Bose Soundbar 700 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Mar 11, 2021 at 08:41 pm
Bose Soundbar 700 Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.6
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.9
Music
6.8
Movies
Channels
3.0

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a 3.0 soundbar with a unique, premium design. It performs noticeably better than the similar Bose Soundbar 500 thanks to its more neutral sound profile. This soundbar has side-firing speakers that can make sound bounce off your walls, resulting in an extremely wide soundstage. Unlike the Bose Soundbar 500, it can get loud enough for most uses and doesn’t have much compression present at max volume. Although it lacks some low-bass, you can upgrade it with a subwoofer and satellites as the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module, which should improve its bass reproduction.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The Bose Soundbar 700 is decent for mixed usage. It has a well-balanced and neutral sound profile, which is great for a wide variety of music genres and voice-oriented content like audiobooks and podcasts. This bar gets loud enough for most content and has a unique and wide soundstage, thanks to the side-firing speakers. However, it lacks some low-bass, although this can be improved by getting a separate subwoofer. It also doesn’t provide a very immersive listening experience with movies due to its 3.0 design.

Pros
  • Very well-built design.
  • Neutral sound profile.
  • Easily upgradable setup.
Cons
  • Lacks Full HDMI In ports.
7.6 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Bose Soundbar 700 is good for dialogue. It reproduces dialogue accurately thanks to its well-balanced and neutral sound profile. The dedicated center channel also helps make dialogue sound clear. It gets loud enough for most voice-oriented content like audiobooks and podcasts, which you can easily stream wirelessly to the bar. There's also a dialogue enhancement feature to make voices and dialogue even clearer, especially at a lower volume.

Pros
  • Neutral sound profile.
  • Very wide soundstage.
Cons
  • Diffused sound due to large soundstage.
7.9 Music

The Bose Soundbar 700 is very good for music. It has a well-balanced sound profile that makes it suitable for listening to a wide variety of music genres. However, it lacks some low-bass, but you can also get a separate subwoofer, which should help with bass performance. Fortunately, it has a wide soundstage thanks to the side-firing speakers. You can also use the room correction feature, which automatically adjusts the sound profile based on the acoustics of the room it's in. This soundbar can get very loud without much compression present at max volume.

Pros
  • Neutral sound profile.
  • Very wide soundstage.
Cons
  • Lacks sub-bass.
6.8 Movies

The Bose Soundbar 700 is okay for watching movies. It has a neutral sound profile, so dialogue is reproduced clearly. However, it lacks low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movie scenes. Also, it doesn’t support Atmos and doesn't offer a good surround experience. On the upside, its soundstage is very wide thanks to the side-firing speakers, which can make sound bounce off the walls. It can also get very loud without much compression at max volume.

Pros
  • Neutral sound profile.
  • Very wide soundstage.
Cons
  • Diffused sound due to large soundstage.
  • Lacks sub-bass.
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.9 Music
  • 6.8 Movies
  1. Updated Mar 23, 2021: Updated latency measurements with new methodology.
  2. Updated Mar 11, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  3. Updated Feb 09, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Oct 05, 2020: We have updated our text regarding whether this soundbar supports 5.1 PCM content via its HDMI ARC port.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Soundbar 700 is a fairly recent high-end model from Bose, released in 2018. It's slightly bigger and performs better than the Bose Soundbar 500 from the same year. It also has a more balanced sound profile than the Bose Smart Soundbar 300, which was released in 2020. When fully set up with a sub and back satellites, the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module's main competitors are the Bose 500, the Samsung HW-N950, the Sony HT-Z9F with satellites, the 5.1 Sonos Beam setup with a sub and satellites, and the Sonos Playbar.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Bose Soundbar 700 has a unique style, with a glass top and a metal grille that covers the front and sides. The bar is fairly large and gives off a premium feel.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

This setup has no dedicated subwoofer, though you can purchase one on the side. If you're looking for a soundbar with a dedicated sub, check out the Klipsch Cinema 600.

