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Excellent Listening Enjoyment With ConsiderationsPosted
Having occupied space on this planet for over 73 years and enjoying listening to music for most of that time, I consider myself an avid audiophile. While a young teenager during the 50's I built Hi-Fidelity systems for family and friends to play their 78's, 45's, and 33 1/3 on custom record players. I was fascinated with quality sound reproduction. During the 60's the advent of taped music allowed me to build hi-fidelity systems using tape players, cassette, and eventually eight-track. Greatest thing about these tape players is they could be portable, and eventually found their way into automobiles, but sound distortion was terrible.. Channel separation also became popular as Stereo Hi-Fi. I could not believe my ears. Then, came the digital age in the 70's, 80's, and 90's with compact discs, CD's, DVD's, and music-data formatted files for computers, MP3's etc.. I was in musical heaven building small Stereo Hi-Fi systems for this new engineering. But the hardware to amplify the digital age was way 'behind-the-curve' - lots of big speakers, too much bass distortion, and overall poor quality. Until Bose revolutionized sound with the compact, all-in-one system - the acoustic wave® music system first introduced during the the mid-80's. It was then, I became a big fan of BOSE and their smaller speakers sound reproduction technology. BTW – I still have my1998 acoustic wave radio/CD player and it is amazing. It brought CD's to life as it filled my room with sounds previously only reproduced with much larger and more expensive systems. WooHoo! I consider myself an 'audiophile'. So, I jumped at the opportunity to receive a complimentary Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar in exchange for an unbiased and comprehensive review. Bose Corporation has been around for over 50 years in reproducing quality sound and they have proven themselves to be the unequaled leader in that field. The Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar comes with: Universal remote 2 AAA batteries ADAPTiQ headset Power cord HDMI cable Glass Cleaning Cloth Optical cable The universal remote is surprisingly impressive. Besides programming your TV and Soundbar to come on, It allows you to preset six, Wi-Fi, Internet, music services, radios, or selections and play them at anytime through your Wi-Fi network by touching the SoundTouch button on your remote. You can also use the free Bose Controller App, which can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play, for your tablet, phone, computer, or I-Pad. This remote allows you to switch sources from different inputs after you program them in, i.e., TV, Blueray Player, CD/DVD Player, streaming movie player, etc. You can even program your TV, CD, DVD, Satellite, Cable, and all other devices to include Apple TV, X Box, Roku, etc. using this universal remote. The remote is also used to set up Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It even enables you to give a thumbs up or down using a music service, like Pandora. Let's get right to the sound reproduction. From your TV to the Bose 300 Soundbar the amount of Bose technology to render absolute and flawless sound is spectacular. The trebles are subtle but pronounced, and the adjustable bass is impressive from such a compact unit. What really impressed me was that I could not detect any distortion in the bass even at higher levels of volume due to Bose’s new Quiet Port engineering. The other most noticeable aspect of this soundbar is that it directs sound to areas of my room as if there were other speakers there through Bose' Phase Guide Technology. It felt to my ears like the sound was coming in from my left and from my right. This is absolutely amazing sound reproduction from a front facing soundbar. At this price point the Bose SpoundTouch 300 may appear to be expensive, but it is at the top for quality, if not the best soundbar you can buy for home entertainment out of the box. The Bose 300 Soundbar is a home entertainment system and a Wi-Fi music system. Bluetooth with NFC technology enhance the overall versatility of this unit to play your personal music choices. If you purchase this outstanding soundbar then the Acoustimass 300 wireless bass module is an option for even greater sound quality and reverberance. You can make this system truly 5.1 by adding the two optional rear speakers. The physical appearance of this soundbar is stunning. It has a black glass top with a black matted metal grill surrounding the enclosed, dynamite speakers. The only disadvantage is that the glass top shows fingerprints readily. But, I am sure the engineers placed this glass top there for acoustical reasons, primarily. The soundbar is designed to look classy in front of your TV, in your living room, media, bedroom, or anywhere in your home. The Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar supports 4K Ultra HD and HDR through HDMI, which should 'future proofs' this unit for several more years. The ADAPTiQ calibration accurately sets the audio to your unique room acoustics and requirements. Now, for the 'nitty-gritty', considerations for you to be aware of before you purchase this awesome sounding unit: After a whole week of enjoying and experimenting with this SoundTouch 300 Soundbar it is obvious that Bose primarily designed this unit to be directly connected to your TV using the latest HDMI, ARC connection. However, the ARC, HDMI connection is only available on the TVs produced since late 2013. If you have an ARC, HDMI you will only be able to connect one more outside source to this soundbar unless your TV has additional HDMI outside source connections. If your TV is older then you can only connect the soundbar with an legacy, optical connection. However, using the