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Bose® - SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter - Black

You love your current speakers. But there’s a world of wireless music they just can’t access. Until now. Transform your stereo or home theater system by adding the SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter and stream music from your home Wi-Fi® or favorite Bluetooth® devices. Setup is simple. Use the SoundTouch® app to control your music easily through your phone or tablet. You can even play music all throughout your home by expanding with other SoundTouch® speakers. They all work together to play the same music in every room, or different music in different rooms.
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Bose® SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter
    • Power cord
    • Optical to mini-optical cable
    • 3.5 mm stereo cable
    • 3.5 mm female to RCA cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (203 out of 227)

    Features


    Connects to your existing stereo or home theater system to stream music wirelessly.

    Uses your home Wi-Fi® network or Bluetooth® devices for easy access to your favorite music.

    Easily expands with other SoundTouch® speakers to stream music throughout your home.

    Easy setup and all necessary cables are provided.

    SoundTouch® app makes it easy to control your music through your phone or tablet.

    Available in Black.

    SoundTouch and the wireless note design are registered trademarks of Bose Corporation in the United States and other jurisdictions.

    The Bluetooth® word mark is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such mark by Bose Corporation is under license.

    Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance®.

    Works with Amazon Alexa

    Voice control your music by telling Amazon Alexa what to play


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 227 reviews

    89%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Future of Wireless Music

      Posted
      David
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link has been feeding my Bose Companion 3 Series II speakers for a couple of weeks now making them gloriously wireless! I use the 2.1 computer system as bookshelf speakers and they fill our library with fantastic sound quality. Now with the Link, the speakers are Bluetooth and wi-fi connected and are easily controlled with the SoundTouch app on our phones and tablets. If you are considering making your current speakers wireless with this Bose Soundtouch Link, here are some thoughts to consider before you buy. First the positives... - The adaptor is small! As soon as I opened the box I was impressed with the size. The footprint is about that of the average bar of soap, yet it does so much. This thing has Bluetooth, wifi, an optical/analog audio-out jack, an audio-in jack and all kinds of other internal circuitry no-doubt. Yet, it remains small enough to sit inconspicuously just about anywhere. - All needed wires are included. Optical, RCA, 3.5 mm - they are all there. - Set-up is simple. I have read a couple of reviews where people said they had to call Bose for help with configuration. Not my experience. I found that the app itself gave perfect instructions and walked me though every part of the set-up. The entire process would have taken just 5 minutes except that the Link had to download and install a firmware update. - The Soundtouch app is feature rich. Seriously there is so much to do and control if you want to. The whole experience is much more flexible than my previous wireless set-up. If you prefer to keep it simple then you can program the system to play a selection of six presets with a touch of a button. Hopefully we can ad some actual SoundTouch speakers in the future where we can just press one of the six preset buttons on top of the speaker. No app needed! The not so great... - The user interface lacks. The app is nice, but just not as intuitive as a native Apple app would be. It looks and feels more like an Android or Windows app even on my iPhone. My suspicion is that the app is designed by engineers as opposed to actual app designers :). Nothing horrible here, but still room for refinement. - The other downside is that streaming suddenly quits once every several hours. Again not horrible. Closing the App and pushing play again immediately fixes the problem. Just still a little buggy. From what I have read, Bose keeps updating and making the app better. In the end, the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link may not be for everyone but it really deserves a try. Personally, I hope to eventually make all my existing powered speakers wireless with Bose because for me the SoundTouch ecosystem does feel like the future of wireless music.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Product but Bad Instructions

      Posted
      rick386

      Let me say at the outset that this is a great gadget with one caveat....the instructions both with the device and available online are the most inscrutable and difficult to follow I have ever encountered. On the plus side, Bose has excellent phone support with humans to walk you through it. I have a hard-wired, multi-room sound system. When I examined the instructions, it appeared that the SoundTouch “hockey puck” would connect via your home wifi OR via Bluetooth. The written directions implied that all you had to do was install the Bose app and everything would be easy.....not so. After opening the app, the initial choices were not easy to make. Bose should say that Bluetooth only has a range of 30 feet while your home network extends to whatever parts of your home you already know. After about the third step, the app screen said, “Choose your speaker” and showed 11 of Bose’s Bluetooth enabled speaker systems. I have a hard-wired home system hooked to a receiver and a 12 channel amplifier; I don’t have any of their “speaker choices” they illustrated. Well, I didn’t look close enough as buried in the middle of the pack was the “hockey puck” wireless adapter I purchased. It is NOT a speaker so the directions should not have been “choose your speaker” but rather, “choose your device. After much (1 hour), pressing the reset buttons, the Bluetooth button on top of the “puck” and back and forth with my android phone’s Bluetooth hookup, I finally got the system to play music from my phone (Pandora) via Bluetooth through my hard-wired home system. However the music would “dropout” periodically as I was at the 30 ft limit of Bluetooth (also separated by one floor). I have a strong home wifi and hoped I could hook the “puck” to it. Unfortunately, the instructions were of no help to do so. Fortunately, Bose as mentioned, has excellent product 1-800 phone support. The Bose tech confirmed that phone connection to Bose “puck” via WiFi was indeed possible and proceeded to walk me through it. Wow, what a difference!! I can walk around my house now, even out on the deck where I have outdoor speakers and the music is clear and unbroken. No way does Bluetooth have that range. Bose should do better on their instructions with detailed instructions for EVERY possible hook-up situation: wifi, Bluetooth, wired speaker system, Bluetooth speaker system. I am quite savvy with regard to computers and software but this installation really was confusing. As I said, now that the Bose “puck” is networked to my wifi as well as via Bluetooth, I can choose either one, however wifi is hands down better. However the wifi configuration will not play stuff from youtube from your phone. Wifi config WILL play Pandora and several other music apps as well as music on your phone. It is a GREAT device and by far EXCEEDS my expectations. I only wish Bose had made it easier to install.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Now hear this! Good value for the money