Design
Style - Satellites

There are no satellites with this setup, but they can be purchased separately.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 38.4" (97.5 cm)
Height 2.2" (5.7 cm)
Depth 4.2" (10.7 cm)

The Bose Soundbar 700 has a fairly large bar that will likely not fit between the legs of a 55 inch TV stand. Fortunately, it's not very tall, so you can place it in front of the TV without blocking the screen or the IR reception, which is located at the bottom edge of most TVs.

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
Universal (holes on underside)

The back of the bar has two ports, one on each side of the speakers, and two openings: one for the power cord and one for the inputs.

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

The Bose Soundbar 700 has an excellent build quality. It has a unique design with a premium feel, and the entire setup is very robust and sturdy. The soundbar is mainly made of plastic, with a metal grille that wraps around the front and sides. The top is covered in a glass plate, which can easily collect dust and attract fingerprints.

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

  • Manuals
  • Remote and batteries
  • HDMI cable
  • Optical cable
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Bose ADAPTiQ headset (used for room calibration)

Sound
7.5
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
No Preset
Slope
0.33
Std. Err.
2.01 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
53.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.6 kHz

The Bose Soundbar 700 has a good stereo frequency response, better than the similar Bose Soundbar 500. Its sound profile is well-balanced and neutral, making it suitable for playing a wide variety of audio content. However, the bar by itself doesn’t have a very extended low-bass, so it doesn't produce the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movie scenes. Fortunately, the bass extension can be improved if you get the sub separately.

Note:This soundbar was tested with the bar only. To see its performance when it's upgraded with speakers and a subwoofer, check out the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module

7.5
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
No Preset
Suggested Bass Setting
20
Suggested Treble Setting
-30
Slope
0.13
Std. Err.
2.01 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
51.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.6 kHz

With calibration, the Bose Soundbar 700 has a good stereo frequency response. When the bass is set to +20 and the treble's set to -30, it can produce a slightly more extended bass. Its sound profile is still quite neutral overall, making it suitable for listening to most audio content.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
1.59 dB

The Bose Soundbar 700 has a very good soundstage. It has side-firing speakers that project the sound at the walls, which reflects it back to the listener. This results in an extremely wide soundstage, though it can feel a bit unnatural and overdone. Unfortunately, its focus is mediocre, and objects seem to come from a more general area rather than an accurate, pinpoint location.

8.2
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
95.9 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.32 dB

The Bose Soundbar 700 has very good dynamics. It can get very loud, and there isn't much compression present at max volume. This makes it suitable for playing music at parties or watching movies with large groups of people.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.37
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.08

The Bose 700's THD performance is good. At a normal listening volume, there isn't much distortion, resulting in a clean and pure sound. Although there's a bit more distortion when the soundbar is used at max volume, it's not a huge jump, so it shouldn't be noticeable with real-life content.

8.8
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
0.41
Std. Err.
1.98 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
95.2 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.36
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.67

The Bose Soundbar 700 by itself is a 3.0 setup that has an excellent performance in the center channel. It has a dedicated center speaker, which results in a clearer and more accurate reproduction of dialogue. Also, its mid-range is well-balanced, making dialogue and vocals sound clear and present in the mix.

4.4
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
-0.53
Std. Err.
2.91 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
96.0 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.47
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.52
7.1 Rears
No

Like the Bose Soundbar 500, the Bose Soundbar 700 has a poor surround performance. Due to its 3.0 system configuration, the bar downmixes surround content to stereo, which doesn't make a clear and accurate representation of surround objects. This results in a less immersive sound since sound objects are perceived to come more from the front instead of all around you. It has a fairly bass-heavy sound profile in this configuration, which can help you feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movie scenes but may be too boomy for some listeners.

0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Not Supported
Slope
N/A
Std. Err.
N/A
SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
Weighted THD @ 80dB
N/A
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

The Bose Soundbar 700 doesn’t support Atmos. For a 3.1.2 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content, check out the Samsung HW-Q800A.

