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alaScore 83

324 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 324 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Bose CINE MATE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 324 reviews)

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Consumer review by:

Bose bites off more than they can chew with this device


What really irritates me about the BOSE Cinemate series ii is the way they advertise it. You are supposed to be able to plug it into your TV and have great sound. But heres the problem. HDTV's dont decode digital sound. Plugging your BOSE 2.1 into...

Small and easy to configure. Good sound for 2 speakers

Over Priced. HDTV's dont decode digital audio. Plugging these speakers into the TV doesnt sound nearly as good as plugging them into the source. (ie: PS3, BluRay, Cable)

Consumer review by:

For what it is it's a fantastic system.


I own a Samsung 64" 550 3D plasma HDTV. My lovely wife agreed to this extravagance on the condition I deep six my 6.1 SS system. She has always hatted the big speakers and the beefy Sub. I replaced this system with the Bose Cinemate II. I installed and...

First class construction. Looks good when installed ; Distortion free electronics Sub has level adjustment ; Solid speakers No audiable distortion at very high volume levels

Can be a little pricy if you don't shop carfully

Consumer review by:

Great TV upgrade


I have this set up with my 55 inch panasonic flatscreen TV and it is a great improvement. The sound quality is supurb. My father who is hard of hearing cannot understand people a lot of the time was the biggest shock. With the Bose cinemate turned on...

Simple use, great universal remote (the only one that controlled everything right), sound quality is great, space saver, loud without any distortion

As much as I love the sound, I do not hear any simmulated surround it boasts and the only reason it didn't get 5 stars


Consumer review by:

Great System! If you're good at reading lips...


Truth is, I doubted the reviews I had read as the Bose in-store display was absolutely convincing. There was no way mere vocals would pose such a problem for this "impressive" system. Even the salesperson suggested that I consider a different system;...

Terrific sound effects - really brings the move to life

Difficult to hear words. You can compensate by increasing the volume, but beware of sound effects as these will come crashing through

Consumer review by:

A nice sounding, simple upgrade to flat panel TV sound


This is one of the easiest, and best sounding sound solutions to address the less than acceptable sound quality that new flat panel HDTV's demonstrate. If your expectations are true 5.1 surround that will shake your walls, this isn't the solution for...

Easy set-up, clean sound, noticable upgrade to the built in speakers that most flat panels come with

Lack of iPod input

Consumer review by:

Amazing, for what we required.


I have been looking at this BOSE system, and have read all the comments here for about three months.I bought my first BOSE system about 25 years ago and fell in love back then. I also bought a BOSE WAVE a few years so I'm totally in love with the...

Easy set up, great ability to perform surround sound. Universal remote is just that, universal

None that I have discovered yet

Consumer review by:

Phenomenal Sound!


I really don't understand why this set has only three and a half stars? This 2.1 system sounds better than anything I've heard prior with the exceptions of the $2000 Bose 5.1 demo set next to this one when I bought it and a Klipsch set that was set up...

Cheap, only four connections to set up, full sound from three speakers, its Bose so it will last forever, easy four button remote, receiver has a very small foot print on my entertainment center, don't have to screw around with rear speaker wires

Can't adjust the e.q. but its hardly a problem considering I would have eq'ed it to sound exactly as it does. Spending $600 sucks no matter what your getting. I have short arms and deep pocket though and I really have to be impressed to spend

Consumer review by:

Quite a bargin at around $500.00


This system was VERY EASY to setup. I didn't even need to turn off the TVs internal speakers. I remember reading other reviews about the "lack of bass" with this system. That's what happened to me when I had the Acoustimass module facing me. Just by...

Very easy to setup!! Sounds great

I haven't found anything wrong with this item

Consumer review by:

Fine for family room upstairs...


I own this system and have it hooked up to my family room TV. Perfect system for small area. It sounds good, although lacks a little in the bass dept. like most Bose product IMO. This system should not be used as your main home theatre system in the...

Ease of setup, crystal clear sound, solidly built

Lots of thick wires to hide, remote is useless - buy a harmony, iPod input would be a good addition for future models

Consumer review by:

Excellent system for good sound from TV and DVD


Very good sound from small speakers. Comes with the subwoofer. Improves quality of sound from TV and DVD movies. Does not take up a lot of space. Can use analog or digital optical cable.

Fantastic system for a small room. Easy setup. Do not have to go through all the configurations and setup with an amplifier. Remote on GS activates and controls the TV and DVD. Can hook up your Ipod and control volume from remote

Would like to be able to set bass and treble

Product Specifications

The Bose CineMate digital home theater speaker system makes it easy to enjoy the power of a home theater experience using your TV and video components, like a DVD player or VCR. There's no bulky equipment, complicated wiring or confusing installation. And there are no center or rear speakers. Just two front speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module bring movies and music to life with four quick connections. A universal infrared remote controls your system and most devices attached to your television.


Model:Digital Home Theater Speaker System
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Bose CineMate

Remote Control

Type:Remote control/Universal remote control

Speaker System

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Speaker System Configuration:2.1-channel
Speaker System Type:Home theater speaker system/Speaker system