Bose’s New HDTV Entertainment System Details Revealed

July 12th, 2012 · 9 Comments · LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Sound Bars

Bose, the consumer electronics company known for its loudspeakers, headphones and home entertainment systems announced today the introduction of its 2nd generation combination home entertainment sound system and HDTV called the VideoWave II.  Shipping now, the system is available in a 46-inch and 55-inch screen sizes. Learn the features (including ones not disclosed on its website),  the prices  and discover who really builds its HDTV after the break.

The Bose VideoWave II consists of an 120 Hz LED LCD backlit monitor (no over-the-air TV tuner) with six woofers, and a seven element speaker array. The screen is connected to the “console” which provides audio amplifiers and inputs (4 HDMI, 2 component video inputs, 1-composite video and 2 USB ports) and switching.

Having the speakers built-in to the TV screen creates a deeper cabinet than found in other high definition TVs, The 46-inch model measures 6-inches, while the 55-inch is a husky 5.5-inches.  We asked a  Bose representative  questions regarding the TV monitor’s performance,  features and manufacturer. Here are his responses.

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Both sizes use direct lit LED backlights meaning they are placed directly behind the  LCD screen. Unlike the highly regarded top of the line Sony XBR55HX929 or the Elite by Sharp HDTV, there is no local LED dimming to deepen the black levels. The Bose VideoWave II monitors don’t include a scanning backlight, which improves motion resolution (most LED backlit HDTVs offer this feature). They also lack an HDTV (rec. 709)  color setting found on almost all top models. These Bose monitors are built by Samsung to Bose’s specification. Want 3D and/or Smart TV Internet streaming functionality? Sorry, it’s not available in the VideoWave II (however, it is built into the Sony and Sharp).

The price? The 46-inch sells for $4999 and the 55-inch is $5999. For the given screen size these Bose TVs are the most expensive flat panel consumer TVs available. By comparison, Samsung’s closest comparable 46-inch model is the  UN46EH6000 120 Hz LED backlit HDTV. It sells for under $740 and measures a depth of 3.7-inches. For the $4260 price difference you can buy one heck of a component surround sound system. Want a 132 watt top performing surround soundbar instead?  The 60-inch Samsung UN60EH6000 with the superb Yamaha YSP-2200 Digital Sound Projector surround soundbar with 18 element speaker array (16 drivers and 2 woofers) will set you back only $2367 ($1569 + $799).



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9 Comments so far ↓

  • Rob Muldoon

    It’s a pup – if they’ve invested a heap of dosh in this bit of kit, wait for the share price crash it’s about as creative as a chocolate kettle

  • Terence mparuri

    I would like to know what is the latest BOSE HD LED TV and what is the biggest size in inches?
    Thank you

    May we suggest rereading the article. It clearly states the biggest of the two models is 55-inches.

    HD Guru

  • Andrew T

    Why Would anyone want a Bose Sound system anyway? I mean for the same price you pay for a Bose system you can get into a Great Martin Logan system or Definitive technology system. Bose is over rated.

  • Stringfellow

    HDGURU, from the knowledge and wisdom that you have gained from years of continued research on televisions, do you feel that this product should be sold to consumers?

    I am only curious because it seems that the public is better off purchasing the Bose Lifestyle V35 system for a little over $3k at the BOSE store in a mall and the Panasonic TC-P55VT50 for approximate $2.5k from Best Buy, whilst still having money to buy a Panasonic DMP-BDT220 for $149 at Best Buy and American made HDMI cables from Blue Jeans Cable online.

  • valley_nomad

    Ir is a new and cheaper version of Bose’s original Videowave TV introduced about two years ago

  • chew

    You got to be kidding me all that money for that junk,well if anybody who buy it,just give me your money.

  • almoore

    If only Bose engineering was as good as Bose marketing…

  • Chris G

    Another lemon from Bose – what else. But then some people have more money than brains and just love to pay more for a “brand name”. There’s one

  • LtColBuckRobley

    Easily and I mean EASILY, the biggest ripoff I’ve ever heard of! What a gyp!

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