Bose SoundTouch 30 and SoundTouch Portable review
The new Bose SoundTouch speakers make it easy to set up a multi-room audio system by linking through your wireless network at home.
Tech Guide has been reviewing the SoundTouch 30 and the SoundTouch Portable and set them up in different parts of the home.
These Bose SoundTouch systems are going to draw inevitable comparisons to the popular Sonos wireless speakers and while they have a lot in common they also have a number of differences.
Bose has included its proprietary and high quality audio technology so you can rest assured these latest products maintain the very high standards set by the company.
The SoundTouch 30, the largest and most expensive in the range, is 43.5cm wide, 18.1cm thick and 24.7cm tall.
Under the hood there are two powerful drivers as well as a woofer to give an all-round excellent sound.
In fact having the bass built in edges this system past the Sonos equivalent because the sound has a lot more depth and authority.
The Bose system is a little more expensive than the similar size Sonos system but to add serious bass to a Sonos requires a $999 separate Sonos subwoofer.
The Bose SoundTouch 30 is good enough to be used as a main audio system with enough power and volume to fill a large space.
It only takes a few minutes to link the system to your home network with the included step-by-step instructions.
And once you have downloaded the free SoundTouch app you’re ready to go.
The Bose SoundTouch can access your music library from within your own network as well as accessing internet radio and the Pandora music service.
There is still no sign of other popular music services like Spotify and Rdio which have been available to hear through Sonos systems for some time.
But iHeartRadio and Deezer will be available on the Bose SoundTouch systems from the second half of the year.
Ease of use was a major goal for Bose with the SoundTouch systems and this has been achieved.
There are six presets users can set up with a favourite app, album, playlist or internet radio station.
Listeners can then either select the preset on the control pad on the device itself or choose it on the app for true one-button functionality.
The app is simple and easy to navigate with users able to see all of the Bose SoundTouch systems on their network.
These can be played separately and independently in your home as well as together and they can all be controlled through the app.
There is also a remote control that’s included with the device that offers most of the app’s functionality.
On the front of the SoundTouch is an OLED display that shows source, song and station info so you don’t have to be looking at the app the whole time to see what’s playing.
The SoundTouch Portable – has most of the same features as the larger SoundTouch 30 but obviously is smaller and not as powerful but still punches well above its weight for a speaker of its size.
It is 24.8cm wide, 6.4cm wide and 15.2cm tall.
And because there’s a rechargeable battery you can carry the system from room to room and enjoy up to two and half hours of playback at full volume and longer if you don’t crank it up so high.
The SoundTouch Portable also has the same preset buttons on the top panel for one-touch access to your favourite music or radio stations.
Also in the range is the Bose SoundTouch 20 – the midsize system that also boasts outstanding audio quality.
It is priced at the same level as the SoundTouch Portable at $549.
Each SoundTouch system also has an AUX port to connect to other sources.
With the SoundTouch systems, Bose has once again delivered a speaker that produces excellent sound and now even easier way to access and enjoy your favourite music or radio station.
Bose SoundTouch 30
Bose SoundTouch Portable