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Lifestyle 550 home entertainment system

SPEAKERS THAT BLEND IN. SOUND THAT STANDS OUT.

Overview

Control console, Acoustimass wireless bass module and Virtually Invisible Series II speakers of the Lifestyle 550 system.

Complete system. Clear, powerful performance.

Bring your entertainment to life and experience clarity and bass at all volume levels. Designed to deliver, the Lifestyle 550 system gives you surprisingly high-quality, lifelike sound—from surprisingly small speakers.

 Virtually Invisible® Series II speakers

Only the speaker is virtually invisible

When it comes to speakers, the only thing that you want to stand out is the sound. Slim and stylish, Virtually Invisible speakers are only about 8.9 cm high. Designed to blend in nicely, they’re low profile and can mount flush to your wall with optional brackets.

Acoustimass wireless bass module

Turn it up and really feel it

Really great bass transforms your living room listening experience from run-of-the-mill to front-row-seat. This small wireless subwoofer delivers on sound and style with its deep, thunderous bass and premium glass top. A powerful driver and QuietPort technology combine for best-in-class performance for size.

Wall-mounted Virtually Invisible speaker and control console

SO MUCH MORE THAN GOOD LOOKS

The glass-topped media console offers the latest audio and video technologies—including 4K video and 6 HDMI™ inputs. Use Wi-Fi® or Bluetooth® with NFC pairing to stream music to a system that looks as good as it sounds. Now all you have to worry about is what to listen to first.

Same system. Different speakers.
Which is right for you?

Lifestyle 650 home entertainment system

LIFESTYLE 650 SYSTEM
OMNIJEWEL SPEAKERS

  • 360° output, our most spacious satellite speakers
  • Powerful, 21" centre channel speaker 
Lifestyle 600 home entertainment system

LIFESTYLE 600 SYSTEM
JEWEL CUBE SPEAKERS

  • Direct/reflecting satellite speakers with angled transducers
  • Compact, 6" centre channel speaker
Lifestyle 550 home entertainment system

Lifestyle 550 system
Virtually Invisible Series II cube speakers

  • Impressive sound for a thrilling, cinema-like experience
  • Slim, 3.5" centre channel speaker

Explore the features

Bluetooth® connectivity
Stream music from your phone or tablet with Bluetooth® pairing with NFC.

Wireless Acoustimass bass module
Virtually eliminates distortion for deep, clean bass at any volume level.

Virtually Invisible Series II cube speakers
Powerful performance surrounds you in high-quality sound.

Tablet displaying the SoundTouch app

Less effort, more music

When it comes to enjoying your music, you can listen whichever way you want, without worrying about which technology is best. Play music through your Wi-Fi network for instant in-home listening. Or listen directly from a phone or tablet using a Bluetooth® connection. The Lifestyle 550 system works with other SoundTouch speakers, so as you go from room to room, your music goes with you.

Spotify, Deezer, Amazon
iTunes, TuneIn
SoundTouch app logo

Fast, simple control of all your music

Experience your favourite music from the Lifestyle system with the SoundTouch app. SoundTouch lets you take total control of your listening experience, right from your smartphone or tablet. Browse popular music services such as Spotify® and Deezer, Internet radio or your stored music library. Easily personalise presets for one-touch access to the music you love, and control one or many SoundTouch speakers around your home.

Amazon Echo Dot with compatible Bose SoundTouch products

Bose + Voice. Now you’re talking.

Play music. Turn it up. Or even ask what’s playing. Without lifting a finger.

Enjoy hands-free voice access to your music on SoundTouch speakers using any Alexa-enabled device—like the Amazon Echo Dot. Just open the Alexa app. Search for “Bose” under the Skills menu. Then follow the simple one-time setup.

So, what can you do? Plenty. Start your funk playlist in the kitchen. Turn the volume up or down. Change tracks. Find out what’s playing. And even control where it’s playing—from the speaker in your kitchen to the speaker in your bedroom.

"Alexa, play some dance music in the Living Room."

"Alexa, turn up the volume in the Kitchen."

"Alexa, pause the Office."

"Alexa, next track in the Bedroom."

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Engineered to keep it simple

Whether your walls are plaster, brick or glass, ADAPTiQ audio room calibration will optimise its acoustic performance for the unique characteristics of your room—giving you the best possible listening experience. And there’s no need to worry about setup. With guided on-screen messages, our Unify intelligent integration simplifies the process of connecting to your entertainment sources. It will also help configure the Bose universal LED display remote to control almost all entertainment devices.

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Specs

Dimensions/weight

  • Control console:6.5 cm H x 40.59 cm W x 25.8 cm D (4 kg)
  • Acoustimass wireless bass module:32.5 cm H x 29.5 cm W x 29.5 cm D (13.6 kg)
  • Virtually Invisible Series II speakers (each):9.4 cm H x 8.13 cm W x 8.2 cm D (0.54 kg)

Additional details

  • Supported audio formats: The Lifestyle 550 system supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS and Multichannel PCM.
  • Video source compatibility: It supports 4K resolution at 4096/60p with 12 bit. (Same as Lifestyle 600/650 systems.) It does not support Dolby Vision.

