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Bose® 3·2·1

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Our take on the Bose® 3·2·1

by James Ralston
Bose

Do you love the idea of spacious, involving home theater sound, but hate the reality of crowding a stack of A/V components and six speakers into your living room, not to mention all the cables and wires you'll need to connect everything? Then the Bose four-piece 3·2·1 System is the answer for you. If you've already got a TV, then you can connect this compact system and start enjoying enveloping, three-dimensional sound in a matter of minutes!

The 3·2·1 media center combines a DVD/CD player, an AM/FM tuner, and an amplifier. Proprietary signal processing delivers a convincing surround sound experience for music, movies, and TV using only 2 speakers and a hideaway bass module. The speakers deliver a broad, spacious soundstage, strong center imaging, and surround effects, while the hideaway Acoustimass® module pumps out the high-impact bass that's essential for great home theater.

For music-listening versatility, the DVD/CD player plays audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and even MP3 discs! The media center offers three audio inputs for connecting additional components — each input accepts an analog or coaxial digital connection, and one of the three can also handle an optical digital input. A set of audio outputs lets you send signals out to an external CD-R, MD, or cassette recorder. You also get one video pass-through for a composite or S-video source — a very handy feature if your TV only has one set of inputs! An easy-to-use Bose remote gives you control over the entire system.

Though the 3·2·1 System gives you plenty of A/V connection options, you'll find that it's simply a breeze to set up, and even easier to operate. Get ready for hassle-free home entertainment!

Details:

    Media center:
  • plays DVD-Video discs, CDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • 3 audio inputs (3 analog, 3 coaxial digital, 1 optical digital)
  • stereo analog output
  • 1 video pass-through input (composite/S-video)
  • monitor video output (composite/S-video)
  • 25 FM/25 AM presets
  • 13-1/4"W x 3-7/8"H x 11-1/2"D


  • Speaker arrays:
  • video-shielded
  • 7-7/8"W x 3-7/16"H x 5-7/16"D


  • Bass module:
  • 8-3/4"W x 14-1/4"H x 19-3/16"D


  • General:
  • Graphite gray finish
  • warranty: 1 year
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
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  • Graphite gray media center
  • Graphite gray Acoustimass module
  • 2 Graphite gray speakers
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 9.5' Module cable
  • 14.5' Speaker cable
  • 8' AC power cord
  • 6' Video cable (has an RCA composite video jack on each end)
  • 6' Stereo cable (has stereo RCA jacks on each end)
  • AM antenna
  • AM antenna stand
  • FM antenna
  • 8 Small rubber feet
  • 4 Large rubber feet
  • Owner's Guide
  • Bose Product Registration & Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Quick set up guide
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter
  • AM antenna instructions
  • List of worldwide Bose corporate contacts

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Features
Inputs and Outputs
Dimensions

Features

Media Center: The 3·2·1 media center combines a DVD/CD player, an AM/FM tuner with 50 presets, and an amplifier. Proprietary signal processing delivers a convincing surround sound experience for music, movies, and TV using only 2 speakers and a hideaway bass module. The speakers deliver a broad, spacious soundstage, strong center imaging, and surround effects, while the hideaway Acoustimass module pumps out the high-impact bass that's essential for great home theater.

Acoustimass Module: The improved Acoustimass module in the 3·2·1 system launches sound into the room on an air mass to deliver pure, deep bass without audible distortion. The ultimate result is bass reproduction that is almost impossible to localize. This lets you place the Acoustimass module almost anywhere, even behind furniture. The full range sound seems to come from the small speaker arrays.

Articulated Array Speaker Design: Each speaker has a ported enclosure with two precisely angled drivers. The two speakers are designed to work in concert with the proprietary signal processing to deliver a multi-channel presentation from just two visible speakers. The result is a broad, spacious soundstage, surround sound and strong center imaging.

Proprietary Signal Processing: The proprietary signal processing works with digital 5.1 decoding and Videostage 5 decoding circuitry to deliver a multi-channel presentation from an Articulated Array speaker design. This combination offers most of the performance of premium five-speaker systems with just two visible speakers.

On-Screen Menu: The on-screen menu allows for simple and efficient system control.

Audio Settings: You can adjust the following audio settings:

  • Movie EQ: automatically sets proper equalization for the movie being played

  • Range Compression: range compression automatically adjusts the volume to allow you to hear soft sounds and to prevent you from being overwhelmed by a loud special effect, such as an explosion

  • Mono Decoding: automatically engages Bose Videostage decoding when a Dolby Digital bitstream indicates that it contains a mono program

MP3 Playback: This system can play MP3 files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs.

Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter or current title. When playing an audio CD, you can repeat the current track or the entire disc. Using the AB Repeat feature, you can repeat a portion of a DVD by selecting the starting and stopping points for the section to be repeated.

Random Play: When playing an audio CD, you can play the tracks in random order.

Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

Station Presets: The built-in tuner allows you to store up to 25 AM and 25 FM stations. Once a station is stored in memory, you can select it using the remote control or the on-screen menu.

Parental Control: This system allows you to set playback restrictions for DVDs using Parental Control. Parental Control allows you to restrict playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a Parental Control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer turns the system off after a set period of time. You can adjust the sleep timer from 10 to 90 minutes.

Wireless Remote: A wireless remote is included for system control.

Speaker Mounting: Each speaker has a female threaded insert on the back allowing it to be mounted using an optional Bose wall/ceiling bracket, universal floor stand, or universal table stand. Using the supplied rubber feet, the speakers can be placed on any flat surface.

Simplified Wiring: The 3·2·1 home entertainment system offers full functionality with just four connections:

  • Acoustimass module to power outlet
  • Acoustimass module to media center
  • Media center to speakers
  • Media center to television

Inputs and Outputs

Media Center Rear Panel:

  • AM Antenna: female mono mini-jack for supplied AM antenna
  • FM Antenna: female mono mini-jack for supplied FM antenna
  • Video 1 Audio Input: stereo RCA jacks, standard coaxial digital jack and standard Toslink digital jack with a plastic cover
  • Video 2 Audio Input: stereo RCA jacks and standard coaxial digital jack
  • Aux Audio Input: stereo RCA jacks and standard coaxial digital jack
  • Video Input: RCA composite video jack and S-video jack
  • Video Output: RCA composite video jack and S-video jack
  • Audio Output: stereo RCA jacks
  • Speakers: 9-pin female jack that connects to the speakers using the supplied speaker cable
  • Acoustimass Module: 15-pin male jack that connects to the Acoustimass module using the supplied module cable

Acoustimass Module Rear Panel:

  • Media Center: 15-pin female jack that connects to the media center using the supplied module cable
  • AC Power Jack: for use with supplied Acoustimass module AC power cord

Speaker Inputs: Each speaker has a 4-pin male jack that connects to the media center using the supplied speaker cable

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • Media Center: W=13.25, H=3.818", D=11.4375"
  • Acoustimass Module: W=8.709", H=14.25", D=19.1875"
  • Speakers: W=7.861", H=3.422", D=5.417"
 
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