The Soundtouch 300 soundbar is a sleek and streamlined system for upgrading the audio quality of any TV. It can also support up to two speakers for added surround sound. The soundbar’s wireless technology eliminates the need for inconvenient and unsightly wires and makes it easy to control and customize your smart home entertainment experience.
This Soundtouch 300 soundbar review will explore the device’s specifications, hardware, and pricing. We will also touch on the best use cases for the soundbar and additional accessories, such as wireless surround speakers.
- 1 Pros & Cons
- 2 Design
- 3 Connections and Control
- 4 Features
- 5 Sound
- 6 Setup
- 7 Performance
- 8 What are My Alternatives?
- 9 FAQs
- 10 Conclusion
Pros & Cons
- Bose SoundTouch 300 has a stunning sound field that can be used for music and movies, enhance dialogue. The speaker can reproduce both dialog and other effects with crystal clear clarity. The system supports music streaming via WiFi and Bluetooth.
- It can be more challenging to lose the remote than most other gadgets. A subwoofer and surround speaker can be added to the system for up to 1000 dollars. The sound bar’s overall effect is only possible with empty walls.
The Bose SoundTouch 300’s larger-than-life sound is not a traditional hi-fi component. However, given the right room conditions, the sound it can produce is stunningly enveloping.
It boasts one of the most prominent sound stages we have ever heard, yet it can reproduce fine details. In terms of sound stage, the Bose is a step ahead of its closest competitor, the Sonos Playbar, and you are there.
This soundbar is not recommended for those who don’t intend to buy a subwoofer. The SoundTouch, like the Playbar, is a complete system and comes in two easy payments of $699. Although it sounds great on its own, you will not hear the powerful Acoustimass 300 sub that can make the SoundTouch sound even more impressive — an additional $699.
There are many options at this price point, including the great Sony HT-NT5, including a sub. If you are looking for a robust, reliable, and best soundbar without a subwoofer, the Zvox SB500 could be a good choice.
The Bose SoundTouch 300 is $699 in the US and PS599 in the UK. It costs AU$999 in Australia.
Since the Definitive Tech W Studio, the SoundTouch 300 soundbar is one of the most beautiful we have seen in the CNET Labs. The bar features a tempered glass top, a mesh front, and input LEDs in its top-left corner.
This soundbar can be mounted on a wall or tabletop and measures 38.5 by 2.25 by 4.25 inches (97.8 x 5.7 x 10.8 cm). The SoundTouch does not have any controls — there are no volume or power controls. This could be frustrating. These buttons are located on the side of the Sonos Playbar.
The SoundTouch 300 remote comes with an extensive, comprehensive remote control that avoids the scientific calculator syndrome. Be aware that the small must perform certain functions, including adding a subwoofer.
You will need to replace your remote with the Bose if you lose it. This is a significant disadvantage for a connected device as it cannot use the app to replace the remote.
Connections and Control
There are two areas where the connections can be found on the underside. The selection is good, but more HDMI inputs would have been excellent considering the cost. You get one HDMI input and an HDMI out that supports the Audio Return Channel (HDMI ARC).
Both HDMI ARC ports can support 4K/60p and Wide Colour Gamut, High Dynamic Range (HDR10), HDCP 2.2, and HDR10. The SoundTouch 300 does not support lossless audio formats, so you may want to use the ARC connection. Considering the limited number of HDMI inputs, it is probably the best choice.
In the same recess are the HDMI ARC ports; you’ll find optical audio and a 3.5mm jack to connect the ADAPTiQ setup mic.
The second recessed area contains an Ethernet port, a 2-pin power connector, and a 3.5mm socket for physically connecting the optional Acoustimass300 subwoofer. Wireless connections are available with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with NFC (Near Field Communication) built-in.
The SoundTouch 300 soundbar is a 3.0-channel soundbar that promises larger-than-life sound due to its PhaseGuide technology. The SoundTouch 300 comes with an Onboard QuietPort, designed to provide better-than-normal sound despite not having a separate subwoofer.
Bose SoundTouch WiFi music system is included in the soundbar. This allows you to stream Spotify, Pandora, and other services without quality loss. SoundTouch, Bose’s multiroom sound system, is compatible with the standalone SoundTouch 10-and up speakers. The soundbar is also compatible with Bluetooth.
