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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great System, wish it had bluetooth

    Posted
    Spivito

    For sound quality, ease of use and function for intended purpose I'd give this system 5 stars. I think what this system comes down to is for 600 bucks your going to get the cleanest, most balanced and in my opinion best sounding set-up for listening to TV and Movies. But that's it. I wish it had bluetooth connectivity for listening to music but I can't take a star away just for that. It's outstanding for it's intended purpose. I originally bought a Sony ($400, HBC 780). Highly rated reviews and at the price point I wanted to pay. I listened to everything in the store, wanted the Bose but was too practical to spend the extra $200. Was very pleased with the Sony, set it up on Sat afternoon and very much enjoyed it for 1 evening. Bluetooth was awesome. By Sunday afternoon it was no longer producing sound. All the features in the world don't matter if your speakers don't produce sound. After trouble shooting with no success, I boxed the Sony back up and headed back to Best Buy. Now the extra $200 didn't seem so bad, you get what you pay for. I was happy with the Sony but there is a noticeable difference with the Bose. I can hear every step, every door closing, every little detail. The spoken word is cleaner and more precise. The bass crossover is more accurate. I noticed with the Sony on certain male voices there was a low rumbling. If you lowered the sub setting for the voice you'd lose effect during the action scenes. This issue is not present with the Bose. Your not going to get the surround sound effect you would get from a 5.1 or 7.1 system. The Cinemate 120/130 get alot closer to reproducing a true surround experience but you'll need another $500 - $1000 to got that route. But sound bar to sound bar less than $1000 bucks this is a great choice. If you're looking to spend $400 - $500 bucks for a sound bar it's worth stretching a little more and giving up bluetooth for the Bose sound and technology. I believe the Bose is heads and shoulders above anything else I listed to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, easy setup, all in box to install

    Posted
    Chubber
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Why I chose and why I like? It checked all my boxes. Simple install (no tools needed), clean looking, nothing else to buy, great sound, and personal previous experience with Bose' excellent quality products. I really like that it's only 2 speakers (I didn't want the headaches or time needed to connect multiple speakers) with the sub being able to be hidden in corner or behind furniture and the center speaker small (about 1/4th the size of a typical shoe box) and nice looking. It easily blends in with existing equipment or most entertainment centers, yet if visible has a simple clean look so hiding is not necessary. One potential downfall is the center speaker is designed to sit on a shelf, mounting on a wall is not an out of box option. Will have to do a custom setup if mounting is desired. Not an issue for me but something that could be for others so wanting to point out. Something else that made the install simple was everything needed to connect to most newer TVs was included in the box. All the cables for audio/video-out were in the box. In other words, at least in my case and I think for most setups, I opened the box and needed nothing more to have the speakers and the remote working in under 5 minutes. Took longer to take everything out of the excellent packing material (as in sturdy and well protected) than to have up and running. I've yet to setup the large included remote to my tv and other devices, so for now I must adjust the volume of the Bose speakers using the included Bose remote, and use my original remote for everything else, just like before. Someday I hope to integrate the speakers with current remote, or to setup Bose remote to control all my other devices so I won't need 2 remotes. But honestly, for everyday TV watching, I leave the Bose speakers at a volume I would consider the lowest volume for listening, and then use the original remote (thereby continuing to use the TV speaker) to adjust up from there as needed to give range but not need both remotes. When a movie or "important" show is watched, I will break out the Bose remote and use just those speakers over the Combo. My personal remote setup situation might be easy or maybe not even possible, don't know, haven't tried yet. So I can't fault the Bose, I spent my 5 minutes to setup and have not given it any additional effort, simply enjoying it as-is for now. I recommend and would buy this product again. Just know that it is center speaker and a sub, that provides great sound improvement over muffled TV built-in speaker with easy setup - Set it and forget it, no fuss quality Bose product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Do not be fooled by the size

    Posted
    SoundOff
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Typical Bose quality, atypical Bose price

    Posted
    Benjamin
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The little sound bar that could

    Posted
    Dave9988

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is exactly what we wanted.

    Posted
    Mike

    Like I said, it is exactly what we wanted. We wanted a really good sound and bass that the TV did not offer. We did NOT want a lot of speakers to take up space and clutter the living room. That being said, this is NOT a surround sound system, if that's what you are looking for. You are not getting hit by sound and bass from every direction, although it does feel like it at times. Our living room is about a 15'X25' rectangular area, and this system produces more than enough sound and bass to fill it. The subwoofer vibrates so much that every so often (once a month on hard floors) I need to pick it up and move it back to it's spot because it starts to run away (and it has rubber inserts under the legs). This system gives you a whole new experience. Watching normal TV, like watching your normal news anchors, you'll be surprised at how much clearer their voices come through and how much bass normal TV programs actually have. Watching movies like Saving Private Ryan, you'll feel like your right there on the beach...almost. This is my first sound system. I'm a normal person, and not an overly critical sound guru. So, take it for what it's worth...but we're really happy with it and would definitely buy it again if we needed another.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice update

    Posted
    Linthelibrarian
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big sound from a little sound bar

