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by Kristen Schaub
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Home theater systems: Transform your TV experience

Enjoy powerful sound that puts you right in the middle of your favorite movies, TV shows, and video games. These pre-matched systems come with speakers and a subwoofer plus the amplification to drive them. Some models feature low-profile consoles and ultra-compact speakers for minimal visual clutter. Others come with full-sized component receivers and larger speakers for better audio performance and hookup flexibility. Many pre-matched home theater systems come with a built-in DVD or Blu-ray player.

The Bose® 3·2·GS Series III DVD home entertainment system dishes out spacious Bose sound using unobtrusive Gemstone® speakers that practically disappear into your room. This four-piece system connects to your TV quickly and easily. Just hook up the sleek media center to your compatible TV with the included HDMI cable, and it will automatically upgrade the video signal from your DVDs to better match the picture on your high-def TV. Analog video jacks let you connect this system to older TVs, too.

You'll get crisp, clear audio from movies and shows. TrueSpace® digital processing delivers full, detailed sound through just the two speakers and an Acoustimass® module. The system's Videostage® 5 decoding circuitry lets you enjoy a three-dimensional sonic experience from DVDs, CDs, and TV programs. And with no rear speakers, there's no need to run wire all the way across your room.

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Highlights:

  • DVD video upconversion to 720p/1080i/1080p via HDMI output
  • compact Gemstone® speaker arrays, video shielded
  • Acoustimass® module
  • TrueSpace® digital processing and Videostage® 5 decoding for DVDs, VHS tapes, and stereo & mono sources
  • 20 AM/20 FM presets
  • Bose® link input for playing music from a compatible Bose Lifestyle® system (requires Bose® link AL8 wireless audio link and Personal® music center II remote)
  • video output for TV (composite, S-video, component video, HDMI)
  • video inputs (composite, S-video)
  • inputs and switching for 3 audio sources (3 analog, 3 coaxial digital, 1 optical digital)
  • multibrand-for-video remote
  • plays DVD-Video discs, DVD-Rs, DVD+Rs, CDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • dimensions:
    • media center: 13-13/16"W x 3-1/4"H x 11-1/8"D
    • satellite speakers: 5-5/8"W x 2-5/8"H x 4-11/16"D
    • Acoustimass® module: 8-3/4"W x 14-3/16"H x 19-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

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  • Graphite gray media center
  • Graphite gray Acoustimass module
  • 2 Graphite gray Gemstone speaker arrays
  • Graphite gray wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 9.5' Acoustimass module cable (has a 13-pin connector on each end)
  • One 14.5' length of graphite gray speaker cable
  • 8' AC power cord
  • 6.5' HDMI cable
  • 6' Video cable (has an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • 6' Stereo cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors on each end)
  • AM antenna
  • AM antenna stand
  • FM antenna
  • 8 Small rubber feet
  • 4 Large rubber feet
  • 3-2-1 In-Home Setup & Demonstration Disc
  • Owner's Guide (English/Spanish/French)
  • Quick setup guide
  • Product registration/Warranty card
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter
  • AM antenna instructions
  • List of worldwide Bose corporate contacts

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Features

Overview: The Bose 3·2·1 GS Series III DVD Home Entertainment System uses Bose proprietary TrueSpace signal processing technology to provide an improved spaciousness from stereo recordings and bold movie effects from surround-sound sources. The Bose 3·2·1 GS Series III Home Entertainment System contains one Media Center, two Gemstone Speaker Arrays, and an Acoustimass Module. TrueSpace signal processing technology delivers a convincing surround sound experience for music, movies, and TV using only these two speakers and a hideaway bass module.

Media Center: The media center combines a DVD/CD player and an AM/FM tuner with 40 presets. The DVD/CD player supports the following discs: DVD-Video, Video CD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-Audio, CD-R, SACD (CD-compatible content only). The media center will also play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R discs using the ISO 9660 format (Multi-session discs and ID3 tags are not supported). The built-in tuner allows you to store up to 20 AM and 20 FM stations. Once a station is stored in memory, you can select it using the remote control or the on-screen menu.