      Posted
      AnandRan

      The Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link is a good product. It has brought new life to my 5.1 surround sound system purchased and installed a decade ago. I have spent some time getting to know the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link, as overall, it is a good product with potential to scale up and expand. Here are my impressions on the software, the solution, and the setup. SOFTWARE I admit - I am not a fan of the iPhone or iPad. I use a custom build (CyanogenMod) Android phone. The software required to complete the setup of the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link is available on the Google Play Store. SETUP It is a straightforward download and install. Once the software was setup on my phone, connecting the phone to the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link was easy. The app said software updates were available to download for the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link. Connected the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link to my home wireless network, downloaded the updates, connected the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link to my receiver with the included optical connector, and turned everything on. Done! THE APP There are a few bad reviews of the app. The current version has not crashed my phone - Bose must have addressed the bugs. It is intuitive enough and easy to use. BLUETOOTH Bluetooth support has to be one of the most important differentiators for the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link. With the SoundTouch we can stream directly to the Soundtouch Link via Bluetooth. The music can also be rebroadcasted to all other SoundTouch connected speakers. It works flawlessly and the sound quality is more than great for Bluetooth. Initial pairing is also simple. Just press the clearly marked Bluetooth button on the top of the unit and pair your device. GOOGLE MUSIC SUPPORT There is no native support for Google Music. I connected my phone (and my latptop) via Bluetooth to the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link, and can access my Google Music library on my phone/laptop. While it would be nice to have native support, this does not limit what the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link does. OTHER MUSIC SERVICES We subscribe to Amazon Prime so we love that their music service is available through the Bose app. Local internet radio stations also popped up on the app and could be listened to with just a touch. AUDIO QUALITY The sound quality is very impressive. I have not used the analog connectors that came with the Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link. The included optical connector works with my stereo receiver. Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link can also be used as a headphone DAC and amplifier. Definitely an upgrade in sound quality over the internal DAC of my laptop and Android phone. It is small and powers headphones very nicely. Just a note for you headphone enthusiasts. CONCLUSION The Bose Soundtouch Wireless Link will let you squeeze a few more years out of a system that may have been state of the art a decade ago.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Chancy with non-Bose equipment.

      Posted
      Disappointed

      I purchased this product to act as a Bluetooth link from my iPhone 7 to an older high-quality stereo system. I returned it today after three days of frustration. From the other reviews I’d guess that most of the advertised features work if you have Bose equipment and choose to use the wireless link option instead of Bluetooth, but for me it was nothing but frustrating. I agree with other reviewers that say the interface is not intuitive. Also frustrating are the minimal instructions. (There is no downloadable manual available, although the package notes tell you where to get one.) When you first start the app it asks how you would like to link – the options are Wifi and ethernet. Bluetooth pairing is not an option. The online instructions say you can use the app to handle Bluetooth pairing, but I found nothing in the app relating to Bluetooth at all, everything assumed a Wifi connection. There was a brief instruction in the packaging saying to trigger Bluetooth pairing by pressing down on the flexible top of the device (you’d think there would be a Bluetooth symbol to mark the spot), but this was not anywhere else in the online instructions or the app and its very easy to miss. Once working, the Link was still unsatisfactory for me. Linking by Wifi was not satisfactory because I had to plug my phone into my laptop with a cord to play my iTunes library. With Bluetooth I could play everything from my phone, but I had to re-pair the devices manually with every connection. The sound quality for songs in my iTunes library was good, but streamed material sounded much worse through my expensive sound system than if I just linked with a cheap Bluetooth speaker. Also, I lost the connection every hour or two - this doesn’t happen with the cheap speaker. Lastly, the volume had to be set on the very lowest blip on the phone or the volume would overmodulate on the system, meaning I had to use my system remote for volume adjustments. That restricts me to remaining within sight of the front of my system. Volume control through the phone was another of the Link’s advertised features which didn’t work for me. Bottom line, for $30 I’d probably keep it, but for $150 there was no way.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Bose

