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Bose® SoundTouch® 300 Soundbar.

The SoundTouch 300 soundbar offers the best performance, spaciousness and bass of any one-piece soundbar of its size. Every cubic centimetre of it is packed with technologies that bring out the best in everything you listen to or watch. Custom drivers, proprietary QuietPort and PhaseGuide technology … and the feeling of hearing sounds where there are no speakers. It all adds up to a premium audio experience for all your entertainment.

It's a statement in craftsmanship, really. This slim wireless soundbar features a premium glass top and perforated wrap-around metal grille that really draws the eye. And don't give that tempered glass top a second thought. It's as strong as aluminium of the same thickness—but much better looking.

With the SoundTouch 300 speaker, we put a lot of thought into taking the thinking out. And that extends well beyond its home cinema performance. When it comes to enjoying your music, you can listen whichever way you want, without worrying about which technols are mogy is best. This speaker lets you play music directly from a phone or tablet using Bluetooth®, or connect the speaker to your Wi-Fi® network for instant in-home listening, without the need for your phone.

SoundTouch speakerade to grow with you. Once you have one, you can add more at any time. They all work together. So as you go from room to room, your music goes along with you. The free SoundTouch app gives you greater control of your SoundTouch 300 soundbar—any SoundTouch product, actually—from a smartphone or tablet. Use it to browse music and control that music throughout your home. Start streaming instantly, or use the app to personalise the presets to your favourite music and stations.

When you first hear the SoundTouch 300 soundbar, you'll understand why we spent nearly 10 years perfecting the technologies that really make it sing. But you can have more, whenever you want. Just add the Acoustimass 300 wireless bass module. It's the difference between hearing bass and feeling thunder. Even more? Combine it with Virtually Invisible 300 wireless surround speakers for full-on surround sound.
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Which? make it a Don't Buy.


Which? review:

The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a thoroughly underwhelming sound bar. It's not going to make film and TV sound as good as it could, and while it's a bit better for music it's still nowhere near the level we'd expect from a sound bar this expensive. This, combined with the fact that it's hard to use, means it's a Don't Buy.

What type of sound bar is it?

A large, high-end sound bar with plenty of power and enough connection options to ensure that you can integrate it into your home sound system. It can also simulate surround sound to try to replicate the home cinema effect with fewer speakers.

The Bose SoundTouch app allows you to connect multiple compatible Bose speakers together over your home wi-fi network, turning them into a multi-room speaker system that will play your music all over the house.

How does it sound?

Not very good. The bass is far too rumbly - you want an explosion to sound like an exciting boom, but this sound bar makes it sound more like someone traipsing around on the floorboards upstairs. When you're listening to music, the big rumbles aren't really there so this isn't as much of a problem, but it still doesn't sound great.

There are also problems with the sense of space that the sound provides. This device tries some clever processing trickery in an attempt to get a 'bigger', more room-filling sound, but our listening panel found that this just ended up making things sound muddled. One of our expert listeners described it as sounding like it was 'in a bathroom'.

As you'd expect, the fact that there's not a good stereo effect means that the simulated surround sound mode isn't good either.

What's it like to use?

As with most sound bars, it's easy to set up: just plug in the cables and off you go. However, using it every day is not so straightforward. With no display on the device and only five LED lights available to represent everything, it's not always clear what menu you're in or what settings you're adjusting. There are lots of options but, unless you're using an HDMI cable or the SoundTouch app, you won't be sure what's going on.

Is there anything else I should know?

Even though it has plenty of power, this sound bar still distorts sound when you push the volume up too high. What's more, if you're not using an HDMI cable to connect to your TV, then the sound bar won't give you any visual indication of what volume level it's at.

Should I buy it?

Absolutely not. It's a Don't Buy that costs more than twice as much as most of our Best Buy sound bars.

The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a thoroughly underwhelming sound bar. It's not going to make film and TV sound as good as it could, and while it's a bit better for music it's still nowhere near the level we'd expect from a sound bar this expensive. This, combined with the fact that it's hard to use, means it's a Don't Buy.

