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Bose® Lifestyle® 135 Series II home entertainment system

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Legendary Bose® sound and performance comes to your listening room with the Lifestyle® 135 Series II home entertainment system. One slim speaker fits neatly under your television and delivers spacious room-filling sound while making a minimal impact on your decor. A compact yet powerful wireless Acoustimass® module tucks away out of sight while supplying deep, rich bass that adds authority to your listening and viewing. Together, they bring Bose performance to all your entertainment, every day — TV, movies, sports, video games, 3D and even AM/FM radio.

Fill a room with sound, not gear

Legendary Bose® sound and performance comes to your listening room with the Lifestyle® 135 Series II home entertainment system. One slim speaker fits neatly under your television and delivers spacious room-filling sound while making a minimal impact on your decor. A compact yet powerful wireless Acoustimass® module tucks away out of sight while supplying deep, rich bass that adds authority to your listening and viewing. Together, they bring Bose performance to all your entertainment, every day — TV, movies, sports, video games, 3D and even AM/FM radio.

Control all your entertainment from one remote

The media center accepts up to 6 HD video and music sources — things like your Blu-ray player, a game console, or a cable/satellite box, for example. In combination with the universal remote and intuitive on-screen menus, the process of choosing the evening's entertainment has never been easier. The entire system is carefully designed to give you maximum options with minimum fuss. And, regardless of the shape of your listening environment, Bose's ADAPTiQ® audio calibration system customizes the system's sound profile to get the best from your room, so you'll always be sure your videos and music sound as good as they possibly can.

Super-flexible placement options

The Bose® Lifestyle® 135 Series II home entertainment system fits in with almost any living space

The Bose® Lifestyle® 135 Series II home entertainment system fits in with almost any living space (TV not included).

Thanks to Flexmount™ automatic placement compensation technology, you can wall-mount the sound bar vertically as an elegant, thin-profile companion to your flat-panel TV (requires the optional wall-mount kit) or place it horizontally on your TV stand. Built-in circuitry determines the position of the speaker and adjusts its output accordingly to ensure great sound.

Easily create a multi-room music system

With the addition of an optional Bose® SoundTouch™ wireless adapter, your Bose® Lifestyle® 535 Series II system can connect to other SoundTouch™ systems to give you convenient whole-house audio. Stream Internet radio, Pandora®, and your music library wirelessly over your Wi-Fi® network. In "Play Everywhere" mode, your linked systems can play the same music simultaneously — great for parties. Or each system can play independently, giving you different music in different rooms.

Product Highlights:

  • wide, spacious home theater sound for movies, music, sports and video games
  • one single, slim visible speaker
  • compact, powerful and wireless Acoustimass® module hides away to provide rich, full bass
  • connect and easily control up to 6 HD video and music sources, such as a Blu-ray Disc™ player or gaming device
    • built-in Dolby® Digital decoding
    • includes four HDMI inputs— with full 3D compatibility— plus an AM/FM radio
  • Bose Unify™ technology simplifies setup and control
  • video upconversion via HDMI delivers the best possible picture quality on your TV with all your video sources
  • customizes its sound to fit your room with proprietary ADAPTiQ® audio calibration system
  • wall-mountable with optional bracket
  • includes remote control
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Simply Awesome!

mister B, Tampa Florida

What's in the Box:

  • AV control console
  • Soundbar speaker
  • Acoustimass module
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • Three 5' AC power cords
  • 30' Proprietary system cable
  • Remote control
  • 4 "AA" batteries
  • AdaptiQ audio calibration headset
  • 6.5' HDMI cable
  • 6' Stereo RCA cable
  • 6' IR emitter cable (w/ 3 flashers)
  • USB flash drive
  • 3 Soundbar extension feet
  • 4 Acoustimass module feet
  • AM loop antenna w/ base
  • FM wire antenna
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Setup Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Operating Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • AM loop instructions
  • USB Flash Drive note
  • Warranty info/Online product registration
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter
  • Bose Corporation contact info
  • Important Safety Instructions

Bose® Lifestyle® 135 Series II home entertainment system Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

awesome sound!

mister B from Tampa Florida on 9/19/2014

Simply Awesome!

Pros: Crisp clear


Bose® Lifestyle® 135 Series II home entertainment system

Anonymous from Florida on 8/20/2014

When working, it is super

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Have had two media centers replaced. Bose service is overloaded doing consulting and installs. Turn around time for servicing not satisfactory. Service team is good. Product issues.

Bose® Lifestyle® 135 Series II home entertainment system

RobB from Ft Lauderdale, FL on 7/8/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love the sound, the wifi soundlink i purchased is not all that they claim it to be

Pros: Good quality

Cons: remote issues connecting to my tv

Compact size plus great home theater experience!

