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.
- 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
- 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
Customer Reviews for Bose Soundbar 500 with Built-In Amazon Alexa
4 months ago
4 months ago
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.