Bose Lifestyle 12 Series II 5.1 Channel Home Theater System Reviews

Bose Lifestyle 12 Series II 5.1 Channel Home Theater System

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  • Old Technology to Rip-Off New Users

    Aug 19, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, integrated, good remote and good customer service
    Cons: Old design, non-upgradeable, bad sound quality, and overpriced

    Summary: I'm not much of an audiophile, but I do wish that I'd done my homework before putting down $1800 for incredibly outdated technology backed by a large marketing budget. The Bose systems are visually appealing, compact, and integrated, and Bose customer ... read more

  • Its just too good as home theater, have to listen to believe.

    May 4, 2013 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Spacious lifelike sound, unmatched clarity, fantastic bass, stunning looks, retains its value.
    Cons: Replacement remote is expensive, Stings Bose bashers like a bee;-)

    Summary: If you are looking to research on the audio spectrum, do not buy these systems. Does any one really go to cinema with a spectrum analyser?? No!For Home Theater surround sound experience in a normal family environment Bose lifestyle12 is a class of ... read more

  • You get what you pay for!

    Jul 20, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Compact, sleek design, easy setup, flawless audio quality, audio options.
    Cons: Expensive.

    Summary: If you can afford the Bose Lifestyle 12 Series II, or if you can find a good deal (vanns.com, nextag.com), then this system is worth every penny. The quickest way to make your decision about whether or not make this purchase is to go to Best Buy or ... read more

  • It's Bose so there are not that many bad things I can say but...

    Sep 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sound quality, surround, bass is unsurpassed by any standard sub.
    Cons: NOT DYNAMIC. Have to use with a Bose receiver. Price.

    Summary: First of all you cannot use the lifestyle 12 without the DVD module. This means that if the Bose DVD or CD player, depending on what series you purchased breaks, you are stuck with a $900 system you cannot use without buying a new module. This is a ... read more

  • Very disappointed

    Jan 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Unobtrusive. Looks great. Radio remote.
    Cons: Very ordinary sound. Very expensive.

    Summary: Recently, I was asked by a friend to look after his house for a few weeks. I knew he had a Bose system so I was looking forward to my stay. The system was quite new, and he was still very excited about it, and gave me a run through on how it all ... read more

  • Good only in small spaces

    Jan 2, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: RF Remote Control, Size, Aesthetics
    Cons: Sound quality

    Summary: I owned one of these for 6 months and after selling it and buying a component system I have this to say - It looked a lot better than my new system and it sounded a lot worse than my new system. Setup Setup could not be easier. ... read more

  • Not Much Bang For Your Buck

    Dec 29, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small size & Easy Set-up
    Cons: EXPENSIVE, remote not compatible with other components(TV,VCR,DVD), no DTS

    Summary: I would like to start by pointing out the low price I paid for this system. I got it on clearance after Christmas from a retail store and $972.75 is what I paid "out the door". I have been looking for a good deal on a lifestyle system for a while and ... read more

  • See for yourself. . .

    Apr 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great bass (yes bass), great remote, easy to install and use
    Cons: somewhat expensive

    Summary: First, let me state that you will NEVER see this system in stores. I searched for a good home theater system for MONTHS and I always saw Series II of this system, which is updated. So, my review is going to be about Series II. This also means that ... read more

  • Listen & Decide

    Feb 4, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Incredible Sound, Excellent Quality...A Must for your home theater setup
    Cons: None

    Summary: The Bose Lifestyle 12 sounds incredible, whether it's CD or hooked up to a DVD or just FM this thing delivers truly amazing sound in a compact, stylish, and easy to set up package. And despite some uninformed reviewers, this system is not only Expandable ... read more

  • Great speakers, Poor Music Center

    Dec 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great sounding speakers
    Cons: No DTS. Only one digital connection. No optical connection.

    Summary: I bought my first Bose speakers -- Acoustimass 5 Series II -- many years back, and I have been happy with the product. More recently I also purchased the WaveRadio and that's a great product too, so I turned into a Bose fan. So when I wanted a surround ... read more

  • Good System without the hassle of components.