Dave E. from Paradise, CA on 12/28/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased this to replace older outdated Sony ES receiver and Bose speakers. Was skeptical of how well this new console would sound in my large 20X30 cathedral ceiling room. Not only is the sound awesome (thanks to AdaptiQ), but the console has increased the picture quality of my Dish HD programs and Blue-ray DVDs. Never dissatisfied with any Bose product or the awesome customer service and ease of ordering from Crutchfield.

Pros: Compact with less cords for other components plus great sound and picture quality. Easy set-up with AdaptiQ.

Cons: Bose Remote did not recognize my Dish Remote.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design ---
Pieces in System 3
Color Black
Tweeter None
Midrange 5 Transducers
Woofer 2 PhaseGuide radiators
Separate Subwoofer Yes
Subwoofer Driver 5
Surround Sound Decoding No
Dialogue Enhancement ---
Auto Volume ---
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible ---
Audio Return Channel ---
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
Control by App ---
Bluetooth Connectivity No
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included No
Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
System Frequency Response Not Given
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
Subwoofer RMS Power Not given
Inputs and Outputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 4
Optical Digital Audio Inputs 3
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs 3
HDMI Inputs 4
HDMI Outputs 1
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output Wireless
Sound Bar (inches) 2-1/2H x 36-3/4W x 2-7/16D
Sound Bar Weight 4.8125 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) 10-3/4H x 7-5/8W x 14-3/4D
Subwoofer Weight 13.8 lbs

Product Research

System Components
Audio/Video Section
Convenience Features
Mounting Options

System Components

Lifestyle 135 series II Home Entertainment System: The Bose Lifestyle 135 series II Home Entertainment System delivers convincing home theater audio from a 1.1ch-speaker system. The Bose Lifestyle 135 series II consists of an AV Control Console with built-in AM/FM tuner, a single soundbar speaker, & an Acoustimass module. The Lifestyle 135 series II also includes the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system to optimize system performance for your room. There is an RF remote control (with LCD) included for convenient wireless operation of the entire system & your connected components.

AV Control Console: The Bose Lifestyle 135 series II features an AV control console that is equipped with all the system's audio/video inputs & outputs; including 4 HDMI inputs & 1 HDMI output. The AV control console also features a built-in AM/FM tuner.

Soundbar Speaker Array: The soundbar speaker uses a Speaker Array design & PhaseGuide sound radiators, along with TrueSpace technology to direct sound with precision, sending acoustic detail to the left, right & center of your room. The soundbar speaker array features five identical transducers with powerful neodymium magnets. The soundbar speaker also employs two PhaseGuide sound radiators to deliver room-filling sound. Proprietary TrueSpace digital processing circuitry delivers a spacious, multichannel sound experience with strong left, right & center imaging from a single soundbar speaker.

Wireless Acoustimass Module: The wireless Acoustimass module produces deep low notes for added home theater realism. The wireless link allows for flexible placement & does away with any speaker cables from the module to the soundbar. The wireless Acoustimass module adds dramatic low notes to your entertainment, without the addition of more cables. The bass control knob located on the rear-panel of the Acoustimass module allows you to change the bass level output of the system. Turn the bass control knob clockwise to increase the bass or counter-clockwise to decrease the bass. The soundbar speaker & Acoustimass module are paired at the factory.

AM/FM Tuner: The Lifestyle 135 series II's control console features a built-in AM/FM tuner and comes with an AM loop antenna and FM wire antenna. The built-in tuner can store up to 25 FM and 25 AM preset stations. The integrated tuner also supports RDS and displays the information on the system's LCD remote.

System Connections: The AV control console plugs into the soundbar speaker via the included proprietary system cable. The Acoustimass module then receives its audio signal wirelessly from the soundbar speaker. All of the system's audio/video inputs will be found on the AV control console. The AV control console, soundbar speaker, & wireless Acoustimass module each require a separate AC power connection.

Audio/Video Section

4 HDMI Inputs/1 HDMI Output: The Lifestyle 135 series II features three rear-panel HDMI (1.4) inputs & one front-panel HDMI (1.4) input for a one cable audio/video connection. The system's  The Bose 135 series II also features an HDMI (ver.1.4) monitor out to connect your TV. All video inputs (composite, component, HDMI) are output via HDMI to your television. HDMI inputs/output will support 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signals.

  • HDMI 1080p Video Upscaling: Automatic video upscaling ensures movies and sports use the highest resolution capabilities of your display; up to 1080p over HDMI.
  • 3D Ready: 3D compatibility ensures you'll see content as intended with 3D TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, gaming consoles, & other 3D sources connected via HDMI. 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D glasses, & a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection.

