Man cave goals: The ultimate home cinema set-up

With the Lifestyle 650 and SoundTouch 300, Bose just unveiled the home cinema gear you’ve dreamt of your whole life.

Meryl D'Souza November 17, 2016

There are many things we liked about the good old’ days. For instance, Donald Trump wasn’t president of the United States and everyone did more than just stare at their smartphones all day long.

Having said that, things today are not so bad either. For starters, we’re dressing way better than we ever did while technology is making life so much easier. Take Hi-fi systems, for example. There was a time when they used to look like this:

Installing one back then was not worth the mental fatigue and back aches. You, like us, probably had those times where you’d spend a good hour or more setting it up only to find that the speakers could do with some shifting around for better acoustics. Those predicaments only led to flaring tempers and arguments. Be honest now, was it really worth that much trouble?  

It wasn’t. And if you’re saying it was, then you clearly forgot how mad everyone was by the time you were ready to witness the oontz, oontz, oontz blaring out from your new subwoofer.

We’re in a happier time now thanks to many companies making audio technology not just better in decibels but portable and easy to use. Like Bose, who for years has dedicated itself to making compact, all-in-one audio systems among other audio peripherals.

This week, the American company unveiled its new luxury home entertainment system: Lifestyle 650. The system features the smallest satellite speakers in Bose's history: four OmniJewel speakers measuring just 15cm in height. Bose claims these satellites deliver true omnidirectional 360-degree sound.

The Bose Lifestyle 650

The Lifestyle 650 consists of the aforementioned satellites, a slim centre channel, a wireless subwoofer, and a hub that houses all the power, amplification, wireless streaming and connections. The Lifestyle 650 can support up to six HDMI inputs with 4K pass-through and is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC compatible. 

The ADAPTiQ technology sets the Lifestyle 650 apart from every other home entertainment system out there. The system includes headphones (that are actually head microphones) that are plugged into the receiver. With the headphones on, you can head to five specific locations in your room to help calibrate the speakers. During this time, the speakers will play a variety of tones both from each speaker individually, then in different combinations.

The purpose behind this odd little procedure? It helps the Lifestyle 650 scan the environment and tune its speakers to the acoustics of your home. With this, you won’t be stuck with a highly specialised system that suddenly becomes inferior if you move it to another room or change the arrangement.

The Bose SoundTouch 300

Bose also took the sheets off its new soundbar. Though don’t be fooled, this isn’t your average tastefully designed, slim speaker. Bose reinvented the soundbar with the SoundTouch 300. This contraption doubles down as a home theatre.

The SoundTouch 300 boasts many of the features found in the Lifestyle 650. There’s the Bluetooth and NFC compatibility, 4K pass-through and Wi-Fi apart from its stellar sound. The SoundTouch 300’s party trick is its PhaseGuide technology, which aims to send audio signals further left and right in the room.

PhasGuide has the ability to separate channels of a soundtrack and send it to places in the room without speakers to provide a more atmospheric sound. Imagine a movie theatre where you’re watching a movie that for whatever reason has a bird fly by or people screaming. When you’re in a movie hall, you hear the flapping of the bird’s wings or the screams go from one direction to the other thanks to the speakers in the ceiling.

The SoundTouch 300 has the ability to do that in your living room without the help of speakers in your ceiling. Don’t think of this as press release tosh, we witnessed all of this firsthand and even double-checked for hidden speakers. Like our cover star in his latest film, Doctor Strange, this is sorcery that can’t be explained. You’ll have to see to believe. Listen, rather.