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Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system

Item # 018SOLO5

Have a smaller living room or secondary TV room? The Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system won't take up much space and...

Have a smaller living room or secondary TV room? The Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system won't take up much space and...

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About the Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system

Add sound, not clutter

Have a smaller living room or secondary TV room? The Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system won't take up much space and offers a serious upgrade to the tiny speakers in your TV. Measuring less than 3" tall, this sleek sound bar fits below most modern TV designs, flat or curved. And the system delivers the clarity and detail we expect when the name Bose® is on the box.

Add sound, not clutter

Bose Solo 5 TV sound system

The Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system fits neatly in your setup and provides big Bose® sound.

Have a smaller living room or secondary TV room? The Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system won't take up much space and offers a serious upgrade to the tiny speakers in your TV. Measuring less than 3" tall, this sleek sound bar fits below most modern TV designs, flat or curved. And the system delivers the clarity and detail we expect when the name Bose® is on the box.

There's also built-in Bluetooth®, making the Bose® Solo 5 a space-saving solution for movies, shows, and music.

Easy setup and control

Bose® specializes in making things easy to hook up and use right away. This system connects to your TV with a single cable. An optical digital cable is included. The Bose® Solo 5 system automatically recognizes when you've connected it your TV. And the programmable universal remote can operate your TV, Blu-ray player, cable box, and other components along with the sound bar.

This sound bar can be wall mounted with the Bose® WB-120 wall mount kit (sold separately).

Hear dialogue clearly at any volume

Our customers often tell us they have to crank the TV volume up to hear speech, only to turn it down when music and effects get loud. With the Bose® Solo 5 system, you don't have to do all that. You can hear even whispered dialogue at reasonable volumes. A special "Dialogue mode" makes speech even more audible.

And bass for sound effects? Dial in just the right amount of low-frequency impact with the remote's bass control button.

Bluetooth lets you play on all your music, wirelessly

More and more people use sound bars for music listening as well as TV. The Bose Solo 5 TV sound system makes that easy. It has Bluetooth on board, which lets you stream audio from your phone or tablet.

Have a killer library of downloaded tunes? Stream playlists from music services like Spotify® or Pandora? Any song you can play on your device can be played wirelessly through this system.


Product highlights:

  • compact sound bar delivers clear, detailed TV sound
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones and tablets
  • TrueSpace® technology produces spacious sound
  • Dialogue mode makes speech easier to hear
  • connects to your TV with a single cable
  • inputs: optical digital, coaxial digital, and 3.5mm stereo minijack
  • optical digital cable included
  • programmable remote control can operate your TV and other components
    • remote's bass control button lets you adjust amount of bass
  • wall-mountable (bracket sold separately)
  • 21-5/8"W x 2-3/4"H x 3-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 732522-1110

No A/V receiver required.

What's in the box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • AC power adapter (w/ 5' DC cord)
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6.5' Optical digital cable
  • Owner's Guide
  • Universal Remote Device Codes
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter
  • "Global Support Regions" note
  • Warranty Information

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More details on the Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system

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Features & specs

Design Bar
Amplification Self-powered
Separate Subwoofer No
Wireless Surrounds No
Number Of Channels 2.0
Surround Formats
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos No
Audio Enhancements
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
Night Mode No
Virtual Surround TrueSpace
Auto Calibration No
Audio Connections
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
HDMI eARC Input No
3.5mm Stereo Analog Inputs 1
RCA Stereo Analog Inputs None
USB Type-A Input No
Subwoofer Output 0
Audio Specs
Tweeter None
Midrange 2" Cone (2)
Woofer None
Subwoofer Driver None
Enclosure Bass Reflex
System Frequency Response Not Given
Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Video Connections
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
Video Specs
HDMI Version N/A
HDMI Video Pass-through Resolution N
HDR Video Compatible No
Includes Remote Yes
Voice Control No
Control by App No
Remote IR Passthrough No
Learns TV Remote Yes
Audio Streaming
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in
Bluetooth Audio Playback Yes
Bluetooth Transmitter Mode No
Online Music Sources via Bose Music App
Apple AirPlay No
Chromecast built-in No
Amazon Music No
Apple Music No
Pandora No
SiriusXM No
Spotify No
TuneIn No
YouTube Music No
Files on Your Network No
Wi-Fi Networking
Built-in Wi-Fi Version None
Bands N/A
Other Info
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included Optional
Sound Bar Size (inches) 2-3/4H x 21-5/8W x 3-7/16D
Sound Bar Weight 3.73 lbs
Subwoofer Size (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Active Soundbar Speaker: The Bose Solo 5 is a one-piece soundbar speaker system that brings noticeably better sound to your flat-panel television. It's engineered to help clearly reproduce everything from dialogue, music, to sound effects. The Bose Solo 5 incorporates TrueSpace technology, Videostage circuitry and a Dialogue mode to get the most enjoyment from this one-piece soundbar speaker system.

