Bose Smart Soundbar 300 Review 2021: Is It For You?

Bose Smart Soundbar 300 Review 2021 Is It For You

Bose products provide rich 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

Pro & Cons

Pros

  • Rich and expansive sound
  • You can choose between Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Elegant, minimalist design
  • Private headphone listening
  • AirPlay 2

Cons

  • A small soundbar is expensive
  • Some music services are not supported
  • No Chromecast option for Android

Design

The Bose 300 is relatively small. This is a good thing if your TV is standing on it. The black plastic top can be fitted under most TVs, at 2.25 inches high, provided they do not have flat stands. To protect the speakers, the grille is made of metal.

The best soundbars have four full-range drivers, one at each end cap and two near the tweeter. It also features a lot of processing and baffles that create an enveloping sound emphasizing speech intelligibility.

It wraps around the sides and front to cover the 2 class D amplifiers (left and right) and one frequency crossover amp (tweeter). Technically, it is a 3.0 channel bar. This means that it must downmix denser material into stereo sound and a narrow field of sound – which is not ideal but still impressive.

It feels firm but still light enough to be easily carried around. This soundbar is not something you would use, but it is nice to have a smaller device for when you need to move the TV around.

To create a surround sound system, you will need to add a Bose Bass module 400 and Bose Surround speakers. This increases the price.

Manufacturers want soundbars that can be used immediately, as they understand the complexity of this category. It is simple to set up the Bose 300 with both HDMI ARC or optical inputs.

Design of Bose Smart Soundbar 300

While the latter will always provide better functionality, it is still a good idea to have the option to use the TV’s optical audio port (which is also included). You can also use the soundbar via WiFi or Bluetooth.

This allows you to stream music directly from your device or through your voice assistant. You can use Alexa and Google Assistant. Apple Airplay 2 can be used to stream streaming, completing a rich set of connectivity options.

Performance

The bar’s best feature is its clarity and impressive (considering the price) sound field. It is wider than the actual bar, putting it in a class above many other bars of the same price. Bose has been generous in its performance, but there are more compromises.

It is not possible to expect Dolby Atmos-level performance. The textural depth and spatial sense of audio are also lacking. This is true for all 2.0 soundbars, and the 300 does a decent job with clarity.

The most vital aspect of this film is dialogue. You can tell the difference when the score is forward or obscures significant dialogue bits. A subwoofer is required for lower frequency responses.

Although the bar does not have an all-encompassing, rattling sound in the low-end, it is still quite impressive. Instead, audio performance is vital in streaming jazz, soul, and soft rock because it’s all about the treble, right, and vibrant.

As you would expect, it’s the same for film. You’ll enjoy a fantastic performance at the higher frequencies if you use one of Australia’s best streaming services (preferably Netflix or Disney Plus).

There is no object-based audio, but you can feel the different layers coming at you from the soundbar. The weaknesses will be evident if you sit to the sides.

The sound enhancement is minimal, which is disappointing. Although you can adjust the bass and treble, other similar-priced products offer more customization.

While you can still tweak the soundbar to get a richer, more dynamic sound, there is a ceiling effect. A $600 soundbar cannot do everything.

Bose is generous with its SimpleSync feature. It works exceptionally well and can seamlessly shift a signal to one pair of Bose Bluetooth headsets.

This feature is handy when the rest of your household goes to bed. You could also connect your headphones to the TV’s Bluetooth. This makes it much easier and faster.

Voice4Video is a great feature and could prove to be of greater use to others than it was for me. However, I don’t personally use voice assistants that often; those who need them should use GA or Alexa to control their TV and other connected devices.

Control

Bose ensured that the soundbar was super-functional and easy to use in many ways. You can use your voice (thanks to Google) or even your phone. It might take some time to learn how the soundbar interacts with smart TVs.

When we tried to increase the volume from our phone’s bar, both the best soundbars and smart TV got louder simultaneously instead of the bar getting louder. This caused a strange echo and made it difficult to hear the TV speakers and soundbar.

After a few tests runs, we discovered that we could lower the volume on our TV and activate the Bose volume via the handy remote.

You can mute the music or the soundbar by pressing a button on the remote. Some buttons change volume, the on/off switch, and a play/pause option.

Control of Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Google Assistant was set up to make it easier for us to control everything from our phones without the need for a remote. You could say, Hey Google. We could also say, Hey, Google.

Google could also rewind the show or adjust the volume if a character spoke too fast. We used it to do our virtual workouts. Sometimes we had to pause the stream if we missed a crucial step or when our dog wanted to nap on our mat.

Although we never used voice features such as this with other innovative products, it is helpful to have in the bar (especially if you don’t have the remote). The soundbar can be used as a smart home hub.

Price

The current price tag for the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 is $399. It is currently out of stock at Bose, but it can still be purchased on Amazon.

The Sonos Beam soundbar is an excellent option for Sonos lovers who want to compare the competitors’ prices in the sub-$400 range. It includes Amazon Alexa and can be paired with other Sonos products. Bose vs. Sonos, however, the Sonos Beam was more compatible, allowing us to pair other speakers with the Smart Soundbar 300.

Bose also offers a $224 remote-controlled TV speaker for home theaters. This is a slightly cheaper product. The Smart Soundbar 300 is smaller at just two inches high and less than 24 inches wide. However, you cannot use voice assistants like Google or Alexa with it.

Setup

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.

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FAQs

Bose soundbar 300 has to 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 soundbar 300 has to surround sound

Bose Smart Soundbar 300 supports DTS?

An optical connection is all that is required since the Soundbar 300 doesn’t support advanced audio formats such as DTS:X or Dolby Atmos (which require HDMI ARC).

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 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.

Conclusion

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 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 surround and bass modules.

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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