Sound bar models tested before June 2018 were assessed under a different test programme to those that were tested after. As such, ratings are not directly comparable.
banjomike21/01/2020 13:38

Which? make it a Don't Buy.Which? review:The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a …Which? make it a Don't Buy.Which? review:The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a thoroughly underwhelming sound bar. It's not going to make film and TV sound as good as it could, and while it's a bit better for music it's still nowhere near the level we'd expect from a sound bar this expensive. This, combined with the fact that it's hard to use, means it's a Don't Buy.What type of sound bar is it?A large, high-end sound bar with plenty of power and enough connection options to ensure that you can integrate it into your home sound system. It can also simulate surround sound to try to replicate the home cinema effect with fewer speakers.The Bose SoundTouch app allows you to connect multiple compatible Bose speakers together over your home wi-fi network, turning them into a multi-room speaker system that will play your music all over the house.How does it sound?Not very good. The bass is far too rumbly - you want an explosion to sound like an exciting boom, but this sound bar makes it sound more like someone traipsing around on the floorboards upstairs. When you're listening to music, the big rumbles aren't really there so this isn't as much of a problem, but it still doesn't sound great.There are also problems with the sense of space that the sound provides. This device tries some clever processing trickery in an attempt to get a 'bigger', more room-filling sound, but our listening panel found that this just ended up making things sound muddled. One of our expert listeners described it as sounding like it was 'in a bathroom'.As you'd expect, the fact that there's not a good stereo effect means that the simulated surround sound mode isn't good either.What's it like to use?As with most sound bars, it's easy to set up: just plug in the cables and off you go. However, using it every day is not so straightforward. With no display on the device and only five LED lights available to represent everything, it's not always clear what menu you're in or what settings you're adjusting. There are lots of options but, unless you're using an HDMI cable or the SoundTouch app, you won't be sure what's going on.Is there anything else I should know?Even though it has plenty of power, this sound bar still distorts sound when you push the volume up too high. What's more, if you're not using an HDMI cable to connect to your TV, then the sound bar won't give you any visual indication of what volume level it's at.Should I buy it?Absolutely not. It's a Don't Buy that costs more than twice as much as most of our Best Buy sound bars.The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a thoroughly underwhelming sound bar. It's not going to make film and TV sound as good as it could, and while it's a bit better for music it's still nowhere near the level we'd expect from a sound bar this expensive. This, combined with the fact that it's hard to use, means it's a Don't Buy.Sound bar models tested before June 2018 were assessed under a different test programme to those that were tested after. As such, ratings are not directly comparable.


Definately worth avoiding then
Well that’s their assessment at A price point of £700, at £299-£329 it’s in a different price band and as such it’s good value. Combined with the “Bose 500” subwoofer at £305 from the same vendor, it’s quite good IMHO

Of course this is the old model the Bose 700 sound bar is the replacement at £600-£700 The only difference is that the 300 is compatible with the soundtouch series of speakers (10,20,30) for multi room audio but not the newer speakers more recently released. This speaker is not compatible with the new Bose app (compatible with soundtouch app). It was available for £299 on Black Friday but other than that it’s the lowest I’ve seen it
Edited by: "TryLean" 21st Jan
What does Which recommend at the £300 price point?
Edited by: "Stitch123" 21st Jan
TryLean21/01/2020 13:57

Well that’s their assessment at A price point of £700, at £299-£329 it’s in …Well that’s their assessment at A price point of £700, at £299-£329 it’s in a different price band and as such it’s good value. Combined with the “Bose 500” subwoofer at £305 from the same vendor, it’s quite good IMHOOf course this is the old model the Bose 700 sound bar is the replacement at £600-£700 The only difference is that the 300 is compatible with the soundtouch series of speakers (10,20,30) for multi room audio but not the newer speakers more recently released. This speaker is not compatible with the new Bose app (compatible with soundtouch app). It was available for £299 on Black Friday but other than that it’s the lowest I’ve seen it


They tested it at £380 not £700 and buying a subwoofer to compensate for apparent limitations in this device would seem pointless given that their top rated Best Buy (according to Which?) is only £273 with "excellent sound".
banjomike21/01/2020 14:18

They tested it at £380 not £700 and buying a subwoofer to compensate for a …They tested it at £380 not £700 and buying a subwoofer to compensate for apparent limitations in this device would seem pointless given that their top rated Best Buy (according to Which?) is only £273 with "excellent sound".


