Summary: I picked up the lifestyle 28 system about a year ago, before I knew much, if anything about audio and speakers; I really should have shopped around. This system looked OK in the store, although I was still skeptical, as in the Bose stores, there is no place to try out the systems in quiet, with your own music, as everyone should do when buying speakers. I got home with the system, and set it up; I have to give them credit for one thing-the setup is relatively easy.
Summary: I bought a Bose Lifestyle 35 system in Denver, CO, at the Cherry Creek Mall Bose Outlet. Prior to purchase, I was brought into a sound studio in the store to listen to "the system". It sounded pretty impressive. I brought the unit home, hooked it up and listened. Honestly, I had a hard time telling whether the Bose system or my television speakers were on. Very disappointed. I turned up the volume a bit (about 75% of max) and the center cube speaker blew.
Summary: The system came well documented with everything needed for a complete set-up. This made assembly and dis-assembly very easy. We watched 10 DVD's. It "hung" on two DVD's. The power of the system was very disappointing. We had the volume control near maximum to hear well. The bass was very weak. The highs and surround sound feeling were pretty good. We did have a problem with customer service that was a show stopper.
Summary: For [the money] you can be totally blown away by a speaker system. Try getting a Harmon/Kardon 7.1 45 WPC Reciever with Infinity floorstanding with sub, infinity center, and any high quality surround speakers and you will be absolutely impressed and you will ask yourself why you ever thought Bose was right for you. Bose - Better sound through advertising?
Summary: Bose makes great audio products. The Lifestyle 28 produces an incredible sound with high volume and no distortion at all. These speakers are only different from the old ones in that they are smaller and have bigger decibals for volume. But the price is simply ridiculous. For half the price you could get a Klipsch Synergy system, true power with perfect fidelity.
Summary: I bought one from circuit city and hooked up in my home. In Store, it sounded great, but in home it is not really. What I realized is because of the selective clips, it sounded great in stores. In the Bose Outlet Stores, they will show a demo in a soundproof room with proper speaker adjustment. It requires a kind of closed rectangle shape room. In real life, not all the apartments will be having this kind of living room. That is why you wont find any bose stores in town.
Summary: ..and save a load of money. We've had this system for some months now and are learning to truly dislike it. The sound is not natural, the controls are confusing and for the price, it has to be the worst value in home entertainment on the market. Of the two stars I give it, one is for the ruggedness of the remote and the other is for my admiration of the company's slick marketing that got us to shell out the big bucks for this featureless turkey. My advice?