Bose Smart Soundbar 900 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 08, 2021 at 09:32 am
Bose Smart Soundbar 900 Picture
7.5
Mixed Usage
7.5
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.7
Music
7.3
Movies
Channels
5.0.2

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is a standalone 5.0.2 setup with a premium design. Unlike the Bose Smart Soundbar 700, it comes with two up-firing drivers that support Dolby Atmos content. It reproduces a neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content, and there's even an ADAPTiQ room correction feature to optimize audio reproduction based on your space. While it has some bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound, unfortunately, it lacks more premium sound enhancement features like a graphic EQ. It also struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, but you can always upgrade this setup with a Bose Bass Module and Surround Speakers.

Note: We plan to test this setup with the Bose Bass Module and Surround Speakers. We'll update this review with a link to the full setup results once we've finished the testing process.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed Usage

The Bose Soundbar 900 is good for mixed usage. Thanks to its ADAPTiQ feature, it can automatically optimize audio reproduction based on your space. It has a neutral sound profile suitable for lots of types of audio content. It supports Dolby Atmos and surround content, too. Unfortunately, it doesn't reproduce a very extended low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movies or bass-heavy music.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Gets loud.
  • Supports Dolby Atmos content.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Mediocre surrounds performance.
7.5 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Bose Soundbar 900 is good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows and podcasts. Thanks to its discrete center channel, it can accurately localize dialogue to a pinpoint location in the sound image. Its balanced mid-range reproduces voice clearly and with detail, too. There's even a dialogue enhancement mode to make voices more crisp. Unfortunately, it lacks an auto-volume mode, which can be disappointing for listeners who watch a lot of TV at night.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement mode.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay 2 support.
Cons
  • No auto-volume mode.
7.7 Music

The Bose Soundbar 900 is good for music. Its ADAPTiQ room correction feature can automatically optimize audio reproduction based on the room you're in. It has a neutral, balanced sound profile that's suitable for lots of different music genres. Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy, rumbling low-bass, which could disappoint fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. You can customize its sound using its bass and treble adjustments, but it lacks a full EQ.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
7.3 Movies

The Bose Soundbar 900 is satisfactory for movies. Its balanced mid-range can reproduce dialogue clearly, but it struggles to reproduce the thumpy, rumbling low-bass in action-packed scenes. It supports Dolby Atmos content. It also uses side-firing speakers to represent objects when watching surround sound content, but this doesn't seem as immersive as a soundbar with a discrete setup.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Supports Dolby Atmos content.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Mediocre surrounds performance.
  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.7 Music
  • 7.3 Movies
  1. Updated Oct 12, 2021: Updated DTS Support from 'Yes' to 'No'.
  2. Updated Oct 08, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Oct 06, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Bose Soundbar 900 is a 5.0.2 setup released in 2021. It replaces the Bose Smart Soundbar 700, and unlike its predecessor, it supports Dolby Atmos content. You can also upgrade this setup with a compatible Bose Bass Module and Bose Surround Speakers. Its main competitors include the Sonos Arc, the Sony HT-A7000, and the JBL Bar 9.1.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Bose Soundbar 900 has a sleek, simple design. It has a glass plate on top of the bar that gives it a more premium look. Metal grilles cover the front and the up-firing speakers on the top.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

You can purchase a Bose Bass Module separately.

Design
Style - Satellites

This setup is compatible with Bose Surround Speakers, which you can purchase separately.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 41.1" (104.5 cm)
Height 2.2" (5.7 cm)
Depth 4.3" (11.0 cm)

The Bose Soundbar 900 is a fairly wide soundbar that likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV. That said, it isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Proprietary

The back of the bar has some openings for the power cable and the inputs. There are also proprietary holes that let you mount it to your wall, though you have to buy the mounting brackets from Bose separately. Keep in mind that the manufacturer recommends that you rerun the ADAPTiQ audio calibration system after mounting the bar to improve your listening experience.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
No Subwoofer
Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Bose Soundbar 900 has an excellent build quality. It's made of high-quality plastic, with metal grilles on the sides of the bar to help protect the drivers inside. You can even find rubber feet on the bottom of the bar to help hold it in place. There's also a glass plate on top, which gives it a very premium feel.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)

  • Manuals
  • ADAPTIQ headset
  • Remote
  • Batteries (2xAAA)
  • Power cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Optical cable

Sound
7.3
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
No Preset
Slope
-0.01
Std. Err.
2.63 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
52.6 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Bose Soundbar 900 has a satisfactory stereo frequency response. With its default settings, it has a neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. Vocals and lead instruments are reproduced clearly and with detail, though you may notice that audio sounds a little bright. Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce an extended low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM. There are also some bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound.

