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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, but Simon doesn't :(, 16 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Bose ® Solo TV Sound System (Electronics)
Okay, let me make one thing clear from the outset...I do not work for Bose, got that? Good! Now on with the review.

I've been after a TV audio solution for a while, I have a 32" Samsung HDTV which I have been very happy with as far as picture goes, but one thing that has always bugged me was the poor sound which is common in modern slim LCD/LED TV's. Now I definitely did not want to buy some kind of 5.1 speaker system and fill my nice cozy living room with speakers and cables and large imposing sub-woofers. So for me some kind of soundbar made more sense.

I did have a Q-TV2 a while back which was pretty good but prone to "noise" at the high-end and when the inbuilt sub-woofer gave up the ghost I decided I wouldn't buy another.

What drew me to the Bose Solo was the fact it acted as a pedestal for the TV rather than sat in front of it. I then did some research and found mostly positive reviews. I was also lucky in that my local Currys/PC World were able to give me a demo even though it's not really the same as trying it out in your own home as the accoustics are obviously different. But on the back of that demo I decided to buy one (£349).

So what do I think? Well, I think overall it's pretty good...a mixed bag in some ways, but overall I am more than happy.

THE GOOD
An immediately obvious improvement over my TV speakers
Nice depth and decent but not overpowering bass
Good connection options (I use optical digital)
Looks good beneath my TV and doesn't "stick out" like a regular soundbar or home cinema set-up
Handles Dolby Digital/DTS without the need to convert to PCM at source (I'm no expert but it does seem to sound better)

THE BAD
No virtual surround so it seems "narrower" than my TV speakers (The Q-TV also did virtual surround quite well)
Can't control volume via TV remote only the cheap/flimsy remote included (an upgraded remote costs extra...a bit cheeky)
£349 is quite a lot for what you get - you are paying for the name..If I was going to put a value on it £250 would seem more reasonable

Overall I am happy - I would score this 7/10 - but the star rating means I'll be giving it a 4 (3 is just too low to be fair). If you want a home cinema set-up this is not for you. If you want an improved audio experience generally from your TV then this definitely does the job. However it is probably £50-£100 more than the competition in terms of quality, although it does "slot in" better to your TV setup than an obtrusive soundbar so might be worth the extra for that fact alone if you have the cash available.

If anyone has any questions post them here and I'll try to answer them objectively.
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Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2013 21:08:37 GMT
Simon says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 09:55:25 GMT
Kirk Douglas says:
Hey no problem - sorry if my objective opinion doesn't match-up with your conspiracy theory one....

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 10:31:22 GMT
Simon says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 10:39:01 GMT
Kirk Douglas says:
I can't speak for everyone, but I'm certainly not sure why you bother...

So why do you bother? seriously, why?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 10:40:57 GMT
Simon says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 10:46:55 GMT
Kirk Douglas says:
Blimey, can you at least let me finish my responses to all your previous posts on all my listings before replying to my first...I'll lose track!

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Simon says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 10:59:24 GMT
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Kirk Douglas says:
You had a case? Are you sure?

I'm pretty sure you actually have to have a case in the first place before you rest it?

All I can really gather from your relentless trolling of my reviews is that you are a complete egotist who fails to see the irony in what they are doing.

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Simon says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 11:06:23 GMT
Kirk Douglas says:
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