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Bose Solo 5 Soundbar Review

The Bose name is synonymous with an amazing quality of sound. The Bose Solo 5 is among the most coveted and simple Bose products. What makes it worthy of the Bose name?

Before you invest in a soundbar you may not like, we have broken down the Solo 5 and reviewed all the features to help distinguish the desired qualities of this soundbar.

Pros

  • Quite a compact and sleek design
  • Wall mountable and flexible placement
  • Decent sound quality
  • Minimal distortion even at higher volumes
  • Supports Bluetooth connectivity
  • Comes with a universal remote
  • Dialogue mode
  • Bass is adjustable
  • Easy setup with everything you need included
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No display

Let’s take a look at the breakdown of the individual features of the Bose Solo 5 soundbar.

Design

Bose Solo 5 has quite a simple design. It doesn’t have a display and is made of tough plastic. The soundbar is surrounded by a metal grid and it doesn’t feature any controls. Measuring in at only about 21 inches, the Bose Solo 5 TV soundbar is of a small size and will fit with most TVs.

It has a very compact design and is pretty lightweight, which is what makes it easily wall-mountable. You can choose to purchase the wall mounting kit with the soundbar, which can save you some time and effort.

If you decide to place the soundbar on your entertainment unit, the Bose Solo 5 TV soundbar isn’t too tall and will sit very nicely in front of your TV screen. Since the input connections are located at the back, it’s important to leave a few cms of space between the sound bar and the wall.

The Bose Solo 5 has a solid build and since it’s smaller in size than most other soundbars (in terms of width), there is much more you can do with it and have more flexibility with the placement. Not to mention, the minimalist design will blend in well with any interior.

You won’t be met with buttons, and other bells and whistles to over complicate things. The Solo 5 is among the more basic soundbars.

Features

Subwoofer

The Bose Solo 5 does not come with a wireless or wired external subwoofer, because the subs are embedded inside the speaker. This gives you a relatively deep and rich bass without needing an extra subwoofer.

However, an external subwoofer can be added with the connectivity options offered by the Bose Solo 5 soundbar. This will give an added bass to the music. It can decode Dolby Digital sound via the optical port but the sound will be downplayed.

Sound Quality

Bose knows sound, and for such a small size, the Solo 5 is able to deliver impressive sound that beats TV speakers. With a frequency range from 61 Hz to around 19 kHz, the Bose soundbar has a dynamic range.

For those who love a deep and thunderous bass from a speaker, an external subwoofer may help you get better sound. However, the Bose Solo 5 TV sound system is among the very precise and accurate soundbars in terms of sound and can emit the right tones accurately, despite the speaker size. 

Even without a lot of bass, the soundbar allows you to customize your bass levels to your liking with the included universal remote.

As for how loud a sound the Bose Solo 5 speakers can generate, you would be looking at around 87 dB of volume. It’s a pleasant feature to have a sound bar of a small size to able to push out room-filling TV sound. However, for such a simple soundbar, the harmonic distortion is minimal. Even at a higher volume, the TV soundbar sounds clean and clear.

Unfortunately, the Bose Solo 5 soundbar is not a surround sound-generating one due to the lack of rear speakers. However, the sound quality for a simply designed soundbar is quite impressive despite the absence of an rear speaker.

Even without diverse audio modes, the dialogue on the content played will be crisp and clear because of dialogue mode, giving you quality sound.

Channels

It’s more difficult to achieve surround sound with a 2.0 soundbar. The digits before the soundbar refer to the number of subwoofers and channels your sounding bar has. The Bose Solo 5 is a 2.0 soundbar, meaning it has 2 channels and no subwoofer.

The channel is basically how many loudspeakers it has (which is two). Soundbars with 2 channels usually mean they have the left and right speakers. However, on Solo 5, the channels are at the left and right but they are both located more towards the center.

This results in not as much stereo separation and directionality. It basically means you have audio coming at you in more or less just one direction.

To simulate surround sound, you need at least 5 channels [1] (left, center, right, and two rear). Luckily, the sound quality of the Solo 5 can be improved with external subs.

Connection

In terms of connectivity, the Bose Solo 5 offers limited inputs and outputs. It only has two forms on inputs including the analog input (3.5mm) and the optical audio input. Aside from the optical audio input, you also have the coaxial input. You will notice that the HDMI ports are absent as well as the USB.

Because of the lack of an HDMI port, you need to be sure that any product that you purchase to go along with your Bose Solo 5 TV sound system needs to support optical, coaxial or other cables. 

Bluetooth

Most soundbars now will have wireless connection options which adds a much better choice to pair with other Bluetooth supported devices. The TV soundbar from Bose can still deliver quality sound and experience minimal loss when audio is transferred from your device to the soundbar.

You can freely stream your favorite tunes and podcasts and more from your mobile device to your Solo 5 TV sounding bar. The Bluetooth connection also minimizes the use of wires and cables that will only add to the messiness and clutter of your living room.

Controls

The Bose Solo 5 comes with a universal remote control. This handheld remote controls your TV, player, and sounding bar all with one device. Any device connected to your TV can be adjusted via the universal remote.

The best part about having a universal remote control is you no longer need to switch out between different remotes to control different devices. It may be confusing to need to memorize which device each remote is for, and sometimes you may think you have turned a device off when in fact you have not.

While your Bose Solo 5 TV sounding bar may not have different sound modes, many of which include gaming, movies, tv shows, news, music and more, the sound quality of movies can be greatly improved when you use dialogue mode.

Adjust the settings via remote control to dialogue mode to never miss a whisper or subtly uttered detail again.

Since Solo 5 is a simple soundbar for TVs, it doesn’t feature any displays or control panel buttons on the front. The universal remote control is needed to get everything set up and up and running.

What’s great about this remote that we have found during our Bose Solo 5 review is that the remote is very intuitive. It’s very straightforward with the buttons all labeled clearly and won’t take much research to understand.

Easy Setup

In any review, the set-up of a technology product is crucial to how well received it is. Whether it’s Bose, Samsung, or other brands, reviews on any site should discuss how it’s set up. This is one sound-bar that is easy to set up and connect to your TV.

The box comes with everything you need to use including the mounting kit (if purchased with it), universal remote, power brick and cable, batteries, optical digital audio cable, and of course, the user manual for the speaker.

Price

Of course, this Bose Solo 5 review wouldn’t be complete without discussing price. Another very attractive feature of the Bose sounding bar is the price tag. It’s among the more affordable options on the market that can get you fairly decent audio. If you can’t afford high-end products of brands like Samsung or Sonos, the Solo 5 is a great budget option that still delivers at a good price. Even in a budget price range, reviews are positive from the people who use this speaker with their TVs.

Bose Solo 5 Review Conclusion

The Bose Solo 5 soundbars will offer an easy and simple no-fuss use interface. Everything from the setup to utilization is simple with everything you need to be included right in the box.

The small and compact design is a raved feature that allows this device to be easily wall-mounted or placed anywhere near your TV, regardless if they are small, large or standard-sized TVs. Although it doesn’t support many connections or audio modes, the quality you get from the factory settings is already pretty impressive. 

Plus, the price and reviews are good, so you’ll find it a great addition to your living room.

Want to read more about this model? See how the Bose Solo 5 performed against the Sonos Beam.

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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