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Bose Soundbar 700 Review — A Surround Sound System for Your Home Theatre in 2021

Bose Soundbar 700 Review

The Bose name comes with certain expectations, such as superior build and sound quality. And with the Bose Soundbar 700, you’re promised audio perfection with audio calibration. To make sure you are getting your money’s worth instead of just a hype, our experts have conducted an in-depth Bose Soundbar 700 review.

Pros

Cons

Bose Soundbar 700 Design

The design of the Bose soundbar 700 is its most notable feature. Taking one glance at the beautiful glass top makes it easy to forget the added benefits to your TV speakers. 

However, while the tempered glass top gives the 700 an innovative and futuristic feel, it is also a fingerprint magnet. Thankfully, Bose has taken this into consideration and included a microfiber cleaning cloth to remove your prints.

Aside from the glass top, the Bose Soundbar 700 also has an aluminium grille that wraps around the entirety of the exterior. It is the best heat venting metal to create audio devices with superior performance.

The Bose soundbar is wide and long, but it has a slender profile that will slip in nicely under your TV screen. You may also choose to wall-mount the system with the included wall mount kit.

The Bose Soundbar 700 comes in both black and white colors, which will fit in nicely with your interior setup. The HW Q70R, Sonos Playbar and even the Soundtouch 300 cannot match up to the aesthetics of the Soundbar 700.

Bose Soundbar 700 Features

Sound Quality

During our Bose Soundbar 700 review, our audio team found that it produces clear and expansive sound with Dolby Digital plus DTS. It also features the coveted Bose ADAPTIQ audio calibration that automatically tests out the acoustics of your living room and optimizes the system accordingly.

The Soundbar 700 also features Phaseguide Technology, which makes sure the audio signals will permeate the entire room, which is very useful if you want to wall-mount it or keep it close to the ceiling or corners.

The center channel will aim the sound directly to your listening spot and help clarify speech with the help of Dolby Digital, and DTS HD master audio. The audio quality provided by the Bose sound bar alone for your home theater is very impressive.

Built-in Alexa and other Voice Assistants

To bring the maximum level of convenience to your user experience, the Bose Soundbar 700 is outfitted with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. With the help of these virtual assistants, you can control your soundbar completely hands-free. Google Assistant and Alexa can carry out menial tasks with the command of your voice.

The smart speaker soundbar from Bose can also connect to and control other devices such as your TV speaker, TV Blu Ray player [1], and a lot more.

Surround Sound Experience

The soundbar alone is excellent for an expansive front soundstage. But while the Bose 700 smart speaker can simulate surround sound on its own, it’s also a buildable system with the addition of a separate subwoofer for deep bass and rear speakers. This soundbar can connect to a Bose bass module, which is the equivalent of a subwoofer and surround speakers from the brand.

Our experts found one unfortunate aspect of the Bose Soundbar 700 though, and that is the lack of Atmos. This feature is normally found in other soundbars like the JBL 5.0 that produces better surround sound. Atmos and DTS X are the two advanced audio technologies that really give you value for your money in terms of quality.

You can find Dolby Atmos or DTS X, or both, in a soundbar, and they are integral to emulating surround sound that is as realistic as possible. 

Bass

Even without the Bose bass module, the Soundbar 700 is a standalone device that can be a mini home theater system all by itself. However, if having focus on the front soundstage is not enough for the cinephiles and audiophiles that love deep bass, then an external subwoofer is necessary. The Bass module is easily integrated into the system wirelessly.

Craving for deep bass tones? Check our Bose 161 review here. 

Wireless Control Through Bose Music App

Like most soundbars, the Soundbar 700 features both wired and wireless connections. The WiFi and Bluetooth available can help you control it wirelessly through the Bose Music App. The Wi-Fi connection would be on the 4ghz and 5ghz bands.

The device is easily paired with your smartphone or other Bluetooth enabled technology directly to the Bose Music app without the need for a remote control.

From there, you can surf all your favorite music playlists and control them easily. You can even blast the Star Wars anthem on loud with a simple swipe of your finger.

Enhanced Connections

Our experts always stress that the quality of the connections will affect the sound output. For connection to the TV, our team has suggested from the beginning to search for ones with HDMI inputs. Having multiple HDMI inputs can allow your soundbar to process high-quality and high-definition content with minimal trouble.