What’s their top rated Best Buy?

In a separate note someone told me that Which state the echo dot around the 30% mark is that right?
Stitch12321/01/2020 14:20

What’s their top rated Best Buy?In a separate note someone told me that W …What’s their top rated Best Buy?In a separate note someone told me that Which state the echo dot around the 30% mark is that right?


They have the Echo Dot @ 39% mostly, as far as I can see, for sound quality as they seem to like it for adding Alexa and being smart.

"What's the sound like?

Disappointing. As you might expect for Alexa, it's reasonably decent with speech, so talk radio, podcasts and audiobooks are listenable. However, we disagree with Amazon's claims that it's suitable for regular listening to music.

The sound is small and unpleasant, with speech very nasal, as if people have colds. There's also lots of hiss in the sound, owing to a lack of bass. One member of our expert listening panel described it as 'a sonic mess of squeaks' and said the 'high frequencies make your eyes water'. There's no life or energy to music, which has a metallic, artificial quality. Another member summed it up as 'a bit of a disaster'."

Their top rated device is a Canton DM55 @ £273.
What HiFi review
banjomike21/01/2020 14:42

They have the Echo Dot @ 39% mostly, as far as I can see, for sound …They have the Echo Dot @ 39% mostly, as far as I can see, for sound quality as they seem to like it for adding Alexa and being smart."What's the sound like?Disappointing. As you might expect for Alexa, it's reasonably decent with speech, so talk radio, podcasts and audiobooks are listenable. However, we disagree with Amazon's claims that it's suitable for regular listening to music.The sound is small and unpleasant, with speech very nasal, as if people have colds. There's also lots of hiss in the sound, owing to a lack of bass. One member of our expert listening panel described it as 'a sonic mess of squeaks' and said the 'high frequencies make your eyes water'. There's no life or energy to music, which has a metallic, artificial quality. Another member summed it up as 'a bit of a disaster'."Their top rated device is a Canton DM55 @ £273.What HiFi review


Isn’t the DM55 a soundbase and not a soundbar ? Some of Which’s reviews are very odd.

Thanks for the reply.
Edited by: "Stitch123" 21st Jan
Stitch12321/01/2020 14:51

Isn’t the DM55 a soundbase and not a soundbar ? Some of Which’s reviews are …Isn’t the DM55 a soundbase and not a soundbar ? Some of Which’s reviews are very odd.Thanks for the reply.


They can be very odd indeed. They regularly deduct or add points for "issues" that only a total control freak would even notice. But the alternative is probably to rely on reviews on Amazon & the like. Yeah, right, very UNreliable. Which is why I gave the link to a different, and guaranteed audio expert, site.
Stitch12321/01/2020 14:51

Isn’t the DM55 a soundbase and not a soundbar ? Some of Which’s reviews are …Isn’t the DM55 a soundbase and not a soundbar ? Some of Which’s reviews are very odd.Thanks for the reply.


The DM55 is a soundbase rather than a soundbar, yes. I have the Canton DM75 which I think is slightly bigger but similar output and it’s brilliant.
banjomike21/01/2020 15:01

They can be very odd indeed. They regularly deduct or add points for …They can be very odd indeed. They regularly deduct or add points for "issues" that only a total control freak would even notice. But the alternative is probably to rely on reviews on Amazon & the like. Yeah, right, very UNreliable. Which is why I gave the link to a different, and guaranteed audio expert, site.


