by Leo Jakobson | April 10, 2011
Bose has introduced two new home sound systems that feature space-saving soundbar speakers.

The Lifestyle 135 home entertainment system and the CineMate 1 SR digital home theater speaker system both use the company’s PhaseGuide sound radiator technology and TrueSpace digital processing circuitry to provide rich, clear sound, including discrete sounds in places where there are no speakers. 

The two systems’ soundbars are paired with a new, smaller, wireless Acoustimass bass module, which reduces wire clutter while still producing the bass impact needed for many movies. 

“Most conventional soundbars are bulky and hard to place or thin but unable to deliver lifelike sound,” says Doug Lankford, a Bose spokesman. “The new Lifestyle 135 and CineMate 1 SR systems deliver a powerful audio experience that defies their sizes and elegant designs—whether you’re watching a movie, playing a video game, or listening to music.”

The Bose soundbar used in both systems is 2.4 inches high, 36.8 inches wide, and 4.9 inches deep and can be placed either horizontally or vertically. It uses other technologies to automatically adapt to those types of placements, as well as scan the room to customize its sound according to the room’s acoustics, shape, size, and even furnishings. 

Both systems use Bose’s Unify intelligent integration system to guide users through connecting to a TV set so that both the TV and sound system operate as one. And both come with a programmable remote that can control the system and nearly any other connected source, from a Blu-ray player to a cable box. 

The Lifestyle 135 system includes a media console with six inputs—four HDMI ports, an AM/FM tuner, and a dock for an iPod or iPhone. It retails for $2,499. The CineMate 1 SR system attaches directly to a TV with just one cable and retails for $1,499.