Bose® Soundbar 700
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Muy buena la calidad del sonido
It can be hard to make a sound bar that stands out from the crowd, but that was Bose's aim with the Soundbar 700. In their own words, it's “designed to be the world's best soundbar.” That's a bold statement, so you can bet I was excited to try this one out. Spoiler alert: I loved it.
The contextual remote only illuminated the buttons I needed to control the music I was playing over Bluetooth. So cool!
The Soundbar 700 makes a good impression before you even plug it in. It feels very well-built, and the metal grille and tempered glass top are lovely. Even the remote control is a thing of beauty with its soft-touch exterior and contextual buttons (that means the remote only lights up the buttons you need for the task at hand).
I really wanted to put the Soundbar 700 through its paces so my test movie was Thor: Ragnarok. When Led Zeppelin's “Immigrant Song” kicked in near the beginning of the film, I knew this sound bar would not disappoint. I was impressed with the depth and clarity it brought to both the movie effects and the soundtrack music.
Want your sound bar to tell you a joke, provide a weather forecast, or just turn up the volume on your favorite song? No problem. The Soundbar 700 has Amazon Alexa built right in, with a custom-designed eight-microphone array so Alexa can hear you no matter how loud your music is. The light bar on the front makes it easy to see when Alexa is listening, thinking, or speaking.
The Soundbar 700 has built-in Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® for practically endless wireless music options. Apple® AirPlay® 2 functionality is planned for early 2019. But in the meantime, dip your toe in the waters of whole-home audio with the Bose Music App. You can wirelessly stream online music services like Pandora® and Spotify® to your sound bar. Expand your system into other rooms by picking up a Bose Home Speaker 500 or two. You can group and control all your Bose smart speakers from the same app.
Want an even more immersive experience? Add a pair of wireless Bose Surround Speakers. These compact speakers work seamlessly with this system to deliver complete wraparound sound effects. Bose also offers the optional wireless Bass Module 700 — the most powerful one they've ever made. It communicates wirelessly with the sound bar to add oomph to everything from action movies to dance mixes.
decent sound, not overwhelming. After adding sub sounded much better
Paul, Olathe, KS
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Muy buena la calidad del sonido
Beautiful BOSE sound...!!!! Setup fairly easy
decent sound, not overwhelming. After adding sub sounded much better
Pros: nice looking - very slim
Cons: none yet
This is a awesome product I highly recommend it for the sound the universal remote is a great feature. And very easy to setup.
Pros: Love the sound quality easy setup great price
Amazing product! Syncs up easily, quickly, gets very loud and has a good app to help adjust everything.
I am really thrilled with the Bose Soundbar 700. I do not understand others who provide negative ratings based upon a comparison to a component system. For a soundbar, this is where its at and if music and fidelity matter to you, this is worth the investment. People seem to be caught up on the features offered by competitor brands (dolby atmos, dts x) etc but in my opinion sound quality must come first (and the Bose delivers). In any event, I tested other atmos-soundbars and wasn't too impressed with that technology anyway. I purchased the Bose Soundbar and matching 700 Base module. For music, it is superb. Vocals are clear, it has a wide image, it handles mids and highs with clarity and the base module delivers just the right amount of low end. For example, listening to Diana Krall's Peel Me a Grape (Love Scenes), you can feel the bass chord. The same applies to movies. The set up is very immersive and doesnt leave me feeling any need for atmos - certainly not at the expense of sound quality. I have not added the rear speakers yet. I have heard that the difference is night and day for movies. I pursued a soundbar for a variety of reasons, one of which is aesthetics. My bose setup is in my family room (17 by 20) that we use for a primary living space. the family room is an open floor plan and extends into an equally sized kitchen. I can say, unequivocally, that this soundbar handles the space. You will not regret your decision to get the
Pros: wide, crisp and immersive soundstage
Cons: initial connections are finicky but after it's done, it's worth the endeavor. Also, I have mine connected to a Sony x900f TV and for some reason I need both the HDMI and the optical cables connected for the Bose to operate with stability.
Soundbar??? When we talk about soundbars we tend to think of something designed for our TV only and built to provide better sound, mainly dialog. Not the case with the Bose Soundbar 700, the clear crisp sounds with thumping deep rich base surpasses most high-end stereo systems, makes an incredible sound system for listening to your favorite music or watching TV! Top the incredible sound of the Bose Soundbar 700 with the integration of the built-in Alexa and you have a very versatile system with exceptional looks! Gets even better, hook the Bose Soundbar 700 and the Bose Wireless Surround Speakers to your TV and you'll have spectacular sound from your movies, flybys that will make you duck and roars that will make you jump. Very elegant system with looks that are only exceeded by the great sound. Living in a dusty area the glass top of the Soundbar 700 is a big improvement over the Bose SoundTouch 130 system which has the mesh metal top. Add in the Bose Base Module 700 (which we don't have) and we can only imagine the additional base sound. Setup: Instruction are like a lot of instructions. Read some of the reviews on the Bose internet site as this will give you some good information when setting up. I read a review that talked about how long it took the Soundbar to download updates once they were connected to the internet using the Bose Music App, so I was prepared, however, if I had not read that review I might have been concerned with the App not finding the
Pros: Simple system, elegant design, appears very well made, and is fairly easy to set up. The sound is incredible, from clear sharp highs to deep rich solid base.
