Bose LIFESTYLE 48
- Easy setup, crisp sound quality
- Can't transfer from the hard disk to CD or MP3 players
There are more powerful and much cheaper systems on the market, but if your lifestyle demands an unobtrusive system that delivers high-quality audio and video, the Lifestyle 48 is a good option.
Price$ 7,999.00 (AUD)
The first thing that impressed us about Bose's top-line home theatre system was the packaging. Every component is shrink-wrapped, the various cables tied in neat bundles, fiddly connectors held in little plastic bags. Spread out on your lounge-room floor, it looks dauntingly complex. But don't let that put you off; this thing is made to be assembled by the DIY home theatre enthusiast and a big wall chart and colour-coded inputs guide the way.
The Lifestyle 48 is for those who can't be bothered with the clutter and degraded sound quality of feeding MP3 songs from a computer to their stereo system. At its heart is a hard drive capable of holding up to 340 hours of roughly CD-quality music (Bose, taking its traditional secretiveness to a ridiculous extreme, won't reveal the hard drive's capacity). With the press of a single button the hard drive copies the contents of your CD--a process that took about five minutes per disc and worked even for some copy-protected CDs. The system's music database then identifies the CD and displays the artist and song title on the Lifestyle 48's digital display. Registered buyers will receive CDs in the mail as Bose updates its database with new song titles. MP3 CDs you've burnt yourself will play fine but won't display track titles.
You can listen to stored tracks while new ones are being loaded, but don't expect to be able to copy MP3s from the hard drive to CD or MP3 devices; it's a one-way street with this system.
Loading up the hard drive is simple, but that's just the beginning. While the Lifestyle 48 doesn't allow the flexibility of computer-based jukebox software, a system called uMusic monitors your listening habits and will assemble a track list based on what it thinks will catch your fancy. Nine presets can be configured for individual listeners, who can use the remote to rate tracks and fine-tune the Lifestyle 48's DJ-ing skills.
The impatient will abandon uMusic quickly, but once mastered it's an intelligent and useful tool. Using an elaborate TV menu, you can also change the title of CDs and tracks to suit yourself, and play around with the system's vast array of settings.
The central unit is stylish and the speakers come in white, grey or black. In terms of sound quality, there's nothing to worry about with the Lifestyle 48, other than complaints from the neighbours if you live in a small apartment like I do. Don't let the size of the five 4.5" speakers put you off--they produce crisp sound at high volume. The weighty subwoofer fills in the low frequency sound well, adding lush bass.
The tiny speakers are designed to deliver true 5.1 surround sound, but their effectiveness will depend on how they are positioned in your lounge room. The Lifestyle 48 includes a nifty feature dubbed ADAPTiQ which, in conjunction with a setup CD and headset, lets you position the speakers to suit the acoustics of your room. On-screen graphics guide you through the setup.
DVD playback is as smooth as a high-end progressive-scan DVD player. The surround-sound draws you into movies and the throaty thump of the subwoofer will invigorate the high-quality audio delivered on many current DVDs.
A stack of inputs allow for pay TV decoder, games console, projector, TV and computer to be fed through the Lifestyle 48 and if you're a real audio nut, you can choose Bose Link, which uses the system to feed sound into other rooms--if you've shelled out on other Bose speakers, that is. The classic Bose remote, updated for uMusic, puts all the controls at your fingertips.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 2 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
- 3 Huawei GR5 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 5 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Bose Introduces Tiny New Bluetooth Speaker
- iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K: Everything Announced At Today’s Apple Keynote
- Sony launches MUTEKI V90DW High Power Audio System
- Plex Cloud is now open to all paid users
- Google eyes remote content controls for parents in YouTube Kids app
PCW Evaluation Team
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
- LG G6 Plus: Full, in-depth review
- MSI GE73 VR Raider Gaming Laptop review
- First Look: Nikon D850
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - Online PokerNSW
- CCService Desk ConsultantNSW
- FTChange ManagerOther
- CCHelpdesk Support roleNSW
- FTJunior-Mid level Technical Software Support/Project CoordinatorQLD
- CCAutomation Test Analysts x4ACT
- FTSenior Database AdministratorOther
- FTTM1 DeveloperOther
- TPPHP DeveloperWA
- FTSenior Business Analyst (Large System Transformation Project)Other
- TPSenior Security Consultant - WirelessNSW
- FTSenior Business Analyst, CX strategy, TelcoNSW
- FTSenior SAP Training LeadOther
- CCCloud Engineer - AzureVIC
- TPDatabase & GIS ManagerVIC
- FTSystem EngineerOther
- TPBusiness Analyst - UtilitiesQLD
- TPWeb DeveloperSA
- CCSenior Project CoordinatorNSW
- TPEnterprise Applications AdministratorQLD
- CCTRIM Support OfficerVIC
- FTFront End Developer (Urgent)Other
- FTTechnical Support SpecialistACT
- CCOracle Identity & Access Management AdministratorNSW