Overview: The Bose Lifestyle T20 is a 5.1-channel home theater system
consisting of an AV Control Console, Acoustimass Module, 4 Direct/Reflecting
Cube Speakers, and a Horizontal Center-Channel Speaker. The Lifestyle T20 also
includes the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system to optimize system performance for
your room. In addition, there is an RF remote control included for convenient
wireless operation of the entire system and your connected components.
Note: The AV Control Console measures 16.375" (w) x 3.125" (h) x
10.25" (d). Speaker measurements listed in Features & Specs.
5.1-Channel Speaker System
6 HD Video Connections: The Bose Lifestyle T20 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 T20 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 T20 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 T20 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 T20 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
- 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.
- Fit: Fits the video image to your screen.
Game Mode: This mode produce improved video performance for game
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.
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: DVDs, videocassettes, stereo CDs, even
older mono TV shows and movies.
Sound Modes: The Lifestyle T20 home theater system offers the
following Sound Modes.
- Original: Plays stereo audio when stereo audio is received from
- Recommended: Plays 5-channel audio whether or not 2- or 5-channel
audio is received from the source.
- Alternative: Plays 5-channel audio when either stereo or
5-channel audio is received from the source.
- Enhanced Mono: Plays simulated surround sound when monaural audio
is received from the source.
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
Speaker Level: You can adjust the volume level of the center-channel
and rear speaker relative to the system's front speakers.
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 T20 is equipped with
analog and digital inputs.
- Analog Audio Inputs: The Bose T20 features three rear-panel
analog stereo RCA audio inputs and one front-panel analog stereo RCA audio
- Digital Audio Inputs: The T20 features three rear-panel optical
and coaxial digital audio inputs.
Bose Link Input: You can use the Bose Lifestyle T20 to listen to
content from a Bose link-compatible system, such as another Lifestyle system.
Connect that system to the Bose Link input connector on the rear-panel of the
Headphone Output: The Lifestyle T20'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.
5.1-Channel Speaker System
Direct/Reflecting Cube Speakers: This Lifestyle T20
home theater system uses 4 Direct/Reflecting Cube speakers to fill your room with
compelling surround sound. These cube speaker arrays can be swiveled, allowing
you to reflect sound off the walls as well as project it directly into the room.
The result is full, spacious sound throughout the room; not just in one small
"sweet-spot". Direct/Reflecting speaker technology delivers lifelike spaciousness
from a natural balance of reflected and direct sound; similar to a live
performance. You'll hear movies, music and sports come to life in
Horizontal Center-Channel Speaker: The horizontal center-channel
speaker delivers natural sounding dialogue and vocals, while visually
complimenting your flat panel TV screen.
Acoustimass Module: The system's Direct/Reflecting Cube speakers 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 tiny cube speakers.
Speaker Mounting: Each speaker has a single 5mm threaded insert for
optional Bose or universal wall brackets (018UB20B,
sold separately) or stands (018UFS20B,
System Connections: The Control Console plugs into the Acoustimas
Module via the included proprietary system cable. The four satellite cube arrays
and the center-channel speakers then connect to the Acoustimass module via
supplied speaker cable. The satellite cube and center-channels speakers feature
spring-clip connectors to attach the speaker cable.
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
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.
Wireless Remote Control: The Bose Lifestyle T20 home theater system
includes an RF remote for wireless control of the entire system. 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.
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.