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Bose® - CineMate® 15 Home Theater Speaker System - Black

Model: CINEMATE 15 HT SPEAKER SYSTEMSKU: 8082019

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1362 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    In a word, LOUD.

    Posted
    Raymond
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    The Cinemate 15 reminds me of a young athlete that has a tremendous amount of talent, but needs refinement. I replaced the Sonos Playbar with the Cinemate 15 because I wasn't pleased with the maximum audio level of the Sonos (I should specify that I only had the playbar and not the sub, so price was also a factor). The Cinemate 15 provides good (not great) audio quality, and despite its small size, is a tremendously loud soundbar. The bass module (sub woofer) has plenty of power and bass for almost all situations. The performance is great, but it lacks refinement in a few areas that could be deal breakers, depending on your demands. First, there's no "news" setting, which amplifies and makes voices stand out, and usually very clear. Second, there's no "night" setting, which elevates quiet audio (like a whispering conversation) but decreases audio level for things like explosions or gun fights. Even though it lacks refinement, the Cinemate 15 is a great sound bar that is worth the money. + Max audio level: I have a large living room, and I was skeptical that the Bose would be able to fill the room with sound. I was pleasantly surprised with the maximum audio level. Audio remains accurate with very little distortion at higher volumes. While it's hard to compare what "loud" is from one person to another, I can tell you that I tend to like my music very loud...and I usually don't exceed 65-70% maximum volume. I would also like to note that the bass module (sub) has yet to disappoint. Whether it's long drawn out thundering bass, or quick, punching bass the bass module has performed really well. While I will admit that I usually keep the volume knob (bass module has an independent volume knob that fine tunes bass input) up to about 75%. + Room filling sound: Maximum audio is one thing, but how well the audio is projected is a bigger factor for room filling sound. The Cinemate 15 has a total of 4 speakers (drivers) in the soundbar, two of which fire directly out of the side of the bar. Because of the speakers firing out of the side of the bar, the Cinemate 15 literally has a 180 degree sound stage. No matter where you are sitting in the room, you get the same great audio experience. + Universal remote: The Cinemate 15 includes a universal remote, so that's pretty cool. I haven't programmed mine yet, but it's a nice additional feature. - No "night mode": I mentioned this earlier, so let me go more in depth. The first night I bought the Cinemate 15 I watched "Argo" which has plenty of quiet scenes, but like most action movies has plenty of chanting crowds, helicopters and screeching tires. The quiet scenes were sometimes challenging to hear, while the action scenes were always plenty loud. It could have just been the contrast between the high's and low's that made it hard to hear the low scenes, but I guess that's the point of the "night mode" to eliminate the contrast. It's not a deal breaker, but it would be a nice added feature, especially considering that even budget soundbars that cost half as much usually include the feature. -Inability to toggle inputs: This may not be an issue for most people, but it's really frustrating that the Cinemate 15 doesn't allow you to toggle between multiple inputs. I have my TV connected through the optical input, but I would like to have my Sonos Connect connected through the coax input. Unfortunately, if I want to go from watching TV to listening to music, I have to shut the soundbar off, unplug one input, then plug in the other. As with the "night" mode, other sound bars that cost hundreds less have the option to toggle inputs, it would be nice if the Cinemate 15 did too. - Not a wireless sub: While most sound bar sub woofers just need to be plugged into the wall and receive the signal via bluetooth, the bass module on the Cinemate 15 is connected directly to the soundbar via two large, connected cables that I refer to as "jumper cables" because they are pretty large. The cable is 9 feet in length, so hopefully you don't need to have the bass module farther than 9 feet away from the soundbar. The only plus to this, is that Bose combined the power cable with the audio cables that connect to the bass module, so it doesn't require a separate power cord for the soundbar itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    BE CAREFUL!! THIS SYSTEM FOR TV & MOVIES ONLY!!

