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Bose Wi-Fi speaker has a SoundTouch too much bassThe Bose SoundTouch 30 keeps a good pace for both price and feature count, though its sound quality, while quite decent, is bettered by some other speakers.
[SOUND] the Bose SoundTouch 30 is the company's flagship tabletop wi-fi speaker. And to the same price as Sonos' flagship, the Play 5. They both cost $500. So why would you choose the Bose over the market leader? The answer is that the Bose has some features the Sonos lacks. Given that Bose makes the most popular bluetooth speaker it's no surprise to find blue tooth on the SoundTouch 30. The second convenience feature is these shortcut buttons which you can program to play a favorite radio station, playlist, or whatever you want. It also has a handy display. Meanwhile the [UNKNOWN] just has a play button and volume control. And thirdly, the Bose comes with a remote, which is handy if you don't feel like digging around for your telephone. Sound quality between the two rivals is different as you'd expect. The Sonos has a smoother sound that sounds better with more genres of music. Meanwhile, the Bose has a present heavy sound that suits close mic vocals and jazz, but can sound a little too bright with punk or pop especially over bluetooth Bose tried to make a lot of bass out of small cabinets. More like both sound exaggerated, the Sonos is more successful. Depending on the type of track, I found the bass on the Bose could actually distort, which didn't happen on the Sonos. So you may wanna To tune the bass EQ down a little if you listen to a lot of Skrillex or similar dance music. The Bose offers a lot of convenience features and is a lot easier to set up than it used to be. But with less streaming services and a very specific, exciting sound it's very good, but not quite as recommendable as the Sonos Play 5. [MUSIC]