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Bose Lifestyle 48

Bose Lifestyle 48
alaScore 83

146 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 146 reviews of Bose Lifestyle 48. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The size also gets good feedback. There are some negative reviews about the price. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, size, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Bose Lifestyle 48 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Bose Lifestyle 48 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Home Theater Systems on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The size and usability also get good feedback. Views are divided on the price.

usability, size, design, reliability

55% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Bose Lifestyle 48 Series IV - Home theater system - 5.1 channel - blackBose Lifestyle 48 Series IV - Home theater system - 5.1 channel - black

Sep, 2018

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Bose Lifestyle 48


For Bose fanatics, this lifestyle system is a slam dunk but. People understand that when they pay for a Bose system, they are paying for Bose sound. Many people in the industry that are not trying to sell a Bose product will advise that there are...

Bose sound and designADAPTiQ system customizes sound340 hours of music storage

High price for limited featuresLots of highs and lows, less mid-range

The playback/ music storage system allows you to customize your music...

May, 2009

Expert review by : 3LUXE (

Bose Lifestyle 48 Series


Do you sometimes wish you could just buy a product that would essentially "do all the figuring" for you? Well, those remarkable folks at Bose have granted your wish with its Bose® Lifestyle® 48 Series home theater system. Plug in your new Bose system...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (

Bose Lifestyle 48 home theater system Review and Prices


The Lifestyle 48 sits atop Bose's collection of Lifestyle tabletop DVD home theaters. As with other top-end Bose systems, the Lifestyle 48 employs Bose's small but potent Direct/Reflecting cube speakers that provide a rich sound response while blending...

Jul, 2006

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Easy setup, crisp sound quality

Can't transfer from the hard disk to CD or MP3 players

There are more powerful and much cheaper systems on the market, but if your lifestyle demands an unobtrusive system that delivers high-quality audio and video, the Lifestyle 48 is a good option.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Peter Griffin (

Bose Lifestyle 48 DVD Home Entertainment System


The first thing that impressed us about Bose's top-line home theatre system was the packaging. Every component is shrink-wrapped, the various cables t...

Easy setup, crisp sound quality

Can't transfer from the hard disk to CD or MP3 players

There are more powerful and much cheaper systems on the market, but if your lifestyle demands an unobtrusive system that delivers high-quality audio and video, the Lifestyle 48 is a good option.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Bose Lifestyle 48 home cinema system


Bose are always at the top of end of the market, offering solutions to those who can afford it. Of course with that expense comes a system that is easy to use and at the same time something that produces that all important draw dropping awe. So can...

Sound, sound, sound

Pricey, not HDMI support for the purists, have to use Bose cables, subwoofer is bigger than a tower PC

At £4000 you have to expect that the player is going to be good, but it's not all perfect. Purists will be disappointed by the lack of cable customisation for the speakers and movie fans hoping to get the most out of the DVD's playback capabilities...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Jeremy Roche (

Bose Lifestyle 48 Series III


The latest Bose Lifestyle 48 home theatre kit is more living room friendly in its third incarnation, with a smaller Accoustimass module and a centre speaker designed to complement flat panel televisions.

Outlook With a price tag of AU$7,999, there's no doubt the Lifestyle 48 Series III -- available in black or white -- is a prestigious system aimed at big spenders and home entertainment enthusiasts. Bose also sells its AU$599 SC2 Wireless Surround Link...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Jeremy Roche (

Bose Lifestyle 48


The Bose Lifestyle 48 can store up to 340 hours of music from your CDs, learn what music you like and play back similar tracks. It's tiny speakers produce top-quality audio that is hard to beat.

Tiny speaker package produces fantastic sound ; Up to 340 hours of music can be stored on the HDD ; Remote control works through walls

Very expensive ; Irregularly shaped Media Center hinders the stacking of other components

The elite Lifestyle 48 produces purely stunning sound but with an AU$8,000 price tag, it certainly isn't for everyone.

Jan, 2005

Consumer review (

A Complete Waste of Money...


I'm not going to waste my time anymore to try to tell you why this isn't a good system, because all Bose products are a waste of money. What I will say is that if you do decide to purchase this system is that you will have fallen victim to very...

If you're into playing cruel and unusual jokes on yourself, then this system is perfect for you

Ok, seriously...the reason why Bose isn't taken seriously in the audio world is not because of jealousy, but because the vast majority of their products are severely over-rated pieces of plastic, which for $4000, you should be expecting a lot more when...

