The Bose Soundbar 700 is a stylish TV speaker with the voice assistant on board. What the sound bar still offers, betrays TechPages in the test. Top cinema sound, music from the Internet or mobile phone, voice control with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, room survey – all in one bar! This is what the home cinema box Soundbar 700 by Bose offers.
The Television provides a sharp crackling image, but only a moderate tone and a complete surround system is no capacity? Remedy a soundbar: The slender sound bars take their place in front of the TV, depending on the model, in addition to fundamentally better sound, surround sound is also possible. So they should get the cinema sound in the living room.
Bose is also pursuing this goal with the Soundbar 700. The slender sound bar uses an automatic measuring system that adapts the sound to the room. A separate bass box and additional surround speakers are not required – but supplemented with higher demands.
When operating, the soundbar is multi-track and offers not only a supplied remote control but also the control via the smartphone app and voice command. How well that works and whether the sound bar really creates a cinema atmosphere, says the test.
Bose Soundbar 700 in the test: Everything?
The sleek Bose Soundbar 700 has a height of just 5.7 centimeters and fits in front of almost any TV. The user connects them best via HDMI to the TV, then it responds to the volume setting of the TV remote control. For emergencies, the 700 Bose also has an optical digital input.
The Micro USB port on the back of the soundbar is for your maintenance.
Only one connection for a separate subwoofer still sits at the back of the TV speaker who music about from the smartphone play it wirelessly via Bluetooth or the app “Bose Music” (for Android and iOS ).
Bose Soundbar 700 in the test: Three wins
The controls are luscious: The included remote control fits well in hand and has a comfortable size. It also controls the basic functions of televisions and receivers. Pluses collect their practical lighting.
Only the keys that are appropriate for the device to be controlled light up. The rubber cover of the remote control is a matter of taste, and it is very susceptible to dust. The second control option is the Bose app. For example, music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer can be accessed via smartphone start.
The app is also necessary for the first set up of language assistants. The Bose has eight integrated microphones and is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. Voice commands operate not only the sound bar but also control the compatible lighting – great.
Sound test: adapted to the room
The basis for room-filling sound is formed by four woofers and a tweeter in the front of the soundbar. Two additional tweeters are responsible for the surround sound, emitting the sound both forward and to the side via specially shaped slots in the housing (called “Phase Sound Radiators”).
The surround sound effect adjusts itself to sound reflections on the walls. For this to work optimally in small and large rooms, the Soundbar has Bose’s own automatic ADAPTiQ calibration.
The setup is simple: The user sits down with one of the included special headsets with built-in microphones in succession to five different seats in the room. At each position, the sound bar plays unique test tones and calculates the required corrections.
Unlike many other soundbars, the Bose does not worsen speech intelligibility on side squares. Hardly any soundbar is as complete as the Bose 700. Our last test of a Bose soundbar is a few years back.
Since then, a lot has happened. Praise the app, which now works a lot better and guides the user through the installation. It also helps us with the measurement. To do that, we had to put a microphone on the head with a very long cable like a headband and sit down in five favorite places.
The result could be heard: The sound was atypical for Bose very well balanced. Powerful bass, clear mids, beautiful highs – for a sound bar, the music reproduction was remarkably good. When we were watching TV, we were happy about the HDMI connection with Audio Return Channel. That made the installation uncomplicated, and we enjoyed the best TV sound with remarkably good speech intelligibility.
The app could still activate the “dialogue function” for improved voice playback, but we found that unnecessary. For the cinema sound, we put some Blu-rays with Dolby DTS in our player. Even with action shreds, the system was balanced, no noise-buzz, but a clean sound reproduction.
If you want, you can upgrade the sound with wireless rear speakers and a powerful sub. It does not necessarily have to be, and the neighbors will thank you! The voice control via Amazon Alexa worked perfectly, and who does not like Alexa, can turn it off.
Test conclusion about bose soundbar 700: You must know that
Bose has done his homework. App, processing, sound, equipment – we could not find anything that would have bothered us. On the contrary: The sound is excellent and gets even better with the calibration. Rear speakers and subwoofers raise the cinema sound to a different level, but the price as well.
The Bose Soundbar 700 provided pleasant and precise surround sound in the test. This is thanks to its automatic ADAPTiQ. Voices sound a bit too thin, and the mids are a bit too quiet. The TV speaker scores point with a practical remote control, explicit app control, and two language assistants (Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant). Some users probably miss an HDMI socket for playback.
Overall, the Bose Soundbar 700 sounds pleasantly dry, the voice reproduction is clear, but also a bit slim. The basses are surprisingly full for the size of the sound bar, and the mids are a little too short. For more buzz and better surround sound, the Bose can be expanded with additional surround speakers and a subwoofer.