This Bose Soundbar 700 review was a big deal for us. Bose is known for making big sound from small boxes. On paper at least, should make it perfectly positioned to deliver some of Bose Soundbar 700 Black Friday Deals 2021 the best soundbars.So here’s the Bose Soundbar 700, which is currently the brand’s premium soundbar offering. This soundbar delivers on its Bose little box/big promise. It gets a lot more volume from its compact size than you would expect. It looks smart too, so certainly seems the kind of thing to pair with one of the best TVs if you’re not planning on getting a huge set, but still expect your gadgets to come with a premium finish – which not all smaller and cheaper soundbars do.owever, the Soundbar 700 lacks a couple of key features, and in doing so falls victims to some strong competition, leaving it as a good, but not truly great, option. Let’s find out why.
Bose is often found at the top end of any audio product category it chooses to be involved in. This is the case with the Soundbar 700. At an official price of PS799/$799/AU$1,199 for a one-body soundbar (meaning it ships without any external subwoofer or rear speakers), its price aligns closely with the Sonos Arc.The Soundbar 700 enjoys some genuinely premium features for the premium price. The Soundbar 700’s Adaptiq auto calibration is a highlight. The soundbar will allow you to place your headset in five of the most popular positions in your room, and then output a series test sounds to optimize the sound for your room. It really does make all the difference in the sound’s dynamics and impact, so take the time to do the routine.
You will also find other premium features and daily use features that I will discuss in the Design and Usability section.
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However, the Soundbar 700’s connections are not as high-end and reliable as I would like. The Soundbar 700’s only HDMI port means that you can only send it audio via HDMI from TVs equipped with ARC/eARC HDMI outputs. The soundbar cannot be used as a switchbox to route audio or video. You also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support with AirPlay 2.
It is also a shame that Soundbar 700 does not support either the Dolby Atmos nor DTS:X object-based sound formats.
Bose may argue that such support doesn’t need on a soundbar without up-firing drivers and ships without rears or subwoofers. You can however add external wireless surround sound and bass speakers to the Soundbar 700, though this will increase the cost by more than twice.
Also, many other soundbars now – including some vastly cheaper models than the Soundbar 700, such as the Sony HT-G700 – use clever acoustic processing to try to deliver some sort of Dolby Atmos or DTS:X effect, and do it well.
The Soundbar 700 isn’t equipped with nearly as many drivers than its comparable-priced rivals. There are only four drivers, and they’re all located behind the soundbars grill front. The Sonos Arc has 11.
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They are designed to preserve clarity while keeping a slim profile. They are also supported by PhaseGuide technology. This is where two small transducers located in the sides of the main driver array send sound beams in multiple directions. It pushes the sound beyond the physical limits of the speaker’s bodywork. To produce cleaner bass, ports at the rear use a resistive screening design.
The Soundbar 700 is a great product. It is able to go louder than one would expect for such a small design. This allows it to avoid distracting distortions. The bass doesn’t phut, or drop out. Under extreme pressure, the trebles will only sound harsh or shrill. No matter how much work it takes, the well-built bodywork doesn’t buzz or rattle.
The Soundbar 700 projects sound far more powerful than its small body. The Soundbar 700 projects have enough left-right dispersion to reach across a large living area wall. This creates a cinematic sense of scale that is unmatched by any TV’s built in speakers.
Even though the Soundbar 700 has a narrow body and no upfiring speakers, there is a subtle sense of verticality in its audio. This slight verticality can be used to make dialogue sound more like it’s coming out of the screen than the speaker.
With its four forward-facing drivers, and the ‘PhaseGuide multidirectional beam elements, the sound system design ensures that vocals sound clear and in the center of the soundbar. There is no unwanted channel leakage into the larger soundstage.
However, the soundstage may not always feel cohesive. Film soundtracks can make effects placement feel a little hazy and the space between the edges can feel unrealized.
Music can be a problem with the Soundbar 700’s acoustic design. The sound quality of the lead vocals is excellent – they are clear, crisp, and dynamic. The stereo separation is strong and I found that the music sound was more free from the confines of the 700 than large movie soundtracks. To my ears, there were elements in the rich musical mix that lacked clarity, balance, and definition.
Soundbar 700 is not as incisive and aggressive with large movie soundtracks. For example, large explosions may Bose Soundbar 700 Black Friday Deals 2021 lack impact when compared to other high-end soundbars. The bass is lacking the range (without the sub), and the nimbleness needed to deliver hard hits.