Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 04, 2021 at 09:17 am
Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module Picture
7.9
Mixed Usage
8.2
Dialogue/TV Shows
8.4
Music
7.4
Movies
Channels
5.1

The Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module is a very versatile 5.1 setup. It's the standalone Bose Soundbar 700 that's been upgraded with speakers and a subwoofer. It has a neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and its room correction feature helps you optimize its sound based on the acoustic characteristics of your room. It also has built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can wirelessly stream audio to the bar via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Apple AirPlay. Unfortunately, while it gets loud, there's some compression present when played at max volume.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The Bose Soundbar with Surround Speakers 700 + Bass Module is very good for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, it has a very neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. There's also a room correction feature as well as bass and treble adjustments to optimize its sound. Thanks to its dedicated surround speakers, it's a good choice for surround content, but unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustment features.
  • Room correction feature.
  • Dedicated surround speakers.
Cons
  • Some compression when played at max volume.
  • No Atmos support.
8.2 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Bose Soundbar with Surround Speakers 700 + Bass Module is great for dialogue and TV shows. Thanks to its dedicated center channel and its balanced mid-range, it reproduces clear and accurate dialogue. It even has a dialogue enhancement feature to make voices more clear and crisp. You can also stream podcasts and audiobooks to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Apple AirPlay, which is nice.

Pros
  • Room correction feature.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
Cons
  • Some compression when played at max volume.
8.4 Music

The Bose Soundbar with Surround Speakers 700 + Bass Module is impressive for music. Out-of-the-box, it has a pretty neutral, though slightly bright sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different music genres. There are also bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound, as well as a room correction feature that optimizes audio reproduction based on the room you're listening in.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustment features.
  • Room correction feature.
Cons
  • Some compression when played at max volume.
7.4 Movies

The Bose Soundbar with Surround Speakers 700 + Bass Module is satisfactory for movies. Its balanced sound profile can reproduce clear and accurate dialogue as well as the deep rumbles in action-packed scenes. Thanks to its dedicated surround speakers, it offers a good surround performance, too. However, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustment features.
  • Dedicated surround speakers.
Cons
  • No Atmos support.
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 8.4 Music
  • 7.4 Movies
  1. Updated Mar 23, 2021: Updated latency measurements with new methodology.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 is a high-end soundbar released in 2018. It's the standalone Bose Soundbar 700 that's been upgraded with additional speakers and a subwoofer. You can also use it as a standalone bar. Its main competitors are the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, the JBL Bar 9.1, and the Sonos Playbar.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Bose Soundbar with Surround Speakers 700 is a sleek, premium-looking soundbar. It has a unique design, with a glass top and a metal grille covering the front and the sides of the bar. You can purchase it in 'Arctic White' or 'Bose Black' variants.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The Bose Bass Module 700 is made of robust-feeling plastic with a glass plate on top. It can also be purchased in either all-black or all-white variants.

Design
Style - Satellites

The Bose Surround Speakers 700 are meant to sit vertically, and they have a durable feel. They're mostly made of metal with small grilles to help protect the drivers. You can buy them in all-black or all-white color variants.

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

The bar is large and likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV stand. On the upside, 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 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Height 12.7" (32.3 cm)
Depth 11.6" (29.5 cm)

The Bose Bass Module 700 is about as large as a typical desktop PC. It's wireless, which is handy, and you just have to plug it into an outlet for it to work.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width 1.9" (4.8 cm)
Height 5.6" (14.3 cm)
Depth 1.9" (4.8 cm)

The Bose Surround Speakers 700 are tall, but they still have a small footprint. Note that we obtained these measurements without the power brick.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Universal (holes on underside)

On the back of the bar, there are two openings for the power cable and the inputs. There are also universal holes on the underside so you can wall-mount the bar; however, you'll have to purchase the wall-mounting kit separately.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the Bose Bass Module 700 is very sleek. There are inputs for the power cable, but they're located near the bottom of the sub and aren't very noticeable.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Proprietary

The Bose Surround Speakers 700 have small slots in their grooves, so you can use them with Bose proprietary mounts that have a four-prong bracket. However, you'll have to purchase the mounting kit separately.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 has an amazing build quality. The bar has a glass top with metal grilles on the sides, and the subwoofer is mainly made of plastic. The satellites also have metal grilles to help protect the drivers. All of the materials feel solid and durable. However, the reflective surface on top of the sub and the bar can get dirty easily.

