Bose is such a desirable brand to stick with in the world of audio products. The higher-than-average prices of the vast majority of its products make them quite intriguing but looking at the sleek and premium designs tell part of the story. Then after listening to how well these speakers sound, everything starts to make sense. In short, it is hard not to get disappointed with a Bose product. But there is no denying the strong competition these days and there are indeed some speakers that are more affordable but deliver the goods. These products aren’t hampering Bose’s success all that much but the company isn’t shy to tackle other categories. The soundbar category is an interesting one because it is still a challenge to keep a speaker compact and easy to setup without sacrificing audio quality. The Bose CineMate 120 strives to be that compact package but its $1,099 price tag is sure to get people thinking twice. The good news is that the CineMate 120 has some serious strengths.
Unlike most other soundbars in this high-end price range, spending $1,099 won’t just get you a speaker and a subwoofer. The box of the Bose CineMate 120 is quite big because it comes with an additional third component which serves as the soundbar’s control module. The control module isn’t very large measuring a bit more than a foot wide so installation shouldn’t be much of a problem. The back of the control module contains plenty of connection possibilities. You can connect up to 4 home theater components via HDMI including gaming consoles, media players and other things. Your TV can connect to the console via HDMI which is best if the TV supports ARC or you can do it via optical, coaxial or analog cables. Only an HDMI cable is supplied though so it is best to use that.
The soundbar component isn’t much larger than the control console measuring just 5 inches wider. Its small size is the main reason why the CineMate 120 is cheaper than the CineMate 130. It has a pretty simple black design that doesn’t exactly have the same premium treatment as other Bose products but it should match the other home theater components and the Bose logo is prominent. You must physically connect it to the control console but it should be fine to keep this sound bar out of reach since you don’t have to worry about connecting devices. Wall mounting the soundbar is a possibility but you have to purchase the kit separately.
The Bose CineMate 120 comes with the same Acoustimass module as the one included in the pricier CineMate 130. This component is a wireless subwoofer allowing you to place it further away from the control console and soundbar.
Planning the placement of the soundbar, control console and subwoofer can take a little bit more effort than a regular soundbar package depending on the room. But making the connections is still very simple and there isn’t much else to learn. The best way to start is to run the ADAPTiQ audio calibration which serves as one of the main features of the CineMate 120. You just place the included ADAPTiQ headset on your head and connect it to the console. After that, you press the “System” button on the remote control and run the calibration process. The headset has a built-in microphone so it pretty much operates like other calibration systems by taking certain parameters into consideration and making the proper speaker tweaks for optimum audio quality.
The primary role of the Bose CineMate 120 is the same as the other CineMate models. It is there to improve the audio quality of the TV and other home theater components. The included universal remote control can also help tie the entire home theater system together which could be useful if you have various home theater components of different brands. If you take the time in configuring the remote control to recognize each component, you will have the luxury of changing sources and operating key functions of your entire home theater system all from a single remote control.
The CineMate 120 has nothing else to offer unless you purchase the optional SoundTouch wireless adapter. This $99 adapter essentially turns the Bose CineMate 120 into a SoundTouch device where you can connect it to the home wireless network and let mobile devices stream music from mobile apps and online streaming services to the soundbar.
The CineMate 120 is the cheapest CineMate product so it is only natural to expect that the audio performance is the least impressive. But it can be hard to tell the difference between the CineMate 130 if the 120 will be used in a smaller room. The soundbar still houses 5 powerful drivers that are all specially positioned to bring out excellent audio quality. It uses a technology called TrueSpace which helps the Bose CineMate 120 sound better than some cheaper and bigger soundbars. Bass performance is very good too.
Bose achieved the tough feat in marrying compactness with great audio quality. $1,099 is still a lot to pay for plenty of folks but consider it as a long term investment and a convenience since you may never need to upgrade to a multi-speaker system. The successor of the CineMate 120 should implement Wi-Fi capabilities to make that $1,099 price tag look a bit more attractive.
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