Note: We conducted all of our sound tests with the bar's default settings, after running the ADAPTiQ room correction feature once to calibrate the bar.

7.3
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
No Preset
Suggested Bass Setting
0
Suggested Treble Setting
0
Slope
-0.01
Std. Err.
2.63 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
52.6 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

If you prefer a neutral sound profile, we recommend using this soundbar with its default settings.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.00 dB

The Bose Soundbar 900 has a great stereo soundstage. Its soundstage is perceived to be very wide, and sound seems to reach the side walls of the room. However, this can sound a bit unnatural and overdone. Unfortunately, its focus is mediocre, so objects seem to come from a more general area rather than a pinpoint location. For a setup with a better soundstage, see the Sony HT-A9.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
96.4 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
2.33 dB

The Bose Soundbar 900 has very good stereo dynamics. This soundbar gets loud enough to fill up a large room or a crowded party. However, there's some compression when you push it to max volume, meaning you may notice some pumping artifacts.

7.3
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.47
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.60

The Bose Soundbar 900 has a satisfactory stereo THD performance. At a normal listening volume, it falls within good limits, meaning audio reproduction is clean and pure. However, there's a jump in THD when you push the bar to max volume, especially in the mid-range. That said, this may not be too noticeable with real-life content.

8.6
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
0.20
Std. Err.
2.59 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
96.2 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.46
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.69

The Bose Soundbar 900 has an excellent center channel performance. Thanks to its 5.0.2 setup, it has a discrete center channel to more accurately localize dialogue to a pinpoint location in the sound image. Also, its frequency response is neutral, especially in the mid-range, so voices are clear and detailed.

6.3
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Phantom (Side Firing and Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
-0.76
Std. Err.
3.64 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
95.2 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.63
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.88
7.1 Rears
No

The Bose Soundbar 900 has a mediocre surround performance. It uses side-firing and up-firing drivers built into the bar to represent surround objects in the soundstage. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem quite as immersive as setups with discrete surround speakers. Audio seems like it's coming from in front of you rather than from speakers placed all around you.

6.2
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Side Firing and Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
-0.55
Std. Err.
3.90 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
87.7 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.77
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.80

Unlike the Bose Smart Soundbar 700, the Bose Soundbar 900 supports Dolby Atmos content. It has two up-firing drivers built into the bar that bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you to create the illusion of height. While this isn't quite as immersive-sounding as the discrete localization provided by home theater setups, it's still pretty impressive for a standalone bar. In our subjective listening tests, we could tell that the bar tries to achieve spatial wideness and height, though it didn't fully achieve it in the way a home theater system would.

5.0
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Yes
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
No
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
No
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
No
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
No

The Bose Soundbar 900 has a disappointing selection of sound enhancement features. It lacks an EQ, so you can only use its bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound. On the upside, it comes with a room correction feature called ADAPTiQ that automatically calibrates audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of your room. You can set this up using the included ADAPTiQ headset. There are also some presets available for podcasts and radio stations in the app.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1
HDMI Out
No
Full HDMI In
No
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
No
Ethernet
1

The Bose Soundbar 900 has a limited selection of physical inputs. There's an ARC port so you can connect it to your TV. Also, you can find an 'ADAPTiQ' port for the headset included to help with room calibration. However, it lacks a Full HDMI In port, so you can't use it as a hub between different devices.

8.8
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
No
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Yes

Update 10/12/2021: We retested the bar and confirmed that it doesn't support DTS content. Instead, it downmixes it to PCM 2.0Ch.

The Bose Soundbar 900 has amazing audio format support via ARC. It supports common surround sound formats like Dolby Digital, which you can usually find on Blu-rays. Also, it supports object-based and lossless formats like Atmos and Dolby TrueHD.

0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
No
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
No
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
Dolby TrueHD
No
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
No

For a soundbar with a Full HDMI In port, check out the Sony HT-A7000.

6.0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
No

Update 10/12/2021: We retested the bar and confirmed that it doesn't support DTS content. Instead, it downmixes it to PCM 2.0Ch.

The Bose Soundbar 900 also supports Dolby Digital via Optical, handy for users who like to listen to content from Blu-rays and streaming platforms.

8.1
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
56 ms
Optical
55 ms
Full HDMI In
N/A

The Bose Soundbar 900 has a great latency performance. It has fairly low latency via ARC and Optical, so you shouldn't notice a delay between the audio you hear and the video you see. As a result, it's suitable for watching videos and movies. However, some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.

