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Lifestyle® 18 Series II DVD home entertainment system

Sold from 2004 – 2006

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Audio compression evens out the volume level heard through your system by decreasing loud audio and increasing the level of quieter audio. This is useful if you frequently have to adjust volume while listening to sound on your system—or if louder sections of audio are interrupting people nearby.

Audio Delay adds selectable latency to the audio signal. This is useful in situations where the TV picture appears slightly before the accompanying audio is heard. Use this setting to sync the audio to the video image.

The optical input on your Bose system can be linked to a certain source (i.e. CBL/SAT or AUX) so that pressing the corresponding source button on your remote plays the expected audio. This is useful for connecting digital audio from a device with a digital optical audio output.

The Widescreen DVD option is available from your product when you are connected to a 4:3 (non-Widescreen) TV. This option allows to you view DVD picture in widescreen format (with black bars above and below) or to fit the picture to your TV screen (stretched vertically).

The TV Aspect Ratio setting allows you to adjust the size of video played on your system to fit the connected TV screen. This is useful for older 4:3 TVs or to zoom or scale an image properly for a widescreen TV.

Mono audio (sound that was created for one speaker) can be intelligently played through the multiple speakers on your system by enabling Mono Decoding. Turn this on if you have mono content that you'd like to hear through all of your system speakers.

Your system supports progressive scan for NTSC video, which generally provides a better picture from video plays through your system. Learn how to adjust the progressive scan setting.

The Settings on TV option in the system menu determines whether the Bose menus will appear on both the system console and the connected TV, or just the system console. For example, if you want to adjust system settings without covering the image on the TV, you can select that option here.

The sleep timer allows your system to turn off automatically after a selectable period of time passes. Find out how to turn the sleep timer on or off and, when enabled, how to adjust the amount of time until your system powers off.

There are multiple different languages you can choose from to display your system menus so you can view information in your preferred language.

Your system can accept different video formats (i.e. NTSC or PAL). This is useful, for example, if the system is moved to a region that uses a different format.

Your system can display subtitles from DVDs playing on its internal player. Subtitles can help to understand spoken content at lower volumes or when listening to a language other than your own.

Disc players and DVDs are created for playback within specified areas—typically the areas of the world in which they were purchased. You can determine the region of you DVD player, then check if it matches the region code printed on your DVD to ensure compatibilty.

The Widescreen TV option tells your system whether or not it is connected to a widescreen TV. This lets the system properly fit DVD picture to the size of the TV screen.

The bright or dim setting of the system display is adjustable. This is useful to make the display more or less noticeable in bright or dark environments.

Since devices (i.e. cable box or phone) can send different volume levels to your system, the audio input level adjustments can compensate to make levels among sources a more consistent volume. This is useful if, for example, the AUX source is heard louder than the CBL/SAT source. By evening the volume with the input level adjustements, you can avoid changing volume when you switch between the connected audio devices.

Parental controls allows you to prevent users from viewing movies based on the rating. You can select "Lock Unrated Discs" to block unrated discs or "Lock Discs Rated Above" to block discs above a certain rating. These options are based on MPAA ratings that are typically encoded in the DVD.

Image View modifies the aspect ratio of the TV image by stretching, zooming or adding gray bars. Since many TVs disable their aspect ratio controls when connected with HDMI, Image View lets you make sure the image fits properly on your TV screen.

Your system's video resolution is adjustable. This lets you match the resolution from your Bose system with your TV resolution for the best image quality.

Your system has a demonstration mode, which is used for in-store displays. If your system is in Demo mode, find out how to exit it and resume normal use of your system.

The video black level lets you adjust the appearance of the video image by increasing or decreasing the depth of the dark areas of the picture. This is useful to adjust the image to look best on the connected TV.

Your system supports progressive scan for NTSC video, which generally provides a better picture from video plays through your system. Learn how to adjust the progressive scan settings.

The Audio Processing setting in the system menu can be set to automatically apply standard Bose sound processing or to offer additional user-adjustable options. Find out how to adjust this setting in your system menu.

The System Information screen provides information about your system, like serial number, software version, remote control information and more. This information can be useful when registering or getting support on your product.

Your system can be set to play from 2, 3 or 5 speakers. This is useful, for example, to play stereo audio (i.e. a CD) on two speakers as it was originally intended. It is also useful in situations when you cannot connect all five speakers to your system.

The switches in the battery compartment of your remote are used for different system configurations. If the switches are accidentally changed or need to return to their original position:

Find out how to turn on or turn off ADAPTiQ audio calibration. ADAPTiQ optimizes the sound of your system for the acoustics of your room. The contents of your room (i.e. surfaces, furniture, rugs, etc.) impact how sound is heard in the room. The calibration process measures the properties of your room and adjusts the sound of your system accordingly. If you re-arrange your room or move your system to a different room, re-calibrate your system.

