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Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System
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- Dramatically better sound than your TV: detailed dialogue, wide soundstage, deep bass
- Setup is easy with only one connection to your TV
- Single speaker fits under most TVs up to 50 inches or on an open shelf
- Bluetooth connectivity is built in so you can stream music wirelessly
- Includes universal remote for seamless control of many devices
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- Bose Solo 15 Series II TV sound system
- Universal remote control
- Power cord
- Optical digital audio cable
- Analog cable
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The Bose Solo 15 TV sound system is a one-piece speaker that delivers dramatically better sound than your TV. It makes each word and detail sound clear at any volume, and creates an experience that’s wider than the screen. The system also produces impressive bass. Setup is easy, with just one connection to your TV. The system fits under most TVs up to 50 inches*, and includes Bluetooth connectivity, so you can stream music wirelessly.
- Clear, detailed sound with impressive bass and spaciousness that extends beyond the screen
- Dialogue mode makes every word even easier to hear
- Setup is easy with only one connection to your TV
- Single speaker fits under most TVs up to 50 inches* or on an open shelf
- Bluetooth is built in so you can stream music wirelessly, too
- *The Bose Solo 15 Series II TV sound system is designed for TVs with bases no wider than 24" (61cm) and no deeper than 12.25" (31cm). Most TVs 46" (117cm) and smaller meet these requirements, and some 50" (127cm) TVs will fit as well. The maximum weight that can be placed on the Bose Solo 15 Series II system is 75 lbs. (34 kg), which is twice the weight of a typical 42" (107cm) television.
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Augment your HD picture with sound to match, and enjoy more distinct dialogue, richer soundtracks and effects, and deeper bass.
The secret to the sound
Speaker arrays at each end of the soundbar work with TrueSpace technology to deliver spacious sound wider than the screen, while a dedicated center speaker provides clear, crisp dialogue at any volume
Fits under your TV
The Solo 15 pedestal-style speaker conveniently fits under most TVs up to 50", or on an open shelf beneath the TV.
Setup is a snap
It couldn’t be much easier: One speaker, one connection to your TV. Then just plug it into a wall socket, and you’re ready to go.
Take command of all system functions plus your TV, Blu-ray Disc player, DVR and most other sources connected to your TV. It’s the only remote you’re likely to need.
Bass your way
So you want to beef up the low end for a concert video, game or action movie? Simply adjust the bass control on the remote to your liking, and feel the thunder
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The Bose Solo 15 Series II TV sound system is a one-piece speaker that delivers dramatically better sound than your TV. Advanced Bose technologies make each word and detail sound clear at any volume, and create an experience that's wider than the screen. The system also produces impressive bass that adds impact to your shows. And when you want even more clarity, dialogue mode makes every word easier to hear without having to adjust the volume from scene to scene. Setup is easy, with just one connection to your TV. The system fits under most TVs up to 50 inches yet is still small enough to place on an open shelf. It features Bluetooth connectivity, so you can stream music wirelessly, and includes a universal remote.
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This is an incredible sound system, and does have bluetooth. Apparently, this is a newer version with Bluetooth, but carries the same moniker as the older version without it. I have a 55” Samsung TV whose speakers, like most, are in the back. I had it set up with a couple floor speakers but the amp died, and I replaced the setup with this. The Bose website says it can be used as a base for most 46"-50" TVs.
First, this is NOT a sound bar. It measures 14” from front to back, 24.75” wide, and 3” high. It is designed to be a sound stand for your flat screen TV—the instructions say to put the TV directly onto the middle of the system, though I didn’t try that: mine is resting on a shelf beneath the TV which is mounted to supports that are part of the furniture it is on. Anyway, there are three 2-inch speakers in the front middle, and one on each side toward the front so sound is distributed quite well throughout the room. There is no separate subwoofer, but I don’t find one necessary.
The thing can really get loud. You can adjust the amount of base you prefer, and there is a dialog mode if you want voices emphasized and the background diminished. This works well. The quality of the sound when streaming music over bluetooth is awesome, like high-class speakers with well-rounded sound from treble to bass. No tininess to be found. The sound when listening to TV is really impressive--you can actually hear all those subtle things that the closed captions tell you are happening but you couldn’t hear before. And this is while the volume is at a reasonable level.
Last, the setup was a piece of cake. Plug it in, plug the optical cable to the TV and to the back of the unit, and you are good to go. The back of the unit has inputs for analog (one red, one white RCA ports), optical, and coaxial cables. It comes with an optical cable, RCA cables, and a power cord. I connected the supplied universal remote to my TV, Apple TV, and DVD player in the space of about 30 minutes. The codes are supplied, and the search feature when you find that the code is wrong is fairly simple to use. Connecting the unit to my iPhone’s Bluetooth was also supremely simple.
Overall it is a fabulous piece of equipment.
First off, I notice this is called the Series II. The two main differences I can see from the Series I are fairly significant. Firstly, there is Bluetooth capability -- this is a very welcome addition. Secondly, there is a "bass" setting on the remote now. From what I've read, Series I required turning a knob at the back of the soundbar itself, and that's not always convenient. There may be other enhancements/improvements I'm not yet aware of. At the time of writing this review (mid August), the Series II does not look like it's publicly available. It's not even mentioned on the Bose website. If somehow you're reading this and are about to pull the trigger on a Series I, perhaps hold off a bit!
