Bose Soundbar 500 with Built-In Amazon Alexa

Model: 799702-1100 UPC: 017817783354 Item: 171854

$549.00

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Bose Soundbar 500 Overview

Part of the new wireless multi-room family of smart speakers and soundbars from Bose, the slim Soundbar 500 comes with Amazon Alexa built-in for even more versatility than ever before. Tell the soundbar to play your favorite Spotify playlists, or listen to your music library via Bluetooth or your home’s Wi-Fi. Or ask Alexa for the latest weather and news. For more thunderous and immersive movie nights, the Soundbar 500 wirelessly connects to the Bose Bass Module 500 or 700 subwoofers and new Bose Surround Speakers to bring you a powerful and discreet 3.1 or 5.1 home theater system.

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Ultra-High Performance with an Ultra-Thin Design

As stylish as it is, the Bose Soundbar 500 is meant to be heard, not seen. Its thin profile fits discreetly under the TV screen, while its powerful acoustics fill the room with sound. And with Amazon Alexa built-in, you can ask Alexa to play all your favorite music. When the music’s playing loud, the Bose Soundbar 500 will still hear you. Just behind the grille is a custom-designed eight-microphone array for superior voice pickup. But control doesn’t stop at just voice — use the included remote or manage your music with the Bose Music app. Plus, with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want.

Whether your walls are plaster, brick, or glass, ADAPTiQ audio room calibration will optimize its acoustic performance for the unique characteristics of your room — giving you the best possible listening experience. Add the Bose Bass Module 500 for deeper sound or add Bose Surround Speakers for a fully immersive sound experience. HDMI™ ARC keeps your system compatible with the most current technology. And with Alexa, music is just the beginning. You have access to everything from weather reports to news headlines, all without lifting a finger. Plus, future software updates will add new features — like the Google Assistant and Apple AirPlay 2, coming soon. The Bose Soundbar 500 is part of a new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars designed to to be compatible so you can enjoy more music in more rooms.

Features

  • Designed slim; engineered powerful
  • Alexa voice control built right in
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for music streaming
  • Eight-mic array for superior voice pickup
  • Control with voice, app, or remote control
  • Access to weather, timers, and more from Alexa
  • Add optional Bose Bass Module 500 and Bose Surround Speakers
  • Includes simple remote or upgrade to optional universal remote
  • ADAPTiQ audio room calibration
  • HDMI ARC connectivity
  • Remote features six presets for single touch access to music
  • Personalized Bose Music app
  • Compatible with other Bose smart speakers and soundbars for multi-room audio

Product highlights

  • Amazon Alexa built-in
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Supports Dolby Digital
  • Thin profile design
  • Wirelessly connects to Bose Bass Module 500 or 700 and Bose Surround Speakers for 3.1 or 5.1 home theater sound
  • HDMI output with ARC
  • USB Input
  • Adaptiq Audio calibration
  • Control with voice, remote, or Bose Music App
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 31.5" x 1.75" x 4"
  • Weight: 7 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year (World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell)
  • World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support

Please note: Bose Smart Speakers are not compatible with the Bose SoundTouch Series

Specifications

Specifications

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 31.5" x 1.75" x 4"
  • Weight: 7 lbs.
  • Inputs and outputs
    • HDMI output with Audio Return Channel (ARC)
    • Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
    • Consumer Electronics Control (CEC)
    • Optical TOSLink
    • Power input
    • USB input
  • Supported audio format: Dolby Digital
  • Video source compatibility: HDMI

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • Soundbar 500
  • Basic remote
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • ADAPTiQ headset
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cord

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Customer Reviews for Bose Soundbar 500 with Built-In Amazon Alexa

