Bose Acoustimass 6 Home Entertainment Speaker System

November 16th, 2015

At Our Picks, we like Bose gear, it always comes with a slightly ‘unusual’ design and is always good quality. It appears that we are not alone with our Bose admiration as the Acoustimass 6 Home Entertainment system is currently the top selling surround sound system at Amazon with a 4.5 star rating too! So if you’re already convinced hit the link below, otherwise read on if you’re not so easily persuaded!

Bose Acoustimass 6 Home Entertainment Speaker System (Black)

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4.5 out of 5 stars (162 customer reviews)

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Bose Cinemate 120 Home Theatre System

June 10th, 2015

We like soundbars and we like Bose, so of course we had to check out their Cinemate 120 Home Theatre System. The system boasts TrueSpace technology and a Wireless Acoustimass module which is all very well and good but what does it sound like? Well according to reviews, not bad. Read on for more information.

Bose CineMate 120 Home Theater System

Price: $555.00

4.0 out of 5 stars (48 customer reviews)

4 used & new available from $555.00

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Bose CineMate Series II

October 30th, 2012

We’ve been looking at Bose gear a lot recently, so rather than halt the trend we’re going to continue with a quick peek at the CineMate Series II 2.1 sound system today. This compact 2.1 home theatre system sports Articulated Array speakers and is specifically aimed at users looking to hook up a sound system to their TV. There’s a simple setup, with a four button easy to use remote control.

Bose CineMate Series II specifications

* 2.1 channel configuration
* 2 speakers and sub-woofer, all wired
* Integrated Amplifier
* 1 x Optical audio input (SPDIF)
* 1 x audio line-in

The key with the Bose CineMate Series II is it’s ability to fool the user into believing that they have full surround sound produced by just two speakers. Bose reckon they do this, and describe the process with a couple of boffins in the video below.

Bose CineMate Series II video

Bose CineMate Series II reviews

Amazon – 4 out of 5
CNet – 3.5 out of 5
Epinions – 3 out of 5
BestBuy – 4.4 out of 5

Pros – Ease of use and setup, sound quality
Cons – Lack of treble/bass controls

An average score of 3.7 out of 5 based on these 3 reviews.

Whilst the 3.7 score for the Bose CineMate Series II doesn’t exactly light up the home theatre sound system world, the reviews are not massively negative. So if you’re looking for a sound system for a spare room or may be just have a small lounge the CineMate Series II may be what you’re after.


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Bose CineMate 1 Speaker Bar

August 27th, 2012

We confess, we like soundbars, nice shiny soundbars. Of course they may not pump out the greatest quality sound in the world but if you’re looking for a compact alternative to multiple speakers and trailing cables then a soundbar is what you are after. And today we are looking at the CineMate 1 soundbar from quality speaker manufacturer Bose. Unfortunately with that ‘quality’ tag comes a high price and US$1,499 is not cheap by anyone’s standard. But let’s first look at the numbers and then the reviews before closing our wallet on the CineMate.

Bose CineMate 1 SR Home Theater Speaker System (Black)

Price: $899.99

3.9 out of 5 stars (135 customer reviews)

1 used & new available from $899.99

Bose CineMate 1 features and specifications

* Wall-mounted option for soundbar
* ADAPTiQ audio calibration system – funky system that sets up the CineMate to suit your room
* PhaseGuide sound radiators work with TrueSpace technology to ensure the sound gets to where it’s supposed to be!
* SmartSource input selection system to ensure the best quality sound source is selected
* Wireless Acoustimass module – no nasty cables!
* The remote control is programmable to enable use with other gear
* Soundbar – 4.9 x 36.8 x 2.4 inches ; 7.8 pounds
* Acoustimass module – 11.1 x 14.7 x 7.6 inches ; 13.8 pounds

Bose Cinematic Video Review from B&H

Bose Cinematic 1 SR reviews

Amazon – 4 out of 5
BestBuy – 4.4. out of 5
Crutchfield – 5 out of 5

Pros – Design, wireless subwoofer, easy calibration
Cons – Cost, no HDMI inputs

An average score of 4.47 out of 5 based on these 3 reviews.

Despite the glowing customer reviews, we’re going to give the Bose CineMate 1 SR speaker system a thumbs down. There are too many negatives that just grate for our liking, no HDMI, no iPod dock and there are a number of ‘satisfied’ customers who readily admit that for movies and games they’d rather have a 5.1 system. Whilst we realise that a soundbar is never meant to fully replace a surround sound system in terms of audio experience, asking someone to pay $1500 for an inferior product is a touch cheeky if you ask us.

If you disagree and/or have the Bose Cinemate 1 SR then please comment on your experience below


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Bose SoundDock Series II

February 12th, 2012

Today we’re taking a quick look at the stylish Bose SoundDock Series II iPhone/iPod speaker system. This music system certainly looks the part with the usual high standard Bose design and apparently it packs a punch too. The only downside that we can find is that a may be a bit too pricey for some people’s taste. However the SoundDock Series II certainly gets top marks on sound quality which of course is what it’s all about with a speaker system.

Bose SoundDock Series II 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock (Black)

Price: $94.18

4.1 out of 5 stars (1311 customer reviews)

29 used & new available from $94.18

Bose SoundDock Series II Features

* Award-winning performance plus versatile features
* Ideal for use in kitchen, bedroom, living room—practically anywhere in your home
* Remote controls basic iPod® functions including playlist navigation
* Auxiliary input for use with other sound sources, like MP3 or DVD/CD player
* Compatible with most iPhone® and most iPod models
* Remote control (extra) handles power, volume, track seek and iPod playlist navigation from almost anywhere in the room
* Auxiliary input lets you play other audio sources, such as a portable DVD player, CD or other MP3 player

Bose SoundDock Series II Reviews

Amazon – 4 out of 5
CNet – 4 out of 5
iLounge – B recommendation
iPhone Speaker Reviews – 9 out of 10

Pros – Sound quality, Ease of use, Design
Cons – Cost

Despite it’s price tag, the quality and style of the Bose SoundDock Series II forces us to give it a big Our Picks thumbs up.

An average score of 4.2 out of 5 based on these 3 reviews.

Here’s a quick video from a Target store taking by a customer of the Bose SoundDock Series II demo.


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