New Bose Soundbars Have a Mind of Their Own

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Soundbars are awesome because a good one can deliver the room-shaking roar of a much larger system. Simplicity rules. These new Bose soundbars promise the company's awesome sound plus some built-in tech that makes them even easier to setup.

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The Lifestyle 135 and CineMate 1 SR are soundbar versions of Bose's similarly named home theater systems. The CineMate is streamlined and the Lifestyle is juiced. The LifeStyle sports an attached iPod dock and 4 HDMI inputs while the CineMate connects to the TV with "just one cable." Both come with a subwoofer.

The systems also have cool automated technologies on board. Each speaker detects whether it is mounted vertically on the wall or if it is sitting flat on a table. Bose also claims that built-in tech detects where a speaker is placed in a room and calibrates the sound accordingly. The most frequent complaint I hear about Bose gear is that it's too expensive, and these soundbars are no different. The Lifestyle 135 costs $1,500 and the CineMate 1 SR costs $2500. [TechCrunch]

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Somewhat off topic, looking for a "cheap" receiver for the garage to run a few speakers off of. Needs to have iPod dock or input. Is there anything on the market now or should I search through craigslist for a few days.