4.6
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
No
Virtual Surround
No

The Bose 700 has poor sound enhancement features. It has a room correction feature that you can set up using the Bose ADAPTiQ headset, which will adjust the soundbar's sound profile to the acoustics of the room it's in. It also has a Dialogue Enhancement feature, which can make dialogue in movies sound a bit clearer, even at a lower volume. On the downside, unlike the Sony HW-S60T or Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage, it doesn’t have a graphic EQ to help you customize the sound to your personal liking. However, there are some presets available for podcasts and radio stations.

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 700 has limited wired connectivity. You can't use it as a hub as it lacks a Full HDMI In port and there's no RCA In or Analog Audio In, which can be helpful with older devices. There's an 'IR' input that you can use to connect an infrared transmitter so the bar can relay the infrared signal it receives. There's also a 'BASS' port for connecting to an external subwoofer, a 'DATA' port for firmware upgrades, and the 'ADAPTiQ' port for the headset that's included to help with room calibration.

7.6
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
Yes
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
No
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Undetermined

Update 10/05/2020: We have changed the results of our 5.1 PCM (eARC only) test from 'Untested' to 'Undetermined'. While this bar has an HDMI ARC port and it supports eARC, it seems to reencode these formats into Dolby Digital. We can't determine if it supports PCM as it could be reencoded as Dolby Digital instead.

Just like the Bose Soundbar 500, this bar supports eARC. Unfortunately, it downmixes surround sound encoded in the Dolby Digital and DTS formats to 3.0 due to the bar's speaker configuration. Dolby Digital is widely available on streaming platforms, whereas DTS is usually the fallback of the higher quality DTS-HD MA format. This bar can't offer you a more immersive sound experience, as it lacks support for object-based surround sound formats like Dolby Atmos.

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

The Bose Soundbar 700 doesn't have any Full HDMI In ports, so it can't serve as a hub between your external devices and your TV.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
Yes

The Bose Soundbar 700 can use Optical to decode surround sound content that's encoded in Dolby Digital or DTS formats. However, it has to downmix this content to 3.0 due to its speaker configuration. Dolby Digital is common in streaming platforms and Blu-rays, whereas the DTS format isn't widely available on its other, but rather serves as a fallback to the DTS-HD MA that's commonly found on Blu-ray discs.

9.1
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
20 ms
Optical
39 ms
Full HDMI In
N/A

Update 03/23/2021: There was a mistake in our methodology where we measured the latency using every second frame (eg. 120fps). We now re-evaluated the footage using every frame at 240fps for more accurate results.

The Bose Soundbar 700 has low latency through ARC and Optical inputs, making it suitable for watching videos or playing video games. However, some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

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

The Bose Soundbar 700 has remarkable wireless playback support. You can seamlessly play music from your phone or tablet using the Bluetooth connection, which can't be done with the Sonos Arc. You can cast to this bar using Apple AirPlay, and it can connect to your Wi-Fi network, which lets you cast to it directly.

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

The Bose Soundbar 700 doesn't have a Full HDMI In and can't relay a video signal from an external source. For a soundbar that supports high quality passthrough, check out the Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 instead.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
No
Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
No

The Bose Soundbar 700 has an interface that's identical to the Bose Soundbar 500. It mainly consists of a strip of light that behaves differently depending on the action you perform. Although it looks nice, it's not immediately easy to understand what the different light patterns represent. There's a small light underneath the 'Microphone Off' button, which can be useful.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The Bose Soundbar 700 has just two buttons: 'Action' and 'Microphone Off'. The 'Action' button manually activates voice assistants and can also be used to silence alarms or timers. The 'Microphone Off' button completely disables voice assistants and you have to unmute the mic to re-activate them.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
Yes

This soundbar comes with a remote that can control all the functions of the bar. It's quite large, but it can also act as a universal remote for controlling other devices in your household.