9.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
Yes

The Bose Soundbar 900 has incredible wireless playback support. You can wirelessly stream audio to the bar from your mobile devices over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay 2. The manufacturer also says that it supports Spotify Connect.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
No
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
No
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
No
HDR10 Passthrough
No
Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
No
Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
No

The Bose Soundbar 900 has a strip of light that flashes different patterns and colors depending on the settings you adjust. If you turn up the volume, it lights up at the right and fades to the left. If you turn down the volume, it does the opposite. While the display isn't very intuitive, you can learn the different patterns using the manual.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

On top of the bar, there are two touch-sensitive buttons. You can use the 'Microphone Off' button to disable voice assistants, and the 'Action' button lets you manually activate voice assistants and silence alarms and timers. The 'Action' button doesn't activate the voice assistant while the microphone is off.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote is pretty simple and lets you control some functions like volume and change the input. However, you need to use the app to access some of its additional features.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
Yes (Built-in)
Google Assistant
Yes (Built-in)
Apple Siri
No

The Bose Soundbar 900 has built-in voice assistant support, and you can even mute the microphone if you don't want them to listen to you. According to the manufacturer, its Voice4Video technology lets you use Alexa to control your TV, cable, or satellite box with your voice.

Additional Features
App
App Name Bose Music
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts As A Remote
Yes
Controls Soundbar's Settings
All
Casts Device Files
Yes

The Bose Music app acts as a remote and lets you control all of the bar's settings. You can control the volume, adjust the input, and turn the bar on and off. It also has TuneIn, which lets you play Internet radio and podcasts on the soundbar. The manufacturer says that you can even pair the bar with other Bose smart speakers over Wi-Fi to play music throughout your home.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Standby
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The Bose Soundbar 900 enters standby mode after 20 minutes of inactivity. You can also turn this feature off if you prefer. Thanks to its HDMI CEC support, you can control its basic features with your TV remote. It comes with several different Advanced CEC options to give you the best chance of finding compatibility with your TV.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Bose Soundbar 900 comes in two different colors: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the 'Black' variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. However, we expect both variants to perform similarly.

Keep in mind that this review isn't valid for the full setup with the added wireless subwoofer and rear speakers, sold separately.

If you come across another version, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Bose Soundbar 900 is a smart 5.0.2 setup with built-in voice assistant support. Unlike the Bose Smart Soundbar 700, it supports Dolby Atmos content. While it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, you can upgrade it with a Bose Bass Module and Surround Speakers.

See also our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars with subwoofer.

Sonos Arc

The Sonos Arc is marginally better than the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Sonos reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it has a few more sound enhancement features like auto-volume mode. That said, the Bose is better built, with more wireless playback options.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is a bit better than the Bose Smart Soundbar 700. The 900 has a better surrounds performance, and unlike the 700, it supports Dolby Atmos content. That said, the 700 has a better-balanced stereo frequency response.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It gets louder, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. It also has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Bose, it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough as well as a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. That said, the 5.0.2 Bose is better built with a better soundstage. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for better performance.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Sonos full setup comes with a dedicated sub that helps it reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also comes with satellites and more sound enhancement features. Its surround performance is better, too. That said, the Bose has more wireless playback options. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for better performance.

JBL Bar 9.1

The JBL Bar 9.1 is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The JBL comes with a dedicated sub and satellites, and it offers more wireless playback options. It has a better surrounds performance, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. That said, the Bose is better built, with built-in voice assistant capabilities. You can also upgrade it with a Bose Bass Module and Surround Speakers for better performance.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The 700 full setup comes with a dedicated sub, which helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also comes with satellites and has better soundstage and surround performances. That said, only the 900 supports Dolby Atmos content. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for better performance.

Samsung HW-Q900A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Samsung is a 7.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It offers more sound enhancement features, and it gets louder. Unlike the Bose, it supports DTS content and has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the Bose is better built with a better soundstage. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for better performance.

Sonos Beam

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is better than the Sonos Beam. It's better built and it has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Sonos, it also supports Dolby Atmos content. That said, the Sonos is still a solid choice for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. It also has a more compact design, which some users may prefer.

Sony HT-A7000

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is a bit better for mixed usage than the Sony HT-A7000. The Bose has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. It also gets louder, albeit with a bit more compression at max volume. However, only the Sony supports DTS content and has a Full HDMI In port.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Samsung comes with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It comes with more sound enhancement features like a graphic EQ. Unlike the Bose, it has DTS support and a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the Bose is better-built with better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for better performance.

LG SP9YA

The LG SP9YA is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The LG comes with a dedicated sub, which helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It has more sound enhancement features, too. Unlike the Bose, it has DTS support and a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the Bose is better built with better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for better performance.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The Samsung HW-Q950T is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Samsung is a 9.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder. Also, it has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Bose, it has DTS support and a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough, as well as a graphic EQ. That said, the Bose is better built with a better soundstage. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for better performance.

Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is better than the Bose Smart Soundbar 300. The 900 is a 5.0.2 setup that's better built. It has better soundstage and surround performances, and unlike the 300, it supports Dolby Atmos content.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is better for mixed usage than the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage. The Bose is a 5.0.2 setup that's better built with built-in voice assistant support. It also has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. The Bang & Olufsen can reproduce a slightly more extended low-bass. It also has a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization, unlike the Bose.

Sony HT-Z9F

The standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is a bit better for mixed usage than the Sony HT-Z9F. The Bose is better built, and it has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. That said, the Sony has DTS support and a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough, unlike the Bose.

Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar and the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 are both versatile standalone soundbars. Thanks to its sub, which is integrated into the bar, the Sennheiser reproduces a more extended low-bass. It also has more sound enhancement features like a graphic EQ and presets, though this may not be worth the value for some users. The Bose is also better built, with built-in voice assistant support. It also has a better soundstage.

Sony HT-A9

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is better than the Sony HT-A9. The Bose is better built and it gets louder. It also has a better center channel performance. However, the Sony has a better soundstage. Unlike the Bose, it comes with a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough.

LG SN11RG

The LG SN11RG is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The LG comes with a dedicated sub and satellites included and can reproduce a more extended low-bass. There are some more sound enhancement features, like EQ presets, as well as a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. However, if you want a standalone bar, the Bose is a solid choice. It's better built with a better soundstage, and you can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites sold separately.

Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 is a bit better for mixed usage than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Sony is a 7.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub that reproduces a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Bose, it has DTS support and a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 5.0.2 Bose has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for better performance.

Klipsch Cinema 800

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Klipsch Cinema 800 or the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Klipsch is a 3.1 setup that comes with a dedicated subwoofer. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and unlike the Bose, it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 5.0.2 Bose is better built with better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. It also has built-in voice assistant capabilities, and you can even upgrade it with a sub and satellites.

LG SN10YG

The LG SN10YG is better than the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The LG is a 5.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub included. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass and has more sound enhancement features like EQ presets. Unlike the Bose, it has DTS support and a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 5.0.2 Bose is better built with better soundstage and surround performances. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites sold separately.

LG SN9YG

The LG SN9YG is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The LG comes with a dedicated sub and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Bose, it has DTS support and a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. There are also more sound enhancement features, such as EQ presets. That said, the Bose is better built with better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. You can also upgrade it with a dedicated sub and satellites for better performance.

LG SP11RA

The LG SP11RA is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The LG comes with a dedicated sub and reproduces a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Bose, it has satellites, DTS support, and a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. There are also more sound enhancement features like EQ presets. That said, the Bose is better built with a better soundstage. It can also be upgraded with a dedicated sub and satellites for better performance.

Vizio Elevate

The Vizio Elevate is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900 for most uses. The Vizio is a 5.1.4 setup that comes with a dedicated sub and satellites. It has a better surrounds performance, and it comes with some more sound enhancement features like EQ presets. It also has a Full HDMI In port for high quality passthrough, unlike the Bose. However, the 5.0.2 Bose is better built with built-in voice assistant capabilities. It offers a very impressive performance for a standalone bar, and you can even upgrade it with a sub and satellites.

Bose Soundbar 500

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is better than the Bose Soundbar 500. The 900 is a 7.1.4 setup that's better built. Unlike the 500, it supports Dolby Atmos content. It also gets louder, and it has better soundstage and surround performances.

Samsung HW-Q700A

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Samsung HW-Q700A or the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Samsung is a 3.1 setup with a dedicated sub that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It has some more sound enhancement features, like a graphic EQ, and it supports DTS content. However, the 5.0.2 Bose is better built with better soundstage and surround performances. It can also get louder, and you can even upgrade it with a sub and satellites sold separately.

Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300

The standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is better than the Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300. The Bose is better built. Unlike the Harman/Kardon, it supports Dolby Atmos content and offers built-in voice assistant capabilities. That said, only the Harman/Kardon has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. It also has a few more sound enhancement features, like EQ presets.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch or the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Bose offers an impressive performance for a standalone bar, and it's better built with a better soundstage. It also has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. However, the Nakamichi is suitable for users with a lot of space in their setup. It comes with four satellites and two subs, and it has better surround and Atmos performances.

Klipsch Cinema 600

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Klipsch Cinema 600 or the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. The Bose is better built and more suited for watching movies. It has better soundstage and surround performances, and unlike the Klipsch, it supports Atmos content. It also has built-in voice assistant support, and it can be upgraded with a sub and satellites. However, the Klipsch's sub helps to reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it's still a solid choice for dialogue-centric content like TV shows.

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