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alaScore 95

1758 reviews

Apr, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analysed 1758 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and usability. The reliability and size also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the value for money.

size, reliability, usability, design

We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Bose SOLO is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 1758 reviews)

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Bose Solo TV Sound System review


The pedestal design means that no separate subwoofer is deemed necessary, with the Solo able to accommodate four drivers (of unspecified size and power) and two rear-facing bass ports.

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Bose Solo review


Improved audio over your TV, but limited inputs aren't ideal for set-top boxes

Considering it isn’t particularly suited to larger TVs, you’ll most likely be putting the Solo underneath a second set in a bedroom rather than a living room. It does boost sound quality compared to the speakers built into your TV, but no better than...

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Bose Solo


Bose boosts TV sound with a simple if overpriced speaker base

Solid sound quality ; Easy to install and use ; Sturdy, discreet design

Limited features for the money ; Expensive ; Optical input access

There are also no sound modes or adjustments either, but we quite like the simplicity of that. There’s on-board Dolby Digital decoding, while Bose’s proprietary digital signal processing optimises the sound and keeps the volume level consistent. Bose’s...


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Bose Solo


A boost for TV sound, but it's not enough

Sounds better than the average flatscreen ; Decent sense of scale

Limited inputs ; Price ; Dialogue sounds hard and compressed ; Bass sounds loose and detached

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Bose Solo reveals what is missing from TV sound


The Bose Solo fits snugly beneath my Sharp 42 inch TV. The sound from this 50 watt unit is so much better than 10 watt stereo plus 15 watt subwoofer on the TV, especially when connected via the optical output port. There is a real thump to the base not...

outstanding sound quality., easy to install

a bit pricy but you get what you pay for

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Bose Solo TV Sound System Review


In the heyday of CRT picture tube technology, owning a 29" TV set was a status symbol in itself. These bulky displays sported surprisingly well-made inbuilt speakers, while some even featured onboard subwoofers. Unfortunately, sound in TV sets was...

Its 3" height affords a slim, low-profile silhouette that blends in with most TV sets. However, a width and depth of 20.75" x 12.25" means the TV has to be placed on top of the soundbar. This restricts the maximum size of the TV set to 42", and you're...

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Bose Solo TV sound system


Bose basically created the "lifestyle" home audio category, so it's surprising the company has been slow to embrace sound bars. Nevertheless, the Bose Solo ($400 street) is a strong offering in the booming sound bar market. It utilizes a pedestal...

The Bose Solo is among the best-looking sound bars available, with a clutter-free pedestal design. The included remote is excellent and dead simple to use. Its sound quality is unambiguously better than a TV's built-in speakers, especially for movies...

The Solo falls short of the sound quality of both other pedestal sound bars and traditional sound bars that include a wireless subwoofer. It lacks a front-panel display, so you won't know if its volume level is maxed out or not. And the Solo's small...

Although its sonic talents are comparatively modest, the Bose Solo is an exceedingly handsome and easy-to-use sound bar.

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"Excellent unit for the price"


Others have detailed the fact that you will get what you pay for with this unit. I'd say it is a bargain for the sound and size. Most impressive. I have owned, or now own, about 6 Bkse products, and this one produces the least volume of all but for the...

Excellent sound for the price

Powers itself down and does not turn on automatically. This would not matter if it powered down after a few hours, but, as it is, I think it powers down in minutes.

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"quality sound, not loud sound."


opon opening the box for this, there is a note saying how bose uses the finest materials and such to deliver the highest quality sound, reading down on the same letter it talk about not having to much bass, because it not real basically. so you can...

great mid-range volume, it is amazing the quality.

- even with 320kb/s songs you can't have it LOUD(its just asking it to do to much for 4 midrange speakers to do)

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"AWESOME SOUND The unit far exceeds any others I checked"




I wish there was some kind of indication of sound level either on the box or to the TV.

Product Specifications


Active / Passive Speakers:Active
Signal Connection:Wired

General Features

Number of Speakers:1
Sound Projector:Sound Projector
Speaker Type:Front/Center Speaker