Bose products provide amazing sound and clear dialogue for movies, music, and video games. It is sleek and elegant, thanks to its acoustic architecture. It’s quick and straightforward enough to be enjoyed by everyone.
If you are looking for the best soundbar to enhance the home theater experience, Bose Smart soundbar 3000 is a good choice.
This Bose Smart soundbar 300 review will give you an overview to understanding features, function, pros, and cons to help you give consider before buying a soundbar
- 1 Pro & Cons
- 2 What’s inside the box?
- 3 Bose Smart Soundbar 300 Reviewed
- 4 How does the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 Sound?
- 5 Setup
- 6 How does the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 compare to the competition?
- 7 FAQs
- 8 Conclusion
Pro & Cons
- Amazing wireless connectivity options
- Bass adjustment feature available.
- You can get very loud even with minimal compression artifacts
- There is no room for correction or EQ.
- Low bass is not a priority.
- Does not support Atmos.
What’s inside the box?
The Smart Soundbar 300 is packed in a cardboard box that can be recycled (with some foam inserts you might have to throw away) and includes a power cable, optical cable, remote control, and quick-start guide.
Bose Smart Soundbar 300 Reviewed
The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 ($399.95) is a simple, one-piece audio system. It was more challenging to get the box out than getting it to work. After plugging in the power cable, connect your TV via the digital optical cable (or HDMI ARC port) and select the appropriate settings in the TV’s menus.
This will give you an enhanced audio experience without using a component sound system or soundbars. You will need to fiddle more to access features such as the Bose Music App and Voice4Video. However, adding these music services is relatively simple. You can adjust the volume, change sources and even set up a voice assistant.
The soundbar is 7 pounds and measures 2.25 inches in height, 27.5 inches wide, 4 inches deep, and 4 inches deep. The soundbar has four full-range drivers in each end cap and the two flanking the tweeter at the center.
Many baffles help create an enveloping sound and emphasize dialogue understanding. Bose’s goal is simplicity and clarity. Bose offers two options for enhancing low-frequency sound to reproduce EDM explosions and bass lines. The Bose Bass Module 500 ($359) and Bose Bass Module 700 ($699) are available.
However, the more expensive module is preferred. Bose Surround speakers ($299) can add greater immersion and spaciousness.
Wireless surround speakers can be used with any wireless model, but they must be connected to the same wireless receiver. You can mount the soundbar on a tabletop or wall mount with the Bose Soundbar Wall Bracket ($40.00).
The remote has eight buttons. These buttons include power on/off, volume down and up, Mute and TV speakers (input selection), Bluetooth (input selection), Music (Bose App Select), Play / Pause, Skip Forward / Skip back. The soundbar also has dedicated buttons for power on/off, microphone on/off, and volume up/down.
How does the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 Sound?
The Bose Smart Soundbar 300’s overall sound quality is clarity and intelligibility. These are the qualities that I consider the SB300 (as Bose refers it) to be equal with any of the soundbars I’ve reviewed in recent years. This was my second viewing of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. I couldn’t hear the vital dialogue because the music and effects were so far forward, and the expository voice was sotto.
My home theater has a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos system, which was my first encounter with Tenet. Thanks to Bose’s excellent articulation in mids and highs, I understood more of the dialogue using the SB300. No, it’s not all because Nolan deliberately obscures some parts of the conference. It was at least better.
This prompted me to compare the Yamaha YAS-209 I had recently reviewed. The dialogue reproduction on the Smart Soundbar 300 was more transparent and more understandable, but Yamaha’s sound field and effects were better.
Although the YAS-209 includes a subwoofer, it is still $50 cheaper than the Yamaha before adding the Bose Bass Module500. The Yamaha also costs $400 less if the 300’s bottom is reinforced.
Bluetooth pairing was easy, quick, and reliable. The Bluetooth pairing was instantaneous. My iPhone recognized the Bose soundbar when I selected Bluetooth from my Bose remote. The music app opened, I chose a song, and it began playing immediately.
Music revealed more inadequacies than movies regarding spaciousness, low-frequency extension, and other aspects. The overall performance of music is described as thin and narrow.
Similar applies to Pandora and TuneIn via Bose Music, Spotify Connect, or Apple AirPlay 2. Although it’s great to have so many streaming music options, they don’t compensate for the limited sound quality of the Bose one-piece.