optical connection instead of the HDMI, ARC, oddly enough, allows you two more HDMI sources, i.e., you can connect a Blueray Player, X-Box, etc. to the soundbar directly. The Bose 300 SoundTouch Soundbar is approximately 38.5 inches wide. If you have TV screen size less then 45”diagonally (39.2” in width) your soundbar will be wider then your TV, which may not be aesthetically in proportion. This soundbar is made for much bigger and newer TVs. The SoundTouch Controller App is outdated and in reality needs to be 're-built'. I had nothing but trouble trying to connect to my Wi-Fi network using this app with my I-phone, so I tried my Android phone, also.to no avail I first had to reset the soundbar back to its factory default settings, which is highly advisable if you have any kind of issues trying to connect the soundbar to Wi-Fi. The Bose Controller App was of no use. It is supposed to outline instructions and steps for you to connect to your home network. It did not show up on any of my phone scans under Wi-Fi settings. Had to go to my home network settings displayed on my desktop PC to find the name of the soundbar on the network and its IP to finally join it. Only after 8 or 9 attempts was finally able to join my home Wi-Fi network. Once on my Wi-Fi network the app finally came to life and provided me much of what it is supposed to do. In the Owners Guide it states that you can control the bass via the settings menu in the SoundTouch App – that is not true – you can control the volume, and turn the soundbar off, but not the bass. However, the bass can be controlled using the remote. Once again, the Bose Controller App needs to be reworked specifically, for the SoundTouch 300 Soundbar. The Wi-Fi card in the Bose 300 Soundbar is also outdated. It is not compatible with the newer routers featuring 802.11 ac, MU-MIMO. I had to reconfigure my router to finally get the soundbar connected. Strange that Bose utilizes state-of-the-art sound technology with outdated tech in its Wi-Fi? 802.11ac is the best way to allow streaming movies,without constant buffering over the same router while several other users are doing the same. Their IT folks need to 'get-with-it'. So, keep this in mind if you have an 802.11ac router or plan to replace yours anytime soon. At least this soundbar does work on dual-band routers, 802.11 a/b/g/n as long as they will be around. At the Bose 'Support Center' you can download the Owners Guide for the SoundTouch 300 Soundbar. It is very comprehensive, detailed and includes many illustrations. If you have issues you may find the solutions there, or, in the Owners' Community Blog. The soundbar is only compatible with DTS and Dolby Digital sound, but not with the sounds HD Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio. The SoundTouch 300 Soundbar does not support googlecast or airplay, however you can connect devices like chromecast or Apple TV to make that work. A couple of days ago I connected this Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar to my 500 watt amplifier. WoW! If you have an amp that has the appropriate connections you will be absolutely floored at how you can make this outstanding Bose system sound richer and even more vibrant. As an audiophile this is what I love to do. YooHoo! Even though this system has some technological 'shortcomings', I still highly recommend it for the unbelievable, fantastic sound it produces. I'm giving 5 stars for sound excellence only. It is the best sound you can buy and enjoy at home with your family and loved ones.
I would recommend this to a friend
Deep, crystal clear, multi-layered sound!Posted
Let's start from the most importnat thing - sound! This little sound bar truly delivers an amazingly clear, very deep sound! It does have left, right and back firing speakers, so it fills up the room entirely. You could hear artist standing on the stage just in front of you, every sound of his voice, his breath, then music sounds like it's behind the artist on another layer and yet another layer will be an applause deep behind your TV. It's an amazing listening experience and I would highly recommend that you give this soundbar a try, it would be really hard to pass on it once you experience this deep sound performance. Left and right firing speakers make it sound like you actually have speakers in the corners of your room, back firing speakers create that multi layer effect. Bass level can be easily adjusted by pressing the "BASS" button on the remote and using the Vol+/Vol- keys to adjust. Soundbar also does have a "dialogue" mode that is optimal for listening to the news and other programs with a lot of talking. It's important to setup this soundbar correctly, if you mounting on the wall - get an optional Bose WB-300 accessory. Make sure left and right speakers can "see" the walls of your room, leave al least 1/2" between the back of the soundbar and the wall - that way you'll get an optimal acoustic performance. Connections to the TV - unlike a traditional AV receiver, soundbar depends on your TV being a "hub" for all sources, everything connects to the TV first and then, TV would return the audio signal back to the soundbar using the HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) port (HDMI cable is included). If your TV does not have an HDMI port labeled ARC - you would need to use an optical cable (included). HDMI ARC connection is recommended - that way it's more likely that soundbar would receive not just a stereo input, but a true undecoded Dolby Digital signal. You also need to make sure your TV is capable of returning an original audio stream on the ARC port. If your ARC port is already used - soundbar has an "HDMI IN" port that could be connected to the source device like your Blu-Ray player or cable box. There is also a workaround in case your TV is unable to return an undecoded