Bose has introduced its new Smart Soundbar 600, a compact soundbar with Dolby Atmos and proprietary Bose TrueSpace technology to deliver immersive sound, despite its small size.
The Bose Smart Soundbar 600 features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Chromecast built-in as well as Works with Google Assistant capabilities and Amazon Alexa built-in for voice control. Bose Voice4Video technology used with Alexa, meanwhile, allows for a single command to turn on your TV, switch input, and tune to your favourite channel. Using Bose SimpleSync, you can pair the soundbar with compatible Bose headphones or Bluetooth speakers to further extend the listening experience.
“When sound truly captivates you, it can transport you from simply watching TV and movies to being fully present with what’s on screen,” says Raza Haider, Chief Product Officer for Bose. “For those who want to feel enveloped by their audio, but don’t have a lot of space for equipment, the Smart Soundbar 600 is the ideal solution.”
When listening to Dolby Atmos content, Bose digital signal processing and Atmos decoding combines with the 600’s five transducers to produce sound that appears to be coming from all around you, even where there are no speakers. Working in conjunction with each other, two side-firing racetrack-shaped transducers project audio horizontally into the room. A centre tweeter delivers clear dialogue and two upfiring transducers help the horizontal soundscapes, but reflect sound upward off the ceiling to make it seem as though it’s coming from overhead.
When you’re not watching Dolby Atmos-enabled content, you can still experience excellent, immersive audio, says Bose. With support from those same five transducers, TrueSpace intelligently analyzes signals other than Dolby Atmos, like stereo or 5.1, remixing them to produce sound just as effectively with similar spaciousness.
For TV and music, Bose QuietPort technology brings deep bass performance with virtually no distortion at every volume, says Bose.
The Soundbar 600 is 2.2″ tall, 4.1″ deep, and just over 27″ long giving it a low profile to fit under any TV without obstructing it. It features a matte body with a wraparound metal grille all in black.
Set-up is simple: connect one cable, either an HDMI eARC or optical cable, from the soundbar to the TV. There are multiple options for streaming: use Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, or Apple AirPlay 2. Bluetooth lets you connect your phone or tablet to stream whatever is playing on your device. For voice control, use Works with Google Assistant functionality and Amazon Alexa built-in, as well as the Bose Voice4Video feature used with Alexa to turn a TV to the right channel and input with a simple command.
The Soundbar 600 is compatible with all other Bose smart speakers and soundbars for a multi-room audio system, and couples with Bose bass modules and rear speakers for a more robust home theatre experience. Using the Bose Music app, you can setup, operate, personalize the 600, as well as access Bose SimpleSync and get the latest software updates.
The Bose Smart Soundbar 600 will be available on October 20 for US$499 and can be pre-ordered starting today. Stay tuned for Canadian availability and pricing.