Unveiled: Bose® in the Battle for Multi-Room Wireless Audio Domination

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When you think of multi-room wireless audio, one of the first brands that comes to mind is Sonos. Sonos came into the multi-room and wireless audio game early, and have never let go of the reins. But Bose®, long known for superior, room-filling sound, is ready to take the reins and ride with their new SoundTouch™ systems.

Bose aims directly at three distinct levels of consumer: the beginner, who receives a great introduction to the Bose sound with the SoundTouch Portable Wi-Fi system; the enthusiast, who will enjoy the deeper and fuller modulation of the SoundTouch 20; and true audiophiles, who will appreciate the power of the SoundTouch™ 30.

The Bose SoundTouch™ Portable Wi-Fi Music System lets you stream music via your home Wi-Fi network—and its Plug-and-Play simplicity will have you up and running within minutes. You can listen to Internet radio, peruse Pandora, or simply access your personal collection of digital music through the network. The portable system also adds instant gratification with the six preset buttons that allow you to access your favorite music or playlists. You can also use the SoundTouch app to customize your selections, and then access them through the one-touch feature on the system console.

The SoundTouch portable dock also features an OLED display that provides source, song or station info, an infrared remote, and auxiliary and USB inputs for peripheral connections. The compact size of the unit makes it perfect for toting from room to room.

Dimensions System
Height: 5.8 in (14.7 cm)
Width: 9.8 in (24.9 cm)
Depth: 2.5 in (6.4 cm)
Weight: 3.3 lb (1.5 kg)

Remote
Height: 4.29 in (10.9 cm)
Width: 1.77 in (4.5 cm)
Depth: .5 in (1.3 cm)
Weight: 1.76 oz (49.9 g)

Inputs/Outputs Aux input
USB input
Additional Details Built-in Wi-Fi
OLED display
Wireless network compatibility: 802.11 b/g
Supported audio formats: MP3, WMA, AAC
Battery life up to 2.5 hours at max volume
 In The Box SoundTouch Portable Wi-Fi music system
Power cable
USB cable
Remote control

The Bose SoundTouch™ 20 Wi-Fi Music System raises the roof with a little more power. Room-filling sound, always a Bose trademark, is showcased here via custom-designed transducers that produce the booming lows and trilling highs that you expect from Bose. The SoundTouch 20 features all of the same virtues of the portable system—Wi-Fi connectivity, SoundTouch app via mobile device, and six presets on the console—but it also provides a hardwired Ethernet jack for those who require a more stable connection to their network. Its 12.4 x 7.4 x 4.1" footprint doesn’t make it as portable as the previous system, but it adds great presence to whatever room it occupies.

Dimensions System
Height: 7.4 in (18.8 cm)
Width: 12.4 in (31.4 cm)
Depth: 4.1 in (10.4 cm)
Weight: 9.6 lb (4.4 kg)

Remote
Height: 4.5 in (11.4 cm)
Width: 1.75 in (4.4 cm)
Depth: 0.5 in (1.3 cm)
Weight: 1.76 oz (50 g)

Inputs/Outputs Aux input
Ethernet port
USB inputs
Additional Details Built-in Wi-Fi
OLED display
Wireless network compatibility: 802.11 b/g
Supported audio formats: MP3, WMA, AAC
 In The Box SoundTouch 20 Wi-Fi music system
Power cable
USB cable
Remote control

Finally, the Bose SoundTouch 30 sets itself apart, not with features—it includes everything the previous systems do, including a hardwired Ethernet jack and amazing SoundTouch software—but with the most expansive sound of the three. This unit contains a high-powered woofer and two precisely positioned drivers to produce highs that are clear and consistent, and lows that will shake your bones. Bose’s Waveguide® technology, which made their first Wave system such a smash hit among audio enthusiasts, is incorporated deftly into the SoundTouch 30.

The one aspect of these Bose systems that will also give Sonos a run for their market share is that each unit can be incorporated into a network that contains other SoundTouch units. Imagine the multi-room audio experience of having a Bose portable in the kitchen, another in the bedroom, and a third in the TV room, all expounding the clearest most vibrant sound, and all controlled from one remote or the SoundTouch app on your mobile device.

That’s an experience you will not soon forget.

To learn more about any of the Bose SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music Systems, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.