digital stream to the soundbar - you can connect your source to the "HDMI IN" port and have your soundbar use sound from that port instead of the HDMI ARC port, but that would only work for 1 device you have connected directly to the soundbar. So do some research and make sure your existing equipment is capable of providing a good digital signal for the best experience. Connection to the network - you have Ethernet or WiFi options, Ethernet is the easiest way, but if you don't have a wired connection available - WiFi would be the second choice, you will need either a smartphone with the SoundTouch app installed or a PC/Mac and a micro USB cable. Setting up with the app is very intuitive and only takes a few minutes, however a USB cable setup is available as well if you can't figure it out with an app. Acoustic setup is something that you need to perform once everything else is in place - put the included APAPTiQ headset on and follow the manual, soundbar will prompt you for each step - you will need to move into 5 different "listening positions" in the room so plan ahead. Included remote - is actually a universal remote you could control your TV, Blu-Ray player, cable box (and a soundbar of course)! Setting up the device codes is a simple process and described in the remote's manual. SoundTouch app seems like is not really ready for the soundbar yet, it can't switch the soundbar in the "TV" mode if you used it to stream music, but other settings work just fine. Speaking of music - you can stream Amazon music, Sirius XM, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Spotify directly from the app, you could also have your soundbar play from the NAS storage (anything with DLNA support) or you can stream from your iTunes library, but you would need a Bose SoundTouch software running on the same computer your iTunes library is located on. You have 6 "presets" that you can assign to the specific music source and they quickly recall with a press of a single button on the remote. Looks: just gorgeous! Top of the soundbar is covered with a glass and looks stunning. Bose even included a small piece of black cloth so you can keep your soundbar clean. A few negative points: big ones for me is the lack or AirPlay and Apple Music support. Sure you can use Bluetooth streaming, but that is not always a good solution. Soundbar does have a good bass, but considering it's size - separate subwoofer is highly recommended, especially if you planning on watching movies with sound effects. You would need to purchase a Bose Acoustimass 300 subwoofer to work with your Soundbar. I could not find out the way to tell what kind of digital stream soundbar is actually receiving, nothing in the app to tell me that (I mean is it Dolby Digital, DTS, etc) I would like to know what is actually playing. Also - soundbar does not have any on-screen menu, all setup is done via the SoundTouch app which could be frustrating, it's a mystery why didn't Bose create a simple on-screen setup menu so you could use that big TV screen for setting your Soundtouch 300 up. Overall: it's a great option for a bedroom, living room, or any other place where you don't want to put an AV receiver and mess with the speaker wires. Optional subwoofer and a back speakers would allow you to get a true 5.1 setup easily with minimal wiring and virtually no space consumed. However for the dedicated home theater I would still stick with a traditional floor standing speakers and AV receiver. P.S. I would recommend that you download a full version of the manual before setting the soundbar up, it would help to clear a lot of initial questions, there is the link: https://assets.bose.com/content/dam/Bose_DAM/Web/consumer_electronics/global/products/speakers/st_300_product_page/pdf/AM773965_00_OG_ST%20300_ENGvo.pdf Included quick setup guide will get you going, but don't pass on reading the complete one.
I would recommend this to a friend
I just purchased the Bose SoundTouch 300 and Acoustimass 300 this weekend to upgrade my home theater system. Up front, I will tell you that I am very happy with the sound quality of both items when they are paired. I am a Bose fan and have been for years owning numerous Bose products. Set up was fairly straightforward. I have an older Samsung LED TV and was upgrading from one of those all in one Samsung home theater units with a built-in Blu-Ray player. I don’t use DVD anymore. I have Apple TV for my movies and streaming from my Apple products as needed. My original concern was the lack of inputs on the back of the sound bar itself. Basically, you have one HDMI connection and one optical digital connection and that is it. I ran my Direct TV connection to the back of my TV with HDMI and the same for the Apple TV and then used the optical digital connection output from the TV to the sound bar. My older (six-year-old) TV acts like a switch for the audio with me plugging in up to four devices via HDMI. I could probably plug older things like RCA jacks too if I wanted. My TV has the optical digital output which goes into the SoundTouch. One cable provides sound for all of my devices so I do not see the lack of inputs on the back of the sound bar as an issue like others have complained about. Calibrating the system was pretty simple. You plug in the headphone looking thing (ADAPTiQ headset) and follow the commands once you press the right buttons on the included universal remote. Speaking of the remote, it is said to be universal but I could not get my TV to work or my Direct TV box to work so I went back to my trusty Logitech Harmony One which works like a champ. Zero issues there. Pairing the Acoustimass 300 was pretty easy, again, you do what the simple instructions tell you to do and that is it. What the instructions do not tell you is how to turn up the volume on the subwoofer. I had to call Bose to get that