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 with 4x AA batteries
  • HDMI cable
  • Optical Cable
  • 4x power cables
  • 2x power bricks for satellites
  • Screwdriver for satellites
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Bose ADAPTiQ headset for room calibration

Sound
8.6
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
No Preset
Slope
0.33
Std. Err.
2.47 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
25.9 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 has an excellent stereo frequency response out-of-the-box. It has a very neutral sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different audio content, though it can sound a bit bright on some tracks. There are also bass and treble adjustment features to help you adjust its sound more to your liking.

8.6
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
No Preset
Suggested Bass Setting
20
Suggested Treble Setting
-30
Slope
-0.08
Std. Err.
2.33 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
25.6 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.3 kHz

With calibration, this soundbar has an amazing stereo frequency response. Using its bass and treble adjustments, we set the Bass to '20' and the Treble to '-30', resulting in a very neutral, balanced sound profile. It's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content.

8.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.03 dB

The stereo soundstage is amazing. The soundstage is perceived to be much wider than the bar itself. Also, the focus is good, so sound seems to come from a more accurate, pinpoint location rather than a general area.

7.3
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
96.0 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.16 dB

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 has decent stereo dynamics. It can get pretty loud, but unfortunately, there's some compression at max volume, especially in the bass range.

7.7
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.43
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.99

This soundbar's THD performance is good. At normal listening volumes, THD falls within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction. There's a slight jump in THD at max volume, but this may not be noticeable with real-life content.

8.6
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
0.41
Std. Err.
2.52 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
95.0 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.40
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.59

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 has an amazing center channel performance. Due to its configuration, it has a dedicated center channel, resulting in clearer and more accurate reproduction of dialogue and vocal-centric content.

7.7
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.32
Std. Err.
3.26 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
92.2 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.34
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.89
7.1 Rears
No

This soundbar has a good surrounds performance. Thanks to its dedicated Bose Surround Speakers 700, surround objects like voices and footsteps are clearly and accurately represented, helping to immerse you in your favorite movies.

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

This soundbar doesn't support Atmos content. Check out the Monoprice SB-600 or the Samsung HW-Q900A if you want a soundbar with height channels.

7.0
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Yes
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
No
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
No
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
Yes
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
No

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 has a decent selection of sound enhancement features. Though it lacks a full graphic EQ compared to the Samsung HW-Q950A, you still have some control over its sound thanks to the bass and treble adjustment features. Also, in the app, there are sub level and rear adjustments. There's a room correction feature that you can set up using the included Bose ADAPTiQ headset, which automatically adjusts audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of the room you're listening in.

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 with Speakers + Bass Module 700 has few wired connectivity options. There isn't a Full HDMI In port, so you can't use it as a hub between different devices, and there isn't an AUX port for connecting older smartphones. However, there's 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

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 supports some of the most common audio formats, including Dolby Digital and DTS, which are commonly found on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs. However, it doesn't support more premium formats like Dolby Digital Plus.

Note: 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.

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

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 has incredible audio format support via Optical. It supports both Dolby Digital and DTS content, which are commonly found on streaming platforms and 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 with Surround Speakers 700 + Bass Module has an incredible latency performance. Via ARC and Optical connections, it has low latency, making it suitable for watching videos. 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

This soundbar has remarkable wireless playback capabilities. You can stream audio to the bar wirelessly over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Apple AirPlay.