  • TrueSpace Technology: Bose TrueSpace technology creates a simulated surround-sound experience from the soundbar speaker's two drivers.
  • Videostage Circuitry: TrueSpace technology works in unison with Bose Videostage decoding circuitry to deliver a lifelike, spacious multi-channel sound experience from almost any source.
  • Dialogue Mode: Dialogue mode makes every word even easier to understand without having to adjust the volume from scene-to-scene. Dialogue mode is also great for news programs and talk shows.

Digital & Analog Inputs: The Bose Solo 5 soundbar speaker is fitted with two digital inputs (optical/coaxial) and one stereo minijack input (3.5mm), so you can connect virtually any TV. The optical and coaxial digital inputs support 2ch PCM and Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch). To enjoy the full benefit of hearing audio through the Bose Solo 5, the internal speakers in your TV should be turned off.

  • The coaxial and digital inputs are not two different inputs in the traditional sense; you cannot select either one from the remote control. Instead, they are auto switching based on signal input. The optical input takes precedent over the coaxial input, if live signals are present on both.  
  • The digital optical output terminals of most newer flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

Built-in Blueooth: The Bose Solo 5 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth with support for wireless music streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP), as well as support for SimpleSync with Bose Home Speaker products.

  • Bluetooth Music Streaming: With built-in Bluetooth, the Solo 5 can wirelessly play back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop, or other Bluetooth compatible devices. You can control basic music playback functions (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the included remote control. Song/artist information will still be viewed on your Bluetooth device. You can pair up to 8 devices and keep 2 devices connected for easy switching between devices.
  • Bose SimpleSync: Bose SimpleSync allows you to pair a member of the Bose Home Speaker family (sold separately) with the Bose Solo 5 for playback of the same audio signal. Use the Bose Music app on your Apple iOS or Android device to setup and enable SimpleSync. SimpleSync then provides a one-to-one connection for a maximum of two Bose products (the Solo 5 and a Bose Home Speaker). The two products must remain within typical Bluetooth wireless range (30') of each other to stay connected. You'll be able to listen to the same audio signal from the Bose Home Speaker on the connected Solo 5 (you cannot listen to different sources). You can choose to listen on both the Bose Home Speaker and the Solo 5 at the same time with independent volume control; or just the Solo 5 or the Bose Home Speaker. Compatible Bose Home Speakers include the Soundbar 500 and 700, Home Speaker 300 and 500, as well as the Portable Home Speaker.


  • You cannot wirelessly stream Bluetooth audio to a Bose Home Speaker and use SimpleSync at the same time.
  • You can only sync audio from a Bose Home Speaker to the Solo 5; not from the Solo 5 to the Bose Home Speaker.

Bass Level: You can adjust the Bose Solo 5's bass performance to your liking from the included remote control.

Universal Remote Control: The Bose Solo 5 includes an IR universal remote control for wireless operation of the soundbar speaker. You can also program the universal remote to control your TV, DVD, Blu-ray Disc player, cable/satellite box, game system, or DVR. You can also program most other manufacturer universal remote controllers to operate the Bose Solo 5 soundbar.

Mounting Options: The Solo 5 soundbar speaker can simply be placed on flat tabletop surface in front of your flat-panel TV. The Bose WB-120 Wall-Mount Kit (018WB120, sold separately) lets you wall mount the Solo 5 soundbar speaker under or above your flat-panel TV.

Auto On/Off: You can set the soundbar to power on whenever a sound signal is received. The Solo 5 soundbar speaker will also automatically power off after one hour if no audio signal is present.

