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Bose® CineMate® GS Series II digital home theater speaker system

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Add rich Bose® sound to your HDTV with this simple system, and keep clutter and hookup hassles to a minimum. The Bose® CineMate® GS Series II home theater speaker system comes with two premium Gemstone® speakers and an Acoustimass® module that practically disappear into your room. And with no rear speakers, there's no need to run wire all the way across your room.

Add rich Bose® sound to your HDTV with this simple system, and keep clutter and hookup hassles to a minimum. The Bose® CineMate® GS Series II home theater speaker system comes with two premium Gemstone® speakers and an Acoustimass® module that practically disappear into your room. And with no rear speakers, there's no need to run wire all the way across your room.

Impressive audio performance, less room clutter

Each speaker contains two precisely angled drivers that deliver a wide soundstage. One speaker driver is equipped to handle left, center, and right channel audio information, while the other handles left and right surround channel information — so you won't lose any detail with your multi-channel audio sources. Plus, advanced audio circuitry helps create three-dimensional sound with all your TV shows, DVD movies, music CDs, and video games. And you'll love the way this system looks, too, thanks to its ultra-compact speakers and decor-friendly design.

Fast, simple setup

Bose made the CineMate® GS Series II system exceptionally easy to set up and use. It connects directly to your TV via a single cable, and comes with a setup disc that walks you through the process step by step. A programmable universal remote controls the system, as well as most brands of TVs and home theater components.

I have this Bose System for 2 1/2 years the more louder I play it the better and tighter the speakers sound and get am impressed.

Bose Cinemate GS II Samsung T.V, 61701

What's in the Box:

  • Black Acoustimass module
  • 2 Black "Gemstone" speakers
  • Black wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Interface module with attached 15' cable (has a 9-pin serial connector)
  • 14.5' Speaker cable (has a 9-pin serial connector on one end and two 4-pin connectors on the other end)
  • 8' AC power cord
  • 6' Stereo cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors on each end)
  • 6.5' Optical digital audio cable
  • 4 Large rubber feet
  • 8 Small rubber feet
  • CineMate Setup DVD
  • Owner's Guide (Eng/Spa/Fre)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Optical Cable connection note
  • Product registration/Warranty card
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter

Product Highlights:

  • powered home theater speaker system
  • 2 compact Gemstone® speakers
    • two 2" drivers in each speaker
    • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
    • video-shielded (prevents magnetic distortion on tube TVs)
  • Acoustimass® module with 5" woofer
  • bass control knob on the Acoustimass® module lets you customize bass output
  • interface module — receives commands from remote control, sends audio information from TV to speaker system (connects to TV via included optical digital audio cable)
  • accepts stereo RCA analog audio or optical digital audio input
  • Videostage® 5 decoding for DVDs, VHS tapes, and stereo & mono sources
  • TrueSpace® processing circuitry delivers spacious sound effects
  • Digital Dynamic Range® speaker technology lets you hear soft sounds at low volumes
  • includes DVD with step-by-step setup guidance
  • universal IR remote control
  • includes speaker wire
  • dimensions:
    • satellite speakers: 5-1/2"W x 2-1/2"H x 4-1/8"D
    • bass module: 8-7/8"W x 14-1/8"H x 19-3/4"D
    • interface module: 3-3/8"W x 1-3/16"H x 3-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Bose® CineMate® GS Series II digital home theater speaker system Reviews

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Overview: The Bose CineMate GS Series II digital home theater speaker system provides high-quality home theater sound so you get more from your HDTV experience. The Bose CineMate GS Series II digital home theater speaker system makes it easy to enjoy the power of a home theater experience using your TV and video components, like a DVD or Blu-ray player and Satellite receiver. Just two front speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module bring movies and music to life via proprietary TrueSpace technology. The CineMate GS Series II offers quick and easy connections because there are no rear or center speakers, eliminating much of the wiring of traditional 5-speaker systems. A universal infrared remote control operates the Bose system and most devices attached to your television.

Proprietary TrueSpace Digital Processing Circuitry: The Bose CineMate GS Series II digital home theater speaker system utilizes proprietary TrueSpace digital processing circuitry to deliver a spacious, multichannel sound experience with strong center imaging from just two visible speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module.

Videostage 5 Decoding and Post-Processing Circuitry: Proprietary Videostage 5 decoding and post-processing circuitry, combined with digital 5.1 decoding, delivers a high quality, multichannel surround sound experience from practically any source: DVDs, videocassettes, stereo CDs, even older mono TV shows and movies.

Digital 5.1 Decoding: The Bose CineMate GS Series II features an optical digital input and provides digital 5.1 decoding for improved realism from 5.1-encoded DVDs, DBS, or HDTV.

Digital Dynamic Range Compression: Digital Dynamic Range speaker compression circuitry enables you to hear soft sounds (particularly dialogue) even at low volumes, and still appreciate the impact of loud special effects.

Interface Module: The Interface Module is a compact enclosure that houses two LED indicators and connectors for audio input (stereo RCA and optical), and receives IR commands for the speaker system. The Interface Module connects directly to your TV while providing status information (on/off) for your speaker system.