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

This soundbar doesn't have a Full HDMI In, so it can't relay a video signal from an external source.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The Bose Bass Module 700 connects to the bar wirelessly. You just need to plug it into an outlet to power it.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Yes

The Bose Surround Speakers 700 are wireless, so you just need to plug them into an outlet to get them to work.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
No

There's a strip of light on the bar that lights up in different ways based on the inputs you select. However, the patterns aren't very intuitive, so you may need to look at the manual to understand how they work. There's also a light that turns red when you press the mic mute button.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 has two buttons. The mic mute button disables the voice assistants completely, and the 'Action Button' lets you manually activate the voice assistant.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
Yes

The remote can control all of the bar's functions. It can also act as a universal remote to control other devices in your household.

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

This soundbar has built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can also use the mic mute button if you don't want the voice assistant to listen 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

The Bose Music app acts as a remote and lets you control all of the bar's settings. It integrates with the Tune In service, which lets you play a wide range of internet radio stations and podcasts on the soundbar.

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

This soundbar has a power-saving feature that enters standby mode after twenty minutes of inactivity. It also supports HDMI CEC, so you can use your TV remote to control some of the bar's basic functions.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module 700 is available in both 'Bose Black' and 'Arctic White'. We tested the 'Bose Black' variant, but we expect the other color variants to perform similarly. You can see the label for the soundbar we tested here, as well as the label for the subwoofer and the speakers.

The soundbar, the speakers, and the bass module can all be purchased separately and paired together for a more immersive sound. We've also tested the standalone Bose Soundbar 700.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Bose Soundbar with Speakers and Bass Module 700 is a 5.1 setup that offers a more immersive listening experience than the standalone Bose Soundbar 700. It has a very neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and it also offers a room correction feature. However, unlike some of the other 5.1 soundbars we've tested, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content. It also lacks a Full HDMI In port, which can be disappointing if you want to use your bar as a hub between different devices. See also our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best 5.1 soundbars, and the best Bose soundbars.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers or the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Sonos is better for movies, as it has a better surround performance and it supports Atmos content. However, the Bose is better-suited for music, as it has a better soundstage performance and a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. Also, the Bose supports Bluetooth, unlike the Sonos.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung supports Dolby Atmos content and comes with a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. It also gets louder with less compression and comes with a Full HDMI In port. However, the Bose is better built and offers a better soundstage performance.

Sonos Arc

The Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module is a better soundbar than the standalone Sonos Arc. The Bose is better-built, with a more neutral sound profile and a more extended low-bass thanks to its dedicated subwoofer. It also has a better soundstage performance. However, the Sonos supports Atmos content, and you can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites as the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The 9.1.4 Samsung HW-Q950T is a better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung gets louder, and it has a better surrounds performance. It supports Dolby Atmos content, and it comes with a graphic EQ and presets, as well as a Full HDMI In port that supports 4k passthrough. However, the Bose is better-built, and it has a better soundstage performance.

JBL Bar 9.1

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the JBL Bar 9.1 or the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Bose is a better choice for dialogue and music, as it has a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box with a more extended low-bass. It's also better-built and has a better soundstage performance. However, the JBL is better for movies, as it supports Atmos content. It gets louder with less compression, offers some EQ presets, and has a Full HDMI In that supports 4k passthrough, too.

Samsung HW-Q900A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung supports Dolby Atmos content, and it comes with a Full HDMI In port, unlike the Bose. It gets louder, and it comes with more sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ, presets, and an auto-volume mode. However, the Bose is better built and offers better soundstage and surround performances.

Bose Soundbar 700

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.

Klipsch Cinema 600

The Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module is a better soundbar for most uses than the Klipsch Cinema 600. The Bose is better built and offers better soundstage, center, and surround performances. It supports more wireless playback options, and unlike the Klipsch, it has a room correction feature and voice assistant support built into the bar. The Klipsch is better for dialogue since it comes with an auto-volume mode, unlike the Bose.

LG SN9YG

The Bose Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module is better for most uses than the LG SN9YG. The Bose comes with satellite speakers, so it has a better surrounds performance. It's also better-built, with a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box and a more immersive soundstage. However, the LG supports Dolby Atmos, and it has a few EQ presets as well as a Full HDMI In port that supports passthrough.

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