Lifestyle® T20 home theater system

Sold from 2010 - 2013

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Setting up your Bose product
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System settings
Connecting other products
Remote control
Sound settings

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

Set-top Box Overscan is helpful if you notice video artifacts at the edge of the picture on your TV. Turning this setting on can reduce or eliminate problems at the edge of the image.

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.

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.

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.

The A/V Sync option in the system menu lets you adjust the audio delay. This can be helpful if the video you are watching does not appear to play in sync with the accompanying sound.

The Image View setting in your system menu is used to resize the video displayed on your TV. For example, if there are bars above and below or to the sides of the image, you can stretch or zoom it to fill the TV screen.

Sound settings in your system help optimize audio for the content you play. Learn which settings are available and applicable to your setup.

Game mode optimizes the audio and video performance of your system for gaming. This is useful for timely processing so the audio and video stays synced while gaming.

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.

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

Your Bose system can display photo files (.jpg or .jpeg format only) from a USB storage device connected to the USB jack on the console. When selecting the USB source, folders appear at the top of the list on the left followed by single image files. Selecting a folder displays its contents. Use the following controls for viewing digital photos.

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.

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.

Your system can receive or ignore IR commands. This is useful to receive controls from a programmable remote or to ignore commands from a remote that is unexpectedly controlling your system.

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

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 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.

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

The automatic power off setting lets your product automatically turn off and enter standby if it is not in use for a period of time. This is useful, for example, to conserve power in case your product is accidentally left powered on.

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

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.