Although the Bose Music app has an essential EQ section, I could not get the rich and expansive sound. I wanted even with concentrated experimentation. Low frequencies drop to 60 Hz, then plummet to 33 Hz to 27 Hz. Below 55 Hz, there is very little bass energy from the soundbar. The EQ settings were set flat, and the overall volume was just suitable for the room in which my testing took place.
The Bose Music app’s EQ section did not help adjust the bass level. As the mids become muddy and highs lose their definition, dialogue clarity takes a hit long before the bass can make a meaningful impact.
You won’t get the same punch as other systems for TV and movies, and music reproduction can be poor because there is a lot of loss below 40 Hz in many music genres.
However, it’s worth noting that the Bose 300 sound bar may not be the best choice if you are looking for a soundbar capable of delivering music well without an add-on bass module. There are two options: the Bass Module 700 or Bass Module 500.
Bose’s SimpleSync is a unique feature that combines value and note. The online manual states that you can connect one pair of Bose Bluetooth headphones or one speaker or soundbar to your Bose smart speakers.
Many wireless headphones and speakers can be connected via SimpleSync. However, many Bose products have been optimized to work in sync with your Bose smart device. You can find a complete list here.
SimpleSync’s most significant benefit is its ability to connect to a Bose compatible headphone in situations where you don’t want to wake your baby or neighbors.
Voice4Video is a Voice-to-Speech tool that works with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. You can control your TV or source devices like your satellite or cable box with your voice.
You can also use hands-free calling if you have an Amazon Echo device connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You can also use Google’s assistant, but not Apple’s Siri.
It is easy to set up your smart TV from the box. Bose soundbar provides an optical cable that can be connected to your TV. If you don’t have one, you can use an HDMI cable.
Download the Bose Music app to connect to your wireless network and to walk you through the setup process. You don’t need to rely solely on the Bose Music App to use the soundbar. You’ll be ready in no time—WiFi connection dependent.
How does the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 compare to the competition?
The Sonos Beam ($399) is a one-piece speaker with a two-cable setup, simple voice command (Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant), and interconnectivity to all other Sonos speakers. For $1,359, you can purchase the Surround Set or add a pair of One SL speakers ($179 each) for surrounds and the Sub ($699) to extend the low frequency.
The Bose system is $300 more expensive than this. The Beam offers more profound and powerful bass than the Bose Smart Soundbar 300. However, the dialogue is more transparent, and the setup process is quicker and easier. Sonos products come in white or black.
The Vizio SB36512F6 soundbar package includes four pieces of Dolby Atmos soundbar. It also has a wireless sub that feeds two surround speakers. To create an immersive surround sound experience, the soundbar features an up-firing height channel speaker to provide better audio quality. It can be used with Google Assistant and includes Bluetooth and Chromecast wireless connectivity.
The Yamaha YAS-209 ($349.95) is a combination soundbar/wireless-subwoofer package including Amazon Alexa. The YAS-209 soundbar will provide a larger sound field than the Bose SB300. The included wireless subwoofer will give you the thump that a soundbar can’t match.
Bose soundbar 300 has surround sound?
This soundbar sounds more spacious and transparent than a typical TV. A wireless bass module can be added to soundbars to add that extra punch for an even more intense experience. Bose surround speakers add that extra layer of immersive sound to put you right in the middle of all the action.
Bose Smart Soundbar 300 supports DTS?
An optical connection is all that is required since the bose smart soundbar 300 doesn’t support advanced audio formats such as DTS:X or Dolby Atmos (which require HDMI audio return channel).
Can source devices such as a cable box or Blu-ray player be connected directly to Bose Smart Soundbar 300?
No. All sources must be connected to the TV and then a single connection (via the HDMI or optical audio cable) must be made from the TV to the soundbar.
What’s the difference between Bose 300 & 700?
Bose Soundbar 700, the latest version of the SoundTouch 300, is available. The Soundbar 700 costs twice as much as the SoundTouch 300 and has additional features such as Google Assistant and Alexa compatibility, Airplay 2 compatibility, and an advanced microphone array.
You can see a difference between Bose 300 vs 700 through our article.
Smart Soundbar 300 is a beautiful, sounding, well-designed device that could easily be the focal point of your living space. It feels futuristic to be able to ask Alexa for volume adjustments or center channel changes.
The Smart Soundbar 300 can be used as a starting point to upgrade your living room’s audio system, especially if you are looking for a surround and bass module.
Hooke Audio hopes you find valuable information to help you make the best decision. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask us by comment below.
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