Sep 16, 2017
I have a Lifestyle T20 system that I bought back in 2012. Great system, but I've recently updated by TV and DVD player to 4K. I understand that the amp with the T20 system won't work with 4k as it won't pas the 4k signals through, but the rest of the system, namely the speakers and subwoofer, still work fine. Is there a way to update the system to 4k without replacing everything. I thought of getting rid of the Lifestyle control console and replacing it with a standard 4k compatible amplifier, but I'm not sure how to connect my Bose speakers to it since it's a proprietary cable going from the acoustimass module to where the amp would connect. I know you can buy an Acoustimass 6 or 10 speaker system then connect those to any commercial amp, but how do I do that with my T20 cube speakers?
Thank you for your inquiry. You are correct; the Lifestyle T20 console does not support 4K video resolutions. This system was engineered to be an all-in-one home-theater system. You won't be able to replace the console, and still be able to use the speakers. Here are a couple of reasons why:
If you are looking to take advantage of 4K video resolutions with your current system, I'd recommend connecting your source devices directly to your TV (cable/satellite receiver, Blu-ray player, gaming consoles, etc.). You could then connect the TV to the Lifestyle console using a digital optical cable. This would allow all sound to be passed to your Lifestyle T20.
I hope this information helps! Let us know if you have any additional questions.
I plan to use the T20 as speaker system connecting to the optical output of the Samsung Smart TV, BUT:
Is there a way to control the T20 with the Samsung Q-series Smart Remote?
Other ways to turn T20 on/off without having to use the Bose Remote? ( want to take advantage of Samsung Smart Hub)
I'll use the T20 as pure audio system with the optical connection to the Samsung Smart Hub. However, I like to also use the Samsung Q-series Smart Remote to control the system. Is there as way to turn on/off the T20 using the Samsung Smart Remote? Like to avoid using 2 remotes!
Sep 25, 2014
That would be the ideal setup for the T20 if you plan on using a 4K device.
The T20 does feature an IR sensor, so the system can indeed be controlled by other remotes. You would need to check with the manufacturer of the remote to obtain the remote code and instructions on how to do this.
You can also program the T20 remote to operate the television and other devices. Since we are the manufacturer of the Lifestyle remote, we can give instructions on how to control other devices using the T20 remote if you would like to go that route. The instructions on how to do so are linked below if needed:
Feb 6, 2017
Thank you for your post. I'd be happy to help answer your questions. 4K provides amazing picture quality, and if you have a TV and devices that support 4K, you definitely want to be able to use them! As you and others have mentioned, the Lifestyle T20 console does not support 4K pass through. Unfortunately, this isn't simply software updatable, because the HDMI hardware in the console would also need updating, to support 4K. With that being said, you'd have two options. First, we can explore alternate setup/connection options for your current system. Second, you may want to consider one of our newer systems, which do support 4K.
If you'd like to use your current system, I'd recommend the following setup:
If you'd like to consider a newer system, I'd recommend either the Lifestyle 600 or Lifestyle 650 systems. Both of these support 4K pass through.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions!
Brian - Bose Support
Dec 5, 2016
Thank you for the reply. As far as getting the Samsung remote to control the T20, Samsung would have the best solution for this. We would be able to help you if it was a Bose remote issue.
Joel - Bose Support
Mar 1, 2018
I'm from Belgium and I plan too to buy a new 4K TV.
I also have an "old" Lifestyle T20 system.
I've read moderator reply to this thread but I've got another question about using a digital optical cable between the new TV and the Bose system...
What about HD audio signals ? I think it's not possible to get DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD signals through optical cable... It's only possible with a HDMI cable (correct me if I'm wrong).
Then, is there any possibility to use a HDMI cable between TV "output" (to get only the sound) and Bose input (for exemple HDMI 1) and then to configure Bose Lifestyle T20 to only use sound from this HDMI cable ?
Thanks for your help.