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

The Bose Soundbar 700 comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. There's also a mic mute button if you want the voice assistant to stop listening to you.

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

Like the Bose Soundbar 500, the Bose Soundbar 700 can connect to the Bose Music app. This app integrates the Tune In service, which has a multitude of internet radio stations and podcasts that you can listen to on the soundbar. Unfortunately, the app can't cast music or completely replace the remote, as it can't switch inputs in certain cases.

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

This soundbar enters standby mode after 20 minutes of inactivity. Thanks to HDMI ARC and HDMI CEC support, you can use the TV's remote to control some basic features of the bar.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Bose Soundbar 700 comes in two color variants, 'Black' and 'Arctic White'. We tested the 'Black' variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. We expect both variants to perform similarly in tests.

If you comes across a variant not listed here, let us know in the discussions below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Bose Soundbar 700 can easily be upgraded with a wireless sub and satellites as the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. By itself, the bar has an extremely wide soundstage thanks to the side-firing speakers. Though it lacks some low-bass, it has a neutral sound profile that makes it suitable for listening to a variety of audio content. It's also one of the better-built soundbars that we've tested and it has a very unique and sleek style with a glass panel.

If you want to see more options, check out our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars with a subwoofer.

Sonos Arc

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a slightly better soundbar than the Sonos Arc. The Sonos isn't as well-built, but it supports Atmos, which is great for a more immersive listening experience. However, the Bose has a more neutral sound profile, and it allows for Bluetooth playback. Both setups can be upgraded easily.

Sonos Beam

When comparing the bars by themselves, the Bose Soundbar 700 is slightly better than the Sonos Beam. The Bose can get slightly louder, without as much compression at max volume. It feels better-made and has a premium feel, with a glass plate covering. The Bose also has more inputs, supports DTS, and can play content wirelessly via Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi. On the other hand, the Sonos is smaller and easier to fit in your home theater setup.

JBL Bar 9.1

The JBL Bar 9.1 is a better soundbar than the standalone Bose Soundbar 700. The JBL is a 5.1.4 setup that comes with a dedicated subwoofer and satellites, and it supports Atmos content. It has a more extended low-bass and a more extended low-bass. Also, it comes with EQ presets and a Full HDMI In port. That said, the 3.0 Bose is better-built, and you can also upgrade it as the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module.

Sonos Playbar

The Bose Soundbar 700 is better than the Sonos Playbar. The Bose has a more balanced sound profile and less compression present at max volume. The Bose also has more inputs, although neither soundbar has an HDMI In port. It has a more premium feel, thanks to the glass panel on the top. Both soundbars can be upgraded easily with a sub and satellites.

Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the Bose Smart Soundbar 300. The 700 feels better built, it supports eARC, and it has room correction as well as EQ presets. It can also get louder with fewer compression artifacts present at max volume, and it has a better surround performance.

Klipsch Cinema 600

The Bose Soundbar 700 and the Klipsch Cinema 600 are similarly performing soundbars, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Bose is better-built, has a better soundstage, and offers a room correction feature, unlike the Klipsch. However, the Klipsch comes with a dedicated subwoofer which helps produce a more extended low-bass.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The Samsung HW-Q950T is a better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 700. The Samsung is a 9.1.4 setup that comes with a sub and satellites and supports Dolby Atmos content. It gets louder, reproduces a more extended low-bass, and has a better surrounds performance. It also comes with a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization and a Full HDMI In port. That said, the 3.0 Bose is better built, with a better soundstage performance and a room correction feature.

Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is a slightly better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 700. The Harman/Kardon offers a better surrounds performance and more sound enhancement features. It also comes with three Full HDMI In ports, and it supports high-quality passthrough. However, the Bose is better-built, and its default sound profile is more neutral. You can also upgrade both bars with a subwoofer, and you can also see the results for the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module.

