How to Increase the Bass for a Bose CineMate

By Jason Knabl

A great home theater audio system helps to reproduce the experience of a movie theater right in your living room. A main difference between a low-end and a high-end audio system is bass frequency response. You can tailor your Bose CineMate to deliver a wide spectrum of bass sounds--you just need to know how to properly adjust the unit's equalization controls. Once you make a few adjustments, your CineMate will pump bass just like a movie theater sound system.

Things You'll Need

  • Television remote control
  • Hardware equalizer
  • Audio cables

Adjust Subwoofer

Step 1

Identify your Bose CineMate's subwoofer unit. This is generally called the "Acoustimass" module.

Step 2

Power off your CineMate system. Working with live electronics can lead to injury from electrocution.

Step 3

Find the round knob on the back of the subwoofer labeled "Bass control." Turn the knob clockwise to increase bass levels.

Adjust Television EQ

Step 1

Navigate to your television's settings menu. Note that you may need a remote control to access the settings menu on some televisions.

Step 2

Locate the menu that controls audio output. This will be labeled "Audio Output," "Equalization" or something similar.

Step 3

Increase the "Bass" setting from the audio output menu.

Install External Equalizer

Step 1

Obtain a hardware equalizer. An equalizer allows you to control the levels of individual sound frequencies.

Step 2

Follow the cables leading from the "Audio Out" connections on the back of your television to the "Audio In" connections on the back of your home audio receiver. Disconnect the cables from the "Audio In" connections.

Step 3

Connect these cables to the "Audio In" connections on the back of your equalizer.

Step 4

Obtain audio cables capable of connecting your equalizer to your audio system receiver. These will most likely be RCA cables with yellow, white or red shields.

Step 5

Plug one end of the audio cables into the "Audio Out" connections on the back of your equalizer. Plug the other end into the "Audio In" connections on the back of your audio system receiver.

Step 6

Adjust equalization levels as necessary. Turning up frequencies around 80 Hz will boost bass levels. Decreasing levels above 2000 kHz will decrease treble and increase bass clarity.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use high-quality audio cables to connect your Bose CineMate with other devices. Low-quality cables degrade audio signals and lead to lower bass levels.
  • Setting bass levels too loud can damage both your equipment and your hearing. Increase bass levels in small increments to avoid adverse effects.