Bose CineMate® 1 SR system

In the UK Bose are heavily promoting their CineMate 1 SR systemI thought it might be worth while sharing a little information on this TV soundbar system. Most of the info below is lifted straight from the Bose site and then we round up with some reviews and technical comments.

Spacious home cinema sound from one sleek speaker

Sound customised to room size, shape and furnishings

Easily connects directly to your HDTV. With only one cable

Wireless Acoustimass® module for low-note performance

Flexmount™ technology ensures optimal performance whether the speaker array is wall-mounted or placed on a table


Flexmount™ automatic placement compensation automatically detects the speaker’s orientation—flat on a table, or mounted on a wall—and adjusts the sound to ensure wide, spacious sound.

PhaseGuide® sound radiators work with TrueSpace® technology to direct sound with precision, sending acoustic detail to the left, right and center of your room.

Wireless Acoustimass® module produces deep low notes for added home cinema realism. A wireless link allows for flexible placement and does away with any speaker cables from the module to the single speaker array.

ADAPTiQ® audio calibration system analyses the way your room’s dimensions and other variables affect sound, then automatically adjusts the sound of your speaker system to the acoustics of your room.

SmartSource™ input selection system continuously monitors the system’s auxiliary audio inputs and automatically switches to the best audio signal available that matches what’s on the TV.

Programmable IR remote controls the CineMate® 1 SR system and nearly any attached entertainment device to simplify the experience and reduce the clutter of multiple remotes.

Trawling the web for reviews and comments it looks like this is a popular and well received bit of kit. Notable comments include;

“thundering bass”, “easy to set up” and “much better than my previous 5.1 surround system”.
Generally it seems to be getting 4.5 star reviews.

From a connectivity point of view the unit has optical, coaxial and Analog connectors. Given its cost I think its disappointing that it doesn’t include at least one HDMI input and an HDMI ARC output.

So all in all a great little system but let down by the lack of HDMI.

In the UK it costs around £1299 and is available from up scale retailers such as John Lewis.

In the US the cost is around $1500 from retailers such as Amazon.

Also in this price bracket (albeit slightly cheaper) is the mighty Yamaha – 2200 – so if your doing some comparision shopping it might be worth taking a look at that model also.

Happy Soundbaring!



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