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Bose® - Solo 5 TV Soundbar - Black-Front_Standard

Bose® - Solo 5 TV Soundbar - Black

Model: 732522-1110SKU: 5009300

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4281 reviews

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Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Alternative

    Posted
    JonB
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, Universal Remote is Advanced Setup

    Posted
    RobertNY
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    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super quick and easy setup

    Posted
    Karin

    I purchased this Bose soundbar to replace a Philips 5 speaker surround sound system. Bose sound bar is super easy to set up. Pulled it out of the box, connected the power cord and digital sound cable. Then paired the universal remote with my Samsung TV as shown on page 16 of the Owner's Guide. Sound and remote functions are working perfectly with DIRECTV. You can get to your recorded shows in DIRECTV by pushing the "menu" button on the remote. Push "guide" to get to DirecTV guide. It's that easy. You can easily record a show by pushing the red dot "record" button on the remote. (This doubles as the "delete" function when deleting shows from your recordings list...so be careful there) I did adjust the bass sound exactly as the instructions show on page 18 of the Owner's Guide for movies. The bass maxes out and does not provide bass sound like Pioneer car speakers, but it does have extremely clear sound and enough bass to my liking in my large living room. (400+ sq feet). As other reviewers have mentioned, right under the "bass" button, there is a "dialogue" button to press for extra voice clarity on regular dialogue programs. I turn it on immediately when I turn on the remote if I want decreased bass for news, talk shows, or regular programs. You can easily play music from iPhone by turning on Bluetooth on iphone, pressing Bluetooth icon at the top of the Bose remote - the speaker immediately pairs. (You will hear a beep and see a blue light flashing and know that it is paired) Then play a tune from phone and adjust volume from either the remote or phone. Sound clarity is excellent. Again, I adjusted the bass to highest setting, and while this still isn't a party thumping type of bass sound, it completely fills room with beautiful sound. I will be using the speaker often to listen to my tunes at a medium to low sound without shaking the walls. Overall, I love the ease of use and clear sound. Would definitely recommend this soundbar if you are looking for easy setup and Bose quality sound at a fraction of the price for full Bose surround.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BOSE... There is no subsitute

    Posted
    Toddk
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    Purchased my Bose Solo 5 to enhance TV audio experience. I use my TV to watch "traditional cable" and also "stream" movies, IHeart Radio and Pandora for music. This is the single entertainment device on the primary floor of the house. The Bose Solo 5 interfaced with my "low end" Sony LCD flat screen via "optical cable" The Bose Solo 5 was easily programed into my Xfinity Remote. This was painless... Bose unit turns on an off with the TV and cable box. I don't play music or TV shows loudly (I'm Married.. enough said) The Bose Solo 5 has met every objective I had for the everyday use intended. (I do have my separate man cave in the basement with the full monty setup the Bose Solo 5 is not in that room... the Bose Solo 5 is on the residence primary floor for everyday viewing/listening. I mounted the Bose Solo 5 under my Sony TV which is wall mounted via swing arm mount. I manufactured my own sound bar mount using simple angle iron, painted black and trimmed. See pic. The sound quality is excellent for the $250 price point. Bass is surprisingly good for unit without separate sub. The bass is adjustable via remote too. The Bose Solo 5 also has Blue tooth option for use with phone's or pc's. This works as expected. One negative... the Bose supplied optical cable was faulty out of the box and frankly could have been better quality if it had worked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bose does it again

    Posted
    jrpitt
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    Long time Bose customer. Part of what has made them one of my go to's when considering speakers is simplicity along with the quality of sound. This item certainly delivers on both. One speaker, simple setup, incredible sound! I bought this as a Christmas gift for my parents to accompany their 55" Samsung TV. They would never go for a system that has a sub as they'd not care for the deep bass. Their hearing isn't as great as it once was and one key feature with this soundbar is the dialogue clarity. It makes a noticeable difference even for them when watching TV. They also appreciate that sound is better and much more clear than from the TV speaker. In short, they are thrilled with this product and that makes me very happy. My personal opinion: It fills the room with rich, clear sound. You can hear a full range of sound from this impressive little speaker system. Setup was simple. Optical connection from TV into the soundbar, power on the soundbar. That's it. Make sure to adjust your TV's settings to Audio Out and you'll be enjoying sound from the Solo 5. The remote was a little tricky, as I've still not found a code that would allow me to turn on TV and cable box with Bose remote. I'll work on that with Bose Tech Support. In the short term, I was able to use the remote from the cable box to power on the Solo 5 so that works. Truthfully that's probably easier for my parents as they're used to the cable box's remote. I enjoyed the Solo 5 so much that I'm considering adding one for my bedroom TV as it takes up very little space, but produces incredible sound! There are likely cheaper options out there, but the Solo 5 is well worth a look if you're looking for a single soundbar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just what I was looking for

