ADAPTiQ Audio Calibration System
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Media Center: The
stylish media center is only slightly larger than a notebook computer, but is
packed with features. It includes an integrated DVD player and AM/FM tuner and
provides access to more of today's most popular audio and video content,
including CD, CD-R/RW, PCM, Digital 5.1, MP3 on CD. It incorporates advanced
radio frequency (RF), infrared (IR) and TV power sensing, and works with the
universal radio frequency remote for control integration.
Innovative technology within the improved Acoustimass module in the Lifestyle 18
system combines to deliver the clarity of pure bass reproduction down to the
lowest frequencies, even at the loudest levels. The design allows prodigious
airflow at the lowest bass frequencies, working to recreate bass so natural and
pure, its source is almost impossible to localize. The module is designed to be
placed on its long edge with the connectors facing the floor. It can also be
placed on its side, but not stood on end.
Invisible" Cube Speakers: The Acoustimass cube speakers use innovative
Bose technologies to create a sense of realism with very small speakers instead
of the bulky cabinets of conventional speakers. The five cube speakers are
identical. Note: The speakers directly connect to the Acoustimass module,
not to the Media Center.
Decoding: The Media Center has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders. For
analog sources, Bose's Videostage 5 decoding circuitry (see below) is included.
Videostage 5 Decoding
Circuitry: While digital 5.1 decoding takes the home theater experience to a
new level, you can enjoy it only from properly encoded materials like DVDs,
digital satellite broadcasts and HDTV. Unlike conventional digital systems, the
Bose Videostage 5 decoding circuitry gives you a five-channel surround sound
experience from everything you listen to, including VHS tapes, stereo CDs, even
mono TV programs.
Using Bose powered speakers, or a Bose Wave radio, and the RC-28S Stereo
Expansion Kit, you can enjoy the same source at the same time in two different
rooms, or two different sources at the same time in two different rooms.
Audio Settings: You
can adjust the following audio settings:
- Movie EQ: automatically sets
bass and treble compensation for the proper playback of movie sound tracks
- 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
- Dolby Digital 1+1: selects
Track 1, Track 2, or both of the Dolby Digital 1+1 (dual mono) audio tracks
- Mono Decoding: automatically
engages Bose Videostage decoding when a Dolby Digital bitstream indicates
that it contains a mono program
- Center Channel: focuses or
softens the presentation of center-channel sound
- AdaptIQ: turns on or off the
AdaptIQ audio calibrations
- Treble/Bass Compensation: separately
decreases or increases the amount of bass or treble
MP3 Playback: This
system can play MP3 files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs.
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
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 1 to 99 minutes.
Display Brightness: The display
on the Media Center can be adjusted to one of seven brightness levels.
House Code Settings: Each
Lifestyle remote uses a system of matching house codes to communicate with its
corresponding Media Center. If commands given from your remote ever conflict
with those of another nearby Lifestyle system, you can easily set a new house
code for your system.
Audio Calibration System
The Bose ADAPTiQ Audio Calibration System is designed exclusively for use with
the Lifestyle 18 DVD Home Theater Systems. It customizes the
Lifestyle system to the size and shape of the room and the position of the
listeners/viewers in the room. It contains a special headset that contains
microphones instead of speakers and two audio calibration discs. Once the
Lifestyle system has been properly connected, it will take about 20 minutes to
complete the process. The calibration process consists of generating and
analyzing sounds through the Lifestyle system, then allowing the software to
self-adjust the system's parameters to give you optimum performance for your
room and approximate seating positions. Note: Using the ADAPTiQ software
with any system other than Lifestyle 18, Lifestyle 28 or Lifestyle 35 can possibly damage the
special headset supplied with the ADAPTiQ system has no speakers, but special
microphones designed to be worn above the ears. It enables you to take acoustic
measurements in your room during the custom equalization process. The headset
has an adjustable headband (7.5"-9.5") and a 30-foot cord terminating
in a pair of stereo male RCA plugs. These plug into the left and right AUX input
on the rear panel of the Lifestyle system.
