Summary: True to a Bose sound system, the base quality is superb. The problem was the treble quality of the speaking tone in movies. You can take out a little of the base tone on the subwoofer. Thus, not much treble is available to make conversation on the TV understandable which is lost in a base muffled sound. The actual appearance and ease of setup are pluses. I returned it and bought the Yamaha YSP 4300 sound bar which allows for plenty of treble and base adjustment.
Pros: Great base sound and power Looks and size Ease of setup and calibration Wireless Subwoofer Universal remote
Cons: Lack of treble adjustment Base is overwhelming for conversation listening
Summary: went from a 7.1 surround system to this and and was expecting more from a BOSE product. not room filling around me, more like what i heard from my center speaker, but just spread out more in the front only.
Summary: This sound bar will produce vastly better sound than the speakers built into your flat panel display. There is also plenty of power in the sub-woofer. It however lacks user flexibility to adjust the sound. To my ear the Bose fixed sound is a bit too rich or put another way too much base, even when you turn down or off the sub-woofer. I really do not mind spending this much, but would like to receive more for the money.
Pros: This is the only self-powered sound bar Crutchfield could find me in over a year that has the threaded mounting capacity to be compatible with Sanus VMA202, thus permitting mounting beneath a flat screen on an articulating arm. Do purchase in advance your own 5M mounting bolts at your local hardware store, if you intend to use with Sanus VMA202.
Cons: Lack of any ability to adjust sound, such as tone control or ability to boost center channel. Lack of any visual volume feedback, other than blinking light when at bottom or top of capacity. Lack of auto on power control.
Summary: As with all Bose products, it is their way or the highway. This unit is vastly better than than you flat screen's built in speakers. It is however very heavy on bass timber. If you do not need its threaded mounting, but can mount or a wall or on a shelf, I would consider Yamaha's sound bars.
Pros: This is compatible with Sanus VMA202!!
Cons: Too heavy in bass tone, but otherwise a vast improvement over flat screen built in speakers. Again, I would consider Yamaha, except for mounting issue with VMA202.
Summary: We purchased this sound bar on the strengths of the Bose name, the ease of setup and use, and the promise of room-filling sound. The Cinemate lived up to those expectations mostly, but as it turned out, the cons outweighed the pros. Let me explain. Bose makes a good product. Construction is solid, finish detail is flawless, and the mounting options are excellent whether placed in front of the television or wall-mounted (which we did not do).
Cons: No specifications - Bose never publishes specifications on its products. Auto-configuration only - no manual adjustment possible. No on-screen or on-unit feedback. Overpriced for what is delivered.