Summary: I was looking for a sound system that sounded good, was affordable, was easy to operate, & looked good. First, I looked at 5.1 surround sound systems. The ones I liked were more than I wanted to spend. The receivers were confusing to operate, & with all the components had more clutter than I wanted. Next, I looked at powered systems which included sound bars with subwoofers. I didn't like the appearance of the sound bar. I finally looked at the Bose Cinemate GS II.
Summary: I was expecting great preformance from these because of the name. They met my expectations and are better that what I thought they would be. I had heard these in the store, and thought they sounded good. Once assembled in my home they are crisp and clear. My only issue with this system is trying to get all my devices to play sound through it. I need to do a little research, but right now all I can get is my XBox and cable box to go through it.
Summary: 4 stars doesn't mean that it is bad. I think, that the Bose GS Series II is a really good home theater system but with all the cables to connect (makes me think of the 90's) and the high price, it's hard to give them a 5. I do recommend this system for a bedroom, since the mid-range speakers are fantastic for low and high volume. This is a great feature when it's late and you don't want to bother your kids or guests. The bass is more than enough for a bedroom.
Summary: While this will not deliver you a true 5.1 surround sound experience, depending on your room and setup this system will very actively participate in your home cinematic experience. Our system is positioned in our family room which is a good size of 15' x 20' and the it fills the room and house with ease. The TruSpace technology is pretty cool giving some surround sound effects when necessary.
Pros: Crisp Clean Clear Big Sound Ease of Setup and Control Affordable TruSpace (depending on the space)
Cons: No Equalizer No visable volume control Cannot understand DTS audio signal
Summary: Incredibly compact light little speakers, one per side of the tv set, woofer easy to hide behind the tv table... Very simple set up... Really amazing powerful rich sound, you can probably blow the doors off the whole street if you turned it up enough... Dont. You wont have to. Setting it up, I had trouble wiring the product to the tv and the cable box cuz im an idiot, so panicking I called Bose on the phone, and the very nice guy there had me up and running in like 5...
Summary: Easy set-up, sounds great. The only thing I don't like is the remote, it won't control a lot of features of my Samsung components. Another thing that isn't so nice because you can't tune it at all other then the bass knob on the sub.
Summary: I have had my eye on this set for a while. I hesitated because of the high price. The 200.00 price drop was a no-brainer and I am so glad my hesitation ended. The system was very easy to set up (I used the optical cable between my Sony 42 in plasma tv and the Bose GS II). I turned it on and was watching a movie on my comcast DVR -- then I started rerouting cables and cleaning up. I turned my head away from the screen; suddenly someone in the movie fired a gun. I DUCKED.
Pros: Clarity of sound; ease of installation; price
Cons: The instruction manual needs to have diagrams for typical installations (and not just verbal descriptions). Most people won't need to even open the manual, but if they do, they'll find the word "device" used in every other sentence and it creates a bit of confusion. I suggest going back to the old-fashioned diagrams of possible hook-ups.
Summary: I weighed many options for external speakers for my Panasonic plasma TV, and finally took the plunge and bought the BOSE GS system with the 10% off sale. It does what it's designed to do.........a geat job at enhancing everything coming out of the tv. Surround-sound it is not, but it does open up a world of sounds I didn't hear before. The small footprint is a plus and a nice compromise in our busy family room.
Pros: small footprint, ease of set-up and use, universal remote
Summary: I recently purchased the system for my 50" Panasonic Plasma & Panasonic Blu Ray / CD units. I am very satisfied with the quality of the range and precise highs & lows on all setting. I feel it is a good investment. Does not need much room with easy set up. Looks good.