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The Bose® Lifestyle® 12 System

Owner’s Guide

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Safety Information

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose the system to rain or moisture.

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,

DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).

NO USER-SERVICEABLEPARTS INSIDE.

REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.

These CAUTION marks are located on the back panel and bottom of your Lifestyle® music center and the bottom panel of your Acoustimass® module:

The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the system enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock.

The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle, as marked on the system, is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance instructions in this owner’s guide.

CAUTION: To prevent electric shock, match wide blade of plug to wide slot, insert fully.

Class 1 laser product

CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT

KLASSE 1 LASER PRODUKT LUOKAN 1 LASER LAITE KLASS 1 LASER APPARAT

This compact disc player is classified as a CLASS 1 LASER product. The CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT label is located on the bottom

of the unit.

CAUTION: Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure. The compact disc player should not be adjusted or repaired by anyone except properly qualified service personnel.

Class B emissions limits

This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-CausingEquipment Regulations.

Batteries

Please dispose of used batteries properly, following any local regulations. Do not incinerate.

Additional safety information

See the additional instructions on the Important Safety Information page enclosed with this owner’s guide.

Please read this owner’s guide

Please take the time to follow this owner’s guide carefully. It will help you set up and operate your system properly, and enjoy all of its advanced features. Save your owner’s guide for future reference.

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Important Safety Instructions

1.Read these instructions – for all components before using this product.

2.Keep these instructions – for future reference.

3.Heed all warnings – on the product and in the owner’s guide.

4.Follow all instructions.

5.Do not use this apparatus near water or moisture – Do not use this product near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, near a swimming pool, or anywhere else that water or moisture are present.

6.Clean only with a dry cloth – and as directed by Bose® Corporation. Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning.

7.Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions – To ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, put the product in a position and location that will not interfere with its proper ventilation. For example, do not place the product on a bed, sofa, or similar surface that may block the ventilation openings. Do not put it in a built-in system, such as a bookcase or a cabinet that may keep air from flowing through its ventilation openings.

8.Do not install near any heat sources, such as radiators, heat registers, stoves or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

9.Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-typeplug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. Agrounding-typeplug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wider blade or third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit in your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10.Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

11.Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.

12.Use only with the cart, stand, tripod,

bracket or table specified by the manufacturer or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

13.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time – to prevent damage to this product.

14.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way: such as powersupply cord or plug is damaged; liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus; the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped – Do not attempt to service this product yourself. Opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltages or other hazards. Please call Bose to be referred to an authorized service center near you.

15.To prevent risk of fire or electric shock, avoid overloading wall outlets, extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles.

16.Do not let objects or liquids enter the product – as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock.

17.See product enclosure for safety related markings.

Information about products that generate electrical noise

If applicable, this equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, this is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, you are encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment to an outlet on a different circuit than the one to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

Note: Unauthorized modification of the receiver or radio remote control could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.

This product complies with the Canadian ICES-003Class B specifications.

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Important Safety Instructions

18.Use proper power sources – Plug the product into a proper power source, as described in the operating instructions or as marked on the product.

19.Avoid power lines – Use extreme care when installing an outside antenna system to keep from touching power lines or circuits, as contact with them may be fatal. Do not install external antennas near overhead power lines or other electric light or power circuits, nor where an antenna can fall into such circuits or power lines.

20.Ground all outdoor antennas – If an external antenna or cable system is connected to this product, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded. This will provide some protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges.

Section 810 of the National Electrical Code ANSI/ NFPA No. 70 provides information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-inwire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location ofantenna-dischargeunit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the ground electrode. Refer to the antenna grounding illustration on this page.

Antenna grounding

Example of antenna grounding as per National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.

Antenna lead in wire

Ground clamp

Antenna discharge unit

 

 

(NEC Section 810-20)

Electric service

Grounding conductors

(NEC Section 810-21)

equipment

Ground clamps

Power service grounding electrode system

(NEC ART 250, Part H)

Note to CATV system installer

This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer’s attention to Article 820-40of the NEC (of USA) that provides guidelines for proper grounding. In particular, it specifies that the cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building, as close to the point of cable entry as is practical.

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Contents

Where to find…

Setting Up

 

 

Before you begin ...........................................................................................................

 

4

Unpacking the carton ...................................................................................................

 

5

Select the locations for your Lifestyle® 12 system ........................................................

 

6

Connect the speakers and Lifestyle® music center ......................................................

 

9

Connecting your home theater components to the Lifestyle® 12 system ...................

12

Connect the antennas .................................................................................................

 

16

Attach the wire cover ..................................................................................................

 

16

Set up the remote control ...........................................................................................

 

17

Set radio channel spacing for dual voltage and 120V systems ..................................

 

17

Turn on the music center ............................................................................................

 

17

Operating Your Lifestyle® 12 System

 

 

The music center display ............................................................................................

 

18

The system controls ....................................................................................................

