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Bose Lifestyle T20

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Bose T20 pricing

Bose Lifestyle V35

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Bose Lifestyle V35 pricing

The new Lifestyle systems are built around Bose's Unify technology, which uses a variety of methods, such as clearly labeled packaging, guided setup, and straightforward commands, to make the systems easier to use. The video demonstrations on Bose's site look promising, with simple onscreen menus guiding setup and smooth integration with a Harmony-like universal remote.

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The feature breakdown on these systems is actually pretty simple. All of these systems have four HDMI inputs (included one front HDMI port) and two component video inputs, which gives you five total HD connections. They're all also capable of analog video upconversion, so you'll only need to make a single HDMI connection from the Lifestyle system to your HDTV.
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Unlike the step-up models, the Lifestyle T20 does not have an LCD display on the remote.
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The Bose T20 ($2,000) is priced significantly higher than competing HTIB systems.
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The Bose Lifestyle V35 features several step-ups over the T20, including an iPod dock, AM/FM tuner, Bose Link wireless audio connectivity, an LCD display on the remote, and step-up Jewel Cube speakers.
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The included remote features a Harmony-like LCD screen.
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The core AV connectivity of the V35 is largely the same as the step-down T20.
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The Bose V35 ($3,300) is much pricier than competing systems with similar feature sets. It's possible these Lifestyle live up to their price tag with exceptional sound quality--which we can't judge without a review sample--but it would have to sound a good deal better than competitors to make up for the price difference. Guided setup, smart packaging, and nonjargony phrases are all smart design choices, we just wish they didn't cost so much.
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