Bose thinks that home theatres are simply too complicated for most of us. Rather than rigging individual speakers and a receiver, they're banking on an all-in-one approach: the VideoWave, a TV with its own theatre.
The VideoWave, Bose's first television, is a 46-inch LCD with a secret. Behind its display lies 16 built-in speakers, enough to fill our mid-sized room with rich, tremendously booming sound. Filling out the setup is a single receiver that links to the TV with a single cable - allowing for hookup of up to five HD devices and an iPod. Also introduced today was a surprisingly innovative new remote solution - a minimalist click pad remote that uses on-screen contextual menus instead of a dizzying array of physical buttons. The contextual menus will vary depending on the device in use - movie controls for Blu-ray, DVR controls for TiVo. The VideoWave will retail for $US5349 starting October 14, exclusively at Bose's own retail locations.