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Thinking of purchasing a Bose Lifestyle

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I'm looking for some feed back from anybody that has any feelings, concerns, pros/cons or anything you can think of about Bose Lifestyle V35, besides that they are having a sale ($500 off) till Jan.1 2013. I'm ''kind of sold'' on what the sales person said to me which was that the unit I was looking at has been on for 8hrs a day 7days a week for 3yrs. and the only thing that was replaced was the blue ray player which i'm not interested in. The receiver, speakers, sub, and cables/wires are all on for the past 3yrs. I would like to hear any likes or dislikes before I consider buying this.
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I am going to go get some popcorn, since this will become interesting.
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Originally Posted by vinny68 View Post

I'm looking for some feed back from anybody that has any feelings, concerns, pros/cons or anything you can think of about Bose Lifestyle V35, besides that they are having a sale ($500 off) till Jan.1 2013. I'm ''kind of sold'' on what the sales person said to me which was that the unit I was looking at has been on for 8hrs a day 7days a week for 3yrs. and the only thing that was replaced was the blue ray player which i'm not interested in. The receiver, speakers, sub, and cables/wires are all on for the past 3yrs. I would like to hear any likes or dislikes before I consider buying this.

I don't care whether the system in question is Bose or MacIntosh or Denon. Knocking a paltry $500 off on a $3K system that has been in steady use for 3 years is a wonderful deal for the person selling and a pi$$-poor deal for you.

I recently paid half -off on completely brand new receiver that was only missing its box. That was a good deal. What you are being offered was obviously prescribed by Dr. Ben Dover, ;-)
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Oh Vinny, Vinny, Vinny. tongue.gif


First off,

Bose is kind of crap.

But it fits certain types of people. Usually females who know VERY VERY little about audio. Or older people looking for a quick answer they think looks cool and simple to use. People who buy VW Beetles and the like....


But more to the point,

Arnold is right, that price is horrendously bad for a system that basically is very old and heavily used. Plus that cheap plastic gets all icky looking when it gets old. They really shouldn't even be selling it. In all honesty, it should be sitting in the bargain bin, BEST OFFER!!! I'd say it's worth $200-400 max., if that.

But as long as your happy, that's really ALL that matters. Until your friend visits you and sits VERY quietly while you tell him all about it, then he changes the subject and starts talking about the weather.

Start over. And get some help from a friend.

I recommend Onkyo for some great home theater in a box systems at AMAZING prices. Cheaper than Bose and actually respectable sound quality.
Edited by dean-l - 12/18/12 at 7:15am
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That salesman would love to sell you that 3 year old, constantly run, fiddled with anyone walking by unit for a paltry $500 off!

IF you really like the Bose sound, then see how many hundred dollar bills he will actually take, if the number is more than single digits, walk away. Used tech equipment is not very valuable and certainly not very valuable at 3 years old, and I don't care who made it.
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You can do much better than a Bose Lifestyle system for (did you say a demo @ $2500?). You have not provided any details for your needs of this or any system you are planning to purchase, still you probably can do better down a different path. . .
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Guys, I don't think he means the unit the guy was trying to sell him was the demo unit. I belive he means that, the system he was looking at purchasing that has the sale, the store had that unit setup as a demo unit and the sales guy was telling him how long that particular demo has been running. Not that he was going to sell him the demo unit.

As said, Bose is all hype and marketing. The all in one players are actually pretty sweet to be honest but as far as home theater goes, you can do a lot better a lot cheaper.


The only BOSE stand alone speakers i've ever heard that sounded stunning to me was my uncles floor standing, they were much older, they look old and retro, I know their older than me (Being 23) they have these horn looking ports that stick out the back.

They sound pretty damn amazing.
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As everyone else has said you can do much better for $2500. My 5.1 setup ran about $1600 brand new and would destroy the Bose Lifestyle system. For reference here is my setup:

Denon AVR-1610
Infinity P163 Fronts
Infinity PC251 Center
Infinity P143 Rears
SVS PB10-NSD Sub
post #9 of 9
Bose = Buy Other Stereo Equipment

Vinny68,

You are not going to find many Bose fanboys on this site. Just do a little research on Bose products (i.e., misrepresented specs, overpriced, over marketed, underperforming, few performance specs available, a corporate culture unwilling to submit its product to rigorous third party review, speakers apparently able to defy the laws of audio physics with a 2" driver....).

If you are looking for a deal on a good performing satellite speaker based system look at offerings by Klipsch, Mirage, Polk, or Energy. Daily deal sites frequently offer some very nice small speaker systems for less than $300.00. Pick up a nice mid range Yamaha/Denon/Pioneer etc. AV receiver and you are good to go for well less than a grand. Trust us on this one. You can do much, much better than Bose at a fraction of the price.

Good Luck
Edited by Dean Arizona - 12/21/12 at 1:11pm
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