Originally Posted by oaklands
I've owned my Bose Lifestyle 38 for about a year. I am very well pleased with the system. I see a lot of trash talk by others. The surround sound on my dvd's is amazing. Better than most systems I have heard. I have cranked up some of my old 70's music and am amazed how clear it sounds even when cranking it up all the way.
I am not in to "thump thump" music where I need my chest caved in by the bass. I want good reproduced sounds and the ability to hear the various instruments. You can't beat Bose for this type sound. I have literally looked over my shoulder when some sounds come through during a movie, thinking it was one of my animals or my son crying.
Guests come over and have nothing but great things to say about the system.
Also, you cannot beat their customer service. I started out purchasing a LF28 and had a problem with the receiver locking up after 3 months. I took it back to the Bose store and they gave me a LF38 in exchange as they did not have any 28's in stock. Not bad getting a $1,000 upgrade for free. I have since been back and bought some 151's for my boat. My business partner and I installed them one day and could not get over how much better they sounded than the Polk Audio's I had on the front of the boat.
I do wish they had more modern connectors on the back. The DVD player plays PAL and NTSC dvd's and I have used their adapter cable in order to get progressive scan. Ihave since added an upconverting dvd player to go along with my new plasma.
Overall, I could not be happier with any other system. The cube speakers don't take up room like floor speakers yet give you big sound.
Go to www.dogpile.com
and enter a search on "Bose Lifestyle Review". Pay close attention to the reviews by professional musicians. Musicians have a real appreciation for the Lifestyle system. Good luck on your choice.