Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700: Which Sound System is Better?

Renowned for quality sound products, Bose has now delivered a solution that will enhance our audio experience and make our lives so much easier. You will no longer have to worry about losing control or hooking up extra speakers. The Bose soundbars are a solution to multiple problems.

Essentially, the Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 are smart speakers. We are going to talk about what the Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 have in common and how they differ. We will add a comparison chart to clearly highlight the specifics and we will offer a few pros and cons.

Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700

There are more similarities than differences, so we will begin here.

Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700 – Similarities

Quick Glance

Name
Our Pick
Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
Bose Soundbar 700 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
Image
Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
Bose Soundbar 700 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
Size
4 x 31.5 x 1.8 inches
4.2 x 38.5 x 2.2 inches
Weight
7lbs
10.5lbs
Design
Matte-finish top. Available only in black
Premium glass top. Available in black or white
Connectivity
Wi-Fi, HDMI, Bluetooth Apple Airplay 2
Wi-Fi, HDMI, Bluetooth Apple Airplay 2
Control
Voice (built-in Alexa and Google Assistant) Remote, Smartphone with App
Voice (built-in Alexa and Google Assistant) Remote, Smartphone with App
8-mic Array
Bose Apps
Bose Music App, Bose Voice4Video
Bose Music App, Bose Voice4Video
Pairable with Bose Surround and Home Speakers
Low Frequency
59.9Hz
55.8Hz
High Frequency
14.3KHz
18.5KHz
Wall Mountable
What’s Included
Power cord, power adapter, HDMI cable, ADAPTiQ headset, remote and AAA batteries
Power cord, power adapter, HDMI cable, ADAPTiQ headset, universal remote and AAA batteries
Warranty
1-year warranty
1-year warranty
Prime status
Our Pick
Name
Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
Image
Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
Size
4 x 31.5 x 1.8 inches
Weight
7lbs
Design
Matte-finish top. Available only in black
Connectivity
Wi-Fi, HDMI, Bluetooth Apple Airplay 2
Control
Voice (built-in Alexa and Google Assistant) Remote, Smartphone with App
8-mic Array
Bose Apps
Bose Music App, Bose Voice4Video
Pairable with Bose Surround and Home Speakers
Low Frequency
59.9Hz
High Frequency
14.3KHz
Wall Mountable
What’s Included
Power cord, power adapter, HDMI cable, ADAPTiQ headset, remote and AAA batteries
Warranty
1-year warranty
Prime status
Name
Bose Soundbar 700 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
Image
Bose Soundbar 700 with Alexa voice control built-in, Black
Size
4.2 x 38.5 x 2.2 inches
Weight
10.5lbs
Design
Premium glass top. Available in black or white
Connectivity
Wi-Fi, HDMI, Bluetooth Apple Airplay 2
Control
Voice (built-in Alexa and Google Assistant) Remote, Smartphone with App
8-mic Array
Bose Apps
Bose Music App, Bose Voice4Video
Pairable with Bose Surround and Home Speakers
Low Frequency
55.8Hz
High Frequency
18.5KHz
Wall Mountable
What’s Included
Power cord, power adapter, HDMI cable, ADAPTiQ headset, universal remote and AAA batteries
Warranty
1-year warranty
Prime status

Connectivity

The Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 sit nicely under your TV and they can be connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Apple Airplay 2.  They both also have HDMI connections. You will also be able to take advantage of the built-in voice control features such as Alexa and Google Assistant. You can control the sound of your TV by your voice, your smartphone with the Bose Music App, and via control.

Bose Soundbar 500 Comparison

Control

You can control the sound of your TV by your voice, your smartphone with the Bose Music App, and via control. The Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 will also control what you watch on TV, cable or satellite with the Bose Voice4Video.

Microphone

The Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 have a custom 8-mic array with noise rejection. This allows for superior voice pick up.

The Bose Family

Both the Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 can be combined with other Bose speakers, for example with the Bose Surround Speakers, the Bose Home Speaker 300 and the Bose Home Speaker 500. You can even connect the Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 to each other.

Bose Soundbar 700 Comparison

What is Included?

With the Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700, you will receive a power cord and power adapter. There is an HDMI cable, ADAPTiQ headset, and a start guide. The Bose Soundbar 500 comes with a remote and two AAA batteries. The Bose Soundbar 700 comes with a universal control and the batteries.

Now let’s see how the two soundbars vary.

Differences Between Bose Soundbar 500 and Bose Soundbar 700

Appearance

Bose Soundbar 500 Review

Both look sleek and clean under your TV and in no way obtrusive.

Bose Soundbar 500

It is a smaller bar at 4 x 31.5 x 1.8 inches, and it weighs 7 pounds. The bar has a matte-finish top.

Bose Soundbar 700

The main difference you will notice is in the length. It is 4.2 x 38.5 x 2.2 inches and it weighs 10.5 inches. It is more sophisticated with a premium glass top.

The Winner Is- The Bose Soundbar 700

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Frequency Range

Bose Soundbar 700 Review

Your low frequency is important for when you are watching films or gaming and you want to hear the deep sounds. The high-frequency matters for clarity and crispness of dialog or instruments like cymbals.

Bose Soundbar 500

The low frequency is 59.9Hz and the high frequency is 14.3KHz.

Bose Soundbar 700

There is a greater frequency with this soundbar. The low frequency is 55.8Hz and the high frequency is 18.5KHz.

The Winner Is- the Bose Soundbar 700

Pros and Cons

Here are some pros and cons that will provide some additional information.

Bose Soundbar 500

Bose Soundbar 500

Pros:

  • The setup was as easy as any Wi-Fi connection
  • Alexa worked far better than we were expecting
  • The remote sinks up with your TV without issues

Cons:

  • Higher price

Bose Soundbar 700

Bose Soundbar 700

Pros:

  • Once you master the settings on the app, the sound is amazing.
  • The design is superior
  • Pairing and connection was straightforward

Cons:

  • It’s expensive

The Final Verdict

This was a tricky decision for us today. The integrated technology is the same, the set up was simple for both of the Bose Soundbars and all of the ways to connect and control the soundbars were consistently good.

We thought the microphone was of good quality and picked up our voice clearly, you don’t have to shout at Alexa because she doesn’t understand you. And we also felt that Bose had provided everything that you need to be able to use the Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 straight out of the box.

So, we decided that if you already have Bose speakers, you are better off with the Bose Soundbar 500. While still pricey, it was much cheaper than the Bose Soundbar 700. So, you can appreciate the quality of the Bose sound and the amazing features of the soundbar.

That being said. If you have no surround sound speakers, the Bose Soundbar 700 is the choice for you. Yes, it is expensive, but once you adjust the sound settings to your liking, the sound is absolutely fantastic. The remote control is better as well, the Soundbar 500 has a rather basic remote. The design with the premium glass top is much more attractive, so, this, with the amazing sound, makes the Bose Soundbar 700 the superior choice.


Last update on 2020-06-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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