Inputs and outputs

Rear panel of the console

  • 1 HDMI™ output with Audio Return Channel (ARC)
  • 5 HDMI inputs
  • 2 optical digital audio connections
  • 2 coaxial digital audio connections
  • 2 analogue L/R audio inputs
  • 1 x 3.5 mm connection for the Acoustimass module
  • 1 data port
  • 1 IR repeater port
  • 1 Ethernet port for SoundTouch and software updates via a network
  • 1 USB connection for software updates only

Front of the console

  • 1 HDMI input
  • 1 x 3.5 mm jack for ADAPTiQ system and headphones
  • 1 power button
  • 1 source button
  • 1 setup button the customer will press to connect Acoustimass module and rear speakers

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

  • Console
  • 5 Virtually Invisible Series II cube speakers
  • Acoustimass wireless bass module
  • Universal remote control
  • Front speaker cable
  • 2 rear speaker cables
  • 5 AC-2 adapters
  • ADAPTiQ headset
  • IR emitter
  • HDMI cable
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Console power supply
  • 4 power cables
  • Screwdriver
  • Owner’s guide
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Come alive. My wife constantly thinks that there is someone behind her, the surround sound it insane. The packaging is innovative in it's design, perfectly packaging everything with pictures of whats in each box. It was exiting to unbox, i've never felt that before. The set up was extremely simple, just follow the instructions from the main console. You calibrate the sound to be effective specifically where you sit in your room, a feature i've not noticed amongst other home cinema systems, and one of the many reasons I chose this one. Also, what other home cinema systems can you listen to before you take it home??? Hearing the sound in the Bose shop made my mind up, that is a company that is confident it what they offer. There was the option to go wireless but to be fair, I don't have the speakers wall mounted so I can't see the wires anyway. The speakers and the bass module are all simple in design but powerful in performance. No matter what you watch, or listen to on the bluetooth, the sound blows your mind. I've hooked all of my devices to the console, Sky, PS4, Roku, Bluray, Amazon Echo, Alexa works really well, it's awesome to be able to control a home cinema system like that to play your music effortlessly. I hooked up the Bose remote to control everything as it gives you that option and it's so much easier then using 5 remotes. Did i mention the remote lights up! No more trying tog et the correct button in the dark anymore. The sounds are mesmerising , perfect mid tones, deep lows and crisp highs. The bass does not overpower when it's not appropriate, but when you have something like Saving Private Ryan on, or the formula one, you feel like you're there (i'd apologies to my neighbours, but I really don't like them so don't care how much it makes the walls shake.) When we watch films fully calibrated to 5.1 on bluray, the wife's face when there's a sound behind her that she's not heard before, it's a picture, jumps out of her skin sometimes! You know when you hear a song an it becomes generic because you've heard it on the radio a lot in the case, or it used to be your favourite song you you've played it to death. Or you've watched a film numerous times and think you know everything about it. Well, when you hear music or watch films on this system, they come alive again. I would DARE you not to buy this home cinema system, go one, I dare you. Just like I dare myself not to eat that last doughnut............. Go try it out at the Bose store, sounds will excite you again. You will not be disappointed with this. And if you are, go get your ears syringed out at the doctors.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A 'Clear' Winner! The Bose Lifestyle 550 arrived nicely packages, with all components contained in individual boxes each indicating the content. Easily accessed lifting handles were provided for the bass module to help avoid suffering a potentially serious back injury! It was immediately clear on opening the box containing the main control unit that this was a high quality item, with its glossy black glass panel on the upper surface. The unit has a feeling of solidity and quality, as do the five small speakers provided with the system. The bass module is a fairly compact, but again weighty item, with a glossy black glass upper surface. The first installation task was to connect the main control unit to the TV via the supplied HDMI cable and then power-up, by pushing a button on the control unit, to bring it out of standby mode. Clear Instructions for connecting the remaining components are provided via information shown on the TV screen. Each speaker wire pair needs to be connected to the supplied small speaker connectors, using a small Bose screwdriver, which is conveniently provided. The front left, right and centre speakers are connected to the control unit, followed by the rear left and right speakers. The bass module unit is wireless and requires mains power only. Installation and the subsequent system setup was made very easy by the on-screen guidance and the system was up and running in no time. This included connection to my home wi-fi network. With everything connected, the system quickly ‘finds’ the wireless bass module and the system is then ready for calibration, using a ‘headset’ with built-in microphone instead of earpieces. Calibration must be performed for 5 different room listening positions. A number of tones of different frequencies and levels are produced by the system which are picked-up by the provided ‘headset’. I have three main listening positions. However, the system would not allow me to skip the last two listening positions, which meant I had to pick two positions which would not be used. (The system could tell if you attempt to ‘cheat’ by using two of the previously calibrated positions!). I wanted this product as I was finding dialogue a little frustrating to follow with my current system and my experience with other Bose products had impressed me greatly. I immediately found the sound produced by the Lifestyle 550 system to be far superior to my previous Sony surround system. When watching movies, the sound is just so much cleaner and clearer, particularly with voices than my old system and I never realised how much I had previously needed to concentrate on following dialogue. There was also a far stronger feeling of the sounds coming from all around the room and the low frequency sounds produced by the bass module were amazing, especially when considering the compact size. The overall sound is also ‘clear’ and ‘airy’ and very pleasant to listen to, even over long periods. The calibration process obviously does a great job, as the quality was apparent at all listening positions. The system is very easy to use via the provided remote control, which allows selection of the many available inputs. The system can connect to mobile phones and tablets via Bluetooth and it was great to play my favourite music through the system via Spotify. Again, the sound produced was impressive with good, but never booming, bass which is very enjoyable to listen to. As with other Bose audio products I own, music always seems to somehow hit the right spot emotionally. Comments from friends and family members have also been favourable, even from those that normally have little interest in such things! In summary, the Bose Lifestyle 550 is a high quality, beautifully made system which has transformed my enjoyment of watching TV programmes and movies. I cannot comment on how the system compares with other, possibly lower priced systems, but it is certainly a step-up from my previous circa £500 system.
Date published: 2018-10-04
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FAQs