information. My current set-up is the sound bar and subwoofer and to me, it sounds amazing. I did increase the subwoofer volume two settings just because I wanted to see what it would do and I am impressed. We watched the TV show The Voice last night and the musical performances sounded great to me. Especially with that thumping base. Bose has an application for the iPhone and Android devices but (to me) is not that great. First of all, the sound bar has the ability to play music (once set up) straight from the application using services like Spotify. Pretty cool if you use them but I have playlists on my iPhone that I would prefer to play. You can do this but you have to go through the app on your phone to do this. That isn’t a big deal but what is a big deal when I want to go back and watch TV, I have to get the SoundTouch remote and physically press the TV button to change the output on the sound bar. That is a bit of a pain to do. My solution for that is to just use my Apple TV since that is using the TV output anyway. One less reason to use the remote. If Bose would include the ability to change the output or do the output automatically, that would be a huge gain for people like myself that are not using the remote. It seems like an extra step anyway. The sound bar has NFC in it but I didn’t see any instructions on how to make this work so I will have to take Bose’s word that it works. One more mention about the application is that if you have the Virtually Invisible 300 rear speakers, a new update to the sound bar and application allow you to change the volume of these rear speakers. That is pretty cool since the initial reports I have read said that the volume was low on these units. Since this upgrade has come out, I am now planning to add these rear channel speakers to my system. What the application will not allow you to do is change the volume/output of the subwoofer which is odd to me. The only way to change the output of the subwoofer is using the universal remote which again, I am not using. In a perfect world, the iPhone app would take care of everything for me where I could control output of the sound bar and adjust the subwoofer. I mentioned above that I called Bose for information on the Acoustimass 300. I had read on another site that the pair light on the far right of the lights was supposed to be lit when the unit was paired. Bose informed me that these lights would turn on when the unit was turned on to pair the units and then go away. It would be nice if there was documentation on what the lights mean because they turn different colors, flash, and stay on depending on what you are doing. When the pair light goes off, the Acoustimass 300 is paired if the light on the bottom of the subwoofer is white and not flashing. Who knew? The bottom line here is this. Would I recommend this sound bar? Absolutely. I love everything about it. My system sounds great and looks great too. I plan to add the rear channel speakers soon since I can adjust the volume for these units now using the iPhone app. I wish the iPhone application would allow me to change the output of the sound or the unit would automatically change depending on what it was receiving. I also wish that I could change the volume of the subwoofer through the application like you can the rear channel speakers. These are minor things and I have work arounds for them both. I hope that this review helps you with your decision to either purchase or not purchase the Bose SoundTouch 300 and its components.
I would recommend this to a friend
Jaw...Dropping...SOUND! Simply Stunning from Bose.Posted
First off this sound bar is extremely well-crafted. It's beautiful from top to bottom and left to right. It just looks downright gorgeous with tempered glass and metal dancing with each other. The black color is very masculine and adapt well with black entertainment systems. The soundbar itself is very weighted and sturdy by no means it feels flimsy, the construction is also world-class. The entire speaker grill wraps around the front and sides of the device providing surround sound. There are LED indicators on the front for the different inputs. From top to bottom this device is thin at least in my opinion. My last Samsung sound bar was so huge that it blocked the IR sensor for my 4K TV. So I had to place it on a lower level on my entertainment stand not getting the optimal sound quality. The Bose Soundtouch 300 I don't have to worry about any of that it sits on the top of level with my TV giving me the best optimal sound available. I cannot tell you how much I'm smiling and happy inside thaqt Bose made this thin enough. The engineering shows in this device beautifully, You have to admire Bose for going above and beyond with design. Setup for the device is very easy and the instructions within the box are extremely clear and understandable. You will be up and running before you know it. They have calibration headset included the called ADAPTIQ, This was the most tedious process of the setup but it isn't necessary if you are in a hurry to play with your speakers. ADAPTIQ setup process have you going to 5 different areas of the room so there could be audio calibration. I recognize that it's important to do this if you want optimal sound quality. I applaud Bose again for making these steps easy for people. The universal remote control feels extremely nice in the hand with some type of soft-touch material on the back of the remote control. Every button is clickable and easily recognizable running your thumbs across it you can easily memorize where are the button placement is. There should be enough buttons on the remote control put any modern-day entertainment setup. All of the keys you would likely use are here. If I didn't have a Logitech Harmony this would have easily been the remote I would use on a daily