Gemstone Speaker Arrays: The two speaker arrays, combined with TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry, deliver extraordinary sound. Neodymium iron boron magnets provide a powerful magnetic field to produce sound from a tiny transducer and offers a high level of performance from a remarkably small speaker. Each speaker array has an M5 female threaded insert on the back, allowing the speaker to be mounted using an optional Bose wall/ceiling bracket, universal floor stand, or universal table stand. Using the supplied rubber feet, the speaker arrays can be placed on any flat surface.

Acoustimass Module: The Acoustimass module works in concert with the small speakers to deliver the full range of sound. The patented Bose design produces low frequencies for all channels with no audible distortion. When the module is tucked behind a curtain or chair, all of the sound seems to come directly from the two arrays. The Acoustimass Module should be placed at the same end of the room as the gemstone speaker arrays and your TV.

1080p HDMI Upscaling: The media center is equipped with an HDMI output for a digital video connection between the Bose DVD Home Entertainment System and your television. The HDMI output can be set to upscale your 480i DVDs to 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p to match the resolution of your connected television. The HDMI output will also output 2-channel stereo to your television's speaker if desired.

Progressive Scan Output: Progressive-scan video has less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than the traditional interlaced-scanning method, resulting in a superior picture. To take advantage of this feature, you must have a television with component video inputs that supports the progressive scanning mode. The component outputs on this unit can be set to pass either progressive or interlaced video.

Video Pass-Through: The Bose media center features a composite video and S-video input which allows you to pass either a composite video or S-video signal from an external video source through the Bose media center to your television via composite video or S-video. You can only use one of these pass-through inputs and you must output the same input connection to your television. The composite video and S-video inputs will not pass through the unit's HDMI or component video outputs.

Video Settings: You can adjust the following video settings.

  • TV Type: select either 16:9 over 4:3 for the unit's video output to match the aspect ratio of your connected television
  • DVD Image: select either a Modified or Original DVD image
    • Modified: allows the Bose system to automatically provide the resolution that is preferred for your TV (480i/p, 720p, or1080i/p), so the image fills the screen, depending on your connection method
    • Original: keeps the images in the original DVD format (in 480 or 576 resolution), regardless of how it fills the screen or connection method
  • Black Level: adjust the video black level to Normal or Extended (only if TV is connected via composite or S-video)

Audio Inputs: In addition to listening to the media center's built-in DVD/CD player and AM/FM tuner, you can connect three external audio sources to the Bose 3·2·1 system. The media center features analog stereo inputs, coaxial digital inputs, and a digital optical input for three external sources (TV, Cable/Sat, and Auxiliary). Each input's source level can be adjusted from Normal, -6, -3, +3, or +6. The video output of these audio/video devices will need to be connected directly to your television.

Videostage 5 Decoding Circuitry: This proprietary Bose technology allows you to hear simulated five-channel home theater sound from practically everything you play, even older TV programs and videotapes that weren't recorded in surround sound.

Audio Settings: You can adjust the following audio settings:

  • Movie EQ: optimizes the tonal balance for movies
  • 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 mono program is sensed
  • Bass And Treble: adjust Bass and Treble independently from -14 to +14
  • Audio Delay: adjusts the audio delay in reference to the video display from 0 to 8; each number change adjusts the delay by approximately 30 milliseconds

Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter. 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.

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.

Display Settings: The Bose media center offers the following display settings.

  • Display Brightness: adjusts the unit's display from 1 to 4
  • Display Language: adjusts the unit's on-screen display text from English, Dansk, Deutch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Nederlands, or Svenska

Wireless Remote Control: The 3·2·1 GS Series III comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control for full operation of the Bose DVD Home Entertainment System. The supplied remote control can also be programmed to operate other brand's of televisions and audio/video components.

