This Bose® CineMate® 15 home theater speaker system delivers full, impressive sound from your TV. You'll enjoy spacious, detailed home theater sound from the compact soundbar that fits easily in front of your TV, while the Acoustimass® module delivers deep bass that brings whatever you watch to life.
Typical Bose quality, atypical Bose price
Posted by: Benjamin from: on
In brief, the system is compact, unobtrusive, and the sound greatly exceeded my (high) expectations. For news and other "standard" programming, clarity of voice is truly excellent; not merely an enhancement of my TV speaker (which, I should add, leaves a lot to be desired). For movies, I was shocked by the surround effect. Better than any other non-5.1 (or 7.1) systems I've sampled, and I've tried out quite a few. The bass module is exceptional, even for the subtle. I was most struck by this yesterday while watching a show that had a phone on vibrate; the vibration sound was so realistic that I assumed it was coming from my own iPhone. The system is also ideal for all genres of music (or at least those I've played on it: rock, rap, classical, pop, jazz). I even started using the remote instead of my FiOS remote, which has a nice in-hand feel and was easy to set up with TV, DVD player, DVR box, Apple TV, and Roku. Yes, it's more expensive than some (if not many) other soundbar systems, but I find the quality to be disproportionately better. Additionally, having owned a number of Bose products, I will say that their customer service has been outstanding.
75 out of 81 found this review helpful.
The little sound bar that could
Posted by: Dave9988 from: Rockford, IL on
This little sound bar exceeded my expectations. It has a spacious, three dimensional front sound field, crystal clear dialogue and very good surround effects in rooms with hard, reflective surfaces like side walls. And you don't have to turn it up very loud to hear the on screen dialogue.
Ease of Set Up - 10/10
Dialogue - 9/10
Bass - 10/10 (You can adjust the bass higher or lower from the Acoustimass module to suit your tastes)
Surround Effects - 6/10 (Although some scenes in "Lone Survivor" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" were pushing 9/10)
Bottom line, this is not just a glorified Solo with a subwoofer. This unit is in a class of its own. It's recommended to put this unit in a room with hard, reflective surfaces to take full advantage of the side firing drivers which bounces sounds off the walls for surround effects. This unit may be much more convenient than the Cinemate GS Series II since it has fewer wires and does not require table or floor stands.
I have mine located in a bedroom measuring 14 x 12. Most people looking for simplicity and great sound will be very pleased with this latest offering from Bose.
76 out of 93 found this review helpful.
small size, amazing sound
Posted by: Amit81 from: on
I bought this new Bose soundbar & sub-woofer 1 month ago, and it's quality is excellent ! Soundbar is so small, that you can put it either in front of TV or behind also, but sound quality is excellent, you can hear the minute voices also and it fills the entire room . Sub-woofer is also very good and produces great bass sound. This is suitable for all specially for those families who have small kids(like I have one year old kid) or shortage of space in room. Only drawback it has that Sub-woofer is connected with wire, so it needs to kept along with TV. If it has wireless sub-woofer, then no other soundbar can beat it in this price-range. But it's worth of every penny - produces great sound with excellent sub-woofer.
37 out of 43 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Adam from: on
So I just bought this new Bose soundbar and sub-woofer and it is amazing! For this being such a small soundbar, it produces great quality sound and fills the entire room. The base is perfect with the sub-woofer as well. Great sound for the money!
24 out of 26 found this review helpful.
Great product from Bose!! awesome sound!!
Posted by: TeddyT from: on
Scaled my system down to make thing simpler for my wife. She was complaining it was to hard to just watch tv. So I was in a local bestbuy and heard this system as soon as I came through the door. Fell in love with it. Hook up and setup is very simple. Has outstanding sound for a very small system. I was very surprise you could get that kind of sound from a 2 speaker system. I don't even miss my old setup which I thougt for sure I would. I would for sure buy it again if needed!!!