basis. Included on the remote is a weird thumbs up and thumbs down button. Which allows you to gives a thumbs up or Thumbs down a track in participating music services. At first I didn't use it that much but have been using it more with Pandora. It works just fine and no worries you can also use your Logitech Harmony remote with the Soundtouch 300 as the controller included is IR. You can always program keys to your liking. The sound of the Soundtouch 300 is extremely beautiful and clear. You can hear every single detail that an artist or composer from the movie put into their music. The whole room can feel the presence of phenomenal sound. I'm not sure what's going on inside but whatever it is it feels like magic! My living room felt like a movie theater with full range sound...keep in mind this is without the Acosustimass 300 Subwoofer which I will get to. This soundbar alone have a little bass that can kick but if you want the true bass you will spend a little bit more on Bose Acosustimass 300 Subwoofer. It is sold separately but I can honestly tell you this turn the soundbar into something extraordinary. The Bass from the Subwoofer is incredibly remarkable and powerful; If i were to turn the soundbar to the max neighbors from 3 Doors down could feel the Bass. I would love to talk about and praise Bose Acosustimass 300 Subwoofer but I will leave that for another review. As I write this review using Bluetooth though the speakers and they have nice, rich, immersive sound to them. Also on board the soundbar is NFC which also works just fine. Just used A Galaxy S6 Edge Plus with NFC with stupid easy pairing. On the back of the soundbar is showcase all of the ports. The there is HDMI 4K passthough technology mainly for the use of ARC on the TV. For those who are wondering there is no input lag from the passthough for gaming; Have a PS4 connected to the soundbar. Optical digital, Ethernet port and AUX can be found here as well. WiFi can be used to upgrade the soundbar and be used for Bose own Soundtouch app for iOS and Android that puts most of the important music streaming apps together. Amazon Music, Sirius, Spotify, Pandora, and I Heart Radio are all integrated within the app. You can also add music library with NAS and from a PC. I've tried this and it worked seamless. Apple music integration would have also been appreciated but it's not here and don't think it will come. Airplay is also missing but according to Bose they don't include Airplay because it doesn't support more then one speaker so I can understand on the level of competing with other brands that does the same. I love the soundbar to death and I would happily buy a friend or family member this soundbar as a gift. I love them so much I am also buying another one of these for a bedroom myself. It is an amazing product. No, I mean REAALLY spectacular speakers and I don't say that lightly! It's downright jaw dropping sound, amazing construction, and ease of use makes it worth the price. 5 / 5 stars.
I would recommend this to a friend
Amazing Sound. Beautiful Soundbar from Bose.Posted
Bose Soundtouch 300 sound bar is very sleek and well designed with tempered glass. At 10.8 x 97.8 x 5.7 cm, it is perfect size matched with the larger TV (55” above). Its finish is stunning, with a glass topping that combined with the rich black color, just make sure not to leave too many fingerprints. The packing was excellent with all necessary accessories needed for sound bar setup. I was able to configure Bluetooth and NFC less than 5 minutes with my Galaxy S7 Edge. I played some songs from Plex Music collection using Bluetooth. Wow.. I am amazed with sound quality and it is equally good with my high end floor standing speakers. In the backside of the sound bar, you will find number of connectivity ports. There is one HDMI ARC port available to connect your TV with ARC port to output sound via HDMI. Another option is to connect the soundbar via HDMI passthrough. The universal remote comes along with this sound bar feels extremely nice in hand with soft touch buttons. The instructions were given in manual if you would like to configure other devices using Bose Universal remote. If you have existing universal remote, you can easily configure this sound bar instead of using Bose Universal remote. This sound bar is very slim and looking beautiful beneath my TV. Bose has done excellent job bringing astonishing sound in a small sound bar. There are LED indicators on the front to show the different inputs. It comes with calibration headset included in the box and it is called ADAPTIQ. I would recommend to configure the sound bar using ADAPTIQ headset to get optimal sound quality based on room conditions. Bose Soundtouch 300 produces excellent quality sound and you can hear every detail of the music. If you’d prefer to add dedicated rear speakers to the setup, I would recommend Bose Virtually Invisible 300 wireless speakers sold separately. If you want more bass from the Soundtouch 300, then Bose has an additional subwoofer Acoustimass 300, which is also sold separately. WiFi can be used to upgrade the soundbar using Bose own Soundtouch app for iOS and Android. From the app, you can configure and play music streaming services like Amazon Music, Sirius, Spotify, Pandora, and I Heart Radio. There are options to add music library from NAS and PC. I was able to configure the music library from NAS and it works flawlessly. My only issue is manual has very limited instructions and it will be very hard for some users who has limited knowledge on setting up home theater systems. It could have been better to have detailed instructions for each type of setup. I highly recommend this Bose Soundbar 300 to anyone who wants rich sound with detail. It is slightly expensive, but you won’t be disappointed after hearing the sound from this beautiful sound bar.
