Bose VS Sonos: A good Soundbar may completely change the way you listen to music at home. Although the speakers built into your TV can be good, they usually fall short of the experience you’ll receive from a dedicated system.
Of course, there are some excellent soundbars available. The Sonos Playbar and the Bose SoundTouch 700, for example.
But which is the superior option? The two soundbars are nearly the same price – $699 and $799, respectively. However, they do not provide the same experience. We pitted the two against each other to see which is the superior alternative.
Playbar by Sonos
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Because soundbars all have a similar design, the Sonos Playbar and the Bose SoundTouch 700 have a similar overall shape. The two, however, are not identical. The Sonos Playbar is higher than it is deep, but the Bose SoundTouch 700 is the opposite.
Both soundbars have a rather simple design, which we think is a good thing. The front of the Sonos Playbar is elegant, with a black and silver colour scheme and a few buttons on the left side, including a play/pause button and volume controls. The Bose does away with the silver, opting instead for black, which many people prefer. It’s sleek and understated, and it should go well almost any home theatre setup.
The greatest difference between the two is that the Bose SoundTouch 700 comes with a remote, whereas the Sonos Playbar requires you to configure your TV’s remote to control it. Both alternatives are excellent. Because the Sonos doesn’t come with a remote, you won’t have to get used to adding another to your collection. However, the remote that comes with the Bose SoundTouch 700 is a universal remote that can also operate your TV, so you’ll only have to use one remote to control your entire system.
Both of these soundbars look fantastic in general. The Bose SoundTouch 700 has a somewhat sleeker and more minimalistic aesthetic, but some people will like the Sonos Playbar’s silver accents.
Soundtouch 700 by Bose
The main reason to buy one of these soundbars, of course, has nothing to do with how they appear – it’s all about how they sound. The two items sound very similar when it comes to sound, which is a positive thing.
Both of these speakers provide a lot of bass response, but it’s not overwhelming. If you desire more bass, both soundbars support subwoofers. Both soundbars have a little more natural and noticeable mid-range and high-end, so if you want clarity in the high-end, either will be a fantastic choice.
In the sound department, there are some variances between the two. The Bose SoundTouch 700, for example, appears to be slightly better at simulating surround sound, albeit not by much.
If you’re currently using your TV’s speakers for sound, both of these soundbars will vastly increase the overall sound quality.
Both of these soundbars demonstrate that soundbars are becoming smarter. Both operate with Alexa, which is a crucial feature to consider because it means you can ask Alexa to play your favourite music through the soundbar. Furthermore, the Sonos Playbar can sync wirelessly with other Sonos speakers, allowing for multi-room audio, which is incredibly useful.
The Bose SoundTouch, on the other hand, may go a step further. The soundbar can pair with your phone via Bluetooth, allowing you to play your favourite tunes directly from your phone, as well as effortlessly pairing with the soundbar’s NFC capabilities. It can also connect via Wi-Fi, and you can manage it with the Bose app.
The Bose SoundTouch 700 is, in our opinion, the somewhat better option here. Both speakers have outstanding audio quality and a nice design, but the Bose speaker’s sleekness, along with the fact that it emulates a surround sound system a little better, puts it ahead. We also like that the SoundTouch 700 can connect to your phone through Bluetooth, which means you’re not locked into one app if you don’t want to be.
Still, the Sonos is a terrific alternative – not only is it well-designed, but it also connects with Sonos’ larger ecosystem, so if you already have Sonos speakers, it may be the superior pick.