Bose 135 User Manual

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Setup Guide | Guía de instalación | Guide d’installation


Please read this guide

Please take the time to follow the instructions in this guide carefully. They will help you set up and operate your system properly and enjoy its advanced features. Please save this guide for future reference.

All Bose products must be used in accordance with local, state, federal, and industry regulations.

The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle alerts 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 alerts the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance instructions in this guide.


To prevent electric shock, match the wide blade of the line cord plug to the wide slot of the AC (mains) receptacle. Insert fully.

To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not expose the product to rain or moisture.

Do not expose this apparatus to dripping or splashing, and do not place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on or near the apparatus. As with any electronic products, use care not to spill liquids into any part of the system. Liquids can cause a failure and/or a fire hazard.

Do not place any naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, on or near the apparatus.

Contains small parts that may be a choking hazard. Not suitable for children under age 3.


Make no modifications to the system or accessories. Unauthorized alterations may compromise safety, regulatory compliance, and system performance, and may void the warranty.

Long-termexposure to loud music may cause hearing damage. It is best to avoid extreme volume when using headphones, especially for extended periods.


Where the mains plug or appliance coupler is used as the disconnect device, such disconnect device shall remain readily operable.

The product must be used indoors. It is neither designed nor tested for use outdoors, in recreation vehicles, or on boats.

The product label is located on the bottom or the back of the product.

The interconnect cables included with this system are not approved for in-wallinstallation. Please check your local building codes for the correct type of wire and cable required forin-wallinstallation.

This product is intended to be used only with the power supply provided.

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

This product conforms to all EU Directive requirements as applicable by law. The complete Declaration of Conformity can be found at

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Additional safety information

See the additional instructions on the Important Safety Information sheet enclosed in the shipping carton.

Important Safety Instructions

1.Read these instructions.

2.Keep these instructions.

3.Heed all warnings.

4.Follow all instructions.

5.Do not use this apparatus near water.

6.Clean only with a dry cloth.

7.Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

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

9.When a polarized plug is used; Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-typeplug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into 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.

14.Refer all servicing to qualified personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in a way, such as power-supplycord 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.

HDMI and the HDMI logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.

iPod and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

©2011 Bose Corporation. No part of this work may be reproduced, modified, distributed, or otherwise used without prior written permission.

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Thank you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Unpacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Wall mounting kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Putting the system together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 1: Set up the speaker array . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 2: Set up the control console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 3: Set up the Acoustimass® module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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First time startup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 1: Set up the remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 2: Turn your system on and follow the


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If you have setup problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Contacting customer service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Thank you

Thank you for choosing a Bose® LIFESTYLE® 135 system for your home. This guide providesstep-by-stepinstructions for setting up your new system.

Your new home entertainment system includes a speaker array, control console, Acoustimass module, universal remote control and a dock for iPod or iPhone.


As you carefully unpack the carton, if any part appears damaged, do not attempt to use it. Notify Bose or your authorized Bose dealer immediately. For Bose contact information, refer to the address sheet included in the carton.

Be sure to save all of the packing materials. These provide the safest means for any necessary shipping or transporting.

Carton contents:

Speaker array

Acoustimass® module

• Accessory kits

Each kit is identified by an icon on the box. The icons appear in the system setup steps to indicate where parts are located.

Cables and power cords kit

Audio input cable AC power cord* AM antenna

*The appropriate power cords for your region are supplied.

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Remote control kit





Remote control


ADAPTiQ® audio calibration headset

Dock for iPod

FM antenna

IR emitter cable

Stereo audio cable


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Operating Guide | Guía del usuario | Guide d’utilisation

USB flash drive


Speaker array



(for system updating only)

extension feet

module feet


Control console kit

































Power supply

HDMI™ cable




Wall mounting kit

The speaker array can be mounted on a wall. If you wish to do this, contact Bose to purchase the WB-135Wall Mount Kit.

CAUTION: Do not use anywall-mountinghardware other than theWB-135Wall Mount Kit to mount the speaker array on a wall.

CAUTION: Do not place the speaker array near or over a source of heat, such as a fireplace. Any damage that may occur to your speaker array as a result of placing it over a fireplace will not be covered by the limited warranty on your LIFESTYLE® system.

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Putting the system together

Note: The LIFESTYLE® 135 system uses the reflective surfaces of your room to deliver wide, spacious sound. For best sound quality, the speaker array should not be placed inside a cabinet, or diagonally in a corner.

Note: To avoid wireless interference, keep other wireless equipment, such as wireless computer network routers, cordless phones, microwave ovens, or otherWIFI-enabledaudio/video devices away from the speaker array and Acoustimass® module.

Step 1: Set up the speaker array

What you need:

Speaker array






Audio input

Power cord

Speaker array




A. Lay the speaker arraygrille-sidedown on the table in front of your TV.

Note: To protect the surface of your table you may want to put a protective cloth under the speaker array until setup is complete. The foam bag removed from the speaker array could be used for this purpose.

Note: Be sure to remove all protective films from the speaker array before operating the system. They may affect acoustic performance if left in place.

