Prowess in the realm of audio, Bose’s signature move is to condense high-power sound into a single device. This holiday season, Bose is expanding its expertise to televisions and home theaters, rolling both into the new VideoWave Entertainment System.The VideoWave consists of four pieces: a 46-inch LCD TV, a separate console connected by a proprietary Bose cable, an iPod dock and a remote control.
The 46-inch LCD TV does 1080p images, but there’s nothing terribly impressive about the picture, what’s so amazing about the VideoWave display is its sound. If you buy the VideoWave, you won’t need a single extra speaker, as the set itself provides a fantastic home theater surround sound experience. Inside the 100-plus pound set are 16 speakers, six subwoofers in a magnesium chassis, which are placed facing each other, so that all the mechanical vibration cancels out for a rich bass.
A separate set top connects to the TV. It has three HDMI inputs and two component inputs on the rear side, with one composite, HDMI and USB port of the front. An IR emitter is also on the front panel, allowing control over other consoles. An iPod/iPhone dock is included with the system, while the radio-frequency remote control has basic buttons for power, input, channel up and down, volume adjustment and mute. Connected boxes are automatically sensed and the remote can control them. More advanced controls pop up on the outside edges of the screen, shrinking the video feed. They are accessed from a touch-sensitive surface on the remote, around a four-way pad.
In order to recreate a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound experience with a single-point audio system, Bose uses an in-house technology called Phase Guide that can “beam” sound to any point in a room, creating the effect that what is heard originated from that direction. Bose also bundles VideoWave with audio calibration software it calls ADAPTiQ that can factor in a room’s shape and furnishings to better craft a powerful audio output experience.
Bose will sell the VideoWave Entertainment System exclusively at its own stores starting on October 14 for a fairly significant $5,350 price tag. The asking price includes all the components we mentioned above, a detachable table-top stand, installation, device connection, ADAPTiQ calibration, and recycling of your old television.