    Posted
    BoilerMaker
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I don't want to say I never reviewed something but literally this is my first time ever review. Mostly writing it because this product isn't cheap... Spending $399 (in my case almost $500 with 4 year Geek Squad plan and tax) and then be surprised with unexpected performance from Bose, is shocking! (This is for Cinemate 15 product) Here is the bottom line, this system is amazing for movies and TV in general! It does a great job in that regard. Movies are 10 times more enjoyable, dialogue is clear and audible, bass is pretty decent. When watching TV, everything sounds natural and clear! It fills the space really well no one can deny that. Here is the bad part, if you plan to listen to music on this system as well, then you are in for a BIG disappointment!!!! I expected the same quality across the board but I was wrong. When you listen to music the bass is very muddy... to the point it is uncomfortable to listen to. You crank it too high, it's muddy and babbling about and annoying as heck. Lower it and it's like having the sound bar only... There is no sweet spot. Let alone the lack of lower range in the bass and some mid as well. I listened to the same songs I usually listen in my car (I drive a 2003 BMW M5 that is equipped with hi fidelity digital system from factory) and I can easily tell that there are things missing in those same songs!! Very disappointed... I really liked this system and the reviews convinced me to buy this but it doesn't fit the bill. Also as a reference, I have an old Bose Acoustimass 5 Series III in a different house that is hooked up to a Harman-Kardon receiver and it sounds amazing!!! I expected similar performance but they are far apart. The bass on the Acoustimass 5 (though it's old) is solid and superb. Clear and clean without distortion or muddiness. So? The plan is to get an Acoustimass system instead with a decent receiver. Best Buy unfortunately does not sell Acoustimass 5, they only sell Acoustimass 3 and I'm afraid of spending another $400-$500 to find disappointment again. Acoustimass 3 & 5 seem to share the same bass module and the manual online didn't state the dimensions. I would be very interested in trying one out! Best Buy should have more stuff on the display... It would help tremendously. I am sorry Bose but I am going to return this to Best Buy today.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Soundbar but lacks some

    Posted
    electronic2015

    Before I talk about the Cinemate 15 I would like to point out that before I purchased this sound bar I had purchased the 300w Sony Soundbar. I took it home and was very impressed with the sound. I loved that fact that it has a wireless subwoofer, it was Bluetooth compatible, it has 4 HDMI ports, 1 opticle and 1 analog output. A week later I got the cinemate 15 for my birthday and hooked them together side by side to compare. The sound that comes from the Cinemate 15 is noticeably better compared to the Sony. The Bose seems to do a MUCH better job filling up the room. The bass from the Cinemate 15 is also stronger. As far as dialog, both did a very good job but again the sound just seems to fill up the room a lot better coming from the Bose. AGAIN, the Sony was a great system but I prefered the sound coming from the Bose a lot better. The things I really don't like about the Cinemate 15 is the fact that it's not Bluetooth compatible (you can buy an adaptor for $60.00, but when you're paying 600.00 for a Soundbar..it's inexcusable) I also wish the subwoofer was wireless, and that it came with an HDMI port instead of just an opticle and analog output. Overall, I returned the Sony and kept the Bose..the sound is truly remarkable and you really get the feeling of being in a movie theater!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers with just a couple of complaints

    Posted
    MikeG

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much Better Than you Might Think

    Posted
    MeMark
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    I was reluctant to make the commitment (seemed kind of expensive for what it is) on the Bose Soundbar. I wanted it from the start but read LOTS of reviews on other comparable (cheaper) soundbars and they looked really good on paper. I brought 3 other soundbar systems home and ended up returning all of them. Samsung, Sony, JBL. I should have gone with my gut and just paid up for the Bose in the first place. SUPER easy to install. Very loud. Giant bass. Great sonic range. Solid high quality remote. Small footprint (my wife loves that too). The best of the bunch. Now the down side (why I only gave it 4 out of 5). No HDMI. Wired Sub. No display to show volume settings. And the worst annoyance is the fact you can not adjust the Sub's volume via the remote control. The Sub has a dial on the back that's tough to reach. But at the end of the day I can live with all of the shortcomings because it is really really good at doing what it's made to do. It's sounds amazing for being so simple. Perfect for someone who doesn't want to fuss with settings and just wants instant gratification. Set it and forget it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Size DOESN'T matter

    Posted
    gsbullmer
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    Great Bose sound you'd expect in a tiny package. This sounds as good as the Bose Cinemate GS it replaced, and it doesn't have separate speakers and a module to worry about. It's all built-in to the soundbar. The universal remote is one of the most substantial-feeling and have chosen it as my primary remote. I use a PS3 remote for blu-ray playback, which uses bluetooth. I wish it had HDMI input/output so I could us it as a switcher, but more importantly, so I can get a full digital signal with all channels instead of the mixdown my display does with HDMI in, Optical out. I haven't tried a direct optical connection, yet, to see if it actually makes a difference. Overall, the soundbar does a decent job of simulating surround sound, but my living room shape probably hinders it some with oddly angled walls and open concept. I'm not at all disappointed with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful sound and bass - compact

