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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 4229 reviews

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound bar in size and performance!

    Posted
    JKJR

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    finally a great price for great sound

    Posted
    leerod

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Soundbar with No Sub

    Posted
    Sierra88
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    This soundbar is perfect for someone who does not desire to have a subwoofer. In my case I needed a soundbar for my TV on my patio but did not want a subwoofer sitting on the ground that occasionally gets wet and would just be in the way. Installation is very easy. I bought a bracket that attached to my TV mount and installed the Bose Soundbar flush with the TV. It appears that the speaker is a part of the TV. The sound difference is incredible compared to a regular TV speakers. I am very pleased with the bass as well. You can add more bass using the remote control. What really was a win is my original plan was to install speakers on my patio and hang them on the wall. I wanted to not only get better sound from my TV I needed to play music on my patio. This gives you both without all the clutter. Having this placed in a large patio area with only one wall behind it proves the bass response is superior. I am certain if this was placed in a smaller room the sound would be even better. Way to go Bose!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is not a Surround Sound System

    Posted
    Ford
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bose Solo 5 - 2.0 Soundbar......Great!

    Posted
    kudo
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    I do not normally believe in submitting reviews, but I will stray from my norm. This soundbar for it's size has pretty amazing sound quality, with good bass and mid tone depending on show broadcasting at time. Unit has auto sense so when you turn on TV, it automatically detects sound signal from source. The remote is big and solid with large buttons for people with nubby fingers so your sure to press the right selection/button. I mounted it on top of a Sony 40" led on tabletop stand utilizing insignia soundbar mount with some additional hardware and 8mm screws and cut to length for normal wall mount on back of TV from the blue store...works excellent and not in the way TV remote infrared signal! After all it is a Bose so quality sound is excellent for small soundbar !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    TV Sound Upgrade

    Posted
    JJDDSS
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    I'm sure everyone has experienced the sensation of not being able to hear characters talk on movies or shows but music and explosions or gunfire sound like you're at Glastonbury or downtown Baltimore. And you're constantly adjusting the volume up and down to not disturb your neighbors. Pain in the neck. I'd tried a soundbar before but it created issues with the TV and I had to return it. But struggling with it again I thought I'd try a different brand. Walked all through Best Buy looking at them. I didn't really want a big subwoofer like the last one I had. I'm in an apartment building and I have manners so not trying to blast people out of the building. I just want to be able to hear the characters on Game of Thrones divulge important information without turning the volume up to 100. Anyway, this thing was tucked away in the very last aisle and I was about to leave the store with nothing. But this was very compact, not overly expensive, and I've had good experiences with Bose headphones so thought I'd give it a shot. I'm glad I did. It works great. Everything sounds better and is more balanced than the TV speakers. Plus the bar isn't taking up tons of room. Just sitting under the TV discreetly. Love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for the price and the size

    Posted
    BradleyDY
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    I purchased this item due to the size of the area that it had to be installed in which was under 35 inches. It seemed that every other sound bar I looked at was a minimum of 35.5 to 36 inches wide so my options were very limited. It took me longer to get this item out of the box than it did to get it hooked up and working. I've read several reviews that complain about the difficulty with setup and I have a 43 inch Sony Bravia and it worked as soon as it was power up. The setup could NOT have been any easier. PROS 1. I do like the dialogue option that lets you quickly change the setting when you're watching the news or weather and you need to hear the voices more than the overall sound. 2. When watching movies this little sound bar really puts out some BIG sound. I was really surprised in a good way. Cons The only thing that comes to mind is the fact that you can't add a sub woofer or any other wired or wireless speaker/speakers. However, it is a Bose and I paid less than $250 so that's not really a big surprise considering what I paid. I cheaped out and got a great sounding sound bar but ti's not expandable and I knew that when I bought it so I am not complaining.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    News or Music - Options on Remote

    Posted
    Frezia
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome....Unlike Negative Reviews Claim

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    BestbuyPurchaser
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    This is my first Bose and WOW, won't buy anything else now. I dont understand the negative reviews, reviewers must have hooked up wrong or not understand the purpose of a "soundbar". Ive put this through a good year long testing. At night while in bed hit the speach button and no more blarring loud commercials waking up wife. The speach is crystal clear and easily heard at very low volume. Pair it with your phone and play your music and the sound is great, then crank up the bass for a good thump to the tracks. This thing is screaming loud. Its on the second floor of my house and you can turn it up and hear it clearly downstairs. Ive taken it outside for barbecues and it will drown out city noise. Crank it up twenty feet from guests and you wont be able to hear them speak. So unlike other reviewers claiming low volume, they arent correct. This is such a great product Im going to purchase a second one for another tv.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic and Clear Sound

    Posted
    massasauga423

    The Bose Solo 5 sound bar is even better than I expected. Our TV's speakers really weren't doing the job and the sound was so bad I thought I was having hearing problems. The sound bar really puts out clear sound and it makes speech extremely clear. My hearing isn't so bad after all! The remote control that comes with the sound bar is easily programable; I can turn the soundbar, TV, and DVR on or off with one touch of a button. I can also control these components as well as my DVD player individually from the same remote, if I need to. I've seen a couple of reviews criticizing the bass from this soundbar. The bass doesn't shake the walls and the floor, but I think it is adequate for my living room (certainly much better bass than from the TV speakers, with no buzz) I am really glad I bought this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend