Bose soundtouch link £69.95 @ John Lewis
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Bose soundtouch link £69.95 @ John Lewis

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Found 19th Mar 2017
a link system to send wifi or Bluetooth streaming to your old speaker systems.

It is £139.99 almost everywhere else. Argos do have some limited availability in the clearance section for £69.99.

The negatives with this is that Bose don't support apple 'airplay' anymore???? (I'm sure that will please some of you mac sceptics out there mind).

But it will still work on apple products via multiple other streaming services AND via Bluetooth.

I think this appears to be a good deal. I'm actually wanting to see what all you guys think before I buy it!!

********* price is now back to £139.99 on amazon
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Doesn't the Amozon Dot thingy do the same thing?
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lord_trumpington

Doesn't the Amozon Dot thingy do the same thing?



I don't really know. I'd be interested to see what others say.
Original Poster
lord_trumpington

Doesn't the Amozon Dot thingy do the same thing?



Looks like the only input to your existing speakers with the amazon dot is via a 3mm audio jack. The Bose has optical and av cable options. I think it is more like the Sonos wifi link
Edited by: "bsmallwo" 19th Mar 2017
Same price at amazon

Echo dot can't connect directly to your nas drive to play music on your network, this has both wifi and bluetooth, also optical out to connect to better dac, echo dot can only connect by 3.5mm or bluetooth

Edited by: "matengawhat" 19th Mar 2017
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matengawhat

Same price at amazonEcho dot can't connect directly to your nas drive to … Same price at amazonEcho dot can't connect directly to your nas drive to play music on your network, this has both wifi and bluetooth, also optical out to connect to better dac, echo dot can only connect by 3.5mm or bluetooth



Interesting - it was £139.99 on amazon when I posted this this morning
bsmallwo

Interesting - it was £139.99 on amazon when I posted this this morning


Also hopefully the dac in the bose will be better
bsmallwo

Interesting - it was £139.99 on amazon when I posted this this morning



Must be a fair profit margin on these, if they can afford to drop the price by this much.
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TK42

Must be a fair profit margin on these, if they can afford to drop the … Must be a fair profit margin on these, if they can afford to drop the price by this much.



Good point.
I just hope hukd is getting these big companies to fall in line with correct/fair pricing.
I'm feeling pretty chuffed that amazon reacted so quickly.
So is this like a Chromecast Audio with support for more streaming platforms/services?
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Sorry, I'm out of my depth here - I just know that they are similar to Sonus - you can play music streaming on wifi around the house with or without proprietary speakers. Not sure what chrome cast does. The sonus link is usually approx £350. This is just dedicated to music playing and not other internet related services (speech recognition etc).
Amazon music still doesnt work over wifi/bose app, can connect phone or echo by Bluetooth, which is pretty poor, works in usa!
Edited by: "matengawhat" 20th Mar 2017
I believe that this will only work with the Bose app.
Tunner

I believe that this will only work with the Bose app.


The bose app has amazon music as first option, just doesnt work in the uk
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matengawhat

The bose app has amazon music as first option, just doesnt work in the uk



Are you allowed to swear on here??
I didn't realise amazon music didn't work in U.K. It said it was compatible when I'd read about it. Obviously on a USA website. NB having just checked the web again BOSE are advertising amazon music compatibility on the UK sites - pretty naughty as they are apparently still trying to get copyright for amazon, apple etc etc.
D'oh.

At least John Lewis can take it back!!
And at least it was cheaper than some poor folks have paid, under the illusion amazon music would work.

Edited by: "bsmallwo" 20th Mar 2017
bsmallwo

Are you allowed to swear on here?? I didn't realise amazon music didn't … Are you allowed to swear on here?? I didn't realise amazon music didn't work in U.K. It said it was compatible when I'd read about it. Obviously on a USA website. NB having just checked the web again BOSE are advertising amazon music compatibility on the UK sites - pretty naughty as they are apparently still trying to get copyright for amazon, apple etc etc. D'oh. At least John Lewis can take it back!!And at least it was cheaper than some poor folks have paid, under the illusion amazon music would work.


You can still use it on your phone/computer and just bluetooth it to the bose with the obvious drop off in quality, it only doesnt work over wifi, the bose website says they are working on it snd said should arrive early 2017 although we are nearly in April!

Seemed to be some issues connecting to echo dot by bluetooth, said connected on both devices but sound coming from dot still, might have been in my setup as was using with headphone rig and my earphones needed charging so kept turning off so might have redirected back to dot, will try again later today.

For how im using it at minute would have been cheaper to buy a Chromecast audio and that would sound better




Edited by: "matengawhat" 21st Mar 2017
Hi. Has this Bose® SoundTouch Wireless got Aptx bluetooth? Thanks!
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It has Bluetooth but don't know what aptx is??
Anyway - we have set it up now and I'm really pleased with it - even after my earlier grumbling. The Bluetooth is (to my ears) great sound quality and the wifi streaming via the MacBook is brill. The app seems a little stodgy mind.
The amp we are connecting to is a 'Cambridge audio' the speakers are two tall 'monitor' and a 'tannoy' sub/surround sound.
I thing APTX is a version of Bluetooth that provides "CD quality"....I too have a Cambridge amplifier!, hooked up to some JPW speakers.