Cons: Be sure to read some of the reviews, this will help you with the set up. Could not download the Bose Music App to our Amazon fire tablet(s).
Good sound but this soundbar is not ready for primetime. The soundbar sounds good with a wide sound field and crisp highs, but lacks any lows and really needs the subwoofer to add depth. The biggest issue I have is the Alexa integration. Currently, as of mid-October, it doesn't support some major features of Alexa, (i.e. Spotify, routines, multi room audio). Also, Bose has somehow forgotten to include some of the basics of Alexa like Echo Spatial Perception where now the Bose hears you from the other-side of the house and takes over commands from the alexa you are 2 feet from. I know most of this can be fixed through software updates, but its a frustrating step backwards for the entire home automation and entertainment, and I have no idea when Bose will release these fixes.
Pros: Wide Sound Field Easy setup and install Using Dialog mode in the app helps sports games.
Cons: Alexa integration is poor. Bose App is confusing Needs subwoofer and maybe rears to have amazing sound.
|Pieces in System||1|
|Separate Subwoofer||Opt. Wireless|
|Surround Sound Decoding||5.1-channel|
|4K Video Compatible||No|
|HDR Video Compatible||No|
|Audio Return Channel||Yes|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||No|
|Voice Control||Alexa built-in|
|Apple AirPlay||AirPlay 2 via future firmware update|
|Control by App||Apple iOS, Android|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Optional|
|Surface Mount Stand Included||No|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|System Frequency Response||Not Given|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||---|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||N/A|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||2-5/16H x 38-7/16W x 4-1/4 D|
|Sound Bar Weight||10.5 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||No Subwoofer|
Bose Premium Sound: The Bose Soundbar 700 utilizes a proprietary DSP-controlled amplifier and custom-designed low-profile transducers to deliver exceptional detail and depth with crystal clear dialogue. Proprietary PhaseGuide technology works with the tiny transducers to direct beams of multi-directional sound, delivering an unprecedented level of spaciousness. QuietPort technology is integrated into the soundbar with recessed ports that use a piece of resistant screen to reduce turbulent noise while getting more sound through a smaller opening, resulting in virtually distortion-free bass from a slim profile speaker.
ADAPTiQ Audio Room Calibration: ADAPTiQ audio room calibration will optimize the Bose Soundbar 700's acoustic performance for the unique characteristics of your room, giving you the best possible listening experience. Through the Bose Music App and the included headset, ADAPTiQ audio calibration customizes the sound of the system to the acoustics of your listening area by taking five audio measurements. During ADAPTiQ audio calibration, a microphone on the top of the ADAPTiQ headset measures the sound characteristics of your room to determine optimal sound quality. To run ADAPTiQ, you will need 10 minutes when your room is quiet.
Note: If you later connect an optional bass module or surround speakers, move the soundbar or move any furniture, run ADAPTiQ audio calibration again to ensure optimal sound quality.
Optional Wireless Surround: The Bose Soundbar 700 supports wireless rear speakers and a wireless bass module from Bose (both sold separately).
HDMI ARC Jack: The Bose Soundbar 700 is equipped with a single HDMI ARC jack to connect the soundbar to your TV's HDMI ARC input. The HDMI ARC jack allows audio from your TV to be sent through the soundbar speaker. The unit supports Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch), DTS (up to 5.1ch), and 2ch PCM audio.
Note: Some televisions will only pass 2ch PCM through the ARC-enabled HDMI input from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, and will only pass Dolby Digital via the TV's built-in tuner, network apps, or USB.
Optical Digital Input: If your TV is not equipped with an HDMI ARC jack, the Bose Soundbar 700 also features an optical (toslink) digital input that supports 2ch PCM and 5.1ch Dolby Digital or DTS. This soundbar does not offer analog audio inputs.
Note: The digital optical output of many flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).
Remote Control: The Bose Soundbar 700 comes with a universal Bluetooth LE remote control and supports HDMI-CEC. You can also program 3rd party remotes (sold separately) to control the soundbar system.
Placement Options: The Bose Soundbar 700 uses the reflective surfaces of the room to deliver a spacious home theater experience. To ensure optimal audio performance, the soundbar should be placed equidistant from each side wall and directly in the "front-center" of the TV. No objects should be placed in front of the soundbar, nor should it be placed recessed inside a cabinet, as this would result in a limited sound stage. Also, nothing should be placed directly on either side of the Bose Soundbar 700 since there are side-firing transducers located on either side.