    Posted
    SDPlissken
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    I bought this sound bar for the sole purpose of being able to HEAR the dialogue in a movie. Most movies I found, when the music or sound effects were going on, I was BLASTED out of the room, and had to turn the sound down, and when they just spoke, I had to turn it back up. I was at the point of just turning on the CC so I could read what was being said and decided to try this BOSE sound bar first. Let me just say this, if you're looking for complete surround sound, you need to buy a system made for that (usually 5-7 speakers). This BOSE sound bar worked with great efficiency at a good price, was easy to set up and does what I needed it to do!! I can hear every word being spoken and not waking up the neighbors when music scores play...for example, " A Star Is Born" or "Crazy Heart" have lots of music scenes, this bar compressed it well!! The bass boost on the system also works well, but I can say a lot of these negative reviews on sound bars have a lot to do with the source and how you set up your digital output on the TV. I noticed on my old sound bar (9 year old Vizio) worked well with pluto tv and Netflix, but was horrible with Fandango Now and Hulu. This bar worked well with all of them, but even better when I changed the source for each. Now, I'm not going to change the audio set up on my TV for each platform just to get "The Best Sound" (who has time for that??) so until each different platform runs on the same audio source this will continue to be a problem with ALL sound bars, But the BOSE solo 5 was able to work well with all of them, better on some than others, but with all I CAN HEAR THE VOICES, and that's why I bought this!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for the size. Easy to use.

    Posted
    Wwerno
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    This review does not provide any technical detail. Purchased this unit for use in a den area that’s 14ft by 10ft. Primary reason for buying a sound bar was to get better vocal sound while watching movies since some flat screen TVs have awful sound. Settled on the Bose Solo 5 given its size, quality of sound, ease of use and the fact that a bass module unit is not needed. Setup was quick and easy. Instructions were easy to follow. We were up and running with the Bose sound bar within a few minutes. We thoroughly enjoy using this unit. It provides good clarity on vocal sound and is easy to hear even when setting a low volume on the sound bar. The unit comes with a remote that can be set up as the cable box remote if needed, but we don’t use that function. We turn the unit on and off as and when required. The sound bar also connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth. This is proving to be a good option since we can use the speaker to play music etc from a mobile device or PC that supports Bluetooth. The sound is great even for music and we’ve since retired the stereo and computer speakers used so far. Other reviews on this unit appear to show differing opinions on whether this unit is any good or not. In our experience it is good. The design and build quality feels great. Some of our other Bose products are now more than 14 years old and still working really well. We expect this unit will probably give us a great service life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bose Is Back - Awesome Product

    Posted
    V4WIN
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    Recently I purchased Projector and I was looking around for a nice Sound Bar which gives Dialogue Clarity along with exact background instrument sounds, Tried different Brand 5.1 channel , 2.1 channel many different brands..some how i am not satisfied, but in almost all other sound system i commonly noticed one thing...Dialogue clarity. But finally I own after buying this product, This is what I am expecting from sound bar, any sound system gives drums and beats, i say those are very important...but at the same dialogue clarity also very important. Thanks to Bose ! If you are looking for excellent sound system with affordable cost. Then Please close your eyes and buy this. You will enjoy like me. Of course if you are looking for big surround sound system and booms..then this is not the product. Here are the high level details - Box: The Sound bar,Universal remote, optical and coaxial cables, adapter, manuals. Installation: Super Easy. put the plug in the power adapter and the sound bar and cable into device. The universal remote takes a little more time. Especially if you do not understand how it works. But the manual helps. Build quality: The build quality is excellent, the soundbar feels solid through the metal speaker grill and the plastic on top. All connections run deep into the sound bar so when he hangs up connections are still accessible. Bluetooth works great. No issues or drops at all. Very nice. Sound Quality : Profession quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good while it lasted

