You could consider the Bose Solo TV Sound System a good first step into the world of home theater. Bose’s systems have a reputation for creating clear precise sound however, the one flaw I’ve always found with their systems is a lack of punch. Even Bose’s systems that include a subwoofer module are missing the proverbial oomph that you need and expect in a good home theater system. That being said the Bose Solo TV Sound System is easy to setup, sounds clear, and perhaps more importantly, it looks good doing it.



Bose Solo TV Sound System Appearance

The Bose Solo TV Sound System is a handsome looking unit. The curved Solo utilizes a pedestal form factor which means it’s designed for you to set your TV on top of it. The nice thing about this is that it won’t block the IR signal of your remote to the TV. However, the one drawback to the Bose Solo is that it only supports 40lbs, which means it’s relegated to setting under 32″ TVs or very light weight 42/46″ TVs. If your TV is over the 40lb threshold you may need to set the unit on a shelf on your entertainment center. Even though it’s made of plastic it doesn’t feel cheap. It feels solid to the touch and is weighty. Bose took a note from Apple’s play book and made the remote as simple as possible. It has a total of 4 buttons; on/off, volume up, volume down and mute. You can’t get more basic than that. For people who like to tweak settings this may be a disappointment. However, this fits in with Bose’s marketing strategy. Bose touts it’s ease of use as a key selling feature and the Bose Solo TV Sound System fits right in.



Bose Solo TV Sound System

Truth be told, there’s not a lot to talk about here. The Solo has a very limited amount of connectivity options. Flip the unit around and you’ll see that it has 1 digital coaxial, 1 digital optical, and 1 analog audio input. Limited amount of connectivity options make the entire setup process a breeze and something that can be done in a matter of minutes. Most will simply need to only connect a digital optical or coaxial cable to their TV and that’s it. No muss, no fuss.


Bose Solo TV System Performance

The Bose Solo TV Sound System is not a replacement for a good 5.1 home theater system, but it definitely sounds better than most TV speakers. Using the Bose Solo for regular TV viewing enables it to strut its stuff. Dialogue comes across crystal clear and crisp. The Solo also emanates a wide sound stage.


When we switched to an action Blu-ray movie, the Bose Solo TV Sound Systems shortcomings became apparent. Most sound bars include a subwoofer. The subwoofer is capable of reproducing low frequency sounds that can help give fullness and richness to audio tracks. Without a subwoofer the Solo is missing the extra oomph that a good audio system needs. The Bose  is capable of producing some low frequency sounds, but without a subwoofer it doesn’t have the punch that our ears crave. The Bose Solo TV Sound System isn’t completely void of bass, it’s just not quite what we expect. What bass it does produce is very clear and accurate and not muddy or boomy. If anything I guess you can describe the sound from the Solo as very clinical. For music the Bose Solo is adequate however, like mentioned above, it lacks the depth that other sound systems have that include a subwoofer.



The Bose Solo TV Sound System is a definite upgrade over any TV speaker. It’s probably best suited for everyday TV/movie viewing where the emphasis is on audibly precise and clear dialogue. If you’re looking for a theater like experience, then this probably isn’t the solution for you. While it sounds good enough, it’s lack of a subwoofer robs the unit of some much needed depth. On the other hand, if you want solid sound quality in a compact, simple, and unobtrusive design then the Bose Solo may be a viable option for you.


Manufacturer Contact Information

Onkyo (800) 229-1687  Denon (201) 762-6665  Yamaha (800) 4-YAMAHA

Pioneer (800) 421-1404 pioneerelectronics.comHarman Kardon (203) 328-3500 harmankardon.comSamsung 1-800-SAMSUNG

Seiki Digital 1 (855) 697-3454 www.seiki.comSony (877) 865-SONY sony.comSharp USA 1-800-237-4277

Please like & share:

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)