    Posted
    GaryR
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    We have a 16x20 living room with unusual acoustics. We tried a sound bar and still could not get clear sound. It was hard to distinguish the dialogue. This Bose was a great find, and was recommended by the salesperson. We looked at quite a few systems, but did not want wires running across our hardwood floors, so surround sound was out. The price was right. The single speaker has clear sound and a nice simulated surround sound. Quite compact on the table top. The bass speaker adds the low tones and has a knob on the back to adjust the amount of bass. That is the only adjustment available. The remote is universal, though I could not find a code to match our tv. Bose has always excelled in the treble tones for me, and nice bass tones without distortion. Though this is the - economical - priced system, it is perfect for us. I would have given it a 5 star if there was a way to control all mid-range and high tones, too. But in any event, I highly recommend this system, for the budget minded, or anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Bose product, but missing a few things

    Posted
    itswithaY
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    The Bose reputation does not disappoint with this sound bar in terms of sound quality. I am coming from a premium model Samsung sound bar and can definitely hear the difference. Bass is amazing and the rest of the sound is just richer with a movie theater quality sound than any other sound system I have had. The reason this product does not get 5 stars is for a few small things that are missing that are on a lot of other sound bars. The subwoofer and soundbar are not wireless like my Samsung was. There is no blue-tooth (you can buy a Bose adaptor for $60 I believe) and it has a lot of wires. I like to keep my set up and clean and there just so many more wires than my old system had (the speaker has two separate connectors running to subwoofer.) Overall, this is a great buy compared to the price of some of the other Bose systems and I am very happy with this purchase. You still get that Bose great sound quality, but as I said before, it is lacking some key things that many other sound bars have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound in a small system

    Posted
    OnlyHalfDeaf77
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    I'll try and keep it brief and to the point. I've never owned Bose products before but heard good things. So when this went on sale I bought it. We wanted something with as few speakers and wires as possible that sounded decent and this fit the bill - and then some. The center speaker is small - 12 inches in length. The base unit is a bit big. Yes, the wires that go from the small speaker to the base unit are bulky and hard wired to the small speaker. Those are the minor negatives, this little system sounds great! Great bass and quality sound from only two speakers. Definitely worth the money! A+ to Bose for the fantastic sound from a compact system! I did take one star off for the bulky wires and the fact there is no volume indicator or master on/off switch somewhere on the unit itself. If the remote dies I guess you have to unplug it. Still, the exceptional sound trumps the minor negatives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good system

    Posted
    pitbullzz
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    i bought his when i bought my new samsung tv and wanted it for more sound as to the fact the new tv's have smaller speakers as so many have said or pointed out. this system is what you would expect from a bose system very clear and great quality, i got it on sale and price matched which made it even better. The treble is clear and crisp. the bass for movies is really great but the video games are a little disappointing as you have to turn it up a little more then with the tv or a movie. But compared to systems of this price range you cant beat it i would recommend this item to others especially if you can price match it just look around the internet as you can find it cheaper but i went with best buy because if something happened i could take it back and not have to worry about shipping it, so far two months after i got it i am very pleased

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as the vizio 5.1

    Posted
    LizzieLou

    I was debating on the bose and the vizio. So I put them side by side and tried them. The vizio 5.1 won out for me and was cheaper. I like the speakers behind me that makes it sound more like a theater. The bose sounds like it's in front of you compared to the vizio. Also surprisingly to me it has better base sound like the theater. Plus you can adjust all of the levels to make it sound like you want. The bose you couldn't. They say the vizio 5.1 is discontinued. So if you can find one before there all sold, you better get it. I was really surprised by the bose. I guess maybe if you got the higher priced one it would be better. But it would be a little over twice what the vizio cost. I love my vizio. Glad I put them side by side to compare.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice addition to my LED TV

