If you’re in the market for a home audio system that looks great and goes above and beyond your basic Bluetooth speaker we recommend checking out the Bose SoundTouch Wifi Music System.
For those unclear of the difference between the two, Bluetooth is a short-range wireless solution for pairing one device with another, whereas Wi-Fi has greater range and works with multiple devices by setting up a local network. In the case of the Bose SoundTouch devices this allows consumers to purchase a number of units, in varying sizes, all operating on local Wi-Fi network and controlled via the Bose SoundTouch app.
The Bose SoundTouch range comes in three sizes depending on portability requirements and room sizes. We’ve spent a week enjoying gorgeous crisp sound from the SoundTouch 20 unit. In true Bose style, the speaker is designed with minimalists in mind, featuring a gentle curved front panel with sleek OLED display, recessed buttons and a compact remote. The rear of the unit is finished in matte black plastic and boasts ethernet and USB ports for set-up purposes as well as a vital 3.5mm AUX input for when your friends come over and want to plug into the system. Perfectly suited to the lounge room, bedroom or home office the speaker is as attractive as it is capable, filling the room with loud, rich, absorbing sound.
The six individually numbered buttons on the top of the unit give the speaker its ‘touch’ capabilities. Syncing the SoundTouch App allows you to set 6 presets such as Pandora Radio Stations, Internet Radio, Spotify or iTunes playlists. When you walk into the room and want to play some music a single touch of your favourite preset will bring the speaker to life without needed to fire up the app on your phone or tablet. The app lets you stream different music to multiple SoundTouch speakers in your home, stream the same music to all speakers, and adjust the volume on each individually.
The software is definitely not as strong as the hardware at this point, however Bose promise updates with more collaborating services and better compatibility with Android products. That’s not to say you can’t use stream other music platforms from your devices, you can, they just won’t integrate into the SoundTouch app. If you’re looking for an elegantly designed, well built and great sounding WiFi music system, with potential to expand to multiple rooms, the Bose SoundTouch devices are a worthy consideration!
Head to the Bose website to check out the full range of SoundTouch devices.