Bose Solo 5 Universal Remote Wireless Soundbar

Last updated date: November 9, 2020

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8.8

Bose Solo 5 Universal Remote Wireless Soundbar

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We looked at the top Wireless Soundbars and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Soundbar you should buy.

Update as November 9, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Soundbar for a detailed review of all the top wireless soundbars.

Overall Take

Both conversations and sound effects are made clearer with this Bose soundbar. Since this unit connects using Bluetooth technology, you'll be able to place it just about anywhere. A remote control and optical digital audio cable are also included with your purchase.


In our analysis of 32 expert reviews, the Bose Solo 5 Universal Remote Wireless Soundbar placed 3rd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Bose Solo 5 TV sound system comprises a single soundbar that delivers distinctly improved sound quality for all your favorite TV programs. It brings clarity to your audio from dialogue to sound effects. As if that wasn’t enough, its dialogue mode makes each word stand out. You can position this soundbar practically anywhere. And with Bluetooth technology built in you’re able to wirelessly listen to your favorite music, too.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.9
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
9,944 user reviews

What experts liked

Comes at a reasionable price considering the brand's quality
- BestReviews
it has great mid and treble reproduction and will perform decently well for dialogue-oriented content like podcasts, audiobooks, and TV shows.
- RTINGS.com
During our tests for this Bose Solo 5 review, we’re pleased to find out that the remote is very intuitive. It’s very straightforward with the buttons all labeled clearly. It won’t take much research to understand, which is how all remotes should be.
- The Product Analyst
The Bose Solo is among the best-looking sound bars available, with a clutter-free pedestal design. The included remote is excellent and dead simple to use. Its sound quality is unambiguously better than a TV's built-in speakers, especially for movies and TV shows.
- CNET
Enjoy crisp dialogue and impressive bass from this stylish, mountable sound bar that's easily controlled with the included Bose remote.
- Popular Mechanics
Decent sounding on stereo content, especially for its size
- World Of Turntables

What experts didn't like

Louder voice and deeper bass would be nice
- BestReviews
It doesn’t get very loud and lacks quite a bit of bass too. It also lacks height channels and Atmos support, which makes it a sub-par option for movies. It also might not be the best option for bass-heavy music genres.
- RTINGS.com
User would need to press a button every use to hear clearer audio
- The Product Analyst
It lacks a front-panel display, so you won't know if its volume level is maxed out or not.
- CNET
Lack of DTS support; poor connectivity options
- World Of Turntables

An Overview On Wireless Soundbars

Wireless soundbars have grown in popularity, as their price makes them more attainable then what you find with full-size home theater systems. Soundbars also come in elegant designs that can be much smaller in size than traditional speakers and can add some style to your entertainment center.

There are a few things you’ll want to consider when shopping for a wireless soundbar. The first is where you plan to place the device. All of them are designed to rest on a tabletop, television stand or computer desk but they can also be mounted to the wall. If you’ve already mounted your television to the wall, you’ll probably want to make sure your new soundbar comes with a wall mount.

Although wireless soundbars are capable of syncing with your Bluetooth technology, you can also find plenty of models that also use a wired connection. If you’re interested in one of these dual models, look for an optical digital audio cable to connect to your television for optimal sound quality.

Determine whether the wireless soundbar you are looking at comes with a remote and what features the remote offers. For example, some remotes are more basic and simply allow you to turn the device on and off without getting up from the couch. Others have buttons to increase and decrease the bass levels, as well as buttons to switch between pre-set equalization modes that optimize the sound for various types of programming.

There are even soundbars with LED screens that allow you to quickly glance at the model’s current settings from across the room.

The Wireless Soundbar Buying Guide

  • Most wireless soundbars come with their own remote control, as many are not compatible with traditional universal remotes.
  • You may be tempted to go with a wireless soundbar that has more wattage than another, but what you really want to pay attention to is the sensitivity of the speakers. This is expressed in decibels. You’ll find many soundbars are sold with decibel ranges between 90-110.
  • Consider the number of speaker channels your wireless soundbar is outfitted with. Most models have two or three channels but some have as many as five or seven channels, which is the equivalent of a traditional home-theater system with up to seven speakers.
  • To keep your wireless soundbar in tip-top shape, make sure you dust it regularly.
  • Some soundbars are still sold with USB ports. You don’t really need this feature for updates anymore, but it is handy if you have a thumb drive full of your favorite music that you’d like to use.
  • Soundbars are sold in active and passive models. The difference is that active soundbars are made with built-in amplifiers to better project the sound. Passive models require a separate receiver or amplifier, so if you go that route, you’ll need to factor the additional purchase into the overall price.