 

18

The music center controls ..........................................................................................

 

19

The Lifestyle® remote control ......................................................................................

 

19

Listening to your Lifestyle® 12 system ........................................................................

 

20

Listening to video sound .............................................................................................

 

20

Listening to the radio ..................................................................................................

 

21

Listening to a CD ........................................................................................................

 

22

Using the system with an external component ..........................................................

 

22

Maintaining Your Lifestyle® 12 System

 

 

Fine-tuningyour system .............................................................................................

 

23

Changing the house code settings .............................................................................

 

24

Adding speakers .........................................................................................................

 

25

Troubleshooting ..........................................................................................................

 

26

Warranty period ..........................................................................................................

 

27

Customer service ........................................................................................................

 

27

Cleaning the Lifestyle® 12 system ...............................................................................

 

28

Product Information

 

 

Technical information ..................................................................................................

 

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Accessories .................................................................................................................

 

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Index .................................................................................................................................

 

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Bose® Corporation ....................................................................................

inside back cover

For your records

Serial numbers are located on the bottom of the music center and the bottom panel of the

Acoustimass® module.

Music center serial number: ______________________________________________________

Acoustimass module serial number: ______________________________________________

Dealer name: __________________________________________________________________

Dealer phone: _______________________ Purchase date: ___________________________

We suggest you keep your sales slip and warranty card together with this owner’s guide.

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Setting Up

Before you begin

Thank you for purchasing the Bose® Lifestyle® 12 system. This complete audio home entertainment system offers superb sound, elegance, technology, and simplicity for music and home theater.

Your system includes:

A Lifestyle® music center withbuilt-inAM/FM radio and compact disc (CD) player

Inputs for a video sound source, an auxiliary source, and a tape deck

Powered Acoustimass® speakers with ahide-awayAcoustimass module

An easy-to-useremote control

Bose Videostage® decoder technology enables the Lifestyle® 12 system to reproduce the realism of movie sound especially for a home environment. When a movie soundtrack or CD is produced in a surround sound format, specially encoded sound is sent to any or all of the available speakers. Dialogue is usually sent to the front speakers. Sounds from the left or right side of the picture are sent to left or right front speakers. Ambient sounds or special effects may be sent to the surround (rear) speakers. Bose Videostage circuitry automatically directs the sound to the correct speakers.

To select surround-encodedmaterial, look for any of the terms Surround, Dolby Surround, and thedouble-Dsymbol* on tapes and discs, and the word “surround” preceding a TV broadcast.

When sound is recorded in stereo, but not surround-encoded,Videostage decoder technology directs it to the most appropriate speakers based on the signals received. When viewing older movies or listening to other monaural programs on your Lifestyle® 12 system, Videostage circuitry directs sound so it appears to come from the center of the TV screen.

You can listen to any program material in SURROUND (5-speaker)mode, whether the program issurround-encoded,stereo, or monaural. You will not hear sound from all five speakers all of the time. Even withsurround-encodedmaterial there are times when no sounds are directed to the surround speakers. You can select the speaker mode that sounds best to you for each particular program.

* Dolby and the double-Dsymbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.

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Setting Up

Unpacking the carton

Figure 1

What comes with your

Lifestyle® 12 system:

Lifestyle® music center

AC power (mains) pack*

Wire cover

FM antenna

AM loop antenna

AM antenna base

Remote control

3 AA batteries

Acoustimass module

5 cube speaker arrays

AC power (mains) cord*

Audio input cable

5 speaker cables

(2 surround and 3 front)

4 self-adhesiverubber feet (for the Acoustimass module)

Stereo cable

Lifestyle® system CD

Test CD

Carefully unpack your system. Save all packing materials for possible future use. The original packing materials provide the safest way to transport your Lifestyle® 12 system. If any part of the product appears damaged, do not attempt to use the system. Notify Bose® or your authorized Bose dealer immediately.

Check to be sure your Lifestyle® 12 system contains the parts identified in Figure 1.

Note: Find the serial numbers on the bottom panel of the Acoustimass® module and the bottom of the music center. Then write them on your warranty card and in the spaces provided on page 3.

WARNING: he Acoustimass module weighs 33 pounds (15 kg). Use good lifting practice to avoid injury.

WARNING: To avoid danger of suffocation, keep the plastic bags out of the reach of children.

 

Lifestyle® music center

Acoustimass module

 

Wire cover

AC power pack

5 cube

FM antenna

speaker arrays

Audio input cable

AC power cord

Surround speaker cables

 

Antenna base

 

 

 

(orange connectors)

AA batteries

 

AM loop antenna

 

 

 

+

 

 

 

 

Front speaker cables

 

Rubber

 

 

feet

 

(blue connectors)

Remote control

Stereo cable

Lifestyle® system CD

Test CD

*Power cord and pack shown above are USA/Canada versions.

Dual voltage systems include 1 power cord, 1 adapter , and 2 power packs.

