Flat TVs are great. They take up less space in your living room; they look stunning; and provide great pixel resolution to all your favourite movies and celebrity close-ups. The only problem with televisions is that they have evolved and gotten so thin, they offer little space for a decent set of speakers, resulting in the sound from most TVs feeling a little flat and lacking in oomph.
A smart option is to get a full surround sound set-up, but if space is still a concern, then a soundbar offers the optimum solution.
These long, thin speakers are designed to sit underneath your TV, and offer a massive boost in sound quality compared with the speakers that are built into your television.
But why should you consider going for the Bose SoundTouch 300 in particular? We’ve assembled the top five reasons for you below.
It looks stunning
The days of having to put up with ugly electronics if you want a decent level of sound quality are long gone.
The Bose SoundTouch 300 is styled with a fantastic looking glass top that won’t look out of place next to even the most high-end televisions.
But although it’s got a sleek, premium design, the soundbar’s understated black construction means that this isn’t a piece of equipment that’s going to distract your eyes when you’re watching a film or your favourite TV show.
It’s the best of both worlds.
It's packing hi-tech surround sound
One of the advantages of not relying on your TV’s built-in speakers is surround sound, which allows you to get completely immersed in the action as sound whizzes around you.
You might be forgiven for thinking that a soundbar isn’t able to offer surround sound. After all, all its speakers are located in front of you.
Thankfully the Bose SoundTouch 300 has a little trick up its sleeve called ‘PhaseGuide’.
This form of immersive sound (from one visible speaker) is able to project sound around your living room, and make it appear as though a sound is coming from the side of you when it’s actually being produced by the bar itself.
It's got big bass without the flab
Everybody loves a bit of bass. After all, nothing gets the pulse racing quite like a thunderous soundtrack or sound effects that almost feel like they’re making the room vibrate.
But the sad truth is that many speakers struggle to put out big bass without the sound getting flabby and distorted.
But when it comes to the Bose SoundTouch 300, it’s got a little trick up its sleeve.
This trick is Bose’s Quietport technology, which allows it to put out thumping bass at high volumes without sacrificing clarity or sound accuracy.
It can handle your music needs as well
If you’re investing in a nice speaker, it makes sense to get the most out of it by using it for your music needs as well as your TV needs.
To this end the SoundTouch 300 is equipped with Bluetooth and NFC so you can quickly and easily pair your phone and start playing your music with a minimum of fuss.
If you want more control, then you can opt to use Bose’s own SoundTouch App, which is integrated with a number of major streaming services to allow you to play your music over Wi-Fi.
You can customise it with add-ons
If you want more bass, then the Acoustimass 300 wireless bass module is an excellent addition. You can simply place this anywhere in your living room and it will wirelessly pair to the SoundTouch 300 to really give your favourite soundtrack an extra kick.
Alternatively (or even additionally) you can add the Virtually Invisible 300 wireless surround sound speakers to your set-up. These can be placed behind your viewing position to enhance the surround sound experience by having sound come from directly behind you for all those favourite movies. Whatever add-ons you choose to invest in, the SoundTouch 300 is just the start of your audio experience.
- Read the TechRadar Bose SoundTouch 300 review for more info.