Bose has announced a new soundbar, the SoundTouch 300 and two new lifestyle home entertainment systems, the Lifestyle 600 and 650.
The SoundTouch 300 measures just 10.8x 97.8x5.7cm (DxWxH) and, claims Bose, delivers the best audio performance for any soundbar its size, no matter what you’re listening to but then we guess they would. It’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled with NFC for easy pairing.
To provide a spacious sound, the SoundTouch 300 uses exclusive PhaseGuide arrays to send signals to the left and right of the room so, they tell us, you’ll hear what you won’t see - separate channels of a soundtrack or song coming from places where there are no speakers. Proprietary QuietPort technology takes care of the bass and Bose has added DSP for detail and balance across all frequencies. The SoundTouch 300 also uses ADAPTiQ calibration to customise its sound to your home, automatically.
The soundbar also features HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) functionality so only one cable is prospectively needed to sync the SoundTouch 300 to a TV, DVD player or streaming services and there’s also 4K pass-through too. It can be customised with additional components, including the new, acoustically matched Acoustimass 300 wireless bass module, and/or the Virtually Invisible 300 wireless surround speakers for a full 5.1 experience. As part of the Bose SoundTouch family, it can also wirelessly connect to other SoundTouch speakers around the home to provide a multi-room entertainment system.
“With the SoundTouch 300, we’ve filled a gap in the market,” said Pete Ogley, general manager of Bose audio-for-video. “We pushed the boundaries of size, sound and design like nothing else available in the category. We added Bluetooth to Wi-Fi so you can stream anything, instantly. And because it doubles as a wireless music system and home theatre system, you’ll get an incredible experience whether you’re listening to your playlists, enjoying Netflix, or watching the game -- all from one gorgeous speaker.”
The Bose Lifestyle 650 luxury home entertainment system is a ‘full’ 5.1 package and features the smallest satellite speakers in Bose history – four new OmniJewel satellite speakers, measuring in at a just 4.67 cm W x 14.66 cm H x 4.67 cm D. Each OmniJewel speaker includes new high-excursion transducers positioned in opposing fashion. Together, they work with a slim centre channel and bass module for omni-directional sound. All of the Lifestyle 650’s speakers are housed in brushed, anodised aluminium, driven by a curved console accented with polished glass. .
“Our new Lifestyle 650 system is remarkable,” said Ogley. “For people who want the finest quality in sound, aesthetics, materials and build, there’s nothing else like it. When it’s seen and heard for the first time, it simply suspends belief.”
Like the SoundTouch 300, the 650 applies QuietPort technology and DSP, ADAPTiQ for optimal acoustics in any space; and 4K pass through with 6 HDMI inputs. It’s also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled with NFC, and compatible with other SoundTouch systems.
The new Lifestyle 600 system joins the Lifestyle 650 in the line-up, featuring many of the same luxuries with four, slightly larger Jewel Cube satellite speakers and one Jewel Cube center channel speaker.
The SoundTouch 300 soundbar, Acoustimass 300 bass module, Virtually Invisible surround speakers, and Lifestyle 650 and 600 systems will be available beginning October 2016.
The SoundTouch 300 soundbar will be sold for £599.95 and comes in black. Its optional bass module is available for £599.95; the surround sound speakers are available starting at £249.95. The Lifestyle 650 and 600 home entertainment systems will be sold for £3,399.00 and £2,599.00, respectively and come in black and white.
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