The Bose TV Speaker is a compact 2.0 setup. Although it's quite small, it's designed to be used with a TV thanks to its Optical and HDMI ARC ports. Even though it's lacking low bass, its sound profile is more geared towards TV content as it delivers smooth and balanced mids, which results in fairly clear and present vocals. However, it's pretty slim on features. There's a dialogue enhancement feature to further improve vocal clarity as well as bass adjustment, but that's about it. You can also upgrade the setup down the line with a Bose Bass Module 500 or 700. That being said, it's well-equipped for playing your favorite TV shows, and you can even stream audiobooks or music from your phone to it using Bluetooth.
The Bose TV Speaker is acceptable for mixed usage. It doesn't support Atmos so it isn't ideal if you watch a lot of movies. It also lacks low-bass, so it struggles to produce a thumpy sound that could help immerse you in explosion-packed action films or beat-heavy EDM music. However, it shines when it comes to dialogue-centric content as it can reproduce clear and accurate vocals. Even though it has only a few sound enhancement features, it comes with a dialogue enhancement feature to further improve vocal clarity. You can also stream music or audiobooks to the bar using Bluetooth.
The Bose TV Speaker is fair for dialogue and TV shows. This 2.0 setup lacks a dedicated center channel, so voices aren't as accurately localized within the sound image. That said, its balanced mid-range helps reproduce voices with clarity and detail, and there's even a dialogue enhancement feature to make them more crisp and clear. You can also wirelessly stream audiobooks and podcasts to the bar via Bluetooth. However, it lacks an auto-volume mode, which can be disappointing for users who like to watch TV at night.
The Bose TV Speaker is alright for music. It lacks some low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM or hip-hop. That said, the rest of the range is quite balanced and neutral, so it's still suitable for listening to lots of different music genres. There's also a bass adjustment feature to add more punch to the mix. However, it doesn't get very loud, and it lacks more premium sound enhancement features like a graphic EQ.
The Bose TV Speaker is disappointing for movies. This soundbar can't reproduce the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movie scenes, and it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content. Also, it has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. It doesn't get very loud, either. However, voices are still reproduced clearly and with detail, which is handy for listening to dialogue in movies.
The Bose TV Speaker is a 2.0 soundbar from Bose's 2020 lineup. This manufacturer specializes in soundbars that are simple to set up and can be expanded down the line. However, this uniquely small bar is designed specifically to work with a TV as its main sound enhancement feature is dialogue enhancement. The Bose TV Speaker competes with the Bose Solo 5, the Sony HT-S100F, and the Sony HT-S200F.
The Bose TV Speaker is a very small soundbar. It looks very sleek as it has a smooth plastic top while its front and sides have a metal grille with fine holes to protect its speakers.
There are no subwoofers in this setup. However, you can purchase the Bose Bass Module 500 or Bose Module 700 to add a subwoofer to the mix. Note that they can't be used wirelessly with this bar. You need to purchase a connection cable, which is sold separately.
This soundbar is remarkably small. You shouldn't have any problems fitting it between the legs of a 55 inch TV. It's also not tall enough to obscure your TV unless the screen sits flush to the table.
The back of the soundbar has one opening for the power cable and the inputs. As there are also universal holes on its underside, you can easily wall-mount this soundbar.
The Bose TV Speaker has a great build quality. Even though it's partially made of plastic, it feels sturdy and solid. Its metal grille is sleek and gives it a more premium look and feel than the fabric wrap used by the Yamaha YAS-109. The universal mounting holes are even covered with removable rubber screws, which is a nice touch.
The Bose TV Speaker has a decent stereo frequency response. It lacks some low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music or action-packed movies. However, the rest of the range is quite neutral and balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are reproduced clearly and accurately. As a result, it's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content.
The Bose TV Speaker comes with a bass adjustment feature to help you customize its sound. However, its default sound profile already falls within the desired range for listeners who prefer a more neutral sound, so we don't recommend adjusting its settings unless you want a different sound profile.
The Bose TV Speaker has an alright stereo soundstage performance. You may perceive the soundstage to be wider than the bar itself. However, it doesn't sound that focused, which makes objects sound like they're coming from more general or diffused areas rather than accurate, pinpoint locations.
Update 09/21/2020: We've discovered a value input bug that would cause the Dynamics box results to be slightly off. All soundbars reviewed since January 30th, 2020, have been updated.