Yeah I actually own one of these as Bose do their no quibble returns. I bought this, a Samsung and a Sonos beam to compare back to back. I kept the Bose for the lounge returned everything else. Last month bought a Sonos beam for the bedroom.
It’s all subjective i guess. I’ve got this system and love it. Had just the bar and surrounds for a year which was brilliant then bought the sub a couple of months ago which made things awesome. Yep it’s very expensive new but most reviews i read or watched on YouTube rated it highly over other soundbars in the same bracket.

I had friends over Christmas watching the new Jumanji and they were blown away with the performance. The sub takes the movie experience to another level imo.
I have this, got it a few months ago. I like it, it’s got a button to make voice clearer when you need it that actually works well. Bass without the sub suits me as im a terraced house with kids upstairs.
I’ve had this since 2014. I paid £600 for it and £600 for the subwoofer.

Without the sub it’s a crap sound bar. Plain and simple, you won’t be blown away. The sound doesn’t fill the room, there is poor bass and mid range.
With the sub it’s better, but the problems with the mid range and lack of dynamic sound remains.

It’s very well finished. This is a £100 sound bar with a high end finish to make it look like it’s worth £600.

At £300 it’s fine, but you can probably still do better. This is from someone who spaffed away £1200, so I should be biased towards it!
marshy5121/01/2020 19:02

I have this, got it a few months ago. I like it, it’s got a button to make …I have this, got it a few months ago. I like it, it’s got a button to make voice clearer when you need it that actually works well. Bass without the sub suits me as im a terraced house with kids upstairs.


I’m in a flat with the big sub. It’s not supposed to be heard, it’s just to fill in the low notes.
Its not like one of the car subwoofers that you can feel.
This is a great soundbar and at this price it is the best you can buy. Why? I have one and I am annoyingly fussy regarding sound quality and audio. I have zero complaints and am exceptionally impressed with this. I have the sub and surround speakers too...I was blown away. The sub is the must extra to get over the surround speakers...look around and there’s always an offer on the bigger sub. The reviews on this are pants and clearly written by Bose haters. Forget the brand, I’m not a Bose fan by any means but this soundbar (and extras) is stunning. By the way, the app and all the updates since most of the reviews make it now all work perfectly. A massive thumbs up.
manbearpig21/01/2020 20:05

I’m in a flat with the big sub. It’s not supposed to be heard, it’s just to …I’m in a flat with the big sub. It’s not supposed to be heard, it’s just to fill in the low notes.Its not like one of the car subwoofers that you can feel.


Try setting up the sub without running the adaptq calibration thing...it’s on another level. A sub should be felt, and this big 700 sub thumps you in the chest as it should
ChrisAbbott21/01/2020 20:06

This is a great soundbar and at this price it is the best you can buy. …This is a great soundbar and at this price it is the best you can buy. Why? I have one and I am annoyingly fussy regarding sound quality and audio. I have zero complaints and am exceptionally impressed with this. I have the sub and surround speakers too...I was blown away. The sub is the must extra to get over the surround speakers...look around and there’s always an offer on the bigger sub. The reviews on this are pants and clearly written by Bose haters. Forget the brand, I’m not a Bose fan by any means but this soundbar (and extras) is stunning. By the way, the app and all the updates since most of the reviews make it now all work perfectly. A massive thumbs up.


What is your reference?

I’m comparing to Tannoy DC6T and a Marantz stereo amp. These together cost me £400, and it sounds significantly better in every possible way.
manbearpig21/01/2020 20:40

What is your reference?I’m comparing to Tannoy DC6T and a Marantz stereo a …What is your reference?I’m comparing to Tannoy DC6T and a Marantz stereo amp. These together cost me £400, and it sounds significantly better in every possible way.


That’s not a soundbar tho...my reference is other sound bars. I’ve also got a high end component reference audio system , but for a soundbar this Bose system is exceptional...if set up in the right environment I guess
Edited by: "ChrisAbbott" 21st Jan
I own the ST300 with bass module 500 and surround speakers, paid £700 in April last year and haven't looked back. A great bit of kit for the lounge.
Agree that some Which best buys are often surreal and frankly I'd never rely just on them for my purchasing decisions, I think you get far better realistic real world opinions from AV forum and places like this.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 21st Jan
spannerzone21/01/2020 22:29

Agree that some Which best buys are often surreal and frankly I'd never …Agree that some Which best buys are often surreal and frankly I'd never rely just on them for my purchasing decisions, I think you get far better realistic real world opinions from AV forum and places like this.


