Bose Solo review

Improved audio over your TV, but limited inputs aren’t ideal for set-top boxes

11 Apr 2014
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As with most Bose products, the Solo has a minimalist, sleek design, and it should go nicely with any TV, although the company recommends the speaker for use with a 42in or smaller set so it doesn’t end up crushed by the weight of a larger set. We could comfortably fit our 47in reference TV on top, but only because its stand is relatively compact and as an LED model it's fairly light - it's probably not a good idea to stick a chunky plasma set on top of the Solo.

Internally, there are four speaker drivers and two bass ports. It’s not a surround- sound system, but it should still provide a noticeable improvement over the limited drivers built into most flat-screen TVs.

Around the back, connectivity is limited to optical and coaxial digital inputs and a single stereo phono analogue connection. There’s also a USB port and 3.5mm jack socket, but these are for service use only. There are no HDMI inputs or pass-throughs, so you’ll need a source with the right outputs or you’ll have to run an output cable from your TV to the speaker. This is more fiddly than just passing HDMI through the Solo, but most TVs we’ve seen have some kind of optical or analogue output for stereo sound. All the cables you need for the inputs are included in the box, so you won’t have to buy them specifically for the system.

Bose Solo

An incredibly basic remote control is included with the system, with buttons for power, mute and volume control. As the Solo is compatible with universal remotes, you could use one to control both TV and speakers to simplify your AV setup, but without an HDMI connection there was no way to use the Anynet+ universal function on our reference TV’s remote control.

For everyday broadcasts, the Solo speaker is an improvement over integrated TV drivers. It produced clear audio with ample volume, as well as a decent amount of bass. It worked very well with digital radio, with minimal distortion from the high end even during electronic and heavy rock tracks.

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