An FM antenna can be connected to your system to improve the FM radio reception. This is useful for setups in locations with weak or poor reception.

Learn how to set up your product, connect components and enjoy the benefits of all its features.

Directions on how to connect an external AM antenna to your Bose product.

Find out how to safely connect your product to a power source.

The universal remote control for your system can control other devices, like a cable box or Blu-ray player that is connected to your product. Learn how to program the universal remote to control a connected device.

Speaker placement can affect how your system sounds in the listening area. Get tips on positioning your speakers for the best sound quality.

A reset can reboot your product or it can clear all product settings and return your product to its original out-of-box state. Find out which option is available to reset your product.

Serial numbers contain important information about your product, including model number and DOM (Date of Manufacture). The serial number can be found on your product, product packaging or app (if applicable).

If the CD, DVD or other media disc in your system has smudges or scratches, the system can have difficulty reading the contents of the disc. Learn how to safely wipe off and clean the discs.

Software and firmware updates improve product features and stability. Install any available updates to keep your product working at its best.

Installing the latest product and/or app updates ensures you experience the latest features and stability enhancements. Find out how to check the version of your product.

Your system can receive IR commands from other remote controls. This is useful, for example, if you want to program a third-party universal remote to control multiple devices in your home, including your Bose system. Find out how to control your system with another remote.

If you are setting up your remote control for the first time—or if you received a new remote—find out how to link it to your system console so it can control your system.

The universal remote control for your system can control other devices, like a cable box or Blu-ray player that is connected to your product. Learn how to program the universal remote to control a connected device.

Setting the house code links your remote to your system for reliable control. The house code is adjustable to avoid interference in situations where another device unexpectedly controls your system.

Computers have their own volume control. Learn how to set the volume level of a computer for use with your Bose system.

Determining the operating system running on your computer helps you understand compatibility with other products.

Learn how to a connect other audio sources to your system.

You can connect headphones to your system for situations when low volume listening is needed. This can be useful, for example, to listen to audio at night without disturbing others in your home with the sound from your speakers.

You can connect video to your system and TV using Composite or S-video cables: Composite is more common and, comparitively, S-video provides better image quality.

You can connect video to your system and/or pass it along to your TV using a component video adapter. This provides the best image quality from your system.

You can use the audio equalization controls on your product (i.e. bass or treble) to adjust the sound quality to your liking. Learn how to access the available EQ settings.

The sleep timer allows your system to turn off automatically after a selectable period of time passes. Find out how to turn the sleep timer on or off and, when enabled, how to adjust the amount of time until your system powers off.

The volume level of both rear surround speakers can be adjusted independently of the front speakers. This is useful, for example, if you want to make the ambient audio from the rear speakers louder or quieter.

You can turn up or turn down the volume of the center speaker audio. This can help, for example, to increase or decrease clarity of voices in the sound you are listening to.

An FM antenna can be connected to your system to improve the FM radio reception. This is useful for setups in locations with weak or poor reception.

You can use your system to listen to the different FM, AM or DAB (where available) radio stations available in your area. Find out how to use the seek and tune functions to select the stations picked up by your system.

Your system can store radio station presets so you can quickly switch to stations you frequently listen to at the press of a button. Find out how to save presets to your system.

Directions on how to connect an external AM antenna to your Bose product.

If you need to use a power inverter with your product, note the following:

CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) is a feature of many HDMI devices that allows devices connected via HDMI to communicate with each other. This is useful, for example, to control multiple devices from one remote control. CEC might need to be enabled in each device menu to work. Find out how different brands might refer to HDMI-CEC in device menus.

Find out which types of audio and video discs can be played by this system.

Room Codes are used by Bose link-enabled systems to communicate with the different rooms you have connected throughout your home. Assigning different rooms to different room codes lets you control those rooms independently.

MDU mode limits the avaialble room codes that you can assign to connected expansion zones. Rooms A, B and O are available in this mode. This is useful to simplify setup in situations where limited zones are needed.

The Expansion Protocol option in the system menu is meant for systems that are chained to other Bose expansion systems throughout your home. This setting helps your system communicate with expansion zones by telling it if the zones are older legacy products or newer Bose link products.

Find out what the LED indicator light on your product tells you about the status of your product.

This article outlines software and firmware release dates. It includes release features and bug fixes.

Some DVDs include additional camera angles so you can view the DVD content from another perspective. Find out how to access this feature when a DVD with multiple camera angles is played in your system.

Find out how to safely connect your product to a power source.

The Repeat play mode automatically restarts the same content from the beginning once it finishes. This is useful for repeatedly playing the same content over and over, like an album or playlist.