade from the GS Series II.
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It’s speakers aren’t as high tech; plus, it utilizes a simple four-button remote instead. Like its peer, however, it hosts an interface with audio (analog/optical) inputs for connecting directly to a television. And the interface is equipped with the modern decoding technology — VideoStage 5, Digital 5.1, and DTS decoding — necessary to accurately reproduce the realism from 5.1-encoded DVDs, DBS, or HDTV. Included also is Digital Dynamic Range speaker compression circuitry, which ensures soft sounds (especially dialogue) are heard even at low volumes. This means a user need not switch from low to high volumes all the time—what with a movie going from dialogue to LOUD special effects and back.
- 2.1-Channel Surround Sound System
- Digital Dynamic Range Speaker Compression
- VideoStage 5 Decoding
- Digital 5.1 Decoding
- DTS Decoding
- Dual Articulated-Array Speakers
- Acoustimass Woofer Module
- Interface Module (Audio Inputs)
- Four-Button Remote
User Reviews (10)
Very good sound performance for a 2.1-channel system.
Helpful installation guide makes setup easier.
Optical and RCA Cables, screws included in the box.
Interface module does not display graphical volume information.
More expensive than a lot of 5.1-channel speaker systems.
Included remote tends to be finicky.
Speakers must be placed just so in order to achieve optimal sound quality.
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