Aug, 2010

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The Worst $4,000 You Could Ever Spend On Anything


I don't know why anyone would choose Bose over competing brands of speakers. Are these people lazy? Rich and uncaring? For your money, you get less. It's obvious from what you can see.

Functional ; Not the worst speakers you could buy ; Small Satellites = Easy Placement

Obvious flaws in the balance of the sound. The highs aren't that crisp and the lows aren't that low ; The ugliest speakers I've ever seen in my life. Could they look any cheap and dinkier ; Sound is unspectacular compared to some $300-$500 speakers ;...

Jul, 2010

Product Specifications

The Bose Lifestyle 48 Series III DVD home entertainment system will change the way you think about movies, music ... even your CD collection. Digitally store and organize up to 340 hours of music in the media center, featuring a progressive scan DVD/CD player. The ADAPTiQ audio calibration system analyzes your room and adjusts your Lifestyle system's sound for great performance. Tiny, award-winning Jewel Cube speaker arrays and a newly designed horizontal center channel speaker fill your room with wondrous surround sound. And there's more. Bose link allows connections for compatible Bose products in as many as 14 additional rooms. The hidden beauty of the Lifestyle 48 III DVD system lies in the Bose technologies that make enjoying music and movies intuitively simple. Start with your main room - the size, shape, textures and other elements that affect the sound you hear. The ADAPTiQ system, found only in Lifestyle DVD systems, was developed to analyze your room and then adjust the Lifestyle system for a consistent, high-quality performance each time you listen. No need to move furniture, speakers or anything else to get the best possible sound in your room. Just sit in up to five of your preferred listening spots, and allow the ADAPTiQ system to automatically make the necessary adjustments. Consider the hassle of managing your treasured, but unwieldy, CD collection. The Lifestyle III 48 DVD system changes all that with unique Bose technology that stores up to 340 hours of music. The uMusic intelligent playback system actually listens to your music and learns your preferences, then makes selections based on what you like. No more searching for CDs or deciding which tracks to listen to. Whatever mood you're in, the uMusic system is ready with just the songs you want to hear.


Audio formats supported:MP3
Audio output channels:5.1

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Product Type: None

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / DTS decoder / Videostage 5 decoder/Videostage 5 decoder / Dolby Digital / DTS decoder
Components:DVD player / AV receiver / Speaker system/Media center / Speaker system/Speaker system / Media center
Functions (KA):AV receiver / Digital recorder / DVD player/AV receiver / DVD player/DVD player / AV receiver/DVD player / AV receiver / Digital recorder
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV systems
Surround System Class:5.1 channel
Type:Home theater system

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None


Coaxial Digital Input: Yes
Coaxial Digital Output: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
Optical Digital Input: Yes
Optical Digital Output: Yes


CD Playback Modes:All tracks repeat / One track repeat / Random play / shuffle/Random play / shuffle / All tracks repeat / One track repeat
DVD Repeat Modes:A-B repeat/A-B repeat / Chapter
Type:DVD player

Energy Management

Supported batteries:4x AAA


Equalizer: Yes


Model:48/48 Series III/48 Series IV
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Bose Lifestyle

Management Features

Handheld remote control: Yes

MD System

Type: None



Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD
Optical disc player type:DVD Player

Other Features

Cable Length:70.9
Dimensions (WxDxH):13 x 21.6 x 7.99 / 15.7 x 11.5 x 3.7
Power Requirements:230V
Surround speaker dimensions (WxHxD):2.2 x 3.19 x 4.41 / 2.24 x 4.49 x 3.27
Surround speaker weight:0.0176 / 2.36
Weight:26.2 / 9.04

Packaging Data

Package weight:72.8

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:5
Composite video in:1
Composite video out:1
Digital audio coaxial in:1
Digital audio optical in:1
FM antenna: Yes
S-Video out:1
S-Video outputs quantity:1


Supported batteries:4x AAA


Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Universal remote control

Technical Details

Color of product:Black / Silver / White


Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Center speaker dimensions (WxDxH):5.51 x 2.36 x 2.64 / 5.51 x 2.64 x 2.36
Center speaker weight:17.6 / 2.36
Subwoofer dimensions (WxDxH):3.7 x 15.7 x 11.5 / 7.99 x 21.6 x 13
Subwoofer weight:26.2 / 9.04