Bose Soundbar 500 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Bose Soundbar 500 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison chart

Overall
Bose Soundbar 500
7.4
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
7.6
8
10

Bose Soundbar 500 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

Bose Soundbar 500
vs
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Bose Soundbar 500 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The Bose Soundbar 500 was rated 7.4, while the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, microphone for the Soundbar 500 and microphone, action for the Smart Soundbar 300.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the Soundbar 500 via wireless, but Smart Soundbar 300 has wired and wireless connection type. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Bose Soundbar 500 for audio features and specs, but the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

AirPlay 2 supported by both soundbars. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify. Audio streaming from Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM is in each of the presented soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the Soundbar 500, so in the Smart Soundbar 300 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 8/10.

Features

Both devices have integrated voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 may 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. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Bose Smart Soundbar 300

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Advantages Bose Smart Soundbar 300 over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Bose Soundbar 500
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Model

Soundbar 500
Smart Soundbar 300

Brand

Bose
Bose

Reviews

365
79

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone
microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
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
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

80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
66 x 5 x 10.1/26.5 x 2.2 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
3.6/8

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Bose Soundbar 500
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Bose Soundbar 500
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.4Bose Soundbar 500
  • 7.6Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Smart Soundbar 300 price

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