Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
|Speaker Type||Surround Sound|
|Model Name||Soundbar 500 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black|
About this item
- Designed slim and engineered powerful for a better sound experience that won't get in the way of your TV screen
- Built in voice assistants, like Alexa and the Google Assistant, with superior voice pickup from a noise rejecting eight microphone Array
- With Wi Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple airplay 2 compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want
- Play integrated music services like Spotify, music and audible through Bluetooth or Wi Fi connections
- Control comes easy with three different ways to manage what you hear: voice, Bose music app, or included remote
- Simple Bose music app driven setup with detailed prompts ; Supported audio format: Dolby Digital, DTS; Video source compatibility: HDMI
- Add the optional Bose bass Module and Bose Surround Speakers to feel the impact of thunderous bass and full on surround sound
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Bose Soundbar 500
Movie night. Every night.
Lately, you might find yourself spending more time streaming shows or movies. So, let’s turn your everyday living room into a home theater. The Bose Soundbar 500 provides immersive sound and has Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant built in.
Want to kick it up a notch? Add more.
For those who want more room-rocking sound, add the Bose Bass Module 500. Pair it with the Bose Surround Speakers to be in the center of the action. And with the optional Bose Soundbar Universal Remote, control your entire entertainment system.
Meet the Family: They’re even better all together.
The Soundbar 500 is part of the new family of Bose smart speakers, which includes the Bose Home Speaker 300, the Bose Home Speaker 500, the Bose Portable Home Speaker, and the Bose Soundbar 700. Because nothing makes a home feel homier than every room filled with astonishing Bose sound.
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|Connectivity Technology||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI||Bluetooth, HDMI, Auxillary||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI||Wireless|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 31.5 x 1.75 inches||4.02 x 26.58 x 2.21 inches||4.02 x 23.38 x 2.21 inches||2.44 x 4.29 x 36.6 inches||2.08 x 5.15 x 35 inches||25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9 inches|
|Item Weight||7.00 lbs||8.09 lbs||7.60 lbs||20.00 lbs||—||6.35 lbs|
|Speaker Type||Surround Sound||Soundbar||Soundbar||Soundbars||Soundbar||Soundbar|
The Bose sound bar 500 is meant to be heard, not seen. It fits discreetly under your TV screen, so you won’t even know it’s there — until you hear it. Built-in voice assistants, like Alexa and the Google assistant, let you enjoy millions of songs, internet radio stations, playlists, and more — hands free. Experience superior voice pickup from a custom-designed eight-microphone array that will still hear you even over loud music.
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I bought this on Thanksgiving and it was my biggest purchase of the year, its my first ever Bose speaker. Install was easy, i know quite a few people mentioned its difficult to install, but I have to say unless you are from stone age (which means you are not efficient with your smart phone) the installation process is just as simple as setting up some random online account. In terms of the sound quality, I have to say I was hoping for more. I hoped the sound was more surrounded giving that its Bose. I can feel the sound comes from a single source in front of you, and its a just a clearer, louder version of the TV sound. It doesn't make you feel like you are immersed into whats playing in your TV. I think its still very very far away from the experience of a good set of 5.1 sound system or in a cinema. But its probably one of the best TV soundbar out there.
Now, as for the 1 star. I had it for 1.5 days, a total use time of less than 5 hours, before it decided to go into perpetual updating mode. There is nothing I could do, it doesn't respond to any command it just got stuck at something while updating the software, not even responding to the factor reset command via the remote control. And there is no button on the soundbar. Very disappointing.... my first Bose speaker and it just died. Caused me more trouble than enjoyment so far.
Contacted Bose and they agreed to do an exchange. Since I had a trip in two weeks they said they would send out a new one to me and once I got it just send the faulty one back, because otherwise the exchange process would usually take three to four weeks before I can get a new one. I waited for almost two weeks and no new sound bar came. I called Bose and they said nothing was indeed sent to me!!! They said I will have to send the faulty one back before they could do anything. What!? I asked at least 3 times to confirmed a new one was being sent to me in the first call. The sloppiness is laughable. I know you don't know what the other service support person said, but thats very irresponsible for a company selling luxury electronics. No record, just making things up.
I gave up on them and I left for the trip. I came back on 12/30 and decided to send Amazon a message to see what they could do. Within 5 mins, they said they would send one out. I got it the very next day!!! On New Years Eve!!! Thats amazing! I would have given Amazon 5 stars if there is a choice.
This new sound bar hasn't gone into perpetual updating mode yet, thank god! But two cons I noticed using it:
1) It doesn't really hear you say "Alexa" when its playing music. I had to shout really loud even the other Alexa in the other room responded. I was just about 6 foot away from it, although the sound may have been blocked by the TV. But in general, we have to raise our voice to talk to Alexa when the sound bar is playing music even we are standing next to it. And I have a feeling this Alexa doesn't understand as well as the other Alexa thats on an Echo.
2) This sound bar Alexa doesn't have all the functions as the normal Echo Alexa. Things like "remind me in 15 mins" or "set a timer" the Bose sound bar Alexa said she couldn't do it. Shame because I use it very often.
Update: The replacement arrived and although this one powered up (and, yes, it takes a solid 10 seconds for this thing to boot up every time before it's usable), it sounds like crap. Seriously... the sound is flat and there is no bass (yes, the bass module is sold separately for another $400, but should it be??). TV dialogue is an improvement over the TV speakers, but movie sound effects and music sounds awful. My Bose Soundlink Revolve ($200) sounds better and has richer bass than this soundbar!! Also the app and interface is a little clunky.
This soundbar would be good for a TV in the bedroom where you don't ever want it loud and don't want bass but need to hear TV dialogue and will never play music through it.
Returned this and went with the Sony X9000F 2.1ch Sound bar that came with a wireless subwoofer, a ton of features, Dolby Atmos surround sound, sounds 1000 better out of the box for movies and music, and cost $50 less (or $450 less if you were thinking about buying the add-on subwoofer for the Bose).
Final answer: THE BOSE 500 SOUNDBAR IS JUNK!!!
Top reviews from other countries
I wouldn't get this for a very large system but for middle aged people who like to enjoy a movie with decent sound, this was a good way to go. Slick and unseen under the TV. Set up was very easy, I don't understand everyone else complaining about it. HDMI cable from TV to Bose, power cable to the bose. And it connects with your Bluetooth devices too, if you want to play music from some other source. It was up and running in a few minutes. I had to wrangle the Samsung remote for a few minutes but by day 2 it becomes natural to control everything from the third party remote.
Good value. Good sound, even without the woofer. I would presume if I added the woofer I would be even more happy. And you get the bose sound and quality, I have been a bose man for many years now, pay a bit of a premium for the name but they are great and worth the money in my mind.
Pero insisto lo mejor la calidad del sonido