SoundTouch 300 has HDMI in and ARC-enabled out, allowing for 4K pass-through and Dolby Digital (and DTS) decoding. It does support Dolby atmos. Other ports include optical digital, a 3.5mm subwoofer output. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough space for either a 3.5mm input or a headphone connection.
Bose also makes the matching Acoustimass 300 (from $699/PS599/AU$999), including wireless pairing and a 12-inch square footprint.
Bose allows you to add wireless surrounds, just like its competitors, for $299, PS299, or AU$429 per couple. They are called Virtually Invisible 300 speakers by Bose and measure approximately 2 inches in size. The soundbar can be connected to them using a power brick/amp. The brick will need to be connected to the speakers at the room’s rear using the included wires.
This is what you will need to experience Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray on a 65in Samsung UE65KS9500.
It is connected via HDMI. We then play the audio on our Cambridge Audio CXU Bluray player. The Bose immediately pushes the soundtrack to every corner.
Although ships don’t feel like they’re flying overhead much, you can sense them entering and leaving a large, integrated soundfield.
We cannot resist cranking up the volume for Star Wars’ iconic theme. The SoundTouch 300 does not dampen the mood.
You’ll be able to generate so much volume; your neighbors will be rushing to get in touch with you. It stays composed thanks to its substantial weight and body.
Like many others before it, the Bose falls short of the high standard set by class-leading competition such as the multi-Award-winning Dali Kubik one.
It can deliver the power and bass to support exploding ships or collapsing worlds, but it doesn’t penetrate deep enough to transmit the underlying thrum. This is a gap that the Acoustimass300 wireless subwoofer can fill.
Voices can be heard soaring through the action with enough clarity and detail to teach Kylo Ren’s cracked robotics. However, the Dali is more frightening because it has midrange transparency and extra strength.
The SoundTouch 300 doesn’t offer the same clarity or subtlety as the most well-known sound effects, such as R2D2’s robotics or the zing of BB-8.
The orchestral score is not dynamic enough to rise and fall beneath the action. Ignoring the massive climactic sweeps, John Williams’ score makes it so magnificent that the Bose cannot sound more thrilling.
The SoundTouch 300’s setup is by far the most bizarre we’ve ever seen. It even surpasses the Devialet speaker’s Touch your Phantom! Instructions.
The SoundTouch also comes with a calibration mic, as do most receivers. It’s nothing unusual, except that it’s a headset. The microphone on the top of this headband has a wire connecting to the sound bar’s back.
You will need to hold a preset key while the soundbar plays. It isn’t easy to look away at the sounds as they whizz around your room. You will then be asked to repeat this five times. It may ask you to change your position or scold you to move each time.
The Bose SoundTouch 300 was tested with and without the Acoustimass 300 or Virtually Invisible 300 speakers. We compared the Sonos Playbar and the Sonos Sub with a pair of Play:3s as rears. Both signals were fed from the Oppo UDP203 Blu-ray player.
The Bose can produce high-quality sound, with a standout feature being its super-wide sound stage. Although you might not expect it to work with music replay, it can sound just as great with indie rock and revisionist westerns. You can make music and movies feel incredibly immersive by adding surroundings and a sub.
The soundbar was all that was needed to get things started. We put Avatar in the disc tray and then pressed the Go button to start the Thanator Chase. Sam Worthington is seen wandering through Pandora’s underbrush as scientists fight in the background.
The Bose could communicate better than the Playbar and generate a better impression of the alien world. However, as the scene progressed, neither soundbar produced enough bass to make the beastie attack convincing.
To see the potential of a single soundbar (subwoofer-free), we connected the Zvox SB500. Although it may not have a sub, the Zvox SB500 destroyed Sonos and Bose with an incredible performance.
Although the Zvox’s bass was louder than the rest, the dialog was still clear from the background. The Zvox does not have side effects, but it does have a fake surround mode. It was easily missed in this comparison.
To see how the Sonos and Bose systems could handle The Matrix’s lobby sequence, we hooked up the rears and sub-channels of the Sonos and Sonos systems. We enjoyed the wide soundstage, but the backs tied the systems together in each case. We both enjoyed hearing the bullet casings disappear in the rear speakers.