Now onto the review:
As someone who has never bought into the whole Bose marketing machine, I was hugely skeptical about this unit. I already have a decent Sony AV receiver which offers reasonable quality sound with HDMI ARC, plenty of different audio pre-sets, and a number of other options.
This Bose is more bare bones. No HDMI, just optical/coaxial connectivity only. But it does come with a pretty nice universal remote, and while at first I considered this inessential, it has actually turned into a decent freebie, and my family approves of just having a single remote controlling all our TV viewing these days instead of many.
However, simplicity is good sometimes, as this was a breeze to set up. Optical instead of HDMI isn't as bad as I expected: the Bose still comes on automatically when you switch on the TV (there's a setting to enable/disable this), and the Bose remote paired fine with my TV, cable box, DVD player, and even Roku, while the cable box and TV remotes paired nicely with the Bose so I can control volume from any remote.
And here's the thing, despite reading terrible things about Bose and their over-priced components, I'm going to say something that will probably make most audiophiles scoff at me: the Bose Solo 15 Series II is good. It's clear, it's loud enough, it really does a nice job of enhancing my TV viewing. There's enough bass, sufficient middle, and bright highs with a soundscape that fills the room well and sounds wider/fuller than my current system.
Even the cheapest soundbar is likely to be a step up from the in-built speakers on most current TVs (except, perhaps, some of the more expensive models), and Bose has created something here that is great at enhancing your general TV viewing, unless you're looking for theater-quality sound. It still lacks a little dynamism and sparkle, but both dialog and music are perfectly serviceable and clear.
Sure, I might not be getting the flexibility of the Sony system, nor the multitude of settings and different audio options, but the Bose just works, and I think that's why I like it: I very rarely need to tweak and fiddle like I do with my current Sony receiver. It's not as temperamental either: HDMI ARC, for all its advantages, can sometimes be a bit hit and miss (the Sony receiver occasionally gets turned off when changing sources -- probably a fault with my Samsung TV, but a notable irritation -- and it doesn't always play friendly with the Samsung so-called "Smart Remote").
The Bose doesn't have the same booming bass response or loudness, but it's more consistent, and less `muddy.' For some sources, I found the Sony receiver a little more sibilant, with less warmth, so a lot depends on the quality of the audio track on what you are watching, e.g. it's a bit more picky. The Bose copes with all kinds of music, audio, TV, movies, sports. It may lack a display, HDMI, and other useful stuff, but believe it or not, I'm sticking with it, because for everyday use, it's just ideal -- and I think that's the key. If I had a dedicated theater room, no way, but I'm talking about a TV that we watch kid's TV on in the morning, then a bit of baseball in the evening, perhaps a movie at the weekend, some Netflix via Roku, maybe some music via Chromecast, or even (yes, really) an old-school DVD. The Bose keeps up with the variety better than the Sony receiver, and that's why I like it.
And that universal remote -- I'm digging it. It's probably not as feature-happy as the Harmonys and Logitechs out there, but for free, it does exactly what I need.
Am I converted to the Bose cause? Perhaps not -- this is a Vine review so I was fortunate enough to get the product for free. I'm doubtful I would have purchased it myself, but I'm glad I got to try it because despite the Bose marketing hype, I can see why their stuff is successful -- it just kinda works, and it reminds me a bit of how Apple do things. It's probably not going to satisfy an audiophile (I can hear the folks on AVForums laughing at me already), and it's a little overpriced (I'm sure there are as-good items out there for less), but the Bose Solo 15 Series II is much better than I expected, especially for everyday use, and the bonus of having Bluetooth makes it a keeper for me.
After 2-3 weeks of use, this has mostly been fine, but it has "locked-up" twice. The green light will be glowing as if it's on, but no sound will be audible. Trying to switch it on or off using the remote doesn't work, and the only solution is to unplug it and start again. Reading reviews of the original Solo 15 (Series I, I guess) shows that many had issues with this, and it's disappointing that this wasn't addressed for Series II. I suppose there might be an opportunity for a firmware update prior to release, and that's perhaps why I'm still seeing no actual Amazon product page for it, so I hope I'll be able to apply that once it's public. I have to reduce my rating to 4 stars due to this and if it keeps happening, I'll have to return to my old set-up
I decided to try live chat online with Bose to discuss this issue, but the rep was not aware of this new Series II version of the Solo 15 but promised to send me a different contact email/number. Fair enough. I was expecting a generic email with an 0800 number or something, but much to my surprise, I got a personal email from the technical support manager who offered to ship me a brand new Series II with the fix for the freezing issue in place that day to arrive the next day (a Saturday), as well as a UPS return label so they could take a look at the original Solo 15 Series II and diagnose it. This gentleman was also courteous enough to call me personally. The next day the new Solo 15 Series II arrived as promised and I set it up as before, so far with no freezing issues. I was pretty much astonished by Bose's customer service here (especially being just a humble Vine reviewer) and my view of the company has gone up tenfold. Good customer service is rare these days, so perhaps this explains the higher prices of Bose items. Rating back up to 5-stars.