I would recommend this to a friend
Give it a try, and you would like it.Posted
I always thought that a Soundbar should do a world of good for the PC setup I had - which predominantly is for my photography work. I had progressed from various desktop speakers - From Mercury to Creative’s SoundBlast - 2.1 and 5.1 to Klipsch’s 2.1 ProMedia, and finally moved to a vibration speaker from Adin - a very useful and powerful speaker. The reason why I moved to a smallest possible speaker - that too a vibration - is because the speaker is dependent on a medium to produce sound. I could place it on a solid wood, or a glass surface, and each surface would produce distinct music - tones. It had been my companion for a good 3.5 yrs, and I was looking for something more, as its were outweighing the benefits, mainly because of the necessity of a medium. This affects the way I could hear the music - my thoughts were to go back to my Klipsch, and then I saw Bose had released a Soundbar. When I heard of Bose was coming up with a soundbar which includes a variety of connections/streaming - it got me interested. Though my makeshift speaker has both wired and Bluetooth connections, the output wasn’t all that enthusiastic. Everyone I spoke had been using the soundbar with their TVs, but I researched to see how people use a soundbar with their PCs, but couldn’t find much about it - as everyone has different configurations and soundcards. I found that my motherboard (Asus Z87 Pro V) supports both HDMI and SPDIF, and the latter my folks, is how Bose is streaming all my FLAC and Wavpacks! Yes, Bose 300 Soundtouch 300 soundbar supports - WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and SPDIF! I have been using the Soundbar for about 2.5 weeks, and the music is far better. It is actually music to my ears! The connections were straight forward - I used the SPDIF cable provided and connected my PC to the Soundbar. Enabled the optical output on my PC’s sound configuration, powered on the Soundbar and that’s it. All sound! I used the Adapatiq calibration tool and positioned myself across 5 places to make sure, I get consistent and constant tones across the room. I am not sure why the calibration is just limited to 5 points and not more. Wouldn’t a larger room need more points for calibration? Since the SB is intended for a large living room? Though, there is specification not to place the SB in a corner, I went against it and it still gives great output. About the music, I predominantly use my PC for photography and keep myself occupied with a library of songs that I had built over the ears. Occasionally, I watch a movie or animation with my two-year-old son. There seems to be a balanced output from the SB. Midranges are pretty good. I couldn’t get a chance to play high bass or trebled music. I am sure there would be shortfall on that, as the SB has to be coupled with Acoustimass 300 Subwoofer for a good bass effect, though there is an inbuilt option to switch bass using the remote. Back to topic: I was able to hear and feel the surround sound effect, even hearing tones and instruments that I had never heard in the songs I had heard before. That was something very revealing. Switching to the dialogue option on the remote enables to a good voice output while watching a movie. Finally, Bose, known for their range of music speakers and ear/head phones, has made sure that they are in the market for more - exploring the Soundbar, but the competition is pretty stiff with people settling for other brand’s low priced soundbar which does give similar output, but having used it for a while, I would say though priced well above the competition, it may be worth your money for the brand. I’ll be posting more reviews going forward on the Soundbar - try other options to connect to the soundbar - cellphone and WiFi streaming. At a first try, the procedure to connect to WiFi was cumbersome and couldn’t be achieved with their manuals, I could never connect with my phone to enable the WiFi on the soundbar. I had to rely on my PC to enable and activate the WiFi on the SB.
