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Bose Lifestyle 35 Accoustimass module rattles at high volume

Today my friends Accoustimass module tipped over and hit the wood floor pretty hard when we were hooking it up in his new house. When we finally got everything connected and turned it all on, we put in a DVD that had a THX sound demo at the beginning. When the bass tried to max out the sub starting crackling and breaking up. We had the volume at around 85 at that time. When we reduced it to 75 it hardly breaks up. But it seems to me it shouldn't even at the higher volume. Is it possible something got damaged when it fell over on the floor? Or is it likely that you can't run it at a volume of 85? He's had it for several years and had it in an apartment and probably hasn't typically had it over a 65 volume setting. It was my fault it fell over and I'm trying to determine if it broke today or if it's probably always been that way and he didn't know it.

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  • j_r_l Dec 16, 2008

    In case anyone reads this and wants to know:

    I called Bose to see if the level should be able to run at 85. They said it is designed to run at 100. But if the base is turned up really high there is a possibility it could distort. But the guy I talked to said he had about the same system and his could run at 100 with absolutely no disortion at all.

    THEN...THE BIG NEWS! That model (which is actually the Lifestyle 28 from 2001, not the Lifestyle 35) can be completely refurbished by BOSE for $165, you pay the shipping there, and they pay it back. It also comes back from Bose with a 1 yr warrantly like a new system. They will check all electronics and functionality of the Media Center and Acoustimass module and repair anything that is not working 100% perfectly.

    My opinion is that is a great deal. Since BOSE systems are SO expensive, it does't make sense to try to find a used replacement Acoustimass module or Media Center. So my friend shipped his back to Bose for repair. When he called to set up the repair, he found that Bose will ship you, free of charge, a box with styrofoam packing to fit your system for shipping to them. He als had the guy on the phone listen and he verified that he suspected something was damaged in the Acoustimass Module.

    The price for repair does vary depending on your Bose model. But it's worth a call to find out even if you don't expect you have any issues... well... maybe.



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Well to be hones 85 sounds pretty loud to me, generally the bose acoustimass module shouldnt really be distorting or crackling unless under extremely high sound levels.

It could possibley be that the speaker cone in the bass module has a slight perforation so it would distort at high levels. However other problems could be loose connections inside the unt or outside the unit. If your friend doesnt have it above 85 under normal circumstances I wouldnt worry to much about it but if there is a tear in the cone the problem could get worse.

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