Summary: Never buy the lifestyle 48. It is too expensive and comes bundled with lots of maintenance every year. The DVD player never works and refuses to accept even brand new DVD. The Bose Service center is only interested in replacing the DVD lens every time and blames all the failure due to dust. May be the prospective buyers should also invest in dust proof but ventilated cabinet for the music system.
Summary: I have owned a Lifestyle 12 since 1995, I had a few minor issue which Bose fixed under warranty. It has been user friendly for the entire family no tweaking and plug and play. Well the other day I turned it on and no sound I tried several things and called Bose. They would fix it for 258.00 or they said I could trade it in on a refurbished Z20 for 999.00 or LS48 IV for 1400.00. This is a far cry from 3900.00 and it had the same waranty as new.
Summary: I bought Bose Lifestyle 48 System over a year ago. Overall video and audio are good, but minor problems include: a) No Blue-Ray capability for DVD's b) Poor synchronization of remotes for peripherals like TV & cable; despite what Bose store reps tell you, you can't control eveything with one push of the button - you might as well keep all your remotes.
Summary: I have had this hunk of junk for 5 years simply because I have repaired it my self because it was so expensive and I refuse to give Bose anymore of my hard earned money for their junk. By giving them anymore money I am not able to use my DVD drive, cd storage, led display but hell I got it to run my aux sound for my gaming after I rplaced the hard drive myself too. Go ahead if you would like to impress your friends and just have money to waste listen to the B.S.
Summary: The Lifestyle 48 system comes packed with features and includes a calibration disk that automatically tunes each speaker and subwoofer that ensures the system is optimally tailored to the room. I think some folks forgo reading the manual and end up less than successful in the setup, tone adjustments (treble-bass balance) and the all-important placement of speakers.
Summary: Real crappy unit. DO NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE...RIP OFF. Cheaply made and bad warranty service ... took bose months to get in contact with. Wholesale clubs sell it for half the price. Goto Best Buy. Don't let them sucker you into the 24 month payment plan. Real junk.
Summary: The hard disk storage system has a problem for classical music listeners. I was very disappointed to find that it puts a gap (and a click) between every track. Try listening to an opera like this - it is ruined. Bose say they are aware of the problem, but there have not been enough complaints for them to bother to correct the fault!