Newer model of high-quality Bose soundbar featuring voice assistants. Control via remote, app, or voice. Integrated audio apps include Spotify and Audible. WiFi and Bluetooth connections. Glass top and sleek design.
Expensive. Compatible high-end subwoofer and surround speakers sold separately.
The Solo 5 soundbar without the mounting kit - same crisp sound with dialogue mode and Bluetooth capabilities. Comes at a reasonable price considering the brand's quality.
Same concerns as the Solo 5 with the mounting kit: louder volume and deeper bass would be nice; adjusting volume, bass, and dialog from music to TV mode is annoying.
In addition to the Alexa-compatible 300 soundbar, this comprehensive bundle includes wireless speakers and a bass module that enhances the system's sound quality.
Though it has all you need for a complete Bose sound system, it's expensive, plus has some of the 300's known issues – challenging setup, sub issues, and connectivity problems with some TVs.
The latest technology in soundbars from Bose that includes 4K HDMI and Bluetooth connectivity plus Alexa compatibility. Earns praise for the sleek, modern design.
Pricey, yet it has issues. Owners gripe that the bass is subpar and the volume doesn't go loud enough. The sub woofer has been known to malfunction. Connectivity issues with some TVs have been reported. Hard to set up.
Sleek, slim model comes with voice assistance that can track your commands through music. Pairs easily with other Bose speakers. Connects to devices through Bluetooth and WiFi, including music apps.
Only comes with basic Bose remote. Price is still fairly high.
One of the most popular and regarded companies making sound technology is Bose. Founded by American engineer Amar Bose in the 1960s, this innovative company has been making high-quality products, from headphones to Bluetooth speakers, for decades. It has also brought innovative technologies like noise cancellation to the forefront. One of the more sought-after Bose items is also the centerpiece of every home entertainment system: the soundbar.
Bose soundbars are audio devices providing stereo sound of the highest quality. Soundbars are meant to complement high-end TVs, offering superior audio to all your media. Bose soundbars are long, slender pieces that are densely packed and highly durable. They may connect to smartphones or tablets through Bluetooth and WiFi and connect to TV through an HDMI cable. A soundbar is the first component of any home sound system and may pair with other Bose speakers.
Like smart TVs and other electronics, soundbars are regularly improving, with new technologies and innovations bettering previous iterations. There are a few generations of Bose soundbars available now. Let us guide you through their features so you can choose the best one for you.
Currently, Bose offers a handful of soundbars. These select soundbars may be purchased in bundles with mounts, subwoofers, and/or surround speakers from a similar series. It’s also possible to find models for resale that aren’t currently being made, or refurbished ones.
Even though your pool of choices is somewhat small, you’ll want to keep the following in mind as you shop.
The Bose music app is available on Google Play and the Apple Store. It offers you control of all Bose speakers and sound systems. The app allows the user to create presets for different sound preferences. It caters to multiple users in case tastes differ. The app integrates music streaming services you can play directly. However, the app needs to wirelessly connect, so both the soundbar and the phone have to be on the same network in order to work.
Newer Bose soundbars models will connect with a virtual assistant, such as those offered by Google and Amazon. This allows you to go hands-free when changing the music or adjusting the volume with spoken commands. You will have to use your speaker’s name for your assistant to know what to do.
A universal remote is another control option. One should be included with your purchase. The remote can connect to your TV, too, offering added convenience. This may be easier to use than an app on a phone, which you may be using for other things. What’s more, a universal remote doesn’t have to be connected to a wireless network to function.
The soundbar is the first and main part of any sound system. While you don’t necessarily need additional speakers, you may want to have some in order to improve your sound system.
Bose soundbars are part of series that pair perfectly with other speakers. It may be worth thinking about the monetary investment that comes with upgrading your sound system. When bought together, the price will be cheaper than it would cost to add speakers along the way.
Here’s a quick guide to the Bose options.
2.1 system: This system is simply the soundbar, which offers left and right audio channels.
3.1 system: Adding a Bose bass module drastically enhances your sound system. Bose subwoofers are compact and potent, and they connect wirelessly to the soundbar.
5.1 system: This is one of the most complete systems you can get with Bose. You can add a pair of surround speakers to complement your soundbar and bass. These small speakers deliver comprehensive sound to any room while being small enough to stay out of the way.
Bose’s proprietary technology includes ADAPTiQ, which is an innovation to calibrate the sound needs for specific rooms. Bose speakers, including soundbars, come with an ADAPTiQ headset that will direct the calibration process to optimize acoustic performance.
This is something to employ when you first get your speakers and whenever you rearrange furniture in a room or play music in a new room.
Most Bose soundbars are between 30 and 40 inches long. They don’t vary greatly in width, height, and weight, either. However, it’s important to make sure you have a place to put the soundbar, whether resting on a TV stand or a mount that can support it.
You may have the option of buying a wall mount for your soundbar that is guaranteed to be compatible with your Bose purchase. A wall mount is useful if your smart TV is also mounted on a wall or if you don’t have room for a soundbar on an entertainment center.
If you have the option, a wall mount is a preferable spot for the soundbar, as it’s unencumbered and can disperse sound more evenly throughout the room.
There aren’t many options, but you will likely have the choice between black and white in newer models. These are purely for aesthetic purposes and meant to complement your home décor. Newer speakers will also come in black or white, so you can create a color-coordinated sound system.
Smart TV: Samsung 65” QLED 9 Series
If you’re investing in a high-quality sound system, you’ll want a high-quality TV to complement it. Samsung’s QLED line showcases some of the most visually impressive TVs around, and their 9 series features the most up-to-date technology. This particular TV is 65 inches — an impressive size for an impressive TV.
Entertainment center: WE Furniture Farmhouse TV Stand
An entertainment center or TV stand is an essential part of any home theatre system. We love this one from WE Furniture because it features a subtle rustic look and has a spot for your TV, consoles, media, and of course, your Bose soundbar.
Like most electronics, Bose soundbar prices correspond directly to how new the device is.
Inexpensive: For under $200, you’ll find older models of Bose soundbars that are still high in quality but may not have the fastest technology or the newest special features.
Mid-range: For between $200 and $600, you’ll find relatively new Bose soundbars with voice control features. In this price range, you will not be able to create a sound system with your soundbar, but you may be able to add a wall mount.
Expensive: For over $600, you can purchase the newest Bose soundbar offering or create a sound system with a subwoofer and speakers from a lower series.
Q. Where should I place my soundbar?
A. It’s best to place the soundbar above or below the TV. While you may opt to purchase additional speakers to install around a viewing room, soundbar, as the main source of audio, should be near the TV, and equidistant from walls on either side. Leave it out in the open as opposed to in a cabinet alcove in order to deliver the best sound. As the soundbar will connect to the TV via an HDMI cable, placing it near the TV is convenient as well.
Q. Do I need to pair my Bose soundbar with the same series of speakers?
A. All Bose products can be used with one another, regardless of which series they belong to. Bose speakers pair wirelessly. However, the design language, which deals with hardware and software, is unique to each series. What’s more, the aesthetics within a series are meant to complement each other.
Q. Do I need a soundbar if I have a new smart TV?
A. However good the sound may be on a smart TV, it does not come close to comparing with a soundbar. A smart TV focuses on creating beautiful images rather than audio. What’s more, the slender design of a smart TV doesn’t allow for quality speakers to be incorporated. If you’ve a 4K TV, for example, you’ll want a high-end audio system to match your high-end visual setup.
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