Analog Video Inputs: The Bose Lifestyle 135 series II is equipped with two rear-panel component video inputs. The component video inputs will accept 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i video signals. The unit is also equipped with two rear-panel composite video inputs and a front-panel composite video input (the composite video input will support 480i only). The two rear-panel composite video inputs share the audio inputs of the unit's component video inputs. The 135 series II does not feature a composite, S-video, or component video monitor output; all analog video inputs are upconverted to HDMI.

Analog + Digital Audio Inputs w/ 7.1ch Decoding: The Lifestyle 135 series II's control console is equipped with both analog (RCA) & digital (HDMI/Optical/Coaxial) audio inputs. The three rear-panel optical & coaxial digital audio inputs support Dolby Digital/DTS (up to 5.1ch). The unit's 4 HDMI audio/video inputs will support Dolby TrueHD and uncompressed multichannel PCM. The 135 series II also features three rear-panel analog stereo RCA audio inputs & one front-panel analog stereo RCA audio input.

Bose ADAPTiQ Audio Calibration System: The soundbar speaker's performance is customized to the acoustics of your room with the Bose ADAPTiQ audio calibration system. ADAPTiQ audio calibration system analyzes the way your room's dimensions & other variables affect sound, then automatically adjusts the sound of your speaker system to the acoustics of your room.  To perform a calibration you need about 10 minutes when the room is quiet. While wearing the special headset, the system will ask you to place yourself in five different locations (sitting or standing) in your listening area as the system takes measurements in each. Audio prompts from the system will guide you through the process.

Note: 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 and a 28' cord terminating in a pair of stereo male RCA plugs. These plug into the system's front-panel left and right RCA inputs.

Audio/Video Adjustments: The Bose 135 series II offers a variety of audio/video adjustment to customize the system's sound and picture to your preferences.

  • Video Settings: Video settings include the following:
    • Image View Format: The Bose Lifestyle 135 series II features various image view formats to match your connected television and source content. You can select from the following - Normal (leaves original video image unchanged), Auto-Wide (fills width of the screen without cropping any content), Stretch 1 (stretches video image evenly from the center), Stretch 2 (stretches the edges of the video image much more than the center portion of the image), Zoom (enlarges the video image), and Gray Bars (places vertical gray bars on the left and right of a standard definition video image).
    • Game Mode: Game mode produces improved video performance for game systems.
    • Source Over-Scan: Source Over-Scan applies a video over-scan to the current video source.
    • Audio/Video Sync: Audio/Video Sync adjusts the audio delay to synchronize audio with the video. This can be adjust between -2 to +5.
  • Audio Settings: Audio settings include the following:
    • Enhance Dialogue: Enhances sound output so you can hear movie dialogues more distinctly.
    • Smart Volume: Reduces the range of volume levels in a movie soundtrack so the difference between extremely loud outbursts and soft sounds is less noticeable.
    • Volume Offset: This function increases the volume level of the select source relative to other sources (0-10).
    • Bass & Treble: You can independently adjust the system's bass & treble level.
    • Volume On TV: This feature enables the system to display the volume level meter and mute indicator on your TV.
    • TV Speakers: This function sends HDMI audio to your TV (audio from the TV is not affected by plugging headphones into the control console or by pressing Mute or Volume on the remote). HDMI audio is only sent to the TV via the system's HDMI inputs. It will not output audio from analog connected sources to your TV.

Headphone Output: The Lifestyle 135 series II's Control Console features a front-panel 3.5mm headphone output for connecting a set of headphones (sold separately). The system's speakers are muted when a set of headphones are connected. The headphone volume level is controlled by the system's main volume.

Convenience Features

Unify Intelligent Integration System: Unify Intelligent Integration System uses on-screen navigation to simplify system setup & everyday use. This proprietary technology walks you through setup, showing the right inputs & best connection options, & even verifies you've done it correctly. Clear, on-screen menus provide all the information you need for your connected sources.

  • System Setup: The Unify intelligent integration system walks you through system setup, step by step. As you're connecting components to the control console, the system recommends the best connectors via onscreen messages. It even confirms that the connection was made properly.
  • Auto Input: Each device is then automatically added to the source menu accessed on your TV screen. No more toggling through video inputs to find the right source. If you add a Blu-ray player, it will be shown as "Blu-ray" in the on-screen menu. This makes it easy & intuitive for anyone to use the Unify system.
  • Remote Programming: Unify technology also simplifies programming your Bose remote to control your Lifestyle 135 series II system & most anything attached to it. During setup, the Unify system references an internal database to identify each connected component, and automatically teaches the Bose remote to control it. Plus, you'll view system information, including iPod & FM/AM status, on the Bose remote's LCD screen.

