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Actually, “setup” may even be an overstatement. It couldn’t be easier: The Solo 5 system connects to almost any HDTV with just one cable.
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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Poor volume level and bass
By Ancient F
Comments about Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System:
We bought this sound bar about 3 months ago. The volume doesn't go up enough to be heard with any other background noise interfering. The bass is almost non existent even when the bass adjustment is turned on. It has very nice highs. Wish we had sampled other manufacturers instead of trusting the Bose reputation was consistent across all their products.
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(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)
It Put and End To Our Volume Arguments
We love our big screen HD Smart TV mounted on the wall but have never been happy with all the sound blasting out of the back of the TV. It would bounce off the wall and deafen anyone in the kitchen, but where my wife would sit in the living room she couldn't hear the voices unless it was sky high, and it would blast me out of the room. If your looking for a theater surround sound, look further. But if your looking for a very high quality compact soundbar with excellent sound at a very reasonable price I highly recommend the Bose Solo 5.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Volume not sufficient
I just bought one for my father and I set it up for him. I thought I had done something wrong, because the highest volume is not really that loud. I expected that the highest volume of a Bose product would be LOUD, that is not the case. The volume is fine for watching TV with a couple of people, but not sure for say a Super Bowl Party. Good sound, just expected more from Bose.
(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Not Magic but Quite Good
Why 5 stars? Because it does exactly what I was looking for. Music sounds good but voices are up front and legible where other soundbar systems I have tried just didn't cut it and some included a sub. I would have to say the 5 star rating is driven by the value that this little guy brings to the game. It most certainly is not an immersive surround sound but it adds quality sounds and great vocals to the mix. If I could I would rate it a 4.5 but I am willing to go 5.
(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Bose Solo 5
Bought the Bose Solo 5 for my desk. Reading the reviews, I was a little worried that the Solo wouldn't offer much and had considered returning the it back the store before even opening the box. However, the Solo is a great desktop speaker that offers a wide range of sound. More that satisfied. +++++
(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
By SCC BOB
Just bought this and thought t may be to small for the living room. IT's worked out so well may have to buy a second one for the game room. I wanted something that would allow me to hear spoken word better and this did the job.
Positive: It filled ambiance with sound better than TV. Bass sounds higher than the system looks like. Negative: Lacking fidelity, fast drumrolls doesn,t sound as distinctively as with other bose systems they seems to get muffeled. Owing to the smaller speaker that can be understood however I can not anticipate that from a Bose system
(26 of 27 customers found this review helpful)
Blows you away
Just bought a 55 inch tv. Good sound but not quite enough for a big room. Went to Best Buy and listened to several other sound bars and they all had very poor volume. They had this Bose tucked into another corner and I turned it on and wow. Easy hook up ( optical ). Beautiful sound at home. I am using Pandora with the unit via Bluetooth. Had a dinner party and had Andrea boccelli on and everyone wanted to hear this unit. They were blown away too. Beautiful sound and plenty of volume. Gotta feeling they might have rushed out to buy one too.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Amazing Sound for a Great Price
As a recording engineer I am always looking for products that have great sound, and the Bose Solo 5 TV sound system definitely doesn't disappoint! This sound bar has amazing sound at an affordable price. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for great sound on a small budget.
(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Great, but a flaw
My family and I were excited to find a used Bose Solo 5 for a good price. Immediately upon receipt I called Bose to verify the serial number and authenticity of the product. Everything checked out and my family and I set out to compare the sturdy little soundbar to our existing 2.1 soundbar system from another brand and the various other Bose products throughout our home. What was our impression? Great overall, but in the end we are passing for one specific reason I will get to shortly. First, some general impressions.... THE SOUND IS RICH - The Bose Solo 5 does have a quality rich sound. Indeed certainly a night and day difference from the tv speakers AND much richer than the Vizio 2.1. AT LOUDER VOLUMES THE BASS IS GREAT - We were all surprised to find that's Base on this little 2-driver soundbar was deep and powerful at higher volumes. We tested it on Peter Jackson's Hobbit movie where the dragon Smaug was taunting Bilbo. You can feel the bass in your chest! The 5.1 Dolby was properly decided by the soundbar and all the details of every tone (highs, lows and miss) were crystal clear. This may seem unbelievable but at higher volumes, the bass was actually better and more impactful than our non-Bose 2.1 system which has a dedicated subwoofer! VOLUME WAS SUFFICIENT - Many reviews that I have read on the Solo 5 complain about top volume not being loud enough. I found it to not be a problem. Keep in mind that the volt output of the source and max capability of the cable impact the top volume. The top volume from broadcast tv was lower than that coming from an optical table hooked up to an Apple TV. Another note is that the sound did not degrade on higher volumes like many of my other Bose products. With other products such as my Bose Companion 20 computer speakers and Bose sound link Color Bluetooth speaker, the bass seems lessened at higher volumes and the details get more muddied. The Solo 5 did not demonstrate that weakness. REMOTE CONTROL WAS SOLID - The remote was solid and easily programmed to work with our Sony televisions. TRUESPACE DIGITAL PROCESSING MADE A DIFFERENCE - Bose plays tricks with the sound so it feels like sound is coming from somewhere else other than the soundbar at times. I am not sure exactly how they do this but my guess is that they know the time difference it takes a sound from one side of the bar to get to your right ear verses your left ear. My guess is that they change the timing of the sound from the left side and the right side of the soundbar to make your brain think the sound is coming from elsewhere. The effect is not as pronounced as both sets of My bose computer speakers where the two speakers can be separated from each other more, but it is still audibly evident and exciting on the sound bar. BLUETOOTH SOUND QUALITY WAS GREAT - We were surprised that the quality of music via Bluetooth was comparable to music directly wired to the sound bar. Now for the FLAW, we could not get passed..... THE HIGHS WERE WAY TOO HARSH - This is the fault that ultimately makes the soundbar a no go for us. That is, the highs like cymbals are very harsh and stringent. The ukulele strum on the Disney song Lava, for example, hurts our ears when it doesn't on any of our other Bose products including QC 15 and 20 headphones. When the soundbar was hooked up to the kids Nintendo Wii U, the highs were very harsh when Mario would get coins. It sounded so tinny and high-pitched and nearly unbearable. We hooked the soundbar up to a variety of sources using all three input methods (optical, coaxial and 3.5 mm auxiliary) and the defect was there on all of them. So, in the end even though most of the sound was better than our Other soundbar, the one flaw made the Bose Solo fatiguing to listen to. That is, you had to almost strain your ears and enjoyed muting the soundbar for a listening break during commercials. Is the soundbar better than the typical tv speakers? Yes, by far. Are we going to resell the Bose and keep saving for a better Bose home theatre system rather than their least expensive entry-level Bose Solo 5? Yes, the harsh highs leave us no choice. Others though, especially those new to Bose - will find the rich sound very inviting. Also, I have come to trust Bose and imagine that the emphasis on treble is a purposeful trade-off in order to enhance the voices which is the emphasis of this particular product. Yet, in the end now having put the Solo through its paces, I understand way the soundbar has received such mixed reviews.
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