Inputs and Outputs

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

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

Media Center Rear Panel:

  • AM Antenna: female mono minijack for use with supplied AM antenna
  • FM Antenna: threaded F-type jack for use with supplied FM antenna
  • Bose Link: 8-pin jack that allows you to connect an optional Bose component
  • Aux Audio Input: left and right RCA audio jacks, standard coaxial digital jack, and standard Toslink digital jack with a plastic cover
  • CBL/SAT Audio Input: left and right RCA audio jacks and standard coaxial digital jack
  • TV Audio Input: left and right RCA audio jacks and standard coaxial digital jack
  • Video Input: RCA composite video jack and S-video jack
  • Video Output: RCA composite video jack, S-video jack, component video jacks, and HDMI jack
  • Acoustimass Module: 13-pin jack that connects to the Acoustimass module using the supplied Acoustimass module cable

Acoustimass Module Rear Panel:

  • AC Power Jack: for use with supplied Acoustimass module AC power cord (120 Volts/60 Hz)
  • Media Center: 13-pin jack that connects to the Media Center using the supplied Acoustimass module cable
  • Speakers: 9-pin jack that connects to the speakers using the supplied speaker cable

Speaker Inputs: Each speaker has a 4-pin male jack that connects to the Acoustimass module using the supplied speaker cable.

 
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4 out of 5

Quality Sound

Written By Adam, Tampa, FL on Tuesday, November 10, 2009
 
This is a great system really, especially for how simple it is. I worked at a retailer in high school and college and this was one of my favorite products to sell when people were looking for good audio. The demos blow you away. You can spend more on a sony 7.1 surround system and this this still sounds better.

The main fault... and this always ticks me off about bose!!!... put a blue ray player in a model already. I'd own one if they did that. But instead i wait.... really aggrivating. Really, what are they waiting for? I don't understand why you would waste money on this without the blue ray player. Can you see how I'm getting progressively mad?
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4 out of 5

Great Compact System

Written By Susan, Lyons, CO on Saturday, February 07, 2009
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These speakers are surprisingly wonderful. They are a great enhancement to our Bravia xbr 46" TV. The room is small and space very limited so this configuration is perfect. The interface is clunky -- you cannot adjust treble and bass unless you are watching a DVD which is silly if you want to adjust a TV movie, for exp., and there is a lag when you press the mute and turn the sound on again. Also at this price, Blu-ray would have been much better. But on the whole we are very pleased.
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3 out of 5

Bose® 3·2·1® GS system

Written By Johnny, Texas on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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I was disappointed in the sound. It wasnt much better than the TV was putting out.
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5 out of 5

Bose® 3·2·1® GS system

Written By AlexT, Jersey Shore on Saturday, January 24, 2009
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I had gotten this for the spare room in my condo which is my gym, office and guest room all in one. I never got the chance to hook it up in their because we had an offer on a house and I was waiting to see if the deal would go through or not. Well the deal went through but I ended up hooking it up in my living room to see how it would sound hooked up to my blu ray player. The sound was good when I had it hooked up to the blu ray player but it sounded great when I used the dvd player to watch a movie. The upscaling is also nice. It's a sharp looking unit, wife friendly. Its new home will be in the main living room area of our new house because my wife likes the small speakers and my current 5.1 surround sound will become a 7.1 and will be placed in the Man Cave a.k.a the basement along side a Sony 52XBR6.

Oh ya the only thing I don't like is that the unit it self does not have a power cord. The power comes from the Acoustimass module which means you have to keep them pretty close to each other or spend the extra $10 for the 25ft power cable and anther $20 for the 40ft speaker wires. But other than that its a very nice unit.
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5 out of 5

Bose 321 rocks

Written By Nathaniel, Mn on Friday, January 16, 2009
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awsome system! unreal bass and sound from 3 easy to hook up speakers. throw away your dvd player, stereo system and surround sound bose does it all in one pkg.
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5 out of 5

Wonderful System

Written By Michael, San Diego, CA on Thursday, November 20, 2008
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This system is awesom. Very simple to hook up to cable and TV. Sound is great.
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5 out of 5

Best purchase for me

Written By Deana, Lubbock, TX on Sunday, October 19, 2008
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I don't have the biggest living room (14.85 X 18.185) and this system is perfect for my needs. I have a 47 in. tv and the speakers on it just do not match the picture quality. The Bose system adds the sound quality that I was looking for.

If you have a limited amount of space, i.e. a small living area, bedroom, media room, etc., this is the system to purchase in my opinion. The bass and depth of the sound are fantastic.
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