Review: Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar
Let me begin by saying I couldn’t tell you the last time I had to endure TV audio and it was much worst then I remembered. The sound was flat, lacked bass and volume - if I’m bluntly honest, it was absolute garbage! First world problems I know but the more TV I watched, the more I felt that I was missing out. I decided to do my research and purchase a temporary solution which I could repurpose to my bedroom once I’d moved from my rental to my new home. I started investigating Sound Bars by Bose and wanted a solution which would improve my TV viewing experience without breaking the bank, and I could eventually move into my bedroom down the track. Very quickly I discovered the brand had a solution for my problem, the Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar, designed to improve your TV viewing experience.
With the belief that your TV should sound as good as it looks, Bose has created a one-piece sound bar that brings noticeably better sound to all your favourite TV programmes. It’s engineered to help clearly reproduce everything from dialogue to details. And for even more clarity, its dialogue mode makes every word easier to hear. This soundbar is so versatile, and you can place it almost anywhere. It also features Bluetooth® connectivity, allowing you to play your favourite music wirelessly through the speaker. Priced at 399 AUD this product is on the lower price scale of regular Bose speakers making it a great entry-level product option.
I’ve read a few reviews online about this product and I have to admit they’re mixed; however, I believe this is because the purchasers didn’t understand the purpose of this product. Here’s what you need to know:
The Solo 5 has been developed to improve your TV viewing experience by improving audio, making dialogue clearer and improving bass and music in programs. This product isn’t designed to give you a home cinema experience such as the Sound Touch 300 Soundbar hence the $600 price difference.
Sound quality is improved with the quality of the broadcast. If you’re watching TV in HD the audio will be at its best. Some streaming services such as Stan or Hayu do not stream in full HD and often it’s dependant on your connection. Keep this in mind when using this product. I also found that with older programmes (before 2000) dialogue can sometimes sound muffled - this is where the dialogue button comes in handy!
The Solo 5 comes equipped with a universal remote to control all the devices you may need to connect to the soundbar, reducing clutter and simplifying your TV viewing experience.
Equipped with Bluetooth, use the Solo 5 as a speaker to stream Spotify, podcasts and YouTube. To use this feature, your TV doesn’t need to be turned on either.
Easy setup and use. Literally two cables to connect and you’re done. Anyone can install this product quickly and easily - parents, grandparents and technophobes.
So what did I think? Well, this product does exactly what it says it would. I knew what to expect and it delivers on improving the TV sound experience, dramatically! I would recommend this product to anyone really who doesn’t have an existing surround setup and doesn’t intend on getting one. Pop into your nearest store and have a listen for yourself.
Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar 399 AUD. Available online from the Bose website along with leading electronic retailers.