The HDMI ARC is a bonus that isn’t seen in many soundbars. The ARC is a form of an enhanced audio return channel that can process both visual and audio frequencies.

HDMI connection is needed to support certain audio formats, especially the more advanced Dolby and DTS content. This soundbar has the highest quality inputs and four 3.5mm jacks to support your needs. These are analog connections that can be used for headphones and external speakers. (You can also peruse our list of the best soundbars with headphone jacks.)

For loyal Apple users, Apple Airplay 2 is also available as another form of wireless mirroring connection. The Soundbar 700 also has an ethernet port to connect to the internet with a cable for you to enjoy all your music services without the fear of an unsteady connection.

Multi-room Audio

As our experts mentioned, the Soundbar 700 from Bose can be converted into a multi-room system for audio content that can be enjoyed from any room in the house. 

The Soundbar 700 can be transformed into a 3.1 or 5.1 channel system depending on your preference. The 3.1 system includes the bass module for enhanced bass tones and the soundbar itself which has a left, right and center channel.

The 5.1 system is recommended by our experts if you want true surround sound from your TV. Having a minimum of 5 channels and one subwoofer is needed to produce 3D realistic sound. The 5.1 system with the soundbar package will include the soundbar, bass module and two rear speakers.

With the wireless connection and help from the Bose Music App, you can place the components around the house to create a multi-room system setup.

Bose 700 Setup

The setup of the Bose soundbar is easy enough with the right connections. Pairing with wireless Bluetooth or WiFi can be done in a matter of seconds with other wireless enabled connections.

If you choose to go the wired route, then HDMI is our experts’ top recommendation and the easiest to set up with a single cable. 

The 700 does feature two buttons on the surface, which are the “action” and the “microphone off” buttons. The former can control your voice assistants and can double as a silencer for TV alarms and other similar functions. The other button is basically the off button for your virtual helpers. 

All the more complicated settings can be done with the universal remote or through the Bose app. Everything you need comes in the box including the remote and batteries, necessary cables, user manual, the microfiber cleaning cloth and the Bose ADAPTIQ headset.

Universal Remote

The universal remote, which is included in your package, has a button for all the functions at your fingertips. Our team suggests keeping the remote handy as it is the most useful for inputting presets and other settings.

It is quite big and bulky, but it is a universal option that can control all other devices, which makes the pros outweigh the cons.

FAQ

Is the Bose Soundbar 700 worth it?

Yes, the Bose Soundbar 700 is worth it. Our expert team has tested and determined this soundbar from Bose to excel in audio quality, control functions, and extra features. For all it provides, the soundbar is worth your money.

Does Bose Soundbar 700 have Dolby Atmos?

No, the Bose Soundbar 700 does not have Dolby Atmos. Atmos is in the top tier of audio technologies for distinctly accurate audio portrayals. However, the 700 makes do with just DTS and Dolby Digital.

Does Bose 700 Soundbar need subwoofer?

No, the Bose 700 Soundbar does not need a subwoofer. It can deliver accurate and clear highs, mids and lows all on its own. However, for the bass lovers that need the deep and rumbling satisfaction of the lower note spectrum, the bass module from Bose can be easily added to the sound bar.

Does Bose 700 have eARC?

Yes, the Bose 700 has eARC. The eARC was designed to produce the best quality sound. It can replay DTS HD MA and True HD audio with minimal to no losses. For the best sound standards, our team suggests picking a sound bar with eARC.

Does Bose 700 support 4k?

Yes, Bose 700 supports 4K. Thanks to the included HDMI ARC inputs, the Bose 700 soundbar is able to support high quality content, which includes 4K frequencies. The eARC also guarantees minimal loss between the device transmissions.

Bose Soundbar 700 Review Conclusion

Our experts were thoroughly impressed after our comprehensive Bose Soundbar 700 review. This impressive piece of technology can do what your TV could never match up to. It features enhanced audio format decoding and is a buildable system for those that want to expand their home theater. 

Featuring proprietary Bose technology such as ADAPTIQ and Phaseguide, this soundbar is able to adapt to your room layout and the structural design to bring the best audio experience to the viewer.

Everything can be controlled in the palm of your hand, either through the Bose App or the universal remote included in your purchase. The soundbar can be connected wirelessly to external devices for content streaming and the virtual assistants are ready to help.

Willie Greer

Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.
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