What is the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system?

The ADAPTiQ audio calibration system is a proprietary Bose technology that customises the system’s sound to the unique size, shape and furnishings of the room it’s in to ensure the system delivers high-quality performance.

What is the Unify intelligent integration system?

The Unify intelligent integration system is a Bose technology that eliminates the stress and confusion of setting up a Lifestyle system. It also configures the Bose universal remote to control almost all entertainment devices. The result is a system that is customised for you, yet is as easy to use as if it were fully integrated.

Is it possible to adjust bass and treble?

Yes. The bass, treble, centre and surround levels can be adjusted through the included Bose universal remote control.

Is it possible to adjust the audio delay with ARC?

Yes. There is an A/V sync delay that applies only to the audio. This is available in all sources, including ARC. When set to zero, it will not add additional delay beyond the time needed for audio signal processing.

Can the Acoustimass 700 bass module be wired?

Yes. The Acoustimass module can be wired to the console with a 3.5-mm shielded audio cable.

What placement guidelines should be considered to ensure optimal audio performance from the Acoustimass module?

For best sound quality, the Acoustimass module should be placed on the floor against the same wall as the television. It should always be placed in the front third of the room with an electrical socket nearby for the power cable. The module should not be placed on a shelf or table.

Does the Lifestyle 550 system have Bluetooth® and NFC technology built in?

Yes. The NFC chip is built into the control console near the Bose logo on top of the console.

How do I pair a Bluetooth® device with the Lifestyle 550 using NFC?

Select the Bluetooth® source on the remote (or via the app). Ensure that your mobile device has NFC turned on. Gently tap the device near the Bose logo on the top of the control console and your device will automatically pair.

How do I pair a Bluetooth® device with the Lifestyle 550 system without using NFC?

Press and hold the Bluetooth® source button on the remote for several seconds until the light begins to flash. Ensure your mobile device is in pairing mode and select your Lifestyle 550 system. You also can pair your mobile device to your Lifestyle system using the SoundTouch app. In the app, find your Lifestyle system in the device tray, select “explore,” and then select Bluetooth®. On your mobile device, select the Lifestyle system.

Is the Lifestyle 550 system compatible with Amazon Alexa-enabled products?

Yes. You can enjoy hands-free voice access to streaming music services, Internet radio and your stored library using any Alexa-enabled device—like the Amazon Echo Dot.

Do the speakers need to be hard-wired to the Lifestyle control console?

Yes. All five satellite speakers should be hard-wired to the console.

Can the wireless Bose Surround Speakers be added to Lifestyle 550?

Yes. But adding wireless rear speakers would necessitate replacing those that are included with the Lifestyle 550.

Are cables and connectors included with the Lifestyle 550 system?

Yes. Connections and setup are designed to be very user-friendly. Each speaker cable has a clearly marked, coloured connector for fast, easy connection. Furthermore, various adapters and cables are available to accommodate specific installation requirements.

How do I access SoundTouch music with the native RF remote?

You access SoundTouch music by selecting the “SoundTouch” button or selecting it from the source menu—similar to how you access other entertainment sources. From there, you can select one of your presets or browse the “Recents” list. The 1 through 6 buttons on the RF remote also will play a preset once the system is turned on and the SoundTouch source is selected.

Can the SoundTouch app control the Lifestyle 550?

The SoundTouch app allows you to turn on or switch to the SoundTouch source and then control volume. It will not control any of the other Lifestyle functions or control any attached sources. When a source other than SoundTouch is selected, it will control volume for those sources, but no device-specific functions.

Is it possible to rebroadcast the TV sound to another SoundTouch system?

Yes. You must be running SoundTouch software version 17.x or later. To rebroadcast TV sound, or sound from any of your console’s other wired input sources, first start playing the desired content on your system as you normally would, using the remote. Then, go to the SoundTouch app, find your system, and add the desired secondary systems.

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Lifestyle 550 home entertainment system

SPEAKERS THAT BLEND IN. SOUND THAT STANDS OUT.