25 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Do not be fooled by the size
Posted by: SoundOff from: Upstate NY on
The first thing that came to my mind when I first saw the Bose soundbar on display is wow Bose wants 499.00 on sale for that little thing, there's nothing to it! But after reading the reviews I decided to try it since I was looking for a small soundbar for my office. The sound was so amazing I decided to try it in my living room and compare side by side with my much larger 42" Vizio 5.1 with subwoofer and surrounds. I kept rewinding the same scenes from the show Arrow by hooking up the Bose and then the Vizio over and over and found the Bose offered sounds you simply could not hear with the Vizio such as when the glass window shattered you can hear the tiny pieces of glass hit the tile and slide across the floor hitting the chair legs. Time and time again I picked up sounds using the Bose that were either muffled or not present on the Vizio sound bar and the sound projects so much better and clearer you really do not need surround speakers. The best way I can describe the sound is like if you were to compare a picture taken with a low megapixel camera to a much higher megapixel you would see much more detail and sharper image in the better quality camera. The Bose offers a much better listening experience with better detail.
17 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Linthelibrarian from: on
I bought this to replace the Bose 3-2-1 system which was not functioning properly, even after many hard resets. I did not read any reviews and this was pretty much an impulse purchase. Our Bose 3-2-1 system began to act erratically, so we figured it was time to go with a new system. We chose Bose because we had excellent past experience with the brand. For our living room, 12 x 25', this new Bose system is perfect. I admit I was a little skeptical, because the physical size of the system was so much smaller and had fewer speakers than the 321. The difference between this and the 321 is significant. There's no DVD player, no AM FM radio, and you cannot see the volume level on the television. At first I thought that was rather strange, but there is a tiny white light on the front of the sound bar that blinks as you are increasing or decreasing the volume. We have been very happy with the system. It has at least lived up to what we thought it might do. We've had it for a couple months now, and it has been exactly what we needed. We would buy this again.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: USCBrent from: Newport Beach, CA on
Very happy with the volume and quality of sound that the CineMate 15 produces. It's 100 times better than the sound that my TV produces. Very satisfied with this purchase!!!
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great speakers with just a couple of complaints
Posted by: MikeG from: on
I bought the Bose Cinemate 15 mainly because, as with most flat screens, the sound was lacking. The sound is great, especially with Blu-ray and music. Clear dialogue and sound effects from the soundbar and excellent bass response from the subwoofer. No distortion at loud volumes, which is a major plus.
The remote itself was excellent, too. It's the first aftermarket remote I've found that works every aspect of my cable box dvr.
I only have 2 minor complaints. One is the system can only be operated by remote. No external buttons on the soundbar, with the exception of the bass knob on the subwoofer. If you were to lose or break the remote, you'd have to get a new one to operate it.
Secondly, it would've been nice to have a way to adjust the treble on the speakers. I prefer a slight bit more treble than what these speakers put out.
Overall, though, the sound is still spectacular and I plan on keeping it. It delivers an amazing movie sounding experience for such a small footprint. Though it's not true surround sound, the technology does a great job at simulating it with its two front drivers and two side drivers.
It is a little pricey, in my opinion, but it is Bose, after all. Solidly built and great technology.
18 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Quality versus flash!
Posted by: Bubba from: on
There are a lot of choices for home theater whether high end or just down right trash. I have been fortunate to have experienced both. What it comes down to is simplicity, ease of use, quality, and sound. The Cinemate 15 is an outstanding system. You will read some that say it's trash, or Bose is not the best, or there are so many other choices. The truth is if you listen to this system versus others with all sources you will see the difference. Long ago I would drop 3000 on a system only to be disappointed 2 years later when my system was obsolete. If you look on line you will see Bose products hold their value. If you do not want to break the bank and want the best sound I can fully recommend the Cinemate 15 for the price and quality of product and sound. I had a Bluetooth adaptor by Bose and attached. Metal sounds awesome! Lastly thank you all for your reviews for they helped. If you notice the Cinemate 15 has one of the highest ratings. Also Bluetooth sound versus plug in, plug in sound always sounds better.