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Bose CineMate 15 Speaker System Review

Bose CineMate 15 Speaker System Review

by 2014/12/07


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Cinemate 15


The sound bar is compact
Acousti-mass has deep bass
Easy to setup
Accessories included


Not many settings
Costs alot
Not 5.1 sound quality

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Bose have been pushing their advertising these winter months with many of their products. What was brought to my attention today was the newest sound bar. Now this is called the CineMate 15 home theater speaker system which is aimed at improving your film watching experiences. It has two parts to it, the compact sound bar and the hideaway Acousti-mass which you can sort of straightaway understand what it is for but I’ll explain anyway.

Setting up the CineMate 15

cinemate 15 rear

The Acousti-mass module is the speaker that provides the deep and more spatial sounds to fill up the entire room. It is slightly larger than the actual sound bar and comes with rubber feet so they don’t have to scratch your beautiful surfaces. For the best performance it is suggested that you place it near a wall or a corner on the floor (not on a shelf), there is then one cable to connect it to the sound bar.

The compact sound bar is very simple to set up, it comes with a number of cables and you have multiple options to set up with but it is recommended to use the optical digital output. Luckily Bose provide this in the package, it’s very simple and you just have to plug it into your TV – that’s if it has one, otherwise you can use the COAX or analog connections. Plug-in the power cord and you’re all set, it comes with a handy remote so you can control all the settings on it. If you want to adjust the bass you have to simply twist the knob on the back of the soundbar. It uses true space technology with an four element array to help immerse you and disperse the sound. Its size is very small, so as long as the bigger Acousti-mass module is tucked away, it is very pleasant to look at and doesn’t take up very much space. This can be useful as with other sound bars they can be very bulky and if not planned they can block the screen from view.

bose cinemate 15 spectator

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Looking at the user’s point of view, obviously this isn’t a full-blown 5.1 stereo system and shouldn’t really be compared to one. But the sound quality is warm and crisp and the Acousti-mass subwoofer provides decent bass when watching different types of TV. It is quite expensive, and you could argue that you could get a much better system for a much lower price. But the £549.95 price tag is reasonable because Bose provide practically all the accessories and it is very easy to set up. The only thing that doesn’t make sense is the fact that to adjust the bass you cannot do this with the controller. But you can’t have everything, the universal remote works for most TVs,the bog standard remote that you do get with TVs aren’t exactly what I would call ‘premium’. Apart from bass there aren’t really any more settings that you can adjust which is one of the down sides because some users commented on the fact that there is no mid or treble which could become a problem depending on the type of room you live in.

Other than that the Bose CineMate 15 is a speaker system that is designed to make your TV sound better. If you can’t really be bothered to spend the time researching and you are not a very technical person then look no further. For a better sound you will end up spending a lot more money and a lot more time, however if that is not a problem then I suggest you look at another system.

US: NewEgg, Amazon, Bhphotovideo, BestBuy

CA: Amazon


Netherlands: MediaMarket

UK: Currys, Argos, Johnlewis




For fun I compared it to my 5.1 system -- perhaps not a fair comparison, but this is a pretty pricy speaker system. The center channel in my system provides a much more spacious sound with more bloom. It also helps that the center speaker is substantially larger than the Bose.

The small soundbar is able to project sound in multiple directions so every seat in your living room has a great auditory experience

This set is perfect for me. I live in an apartment and space considerations are always an issue, and I'm not a fan of having wires running all over the place.

For starters, I am NOT I repeat, NOT a Bose fan. As a matter of fact, I prefer the Sonos Soundbar and Sub... HOWEVER, this little system made sense for me to use as a starter set as it is less than half the cost of the Sonos. It wouldnt make any sense to put a sonos set in the bedroom so thats where this will go when the sonos comes...

  • Dimensions
  • Soundbar speaker
  • Height: 3.25 in (8.5 cm)
  • Width: 12 in (30.5 cm)
  • Depth: 2.75 in (7 cm)
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs (0.67 g)
  • Acoustimass® module
  • Height: 14.5 in (36.7 cm)
  • Width: 8.8 in (22.2 cm)
  • Depth: 19.1 in (48.5 cm)
  • Weight: 23.3 lbs (10.6 kg)
  • Remote control
  • Height: 8.8 in (22.35 cm)
  • Width: 2.1 in (5.3 cm)
  • Depth: 1.2 in (3 cm)
  • Inputs/outputs
  • Optical audio input (digital)
  • Coaxial audio input (digital)
  • R-L audio input (analog)
  • Additional details
  • Total shipping weight
  • 26 lbs (11.8 kg)
  • Included items
  • Soundbar (with attached speaker cable)
  • Acoustimass module
  • Power cord
  • Digital optical cable
  • Analog cable
  • Universal IR remote with 2 AA batteries


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  • Michael O'Byrne
    2014/12/24 at 10:28 am

    Had a Samsung HW750 sound bar for past 18 months and was never happy with the sound quality. Far too much bass and at times in spite of many adjustments found it difficult to listen to films etc. For Downton Abbey we had to switch on sub titles. So I have the above for the past 24 hours and even though had a bad experience with Bose Lefestyle a few years ago, this ticks the box for me. Slum do is crisp and clear. Listening to classic fm now via sat. Box is a pleasure and choral carols are clear and no distortion. Only downside is lack of Bluetooth when I want to listen to spotify. Really glad I bought it. A further downside and this is a minor one is that with modern TVs it’s not possible to pit speaker as shown in manual in front of TVs on same shelf as you will miss bottom inch of the screen. Happy customer.

  • Ajay
    2017/04/05 at 8:57 am

    Hi Johnny!

    Very good and useful review on Bose Cinemate 15. I am planning to buy one for myself, but the prime purpose is to use it as a music system rather than a soundbar/home theatre. The reason behind this is that the Wireless 30 Speaker is compact and good to look at, but falls short of Cinemate 15 in delivering deep, warm base and overall rich music. So after the comparison, the Wireless 30 became almost a no-no for me as a music player.

    Would love to hear your view on this.


  • sri
    2017/09/29 at 3:51 pm

    Small Size
    Ease of use
    good bass
    good sound for its size


    no bass control on remote
    cant recognize or communicated different sound settings & no equalizer
    cant communicate with tv for power on/off

    Sound Quality80%
    Worth it?50%
    Ease of Use100%

    i moved on from Sony HT-CT150 to Bose Cinemate 15.
    this system hands down an upgrade from my 6 year old system when comparing sound.
    options wise bose is lacking and years behind the system i upgraded from. 6 inputs versus 1, different sound settings versus none, can be contraolled by my apple tv or sony tv to not an option, and many more to list here.

    Cine-mate 15 is just an two unit output speaker and only controlled function provided to customer is to increase and decrease volume.

    except for the fact that i have to power this unit seperately from my tv, this system works way better and is a good upgrade in sound wise and down grade in options wise compared to other soundbars available today.

    • Stephen Charlton
      2017/09/30 at 4:25 pm

      Yeah it would be good to have some more options but I guess if they’re gonna get one thing right, you’d def want it to the be the sound.

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