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What is the Difference Between a Bose Home Theater Speaker System and a Bose Lifestyle System?

Last week we had a call from a past client in Florida who was having a problem hearing streaming video from his new smart TV on his Bose Lifestyle system. Early in the conversation, the client said the system was installed in 2004. Based on that install date, I proceeded to tell the customer his older Lifestyle system could not be connected to a new smart tv. The client was sure that it was working and then recently stopped working. I was completely perplexed. The date of his system definitely preceded HDMI connections. After a few more minutes, the client said that a couple of years ago he updated his old receiver with a new Harmon Kardon receiver. At that point, I knew that everything I said was based on a Bose Lifestyle system and was wrong. I explained to the client that he did not have a Bose Lifestyle system but had a Bose Home Theater speaker system with a 3rd party receiver. Although the speakers look the same, the difference is the receivers, and it is a significant difference. A Bose Lifestyle system has a Bose console, a Bose Home Theater speaker system is connected to a 3rd party receiver. In addition to troubleshooting any system problems, expansion is completely different. None of the Bose expansion amplifiers, Models SA-1 thru SA-5, are compatible and cannot be connected to a 3rd party receiver. Please visit our website and schedule your FREE Virtual Consultation @ www.wbsouth.com/freeihc.

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