Experience pristine audio when watching programming with the Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar. The dialogue mode lets you hear each spoken word with clarity without having to adjust the volume. Place the sleek Bose Solo 5 TV soundbar anywhere in the home, and connect wirelessly with Bluetooth for audio listening.
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Posted by: JonB from: on
I purchased a TV and needed better sound. I also read all the reviews that said the clarity of people talking is better using this speaker, which is what we were really looking for. Here is the review.
Pro:The best clarity occurs when you activate the speaker into the voice enhanced or dialog mode by pressing a special button on the remote. As stated in other reviews, it makes a very positive enhancement in clarity of all voices on all programs. But there is a catch that you should be aware of.
Con: The enhanced clarity dialog mode stays active only as long as you are watching at that particular time. Which means that if you turn off the TV, the speaker reverts back to the normal audio mode which is much less enhanced. Additionally, if you set the speaker in auto sense mode, where it comes on by itself when it notices you have turned the TV on, you still need to find the remote for the speaker and activate the enhanced audio mode by pressing the special dialog button every time. If the TV has only been off a short time, then the speaker won't revert to normal mode. But if its off for any longer than an hour, it will always revert to the standard sound mode. Our hearing is not good so we would much rather have the speaker stay in the enhanced audio function every time.
I called Bose customer care at 800-792-7197 ext 54464 and they confirmed the speaker does reset every time. They said most of their other systems stay in the mode you put it in and don't revert. They said if enough people call and ask them to adjust this, they will consider a firmware update to allow it to stay in dialog mode if you put it there. (there is a usb port on the back of the speaker and the tech said that the speaker could get a firmware update in that manner if they choose to create one)
Overall the speaker has very good mid range sound and decent bass as well, but you should be aware that for the enhanced dialog voice mode you will need to have the speaker remote handy to activate it each time or else you will get the standard sound. As a note, I was not able to get my learning remote to "learn" the dialog button frequency and assign it to a button.
On the other hand, if you want to call Bose and ask them to consider providing the option to keep the enhanced dialog mode active until you want to shut it off, give them a call on the number above. Hope that helps.
67 out of 77 found this review helpful.
finally a great price for great sound
Posted by: leerod from: on
This is a really cool addition to your TV. It's the first Bose speaker I have ever purchased to replace my TV speaker bc it is so affordable. Now don't be mistaken...this is not one of those fancier, surround sound set ups. This is a really straightforward, enhanced TV speaker. The clarity is way better where I can actually hear conversations going on that aren't muffled. Music sounds like music! And the balance is just so much better than what you get out of your TV alone. The cool thing is that this speakers lets you connect to Bluetooth with 2 devices at the same time! You can have a music war with your friends going back and forth! Lol. I purchased this right away when I saw the price point bc hello, it's Bose! Awesome little dude for my living room. And you can mount it! Even better. Super simple set up too. Optical to my TV and then power connection. Voila. You're done.
63 out of 72 found this review helpful.
Posted by: raqball from: on
I live in a condo and have a small sized living room. Previous to purchasing this I have just been using the flat screen TV's internal speakers. I wanted something a step up from them but since I live in a condo I did not want wall and floor shaking bass.
The Solo 5 sounds awesome compared to my flat screen TV's internal speakers. There is a decent amount of bass from the unit but not to the point of wall rattling. I find the bass from it to be more than acceptable.
The unit is fairly small and setup took all of about 2 minutes. Plug into the wall, insert batteries into remote and attach the optical cable. Done!
The remote is LARGE and I probably won't use it but it does work well and I even programmed it to control my Apple TV (4th Gen)..
Overall I am very happy with the purchase. If you are looking for wall shaking bass then this unit is not for you. If you want a reasonably priced sound bar that sounds leaps and bounds better than a TV's internal speakers then this might be for you..
39 out of 42 found this review helpful.
Great sound bar in size and performance!
Posted by: JKJR from: on
Very easy to set up right out of the box. All cables and and connections needed are included. Well designed remote control that will really allow you to consolidate all the other remotes in your system. (tv, cable box, and dvd player), Was looking for a compact soundbar system with a minimal amount of equipment for set up, a reasonable foot print, and capable of creating minimal clutter. Upon first set-up I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the level of the sound volume. After a quick call to Boise customer support I was instructed to connect the soundbar optical cable to my cable box instead of the television itself. That's was the trick. What a big difference. Now I have ample sound and a lot more volume. I am sure that there are more elaborate systems out there with sub woofers and additional speakers. However, this well manufactured Boise provides plenty of great sound for this consumer. Highly recommend.
50 out of 56 found this review helpful.
News or Music - Options on Remote
Posted by: Frezia from: on
Hi Everyone, just wanted to add some details regarding the options/clarity switching between music/movies and the news/talk shows. Unfortunately Bose does not do justice to market it's own options. These are nice features should be images to call attention to them right on the box.