It was a great help with the feeling of being enveloped. Which was the better choice? Although it was close, the Bose won due to its greater ambient detail.
We compared sub against sub and found the Acoustimass 300 to be a bit more agile in delivering both the boom of the shotguns and the synth bass that underpins all the action. The Sonos sub was not as punchy and deep, but it was slower.
A smart home theater can be done by almost any soundbar, so it’s not complicated. To test the SoundTouch 300, we turned to music. We tried Yulunga (Spirit Dance), larger than life.
It filled the room with Lisa Gerrard’s alternately chanting and high-pitched vocals. The Bose made it seem like the shakers were coming directly from the walls, even when we looked at them.
It will also interfere with the effect of stuff on your walls. Also, we found that the sound was very phasey and confused when we moved back into CNET’s listening room.
The Sonos also had wall-bouncing effects, but you had to be very near the unit (4 feet). They didn’t stick to walls when you turned your head. They almost vanished when we moved them to 8 feet or sat in the same position as the Bose.
Material isn’t often as extreme in its left/right effects. The Sonos’ Frankie Sinatra by The Avalanches sounded almost mono. The tuba’s deep, whole bass tone was clear, and Chris Brown’s uncontrollable rapping was evident.
Although the Bose was not as loud in the brass section, MF Doom’s turn on the microphone was a lot more evident than what the Playbar made.
The Sonos sound was monochromatic, but the Bose had effects all around — mariachi horns from the left wall and waves from the right. It almost sounded as if it were a different song. It was clear that the surroundings were turned off. Although not hi-fi, the experience was still immersive.
What are My Alternatives?
Many soundbars with similar specifications are available at lower prices than the Bose SoundTouch 300. A single-box soundbar is also a popular option. It has a large soundstage and a surprising amount of bass for being a soundbar.
Samsung’s distortion cancellation technology is a great benefit, with a clear and detailed sound. The MS650 is currently available for as low as PS339.
The brand-new Sonos Beam, priced at PS399, is another excellent performer at a much lower price than the SoundTouch 300. The new single-box soundbar sounds more significant and is an outstanding performer.
The Beam is a perfect soundbar that performs well. With its open approach to app selections and voice-assistant integration, it can also make your living space brighter. The compact Beam works well with smaller TVs.
Both these options are cheaper than the SoundTouch 300, but the SoundTouch 300’s higher price will be less of a problem in the future. Bose recently introduced a new line of soundbars. Expect to see significant price cuts as we enter the Black Friday and Christmas sales.
Is Bose SoundTouch 300 now discontinued?
Bose SoundTouch 300 was discontinued and replaced with Bose Smart Soundbar 300.
What number of speakers can you connect with Bose SoundTouch300?
Up to four SoundTouch devices can be controlled via Wi-Fi. Once you have connected the four SoundTouch devices wirelessly, you can add more SoundTouch speakers by clicking them via Ethernet cable rather than Wi-Fi.
What is Bose SoundTouch?
SoundTouch gives you complete control over your listening experience. You can browse popular music services and Internet radio stations via TuneIn or your saved music library. You can stream music immediately or customize the presets to get one-touch access.
Is Bose 300 soundbar worth it?
Bose Smart Soundbar 300 connects speakers to make it easier to hear dialogue and create a room-filling sound. This unit is sleek and compact and outperforms its competition. It has easy connectivity, excellent sound quality, and clear audio.
Bose SoundTouch 300, can you adjust the bass and treble?
The audio equalization controls can be used on your product (i.e., You can adjust the sound quality of your product by using the audio equalization controls (i.e., bass or treble).
Does SoundTouch 300 support Dolby Atmos?
Although there is no support for object-based audio such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the soundbar does include SoundTouch Bose’s multiroom system. This allows you to stream music from other speakers in your network.
The Soundtouch 300 soundbar is a welcome addition to any home theater system. It delivers both the quality and convenience of a full-fledged home theater speaker system at a fraction of the cost. A soundbar and speakers work together to boost the audio in a TV, similar to how the rear surround speakers work together with a full-blown home theater system.
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