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How to choose the best soundbar

The right soundbar can turn almost any setup into a masterful cinematic experience. Here’s your guide to selecting the best soundbar for your setup.

How to choose the best soundbar

Thanks to streaming services, in-home entertainment has reached a cinematic summit. As a result, your living room can finally feel like a cinema—especially when it’s equipped with a sound system that puts you in the middle of the action. A Bose soundbar can do exactly that by transforming hard-to-hear dialogue and flat-sounding action scenes into a crisp and thunderous audio-visual experience. With several smart soundbar options to choose from, there’s a perfect fit for everyone—no matter what size, style or sound quality their home cinema demands. So, grab the popcorn and settle in. Once you’ve used this buying guide to choose the right soundbar for your home, you’ll never want to leave the sofa again.

TV and Bose soundbar on a TV stand

Cinematic sound at home

There’s nothing worse than watching your favourite TV show and being unable to hear the dialogue. It’s a dark scene, the background music escalates and the whispered dialogue comes out muddled. The scene’s drama falls apart as you rewind trying to catch it again.

If you’re looking for simplicity, the Bose Solo 5 TV sound system is ideal for entry-level entertainment. You’ll finally hear what you’ve been missing with improved bass during battle scenes and clarified whispered conversations of TV’s hottest dramas. Packed with great features like dialogue mode, this one-piece soundbar promises a clear audio experience. And that experience doesn’t have to end when you turn off the TV, as the Bose Solo 5 TV sound system is also a great Bluetooth® speaker.

If you prefer a sound system that has room to expand, consider one of the two smart soundbar options from Bose: the Bose Soundbar 500 and Bose Soundbar 700—both make you feel like you’re in the middle of the action. Each speaker is packed with technologies that make you feel like you’ve got the best seat in the house. You’ll jump a little higher watching horror flicks and feel the bass when you’re rocking out to your favourite playlist.

The Bose Soundbar 700, in particular, is the best soundbar for music and movies. Its multi-directional speakers fill any room with the loudest and deepest audio of any Bose soundbar. You’ll feel like the sound is coming from the physical world around you instead of from inside your soundbar.

Building a house of sound

Whether you’re throwing this year’s best holiday party or cuddling up for an at-home movie date, you should know that you can transform your entertainment system with ear-pleasing add-ons to the Bose Soundbar 500 and 700. After all, even the simplest upgrade can turn your home’s sonic backdrop into the star of the evening.

For example, both soundbars are compatible with bass modules and surround speakers that enhance your overall listening experience. With the soundbars alone, you’ll be able to catch all the highlights when you’re watching sport, hear every word of dialogue when you’re watching movies and feel the bass exactly the way the producers intended when you’re listening to your favourite songs. And with additional modules, you’ll be able to do all this—with a little something more.

And that’s not all. Let’s say you’re a night owl but your partner has to go to work early in the morning. You can also connect the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 to your soundbar and keep watching TV or playing video games—without bothering your better half.

TV and Bose soundbar on a TV stand

The perfect fit

When selecting a soundbar for your home, look for one that fits in with your current entertainment system, while also matching the size and style of the room in which it’s located. The Bose Soundbar 500 and 700 are easy to set up. Equipped with the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system, this Bose proprietary technology ensures you’re getting the best sound in any room. It works by sensing the room and adjusting the speaker’s sound based on the size of the space, what’s in the room and where you’re sitting.

Because form matters just as much as function, your soundbar should also complement the aesthetics of your home. Firstly, consider size. If you have a limited entertainment space and want a more compact soundbar, you might opt for the Bose Soundbar 500 or the Bose Solo 5 TV sound system, both of which have a smaller profile than the Bose Soundbar 700.

Next, consider style. If you want a soundbar that looks as good as it sounds, the Bose Soundbar 700 features a tempered glass top that’s as strong as aluminium and seamlessly accentuates any décor.

Whatever you choose, all three options—the Bose Soundbar 500 and 700 or Bose Solo 5 TV sound system—can be mounted to the wall using a Bose wall-mount kit, available separately.

And just because you put your soundbar in one room, it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time there. The Bose Soundbar 500 and 700 have multi-room functionality, meaning you can connect and control two or more Bose smart speakers and soundbars around your house. Use either the Bose Music app or a simple voice command* to hear the same music in different rooms. So if you’re doing chores and running between rooms, your playlist will follow you.

Woman reading

Not just a TV accessory

Sometimes you’re in the mood for a movie marathon. Other times, you’d rather turn off the TV and do something else. The technology in your home should be just as dynamic and versatile as you are.

The Bose Soundbar 500 and 700 have Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity, so you can stream whatever you want, however you want. Your favourite podcasts and playlists are at the tip of your finger with the Bose Music app and also on the tip of your tongue with built-in voice assistants*, like the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Want to skip the song or turn down the volume? Whether the remote is by your side or lost somewhere down the back of the sofa, you’re still in complete control thanks to the magic of voice commands. If you use Amazon Alexa, you can even use your voice to change the channel on your television. Whatever the voice command, the Bose Soundbar 500 and 700 are sure to hear it because of an array of custom microphones designed to hear your voice even in the middle of a loud party. You’ll know because a light bar helps visually indicate when your soundbar is listening, thinking or speaking. You can also turn off voice access at any time. Just tap the mic-disable button.

Whether you love binge-watching a hit TV series or hosting family and friends for movie night, a Bose soundbar will give you the best audio—and the best experience—possible.

*Voice assistants are not available in all countries and may vary. Bose smart products voice assistant availability.

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