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Bose 900 Soundbar Review

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This high-end soundbar has an exceptionally wide soundstage for immersive surround sound performance when watching movies and a well-balanced sound profile.

However, there are other cheaper options with good surround sound and satisfying bass.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Bose 900 Soundbar is a premium speaker announced in late 2021. Its use of PhaseGuide technology allows it to create a broad and immersive soundstage since sound gets beamed throughout the room.

Available in either black or white, the speaker features Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity support and compatibility with Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.

This makes it ideal for hassle-free music streaming. The soundbar also has two up-firing drivers that help create the illusion of height, and like any top-tier speaker, it supports audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus.

Like most popular soundbars, the Bose 900 also gets reasonably loud, averaging about 96.4 dB at max volume. It also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which can be managed through the Bose Music app.

Its physical inputs include an Optical Audio In, a HDMI ARC port, and one Ethernet port.

Consensus

our Verdict

Aside from good construction, the Bose 900 also boasts a neutral sound profile that’s great for all audio content and an exceptional soundstage, providing an immersive movie and TV-watching experience due to the amplified aspect of height and width in its sound.

Wireless connectivity is stellar, with Bluetooth, WiFi, Chromecast, Apple AirPlay, and Spotify support. ADAPTiQ technology optimizes audio output depending on the size of the room it is in, but there’s no subwoofer.

The soundbar supports Dolby Atmos content and also delivers clear vocal projection. With a low tested latency for ARC (56ms) and Optical connections (55ms), audio-visuals are in sync, but it lacks a Full HDMI In port.

Its port selection is limited, with one Optical Audio In and 1 Ethernet port. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support DTS content.

Reason to Buy

  • Great build quality
  • Wide soundstage for immersive listening
  • Many options for wireless connectivity
  • Balanced sound profile that’s great for different music genres
  • Low latency for in-sync audio-visuals

Reason to Avoid

  • Unimpressive bass levels due to lack of subwoofer
  • No support for DTS content
  • Limited surround sound performance
  • Limited port selection

Bose 900 Soundbar Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth4.21"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.29"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5.1.2
SubwooferSubwooferOptional (sold separately)
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight12.68 lbs
WidthWidth41.14"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Bluetooth, Google Assistant, Remote Control, Wi-Fi

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The Bose 900 Soundbar is a premium speaker announced in late 2021. Its use of PhaseGuide technology allows it to create a broad and immersive…

The Bose 900 Soundbar is a premium speaker announced in late 2021. Its use of PhaseGuide technology allows it to create a broad and immersive soundstage since sound gets beamed throughout the room.

Available in either black or white, the speaker features Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity support and compatibility with Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.

This makes it ideal for hassle-free music streaming. The soundbar also has two up-firing drivers that help create the illusion of height, and like any top-tier speaker, it supports audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus.

Like most popular soundbars, the Bose 900 also gets reasonably loud, averaging about 96.4 dB at max volume. It also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which can be managed through the Bose Music app.

Its physical inputs include an Optical Audio In, a HDMI ARC port, and one Ethernet port.

The Bose 900 Soundbar ships only as a soundbar, so it might delight customers who are short of space and unable to accommodate a full…

The Bose 900 Soundbar ships only as a soundbar, so it might delight customers who are short of space and unable to accommodate a full soundbar, such as the Bose 900 Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module, which we’ve looked into in our Bose 900 Soundbar with Speakers + Bass Module review. The Bose Soundbar 900 also doesn’t come with a subwoofer and satellite speakers, unlike the Bose 900, which includes a Bass Module. As a result, the Bose 900 + Bass Module has a higher max volume.

The Bose 900 Soundbar is a 5.0.2 channel soundbar, while the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a 3.0 channel soundbar, and as a result, its…

The Bose 900 Soundbar is a 5.0.2 channel soundbar, while the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a 3.0 channel soundbar, and as a result, its surround sound output is much better. The Bose 900 also supports Dolby Atmos content, while the Bose 700 does not. Check out our Bose Smart Soundbar 700 review for more info on it.

The Bose 900 Soundbar ships with a 1.5m Digital Optical Cable while the Sonos Arc does not, but the Sonos Arc supports DTS audio quality…

The Bose 900 Soundbar ships with a 1.5m Digital Optical Cable while the Sonos Arc does not, but the Sonos Arc supports DTS audio quality while the Bose 900 Soundbar does not.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Depth

4.21"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Height

2.29"

Number of Audio Channels

5.1.2

Subwoofer

Optional (sold separately)

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Score Card

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Expert Score

75

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Customer Score

87

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True Score

78

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Score

    74
    The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is good for mixed usage. Thanks to its room correction… read more

    By:

  • Tom’s Guide
    66.71

    Category Trust Score

    70
    The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 supports Atmos, has lots of features and produces good sound… read more

    By:

  • Sound Guys
    82.54

    Category Trust Score

    NR
    For an all in one home theatre system with 3D Dolby Atmos sound, this one… read more

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  • CNET
    54.51

    Category Trust Score

    80
    Excellent sound quality, Beautifully constructed, Ability to connect Bose headphones, Costly, Streaming not as comprehensive… read more

    By:

  • Digital Trends
    75.48

    Category Trust Score

    80
    “The Smart Soundbar 900 adds Dolby Atmos for only $100 more, making it a superb… read more

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  • Best Buy Blog
    0

    Category Trust Score

    NR
    Most sound bars look alike, but they definitely don’t sound alike. In my opinion, choosing… read more

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