What I’ve noticed from some “expert reviews” on Which? Is that they do copy and paste. I can’t take their info seriously when it appears they aren’t reviewing products exclusively on merit.

Going back to the sub, i love the thundering rumble you hear and feel in certain film/shows.

Another thing, I didn’t think i would use the sound bar to also play music, as I already have a bose soundlink air in my living room but I’m now on the lookout for a second soundtouch speaker to place in my kitchen for multi-room music playback.
banjomike21/01/2020 13:38

Which? make it a Don't Buy.Which? review:The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a …Which? make it a Don't Buy.Which? review:The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a thoroughly underwhelming sound bar. It's not going to make film and TV sound as good as it could, and while it's a bit better for music it's still nowhere near the level we'd expect from a sound bar this expensive. This, combined with the fact that it's hard to use, means it's a Don't Buy.What type of sound bar is it?A large, high-end sound bar with plenty of power and enough connection options to ensure that you can integrate it into your home sound system. It can also simulate surround sound to try to replicate the home cinema effect with fewer speakers.The Bose SoundTouch app allows you to connect multiple compatible Bose speakers together over your home wi-fi network, turning them into a multi-room speaker system that will play your music all over the house.How does it sound?Not very good. The bass is far too rumbly - you want an explosion to sound like an exciting boom, but this sound bar makes it sound more like someone traipsing around on the floorboards upstairs. When you're listening to music, the big rumbles aren't really there so this isn't as much of a problem, but it still doesn't sound great.There are also problems with the sense of space that the sound provides. This device tries some clever processing trickery in an attempt to get a 'bigger', more room-filling sound, but our listening panel found that this just ended up making things sound muddled. One of our expert listeners described it as sounding like it was 'in a bathroom'.As you'd expect, the fact that there's not a good stereo effect means that the simulated surround sound mode isn't good either.What's it like to use?As with most sound bars, it's easy to set up: just plug in the cables and off you go. However, using it every day is not so straightforward. With no display on the device and only five LED lights available to represent everything, it's not always clear what menu you're in or what settings you're adjusting. There are lots of options but, unless you're using an HDMI cable or the SoundTouch app, you won't be sure what's going on.Is there anything else I should know?Even though it has plenty of power, this sound bar still distorts sound when you push the volume up too high. What's more, if you're not using an HDMI cable to connect to your TV, then the sound bar won't give you any visual indication of what volume level it's at.Should I buy it?Absolutely not. It's a Don't Buy that costs more than twice as much as most of our Best Buy sound bars.The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a thoroughly underwhelming sound bar. It's not going to make film and TV sound as good as it could, and while it's a bit better for music it's still nowhere near the level we'd expect from a sound bar this expensive. This, combined with the fact that it's hard to use, means it's a Don't Buy.Sound bar models tested before June 2018 were assessed under a different test programme to those that were tested after. As such, ratings are not directly comparable.


you copy pasted all that,yet failed to notice their review was based on original £700 price tag not the hugely discounted £320..
koskesh25/01/2020 22:24

you copy pasted all that,yet failed to notice their review was based on …you copy pasted all that,yet failed to notice their review was based on original £700 price tag not the hugely discounted £320..


