The home entertainment system has come a long way over the last two decades: no longer does it connote a space-consuming, dust-amassing leviathan of an eyesore. Minimalism is the thing, and it’s extending to TV screens disappearing into paintings, movie libraries going digital, and speakers shrinking into the furniture. Enter soundbars.
Soundbars have become a hot list item on everyone’s wish list, looking sleek, blending into living rooms, and sounding great. Bose’s sub-$300 model was already a great bargain (compare it to Samsung, which has one that uses Dolby Atmos and retails for $1,000-plus), but it’s 22% off on Amazon today, costing less than most Chromebooks at $219. For those who really want the Dolby Atmos upgrade, Bose’s premium model is also 22% off today, a drop from $899.99 to $699.99. That model also comes with smart home compatibility through Amazon’s Alexa.
The Bose soundbar boasts spatial audio, with two full-range drivers, the company says, a great immersive quality for a speaker so cheap (and so small — it’s just over two inches tall). The sound is also tailored for enhanced dialogue, specifically focused on clarifying and elevating vocals and pronunciation, a clear bonus for any Christopher Nolan fans. (On the flip side, users can also adjust the bass quality if blasting Radiohead’s their thing). Amazon reviewers praised the dialogue enhancement feature in particular, a great option for those who are hard of hearing or typically subtitle-inclined. The soundbar is also Bluetooth compatible, further eliminating the number of wires clogging a TV setup. Customers were thrilled on the whole (it has 4.5 stars with nearly 9,000 reviews), with many citing the easy setup and surround sound.
Bose TV Speaker
Bose’s soundbars are cheaper than their peers, and have the added bonus of a dialogue-enhancing function.