Bose Solo 5 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Bose Solo 5 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison chart

Overall
Bose Solo 5
4
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
7.6
6
10

Bose Solo 5 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

Bose Solo 5
vs
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Bose Solo 5 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The Bose Solo 5 was rated 4, while the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 has a rating 7.6.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Solo 5 has 2.0 and Smart Soundbar 300 has 3.0. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 5 out of 10 in our ranking. The Smart Soundbar 300 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Smart Soundbar 300. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Smart Soundbar 300. Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Solo 5 at 3 out of 10, while the Smart Soundbar 300 was rated 8/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 equipped with a microphone. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Solo 5 or Smart Soundbar 300. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Bose Smart Soundbar 300 over Bose Solo 5

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Bose Solo 5
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Model

Solo 5
Smart Soundbar 300

Brand

Bose
Bose

Reviews

13457
144

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

21.6 x 2.8 x 3.4/54.9 x7 x 8.6
66 x 5 x 10.1/26.5 x 2.2 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.7/3.7
3.6/8

Other

Release year

2016
2020
Bose Solo 5
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Bose Solo 5
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 7.6
  • 4Bose Solo 5
  • 7.6Bose Smart Soundbar 300

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