Bose SoundTouch wireless systems take aim at Sonos

11 Oct 2013

Bose SoundTouch app

Bose has launched three new wireless streaming music systems, the SoundTouch Portable, SoundTouch 20 and SoundTouch 30, as part of a new SoundTouch line which will be joined by a host of other wireless products over the coming months.

The three launch products can stream music directly over WiFi from any connected computer, tablet or smartphone, and also support Apple AirPlay streaming.

What's more, you can link multiple speakers for a multiroom system, playing either the same music or different music in each zone. Sounds like a fully-fledged Bose alternative to Pure Jongo and Sonos, then.

The three initial Bose SoundTouch products will be joined by the Bose Wave SoundTouch system later this, and then the SoundTouch Stereo JC Wi-Fi, which comprises two Jewel Cube speakers and an Acoustimass module subwoofer.

There will also be Bose SoundTouch outdoor speakers and versions of the VideoWave and Lifestyle home entertainment systems. Bose isn't taking this lightly, then. How about Sonos Playbar style soundbar?

Bose SoundTouch 30

The Bose SoundTouch 30 WiFi system is the flagship product at launch. It costs £600, measures approximately 25 x 43 x 18cm (HWD) and sports Bose's waveguide technology and a new driver unit developed for the system.

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The SoundTouch 20 comes with a £350 price tag and stands at a more compact 18 x 30 x 10cm (HWD), while the SoundTouch Portable WiFI system, also £350, has a rechargeable battery and is "no bigger than the average book" at 15 x 25 x 7.6cm. 

Bose SoundTouch 20

As well as streaming music from your device over WiFi or using AirPlay with iOS devices, the SoundTouch systems feature six presets on the systems themselves and the Bose SoundTouch app, which allow you to go straight to any internet radio station, track or playlist.

The free app is available on Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, plus Mac and Windows computers, while there is also a SoundTouch controller remote.

"If you have WiFi at home and a computer, you have all you need to stream your stored music, Internet radio or music services", says Bose.

For now, those music services seem to be limited to Pandora, which is only available in the US, Australia and New Zealand, though "Deezer, iHeartRadio and others" are promised to join them. 

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by Joe Cox

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I recently purchased the Soundtouch 30 and 20 and I will be returning it next week.  After many attempts to connect through my PC, the firewall is causing major issues and I am unable to connect to my music library.  When I realised that I could still use Airplay via my IPad I thought my problems were solved...but no, you can only set presets via your PC and of course the multiroom function does not work either.  Such a shame as the sound quality is superb and the kit looks good but I will be replacing it with a Sonos.  As I understand it the bridge provided by Sonos does not require set up through a PC, so I should have no issues.  And I can have 3 speakers for the price of 2. Very disappointed Bose, I expect more from such a high end brand.

 

I recently purchased the Soundtouch 30 and 20 and I will be returning it next week.  After many attempts to connect through my PC, the firewall is causing major issues and I am unable to connect to my music library.  When I realised that I could still use Airplay via my IPad I thought my problems were solved...but no, you can only set presets via your PC and of course the multiroom function does not work either.  Such a shame as the sound quality is superb and the kit looks good but I will be replacing it with a Sonos.  As I understand it the bridge provided by Sonos does not require set up through a PC, so I should have no issues.  And I can have 3 speakers for the price of 2. Very disappointed Bose, I expect more from such a high end brand.

 

Recently bought a Soundtouch 30 and took it back the next day and swapped it for a Sonus set up.

Sonos is so much easier to set up you can stick all your music on an NAS Job done.. The app is so much better than the very basic Bose app.. 

The big downfall of the Bose is that if your PC / Mac ain't on it can't get your music library.. When it is on the app is very limited in what you can do. I have virtually all my music on itunes, don't use Spotify or anything hence why this doesn't work for me.. I guess though I won't be alone with this? Even so the Bose app is very limited.

NAS support is coming next year I was told by my local Bose dealer. Not sure about a dedicated streamer though..

This sounds very interesting. Does anyone know yet if it will it stream music from my NAS based Squeezebox music collection using the Logitech Media Server app or alternatively its own NAS based server s/w to do this?
If so is there a h/w client in the pipeline to then DAC this stream into my home hifi system? I'm thinking about Squeezebox Touch replacement here. Thanks guys to anyone who knows the answers.