    Aug 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: superb sound quality,turns any source into dolby digital sound.
    Cons: speakers arent available in silver.

    Summary: I bought this system about 2 weeks ago and its till amazing me every time i turn it on.It took about 5 mins to set up,i've linked my dvd player video and digital tv into the system. For all you wierdo's out there that seem to have something against ... read more

  • Great Sound! Worth the investment!!

    Jul 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Incredible Sound!!!! You will not be disappointed. High Quality. Knowledgeable Customer Service.
    Cons: High Price

    Summary: I can't tell you enough how great this system sounds. If you go to your local electronics store and actually listen to a wide variety of music on this system and other systems you will most likely decide (as I did) that this system can't be beat *even ... read more

  • Good, sleek design, but only above average sound quality

    Jun 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ease of use; RF remote; sleek, compact design; excellent customer service
    Cons: Expensive; above average sound quality for the price

    Summary: I got my Bose Lifestyle II from an online dealer for $1500 on a side deal (which you can't get at that price from local dealers). The setup is quick and simple w/ color-coded connectors, and within 15 minutes, you'll be up and running. The CD player ... read more

  • You need one of these

    May 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent sound quality. Small compact size
    Cons: Need decent recorded CD's to play on it.

    Summary: Fist of all, let me say that this review is based on my own Lifestyle8 system. Well what can I say, this system is fantastic, the sound quality is far superior to anything else within it's price range. The only problem I have found ... read more

  • Bose Lifestyle 12.....Home Theater at it's finest.

    May 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful, Clear, Crisp Sound....The ultimate in Home Theater.
    Cons: A little pricey for some, but it's a one-of-a-kind.

    Summary: In my home, the time had finally come to make the move to a serious home theater system.....We had just moved into our new home, and had taken care of all the other things the home needed, and it was time to splurge on a new toy. And, what better toy ... read more

  • No Highs, No Lows, Must Be Bose -- The Lifestyle 12 Series II

    Apr 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to install and use, long-distance remote
    Cons: Extremely expensive, lacks many important features, mediocre sound quality

    Summary: Bose is a tremendously successful consumer-electronics company. They have survived over the years by applying intense marketing pressure to sell moderate-quality products at extremely high prices. Just read some of the Epinions here on Bose products. One ... read more

  • Strongly Ambivalent...

    Dec 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ease of set up. Great sound. Visual appeal for the speakers.
    Cons: Price, proprietary technologoy which is non-expandable and maybe non-upgradeable.

    Summary: For Christmas we bought ourselves a BOSE Lifestyle 12 series II system. From Atlanta, we went to the BOSE outlet store in North Georgia (Dahlonega). Our purpose was to buy a set of BOSE surround sound Acoustimass cube speakers and then to purchase a ... read more

  • NOTE TO ALL LIFESTYLE 12 OWNERS

    Nov 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: compact, powerful, easy to setup and use
    Cons: idiot reviewers that never owned one

    Summary: Several of the critical opinions here are based on the Lifestyle 12 Series I, saying it is out of date. Heh! These reviews are seriously out of date! BOSE replaced the original Lifestyle 12 with the Series II, which adds Dolby Digital, in ... read more

  • great sound system

    May 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great sound, and looks
    Cons: not good for small rooms

    Summary: I was looking for a family sound system that would fit my needs;Korn. Now I heard some good things and some bad things about Bose, so I wasn't really sure if it was wise to buy a bose system. But my local dealer gave me a free 1 week trial of an ... read more

  • I thought it was GREAT!!

    Jan 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, easy to hide equipment sounds terrific
    Cons: Expensive.

    Summary: First, let me say that I didn't buy the Bose system, my cousin did. I say that because since I didn't actually spend money, I never thought about the cost factor, though I certainly know how much it cost my cousin. He bought the Lifestyle 12, but ... read more

  • You get what you pay for

    Jan 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ease of use, excellent sound, minimal equipment
    Cons: costly

    Summary: I haven't been able to compare the audio quality of the Bose home theater systems to many others, but I think their biggest advantage is their simplicity. You don't have to be familiar with stereo system setups (i.e. many people do not know how to hook ... read more

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