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Worst Model Ever / Pathetic After Sales Service
I bought this a month ago, it's not Relevant model for future, it has lots of Failure things Its not Easy Connect With Alexa , Arc , Bluetooth or WiFi, Remote is not Easy to Handle. Also After Sales Service is Pathetic in North East India. Very Disappointed After Sales Service. Only Sound is Good.
February 23, 2019
Originally posted at
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I can’t say enough about the Bose sound bar 500. I highly recommend this setup to anyone looking to upgrade their sound system.
I use to own a bulky surround sound system. Then I heard the Bose 500 sound bar and fell in love. The sound is so crisp and clear and was so simple to set up. I plan on purchasing the sub woofer and the rear wireless speakers to complete my setup.
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January 29, 2019
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4 months ago
Small and powerful sound bar. 100%
Great for any space and need fantastic sound. I used to have a home theatre and downsized. I think this sounds better and great for my condo.
Close up of the sleek Bose sound bar
Outstanding sound !!! Wow. Impressed.
January 28, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Bose Always Deliver What They Say!!!
This is my fourth product with Bose and I am 100%b satisfied with the sound quality and performance.
December 4, 2018
Originally posted at
Bose
Great Soundbar, mobile app needs work
In general, my listening purposes are very wide spread. I listen to mostly Hip-Hop/Rap, and a bit of EDM, but of course when I have friends over I listen to Pop and Billboard hits in general. Besides my music habits, my watching habits consist of the local channels (I don’t pay for cable). I watch either the local news or Sports broadcastings. All of my other watching habits happen on my streaming device.

The SoundBar was kind of a pain to set up because I just unboxed it and just tried connecting everything and assuming it just started up. What I should have done was read the manual! It told me to simply download the mobile app (iOS in my case), which walked me thru the whole process. Unfortunately there was a moment when the speaker disconnected and I had to redo the process. I also had to update sound bar right out the box. After that, it was smooth sailing.

With the setup I opted to use the ADAPTIQ feature. This allowed the sound bar to adapt to my room by sitting at certain spots, where I’d most likely sit and watch TV. It was a gnarly experience with the noises it made to bounce off the walls, I felt like I was living in the future. Not entirely sure if it actually helped with the sound but I’d like to think so.

The SoundBar looks very clean. While it’s a minimalist design, it’s still very sleek. Not bulky at all, very lightweight, surprisingly for the sound quality it puts out. The app is very nifty and I’m mind blown technology has come this far since my original stereo is outdated. It takes only a few seconds to boot up. It’s great that I can adjust the volume, treble, and bass right in the app and the change registers basically immediately. The convenience of this system is great. I have an Apple TV and when I turn it on, the Sound bar and TV all turn on. When I turn off the speaker, the Apple TV and TV turn off.

One thing that confused me in general about this Bose experience was the use of Presets in the app. I'm capable of figure things out but couldn't figure how to create presets to use with my Bose system. If there was a tutorial or FAQ in the app for that and other features, that would be very helpful. Also, sometimes there would be a status that says that the speaker is disconnected from my phone, but would instantly reappear. All other aspects of the app were great. It is easy for others to connect to the Bose speaker, easy to adjust the Bass & Treble. Such a breeze connecting Bluetooth devices as mentioned. Once a device is initially connected, you just toggle it to connect it or disconnect it. I wish my Apple Music could connect but that's probably out of Bose's control.

This SoundBar really fills up the room without obnoxious bass or any sort of distortion, and the sound quality as you should expect from Bose. As a Sound Bar alone, it might not produce enough bass for your major house party, but for casual entertainment and movie night, it is enough, or even for a board game night! Sometimes, I like to turn on the news partly just to hear current events going on and partly just to have background noise. So with dialogue mode, it makes so easy to hear the narration of the news without the sound effects overpowering and startling me.
November 6, 2018
Originally posted at
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Such a great Soundbar!
I have been using the BOSE - SOUNDBAR 500 with the BOSE BASS MODULE 500 for a few weeks now and I have to say I am really impressed.

I have tried it with my Games console, bluerays, tv both Films and Sport and I have used its connectivity to Spotify functions a lot as we love to play music in our house.

Setting up was ok, not the easiest as it didnt want to find my network for a while, but this could easily have been an issue with my wifi rather than the soundbar itself.

I tried out the Alexa function, and this seemed to work seamlessly most of the time! However, this has its downsides as now my little boy loves asking for 'Baby Shark' do do do dodo...

Anyway. Overall this is a clean, classy soundbar that looks great and sounds perfect... as you'd expect for a Bose product (and the price tag). It may seem expensive to some, but if it is within your price range, I would certainly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.

I would recommend ensuring you have the ARC HDMI function with your tv, as this makes everything more seamless. It still sounds great through the Optical though.

