When it comes to product comparisons, merely reading the specs isn’t going to cut it. It may lead to the wrong purchase and wasted money. In this article, our experts are pitting two of the most popular Bose soundbars against each other – the Soundtouch 300 and the Soundbar 700.
Bose Soundtouch 300 or Soundbar 700
Bose Soundtouch 300 and Soundbar 700
Size & Design
It’s quite confusing to distinguish the two between each other because they look alike. They both have a sleek, black casing with a metal grille and a tempered glass top. If you like modern and stylish soundbars, Bose has got you covered with either model.
Both the Soundtouch 300 and the Soundbar 700 have the same dimensions, measuring at 2.25” x 38.5” x 4.25”. The difference lies in their weight, with the Soundtouch being heavier at 12.6 lbs and the 700 at just 10.5 lbs.
There are a few downsides to the Soundtouch 300, however. First off, it’s only available in black. The Soundbar 700, on the other hand, is available in either black or white.
Secondly, there are no physical controls on the Soundtouch 300. That means there are no on-device buttons, which can be troublesome if you lose the remote. In comparison, the Bose Soundbar 700 comes with two on-device buttons on top.
Cords & Setup
When we tested these sound bars in our listening room, both have the same setups, which doesn’t come as a surprise since they have a similar design.
You just have to connect the HDMI cable  to the sound bar and the TV. Then, make sure you plug AC power cord into the sound bar and the wall outlet.
Once your sound bar is on, download the Bose app and connect your devices. The app will walk you through the rest of the setup. We do recommend that you complete the ADAPTIQ audio step, though, as it calibrates the sound to your room. But more on that later.
It’s clear by now that the Bose Soundbar 700 and Bose Soundtouch 300 are pretty similar sound bars, and the same applies to their connectivity options as well.
In both sound bars, you’ll find HDMI ARC, digital optical input, HDMI input, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, ADAPTIQ input, a 3.5mm jack for hardwiring the bass module, and a USB connection for updates.
However, the one difference is that the Soundtouch 300 soundbar can handle 4K HDMI pass-through, which is not available in the 700 model.
The remote on the Soundtouch 300 soundbar vs. Bose Soundbar 700 is designed differently. The noticeable difference lies in the buttons, with the Soundtouch 300 having raised buttons while the 700 having flat ones.
With this design, the buttons on the Soundtouch 300 remote are more physical and tactile. And while some may not have a problem with that, you can only use this remote to control the soundbar. You can’t change your settings through the application. So if you misplace the remote, you might have to buy a new one.
In comparison, the remote of the Bose Soundbar 700 is sleeker and more modern. The keys also light up depending on which functions you’re using. It may sound gimmicky, but we found this extremely helpful if you forgot which buttons you pressed while modifying your settings.
Also, the 700 unit lets you control the sound bar through the app, making it more convenient if you’ve misplaced your remote.
Integrations & Apps for Soundbar 700 & Soundtouch 300
It’s a hassle to work with multiple apps for the same brand, but such is the case with many Bose wireless sound bar products.
For instance, the Bose Soundtouch 300 soundbar uses the Soundtouch app, while it’s the Bose Music app for the Bose Soundbar 700. Both are quite intuitive and user-friendly, but the Soundbar 700 takes the lead since it allows you to program your universal remote.
Also, the Bose-exclusive ADAPTIQ calibration is available in both sound systems. If you’re new to the Bose line, ADAPTIQ is a way of tailoring the sound to the room. As the soundbar “studies” your listening space, you’ll get to enjoy an optimized sound quality.
In terms of Alexa compatibility, the Soundbar 700 wins vs. Bose Soundtouch 300, simply because it has Alexa built-in already. The Soundtouch 300 soundbar, in contrast, is only compatible with Alexa-enabled devices.
The two have a similar speaker configuration – four woofers with one center tweeter. They also both offer Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, and you can connect surround speakers too.
Generally, the Soundbar 700 has a loud and resonant quality, making it great for larger rooms. In comparison, the Soundtouch 300 soundbar delivers crisp dialogues and deep tones, resulting in an overall well-balanced soundstage.
However, our audio experts agree that the sound quality is slightly better with the Soundbar 700. There is less distortion in higher volumes and the sound is subtly richer in Dolby Digital. If you add surround speakers, the more immersive the sound will be.
Bose Soundtouch 300 and Soundbar 700 Performance
Both soundbars deliver a superb performance, but we have to hand it to the Bose Soundbar 700 because of the convenient features it offers. With the sleek remote, Alexa compatibility, Dolby Digital, app control, and the lightbar that tells you voice assistant status, it brings more to the whole table besides sound.