    Posted
    FactsAndOpinions
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    Initially, we were very pleased with this soundbar's sound quality. With the exception of the Bluetooth connection which in my opinion is not very good. The winning aspect of this soundbar is the width (less than 22 inches). It fit perfectly within our tv stand's cabinet. It is very difficult to find a compact soundbar with descent sound quality. And we honestly did not want a 3 foot bar sitting on our tv stand. This was our first soundbar, so we don't have a point of reference for comparison. But, the sound was sufficient for the small room we used it in. The voice enhancing feature was used quite frequently due to the washed out and low audio during dialog portions of movies and tv shows with the normal setting. The remote is enormous. And a bit complex to program. So, get your thinking caps on when you take on this 'task'. And finally, the deal-breaker. The reason this Bose is getting two stars is because of failure within two years of purchase. Unfortunately, I put too much trust in the brand, expecting the highest quality and performance. So, I did not purchase a protection plan. I have nothing but regret because now that $200 soundbar is a dust collecting dud right now. If you decide to get this soundbar, invest in the protection plan. Because, apparently since this is Bose's 'cheaper' model, this isn't going to generate as much revenue as their more expensive models. So, naturally these seem to be designed to fail more quickly. Needless to say, myself and my family are very disappointed. I hope that Bose will make a more reliable compact version by listening to their patron's reviews.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Hi FactsAndOpinions, thank you for taking the time to review our product. I'm sorry to hear that you have had such issues with the Solo 5 system, this is certainly not normal. I would recommend reaching out to your local Technical Support Team or your point of purchase for assistance. Once again, thank you for your time. Have a great day! Kindest, Kerri - Bose Technical Support Specialist. bose

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Helpful aid for the hearing impaired

    Posted
    infinitehorizon
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    I bought this soundbar for my mother who, according to audiology testing, has severe loss in the high frequency range and moderate loss in the lower frequencies - she can't hear many consonants so "sand, band, fanned, panned, canned " etc all sound like "and". Funny thing is that when conversing with her you don't need to speak loudly, but when watching the TV she needs the volume cranked way high. She refuses to get a hearing aid mostly out of vanity but also because she can usually figure out what you're saying by context; only occasionally do I have to write the word that she can't hear. Anyway, after a quick and easy set up, she immediately noticed a significantly improved clarity to conversations and that was before we entered the dialog mode which improved the spoken words a little more. With this soundbar she has a much more enjoyable tv viewing experience as she doesn't have to struggle decipher conversations (both in English and her native Asian language) and everyone else benefits because she doesn't have the volume cranked up so high, though it's still louder than what the non-hearing challenged would require. This soundbar is definitely helpful for someone with high frequency loss who refuses a hearing aid; it is well worth its price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointing - NOT like the Store Demo

    Posted
    HouseMerlot
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    I listened to the store demo at my local Best Buy for about a year before I pulled the trigger on this for Christmas 2018. I liked what I heard in the store and I was prepared to have less bass and a more balanced sound with lots of clarity. I did everything right including of course the optical cable hook up. It just sounded HORRIBLE.... worse than my internal TV speakers. Flat.. zero depth...zero stereo separation.... nothing like what I heard at the store. It sounded like two little cheap crappy speakers in an oversized sound bar. I am 60 years old and a musician since the age of 5 so I know a little bit about his stuff. For you Techies who want to find the weak link in my chain of gear that would explain this horrible phenomenon, I have a 100Mbs cable Internet connection with a pretty expensive 2 channel Linksis Wifi Router so the TV is alone on the 5Ghz channel. Amazon Fire TV Box into fairly new Sony Bravia. Optical out to Bose Solo 5. My old Altec Lansing 2.1 system from the 90's plugged into the digital audio out on the Sony Bravia sounds light years beyond the Bose Solo 5 in the Optical Output. I don't get it.... except... when I went back to Best Buy to check THEIR connections, the Bose Solo 5 was not hooked up to the optical output on the TV. Instead, the Optical Input on the Bose went into some location hidden within the display. It did NOT go to the optical out on the TV - so that tells you something. I so wanted this thing to do what it does while both my kids and their spouses/girlfriends came home for the Holidays... but it was universally agreed upon that it is just a horrible piece of electronic equipment.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bang for your buck

