Summary: I bought this item about 18 months ago and honestly I think I wasted my $4000 - sound system is not any different than other systems that cost only $400-$500 - it does not have HDMI connection - remote control is terrible and designed very poorly - you can't categorize your music easily. - You have to have your TV on to see your sound collection which is very bad design and not user friendly. - when you send email or contact Bose, they do not even reply.
Summary: I Purchased the Lifestyle 48 when it first came out. Did not take long to see lack of newer video formats, but I could live with that. I am very happy with sound performance and have no complaints, and don't care about what material speakers are made of. They sound great and no issues. I have had remote control working the unit issues and they sent me a new remote no charge, but still operates inconsistently.
Summary: I love Bose. I used to sing their praises like a blind follower. "The best audio anywhere! It is unbeatable!" Well, the audio is awesome, but their video is crap. The Lifestyle 48 can't play DVD or Netflix or anything without something going wrong with the video. Multiple calls to customer service is making me wish I didn't pay thousands of dollars for this. Please. I've learned from other Amazon reviews in the past, BUY SOMETHING ELSE!
Summary: Can't complain about the sound that this system puts out, it's great. However, one of the strong selling points of the system is the flexibility that the VS-2 video enhancer provides, which comes with several of the Lifestyle systems. The concept of the VS-2 sounds great, but in my configuration, it's a paper weight. I have a DirecTv HD-DVR, which can output video from 480i to 1080i.