    Posted
    Shadow

    First I want to start with is what system is not. It is not a surround sound system. To expect it to be so is unrealistic. So what is this system? It is a very impressive sound bar and subwoofer. Prior to purchasing this system I researched several different systems (including the Sonos) and decided to get the Bose Cinemate 15. Previously we had been using the built in speakers on our flat screen TV. After verifying the connection types, set up of this system was extremely easy. One digital optical cable (included) and the 2 permanently attached cables plugged in to the subwoofer and the power cord was it. Immediately we realized how much sound we had been missing. Yes, there is no equalizer or changing the tone but with the richness of the sound you wouldn't want to. The remote was super easy to program and within 5 to 10 minutes it was programmed to operate our TV, DirecTV box, and Blu-Ray player as well as preprogrammed for the sound bar. We have stopped using all of our other remotes. The two things I would like to see improved on is for the buttons to light up and for an open/close button for the Blu-Ray player. These are so minor that I did not take any stars away for it. Overall I'm extremely pleased with this system and highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality & Sound Perfection for the Price

    Posted
    Irish57
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Bought this due to Bose reputation when the price approached the Samsung 3.1 system and at the advice of the Best Buy sales rep. I am not disappointed with the volume, highs, & lows it produces. As usual, Bose is a little arrogant when publishing specifications. I asked for the frequency response by e-mail. Their simple answer is that Bose doesn't publish it. Judging by my Onkyo 7.1 system, the bass goes down to at least 40 Hz. Usually Bose speakers have unlimited watts with micro fractions of harmonic distortion. You will not be disappointed in the stereo sound production even though it is not simulated surround-sound. You can also add a blue-tooth wireless accessory. But I use an RCA to 3.5 mm stereo "Y" cable to connect my iPod Touch, iPod Nano, or phone to the speakers (the Nano is not blue-tooth). I agree with the other reviewer's cons. The wires limit the distance you can located the sub-woofer. Without a sound level display, you can't return to the exact same volume level. Your other electronic devices have on on/off switch in addition to the remote. As a plus though, the universal remote attached to my Samsung TV and the DirecTV wireless control box so that all three can turn on with one remote button. I had to refer to the Bose Youtube video for remote programming help because I did not understand the instruction booklet. If the price is right, Bose is worth the risk because their products last a lifetime. I have 301 speakers and a wave machine CD/radio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality versus flash!

    Posted
    Bubba

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big sound in a small system

    Posted
    tperry01
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I have used a minimum 5 speaker surround system for years. I love listening to my movies and sports in stereo. My old system finally gave out on me and I was forced to find something new. Bose was always a system I wanted, but seemed to be out of my price range. Ultimately found this system in my local Best Buy store. There was a great display set up with this system and I couldn't have been more impressed. Compared to other sound bars on the market, this looked like a toy. The subwoofer has amazingly rich bass and looks nice in my room. But, back to the soundbar...It's only about a foot in length and about four inches tall as well as wide. Fits perfectly in front of my tv. The sound blew me away. It sounds BETTER than the multi-speaker systems I've used in the past. It provides amazingly crisp and strong sound. Bose somehow provided surround sound from a rather small soundbar and single subwoofer. Guess that will have to remain their secret. Great price. Fits easily in any entertainment area. Provides truly dynamic sound. Incredibly easy to set up. It really is the perfect package. Give it a shot yourself. I'm sure you won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Bose Sound, Again

    Posted
    dmill
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I read through several product reviews and questions and answers for this product and others. Initially, I was sold on a Sonos Play:5. However, I was also looking for something I could hook up to my TV, as well as stream music. I couldn't hook the Sonos up to the TV, and at first I thought music streaming was going to be a problem with this system. However, I ran across a couple questions and answers on the item webpage, one from Bose and one from a purchaser that said streaming music was possible with this system...with an Bluetooth receiver. Along with this system, I purchased a Logitech Bluetooth Receiver, item number 980-000910 (SKU: 5294033). It was recommended by the purchaser review. IT WORKS PERFECTLY!!! In fact, the sound is better with the BT connection versus a directly wired 3.5mm connection. I tried them both. The sound, both music and television/movies, is spectacular for the system's size, and I am very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound quality!

    Posted
    wolf84
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Hello all, So this little thing delivers sounds that others simply cant! I went with the Solo 15 II series at first. I was amazed by how low profile it was and still added a lot of sound to my Sony Bravia 4k. Then I went to Bose.com and saw the Cinemate15 on sale for 499 so I rushed to Best Buy and returned the Solo 15 and got the Cinemate 15 and took it home. For 100 dollars more I think its worth the money to get the Cinemate 15 over the Solo, Great thing about it is that both are very low profile but it delivers sounds that others just cant not in this price range. The sound from Bose is simply more refined in any level. Very clear high notes and the bass well Acustimas delivers it. There is a fine-tuned balance between the two that it simply just sounds great! For 500 dollars this is a steal (on sale)! Compared to the other Bose series that go well above 2500 or 3000? Well...needless to say...Yes it is worth every penny! Get it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT PRODUCT

