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Beautiful, Balanced sound. Optional Sub adds thumping bass. Elegant (thin) glass và metal design. Mobile tiện ích makes updates & Spotify listening easy. Adaptiq tuning adds depth to lớn sound.

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Giant universal remote is clumsy & confusing, complicating setup. No Dolby Atmos. On the high end of pricing and sub isn’t included. No EQ settings for audiophiles. Alexa tư vấn is convoluted.
I’m a belter now, but I was born an Earther. Syfy’s The Expanse has idled on my Amazon Prime watchlist for a couple years now, but in the last few months, I finally took the time lớn binge it proper và catch up on the brewing war between Earth, Mars, and the many space colonies of The Belt. I can’t get enough.

I’m hoping that Amazon will come through và #SaveTheExpanse from cancellation, but no matter the outcome, it’s been a thrill to lớn listen lớn this show's beautiful audio và music on the Bose SoundTouch 300. I’ve tested a few different soundbars during my time binging the series, but the clink of magnetic boots clamping lớn the hull in deep space have never sounded so crisp, & I’ve never felt the rumbling burn of the Rocinante's Epstein Drive hit me lượt thích I have thanks lớn the add-on Acoustimass 300 wireless subwoofer.

The Bose SoundTouch 300 has been available for some time, but it’s still a competitive soundbar package in 2018—rivaled by the equally premium Sonos Playbar và Sub, but honestly equal or better in a lot of ways that count.

Bose's high unique sound is especially impressive when you consider the soundbar's slim profile. The SoundTouch 300 stands just over 2 inches tall, making it an ideal fit under most modern TV screens. It’s completely black, with a fine mesh metal speaker grill running along the front & sides & a slick plate of glass blanketing the top. Bose claims this glass is as “strong as aluminum of the same thickness” & despite my initial reservations, I’m beginning lớn believe them.


The wireless sub (sold separately) isn’t nearly as petite. It’s basically a big 1-foot đen plastic cube with rounded corners, though it does have a similar elegant, apparently sturdy, đen glass top on it. It’s tall enough that I’m tempted to lớn set my drinks on it as I sit on the couch, but have yet khổng lồ build up the courage. It seems sturdy, but there’s no telling what a cup of spilled hot coffee might vị to the poor thing. I’ve also been eyeing it nervously because my first Acoustimass 300 subwoofer would not sync to lớn the soundbar properly. Bose had to ship me a replacement, which works fine (though, it's worth noting that a few other buyers have complained about this).

On the back of the SoundTouch are the ports you’ll need: an HDMI input & output for ARC connections, an optical cable for more traditional setups, an ethernet port (it has Wi-Fi too), a 3.5mm jack khổng lồ hardwire a sub if you desire, a Micro USB slot, và an extra 3.5mm port so you can customize your room’s audio with using Bose’s Adaptiq audio tuning.

Also in the box is a rather bulky, complex universal remote control, which Bose says can control your TV & other devices, though it’s about as intuitive as one of those hideous Comcast cable box remotes. Keep the instruction manual handy if you want to vày anything special with this one. I’m sure it has a lot of functions, but the control codes Bose provided didn’t work with my Panasonic HDTV & it doesn’t seem useful for a whole lot more. Still, you can’t fully avoid it. There are no controls on the front of the SoundTouch, just five status indicator lights. The lack of on-device control is frustrating, though the optional Bose ứng dụng does help.

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The app looks a lot lượt thích the Sonos app, though it’s not nearly as robust. It lets you directly connect khổng lồ Spotify và a few other music services. Spotify even works from the music service’s app. Firmware updates are easily downloaded using the app, & it’s nice that Bose continues khổng lồ issue security and feature updates well into 2018.

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If you own an Amazon Alexa speaker, you can add the Bose Skill lớn the SoundTouch & play audio through your soundbar, sort of. Alexa can play "presets" that you create by hand in the music section of the Bose app. It's a step in the right direction, but far more cumbersome than it's worth. I tended to just play music directly from the Spotify or Bose app because it was easier. Smart speaker compatibility is quickly becoming a feature most soundbars will have. The SoundTouch takes a baby step toward it.

Hidden behind the grill of the SoundTouch 300 are four full-range drivers, a tweeter in the center, and PhaseGuide arrays that help aim sound out the sides lớn fill your room more, though you can buy Bose satellite surround speakers for a full home theater setup if you wish. I found the soundbar to sound good on its own, but even better after calibrating it with the Adaptiq headband.

The process makes you sit in five different seating positions in your room & then picks up tones from the soundbar, tuning it in the process. The instructions were somewhat confusing, like a lot of the thiết đặt of this speaker (partially due lớn that clumsy big remote), but after tuning, I did notice sound spreading a few feet out from either side of the soundbar, depending on my seat.

The SoundTouch doesn’t have the musical warmth of the Sonos Playbar, but does look sleeker & sounds just as clear. Both of them need the added sub to lớn really feel any deep bass. Some reviewers have complained that the SoundTouch is a little heavy on high treble sounds, but in my experience it’s pretty balanced. Speaking (dialogue) comes out especially clear and its overall performance is some of the best I’ve heard, comparing favorably against the less expensive Q Acoustics truyền thông media 4 I tested recently, though that bar clocks in at about half the price Bose is asking.

It is a shame that there is no Dolby Atmos support, but Dolby Digital và DTS are present. Audiophiles may also dislike the lack of EQ settings. Regardless, the SoundTouch 300 provides a fantastic audio experience that’s leagues ahead of what most folks have a home, which is a pair of crappy built-in TV speakers.

At $700 for the SoundTouch 300 soundbar & another $700 for the optional Acoustimass 300 subwoofer, this Bose home theater system is as expensive as the Sonos Playbar and Sub. We’re big fans of Sonos, but the SoundTouch holds its own, side-by-side. The ứng dụng functionality with firmware updates & Alexa compatibility are nice bonuses, though the complex universal remote & its many button combinations feel very dated.

For this price, you shouldn’t have to lớn remember to lớn hold two buttons down until a third button blinks, và then press volume up or down lớn make changes; cài đặt and control should be more intuitive. Still, if you own any home theater equipment, you’re likely used to playing codebreaker with your remote. But for the average jane trying to lớn make their new speakers work, it might be frustrating.

Ultimately, audio unique is what matters most, & the Bose SoundTouch delivers it in spades.

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Jeffrey Van Camp is a director & editor for, specializing in personal technology review and coverage. Previously he was the deputy editor of Digital Trends, helping to oversee the site’s editorial operations, và before that, its mobile editor. He’s covered tech, video clip games, và entertainment for more than a... Read more
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