I would recommend this to a friend
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good build quality, good sound, a little priceyPosted
Lets start off at the beginning: This is a very expensive, high quality sound bar. You do get (mostly) what you pay for. Lets begin. This is basically the Ferrari of sound bars. You do also pay Ferrari price. Whats in the box: The soundbar (duh), every cable you need (which is a huge plus, many things you buy nowadays do not include the required cables) and a very nice universal remote control, and there is the headmounted microphone...more on that later. There is a basic quick start guide, but I HIGHLY recommend that you goto the Bose website to download the user manual, as you WILL be confused during setup, and the start up guide does not help very well. The build quality is excellent, with an all metal body and a tempered glass top. It looks sharp Setup: Not as easy as I would have hoped. I am a self proclaimed tech geek (my wife and mom both call me a tech genius, so there's that). The quick setup guide does not really guide you through the setup very well. It will get you up and powered on, but not connected to Wi-Fi, or any Bluetooth devices. If you want to wall mount this, you need to purchase a wall mounting kit that is sold separately. You definitely will need this kit, as this soundbar is not light. Bose expects you to use an HDMI cord, attached to your TV that supports ARC. If your TV does not, the soundbar does have a passthrough HDMI port, with 4K support, but only one, so you can only hook up one box. There is also an optical audio in for those of you that live in a cave. I suspect that if you are buying a 700 dollar sound bar, your TV supports ARC. Features: There is an app called Bose SoundTouch (yes, there is an app for that...which is your fancy soundbar), This app is where you can get your soundbar hooked into your wifi, and helps guide you through pairing a Bluetooth device. It also allows you to stream online music to your soundbar through Wi-Fi, from sources such as a generic "internet radio", and from places such as amazon music, iheartradio, deezer, Pandora, SiriusXM and more. Though you do have to have an account, they are not free or included with the soundbar. You can also stream from your Bluetooth device. This soundbar has very good virtual surround capabilities, and includes a microphone that you literally wear on your head so the soundbar can configure itself for your listening area. This process is done during initial setup, and takes about 10 minutes with you walking around the room to different places. I do wish that this supported Apple Airplay, or the Google version of that, but it does not. The only way to play music from your phone/tablet/whatever is to do it over Bluetooth. You can also do "locally stored" music from a network device, but that device has to support DLNA, so its not quite as simple as streaming from your phone. Sound quality: Good, but I don't think 700 dollars good. It truly does sound like you have surround speakers, but there is a bit of a "tinny" sound to it, especially through Bluetooth or wifi. The sound of movies is much better, with a much fuller sound. To get the full "Bose" experience, you will want to buy the optional wireless subwoofer (for another 700 dollars). This will help fill out the bass, and is a separate review on its own, but the soundbar itself does have decent bass from such a small package. There are also optional 300 surround speakers, but I do not have them so I do not know how well they work or help out. I have another soundbar,(albeit 1/7th of the price), and this soundbar blows it out of the water sound quality wise....but it should. So, the TL;DR version: Good build quality, setup is not as straight through as it should be, sound quality is good...but could be better. Doesn't support Airplay, but does support some wifi online services and Bluetooth. Buy the subwoofer.
I would recommend this to a friend
Amazing Sound and beautiful looking soundbarPosted
This is my first sound bar and it’s just been a week. Oh boy! This is one of the best sound systems I’ve ever listened to. Also this is one of the beautiful speaker that’s around with the black tempered glass finish and very sleek. It occupies so little space that I did not do anything in my current set-up to make additional room with my TV, blu-ray player, DVR etc. It works so seamlessly with my TV and has changed my TV viewing experience. I have tried to list down the different aspects of this sound system and as a first time user of Bose, they’ve earned a lifetime supporter. I’m still amazed how they are able to produce such good sound considering the small size of the speakers. Unboxing and Set-up: I’m not an audiophile and also not very tech-savvy. I always prefer systems that are easy to set-up. The packaging consists of the speaker, universal remote, power cord, ADAPTiQ® headphones, hdmi cable, optical cable (which I did not need). The SoundTouch 300 was a breeze to set-up and took me less than 15 mins to set-up which includes the ADAPTiQ® calibration. This is almost plug and play system and does not require you to even read the manual except to understand ADAPTiQ® calibration. One good thing is that this system does not need a separate A/V Receiver and it just connects to your TV using a HDMI cable. My blu-ray player connects to my TV which connects to the speaker. For the ADAPTiQ® calibration, the system (voice over) guides you the set-up by asking you to sit in 5 different locations within the room where you would watch your TV/listen to music and plays beep sounds. It’s entirely auto calibrating while you are sitting at different locations. Once done, the system is ready to use. Sound Quality: These are one of the speakers which packs a punch considering its sleek design. This is a 5.1 home theater system packed within the soundbar. I was initially skeptical on how this sound system would perform against the true 5.1 speakers (5 separate speakers). My friend had the acoustimass 10 v5 speakers which had exceptional sound quality. This SoundTouch system nearly matches the acoustimass speakers occupying less space and none of the wiring involved. I have a Samsung 4K TV (JS8500) and love to watch movies via Netflix, Amazon and Blu-ray. While watching movies, this is so close to the theater sound and the voice clarity is exceptional. Before these speakers, I used to use the TV speakers which needs to be turned up to 60 to hear the voice clearly and even then it was muffled with the other sounds. This is completely on a new level with very good sound effects. It’s as if the sound is being thrown to the right and left of you to give an impression of a surround sound experience. Soundbars are usually considered best to amplify your TV sound and just about it. With SoundTouch 300, I would stream all my music through this speaker than my existing Bluetooth speakers. With its WiFi and Bluettoth connectivity, it is very easy to stream all my music esp from my iPhone. Remote and SoundTouch App: The only time I used the Bose remote was when I was setting up the ADAPTIQ. The one good thing about this system is that I can control the sound volume using my TV remote. The Bose SoundTouch App is very basic and the only time I use this to stream some of the Internet Radio channels which the App provides. The App also allows you to add presets on the channels which you frequently use. I believe it may be more useful if I had more Bose speakers systems to control. Also, one use of the App is updating software which Bose pushes from its side though. Overall, this seems to be one of the best soundbars in the market. I've not owned other brands but I don't think I will need to as this sound system surpassed my expectations.
