Summary: Ok so first listen to what most say about the player stops playing DVDs. I took mine to the Bose shop for the upgrade. Didn't work. Needs a new sensor which cost nearly as much as the system. Looks good but never sounded great. This would make a fantastic speaker system for a computer but not a entertainment room. Just save yourself the headache and disappointment. Go with Onkyo.
Summary: This product doesn't belong on the market. The reasons why owners won't fess up to all of the problems that they are having with the DVD player is that: 1) they are incredibly embarrassed to be swindled by the marketing 2) they don't want to destroy the resale value until they've unloaded theirs Sadly the owners of this machine aren't folks who do research, they are impulsive buyers. I hope you discover these postings within your 30 day returns period.
cant do hd audio, isnt close to real surround sound
Brian Fogarty "Brian", Amazon
28 June 2008
Summary: first of all the inputs are extremely limited. not to mention there isn't hdmi so you can't do HD audio signals just simple dolby with a low bitrate for the money it costs, most people who buy it probably have an expensive television as well as possibly blu ray. if you are gonna put all that money into it then you should get the best.
Summary: Sound is good, but the dvd player is the worst machine ever. My 36 dollar dvd player actually out performs this one by a long shot. It won't open or close 99 percent of the time and then when it does, cannot read disc. I have since read about other having this problem, not getting the player to open or close. Here it is Fri. night, put in dvd, won't play and cannot retreive it to plug in somewhere else. PLEASE, spend your money on something other than this system.
Summary: A typical Bose product -- marketed with lots of hype, expensive, and performs much less well than other systems that cost at least 30-40 percent less. The sound is uneven, and your options for dubbing etc are very limited. Don't waste your money on this one.
Summary: After comparing the 3.2.1 Bose system with their 30 day money back guarantee to my neighbors system (Paradigm Speakers and Pioneer receiver). It went back in the box and back to the store. His system was almost identical in cost, and light years better. I don't know how any of the other reviewers can rate this system so high except that they purchased blind with out ever comparing it directly to any competition. What a costly mistake.
Summary: I bought this system four months ago. I'm not happy with my purchase for the following reasons: 1) sound constantly drops off 2) you have to turn the volume WAY up to get the full "surround effect" 3) systems mysteriously shuts down on its own 4) DVD picture is not good as a stand-alone DVD player 5) Limited options and inputs 6) expensive and over-priced for what you get. My verdict...save your money and buy another system.
Summary: I just hooked up my Bose 3.2.1 Series II system tonight and am completely thrilled with it. Totally easy to hook up. Rich surround sound, even without rear speakers, that's perfect for my small living room. Gets so loud it shakes my windows... I'm sure my neighbors are thrilled too ;) The universal remote works with my TV and my digital cable box! I'm am more then satisfied with this system. I LOVE IT!