RF Remote Control w/ LCD Display: The Bose Lifestyle 135 series II home theater system includes an RF remote for wireless control of the entire system. It features fewer buttons & an LCD screen to simplify management of your entertainment sources. The remote works on radio frequency (2.4 GHz) to operate through walls and floors. This advanced radio frequency remote works throughout your entire room (up to 33'). You do not need to aim it at the system's control console.

  • Glow Button: Pressing the glow button on the rear of the remote illuminates the remote's buttons and display. The light turns off automatically after several seconds to pro long battery life.
  • Remote Programming: The system's Unify technology simplifies programming the Bose remote to control the Lifestyle system and your components attached to it. During setup, the Unify system references an internal database to identify each connected component, and automatically teaches the Bose remote to control it.

Note: The remote control also offers IR commands using the included IR emitter cable to control connected IR devices.

USB Port: The Control Console features a front-panel USB (type-A port) for viewing JPEG still-image files from a USB device, including a digital camera. The USB port is also used for updating system software & firmware updates. A USB thumb-drive is provided for system updates. VisitBose Product Support for the latest software & firmware updates.

SoundTouch Ready: With a separate WiFi adapter (018STWA, sold separately), the Lifestyle system will be SoundTouch enabled to stream Internet radio, Pandora, and your music library wirelessly using your home Wi-Fi network. You will also need to download the free SoundTouch Controller app (from the iTunes Apps store or Google Play Store) onto your Apple iOS (iOS 5.0+) or Android (4.0.3+) device so you can access your internet/network content and control the 135 series II system.

Bose Link: The Lifestyle 135 series II also supports Bose link technology. Bose link whole-home audio technology lets you connect compatible Bose products to the Lifestyle home entertainment system for listening to different sources in as many as 14 additional rooms. For example, a Blu-ray/DVD movie can be playing in the main room , while you listen to the AM/FM radio in the other room.

Note: The AV control console provides a stereo RCA input for each rear-panel HDMI input so you are able to distribute your connected component's audio via Bose Link.

Mounting Options

Flexmount Technology: Proprietary Flexmount technology ensures optimal performance wherever the soundbar is positioned. The soundbar speaker can be mounted to a wall (using the optional WB-135 bracket, sold separately); or placed flat on a table. Flexmount technology detects the soundbar speaker's orientation & ensures optimal audio output however you position the speaker. To raise the soundbar speaker and allow more space under it, you can install the included extension feet.

Note: The Lifestyle 135 series II system uses the reflective surfaces of your room to deliver wide, spacious sound. For best sound quality, the speaker array should not be placed inside a cabinet, or diagonally in a corner.

Acoustimass Module Placement: When placing the Acoustimass module on bare floors, or other smooth surfaces, attach the included rubber feet to the bottom of the module for greater stability and to protect your floor. For best sound quality, place the Acoustimass module on its feet along the same wall as your TV, or along any other wall in the front third of the room. The front opening of the module can face any direction. The wireless Acoustimass module has a range of approximately 30'.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

4 questions already asked

Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.[ Krissy  Feb 27, 2015 ]  Staff
only controls are voice, bass and volume. There are two inputs one for the TV, (optical) and one for another source (small RCA plug). I do not think you would be dissatisfied with this system. voice clarity is supurb. bas is good. I have in large room and it fills it with sound.[ JOHN C  Feb 26, 2015 ]
yes, but I haven't played with. Just using as out of the box - good enough for me. Vocals are much clearer than my previous home theatre system which is what I was looking for.[ laura  Feb 24, 2015 ]
I'm not sure. We have a very difficult room acoustically and I returned the system to suit our needs. You should be able to pull up the user manual on Bose website and it would have all the info your looking for.[ David  Feb 17, 2015 ]
The product comes with mounting hardware.[ Kay  Dec 02, 2015 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.[ Jeff  May 05, 2014 ]  Staff
Yes. connect your separate speaker selector main OUT into the A or B speaker ports on the amp IN, connect your speakers to the selector and you're set. i have a speak selector on mine to run my garden speakers in the back yard and this is how i have it set up and it works perfectly. Hope this helps.[ MARK  Apr 30, 2014 ]
dunno, sorry[ Jon  Apr 29, 2014 ]
Yes, but if you're using an external speaker selector (switch), any amp with A and B outputs will work. This amp also has the ability to control speakers in another room without using an external selector switch.[ JOHN  Apr 24, 2014 ]