The power cords and packs for Europe, UK/Singapore, and Australia are shown below.

Europe

UK/Singapore

Australia

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Setting Up

Select the locations for your Lifestyle® 12 system

When you place your speakers according to the guidelines below, a combination of reflected and direct sound provides the audio atmosphere of a home theater. You may experiment with the placement and orientation of the cubes to produce the sound most pleasing to you. For the best surround effect, adjust the speakers so you cannot pinpoint where the sound comes from. It is preferable not to aim the cubes directly at the listener. For more discussion of speaker placement and room acoustics, see “Fine-tuningyour system” on page 23.

Speaker locations

Follow these guidelines to select locations that provide the maximum home theater effect from your Lifestyle® 12 system (Figures 2 and 3).

CAUTION: Choose a stable and level surface for your speakers. Vibration can cause the speakers to move, particularly on smooth surfaces like marble, glass, or highly polished wood. For additional stability, you can add rubber feet to your speakers. You may obtain rubber feet (part no. 178321), free of charge, from Bose®. Contact Bose Customer Service (see listings on the inside back cover).

Left and right front speakers

The sound from the left and right front speakers should seem to appear at the edge of the picture, so that the acoustic image is close to the size of the visual image (Figure 2). The front speaker cables allow up to 20 feet (6.1 m) distance from the Acoustimass® module.

1.Place the cubes on line with the horizontal center of the TV screen.

2.Place them up to 3 feet (1 m) from the edge of the TV screen.

We recommend a maximum distance of 3 feet (1 m) so that the sound does not become too separated from the picture. You may wish to vary this distance based on room conditions and personal preference.

3.Direct one cube of each array forward. Direct the other cube toward the wall or in a different direction to create reflected sound. (See the illustration of reflected sound patterns in Figure 3.)

Note: The cube speakers are magnetically shielded so you can place them close to the

TV without affecting picture quality.

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Setting Up

Figure 2

Recommended front speaker locations

Center speaker

The sound from the center speaker should appear to come directly from the center of the picture (Figure 2). The center speaker cable allows up to 20 feet (6.1 m) distance from the Acoustimass® module.

1.Place the speaker on line with the vertical center of the screen, above or below (whichever is closer to the screen), or the closest convenient location.

2.Place the speaker in line with the front of the screen (not pushed to the back of the TV).

3.Direct each of the cubes slightly away from center, to create a wider area of direct sound (Figure 3).

Note: If you put the speakers in a bookcase unit, be sure to place each one at the front edge of the shelf. Placing speakers in an enclosed space can change the tonal quality of the sound. This effect is minimized if the shelves are filled with books.

 

Center

Left front

Right front

Figure 3

Speaker placement

Surround speakers

The surround (rear) speakers create an area of sound around the listener. Place them in the back half of your room. Direct the cubes so that you do not pinpoint the exact location of the sound source (Figure 3). The surround cables allow up to 50 feet (15.2 m) distance from the Acoustimass module.

Center

Acoustimass module

Left

Right

front

front

Left

Right

surround

surround

1.Place the speakers at ear height or higher, if possible.

2.Direct the cubes to reflect sound off one or more surfaces.

3.Do not direct the sound straight at the listener.

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Acoustimass® module

Follow these guidelines to select a location for the Acoustimass module.

Note: To avoid interference with the TV picture, place the Acoustimass module at least 18 inches (45 cm) from the TV.

1.Place the Acoustimass module along the same the wall as the TV, or close to the same end of the room as the front speakers (see the example along the front wall in Figure 3).

2.Select a convenient location – under a table, behind a sofa. Do not allow furniture or drapes to block the ventilation openings of the module.

3.Place the Acoustimass module within reach of the audio input cable, speaker cables, and an AC power (mains) outlet.

4.Select a position for the Acoustimass module (Figure 4). For proper ventilation, place it on the long edge, with the connectors facing the floor. An alternate position is on its largest side, with the bass and treble controls facing up. Do not place the module on either end, as shown by the last two views in Figure 4.

Figure 4

Acoustimass module positions

Preferred

Alternate position

position

 

5.Once you have selected a position for the module, place the four self-adhesiverubber feet near the corners of the bottom surface. The rubber feet provide increased stability and protection from scratches.

6.Aim the port (the round opening) into the room or along the wall to avoid blocking the port or creating too much bass.

7.For best bass performance, do not place the port at equal distances from any two walls or from a wall and the ceiling.

CAUTION: Do not cover the ventilation openings of the Acoustimass module. The slots on the end provide ventilation for thebuilt-inelectronic circuitry, and should not be blocked.

Music center

Select a location for the music center.

1.Allow enough room to open the CD player cover.

2.Place the music center close enough to the sound sources (TV, VCR, etc.) to allow for cable length. If you need additional audio and/or video cables to connect all of your components, see your dealer or call Bose®.

3.Place the music center within 30 feet (9.1 m) of the Acoustimass module (the length of the audio input cable).

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