I copied it from their review app which only mentions a "typical price" of £380. Nothing about £700. Is that figure from the website? They still make it Don't Buy because it sounds poor. A discount is not going to make it sound better.
banjomike25/01/2020 22:41

I copied it from their review app which only mentions a "typical price" of …I copied it from their review app which only mentions a "typical price" of £380. Nothing about £700. Is that figure from the website? They still make it Don't Buy because it sounds poor. A discount is not going to make it sound better.


well,I haven't used this model myself,but still I wouldn't treat Which or anyone else's review as "god"'s gospel.what I can see is all star reviews from users:
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I always try to experience a product myself and have my own opinion instead of just accepting what a website thinks.
Edited by: "koskesh" 26th Jan
koskesh25/01/2020 22:59

well,I haven't used this model myseld,but still I wouldn't treat Which or …well,I haven't used this model myseld,but still I wouldn't treat Which or anyone else's review as "god"'s gospel.what I can see is all star reviews from users:[Image] I always try to experience a product myself and have my own opinion instead of just accepting what a website thinks.


I would agree with all of that but I don't know of anywhere to hear this Bose 300 working.
banjomike25/01/2020 23:35

I would agree with all of that but I don't know of anywhere to hear this …I would agree with all of that but I don't know of anywhere to hear this Bose 300 working.


online retailers allow return
banjomike21/01/2020 13:38

Which? make it a Don't Buy.Which? review:The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a …Which? make it a Don't Buy.Which? review:The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a thoroughly underwhelming sound bar. It's not going to make film and TV sound as good as it could, and while it's a bit better for music it's still nowhere near the level we'd expect from a sound bar this expensive. This, combined with the fact that it's hard to use, means it's a Don't Buy.What type of sound bar is it?A large, high-end sound bar with plenty of power and enough connection options to ensure that you can integrate it into your home sound system. It can also simulate surround sound to try to replicate the home cinema effect with fewer speakers.The Bose SoundTouch app allows you to connect multiple compatible Bose speakers together over your home wi-fi network, turning them into a multi-room speaker system that will play your music all over the house.How does it sound?Not very good. The bass is far too rumbly - you want an explosion to sound like an exciting boom, but this sound bar makes it sound more like someone traipsing around on the floorboards upstairs. When you're listening to music, the big rumbles aren't really there so this isn't as much of a problem, but it still doesn't sound great.There are also problems with the sense of space that the sound provides. This device tries some clever processing trickery in an attempt to get a 'bigger', more room-filling sound, but our listening panel found that this just ended up making things sound muddled. One of our expert listeners described it as sounding like it was 'in a bathroom'.As you'd expect, the fact that there's not a good stereo effect means that the simulated surround sound mode isn't good either.What's it like to use?As with most sound bars, it's easy to set up: just plug in the cables and off you go. However, using it every day is not so straightforward. With no display on the device and only five LED lights available to represent everything, it's not always clear what menu you're in or what settings you're adjusting. There are lots of options but, unless you're using an HDMI cable or the SoundTouch app, you won't be sure what's going on.Is there anything else I should know?Even though it has plenty of power, this sound bar still distorts sound when you push the volume up too high. What's more, if you're not using an HDMI cable to connect to your TV, then the sound bar won't give you any visual indication of what volume level it's at.Should I buy it?Absolutely not. It's a Don't Buy that costs more than twice as much as most of our Best Buy sound bars.The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a thoroughly underwhelming sound bar. It's not going to make film and TV sound as good as it could, and while it's a bit better for music it's still nowhere near the level we'd expect from a sound bar this expensive. This, combined with the fact that it's hard to use, means it's a Don't Buy.Sound bar models tested before June 2018 were assessed under a different test programme to those that were tested after. As such, ratings are not directly comparable.


jplewis7621/01/2020 13:52

Definately worth avoiding then



Well I bought it and test it myself.
it’s excellent.

Which’s review as usual is unreliable and in this case complete rubbish.
this soundbar is now discounted to near half original price,very few soundbars in this price range can compete with it’s quality.

In the past 2 years I bought (and then sold) 5 soundbars (all with good reviews) from Samsung,Philips,Sony,Yamaha and Pioneer and wasn’t happy with any of them.this Bose definitely superior to all of them.

a great deal and a steal at this price.
Edited by: "koskesh" 30th Jan
Stitch12321/01/2020 14:15

What does Which recommend at the £300 price point?


A subscription to another magazine would be a wise investment.
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