Bose is, for many, the first and last name in music playback. And for a reason; their sound reproduction is generally spot on and a good way to listen to anything from radio to lossless sound files. And now they’re tackling streaming music with the SoundTouch.
Self-Contained Radio Streaming
Essentially, the SoundTouch series is designed to stream both your MP3 collection and Internet radio services without needing any sort of PC connected to it. Basically all you need is a WiFi router and the ability to turn the SoundTouch series on. Then it pretty much takes care of the rest, although you’ll need to keep the remote handy for your Pandora skips.
Even better, the SoundTouch system comes in multiple types to help you put it on the shelf. If you want Bose’s traditional tiny but room-filling speaker units, those are available, of course. But if you want your Internet radio streaming through the clock radio that Bose has sold so many units of, that’s available as well. You can even get it in a traditional stereo format if you want to incorporate it into your hi-fi setup, or if you’re just looking for a unit with detachable speakers.
And, of course, they all come with an app you can load on your tablet or phone to control the music, or serve as a remote. And they’re fully AirPlay compatible, which will be useful because…
Only Starting In Scope
…There aren’t a lot of services that are compatible right out of the box just yet. There’s Pandora, of course, but if you use a service like Deezer or IHeartRadio, Bose recommends you use AirPlay to stream to those units until it adds compatibility later in 2014. But if you use Pandora, or just want to get the jump on everyone, SoundTouch systems start in $400.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.