    Posted
    Mhetz
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    I have researched several system for my TV and have looked into several systems before I decided to go with the Bose. One being the fact that Bose always build nice speaker systems and my experience with owning Bose speakers but the real deal for me this time is the price. I was considering the JBL for the same price but Bose has more clarity compare to the bassy JBL. The sound on the Bose Cinemate 15 is clear but came short on recreating a "surround" effect that you could get from a much cheaper Vizio, LG or cheaper brands. Also it did not have an HDMI input. Overall the quality of the sound is more than acceptable ( it could be better ) but it is great starter home theater system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, poor functionality

    Posted
    William
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    The sound quality us great. I was skeptical because I couldn't find any specs on the speaker in the module but I am impressed with the output. It only has one input which can be a headache sometimes (works for everything I have wired through the tv but I need a 2nd one for music via bluetooth). I love the remote functionality as it does everything my direct tv remote did, except it is IR so it needs pointed perfectly at the devices. It also lacks a display so you can't see the volume setting, just a white light showing that it's being adjusted. It's also worth noting I found this on sale for a good price. I wouldn't recommend this for msrp.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the price...

    Posted
    BoseMA
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    This is a nice, basic system to enhance your TV sound. I wouldn't say it really qualifies as 'Home Theater', but for the price we are satisfied. The sub-woofer is really big; we have an easy place to hide it, but it would be awkward if we had to see it. Take note; you need to mute the TV volume or you get a nasty echo. We almost returned it before we realized this. If you are a sound connoisseur this product will not be good enough, but if you are just looking to upgrade your TV sound at a reasonable price this is perfect! We are happy with it and would purchase again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gets the job done...

    Posted
    surlaglace
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    I got this Bose Cinemate to replace the Bose Soundlink 120 since I had issues with the acoustimass on the 120 dropping in & out. Since the 120 is a wireless unit, I didn't realize it would have this many problems with sound quality…sound was great when it worked and it is better than the Cinemate, but I just couldn't deal with the bass dropping out intermittently. I've had the Cinemate before and since this is a hard-wire into the tv, I am thinking I should have done this in the first place…This would make my third Cinemate system and have been happy with them since for a small enclosure or single bedroom...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can't beat a Bose system

    Posted
    Bestbuyer
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    Good system.. No complaints about the nose product. I believe it delivers well for the price range. Very simple to set up. Only complaint is the purchase was based off of the sub being wireless which was advised to me by the best buy rep. However after unpackaging we reliezed this wasn't a wireless sub. In fact your speaker hooks up the the sub with a heavy gauge wire so you are limited in places to put this. I put the pros against the cons and one of the cons being is it worth my time even returning it.. End up just keeping it and using it in another room. Overall would recommend the system

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound

    Posted
    MusicLuva
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    I really like this system. The sounds is great for the cost, which is the main reason for the purchase. The only down side is the limited type of inputs available and that it's not Bluetooth enabled. I was able to get around that problem because I have it connected to a receiver which has Wifi and Bluetooth capabilities, however, if it weren't for that fact, I would be limited to only being able to enjoy the sound via my TV. It would also be helpful if there was a manual On/Off button. If the remote is lost, then there's no way to turn the system on or off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    You cant go wrong with bose.

    Posted
    Manny
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    The Bose Cinamate 15 Home Theater Speaker System is great. You cant go wrong with bose. Only with just one speaker this system is loud. The sound that come out of this speaker is way better then most of the soundbars that i have heard. Bose always makes good products and they always delivered what they promise. I rate it a 4 star because the only down part of this home theater is that it dont have bluetooth compability. For $500 i would think it would have bluetooth. Well at less i got it on sale so i guess tha was a bonus for me. Money well spend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound System

    Posted
    OldTimers
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    After trying the Sony system, which we returned, we opted for the Bose Cine-Mate 15 System. The Bose was SUPERIOR in sound, and ease of hook-up to get it working. The name Bose speaks for itself, and was actually cheaper than the Sony system by quite a bit. Great bass, and clarity when playing music through it also. The only drawback, and keeping it from a 5-star review, is it has to use it's own controller, may not be compatible with Sony controls, and you can not see a sound level on our TV screen...BUY IT if you are considering it...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It can be better

    Posted
    sayeen
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    the overall seems good and fair for the price i bought it for with a price match of Amazon and the best buy credit card, but the features seems bit trouble with setting it up and no display of chosen options with remote and also the remote states universal and when i try to set it up on my samsung smart television it never worked so i have to use this remote for as separate apart from these trivial issues the sound quality seems good but as i am travelling havent got time to explore it out completely but the sound features seemed good.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend