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Bose® Lifestyle® 235 home entertainment system

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Premium performance, minimal clutter

Experience immersive Bose® sound from a simple 2.1 speaker system. The Bose® Lifestyle® 235 home entertainment system has two Gemstone® ES speaker arrays and an Acoustimass® module that give you thrilling sound with your movies, TV shows, and sports. This system also comes with an iPod®/iPhone® dock and a built-in FM/AM radio tuner so you can listen to your favorite music. This impressive Bose system will leave your room looking good, and will have your movies, music, and games sounding fantastic.


Living room setup

Fast, simple setup

The Lifestyle® 235 system is simple to set up. You can connect up to six high-def sources as well as your iPod or iPhone. Bose® Unify™ technology guides you through the setup process so you can get right to the good part — enjoying your new Bose® system. The on-screen menus give you all the information you need to connect and control all your audio/video sources.

Great sound anywhere in the room

The ADAPTiQ® audio calibration system customizes the sound to fit your specific room, so all your family is guaranteed to have the best seat in the house. With advanced technology from Bose®, the Gemstone® ES speaker arrays deliver a wider soundstage so you won't have to sit in one "sweet spot." A separate Acoustimass® module adds deep, rich bass to your music and movie soundtracks, and it's easily tucked away out of sight. With no rear speakers, you won't have any clutter or wires stretching to the back of your room — just pure Bose® sound.

Gemstone ES speaker

Bose's sleek, powerful Gemstone ES speakers each use 3 drivers for enveloping sound.

On-screen menus

Simple on-screen menus guide you through the setup process — a nice touch.

Product Highlights:

  • powered 2.1-channel home theater speaker system
  • connect up to 6 high-def video sources (4 HDMI, 2 component video)
  • includes iPod®/iPhone® dock and FM/AM tuner
  • 2 Gemstone® ES speaker arrays
  • Acoustimass® module with 5" woofer
  • bass control knob on the Acoustimass® module lets you customize bass output
  • video upconversion up to 1080p via HDMI
  • universal remote
  • includes speaker wire
  • dimensions:
    • main console: 16-5/8"W x 3"H x 9-5/16"D
    • Acoustimass® module: 8"W x 13"H x 21-11/16"D
    • Gemstone® ES speakers: 5-13/16"W x 2-5/8"H x 4-3/16"D
    • iPod Dock: 3-1/4"W x 3/4"H x 2-15/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • AV35 Control Console
  • Acoustimass module
  • 2 Gemstone ES speaker arrays
  • AC power supply (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • Two 8' AC power cord
  • 30' Acoustimass cable (terminated by a proprietary 9-pin connector on each end)
  • 15' Length of speaker cable (with a single proprietary connector on one end and dual proprietary connectors on other end)
  • 59" HDMI cable
  • 6' Stereo RCA cable
  • ADAPTiQ audio calibration headset
  • iPod/iPhone dock
  • Remote control
  • 4 "AA" batteries
  • Triple IR emitter (with attached 6' cord terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna (with base)
  • USB Flash-drive
  • 4 Large self-adhesive rubber feet (for acoustimass module)
  • 8 Small self-adhesive rubber feet (for satellite speakers)
  • Operating Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)Setup Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • AM antenna instructions
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter
  • Bose Corporation contact information
  • USB Update note
  • Online Product Registration

Bose® Lifestyle® 235 home entertainment system Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

High end, high price, high satisfaction!!

Robert from Melbourne, Florida on 12/16/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After some thorough soul searching and considering new theater systems, I did not want to deal with components..per say... to include 5.1 or 7.1 speaker placements. This system was the one that I felt can provide me with the simplictiy, functionality, quality, and durability backed by a good warranty. I wasn't disappointed to say the least. I received the system yesterday and in less than 1 hour, the entire setup was complete, I will be receiving my BD player today and will look forward to my first movie with this awesome system. Already, watching TV is wonderful with the clarity that you'd expect and I am enjoying the commercials because of the depth of the sounds that this system reproduces. I plugged in my ipod and thoroughly enjoyed music other than being in a vehicle. If you don't want the headaches of dealing with multiple speakers, multiple components, then this is definately worth every penny. The intuitive onsreen setup is simple, flawless and takes out the guess work or even having to read the instructions. Bose has come thru again with another great product that I will enjoy for many years to come.



Incredible "in a box" system

Chris K from Seattle, WA on 11/30/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a beautiful system. I visited the Bose store, to look at the Video Wave TV, but ended up listening to the Lifestyle 235, and was sold right then and there. I put this into a game room, and with all of the funny angles and obstructions (pool table), I was curious how well the learning "ADAPTIQ" calibration system would do. The TV Screen walks you through this, wearing this headphone-like device, you place yourself in 5 listening positions in the room, 1 at a time the system sends out a series of test patterns in order to set up great sound no matter where you are in the room. Set-up is easy, once you have the basic hook-up - console to TV, every step of configuring the system, adding additional components, etc. is easily explained on the TV. The main console is sleek and non-intrusive, the supplied remote is "trained" as a part of the set-up to replace all of the other remotes. This remote has some heft to it, and has a nice rubbery feel to it Once hooked up, the sound is fantastic. Considering we're talking a 2.1 system, I placed the 2 front speakers next to my LG 50PK750 and the Sub on the floor about 3 feet to the side, in a difficult room with a pool table, and no real front row seat, the sound throughout is fantastic - not a bad seat in the room. Mid-ranges and Highs are handled beautifully, and the Bass is as booming as you'd like it to be. All in all, the system is worth every penny and if you're on the fence, I'd say go for it you won't regret it!




Hands-on research

Product Research

System Features
Video Features
Audio Features
2.1-Channel Speaker System
USB/iPod Functions
Remote Control

System Features

2.1ch Home Theater System: The Bose Lifestyle 235 is a 2.1-channel home theater system consisting of an AV Control Console with built-in AM/FM tuner, Acoustimass Module, and two satellite speaker arrays. The Lifestyle 235 also includes the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system to optimize system performance for your room. In addition, there is an RF remote control (with LCD) included for convenient wireless operation of the entire system and your connected components. The supplied iPod/iPhone dock allows you to listen to music and watch video stored on your iPod or iPhone through the Bose Lifestyle 235.

Bose Unify Technology: Exclusive Bose Unify technology provides easy-to-follow onscreen messages to guide you through the entire setup process. The Unify intelligent integration system uses on-screen navigation to simplify system setup and everyday use. This proprietary technology walks you through setup, showing the right inputs and best connection options, and even verifies you've done it correctly. Each connected product is automatically added to the source menu accessed on your TV screen. Clear, on-screen menus provide all the information you need for your connected sources.

System Connections: The Control Console plugs into the Acoustimass Module via the included proprietary system cable. The two satellite speaker arrays then connect to the Acoustimass module via the supplied proprietary speaker cable. The satellite speaker arrays feature 4-pin proprietary connectors to attach the included speaker cable.

Video Features

6 HD Video Connections: The Bose Lifestyle 235 features six high-definition connection so you can enjoy up to six HD video sources-such as your Blu-ray Disc player, cable box, satellite receiver, and gaming system.

  • 4 HDMI (ver.1.3) Inputs: The Lifestyle 235 features 3 rear-panel HDMI inputs and 1 front-panel HDMI input for a one cable audio/video connection. The system's HDMI inputs will accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signals.
  • 2 Component Video Inputs: The 235 is equipped with 2 rear-panel component video inputs. The component video inputs will accept 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i video signals

Note: 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.

HDMI Monitor Output: The Bose 235 features an HDMI (ver.1.3) monitor out to connect your TV. All video inputs (composite, component, HDMI) are output via HDMI to your television. The HDMI output can be set to 480i/p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p to match the capability of your television.

Note: The AV Control Console does not feature a composite, S-video, or component video monitor output.

HDMI 1080p Video Upscaling: Automatic video upscaling ensures movies and sports use the highest resolution capabilities of your display; up to 1080p over HDMI.

Image View Format: The Bose Lifestyle 235 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.
  • Gray Bars: Places vertical gray bars on the left and right of a standard definition video image.

Game Mode: This mode produce improved video performance for game systems.

Source Over-scan: This features applies a video over-scan to the current video source.