Setup Discs: The
ADAPTiQ system contains two setup discs. Disc 1, a DVD, verifies that your
system's speakers are connected correctly and ensures complete performance from
your Lifestyle system. Disc 2, a CD, leads you through an important custom
equalization process, which tailors the sound of your Lifestyle system for the
acoustics of your listening area.
Future Applications: Moving
your Lifestyle 18 to another room, or significantly
changing the arrangement of the existing room (relocate seating, furniture,
speakers or the Acoustimass module) will change the acoustic environment of the
listening area. When that occurs, you can repeat the process to customize the
system for the new environment.
Multibrand RF Remote:
The remote is pre-programmed to control this system and certain functions on
other brands of TVs, VCRs, and cable/satellite receivers. In addition, the
remote emits a powerful RF (radio frequency) signal, allowing you to operate
your system from another room.
Control Integration: The Media
Center and universal radio frequency (RF) remote combine to provide complete
system control. A radio frequency receiver is built into the Media Center for
exclusive communication with the Bose remote. The infrared (IR) control system
includes an infrared receiver and an infrared transmitter, allowing the Media
Center to retransmit operating commands from the radio frequency Bose remote to
the infrared-based video components, such as a TV or cable box.
and Outputs Notes
Media Center Inputs/Outputs:
The Media Center contains the DVD player and system pre-amplifier, and has the
following inputs and outputs:
- Headphones: One 3.5mm stereo
mini-jack (located on right side of Media Center)
- Antenna: One threaded FM
coaxial jack and a female 2.5mm sub-mini jack for supplied AM antenna
- Analog Inputs: Four stereo
RCA analog inputs labeled Tape, Aux, VCR, and TV.
- Digital Inputs: Four
corresponding coaxial digital (RCA) inputs for Tape, Aux, VCR and TV and one
Toslink optical digital input
- Analog (Record) Output: One
stereo RCA analog outputs
- Digital (Record) Output: One
coaxial digital (RCA) and one Toslink optical digital output
- Video Input: RCA composite
video and S-Video
- Video Output: RCA composite
video and S-Video (for component video output, see note below)
Note: If your TV or video monitor is capable of
component video input signals, and you have connected your TV to your system
using the component video adapter (included), you must change the video output
setting in the settings menu to "YPbPr". This will enable the Media
Center to output a component video signal through the S-video and composite
Media Center Speaker Zone
Connections: The Media Center features a proprietary 8-pin jack for
connecting to the Acoustimass module via the supplied audio input cable. There
are jacks for the main Speaker Zone 1, and for optional Speaker Zone 2. In order
to activate Speaker Zone 2, you will need the RC-28 Stereo Expansion kit (item
#017RC28S), an RCA patch cable to the second zone, and a pair of Bose Powered
Speakers, a Bose Wave Radio or a stereo amplifier or receiver with speakers.
TV On/Off Detector: The TV
On/Off detector plugs into the rear of the Media Center, and senses whether your
TV is on or off. This enables the Media Center to automatically switch the TV
on, as needed, when another video source (DVD, cable/satellite box, etc.) is
selected. If you choose not to use the sensor, you will need to turn the TV on
separately each time it is needed. Note: The sensor does not work with
LCD or plasma TVs.
The supplied IR (infrared) emitter cable plugs into the rear of the Media
Center, and is designed for use with optional components that are connected to
the Media Center, but placed where they cannot receive IR signals from it. The
emitter can be placed near the optional component's IR window and can receive IR
commands from the Media Center.
Module Inputs/Outputs: The Lifestyle 18's Acoustimass Module contains the
amplification for the system. It
has the following inputs and outputs:
- Audio Input: phone-type jack
for use with audio input cable
- Outputs to Cube Speakers: 3
Blue RCA jacks for Front Speakers and 2 Orange RCA jacks for Surround
- AC Power Jack: for use with
supplied Acoustimass module AC power cord
Cube Speakers: Each
cube speaker has a spring-loaded, 2-pin female jack (similar to a spring clip
connector) for use with the supplied speaker cable. There is a 5mm (M5) threaded
insert for optional speaker stands or wall mount brackets.