        Thank you for sharing your review of the SoundTouch Wireless Link adapter! We are happy to confirm that there is a full Owner's Guide available online, here http://bose.life/2DMk7gX. We're sorry to hear about the difficulty you're experiencing, and would like to help you with this. Please contact our Support team directly so that we may better assist https://www.bose.com/en_us/contact_us.html. Have a great day! Josselyn - Bose Support Bose

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great for integrating to your old stereo system

      Posted
      Merv61
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter is a wonder little adapter to add SoundTouch capabilities to your old media systems. I love my SoundTouch SA-5 amp, my two SoundTouch 10 and SoundTouch 20 for the rest of my house but I like the way I have my family room's surround sound systems is set up with my Onkyo Receiver and Bose Ceiling/Wall Speakers. But yet I was missing the SoundTouch system integration in that room. SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter solves integration problem for me. I hooked up the Link Adapter to my receiver's CD in via the fiber optical port. Now I can have SoundTouch system throughout my house. The sound coming from my system sound just as good if not better than my old CD player ( I actually removed it after installing the Link Adapter ). The installation of the SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter is just as easy as adding Bose SoundTouch 10 or 20. Now I can control every speaker in my house through the SoundTouch App. This Christmas I will be able to play Christmas all through the house.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great addition to an older stereo system

      Posted
      wilreyca

      I decided to try the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link in an older Bose Lifestyle system since I already have a Bose Waveradio with SoundTouch that I like very much. As I expected this new SoundTouch Wireless Link allows me to listen stream music on my Bose Lifestyle system without the need to have my iPad directly wired to the system. I used Amazon Music with the system and I am really happy how it sounds my Bose Lifestyle. I like that I can remotely control the wireless link adaptor from my iPhone and iPad. I also like that I can link the other SoundTouch devices and play the same music in other rooms at the same time. The application was recently updated and it has a new design which I think that it's harder to navigate. The Amazon Music part of the application needs work. You cannot do a search for a specific artist. I didn't have the same issue with the Pandora side of the Bose application. The Amazon Music playlist do not show in the Bose application. The device also stops playing music after a while, that becomes an issue when you have to check on the issue multiple times a day. Overall, I like the device but the Bose application needs improvement.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This gadget saved my stereo system

      Posted
      Tony
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I'm a "baby-boomer" with a significant investment in my "old-school" home stereo system. The heart of my system is a Sony Spontaneous Twin Drive STR-GX9ES amplifier / receiver connected to a pair of Bose direct-reflecting bookshelf speakers and subwoofer. We used to enjoy listening to on-air broadcasts, vinyl records and later, CDs with the room-filling sound of our stereo. But with the advent of internet radio we started listening to streaming music and our iTunes library mainly using our portable devices and our computers connected to small, tinny-sounding speakers. That is why the Bose® - SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter is such a great find for us. After making just two connections I can now stream music from online services like Pandora or from my network-attached storage with just a few keyboard strokes or a couple of taps on my iPhone or iPad using the Bose Sound Touch App. The Bose® - SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter has saved my existing equipment and it's great to hear my favorite music through the full, rich sound of my stereo system again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Expensive for how little it offers

      Posted
      LYFECYCLE

      I bought this for use in my cycling studio because we wanted to invest in the highest quality bluetooth technology and it came with great reviews. After use for three weeks and MUCH trial and error we have encountered numerous issues and honestly I wish I had bought the $20-$40 bluetooth transmitters that work way more effectively than this. The main problems I encountered were that every device used transmitted with a different sound level regardless of app use or not- we used this with Iphone 7, 8, 9, iPad mini, regular Ipad, and two different android phones. On some products the sound was too loud, some just right, and some way too quiet. What a joke! Additionally because of the way the system seems to function all of my Spotify presets don't work including the sound equalizer and the crossfade of songs. We tried many different ways to fix this but inevitably the SoundTouch app overrides all of my Spotify settings and basically ruins my sound experience. On top of all of that it cost 3x most others, the sound quality (on a professional speaker system) is mediocre and honestly is not worth any more than the $20-$40 bluetooth options. Don't waste your money!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Bose

        Hello LYFECYCLE! Thank you for sharing your experience. I am sorry to hear that you've had such difficulty using the SoundTouch Wireless Link adapter. It appears that there are several things that we might be able to address to help you get the performance you are seeking from your adapter. I would encourage you to contact our SoundTouch specialists at 1-800-379-2073 for detailed assistance. Additionally, we have a robust Community forum with very helpful members who may have run into some of the same problems and found solutions https://bose.life/2Ap8pIs. Best Regards, Greg - Bose Support Bose

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    Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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