    Posted
    Relok23
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've been looking to replace my Samsung 2.1 with a more powerful system for quite a while now, but between a family budget, and space limitation, I was hard pressed to find a product that could satisfy both. After seeing/hearing this on display in-store, and not too mention the sale price prior to the holiday's, I had to take advantage of this purchase. As far as performance, do not under-estimate it's pint size sound bar, you will be amazed how such a clutter free, compact setup could output such robust, clear and spacious sound. The sub-woofer does not disappoint either, providing the right amount of clear bass when needed, whether it be low or high volume viewing. And the sound detail normally missed or mashed together through your t.v. speaker, or in this case my Samsung 2.1, will want you to watch your favorite t.v. series or movie(s) all over again, guaranteed! In a nut shell, if your looking for a Home Theater product without the extra wires, speakers, receiver, expense, etc....this is a must have!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Would buy again.

    Posted
    Fleb
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I was lucky and received this on the infamous Cyber Monday "price mistake" for $150. I would easily buy it again for double that if it went on sale and I was in need of one. I currently have it set up in my master bedroom The speaker is fairly small but puts out great sound, because of course, it's a Bose system. The bar puts out better sound than any other sound bar I have tried besides my Step Fathers upgraded version of this bar. The bass from the subwoofer is clean and just right for music, TV shows, and movies. I almost prefer this set up to my surround sound because of how little space it takes up and is receiverless. The subwoofer is a little big so definitely make sure you have room and a good spot for it. I have it tucked in a corner and pointed at one of the walls to amplify the sound a little more. I love the remote and glad that I can program it to multiple devices. My only other slight complaint besides the size of the woofer is trying to find a code for my Cox mini cable box. If you're on the fence for this and money is the only issue I'd say try to go for it if you can.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound from a small package

    Posted
    medmike81
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I bought this about one month ago for my bedroom. It produces great sound for its small speaker size. It's a vast improvement over the built-in speakers of my TV. It looks nice and simple sitting in my bedroom entertainment console/bookshelf without taking up too much space. The Acoustimass module tucks nicely into a the corner of my bedroom although it is a little bigger compared to the compact subwoofer of my older 2.1 system made by another well-known electronics company. I thought about buying the next model up, the CineMate 120, but I realized I didn't really need the control console with HDMI switching for an extra $500 although the wireless Acoustimass module of the CineMate 120 would have been nice. I think this would be best suited for a bedroom or an apartment... Not sure how well it would work for a large living space or entertainment room. All-in-all, I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade his or her movie/TV watching experience that doesn't want a traditional multiple speaker (e.g., 5.1, 7.1, etc.) surround sound system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    small size, amazing sound

    Posted
    Amit81
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bose Cinemate 15

    Posted
    Michael
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I have had my eye on this system since it came out. I seen that it was a "deal of the day" on bb website so I went and bought it. I've had it setup up for little over a week and I am very impressed with the quality of sound from highs to lows, especially lows on tv programs. I previously had a Vizio sb3821c6 model, which is entry level and the Bose is definitely a far higher quality unit, from the sound to the universal remote. Years back I had a Bose cinemate system with two small speakers and the identical to this systems acoustimass module. I feel that it's been drastically improved. The volume knob on the back of the unit and the quality of bass/distinguished bass notes that the older cinemate didn't reproduce. The sound bar itself is very compact and sounds good, with the exception that it's spaciousness and clarity is only as good as the content being played. The remote also is well constructed and of high quality. I highly recommend this system, especially with the sale price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Compact Surround System

    Posted
    Rickydoo
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    I am big audio guy, but wanted to try out something compact and different for my wife who had been hinting to me about minimizing my surround speaker set up. When I saw the bose system I had read the reviews and was very excited about trying it. I saw that the system was on sale and had to purchase it. Once I opened the product I started laughing as I could not believe how small and compact the main speaker was. I had never had such a small center channel speaker before, much less an all in one so small. I connected it via the optical cable and turned it on and to my amazement it sounded incredible for the small compact size! Bose has done it again delivering great vocals, surround sound, and bass with no AVR. I am very happy with my Bose system and would recommend it to anyone who wants to minimize there set up and still have really great surround sound to watch movies. I still love my full surround system, but Bose has created a simple modern solution to really great sound!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Purchase - well worth the money

    Posted
    Samwild70
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I purchased this with the Samsung - 55" LED Smart - HDTV to replace my 46" Sony. I was leery about spending this much on a speaker as I have tried other sound bars and didn't like them or couldn't hear them. You pretty much have to have some type of home theater system with any tv nowadays. I bought this to replaced the stereo with 2 woofer & 2 tweeters I previously used. Just turn down the sound on the tv and use just the CineMate for a crisp clear theater, right there in the action sound. You can't go wrong with this and you won't have a lot of clutter. I also go a price match for my purchase when I was signing on to post this review and saw it was on sale for $60 off. They tried to tell me that my 14 days were up but was nice and said they would give me the difference although I had the policy pulled up in another window that said 15 days returns. So I am happy all round, good pair and good purchase, can't go wrong!

    I would recommend this to a friend