TO ADJUST BASE
When looking at the universal remote included you can change bass by pushing the TV button on the remote until all 6 buttons on the top row lit up, wait 3 (not two) green flashes on the speaker then push BASS and adjust up, down on VOLUME button.
TO SITCH FROM MUSIC/MOVIES TO NEWS, TALK SHOWS
Use the BUBBLE icon underneath the Bass button. The sounds will become much clearer for words when using this option.
It would be great if Best Buy Associate would call attention to this as well.
47 out of 54 found this review helpful.
Good Boost for a TV
Posted by: DallasEthan from: on
I bought this to pair with a 50" Samsung TV, I was very pleased with the sound quality, deep bass sounds and clear speech. It's a really nice sound bar if you want something sleek and simple. I have it in a decent sized apartment living room, so I was not wanting something crazy loud with a lot of watts, just good crisp sound. Setup was a breeze, didn't even need to look at the directions to plug things in and get it going. Perfect match with a Samsung in my experience. Synchs easily with the TV and you can use your TV remote to adjust volume. So if you want a simple and discreet sound bar I think this is the winner, and for $250 it's a good deal.
26 out of 28 found this review helpful.
This is not a Surround Sound System
Posted by: Ford from: Cedar Rapids on
As long as you understand what you are getting with the Solo 5 you'll be happy with it. It is not like most soundbars, it does not even try to mimic Surround Sound and it doesn't have subwoofer to deliver a lot of bass. What it does is improve upon your TVs speakers and make voices much easier to understand. For me this was a big plus. It can also be used as a a Bluetooth speaker for music which I find convenient.
However the best thing about the Solo 5 is the Universal remote that comes with it. It is the best I ever had, it even works with my TiVo. What makes it so good is it has a lot of selections so it will do more than adjust the volume on your TV, it makes it easy to open the TV menu because it has dedicated menu button.
If you like Bose speakers, which never produce a lot of bass, you'll be happy with the Solo system. The high quality remote is an added plus.
27 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Sound bar actually works excellent
Posted by: YoAdrian from: on
Speakers on my TV are bad so I bought this BOSE sound bar. Sound bar does an excellent job being a sound bar and major improvement from my TV speakers. I do not hear any static or unwanted noises from sound bar. Still sounds good when played loud. Not too big, not too expensive, and easy to hook up and use. So far I have no issues. Great sound bar.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Big improvement over tv speakers
Posted by: GaryE90000 from: Canton, MI on
This Bose speaker is a major improvement over the speakers in your tv. This speaker is compact and will blend- in to the room plus it comes with a wonderful remote control. This speaker will not shake and rock your whole house. For that you need a more powerful speaker and subwoofer. This Bose speaker can be used with your desktop computer as well. It would mate up good with a 23 inch or larger pc monitor. In summary, this speaker has good sound quality and I can finally understand the dialog from news and various tv dramas. The speaker comes with a 3 foot long fiber output cable that connects from the tv sound out to the rear of the Bose speaker. There are two more connection options, coax and rca left and right jacks. Rumor has it the fiber output is superior in sound quality then the other two options.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Great Product, Universal Remote is Advanced Setup
Posted by: RobertNY from: on
Full disclosure, I did a ton of research leading into this:
- Sounds quality issues are either defective unit or setup based. Once set up, the sound quality is honestly impeccable for a pure sound bar.
- Installation, from out of the box to connecting wires, took me 4.5 minutes - and I timed it to make a point to my wife (love you honey :).
- The Universal Remote: It really requires a capital 'The' because while it is by FAR the most advanced component Universal Remote I have ever seen, it takes advanced setup. I have 2 engineering degrees and it took me 4 hours to understand how to program and then actually do it.
PROGRAMMING THE UNIVERSAL REMOTE (If you have any questions, here is how I did it)
- To understand why each brand has only one Code, it is because under each brand (Samsung, Vizio, etc.) there may be multiple SUB-codes, any one of which may work for your device, so it will be time consuming. For example, for Samsung, I discovered through trial and error, there are approximately 30 sub-codes.
To find the right one for your component, you enter the code per the instructions, then press volume + ONCE and wait till it is set, then you test per the instructions. If responsive, great! If not try again up to the volume +, then you press volume + TWICE, then test, if not - then follow the process over this time volume + THREE (FOUR, FIVE, SIX) so on and so forth until it responds.
I am sure the brilliant team at BOSE would have told me this had I been able to get someone on the phone on a Saturday afternoon, and possibly they have a better method, but this is how I did it and I was able to add 4 components all of different levels of age and complexity.
The directions could use some fine-tuning. That is my only knock and why I go down to 4 starts. Let's call it punitive incentivization in that, had I left for my 75 year old father to set up, he would not be talking to me till the holidays, but the 4 hours kept me from having to go to BedBathBeyond with my wife - so I could make it 4.5 stars - but baby steps.
Once up and running though, I couldn't imagine going back to the receiver component systems I was running. Love the BOSE SOLO 5 so far!