    Posted
    aprilmayjoon
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    Wow... Need to premise this by saying I am not a fan of BOSE products however it just so happens that I needed a cost efficient sound bar for my room as the speakers from my TV was not cutting it. PROS: Universal remote, has all the features you need to control your TV and more. I've seen that this is too advanced for some people, however if you need something more simple then I am unsure how you are going to get this hooked up to your TV. The Optic connection, the fact that it is an option is great. The Price, for the features it provides such as the voice clarity and the mimicking of a sub woofer in :BASS: mode this little sound bar is great and will do the job for a small living room or bed room. It packs a decent punch for the price and the features you are receiving. CONS: The speaker does not come with a mount. Yes, the price is great however I feel that for better customer service and incentives, BOSE should be including this even if it means raising the price a couple bucks on the sound bar. Yes, many people might not be using it to mount to their wall but it's the idea that the manufacturer cares about the customer experience. Subwoofer. Why does it not have a tiny sub-woofer? Sony currently is selling one with a built in subwoofer that has a larger range in volume however does not come with the aformentioned things that BOSE features. All in all I feel that the inclusion of a built in subwoofer and a mounting bracket with the item would have made this product a perfect 100/100. Having said that I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a entry level sound bar looking for quality sound on a soft price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for a small apartment.

    Posted
    PatrickIAH
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    I currently live in a 622 sq. foot apartment, and recently got a 48" TV with HORRIBLE sound distortion issues. The seating area of my living room is 12'x12', so I wanted a soundbar without a separate sub-woofer to have to find a place for. Also, being that I'm in an apartment I don't want to disturb my neighbors by watching TV or listening to music at wall rattling volume, so I saw no point in investing $700 or more on a unit that I wouldn't be able to fully utilize anyway. Finally, I wanted to buy from a brand known for sound equipment, not one that specializes in video but puts out soundbars on the side. This soundbar is exactly what I wanted! The first thing I watched was a documentary about Cambodian rock & roll in the 1950's through 1970's. The film has music running almost constantly, even behind most of the interviews. Without the soundbar the distortion was so bad that the movie was basically unwatchable. But now, no problems at all! I haven't taken the volume up all the way yet, because of the neighbor issue, so I'm not sure how loud it will get. I figure I'll try one afternoon while everyone else is out at work. I've been using the Bluetooth feature to listen to music and have no problem hearing it in any of the other rooms. I figure that when I eventually buy a house and have a larger living room and no neighbors to disturb, I will move this one into the bedroom and a get Bose with more power and features to replace it. But for now, this suits my needs perfectly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent small speaker. Disappointing remote.

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    IMHO

    This soundbar shows that bigger isn't always *that* much better. Picked up the soundbar to replace a much larger soundbar+subwoofer setup I had before which was totally overkill for our small living room. Really very pleased with the quality of the sound. The dialogue is very clear - and the dialogue function works well by boosting the treble and dialing back the bass to make words more clear. The sound is surprisingly full, crisp and clear. The bass is clean and tight, but not overpowering. The speaker also allows for very precise and fine tuning of volume - so you can adjust to get the volume just right. Sounds great playing music as well and TV and movies. Here are the things to keep in mind: * The bass is clear and clean - but keep your expectations in check. But this soundbar isn't going to shake the windows. If you want bass that rattles your chest, this isn't for you. The bass, again is adequate. But if you want your house to shake, you'll probably want a separate sub. * The remote is disappointing. The remote is big, heavy and clunky and kinda poorly designed. It stands out like a sore thumb - especially compared with the sleek speaker. The remote seems like an afterthought. I would have preferred a small thin device to just control the speaker itself - instead of this clumsy, universal remote. * No on-speaker controls. My older soundbar had volume controls on the speaker itself. That was handy. Not the case with this one - you need the remote for most functions (although it does have auto turn on and auto turn off). There is also no visual indicator of the volume level. Overall - a fantastic speaker. It is so much smaller than what I had before and the sound is great - especially for the size. The control is OK - but ugly and clunky. It would also be cool if the speaker allowed to you add a subwoofer in the future if you wanted to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade

    Posted
    raqball
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    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..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better Sound for TV

    Posted
    Horace1990
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    The Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar produces very good sound. Easier to understand and considerably deeper or more nuanced than sound from the Samsung flat screen TV's own speakers. It is a definite improvement - not a $1000 improvement, but a considerable step up. The sound is also more than adequate when playing music from my smart phone via Bluetooth. Could have more bass, but the room is small and our interest in deep, loud thumping is small as well. Reviews by others that pointed to sound clarity and not too much bass were accurate. Reviews that spoke to ease of set-up were also accurate -- except about programming the Bose universal remote to handle our other equipment. This was more or less a failure, despite several attempts that scrupulously followed the instructions both in the manual and in others' reviews, which very helpful (why can't Bose do this straight up?) . So the downer is that I now have yet another remote, my LARGEST by far - this one to handle sound only, while I use the satellite system remote to operate the satellite box and some TV functions, the TV remote to access online programming, and a Blu-Ray remote to operate that unit. Pain in the neck. It would be much better if Bose (or someone) could make an add-on that could be paired into an original equipment manufacturer's system. Or, failing that, made a much smaller remote, if it's going to be (for many users) one of several.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fits my needs perfectly

