Conclusion: The Bose Lifestyle System 38 is one small and elegant box that does it all…almost. It's a CD/DVD player, a 200-hour hard-disk MP3 jukebox, an AM/FM radio, and a surround-sound amplifier. Just add a TV set and the System 38 can be the hub of your music and video life. The bundle includes five small Bose satellites and one honking-big subwoofer. Too bad the rear Ethernet jack hasn't been turned on.
Pros: Easy setup and good looks. Compact. uMusic feature learns and can play back up to nine musical preferences. Expands to play audio in 14 extra rooms. AdaptIQ automatically calibrates speakers for your room and speaker position. RF, not IR, remote. TV-on sensor. Onboard CD lookup.
Cons: No Internet connectivity yet, so no Internet radio. Must rip CDs from scratch (can't transfer off PC). Unsuitable for big CD collections. Only one playlist. No direct component-video output. No photo or video playback. Expensive.