The Bose TV Speaker has alright stereo dynamics. It doesn't get very loud, and at max volume, there are a lot of thumping and compression artifacts present, especially in the bass range.
The Bose TV Speaker has a good THD performance. There's some distortion present in the bass range at both normal and max volume. At normal listening volumes, the rest of the range 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 too noticeable with real-life content.
The Bose TV Speaker is a 2.0 setup, and it doesn't have a dedicated center speaker. Instead, it uses its left and right speakers to create sound in the center, which sounds more diffused and less clear than a discrete center channel. That said, its frequency response is quite balanced in the mid-range, so voices are still reproduced clearly and with detail.
The Bose TV Speaker has a poor surround performance. As it's a 2.0 setup, it has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which doesn't result in the most accurate or clear representation of objects in the surround image. Audio seems like it's coming from in front of you rather than from speakers placed all around you. Also, its frequency response is rather bass-heavy, which can muddy voices in your surround content.
The Bose TV Speaker has a bad selection of sound enhancement features. You can adjust its bass, which gives you a bit of control over its sound, but it lacks more premium features like an EQ. There's also a dialogue enhancement feature on the remote that helps make voices more crisp and clear. For a 2.0 setup with some EQ presets, check out the TCL Alto 3.
The Bose TV Speaker has a couple of physical inputs. It has an HDMI ARC so you can hook it up to your TV, as well as an AUX input so that you can connect it to older devices that may not have other connectivity options. There's a USB port, but you can only use it to service the bar with updates. Unfortunately, you can't use it as a hub between your TV and other devices like a Blu-ray player.
Update 01/13/2021: We re-evaluated our methodology for ARC support and concluded that DTS and Dolby Digital+ support should be reported the same over an ARC connection as over an HDMI IN and Optical connection, so we updated our results from "Yes" to "No". Some TVs, like the one we initially used for testing, may convert this content, but other TV brands may not. Ultimately, your experience may vary depending on your TV.
The Bose TV Speaker supports Dolby Digital content via its ARC port. However, it doesn't support eARC or Dolby Atmos, which can be disappointing for movie fans.
The Bose TV Speaker only supports Dolby Digital via Optical, which is commonly found on Blu-ray discs as well as streaming platforms.
The Bose TV Speaker has an incredible latency performance. Thanks to its low latency via its ARC and Optical ports, you shouldn't notice a delay between the audio you hear and the video you see. As a result, it's suitable for watching movies and videos over these connections. However, some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.
The Bose TV Speaker has passable wireless playback options. It only supports Bluetooth, but at least you can play your favorite music from your smartphone wirelessly. If you're looking for a Bose soundbar that supports Apple AirPlay 2, check out the Bose Smart Soundbar 300.
This bar doesn't support HDMI so it won't be able to do video passthrough.
The Bose TV Speaker's interface is extremely simple. There's a light that turns on when you're connected to your TV via HDMI ARC or Optical as well as a light to show when you're connected via Bluetooth. The light blinks when you adjust the volume or when you're on mute. The light also turns green when you have the dialogue enhancement feature on.
The remote is very straightforward. As the bar itself doesn't have any controls, and there's no companion app, you can control all of the bar's features from here. Note that the bass button can adjust the bass up or down two levels from its default setting.
The Bose TV Speaker shuts off after about twenty minutes of inactivity when connected via Bluetooth. However, if you have it hooked up to your TV, the bar shuts down after 2.5 hours of inactivity. You can also use your TV remote to control aspects of the bar like volume and power it on/off.
The Bose TV Speaker soundbar comes in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.
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The Bose TV Speaker is a very compact 2.0 soundbar designed for TVs and TV-centric content. While it's pretty bare-bones in features, it delivers decent bass with smooth and neutral mids right out-of-the-box, which is better suited for dialogue-centric content. It's also fairly easy to set up since it only has a couple of inputs, so you can get right into watching your favorite game shows or soap operas without too much delay. You can even expand this setup down the line with one of Bose's Bass Modules, which is nice. However, this soundbar doesn't get very loud, so it may not be ideal for large or crowded rooms.
The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Bose TV Speaker. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup with a better surround performance. It comes with more sound enhancement features, it can also get loud enough for a large room, and you can stream music wirelessly to it using Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay. It also has a companion app that can control all the bar's features. However, the Bose is a 2.0 setup that lets you use Bluetooth to play audio from your phone. The Bose also has an auto-off power-saving feature.
