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Bose® - Solo 5 TV Soundbar - Black

Model: 732522-1110SKU: 5009300

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4285 reviews

92%
would recommend to a friend

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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: 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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not enough bass

    Posted
    technohuh

    I bought this to replace an older soundbar that was not bluetooth, but, has a subwoofer. This BOSE soundbar has an integrated subwoofer, which I know does not deliver bass sound as well as a separate one. This hooked up easily and works well, but, it just does not offer enough bass sound, no matter how many times you try to turn it up. The dialogue is nice and clear, and can be enhanced by the "dialogue" option, which actually lowers the bass so background music is less prominent. But, the overall sound quality was not rich enough for me, and much less than I expected from a BOSE product. However, when I paired it w/my IPhone to listen to music, the music was very nice. It just didn't suit my main purpose thought, so, returned it. I think it would work very well in a bedroom environment, because you don't want bass booming around in the walls in bwtn bedrooms. You can keep the volume down enough not to travel, but, it will still be clear enough to hear very well.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as promised but not awful

    Posted
    Hoppy
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    Nothing ever works as it does in the store. Saleslady promised big sound, distinct difference in 'voice mode', and easy hookup. I have none of these. The sound is good. It's way better than the tinny flat tv speakers. Problem with my hookup is the remote would not control things properly. I youtube'd. I read the instructions. Then I did both again. Still no results. Hooking up with the digital audio would not work. The remote volume &tv volume were 2 different actions. I had no choice but to purchase additional splitters for the tv, to convert to 'aux' 1/8" headphone jack input on the back of the Bose unit. Now my cable remote can mute & control the volume. I still need the Bose remote to power down the unit, as the "turn off when no audio is detected" function also does not respond. I was so mad after trying all scenarios, I wanted to return it. But I don't want the hassle of trying to hook up another one. It works. It's better than stock tv speakers. I'll just bite this bullet and move on.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Hi, Hoppy.

      Thank you for sharing your experience with the Solo 5 TV Soundbar. While we are happy to hear you enjoyed the system's sound quality, it concerns us to learn that the setup process was not as smooth as intended.

      We would like to speak with you directly to see how we can help. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our support team at 1-800-367-4008 for further assistance. They are available M-F 9 AM to 9 PM Eastern. Thank you, and have a great weekend.

      Best Regards,

      Jesse - Bose Support bose

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Fair Speaker for the Price

    Posted
    TechGuyT
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    I got this speaker on a whim during Black Friday due to hearing from a friend about how "great" audio is on a Bose sound system. And honestly, I'm not overly impressed. The sound is very bass-heavy, and while this is great for certain things like music, it's very annoying for anything else. Watching an action movie? Prepare to fiddle with both your TV settings and the bass-level settings on this thing for a good amount of time before you can hear anything over the explosions or other sound effects. I also wish I could have known that the Solo 5 is apparently an "all-in-one" system. Meaning, if this one speaker isn't doing it for you: too bad. You have no opportunities to add speakers to it. I'm gonna keep it and live with it for the time being, but I'm definitely going to buy into another speaker ecosystem. Like Sonos for instance. Sure the price is a bit more, but they sound better (imo) and you'll have opportunities for expansion.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Hi, TechGuyT.

      Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your Solo 5 TV Soundbar. We really appreciate your feedback.

      If the system's bass response is higher than you'd like, you can activate "dialogue mode" using the remote, in addition to the bass settings that you have mentioned. Dialogue mode is activated by pressing the speech bubble icon on the remote. The LED on the soundbar will turn to an amber color. This decreases bass and will make speech clearer in your movies and shows.

      For troubleshooting purposes, we would also recommend making sure that your TV's internal speakers are disabled or muted. This will avoid an echo that can occur when both sets of speakers are playing simultaneously.

      Please don't hesitate to reach out to our support team at 1-800-367-4008 for further assistance. They are available M-F 9 AM to 9 PM Eastern. Thank you, and have a great New Year.