I would recommend this to a friend
Clear sound with support for two subwoofers!Posted
Summary: The bright, clear output from the sound bar and surround speakers plus the clean but truly thunderous, room-filling bass from having two subwoofers overcome the livable miscues. Demo: Stop by your local Best Buy to see if they have it on display. Their web site said no stores in my area had it on display, but one of the stores that had the speakers in stock did in fact have a functioning display. The provided demo material is good, but one of the things that sold me was that the demo allows you to pair your own phone with the demo display via Bluetooth. I pulled up a favorite song and enabled the sub on the display, which gave me a better idea of the system's capabilities. Pros: - The sound. It is a big improvement in every way over my previous system. (Which was a Sonos PlayBar, Sub, and two Play 3s as surrounds). The highs are brighter, the mids are clearer, and the ability to have two subwoofers results in thunderous bass that actually fills the room. The sound is the reason the cons are livable. - Support for two subwoofers. This was one of my main requirements, and wow what a difference. As mentioned, the bass now finally fills the entire room. I initially only had one sub paired and there was an obvious improvement when I paired the second sub. Having only one sub in my previous system resulted in weak bass in certain spots in the room. That is no longer a problem. - Bass button on the remote. Having quick control over the amount of bass on a physical remote is practically a requirement, especially with two subwoofers in the system. - The output from the rear surrounds. Having rear surrounds was another requirement for me. It is much clearer than on my previous system. I am hearing things I never heard from my previous surrounds, regardless of past adjustments. - Surround speaker size. The surround speakers are much smaller than in my previous system so the are less obtrusive, yet they sound better, as mentioned. - HDMI input and output with ARC. My previous system only had a single optical audio input, so I had to obtain an optical switch. Having a single ARC connection to my TV (Sony XBR-X850C) is much more convenient, partly due to the HDMI-CEC capability. - DTS decoding. My previous system never got the ability to process DTS, so I had to jump through hoops with the optical switch and using my HTPC to play Blu-Ray discs with a special USB sound card in order to have it convert DTS to Dolby Digital 5.1. Apparently a few select Blu-Ray player can accomplish that as well, but I didn't want another piece of equipment. Cons - The in-app WiFi setup process. It required manual intervention from me to get the app to communicate with the sound bar at all. I had to figure out for myself that I had to manually connect my phone (Pixel 2 XL) to the temporary WiFi network on the sound bar to proceed with the rest of the in-app WiFi setup for connecting to my real home WiFi network. I followed the in-app help but it didn't mention the possibility of needing to manually switch networks. - Speaker status in the app. Once you get the app set up it has good features except that it doesn't show you anything about status of the other speakers paired to the sound bar. You can turn the surrounds or subwoofers on or off, so you can infer that they are connected, but to know for sure you have to listen/feel for the sound. Or in the case of the subs, check the status light on each of them. I would also like to know if each speaker is running the latest firmware, for example. - No built-in IR repeater on the back of the sound bar. Although the SoundTouch 300 is almost an inch shorter than my previous sound bar, it still blocks the IR signal from the remote to the TV when holding it normally from a seated position. I have to raise my arm to about shoulder height to allow the TV to see the remote. - Unable to switch between HDMI audio and optical audio. I purchased a Chromecast audio in the hopes that switching would be easy, or ideally automatic, but that's not the case. To get the Chromecast audio to work, I begin with the TV off, then start up a cast session to the sound bar, then switch on the sound bar. Unfortunately that also powers on the TV, which I didn't want. Sound from the sound bar keeps playing from the Chromecast audio, which is good, but thanks to CEC, if I turn off the TV the sound bar also turns off, which I don't want. This problem could go away if Bose and Google offer support for Google Home integration for the SoundTouch 300. Finally: I highly recommend this system for it's high quality and powerful sound. Once I heard the entire system in my home I quickly got over the livable setup and minor usage inconveniences. I demoed other sound bars with Dolby Atmos, and the effects we're impressive, but in the end the sound quality and two subwoofers sold me on the Bose. I briefly considered going back to a component-based system with a separate home theater receiver, but this fits my needs and is less complicated to operate and less obtrusive.
I would recommend this to a friend
At Christmas, I was shopping for a Soundbar as a gift to my parents and made the *mistake* of listening to the Bose SoundTouch. I say *mistake* beca