B.Plug the audio input cable into the connector labeled Audio In on the speaker array. Make sure the flat surface with the arrow on the plug faces up.

Speaker array

Audio input cable

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C. Plug the small end of the power cord into the connector labeledPower.

Note: Do not plug the power cord into an AC power outlet at this time. You will be instructed to do this later in the setup process.

Power cord

D. Arrange the cables as needed for your setup location.

OPTIONAL: Secure cables under the clips in the channel running along the length of the speaker array.


Cable clip

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E.Turn the speaker array over and place it in front of your TV with the speaker grille facing into the room.

CAUTION: The speaker array must be placed on a solid flat surface. For proper support, all of the feet on the bottom of the speaker array must be resting on the table top

CAUTION: When positioning the speaker array, make sure it is not blocking any ventilation openings on your TV. Refer to the owner’s guide that came with your TV and install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

F.OPTIONAL: To raise the speaker array and allow more space under it, you can install the optional extension feet (supplied).

Optional extension


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Step 2: Set up the control console

What you need:

Control console

Power supply

HDMI cable

Power cord

A. Place the control console on a flat, stable surface near your TV.

Control console

Note: Until your system is completely installed, it may be helpful to keep the control console positioned for easy access to its rear connection panel.

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B. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into an HDMI INPUT connector on your TV.

Note: If an HDMI cable is already connected to an HDMI input on your TV, you can use this cable. Just disconnect the other end.

C.Plug the other end of the HDMI cable you are using into the connector labeled HDMI OUT Video to TV on the control console.


Video to TV

HDMI cable from TV

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D.Plug the audio input cable coming from the speaker array into the connector labeled Audio Out on the control console.

Make sure the flat surface with the arrow on the plug faces up.

Note: Make sure the audio input cable is not plugged into a Bose® link connector.

Audio Input Cable

Audio Out

E. Plug the power supply output cord into the connector labeledPower.


AC power cord

Power supply output cord

Power supply

F.Plug a power cord into the power supply.

G.Plug the power cords from the speaker array and the control console into an AC (mains) power outlet.

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Step 3: Set up the Acoustimass® module

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Acoustimass module

Rubber feet


Power cord























CAUTION: Choose a stable and level surface for the Acoustimass module. Vibration can cause the speaker to move, particularly on smooth surfaces like marble, glass, or highly polished wood.

A.When placing the Acoustimass® module on bare floors, or other smooth surfaces, attach the included rubber feet to the bottom of the module for greater stability and to protect your floor.

Rubber foot

Bottom panel

B. Plug the small end of the power cord into thePower connector.


For service use only

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C.Place the Acoustimass® module according to the following guidelines:

For best sound quality, stand the Acoustimass module on its feet along the same wall as your TV, or along any other wall in the front third of the room.

The front opening of the module can face any direction.

Make sure there is an AC outlet nearby.

Acoustimass module

CAUTION: Do not operate the Acoustimass module on its front end, back end, side, or top.

Note: Be sure to remove all protective films from the Acoustimass module before operating the system. They may affect acoustic performance if left in place.

D. Plug the Acoustimass module power cord into an AC (mains) power outlet.

First time startup

What you need for the following steps:



Remote control


ADAPTiQ® audio calibration headset

Before you start:

Do not connect any devices to the control console at this time. The instructions provided on your TV will tell you when to do this.

Make sure the speaker array and Acoustimass module are in their final positions before performing the ADAPTiQ audio calibration.

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Step 1: Set up the remote control

A. Slide the battery compartment cover off the back of the remote control.

AA (IEC LR6) batteries (4)

Battery compartment cover

B.Install four AA (IEC LR6) batteries, matching the polarity markings (+ and –)to the markings inside the battery compartment.

C.Slide the battery cover back into place.

Step 2: Turn your system on and follow the on-screeninstructions

A.Press the power button () on the control console to turn on your system.

Because the system is in a low power state when in standby, it takes several seconds to start. When the power light on the control console changes from blinking to steady green, your system is ready to use.

Power light

B. Check that the status indicator on the speaker array is off.


If the Status indicator is blinking orange:

There is no wireless connection between the speaker array and the Acoustimass® module.

See the Troubleshooting table in the back of the operating guide and follow the instructions for correcting the problem of “No Sound.”

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C.Turn on your TV.

D.Using the remote that came with your TV, change the TV input to the one that is connected to your LIFESTYLE® system.

E.Follow the instructions on your TV screen. You will be prompted to do the following:

Select your language.

Run the ADAPTiQ® audio calibration system.

Connect and set up audio/video devices using the UNIFY® intelligent integration system.

Configure your Bose® remote to control your connected devices.

If you have setup problems

If you experience any difficulties during the setup process, such as an unrecognized device remote or a connection error, you can go to the UNIFY menu at any time and correct or change part of your system setup. See “Changing Your System Setup” in your system operating guide.

For help in trying to resolve any problems, see the troubleshooting table in your system operating guide.

Contacting customer service

For additional help in solving problems, contact Bose® Customer Service. See the address sheet included with your system.

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