      Best Regards,

      Jesse - Bose Support bose

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better Options Out There

    Posted
    Spud14901

    I read 100's of reviews on sound bars. I bought this for my new LG 60" TV and didn't expect miracles. I have a high end JBL sound system on my other LG TV. I bought Bose as everybody knows they make a quality product. The sound on the Solo 5 is rich but the bar is lacking volume. I am in a 12 X 16 room and the TV and sound bar are facing me and the bar is just in front of the TV. The volume is adequate at best. The basic speakers on the LG 6300 have a tinny sound and the Solo 5 takes care of that. Then there is the fact that there are no controls or lights on the bar. There is one light that flickers when you change the volume but there is no way of knowing where on the scale you are. When you press the voice enhancement button on the remote, you do not know if it is on or off. I cannot even tell that there is a difference when I press it. If you are looking for just a 50% increase in sound quality over the standard built in TV speakers, this should satisfy you. This system was a disappointment to me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Hello Spud14901! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Solo 5 TV Sound System and it's clear, rich sound. Your placement sounds just right, and the status light should be visible on the lower left of the soundbar. In Dialogue mode the status indicator will glow a steady Amber color when active. The space in which you are currently using the soundbar may also be a bit large. For the experience it sounds like you are seeking, I'd recommend looking at the SoundTouch 300 soundbar https://bit.ly/2L5UeJ4. Best Regards, Greg - Bose Support Bose

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Basic - no subwoofer & no visible volume #s

    Posted
    Robv
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    I was green / new to the sound bar thing. The young salesman discussed with me the dolby sydtem within the sound bar which decompesses the sound & therefore produces better sound. I bought this one at a different time from the tv because I had done some internet research and I put this together with old guy O.G. army days music listening experience. Now when i took it home and hooked it up to the tv, i notice it did not have numerical #s on it so i could see for instance I had it on say 12 and thats where it should stay so its at a courtious listening level. So, I took it back to best try and asked the brothers if they had one that had visible volume control #s. They showed me a couple of sound bars in that price range that even had subwoofer (a bonus).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Don’t believe the hype

    Posted
    Marc
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    I was in the market for a nice soundbar and me thinking Bose has great speakers which they do i thought i would be getting a great deal paid nearly $280 with taxs the sales associate At the best said that when i get home i can mess with the setting since the display was low , took it home and test it out , the speakers are very clear but there is no bass at all , but if your in the market for a soundbar that doesn’t come with a subwoofer this would be it , it’s very small and i believe there is only 2-4 speakers inside of the sound bar

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay, but not quite up to BOSE par.

    Posted
    shopperx
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    I've had several Bose speakers in the past and got superior sound from all of them. But this speaker doesn't have as rich a sound as others. The unit is taller than most, too, which a a bit problematic as it cuts into my TV screen (which is up on a mantle). If it were lower, this wouldn't happen. I bought a Sony bar on sale before this and returned it because it was too long so interfered with the TV's remote signal on my Roku TV (which is really a Roku design flaw) but the sound on the Sony was not as good as this Bose, so I'm keeping the Bose . I would recommend to a friend, but with reservations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mixed feelings

    Posted
    BillArden
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    This soundbar seems to me to be lacking highs. I'd prefer more highs. Also, the music/speech button makes some difference, but very little. It would be better, I think, if the difference was greater. The sound surely doesn't make anyone say, "Wow, I love that Bose sound!" like they do when they hear a 600$+ Bose system. I DO like the fact that TV, cable, and sound are all controlled (most functions) from a single remote which is relatively easy to set up. I've never been able (or willing!) to make that happen with other remotes. SUMMARY: I DO like it, but the sound is not spectacular IMHO. I recommend it, with the reservations noted above.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good acoustics but not impressive bass

    Posted
    scoot
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    I purchased this soundbar because of the brand name and the fact that I still own a Bose solo TV speaker sound system which I love. This new one is only 35w output and my old one is 50w. There is a noticeable difference between the two. The remote is cheesy, but ideal if you want one control for multiple devices. I probably would not buy this item again, but would purchase the Bose Acoustimass 15 system instead. To save a bit of money, I took a chance. Plus, it is for the bedroom TV which doesn't demand a lot of Bass anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Hey scoot,

      Thanks for taking the to write a review of the Solo 5 TV soundbar. We appreciate your feedback. This version of the Solo 5 should have come with a universal remote which allows programming for multiple devices. Please feel free to contact our support team who can assist further: https://bose.life/2LXQA9

      Thanks again,

      Mohsin - Bose Support bose

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A litle disappointing for Bose

    Posted
    FlyinBlind72
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    Perhaps I simply expect more of the Bose line of products. While the sound is good and I like the dialogue mode, I'm having a lot of difficulty getting the remote programmed and for all components to come on together. The soundbar periodically won't sync with the other components and sometimes it will turn off for no apparent reason. Doesn't happen much but once in the middle of a movie is too much for me. 95% of the time it performs to my expectations. If I was going to do it again, I'd buy the more expensive Bose or a 3-channel Samsung unit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Solo 15 was better.

