I had a chance to test and compare two models: Bose Soundbar 500 vs LG SK1 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Bose Soundbar 500 was rated 7.4, while the LG SK1 has a rating 4.5.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Soundbar 500 has 3.0 and SK1 has 2.0. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Bose Soundbar 500 for audio features and specs, but the LG SK1 received 5 out of 10. The Soundbar 500 can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Soundbar 500. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Soundbar 500. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Soundbar 500 at 8 out of 10, while the SK1 was rated 6/10. 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.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Soundbar 500. 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.