Electronista: Bose has introduced its first sound bars for home theaters, the CineMate 1 SR and Lifestyle 135. Both offerings maintain the company’s focus on the high-end market, featuring compact speaker arrays built into a single sound-bar that can be placed in front of a television. The sound bars are paired with a wireless subwoofer to handle low frequencies. (more…)
Born Rich: Setting-up a home theater room demands both money and knowledge. Unless you want a themed home theater room like some of the opulent home theaters we have earlier told you about, you won’t need anything beyond the Bose 46-Inch “VideoWave“ LCD TV that comes with 16 built-in speakers for the cinematic surround sound experience. The company is touting the innovative VideoWave 46″ backlit LCD as its most advanced product ever, the result of 10 years of research. The TV set uses “Phaseguide” technology, which makes it possible to link seven of those 16 speakers with a single, nanosecond timing system, which alternates the sound from each speaker for an omnidirectional sound effect.
In addition to the built-in 16 speakers, there are six compact subwoofers in a magnesium chassis, inside the TV which are placed facing each other, so that all the mechanical vibration cancels out for a rich bass. What makes handling this compact home theater in a simpler way is a universal remote that allows any device connected to the TV to be controlled via a simple onscreen interface. The VideoWave will retail for $5349 starting October 14th, exclusively at Bose stores only.
iPodNN: Bose will soon release new in-ear headphones made specifically to work with multimedia-capable smartphones. The three will include the IE2 headphones and MIE2 and MIE2i mobile headsets. The last two have built-in microphones and call control buttons, with the MIE2i made to work with the iPhone, iPad, iPods and recent Macs, granting access to some of the devices’ voice-capable apps and navigate music. Each will include proprietary Bose technology to boost sound quality and three sizes of StayHear tips more comfortable than with previous Bose in-ears.
The IE2 headphones will replace the currently available in-ear headphones and will cost $100 when they ship on August 23. The same day will see the release of the $130 MIE2 headset, while the Apple-oriented MIE2i arrives in October for the same $130.
Says Bose: “The Unify™ intelligent integration system is the exclusive Bose technology that makes it easier than ever to bring premium surround-sound to your Blu-ray™ Disc player, gaming console, satellite and cable boxes, iPhone/iPod – just about any, and every, digital home entertainment source. Easy to follow on-screen messages guide you through the entire set up process – showing you exactly what to do every step of the way. The Unify™ system can sense whether you’ve made a correct or incorrect connection, and put you right should you go wrong.” Read more…
Übergizmo: Bose systems are rarely cheap, let alone affordable to the average Joe, but that doesn’t mean the company cannot turn a profit as it has been in business all these years as the rich and famous lap up their devices and audio systems without thinking twice about the financial damage. Well, the company is back with three more 5.1 systems, namely the V35, V25 and T20, where all of them will boast a new “Unify” technology which supposedly makes “connecting speakers and sources, programming remotes, and accessing content easier and faster than ever before.” No idea on how easy that will be – as if color codes and using simple logic of seeing which connector fits into which port isn’t enough. Guess money can’t really buy brains either, where you will need to fork out $3,299, $2,499 and $1,999 for the V35, V25 and T20, respectively.
iPodNN: Bose has upgraded their SoundDock line with a new, particularly high-end model. The SoundDock 10 adds a dedicated subwoofer to reproduce the low end and has two large transducers that borrow the same technology as found in the Wave radio to project upper- and mid-range frequencies.
Fresh for any Bose system is a completely interchangeable dock: it can not only accommodate different iPhones and iPods but can fit an optional $150 (€100) Bluetooth receiver for wireless stereo or, in the future, recognize non-Apple players.
The system has GSM shielding to prevent the “buzz” interference of a nearby phone and a remote to steer docked equipment from a distance. Bose plans for the SoundDock 10 to reach stores on the 21st and is pricing it well above the SoundDock II at $600 (€600).
Dealerscope: Bose announced that it is laying off 1,000 employees- 10 percent of its work force.
The cuts, according to the Associated Press, will come from various areas, including manufacturing and the company’s Framingham, Mass., headquarters.
“We have been staffed for a growing economy, not a global recession,” company spokeswoman Carolyn Cinotti said in a statement. “As a global company, we are responding to these challenges.
MarketWatch: Bose yesterday announced that it has settled its litigation against Phitek Corporation at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.
Bose’s complaint charged that Phitek manufactured headphones for Audio-Technica and Creative Labs that infringe Bose U.S. patents protecting the active noise-reducing headphone technology found in Bose QuietComfort headphones.
As part of the settlement, Phitek has agreed to make certain changes to its headphones to be clear of the Bose patents at issue.
freep: Speaker-maker supreme Bose has begun making full sound systems that offer navigation, hands-free phone use, satellite radio and voice commands.
Bose, which has made high-end speakers for cars since its first application on the 1983 Cadillac Seville, is the sole supplier of audio, video and navigation for the $264,000 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.
The elegant system has the same combination of high style and high fidelity that distinguish striking Bose home audio equipment like its Wave radio and Lifestyle audio and video systems.
Called the Bose Media System, the unit has everything from a 30-gigabyte hard drive to store 200 CDs to proximity detectors to sense when you reach for the control knobs.