Audio/Video Sync: This function adjusts the audio delay to synchronize audio with the video. This can be adjust between -2 to +5.

Audio Features

ADAPTiQ Audio Calibration System: Your room is unique, with size, shape, textures and other elements affecting the sound you hear. ADAPTiQ audio calibration system provides greater freedom of speaker placement in your room. It customizes the system's sound to fit your room, for a consistent, high-quality performance. It analyzes the way your room's dimensions and other variables affect sound, then automatically adjusts the sound of your Lifestyle surround sound system to the acoustics of your room.

Headset: 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.

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

Audio Compression: The Bose Lifestyle home theater system offers the following audio compression adjustments.

  • 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.
  • Off: No change to audio track.

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).

Note: 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.

Analog & Digital Audio Inputs: The Lifestyle 235 is equipped with analog and digital inputs.

  • Analog Audio Inputs: The Bose 235 features three rear-panel analog stereo RCA audio inputs and one front-panel analog stereo RCA audio input.
  • Digital Audio Inputs: The 235 features three rear-panel optical and coaxial digital audio inputs.

Bose Link: Built-in Bose link technology can distribute the home theater system's audio to as many as 14 additional rooms in your home. Simply add compatible Bose products to enjoy music almost anywhere in your home or office. Connecting a Bose link-compatible product to the Bose link out connector on the Control Console enables you to listen to a different sound source in other rooms. For example, DVD movie can be playing in the main room , while you listen to the AM/FM radio in the other room.

Note: The 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.

Headphone Output: The Lifestyle 235'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.

AM/FM Tuner: The Lifestyle 235 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.

2.1-Channel Speaker System

Gemstone ES Speaker Arrays: The two Bose Gemstone ES Speaker Arrays combined with TrueSpace digital processing circuitry reproduce deep, immersive sound from a compact, easy-to-install 2.1-channel system. Each speaker features three drivers inside a bass-reflex enclosure creating a wider soundstage.

Note: Keep each satellite speaker array within 3' of your television screen to prevent too much separation of the sound from the picture. Vary this distance to suit your room conditions ad personal preference.

Acoustimass Module: The system's dual satellite speaker arrays work in concert with a hideaway Acoustimass module to deliver a fuller range of theater sound and effects. Exclusive technology in the module helps provide the emotional intensity you feel at the theater or in a concert hall. The system's Acoustimass module delivers the clarity of pure sound reproduction down to the lowest frequencies, even at the loudest levels. Because it eliminates audible distortion, you can place the Acoustimass module almost anywhere, even behind furniture, and all the sound will appear to come from the system's compact satellite speaker arrays.

Note: Do not block the ventilation openings on the module. This can cause it to overheat.

Rubber Feet: Each speaker array comes with four self-adhesive rubber feet to securely place them on a stand, shelf, or table. The Acoustimass module also includes four large self-adhesive rubber feet to rest securely and safely on your hardwood floors.

Wall Mounting: Each speaker array has a rear-panel single 5mm threaded insert for optional Bose or universal wall brackets (018UB20B, sold separately) or stands (018UFS20B, sold separately).

USB/iPod Functions

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.

Note: A 2GB USB thumb-drive is provided for system updates.

iPod/iPhone Dock: The Bose Lifestyle 235 comes supplied with an iPod/iPhone dock for connecting select iPod and iPhone models to the system. The iPod/iPhone dock plugs into the "iPod/iPhone" proprietary port on the back of the AV Control Console. The Lifestyle 235 supports audio/video playback, menu control, on-screen information display, and charging of your connected iPod/iPhone (your iPod/iPhone's click-wheel or touch-screen will be locked). The Lifestyle 235 is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (10/30/2012).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tester Version Media Type Control Display Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track #
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
iPod nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
7th* 1.01 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
iPod touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4th 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
5th* 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4S 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
5* 6.0 Y N Y N Y Y Y


  • *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5 will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or cable (both, sold separately) in order to dock with this system.
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until an newer software update is available.

Remote Control

RF Remote Control with LCD Display: The Bose Lifestyle 235 home theater system includes an RF remote for wireless control of the entire system. It features fewer buttons and 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.

Note: The RF remote operates off of four "AA" batteries.

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.

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

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