Integrated System (Bose Lifestyle) vs Component System
Is it better to go for an integrated Lifestyle system or an Component Based system like Yamaha/Denon Receiver and Polk/Bose etc. speakers and Apple TV for your music, videos & photos.
Which are the higher rated receivers & speakers than the Bose?
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Better is a subjective term. Simpler vs complex is more accurate. I'd go for the separate components if conspicuity is NOT required and to allow unlimited future growth. Sub/sats have their place but nothing beats having full-range speakers alll around the room with some real horsepower to push them.
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Bose makes a product called a VS-2 video enhancer. All it is is a video scaler and switcher, which, if I remember correctly, has 3 composite in, 3 component in, and 2 HDMI in, with 1 HDMI out, among other connections. It sync's with your Lifestyle system to pick the correct video input when you pick the audio input that corresponds. I can't seem to find it on the Bose website, although I did find the below link. The piece is probably discontinued, but I'm sure Bose or your local dealer can get a hold of one.
You need to buy a Bose VS 2, video enhancer. Your cable/sattelite, vcr and aux connect to the VS 2 and the VS2 connects one HDMI cable to the TV. The VS2 then upconverts DVDs played on the lifestyle through the VS2/HDMI.
audio has to connected seperatly.vs 2 is for video connection only..Bose is a ripoff.... u pay all that money and you need a seperate audio connection plus all those wires..it isn't worth it and regret i bought it.
If you use both s-video and composite (yellow) video at the same time on the bose system, it thinks you want to use the component adapter (which is included with the system). Just use one or the other. But if this is still in black and white (it may because the system still thinks you're using the adapter) just press "system" on the bose remote, and go to "video" and then "video connector" If video connector says "Component", try to change this to "composite + s". If this doesn't let you change it (it may not) then restart the system by unplugging the DC power cable for 30 seconds and re-connect it.
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well u didn't include any models # for the proton or "cubes" so all I can speak too is a simple heads up lesson about amp loading , most modern integrated amps look for a 4 ohm load for its speakers , this is saying total load , so if one was to connect say two speakers (plus to plus and minus to minus) assuming the speakers are 4 ohm already this would divide down to only 2 ohms (this would heat up the amp and affect it working ) but also if the speakers are say 8 ohms each then this divides down to 4 ohms (and the amp would see two as only one ) , also wire length between speakers counts as well , assuming most speaker rated size wire is say .023 ohms per foot this would also have to be added to the total load the amp see's , there are far more technical ways of running longer wires to other rooms but this involves impedance matching transformers and the like . so I'll not discuss them
I recommend you switch from using HDMI cables to using component (R/G/B
RCA-style) cables. HD picture is superior through component cabling,
and solves several HD picture issues.
Component cabling from your devices should eliminate your problems.