Bose Soundbar 700 : The best thing I have ever purchased

Good quality product slim and unobtrusive nice finish. Great sound, personally i found setting it up via the app was more tricky then it should have been but once done im very pleased.

So i set up my new rig last night, the soundbar 700, bass unit and surround speakers and after an hour or so faffing around rearranging my setup (blu ray player, sky q, xbox etc) i ran into a problem. I was only getting sound from non-hd sky channels. After a bit of research and fiddling around with the settings, it turns out that i had to turn the dolby digital 5. 1 off in the settings on the sky box (and thus returning to bog-standard stereo). Similarly, in the settings on my xbox it defaulted to stereo and when i tried to select 5. 1 surround it wouldn’t accept it. Now i will clarify that my tv (an ageing samsung ps51d550 plasma) does not have hdmi-arc and so i have connected the tv to the soundbar via optical cable (with the sky q box connected to the tv via hdmi and also the xbox to the tv via hdmi). Can i not enjoy hd sky channels and xbox games with 5. 1 surround unless my tv supports hdmi arc and thus can send a 5.

I think this is the greatest thing i have ever purchased. I’m currently saving up to add on the bass module and feel the thunder. Bose is expensive but worth evey penny. Their customer service is second to none and very friendly. If i had to give a downside to this product it would be the glass top shows up dust very easily, but then again i take great pride in this speaker and enjoy wiping it down daily to give it the shine it deserves. Listening to your favourite song on this speaker is like hearing it again for the first time.

For home tv audio i’ve only ever used a 5. 1 speaker system and this has served me well over the years. But i recently have become frustrated with the hassle and cost of connecting all the separate speakers and sub-woofer and often wondered whether getting a soundbar might be a far easier option from a practical point of view, while still getting cinema-quality sound. So i was very much looking forward to trying out this bose soundbar 700 and seeing how it compared to my 5. The first thing i very much appreciated was how easy it was to physically get the soundbar connected to my tv. I positioned the soundbar below my wall-mounted tv, plugged in the power then connected the soundbar to my tv’s hdmi socket and i was good to go. I was blown away by how wholesome and ‘big’ the sound was from the soundbar, the sound filled the room while remaining very clean and crisp-sounding. I was also able to hear even the most subtle sounds during movies and the high sound quality made it sound convincingly real. Getting the app to work was a challenge, i downloaded the app to my iphone but have still yet to get it to connect to my home wi-fi, which is most odd and a little frustrating. Because of this i was unable to test out the built-in alexa, but i admit this is something i probably won’t use much because i already have a separate amazon echo. One thing that was straightforward was connecting my iphone via bluetooth to the soundbar, i didn’t bother reading the instructions for this, i just kept re-trying and eventually the connection was made. Once connected i was able to play anything on my iphone on the soundbar, be it spotify (premium) or amazon music, it worked great and sounded amazing. So thanks to the bose soundbar 700 i’m now a convert to the soundbar concept and definitely prefer the practicality and ease of use to my old 5.

The sound is amazing on all formats, took a little time to set up, but the bose music app helps with ease.

On the minus side, i had expected revelational sound quality from this as compared to the built-in speakers on our panasonic tv – but although the audio was better it wasn’t quite a revelation. I’m first to admit that my hearing is not all that brilliant, but my son who is 27 and appreciates good audio confirms that it’s not as good as he hoped either. We found the adjustment controls on the app – but there’s only bass, middle and treble – not the full graphic equaliser i had expected. We connected from the tv to the sound bar via the optical link. I’m not sure if that makes a difference, i will try hdmi and update this review afterward. Also, there is a bose feature which allows it to auto adjust to the room acoustics. They supply a kind of headphony thing which you plug in, then you initiate the process and it makes test sounds and listens to them through that. Then, it auto-alters the bar’s sound settings to suit the room. I haven’t done that yet, again will report back on the effect. Another – far smaller – minus was that the control app won’t run on my android phone because it only supports the very latest version of the os and my phone, being a samsung s4 – does not 🙂 no matter, we installed it on our samsung tablet and it works fine on there.

Have used this soundbar to replace a sony 2. 1 speaker blu-ray player combo as i am reducing the amount of equipment i have for the tv. It is a decent size and weighty all finished off sleekly with rounded corners and a glass finish top – which does get very dusty very quickly. All the wire connections are tucked away round the back so if you are into hiding your wires it should look as though it’s not attached to anything. The remote is a universal remote and it didn’t take long to get it working with my samsung tv and it controls the fire stick through hdmi cec. It too is black and bulky but has flat buttons which light up when you pick it up – and it only lights up the full remote when the tv is actually turned on. You also get hdmi and optical cables with it (something which doesn’t always come in the box meaning a separate purchase). Set-up is done through an app and wifi (supports both 2. The app worked straight away and it didn’t take any time to get the speaker working.

The bose 700 soundbar is weighty and expensive-looking, with a black glass top. It’s very well packed for transit – the box mine came in had been crushed by something else on the lorry, and the parcel left outside on my doorstep on a rainy day, yet once unwrapped, and with the polystyrene guards removed, the bar revealed itself to be completely unmarked. There’s a posh looking rubberised remote control included, several different types of cable for connecting your tv to the soundbar depending on the age/type of tv/home theatre system you have, (all separately bagged and neatly labelled, in case you are not too tech savvy), and a very concise instruction booklet. The booklet outlines the briefest ever set-up procedure – namely to plug the soundbar into a power supply, then download the bose music app to a mobile device and let it guide you through the installation. As others have noted, using the app is, however, far from straight forward. The first thing i was instructed to do was connect to my home wifi – this proved impossible, with my password repeatedly being rejected. All my other devices – a laptop, mini ipad, 2 x kindles, one android phone and a canon printer – have quite happily connected to wifi in the past, and i’d deliberately downloaded the app to both an android phone and mini ipad in the hope that if one version of the app was problematic, the other would be better. Neither seemed to want to make a wifi connection no matter what, though somewhat confusingly when i looked in my ipad settings at the list of connected devices, the soundbar did seem to be showing as fully connected at one point, despite the app insisting it wasn’t. The apparent lack of a wifi connection of course meant i didn’t get the option to set up alexa, so i will have to go back and try and resolve this at some point. Thankfully, it was much easier to connect the soundbar to my mobile devices via bluetooth – again initially connection failed – however this was quickly resolved by ignoring the app instructions (which told me to enable bluetooth on my mobile device, but no more than that) and using a bit of common sense – i.

  • No dolby 5.1 surround????
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  • Good quality soundbar

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  • No dolby 5.1 surround????
  • The best thing I have ever purchased
  • Good quality soundbar

Bose Soundbar 700 with Alexa Built In – Black with Bose Surround Speakers, Black

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