Optional Wall Bracket: The Bose Soundbar Wall Bracket (sold separately) has been designed specifically for the Bose Soundbar 700 and hangs the soundbar speaker horizontally above or below your flat-panel TV. A cable cover is included to help hide the HDMI and/or optical cable that is run from your TV to the Bose Soundbar 700 speaker. The Bose Soundbar Wall Bracket features high-quality steel construction and is available in a black or white finish.
AC Power: The Bose Soundbar 700 operates off of standard household current using the supplied 5' detachable AC power cord.
Multiroom Audio: The Bose Soundbar 700 is part of a new family of Smart Home speakers and soundbars from Bose that can be used to create a wireless multiroom audio system over your home's WiFi network. You can start with one Bose Soundbar 700 and add more Bose Smart Home speakers and soundbars to create a wireless multiroom audio system in your home.
Note: The family of Bose Smart Home speakers and soundbars is not compatible with the family Bose SoundTouch products.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bose Soundbar 700 offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) connection to your home network. The Bose Soundbar 700 is equipped with an Ethernet R-J45 jack and built-in, dual-band (2.4/5GHz) WiFi (802.11 b/g/n). The system's network connection can be setup initially from the Bose Music app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device.
Bose Music App: The Bose Music app (for Apple iOS 10.3+ and Android OS 5.1+) lets you set up and control compatible Bose smart speakers and soundbars from your Apple iOS or Android device. It works with one or many of the new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars - including the Bose Home 500, Bose Soundbar 500, and Bose Soundbar 700. Using the app, your mobile device acts as a remote for the speaker. From the app, you can stream music, set and change presets, add music services, explore internet radio stations, configure Alexa and manage speaker settings.
Built-In Alexa with 8 Microphone Array: The integration of Alexa with the Bose family of Smart Speakers will support the vast majority of Alexa functionality; including music playback, control of smart home devices, setting timers and alarms, and general information requests. A custom-designed, proprietary 8 microphone array on the soundbar is precisely positioned for accurate near-field and far-field voice pickup. You can rest assured that the Bose Soundbar 700 will hear you even when there is a lot of noise in the background, your music is playing loud, or you are across the room.
- The use of a virtual assistant is optional; you can initiate music from the Bose Music app and other sources without using Alexa. The option to enable Alexa can be declined in setup and revisited at any time. You can also remove Alexa from the speaker at any time via the settings menu of the Bose Music app. And when Alexa is installed, the microphones may be turned off at any time with the microphone off button on the speaker.
- The microphones on the Bose Soundbar 700 may be turned off with a single tap of the microphone off button on the top of the speaker. This button completely cuts power to the microphones so Alexa will not hear any commands. For security reasons, it is not possible to use a voice command or the Bose Music app to turn the microphones on or off; only a physical button press can control the microphones. When the microphones are off, this button will always be backlit with a red LED light.
- There are certain Alexa skills that the Bose Soundbar 700 does not support; such as Alexa Calling & Messaging. Alexa is not available in all languages and countries.
Online Music Services: The Bose Soundbar 700 can play music directly from streaming music services over WiFi, controlled either by the Bose Music app (for Apple iOS and Android), or Amazon Alexa through the built-in microphones. These music services can be controlled from the Bose Music App (for Apple iOS and Android) and Alexa through the built-in mics. Basic playback functions such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track can be done from the included IR remote.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: With built-in Bluetooth, the Bose Home Speaker 500 can wirelessly play back stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. You can pair eight Bluetooth source devices to the speaker, but only one can be actively connected and used for playback at a time. The included IR remote can be used to control basic playback (such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next track); Alexa cannot be used to control Bluetooth audio sources.
- Bluetooth audio streaming can be done without utilizing WiFi, the Bose Music app, or Alexa.
- The Bose Soundbar 700 does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making or answering phone calls.
AirPlay 2 (future firmware update): Through a future firmware update (no ETA), the Bose Soundbar 700 will support AirPlay 2. AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on the Bose Smart Home speaker system and other compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You will also be able to ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on the Bose Soundbar 700. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You can even watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the Bose Smart Home speaker system.
Note: AirPlay 2 does not support multiroom audio distribution via Bose Smart Home. Multiroom audio distribution can only be done with other AirPlay 2 compatible devices (sold separately).
Network Standby: The Bose Soundbar 700 transitions to Network Standby when audio has stopped and you have not pressed any buttons for 20 or more minutes. To wake the speaker from network standby, simply tap any button on the speaker, play/resume audio using your mobile device and the Bose Music app, or talk to Alexa.
Note: You can still access Alexa in Network Standby as long as it is set up using the Bose Music app and the microphone is turned on.
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