I would also recommend purchasing the Bass Module, as I feel it needs this bit extra when watching action films and playing on action games. Improves the the sound even further!
November 6, 2018
Originally posted at
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The Perfect Soundbar
I was asked to review this system, I’m so glad i was! I love most everything Bose and this does not disappoint.
I can stream my phone music to this or i can use Spotify or Amazon music services to listen to muisc. All i have to do is ask Alexa to “turn it up” or “down” or play whatever song I want to hear and she does it. I can ask her questions and she answers, That’s pretty Cool!
The sound is amazing from this sound bar, but with Bose I expected nothing less. IIts also a sleek looking piece of electronics and I use love the way it looks in my house. It is not over powering in design and fits in nicely with my decor.
I am to understand that if I buy a few accessories, I can also get Alexa to control many things within my house it’s by the sound of my voice. How cool is that!
I will be sad when I have to return this unit, however it will be something i will buy.
This si a no brained But this unit without reservation!
November 5, 2018
Originally posted at
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Perfectly made
I am very impressed with the speaker. From the sleek packaging, that kept it protected to the actual sound.
Setting it up with the app was extremely easy. The only hang up I had was for a few days I could not get Alexa to register online, it insisted that I didn’t have an Alexa account, when I do. After two days, it linked correctly and has been fine since.
The speaker is extremely well made, not too heavy, but heavy enough you notice the quality.
The sound is incredible. I’ve used it on my TV, Apple TV and Xbox. Pairing it with the device is very easy, just pushing the Bluetooth button on the remote makes it work perfectly. I decided to use it in my bedroom, and the sound is great. I was unsure about the headphone process in the setup, but am impressed that it actually had reason. All areas of my room has even, perfect sound quality. The Alexa makes it easier to turn the volume up and down, pause and play too. Talking to it to play music from another app is fun as well. It does not control our lights and thermostat like other Alexa products. I’ve owned a few Bose products and this has been my favorite. The sound quality is absolutely perfect.
November 5, 2018
Originally posted at
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Great sound and easy set up
I am reviewing this item as a package with the Bose Bass Module 500. The soundbar is very physically appealing. It's slim, sleek, and non-obtrusive. The bass module is similarly appealing. It's compact but definitely packs a punch.

Set up and controls:
Setup was extremely easy through the app. You add the Soundbar first and then you pair the bass module. Anyone with a smart phone should easily be able to set this combo up. The Adaptiq audio calibration is equally easy. It's as simple as plugging it in, putting it on, and sitting in various areas of the room. Adjusting the bass, treble, and center channel is also very easy through the app. There is no fine tuning, but I didn't expect that from a soundbar package. It's a simple +/- 10 function that you can use to adjust your settings. The dialog option through the app is also great when there is a lot of background noise in the source audio/video. Sliding your hand across the top of the soundbar to adjust the volume is a great idea!

Sound:
The sound is fantastic through the device. I tested it using podcasts, music, and movies. The audio is crisp and clear. For heavier bass music, such as hip hop, the bass module gives a nice punch without being too overbearing. If you want it to be bass heavy, that is easily remedied by turning up the bass settings through the app. Surround sound comes in crisp and it actually sounds a lot better than most soundbars I've used in the past. It's not 7.1, but it gives a premium all around sound from the soundbar.

If there was one item I would change, it's the indicator light on the front. I wish it was more pronounced and easier to see. In daytime or when there is a lot of external light, it's difficult to see the light on the soundbar. This can be especially annoying when trying to figure out if the soundbar is actually on. I have also had intermittent issues (maybe three times) where bluetooth has disconnected while audio is paused. I cannot say with certainty that it's the soundbar and not the source device, but I have not had a similar issue using headphones, car audio, or other bluetooth options.

Overall, I consider this a very good soundbar with the caveat that you need the bass module with it if you want good, quality sounds for movies and music.
November 5, 2018
Originally posted at
Bose
Great features!
I've had this Bose soundbar 500 for about a week now and the sound! Reminds me of the theater. Nice design, nice remote, it's thin enough to sit under my tv and looks nice. Was easy enough to set up after the update. App was easy to download, took a little while to figure out but the website was handy to help. I'm really liking my Bose soundbar 500.
November 5, 2018
Originally posted at
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