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Bose SoundTouch 300 offers crazy-wide sound in a small boxThe Bose SoundTouch 300 is a subwooferless sound bar that offers excellent performance, but be prepared to spend some money.
If you're in the market for a soundbar that can produce a really big sound from a really small box, then the Bose Soundtouch 300 is a first soundbar I could think of. This is a $700 soundbar which offers excellent movie sound and even decent music replay. This is a three channel speaker with the wall bouncing wide effect The bar has an HDMI input with 4k compatibility as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi streaming. You can also use Bose's SoundTouch app to stream to this and other SoundTouch speakers throughout your house. As much as I like this sound bar though, of course, there's caveats. The first is that there's no sub-woofer. So there's no deep bass response. If you want that, you have to pay another $700 for the Acousta Mass 300 sub. And if you want surround, there's another $300 for the satellites. Even without the extras, you will need a room with bare walls for the Bose to bounce sound onto. This is what gives the sound bar its ultra wide sound stage. Though I'm not usually a fan of wide sounding music, the Bose does a great job in pulling out details in music you've heard a million times and presenting it in a new way. But hold on to your manual and be prepared for a weird set up process. You'll have to wear this headset. And sit through five runs of calibration routines in completely different positions for it to sound it's best. As a $700 system, the Bose is definitely better than the [UNKNOWN] at the same price. It offers better clarity and a better wide effect. But the Bose is not the sound bar to get if you just want something without a [UNKNOWN] Look to the Z Box SB500 or Samsun MS650 instead. And also save yourself a few hundred bucks. As a full system with surrounds and a sub, the resultingly $1,700 Sound Touch 300 is very likeable and fun but it's just not the best value. [MUSIC]