Bose Soundbar 500 vs KEF HTF7003 review

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Rating 5 5
Bose Soundbar 500
vs
KEF HTF7003

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Bose Soundbar 500 vs KEF HTF7003 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Bose Soundbar 500 was rated 7, while the KEF HTF7003 has a rating 5.

Audio features

Soundbars have different amplification type - active versus passive respectively to devices. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The Soundbar 500 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Soundbar 500. Bluetooth support integrated in the Soundbar 500. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Soundbar 500. We rated the connectivity of the Soundbar 500 at 8 out of 10, while the HTF7003 was rated 4/10. The manufacturer of the Soundbar 500 provides a device control application. The Bose Soundbar 500 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Soundbar 500. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review.

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Product

Bose Soundbar 500
KEF HTF7003

Model

Soundbar 500
HTF7003

Brand

Bose
KEF

Reviews

147
11

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

microphone
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
3/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
2.1/4.6
Bose Soundbar 500
KEF HTF7003
Bose Soundbar 500
KEF HTF7003

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 5
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500
  • 5KEF HTF7003

The Bose Soundbar 500 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Soundbar 500 price