When it comes to creating a setup that works for your home, flexibility can be key. Luckily, both the Bose and Sonos models in question offer the opportunity for users to create unique builds. First of all, based on the models we’ve chosen to compare, you may be wondering: Are soundbars worth it?
The short answer — absolutely. As TVs get thinner, there’s less real estate for quality speakers — not to mention, TV speakers are often pointed down or away from where the viewers are seated, resulting in poor, tinny audio quality. A soundbar, which can be mounted just below your TV, drastically improves your audio experience simply by directing the sound toward you. Best of all, the soundbar’s shortcomings — like its inability to provide a deep, immersive bass — can be compensated for by pairing it with subwoofers, surround-sound speakers and other accessories.
The Bose Soundbar 700 is (almost) unparalleled when it comes to delivering cinematic experiences and streaming music. To feel the real impact of the model, we recommend pairing the soundbar with the Bose Bass 700 and the Bose Surround Sound Speakers. Both the subwoofer and the speakers are small and compact, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice the look of your living space for functionality. Better yet, the Bose setup is pretty plug-and-play friendly: Within minutes, you can wirelessly connect the receivers to your soundbar, hassle free. As an added bonus, music lovers can use Bose SimpleSync technology to pair their soundbars with Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 — you know, just in case your family or housemates need a break from your tunes.
As for the Sonos Beam, things couldn’t be simpler — there’s just two cords and an automatic remote detection system. And, like the Bose model, this one also allows you to build out your own setup. We recommend adding in Sonos Sub for that richer bass action and a couple of Sonos One SL speakers to create an immersive, surround-sound experience. Better yet, the Sonos speakers allow you to enjoy brilliant, synchronized sound in every room in your house, making these speakers great not only for home entertainment, but for streaming music as well.
Winner: Draw. You really can’t go wrong here. If you want to focus on a one-room, immersive setup, Bose might be the way to go, but if you want a multi-room sound system, try Sonos.