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Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system

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Have a smaller living room or secondary TV room? The Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system won't take up much space and offers a serious upgrade to the tiny speakers in your TV. Measuring less than 3" tall, this sleek sound bar fits below most modern TV designs, flat or curved. And the system delivers the clarity and detail we expect when the name Bose® is on the box.

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Bose Solo 5 TV sound system

The Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system fits neatly in your setup and provides big Bose® sound.

Have a smaller living room or secondary TV room? The Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system won't take up much space and offers a serious upgrade to the tiny speakers in your TV. Measuring less than 3" tall, this sleek sound bar fits below most modern TV designs, flat or curved. And the system delivers the clarity and detail we expect when the name Bose® is on the box.

There's also built-in Bluetooth®, making the Bose® Solo 5 a space-saving solution for movies, shows, and music.

Easy setup and control

Bose® specializes in making things easy to hook up and use right away. This system connects to your TV with a single cable. An optical digital cable is included. The Bose® Solo 5 system automatically recognizes when you've connected it your TV. And the programmable universal remote can operate your TV, Blu-ray player, cable box, and other components along with the sound bar.

This sound bar can be wall mounted with the Bose® WB-120 wall mount kit (sold separately).

Hear dialogue clearly at any volume

Our customers often tell us they have to crank the TV volume up to hear speech, only to turn it down when music and effects get loud. With the Bose® Solo 5 system, you don't have to do all that. You can hear even whispered dialogue at reasonable volumes. A special "Dialogue mode" makes speech even more audible.

And bass for sound effects? Dial in just the right amount of low-frequency impact with the remote's bass control button.

Bluetooth lets you play on all your music, wirelessly

More and more people use sound bars for music listening as well as TV. The Bose Solo 5 TV sound system makes that easy. It has Bluetooth on board, which lets you stream audio from your phone or tablet.

Have a killer library of downloaded tunes? Stream playlists from music services like Spotify® or Pandora? Any song you can play on your device can be played wirelessly through this system.

Product Highlights:

  • compact sound bar delivers clear, detailed TV sound
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones and tablets
  • TrueSpace® technology produces spacious sound
  • Dialogue mode makes speech easier to hear
  • connects to your TV with a single cable
  • inputs: optical digital, coaxial digital, and 3.5mm stereo minijack
  • optical digital cable included
  • programmable remote control can operate your TV and other components
    • remote's bass control button lets you adjust amount of bass
  • wall-mountable (bracket sold separately)
  • 21-5/8"W x 2-3/4"H x 3-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • AC power adapter (w/ 5' DC cord)
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6.5' Optical digital cable
  • Owner's Guide
  • Universal Remote Device Codes
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter
  • "Global Support Regions" note
  • Warranty Information

This is a great soundbar for the price. Awesome sound.

Wayne, Bedford, NH


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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design Bar
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter None
Midrange 2" Cone (2)
Woofer None
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Surround Sound Decoding 5.1-channel
Dolby Atmos No
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible ---
Audio Return Channel No
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
Control by App N
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable ---
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
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Inputs and Outputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs 1
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output 0
Sound Bar (inches) 2-3/4H x 21-5/8W x 3-7/16D
Sound Bar Weight 3.73 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

Product Research


Active Soundbar Speaker: The Bose Solo 5 is a one-piece soundbar speaker system that brings noticeably better sound to your flat-panel television. It's engineered to help clearly reproduce everything from dialogue, music, to sound effects. The Bose Solo 5 incorporates TrueSpace technology, Videostage circuitry and a Dialogue mode to get the most enjoyment from this one-piece soundbar speaker system.

  • TrueSpace Technology: Bose TrueSpace technology creates a simulated surround-sound experience from the soundbar speaker's two drivers.
  • Videostage Circuitry: TrueSpace technology works in unison with Bose Videostage decoding circuitry to deliver a lifelike, spacious multi-channel sound experience from almost any source.
  • Dialogue Mode: Dialogue mode makes every word even easier to understand without having to adjust the volume from scene-to-scene. Dialogue mode is also great for news programs and talk shows.

Digital & Analog Inputs: The Bose Solo 5 soundbar speaker is fitted with two digital inputs (optical/coaxial) and one stereo minijack input (3.5mm), so you can connect virtually any TV. The optical and coaxial digital inputs support 2ch PCM and Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch). To enjoy the full benefit of hearing audio through the Bose Solo 5, the internal speakers in your TV should be turned off.

Note: The digital optical output terminals of most newer flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital 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).

Bluetooth Music Streaming: With built-in Bluetooth, the Solo 5 can wirelessly play back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop, or other Bluetooth compatible devices. You can control basic music playback functions (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the included remote control. Song/artist information will still be viewed on your Bluetooth device. You can pair up to 8 devices and keep 2 devices connected for easy switching between devices.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Bose Solo 5.

Bass Level: You can adjust the Bose Solo 5's bass performance to your liking from the included remote control.

Universal Remote Control: The Bose Solo 5 includes an IR universal remote control for wireless operation of the soundbar speaker. You can also program the universal remote to control your TV, DVD, Blu-ray Disc player, cable/satellite box, game system, or DVR. You can also program most other manufacturer universal remote controllers to operate the Bose Solo 5 soundbar.

Mounting Options: The Solo 5 soundbar speaker can simply be placed on flat tabletop surface in front of your flat-panel TV. The Bose WB-120 Wall-Mount Kit (018WB120, sold separately) lets you wall mount the Solo 5 soundbar speaker under or above your flat-panel TV.

Auto On/Off: You can set the soundbar to power on whenever a sound signal is received. The Solo 5 soundbar speaker will also automatically power off after one hour if no audio signal is present.

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