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Bose Smart Soundbar 700 Review

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While the Smart Soundbar 700 offers superb audio quality, the lack of a subwoofer and missing surround sound speakers makes it difficult for more discerning buyers to justify its high-end pricing, as there are other options with more to offer at that price point.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a high-end 3.0-channel speaker that was first released into the market in late 2018.

The Bose 700’s wide soundstage makes it ideal for homeowners with large rooms, and as is common among the best soundbars around, it can also get loud without the sound distorting at max volume.

The speaker’s compact size also makes it a great option for users who don’t have as much space at their disposal, and like most top speakers, it also has both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and can be used to stream content from Chromecast and Apple AirPlay.

Its wired connectivity options are also limited, as it has one Optical Audio In port and one HDMI ARC port. It doesn’t feature any HDMI ports, and since it doesn’t ship with a subwoofer, it does not produce the thunderous rumble that low-bass fans might appreciate.

Consensus

our Verdict

The 3.0 channel Bose Smart Soundbar 700 shines with a well-balanced, neutral sound profile that reproduces dialogue accurately, and its wide soundstage plus room correction feature helps create an immersive listening experience when playing movies.

Wireless connectivity is possible through Bluetooth, WiFi, Chromecast, and Apple AirPlay support for seamless music streaming, while Google Assistant and Alexa support facilitate quick voice commands.

Its low-tested 20ms and 39ms latency over ARC and Optical connections keep sound and video in sync, and its loud max volume delivers a room-filling audio experience without any distortion – an attribute we’ve also listed in our Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review.

However, the Soundbar doesn’t produce a thumpy bass response, and its port selection is poor, with only an Optical Audio In and an Ethernet port.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Accurate vocal reproduction
  • Loud max volume
  • Wide soundstage produces immersive sound
  • Low latency for zero lag when playing audio-visual content
  • Excellent wireless connectivity options

Reason to Avoid

  • No thumpy bass response due to missing subwoofer
  • Poor port selection
  • No support for Dolby Atmos

Bose Smart Soundbar 700 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth13.38"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight7.13"
SubwooferSubwooferOptional (sold separately)
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight23.2 lbs
WidthWidth43.3"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Bluetooth, Google Assistant

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)63.496
High End Roll Off (Hz)16,731.295
Max Volume Test (db)95.9
Latency (ms)20
THD @ 80dB0.37

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Market Context

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a high-end 3.0-channel speaker that was first released into the market in late 2018. The Bose 700’s wide soundstage makes…

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a high-end 3.0-channel speaker that was first released into the market in late 2018.

The Bose 700’s wide soundstage makes it ideal for homeowners with large rooms, and as is common among the best soundbars around, it can also get loud without the sound distorting at max volume.

The speaker’s compact size also makes it a great option for users who don’t have as much space at their disposal, and like most top speakers, it also has both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and can be used to stream content from Chromecast and Apple AirPlay.

Its wired connectivity options are also limited, as it has one Optical Audio In port and one HDMI ARC port. It doesn’t feature any HDMI ports, and since it doesn’t ship with a subwoofer, it does not produce the thunderous rumble that low-bass fans might appreciate.

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a well-built speaker that might appeal to buyers courtesy of its compact design and availability in white trim. It…

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a well-built speaker that might appeal to buyers courtesy of its compact design and availability in white trim. It also has a room correction feature and an EQ preset that is missing on the Bose Smart Soundbar 300. It ships with a HDMI cable while the Bose 300 does not. Check out our Bose 900 soundbar review for more on what it has to offer.

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 does not support Dolby Atmos content while the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 does, and the Bose 700 also has a…

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 does not support Dolby Atmos content while the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 does, and the Bose 700 also has a better-balanced sound profile than the Bose 900. However, the Bose 900 gets a lot louder than the Bose 700.

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 supports Bluetooth playback while the Sonos Arc does not, but the Sonos Arc has an auto volume/night mode while the…

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 supports Bluetooth playback while the Sonos Arc does not, but the Sonos Arc has an auto volume/night mode while the Bose 700 does not. Also, the Sonos Arc allows for height adjustment while the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 does not, and it can render both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus sound formats while the Sonos Arc cannot.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Depth

13.38"

4.21"

4.21"

4.56"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

No

No

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

7.13"

2.29"

2.29"

3.43"

Subwoofer

Optional (sold separately)

Optional (sold separately)

Optional (sold separately)

Optional (sold separately)

Voice Assistant

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Amazon Alexa

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    73
    The Bose Soundbar 700 is decent for mixed usage. Overall, it’s a really premium and… Read More

    By:

    Jean-Simon Bonneterre
  • Techgear Lab
    85.83

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Bose Smart Soundbar is our favorite soundbar, as it creates an immersive and exciting… Read More

    By:

    Michelle Powell
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The Bose Soundbar 700 looks smart, sounds smart and actually is smart thanks to the… Read More

    By:

    Stephen Withers
  • Digital Trends
    75.48

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    “Bose brings stellar looks, superb sound, and features galore to this soundbar.” Read More

    By:

    Simon Cohen
  • Consumer Reports
    40.86

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Expert Reviews UK
    43.18

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    Bose’s Soundbar 700 might replace your smart speaker, but it’s no substitute for a properly… Read More

    By:

    Unknown

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