ZVOX SB380 vs Bose Solo 5 review

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Rating 5 5
ZVOX SB380
vs
Bose Solo 5

The ZVOX SB380 vs Bose Solo 5 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. Both soundbars received a score of 4 in our ranking.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that SB380 has 3.1 and Solo 5 has 2.0. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the ZVOX SB380. Rate 6 out of 10 received the ZVOX SB380 for audio features and specs, but the Bose Solo 5 received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the Solo 5. Neither the SB380 nor Solo 5 has the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the SB380 at 4 out of 10, while the Solo 5 was rated 3/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the Solo 5 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the SB380 or Solo 5. 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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Common

Product

ZVOX SB380
Bose Solo 5

Model

SB380
Solo 5

Brand

ZVOX
Bose

Reviews

278
2244

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

45

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

2/0
1/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

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

88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.3
21.6 x 2.8 x 3.4/54.9 x7 x 8.6

Weight, kg/pounds

4/9.8
1.7/3.7
ZVOX SB380
Bose Solo 5
ZVOX SB380
Bose Solo 5

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4ZVOX SB380
  • 4Bose Solo 5

The ZVOX SB380 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check ZVOX SB380 price