Would you say the sound quality is as good as CD quality (to your ears) via Bluetooth? Thanks!
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RJ1

I thing APTX is a version of Bluetooth that provides "CD quality"....I … I thing APTX is a version of Bluetooth that provides "CD quality"....I too have a Cambridge amplifier!, hooked up to some JPW speakers. Would you say the sound quality is as good as CD quality (to your ears) via Bluetooth? Thanks!



Just noticed your message.
We have an upgrading CD player. My boyfriend thinks the cd has different qualities - a bit more detailed. Streaming wifi and Bluetooth with the same song wasn't as clear BUT I'd already converted the song to an MP3 from a cd. Too many variables to specify etc. So, to summarise: for me I like all the methods of playing through the speakers, my boyfriend notices a difference, but doesn't actually know which he prefers (clarity isn't the be all and end all). If my sister heard all of the different sources she would probably discern loads of differences (maybe I'm a little deaf!!).
Essentially I'm very happy and I would recommend it.
Thank you
I would get the chromecast audio for £30, cheaper and same functions except bluetooth
Agreed, Chromecast audio also has optical out through its 3.5mm jack, so if you don't need Bluetooth it's better value.
This is disappointing as it is mains power only - wait for Bose soundlink 2
This is disappointing as it is mains power only - wait for Bose soundlink 2
Will it allow airplay on Apple Music streamed from my phone?
bsmallwo

Good point. I just hope hukd is getting these big companies to fall in … Good point. I just hope hukd is getting these big companies to fall in line with correct/fair pricing. I'm feeling pretty chuffed that amazon reacted so quickly.



I agree with the pair of you!. :-(

Makes you think a wee bit that, huh?, lol
shaversport

Will it allow airplay on Apple Music streamed from my phone?



No, as stated in paragraph 3 of the original post
Surely a Chromecast at £20 odd is the same functionality at a fraction of the price? Or have I misunderstood what this does?
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barbiegirl

Surely a Chromecast at £20 odd is the same functionality at a fraction of … Surely a Chromecast at £20 odd is the same functionality at a fraction of the price? Or have I misunderstood what this does?



I think the DAC (digital audio converter) is supposed to be better on the Bose BUT, I can only find the spec for the chromecast which is "AKM AK4430 192kHz 24-Bit Stereo DAC"
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I changed the blurb at the top. Amazon have put their price back up to £139.99
Totally off topic but what would I need to stream from my current hard wired speaker system to wireless speakers.
As I want to keep my 7.1 system going downstairs but put wireless speakers around the house?
oO
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The Bose soundtouch link will play via your old speakers AND their wireless speakers etc. The sonus will do the same. I believe the chromecast will also do the same. I'm learning off the cuff here though
I guess the chromecast audio is the cheapest product on the market to stream wifi etc (not Bluetooth) - not brill with apple products apparently though. I don't know how the quality of chromecast compares to Bose. I think the price drop of Bose is due to the chromecast prices disrupting the market.
Edited by: "bsmallwo" 30th Mar 2017
lord_trumpington

Doesn't the Amozon Dot thingy do the same thing?


Yeah, but the audio is crap on the Dot, so you have to plug it into a speaker to make the sound bearable.
bsmallwo

I changed the blurb at the top. Amazon have put their price back up to … I changed the blurb at the top. Amazon have put their price back up to £139.99


Just checked and Amazon have the same price, plus it's on Prime....
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TANDY

Just checked and Amazon have the same price, plus it's on Prime....



Weird, it was back up to £139.99 this morning.
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bsmallwo

Weird, it was back up to £139.99 this morning.



Seems to still be at £139.99 at moment too ???
why not use a Chilli plug approx £25 to get bluetooth to your speakers/dock
used one with a bose sound dock to make it bluetooth from my iphone
chilli plug connects to sounddock via 3,5mm plug
works great
Why does 1 posting get -42 heat and a week later the same deal with a different retailer get +251 heat. Really don't understand how this site works sometimes? hotukdeals.com/dea…302
Edited by: "sunter18" 4th Apr 2017
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sunter18

Why does 1 posting get -42 heat and a week later the same deal with a … Why does 1 posting get -42 heat and a week later the same deal with a different retailer get +251 heat. Really don't understand how this site works sometimes? http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/bose-soundtouch-wireless-speaker-black-69-95-argos-2646302



I thought I'd checked for previous hot deals for this. If I'd have seen the previous deal I wouldn't have bought it. I was originally checking to actually see if it was a hot deal or not!! As it happens I do really like it, but would possibly also have liked the chrome cast and saved a bit of dosh!!
Weird how the site works.
Edited by: "bsmallwo" 6th Apr 2017
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