The Yahama YAS-109 is a slightly better soundbar for mixed use than the Bose TV Speaker. The Yahama has fewer compression artifacts at max volume, comes with EQ presets, and has a better surround performance. It also has a Full HDMI In port and supports Wi-Fi. However, the Bose is better built and sounds more neutral out-of-the-box.
The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 is better for mixed use than the Bose TV Speaker. The 300 has a better center and surround performance. It also offers treble adjustment, as well as more wireless playback options like Apple AirPlay 2. It also connects to the Bose Music app that gives you a bit more functionality.
The Bose TV Speaker is a better 2.0 setup for dialogue and TV shows than the Bose Solo 5. The TV Speaker feels better built, and its sound profile is more neutral The TV Speaker also has an HDMI ARC port. However, while the Solo 5 doesn't get as loud as the TV Speaker, it can reach max volume with less thumping and compression artifacts.
The Bose TV Speaker is slightly better for mixed usage than the Sony HT-S200F. The Bose is better-built, and it has a better soundstage. Its default sound profile is also a bit more neutral, which some users may prefer. That said, the Sony has more sound enhancement features, including EQ presets.
The standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is better than the Bose TV Speaker. The Soundbar 700 is better-built, with better soundstage, center, and surround performances. It gets louder, and it has built-in voice assistant support. It also offers a room correction feature and more wireless playback options.
The Bose TV Speaker and the Bose Soundbar 500 are two well-built soundbars with different setups. The Bose TV Speaker is a 2.0 setup that's smaller and more compact, which some users may prefer. It has a better-balanced sound profile with a decent amount of bass. The 500, on the other hand, is a 3.0 setup with a better-performing discrete center channel. It also has a better surround performance, EQ presets, and an ethernet port if you want to listen to audio from a flash drive. It even supports eARC; although it reencodes these formats into Dolby Digital, it has a companion app, and you can stream audio to it via Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay in addition to Bluetooth.
The Sonos Arc is a better soundbar than the Bose TV Speaker. The Sonos is a 5.0.2 setup that offers better soundstage, center, and surround performances. Unlike the Bose, it supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has built-in voice assistant support. It also comes with more sound enhancement features, including room correction. You can even upgrade it as the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers for a better performance.
The Samsung HW-S60A is better than the Bose TV Speaker. The Samsung is a 5.0 setup with better soundstage, center, and surround performances. It gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it has more wireless playback options. Unlike the Bose, it has DTS support and built-in voice assistant capabilities. There are even more sound enhancement features to choose from, including a graphic EQ.
The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam is better than the Bose TV Speaker. The JBL is a 5.0 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content. It also has better soundstage, center, and surround performances, and it gets louder. It even comes with more sound enhancement features like room correction as well as more wireless playback support. Also, it has a Full HDMI In port. That said, the 2.0 Bose has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer.
The Yamaha YAS-209 is better than the Bose TV Speaker. The Yamaha reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it has a better soundstage. Unlike the Bose, it comes with a Full HDMI In port, Wi-Fi connectivity, and built-in voice assistant support. There are also some EQ presets to help you customize its sound. That said, the Bose is better-built.
The 3.1.2 Samsung HW-Q600A is better than the 2.0 Bose TV Speaker. The Samsung comes with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it supports Dolby Atmos content. It has better soundstage, surround, and center performances, too. It also gets louder with less compression at max volume. There are even some more sound enhancement features available, such as a graphic EQ.
The Sony HT-X8500 is a 2.1 setup that's better for movies than the 2.0 setup Bose TV Speaker. Even though it doesn't get much louder than the Bose, the Sony has significantly better stereo dynamics. Its surround performance is better and it supports Atmos, which is great if you watch a lot of movies. The Sony also has EQ presets, its HDMI ARC and HDMI IN ports support all common audio formats, and it supports DTS via Optical. It even supports eARC. However, the Bose feels better built, its sound profile is better balanced and neutral, and it's more compact in size overall, which some users may prefer.
The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the Bose TV Speaker. The Soundbar 700 is better built, and its dedicated sub helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also comes with discrete satellites that help improve its surround performance. It has better center and soundstage performances, and it supports more wireless playback options. Unlike the TV Speaker, it comes with room correction and built-in voice assistant capabilities.