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Bose® Lifestyle® V25 home entertainment system

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Bose Unify™ technology makes it easy to connect and control all of your home theater components, including a Blu-ray player, cable box, and game console. Clear on-screen menus provide all the information you need to easily switch from one video source to another. Plus, you can control everything using the system's backlit, universal remote. You won't even have to input any codes — just point each of your existing remotes at the console and follow the on-screen instructions.

Experience rich Bose sound with all your entertainment

Enjoy engaging home theater sound with all your movies, music, TV shows, and video games from a system that's easy to set up and use. The Lifestyle® V25 system lets you connect up to six high-def video sources to the system's media console, and enjoy simple control of everything using one remote. Five Direct/Reflecting® speaker arrays and an Acoustimass® module add wraparound sound to your video without adding clutter to your room. This system also comes with an iPod®/iPhone® dock and a built-in FM/AM radio tuner to expand your music listening options.

Living room setup

The Lifestyle® V25 system provides great sound and elegant looks.

Easy setup and operation

iPod dock included

Connect your iPod or iPhone using the included dock.

Bose Unify™ technology makes it easy to connect and control all of your home theater components, including a Blu-ray player, cable box, and game console. Clear on-screen menus provide all the information you need to easily switch from one video source to another. Plus, you can control everything using the system's backlit, universal remote. You won't even have to input any codes — just point each of your existing remotes at the console and follow the on-screen instructions.

Sound that's perfectly adjusted for your room

The ADAPTiQ® auto calibration system simplifies setup by automatically tailoring the sound to the size and shape of your room. Just put on the supplied headset with built-in mics, sit in five of your family's favorite spots, and the system configures its own speaker distance and delay settings. You can be sure that everyone in your room hears the best sound possible.

Four swiveling, dual-cube speakers plus a center channel speaker deliver exhilarating sound, and blend elegantly with your décor. They feature Bose's patented Direct/Reflecting® speaker technology, which sends a mixture of direct and reflected sound to your ears for convincing wraparound effects. A separate, powered Acoustimass® module adds thrilling bottom-end rumble to your movie soundtracks, and can be tucked away in a corner or under an end table.

Product Highlights:

  • thrilling 5.1 surround sound for movies, music, sports and video games
  • includes iPod®/iPhone® dock and FM/AM tuner
  • 4 swiveling, dual-cube speakers plus a center channel speaker
  • connect up to 6 high-def video sources (4 HDMI, 2 component video)
  • 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
  • ADAPTiQ® automatic speaker calibration adjusts to your unique room to give you the best sound
  • includes RF remote control
  • main console: 16-5/8"W x 3"H x 9-5/16"D
  • front speakers: 3-1/16"W x 6-1/4"H x 4-1/16"D (each)
  • center channel speaker: 6-1/16"W x 3-1/16"H x 4-1/16"D
  • Acoustimass® module: 8-1/8"W x 13-3/16"H x 21-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year module / 5 years speakers
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Control console (AV35)
  • Acoustimass module (PS28 III)
  • 4 Direct/Reflecting cube speakers
  • Horizontal center-channel speaker
  • RF remote control
  • 4 "AA" batteries
  • ADAPTiQ audio calibration headset
  • AC power supply (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • Two 5' detachable AC power cords
  • 30' Acoustimass cable (with proprietary connectors on each end)
  • Three 20' lengths of speaker wire (with a RCA connection on one end and bare-tinned wire on other end)
  • One 50' length of speaker wire (with RCA connections on one end and bare-tinned wire on other end)
  • 59" HDMI cable
  • 6' Stereo RCA cable
  • Triple IR emitter (with attached 6' cord terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • iPod dock
  • USB Flash-drive
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna (with stand)
  • 4 Large self-adhesive rubber feet (for acoustimass module)
  • 4 Small self-adhesive rubber feet (for center-channel)
  • Operating Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Setup Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Online Product Registration
  • Bose Contact List
  • "Our Commitment To You" note
  • USB Update note
  • iPod Compatibility sheet
  • AM Antenna instructions

Easy set up.............small in size. Good sound.

Gary L., Palm Coast FL


Bose® Lifestyle® V25 home entertainment system Reviews

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Bose Lifestyle V25 home entertainment system

Gary L. from Palm Coast FL on 7/10/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy set up.............small in size. Good sound.

Pros: Decent sound for small speakers

Cons: The V25 control console is not black as advertised but rather charcoal gray in color. Does not match rest of components in color. Picture on box is black as well as advertised color.

Easier than Pie

Ken M from Shelton CT on 1/23/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have put together previous systems and getting everything coordinated and working together was always a hastle. This system made it soooo easy. Just go one step at a time and follow instructions and it is a no brainer. Yes it is a bit pricier than other systems but having everything integrated is wonderful. You can easily spend hundreds getting a Geek in which cuts the difference. The sounds quality is superb and I highly recommend it. The remote was extremely simple to program so I do not need other remotes for the TV, Tivo, cable box and DVD.

Pros: Easy setup, sound quality, great remote

Cons: Price


Hands-on research

Product Research

Overview: The Bose Lifestyle V25 is a 5.1-channel home theater system consisting of an AV Control Console with built-in AM/FM tuner, Acoustimass Module, 4 Direct/Reflecting Cube Speakers, and a Horizontal Center-Channel Speaker. The Lifestyle V25 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. The supplied iPod dock allows you to listen to music and watch video stored on your iPod or iPhone through the Bose Lifestyle V25.

Note: The AV Control Console measures 16.375" (w) x 3.125" (h) x 10.25" (d). Speaker measurements listed in Features & Specs.

Video Section
Audio Section
5.1-Channel Speaker System
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Video Section

6 HD Video Connections: The Bose Lifestyle V25 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 V25 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 V25 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 V25 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 V25 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.
  • Fit: Fits the video image to your screen.

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 Section

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 V25 home theater system offers the following Sound Modes.

  • Original: Plays stereo audio when stereo audio is received from the source.
  • 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 level.

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 V25 is equipped with analog and digital inputs.

  • Analog Audio Inputs: The Bose V25 features three rear-panel analog stereo RCA audio inputs and one front-panel analog stereo RCA audio input.
  • Digital Audio Inputs: The V25 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 V25'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 V25 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.

5.1-Channel Speaker System

Direct/Reflecting Cube Speakers: This Lifestyle V25 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 convincing detail.

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, sold separately).

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.

Convenience Features

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.

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. It also features a rear-panel USB type-A port for updating system software.

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

iPod Compatible: The Bose Lifestyle V25 comes supplied with an iPod dock for connecting select iPod and iPhone models to the system. The iPod dock plugs into the "iPod" proprietary port on the back of the AV Control Console. The Lifestyle V25 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 V25 is "Made for iPod compatible" and supports the following iPod 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 V25 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.

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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