    Posted
    JerryH

    I purchased the Bose Solo 5 today. It was very easy to set up with only a power cable and digital cable. I could tell right away there was a huge improvement from the TV speakers. The bass is easy to adjust and there is a dialogue button that turns the bass off when it isn't needed. The bass doesn't have the power of a separate sub woofer but living in an apartment I don't need it to shake the walls. The remote is cool. It's about and inch longer than a standard DirecTV remote. It was simple to program and now controls my Sharp TV and DirecTV receiver. It turns both and the soundbar on/off at the same time and controls everything on the DirecTV receiver ( Menu, channel guide, DVR, channel up/down) Pairing the Bose Solo 5 with my blue tooth device was also simple. I put on some IHeart radio and the Bose sound really came through. It was awesome! The only problem I've had is when I disconnected the blue tooth, the sound bar continued searching for a connection and I couldn't get it to return to TV sound. I had to turn it off and back on. I'm sure this is operator error. It looks great and sounds great. Very happy with my purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small package, big sound!

    Posted
    Barstad05
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    Like everything “Bose”, the package is small in comparison to the competition, but they always dress to impress. I was looking for something small for one of our non-movie-theater style rooms. I just wanted a sound bar, no additional subwoofer or surround speakers, so I thought I would give the Solo 5 a shot (as I’ve had a few other Bose sound bars over the years, and they all delivered beautifully). The Solo 5 offers a nice clear and crisp presentation. If you are a bass enthusiast, then this is certainly not the sound bar for you. If you seek a well balanced sound bar with just the right amount of punch, then I would highly recommend giving this little guy a try. It has a center channel speaker, right and left front channel speakers, and one more on each end that bounce sound off the walls. It’s actually quite impressive for its size and not having an additional sub or surround speakers. In fact, the biggest selling point for me (aside from the sound), was that it is about 1/2 the size of its competitors. To sum it up, if your looking for something extra aside from just the tv speakers, but you don’t want a large hunk of a sound bar, then this is your best bet for the money. Bose always delivers, and I would recommend this product to everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good soundbar, not lifechanging

    Posted
    JohnT
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    I narrowed my choice down to this and the Sonos Beam. In retrospect, the Beam may have been the better choice. My decision came down to the connectors. The Bose Solo 5 uses an optical audio connector, while the Sonos Beam uses HDMI. All 4 of my HDMI ports are in use, so I went with the Bose. The Bose is actually working out well for my purposes. I have kids, so I rarely turn up the volume really loud. The Solo 5 gives me a modest upgrade over my TV speakers (which aren't bad speakers). The sound is clear and reasonably full. There is a dialog mode, meant to make dialog easier to hear. I have tried it and don't notice a ton of difference. One thing I like is that the sound is well balanced. Some speakers tend to make the music and explosions really loud, while the dialog can get lost. The Solo 5 lets you hear everything without turning up the volume to hear dialog, then back down when the explosions get too loud. It is a good sound bar to make TV, movies and video games sound better. I turned it up pretty loud to hear how it sounds and it didn't lose fidelity or break up at high volume.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Improved sound.No help with dialog comprehension.

    Posted
    Hellonwheels
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    Bought this for my 40" Sony flat screen tv. Reason I bought it is because my elderly mother, who wears in-ear hearing aids couldn't understand what was being said on tv. (She understands what people talking to her are saying and she has had the hearing aids over a year so she has adjusted to them.) Sound bar did not improve that situation at all even when I selected the "dialogue" mode. Not much difference between the bass and dialogue modes but the dialogue mode is slightly clearer for understanding what is being said. I turned off the Sony sound when I installed the Bose as the manual suggested. If I had known that the Bose sound bar wouldn't help my mother understand what was being said on tv, I probably wouldn't have purchased this. I can tell that it has improved the audio of my tv but not sure it is worth spending that amount of money since I could hear the tv pretty well before installing the sound bar. Wish I could have compared the Bose to the other brands of sound bars--I only went with the Bose because the reviews indicated that the dialogue mode was a big help in understanding what was being said on tv. This one cost more than some others and I don't know if it is really worth the extra money or not. So I'm a bit on the fence as to whether I would recommend this to a friend. But I will select "yes" because it has improved the audio of my tv--just not to the extent that it addressed my reason for the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend