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AUS­TRALIANS spent more than $1.4 bil­lion on bigscreen tele­vi­sions last year. But while the tele­vi­sion pic­ture re­ceived a lot of at­ten­tion, many ig­nored its sound, ac­cord­ing to Bose Asia Pa­cific tech­ni­cal prod­uct man­ager Alexan­der Healy.

‘‘ Only a third of house­holds hook up a home-theatre sys­tem to their TV,’’ he says.

‘‘ We know that’s the case for the US and we think that’s true of Aus­tralia as well.’’

The com­plex­ity, the many wires and all the re­mote con­trols turned con­sumers away, Healy says, and presents a prob­lem for the au­dio com­pany.

Af­ter 10 years’ re­search, Bose has de­vel­oped a po­ten­tial so­lu­tion. Very sim­ply, it took a sound sys­tem and ‘‘ strapped it to the back of a (TV) panel,’’ Healy says.

The re­sult is the Bose Vide­oWave En­ter­tain­ment Sys­tem, with a new type of tele­vi­sion that of­fers prom­i­nent bass, room-fill­ing au­dio and a fake, but con­vinc­ing, 5.1-chan­nel sur­round-sound de­liv­ery.

The tele­vi­sion is the first sold by Bose and de­liv­ers a full high-def­i­ni­tion pic­ture on its 46-inch LCD screen.

But it’s the back of the TV that is the most tech­no­log­i­cally in­ter­est­ing.

Where most TVs would have elec­tron­ics, the Vide­oWave TV has six bass woofers, placed back to back to min­imise vi­bra­tion.

Seven minia­ture speak­ers sit at the top edge of the screen, fed by a new tube-shaped el­e­ment called a Bose PhaseGuide.

Sound flows down this tube, is di­rected through a fine mesh and pushed into spe­cific ar­eas of the room. This cre­ates a sur­round-sound feel, even though there are no speak­ers around you.

Healy says the com­pany had to over­come sev­eral chal­lenges to add the speaker sys­tem to the back of a TV, man­ag­ing heat, ‘‘ so you don’t cook the panel’’, lim­it­ing vi­bra­tion and en­sur­ing the TV was not too big.

The Vide­oWave TV is big­ger than a nor­mal screen, at 15cm thick and 48kg. It also fea­tures CCFL, rather than mod­ern LED back­light­ing, a throw­back to its ori­gins.

In ad­di­tion to a TV, the Vide­oWave sys­tem in­cludes a Con­trol Con­sole for plug­ging in sources such as a Fox­tel iQ2, TiVo, Blu-ray Disc Player, Ap­ple TV or set-top box, as well as an iPod Dock and a new type of re­mote con­trol.

Called the Click Pad, the new con­trol can take charge of any con­nected de­vice, of­fer­ing a con­tex­tual menu for each that can be ac­cessed by mov­ing a thumb around its touch­sen­si­tive pad.

The new re­mote con­trol is only avail­able as part of the Vide­oWave sys­tem.

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