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Post 1 made on Friday February 17, 2006 at 13:42
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I was at the Mall at lunch time and walked in the Bose store to ask if their Lifestyle System has a built in DVD player.

After I found out that it did I asked the saleperson if it was capable of Upconvert and was told no.

I than asked if it had component out.

I got a yes/no answer.

It seems that Bose uses an external 2 in 3 out adapter cable. It uses both the Composite Video out and also the S-Video out to create a component 3-plug out.

I am curious how they can do this?

Anyone out there got an answer other than Ragging on Bose?

-Don B
Post 2 made on Saturday February 18, 2006 at 22:23
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Same reason they wire everything to the subwoofer, or "acousti-mass" thing a ma jig as they call it. And the same reason their connections to the speakers are like an inch in diameter on both ends and look more like a computer connection. And the same reason you better pray all the wires they give you are long enough cuz there ain't no "splicing" with bose. The same reason you can only use thier IR flashers rather than the ones EVERY other company uses. Same reason that whenever there is a "3-2-1" blastoff (aka hook-up), its often followed by a, "houston, we have a problem" Because they are UNIQUE. But besides all that I guess they must get the bills paid so they must be doing something right. They must appeal to the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). I really have nothing against Bose's systems, I just dont think they're "custom installation" friendly. As for the composite + S-vid = Component equation goes, I have no clue exactly how it works. But, to me it seems like a typical Bose thing. Just hope you don't loose those adapter cables. Sorry for the un-needed rambling.
Post 3 made on Saturday February 18, 2006 at 23:10
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Anyone out there got an answer other than Ragging on Bose?

I wish there was something good to say.
Nickster
OP | Post 4 made on Monday February 20, 2006 at 10:43
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I would guess that the answer to my question would be outside the Bose proprietary issues as they are using the S Video and the Composite video to create Component Video , all three of these are industry standards and lead me to believe that this adapter would as work on any other piece of equipment that has S video and composit video out but not component video.

By the way "Why can't you splice Bose speaker wires?" is it a impedence issure?

-Don B
Post 5 made on Monday February 20, 2006 at 11:40
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Infocus uses one input for many different connection types, and you have to have the appropriate adapter for component, DVI, whatever. So do many TV systems outside of North America. So it's not completely unheard of.

But otherwise I agree completely with Nickster.
Post 6 made on Monday February 20, 2006 at 12:48
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You can splice Bose speaker wires, just not the proprietary cable that runs from the DVD player to the "acousti-mass" thing a ma jig. The speaker cables are basically RCA cables on most systems, but that is where the problem is. I can't stand Bose because you never know until you open the box.

To answer your original question, it is more than likely some proprietary adapter. You may have to do something in the setup of the system, or the adapter my do it automatically. I personally wouldn't trust it.
Just my opinion, I could be wrong.
OP | Post 7 made on Monday February 20, 2006 at 13:08
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The output from the Bose is not Bose Proprietary as far as I can tell. It just has standard Composite Video out and standard S-video out. The same output connections that you would find on any Pacific Rim DVD player.

I did not see anything special on the back side of the Bose to flag me that these two outputs were anything but standard S-Video and Standard composite video.

This Cable that Bose sells plugs into the two above mentioned connectors and outputs in Component Analog video that can be than connected to any Component Display source.

I am guessing that if you had one of these cables you could use it with any DVD player to convert the output from composite and S video to Analog Component.

Maybe such a cable already exists outside of Bose . If so I am not aware of it.

I thought that component was of higher quality than one could achieve thru a combo of composite and S-Video and basically I was curious what other posters thought along this line.

Spikey don't get me going on Infocus and their Blow up in your face $250+ bulbs as used in the LP350.

I have this scenario in my head of someone walking thru airport security and being told to power up their Infocus L{350 to prove it is a projector and not a Bomb. At that moment the projector desides it is time to blow up its bulb with only 300 hours showing on the counter..........

-Don B
Post 8 made on Monday February 20, 2006 at 19:15
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There is a setting in the system menu to tell it that it needs to output component instead of composite/s video.
OP | Post 9 made on Tuesday February 21, 2006 at 09:49
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CMA,

Thanks! That answers my question. I would not even have thought to ask the salesperson if that is how it was done.

-Don B
Post 10 made on Tuesday February 21, 2006 at 13:38
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If it is a straight-forward wiring setup, you can find Svideo-to-2-RCA adapter cables on the market. This would give you the 3 RCAs of component video for the connection, probably cheaper than a Bose cable. Unless there is some other bizarreness Bose does, perhaps switching the signal and ground/shield lines on the Svideo output, but it doesn't seem likely.

You'd have to figure out which cable is which (matching the green, blue, red for component), though.
Post 11 made on Tuesday February 21, 2006 at 14:58
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They don't have the realestate on the back of the media center to have composite, s and 3 component jacks x2 (input and output =10 holes), so by using the adapter and changing the menu setting you can make 4 holes (2 in, 2 out) do the job of 10.

You can either have composite and s input output switching OR 1 set of component input output jacks.
Technology is cheap, Time is expensive.
Post 12 made on Friday April 7, 2006 at 23:55
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When I use the bose component adapter the picture (skin tones, etc) are too red. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Is it a coincidence that the red component comes out of the single component output plug and the blue/green comes out of the combined svideo plug? I have swapped the control centre already and get the same problem on both boxes.
Post 13 made on Sunday April 9, 2006 at 16:31
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Im led to beleive that the composite "yellow" connection goes to the green connector of the RGB. My query with this setup is if i want to use a higher grade "ixos" inter-connect how can i benefit from that if im using this what in my eyes seems a cheap adaptor provided with the bose lifestyle systems
Post 14 made on Saturday May 27, 2006 at 22:06
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I have installed way to many of these freekin things for my own sanity, good news is bosee has real tech support with people that are trained properly to answere your quest\problms and Ill tell you if your gunna diy this thing your best bet is have that phone number ready chances are youll need it. Anyway that silly comp vid adptr dongle pos thing has made me lose lots of hair, first unless you are a pro with lots of wire management skills do not try to use thick comp vid cbls to hook up to this as it will pull itself out of its s vid input! second dont count on the color coding to be even close to right red-red green-green blue-blue if you have problems try switching the colors around other than that good luck have a few drinks and have that tech support number handy.
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