If you’re currently shopping for a soundbar, you’ll recognize the confusion in choosing, especially among big brands. Several model series stand out, such as Yamaha, Samsung soundbar, Philips soundbar with satellite subwoofer, or Sony soundbar.
But two brands often sit at the top of the list of best soundbars: Bose and Sonos, which are introducing next-generation models with more and more smart features and app control.
So how do you choose between these two great brands of very good quality? Sound rendering for a home theater effect?
Bose has proven itself to be the undisputed quality of audio equipment for many years. Their soundbars include the Bose Solo 5 and the 500, 700 and 900 series, the latter of which regularly tops the charts, as well as the smaller SmartBar 300. Their experience in home theater and audio systems with quality speakers makes it an exceptional choice, especially on the TV side.
First of all, you need to highlight the quality of the built-in speakers from Bose. The brand has been making speakers since the 60s, and often that’s what matters.
The best sound quality is not judged by power, but by good clarity, especially at high volumes: the ability to make the sound louder while maintaining a certain clarity, without saturation, distortion or hiss of the sound, and also that the frequencies are crushed, losing their accuracy.
Where Sonos has higher volume and bass sounds more present, Bose models retain better quality and less saturation when pushed a little or when subjected to very busy frequencies, such as during action scenes in movies. Therefore, their bass is a bit cleaner and somewhat defined.
This can give Bose an advantage when watching movies or playing video games, as they have more ability to absorb different frequencies, such as in intense and chaotic sound environments, giving the sound elements more clarity and power.
Unlike Sonos, Bose integrates an optical input into its soundbars, thus giving the wired side more options, in addition to an HDMI ARC port on most, also called EARC, a format that allows audio to be fed back to the TV to control more information. between the soundbar and TV.
This makes it easy to connect other devices such as a Blu-ray player, DVD player, decoder or game console to Bose soundbars.
Given that Sonos has neither Bluetooth nor optical input, Bose can be considered more versatile. The point that remains is regarding the use and needs of each. Depending on the soundbar models, it seems that Bose sometimes lacks power or even sound control capabilities. If we don’t add a subwoofer, Bose will have less impressive bass than Sonos.
If you’re looking for powerful bass and loud volume to rock the floor like you’re in a movie theater, Bose may not be up to the task.
In terms of features, and smartphone control in particular, the Bose app doesn’t offer as many options and settings as the Sonos app, and is also a bit less intuitive. Despite the often built-in remote controls that only allow a certain number of settings to be made.
If you’re looking for a more minimalist aesthetic and aim to tuck away wires as much as possible and control everything from your smartphone without a remote, Bose lags Sonos a bit on the wireless and “smart” side of the modern Smart Home, although that depends on user preference and everyone’s needs. of them.