Note: You can use either the module's stereo RCA analog audio input or optical digital audio input, but not both.

Gemstone Speaker Array Design: The articulated Gemstone Speaker Array design combines with TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry to deliver extraordinary sound. Each speaker has two precisely angled drivers inside the ported enclosure. The two speakers are designed to work in concert with Bose's proprietary signal processing to deliver a multi-channel presentation from just two visible speakers. The result is a home theater experience with a broad, spacious soundstage and strong center imaging.

Speaker Mounting: 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.

Bass Control Knob: The bass control knob located on the rear of the Acoustimass module allows you to change the bass level of the Bose system.

Universal Remote: The supplied universal infrared remote delivers seamless system operation and controls most video components attached to your TV. The remote requires two "AA" batteries (included).

Inputs and Outputs

Acoustimass Module Rear Panel:

  • AC Power Jack: For use with supplied AC power cord.
  • Interface Module: 9-pin serial jack that connects to the Interface Module.
  • Speakers: 9-pin serial jack that connects to the speakers using the supplied speaker cable.

Interface Module Rear Panel:

  • Audio In: Left and right RCA audio jacks for stereo analog audio signal.
  • Optical In: Optical digital input for Dolby Digital audio signal (make sure to push this connection in until you here it click).

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


Interface Module: W = 3.375", H = 1.1875", D = 3.875"

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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with Bluetooth. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Greg  Sep 01, 2014 ]  Staff
It can be done. I would call the cable company and they will help you sync your remote. I haven't done this as i find it just as convenient to use the Bose remote. [ PAUL  Mar 31, 2014 ]
I use the remote that came with the BOSE system separately from the TV/ Cable remote. I could not seem to get it to work under the one remote but it is quite easy to use separately and works well with the TV and any device you have hooked up to the TV. [ GARY  Mar 31, 2014 ]
I 've always used the Bose remote,so I really didn't know the answer.I just tried my TV remote,and some functions worked,but not the volume. [ WILLIAM  Mar 31, 2014 ]
The Bose CineMate GS Series II digital theater speaker system is highly over rated. For same the money, I'm sure you can get a better system. The sound is only OK, not great and the subwoofer is a large tower - why? And, you do not have the ability to make any changes to the sound. If I had to make the purchase again I would purchase a good receiver and appropriate speakers. [ Myron  Mar 31, 2014 ]
The answer is maybe. See if your remote can be programmed for a Bose component. I have a Directv remote and I was able to program it for the CineMate and it works fine. The mute and volume controls work perfectly. It's a little awkward for the on-off because you have to put the Directv remote into a different mode. [ JOHN J  Mar 31, 2014 ]
I use both remotes, directv and Bose... [ PAULUS C  Mar 31, 2014 ]
Typically the optical audio signal that is sent from the TV to the Bose is at a fixed level, meaning the volume can only be controlled by your Bose remote. [ ROB  Mar 31, 2014 ]
The subwoofer should be placed at least 3 ft. away from your TV to avoid video interference. There is no minimum distance listed for the subwoofer and the gemstone speakers. (The left and right gemstone speakers should be placed at least 3 ft. away from one another.) I don't have an exact measurement on the speaker cable, but I would guess it's about 20 ft. long. I bought the speakers with matching Bose speaker stands and have run the provided speaker cable up and down each of the stands and in behind the TV set with plenty of cable to spare. [ Bart  Dec 26, 2013 ]
The system is a Christmas gift for my dad and hasn't been opened. I can best answer your question after Christmas. I'm sorry I couldn't be helpful at the moment. [ PATRICK  Dec 23, 2013 ]
The cables that are supplied are approx. 8ft long, I was able to place the sub about 4ft away but ran the cables through the wall which cut back on the available length. Under normal circumstance you should have at least 6ft. [ Albert  Dec 23, 2013 ]
Yes it can. Sounds great. The only disappointment was that it shuts off after 30 minutes when not used and must be turned back on. Overall though it is a great sounding system and would recommend it to anyone. [ JERRY  Dec 19, 2013 ]
The speakers (system) sound fine if watching a movie. Regular broadcast TV - not so much. For the same $$ buy a good receiver and speakers for the additional flexibility and better sound. [ Myron  Dec 18, 2013 ]
This Bose unit was designed for people who aren't using an AV home theater receiver with their TV, It hooks up directly to your TV, using your TV's optical digital audio output and and included Toslink digital optical cable. The CineMate GS series II then amplifies the audio and sends it to the bass module and the left and right satellite speakers. You would hook up a cable box/DVR and/or Blu-Ray player directly to your TV. So although you wouldn't normally be using an AV receiver with this unit, if desired you could to send radio station signals or stereo audio from any devices hooked up to your AV receiver to this Bose unit via it's two RCA stereo audio inputs. [ ROB  Dec 18, 2013 ]
its self powered, its ok not really the greatest system, i went to the klipsch sb3 sound bar with sub and I love it [ GREG W  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Don't think so? It hooks to the audio out on your TV. [ DANNY  Dec 18, 2013 ]