    Posted
    Tyhome
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    I have the solo 15 in the living room and I purchased this solo 5 for my bedroom cause new TV these days might as well not have speakers. The TV I purchased was load enough thank god cause in comparison the solo 5 is nothing compared to the solo 15. For the same amount of money the solo 5 is a waste of money. If you have had better it's hard to settle for less. It not horrible, I would always buy Bose over any other speaker brand but Bose has to give the same quality in there products to keep customers like me coming back.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not that great

    Posted
    Hawaiiman

    I love Bose products. That being said I am pretty disappointed in this product. Maybe I am missing something but I constantly am having connection issues with this sound bar and my New Samsung 4K tv. I typically have to turn off my tv, then the sound bar like 4 times before I can get them to pair. Sometimes I must remove the Bluetooth device first then re pair it. I have used numerous Bluetooth products in the past. The sound quality is okay. I am use to a real nice Triad Surround sound system. I am in home where I can't install my Triad system.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose support

      Thank you for sharing your experience with the Solo 5 system. If there are connection issues with the television's Bluetooth output, we would suggest trying another Bluetooth device such as a smartphone or tablet to compare the results. If the issue is unique to the television, we'd suggest using a wired connection or contacting Samsung to troubleshoot. If the issue occurs on multiple devices, we'd suggest contacting our product support team to troubleshoot your Solo 5 system with our technical experts. You can reach us at 1-800-379-2073. We are open from Mon. – Fri., 9 AM – 9 PM EST. Bose

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    Posted
    Slider
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    I wasn't pleased with this bar. Maybe my expectations were too high since I've never had one before but I was disappointed in the sound. I was changing over from a home theater but I just thought the sound was too low and lacked the bass to be a big change from my TV speakers. Someone else might be happier with it but I found it average so I returned it and got something else I'm happier about.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sound is good but...

    Posted
    GramG
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    The sound is good but we were disappointed to not be able to use it with Bluetooth with our new tv. The sound is not in sync with the lips moving on tv shows. It does work when plugged into the tv so we can only move it as far as the wire will reach, hence it just sits in front of the tv. So far have not figured out how to get it to pair with iPhone to play music. Not sure if that should work or not.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average sound

    Posted
    jrk100
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    I find Bose has gone to the "Dark Side" with their once respected quality of great sound and product in general. My remote, which is supplied, has not been able to sinc with my new television like promised. Perhaps I made an error in the setup process. Don't know. The volume is not to my satisfaction either. For the price I was expecting better. Perhaps a cheaper sound bar would have been to my liking. Who knows. I should have read some reviews first, but I was already at the store and wanted to purchase at the time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    Posted
    JCB2DAY
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    Hooking up was easy. Setting up with the TV was easy. Turned on the TV expecting night and day difference, but there was none. Realizing my TV only has 8 watts of power going to the audio, the Bose sounded good but not amazing like my other Bose products(computer speakers, car stereo). So I returned it for a Samsung 100 watt amplified model which sounds great & is perfect for my bedroom TV. The Solo 5 really needs to add a little power to be effective.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good product for a small space

    Posted
    PMPRO
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    A little pricey but delivers on sound quality. I absolutely needed something that could provide much better sound quality for my office TV. The TV speakers were terrible! I did some research and came across this speaker. Most sound bars were too long and did not fit into the space in the cabinet where my TV was stored. This fit in easily. Sound great and is way better than the TV speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sounds ok

    Posted
    Paul
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    I just wanted a simple sound bar to get more volume out of our TV, This Bose system seemed to be just what I wanted until I found out that you cannot turn the volume up with the comcast remotes, you had to use the remote that came with the sound bar just to turn the volume up and down, for this reason I returned it and purchased a Polk system

    I would recommend this to a friend