Samsung HW-Q90R

The Samsung HW-Q90R is a better soundbar system than the Bose Soundbar 700, although the Bose can be upgraded easily into the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung gets louder and supports Atmos. It also has better connectivity options since the Bose doesn't have any full HDMI In inputs. On the other hand, the Bose has a great stereo soundstage and a premium feel, thanks to the glass plate covering.

Bose Soundbar 500

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 500. The 700 has a better overall audio quality and can get louder, on top of having less compression at max volume. It also supports more audio formats and is slightly better-built. Its design feels more premium, thanks to the glass panel on top.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is a better 3.1.2 setup than the 3.0 Bose Soundbar 700. The Samsung has a dedicated subwoofer, which helps it produce a more extended low-bass. It also supports Dolby Atmos content, unlike the Bose, even though its height performance is sub-par. It comes with a wider selection of sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ and presets that let you customize its sound profile. However, the Bose has a wider soundstage, and there's less compression present when it's pushed to max volume. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites as the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is a better overall soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 700. The Sonos comes with satellites and a dedicated subwoofer, which helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It offers a better surround performance, and it supports Dolby Atmos content, unlike the Bose. It also comes with more sound enhancement features. That said, the Bose supports more wireless playback options, and it can be upgraded as the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module for better performance.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 700. The 11.1.4 Samsung comes with a dedicated subwoofer and discrete satellite speakers, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Bose, it supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has a better surround performance. It also comes with more sound enhancement features including a graphic EQ and presets, as well as a Full HDMI In port. However, the 3.0 Bose is better-built and offers a better soundstage performance.

Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module is a better soundbar than the standalone Bose Soundbar 700. Adding the subwoofer to the setup helps create a more extended low-bass, resulting in a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. The surround speakers also create a better surround performance and a wider soundstage.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage. The Bose has a more balanced sound profile, and it offers a room correction feature that automatically adjusts the sound profile to the acoustics of the room. However, the Bang & Olufsen supports Dolby Atmos, has a graphic EQ, and has a wider array of inputs. It also has outstanding wireless playback options.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Sony HT-Z9F is a better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 700. The Sony has a more extended bass, thanks to its dedicated wireless subwoofer, and has significantly better connectivity options. Unlike the Bose, it supports Atmos, but due to its lack of up-firing or rear speakers, it doesn't create the most immersive Atmos experience. The Bose has a better center-channel performance, which helps reproduce dialogue accurately.

Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 is a better soundbar setup than the Bose Soundbar 700 by itself. Since the Sony comes with a subwoofer, it has a more extended bass than the Bose. It also has more input options and supports a greater variety of audio formats. However, the Bose has a more neutral sound profile and less compression and distortion at max volume. 

Samsung HW-Q900A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the standalone Bose Soundbar 700. The Samsung reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Bose, it supports Dolby Atmos content, comes with a Full HDMI In port, and offers a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. That said, the Bose is better built with a better soundstage.

Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

The Bose Soundbar 700 is slightly better than the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar. The Bose has a much more neutral sound profile as well as a wider soundstage. However, the Sennheiser's AMBEO mode results in very immersive surround content. That said, you can easily add a sub and satellites to the Bose to form the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module, which may enhance your listening experience.

Samsung HW-Q80R

The Samsung HW-Q80R is a better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 700 by itself, though the Bose can easily be upgraded into the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung comes with a dedicated sub and has a more extended bass, as well as a louder max volume. It also supports Atmos thanks to the two up-firing speakers. On the other hand, the 700's soundstage is one of the widest, although a bit diffused. It also doesn't have any Full HDMI In ports, unlike the Samsung.

Samsung HW-Q60R

The Samsung HW-Q60R and the Bose Soundbar 700 are two similarly performing soundbars with slightly different features. The Samsung is a 5.1 setup and comes with a dedicated subwoofer, while the Bose is a standalone 3.0 soundbar. The Samsung also has more input options and better sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ. However, only the Bose supports Apple AirPlay, and it has a better build quality. 

Klipsch Bar 48

Although we didn't test the Bose Soundbar 700 with a sub and satellites, it performs noticeably better than the Klipsch Bar 48, which even has a subwoofer. The Bose has a wider soundstage and a better stereo frequency response. The Klipsch lacks low-bass, which is disappointing. The Bose can also be easily upgraded into the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module, which can boost its bass production.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch and the Bose Soundbar 700 are often compared. However, since we only tested the Bose with the bar alone, results between a 9.2.4 setup and a 3.0 soundbar aren't very comparable. That said, the Nakamichi can get louder and it offers an amazing surround experience, thanks to the additional speakers. However, the Bose has a wider soundstage due to its side-firing speakers.

AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth

The 3.0 channel Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth. The Bose has a more balanced sound profile and a wider soundstage, as well as more sound enhancement features like room correction. It also supports DTS surround content. However, the AmazonBasics isn't as wide, so it might fit between the legs of a 55 inch TV more easily.

Klipsch Cinema 400

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the Klipsch Cinema 400. The Bose is better-built, and since it's a 3.0 setup, it has a discrete center channel that offers a better center performance. It has a wider soundstage and gets louder, too. However, the Klipsch has a more balanced sound profile and can produce a more extended bass.

Samsung HW-Q70R

The Samsung HW-Q70R is better than the Bose Soundbar 700. The Samsung has much better bass performance due to its dedicated subwoofer, and it has up-firing speakers to simulate height in Dolby Atmos content. On the other hand, the Bose has a better center channel performance for dialogue-heavy content and a much better build quality, but it doesn't have as many input options as the Samsung.

Sony HT-CT800

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the Sony HT-CT800. The Bose has a more balanced sound profile and a wider soundstage. It can also get louder without as much compression present at max volume. Its dedicated center channel helps reproduce dialogue more accurately, and the soundbar can even be upgraded with a sub and satellites as the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. However, if you're looking to use your soundbar as a hub for your devices, only the Sony has Full HDMI In ports.

JBL Link Bar

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the JBL Link Bar. The Bose is easily upgradable, but even the bar itself performs better. It has a dedicated center channel, a more balanced sound profile, and offers more sound enhancement features like room correction. Its soundstage is also wider thanks to the positioning of the speakers, which reflects the sound off the walls. However, the JBL has more ports and connectivity options. It has three full HDMI In ports and an audio jack for an AUX cable, which the Bose lacks.

Samsung HW-S60T

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the Samsung HW-S60T. The Bose has a more balanced sound profile, and it can get louder with less compression present at max volume. Its discrete center channel also helps reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately, and it even supports eARC. That said, the Samsung has a better companion app that you can also use as a remote. The bar itself is less wide, so it may fit more easily between the legs of a 55 inch TV.

Sony HT-S200F

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the Sony HT-S200F. The Bose has a more neutral sound profile, as well as an extremely wide soundstage. It has a more premium design and a sturdier build. It also gets louder than the Sony, and there isn't too much compression at max volume. The Bose 700 can be upgraded with a sub and satellites as the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module.

TaoTronics TT-SK023

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the TaoTronics TT-SK023. The Bose is a 3.0 setup and can play both Dolby Digital and DTS surround formats over HDMI ARC. It also has a dedicated center channel that helps reproduce dialogue clearly. It also has a much wider soundstage and a better-balanced sound profile. The TaoTronics is a 2.0 setup, but it's much more compact, so it may fit between the legs of a 55 inch TV more easily.

Insignia NS-HSB318 2.0

The Bose Soundbar 700 is a better soundbar than the Insignia NS-HSB318 2.0. The 3.0-channel Bose has a more balanced sound profile with stereo content, and it can downmix a few different surround formats. It has a dedicated center channel that helps reproduce dialogue clearly, and its stereo soundstage is quite impressive as well. The Insignia doesn't have as many sound enhancement features and doesn't support any surround sound formats. That said, it has a more compact design, so it may fit between the legs of a 55 inch TV more easily.

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