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Customer Q&A

27 questions already asked

//can the soundbar be connected to the BOSE Connect app?
[ N  Dec 08, 2020 ]
2 answers
I just tried to use the BOSE connect app and I couldn't get it to work with the soundbar. However, I can connect my iPhone to the soundbar using BlueTooth without the Bose app.
[ ROBERT  Dec 11, 2020 ]
Sorry I do not know
[ Art  Dec 11, 2020 ]
I need to watch how to install or connect the soundbar like a video showing what wires to use and where they go?
[ sybil  Nov 29, 2020 ]
1 answer
The power connection is pretty straight forward. The input that you choose depends on what Audio out your TV has the instructions are clear. Love mine!
[ TIM  Dec 04, 2020 ]
Is this sound bar good with all brand of tv's?
[ Jeff  May 24, 2020 ]
2 answers
I think so. It you're looking for awesome bass, I'd likely purchase another Bose model. Can't beat the sound
[ RODNEY  May 24, 2020 ]
I bought the sound bar with the help of a Crutchfield rep. I have enjoyed it. I'm not sure the brand of TV matters.
[ Timothy  May 24, 2020 ]
Hooking up to the TV, how do I hook it up to my Samsung TV? I am a tech amateur.
[ TJG10  May 06, 2020 ]
1 answer
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
[ Krissy  May 26, 2020 ]  Staff
I was wondering if you can hook a sub up to this soundbar I have a large basement I'm going to use this in?
[ John  Feb 27, 2020 ]
2 answers
No there is no output for adding a subwoofer - wired or wireless - to that Bose soundbar.
[ Cosmo  Mar 16, 2020 ]  Staff
I believe it's not compatible with a sub
[ Markl  Mar 16, 2020 ]
Can I use with a CD player like Onkyo DX C390?
[ Amit  Feb 22, 2020 ]
3 answers
Yes the Bose sound bar has an optical digital input and 3.5mm AUX input - either of which could be used with a CD player.
[ Cosmo  Mar 17, 2020 ]  Staff
Since the speaker is routed directly through the TV I assume any DVD player would work.
[ Jane  Mar 17, 2020 ]
I use it with a Samsung tv and Sony CD player.
[ Steven  Mar 17, 2020 ]
Can this Bose Solo 5 work with my Bose 321 GSX?
[ Jazzy  Jan 25, 2020 ]
2 answers
Speaker connectors are incompatible.
[ Israel D  Jan 25, 2020 ]
I don't think so.
[ Israel D  Jan 25, 2020 ]
Does the bar have good bass?
[ cesesq  May 14, 2019 ]
4 answers
Not bad and very little distortion, however I use in my bedroom and volume not high unless listening to music.
[ MICHAELA  May 16, 2019 ]
For my small room, the bass is more than adequate. In fact, sometimes, I switch to voice mode fir some movies to tone the bass down some.
[ ROBERT  May 14, 2019 ]
Yes, very good.
[ Edward T.  May 14, 2019 ]
Not super bass but way better then TV speaker sEnter
[ ryan  May 14, 2019 ]
Does Bose offer a simpler remote for this? I just need volume and channel change control?
[ JOSE C  Oct 16, 2018 ]
2 answers
Yes it does. The package I purchased has a small remote that just controls the sound bar(volume, bass control, switching between tv or Bluetooth, etc.) so I have to use two remotes one to control tv, then the Bose for the sound bar, but it's no big deal. Check if available from Bose?
[ Scotty  Jan 01, 2019 ]
Not that I am aware of. But the remote is easy to set up and use, even if you are just using it to change channels and volume.
[ MIKE  Oct 18, 2018 ]
For the price how does this compare to the solo 15 as far as sound?
[ Domingo  Oct 14, 2018 ]
1 answer
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Oct 19, 2018 ]  Staff
Is there a subwoofer out or wireless subwoofer option?
[ Steven  Jan 10, 2018 ]
2 answers
TO my knowledge no
[ John  Jan 11, 2018 ]
There are no sub outs. What you see is what you get. The only wireless feature is the Bluetooth input. The Solo 5 works very well on its own in small to medium size rooms.
[ Philip  Jan 10, 2018 ]
Does it come ready to mount? Will it mount on a 4" upright?
[ DrexelLake  Nov 27, 2017 ]
1 answer
It has threaded holes that mate to a wall mount, sold separately by Bose. Not sure if a standing mount is available - it is larger than most Center/dialogue speakers.
[ Amy  Dec 04, 2017 ]
How long is the Dc power cord that runs from the power pack?
[ Rob  Nov 16, 2017 ]
1 answer
It about a 6 inch cord it's not extremely long but it's not to short . It will fit where you need it.
[ BEVERLY M  Nov 17, 2017 ]
Is it compatible with a 65" Sony Bravia ?
[ Mike  Oct 09, 2017 ]
2 answers
As long as it has sound input yes
[ JENNIFER  Oct 09, 2017 ]
Yes I am using it on a 55 inch tv and the sound is pretty good
[ BEVERLY M  Oct 09, 2017 ]
Do I need to use the Bose remote exclusively to raise volume?
[ Frank  Jul 10, 2017 ]
3 answers
No you can program it to a universal remote
[ JENNIFER  Jul 11, 2017 ]
That is the only way I have ever done it for what it is worth.
[ Susan  Jul 11, 2017 ]
I believe the answer is yes.
[ Richard  Jul 11, 2017 ]
does this work with bluetooth from amazon echo ?
[ Richie Rhody  Mar 04, 2017 ]
3 answers
I am sorry but I do not know the answer to this question.
[ Richard  Mar 05, 2017 ]
It works with Bluetooth with the tv so I am sure it would
[ john  Mar 04, 2017 ]
I don't no-brainer
[ BEVERLY M  Mar 04, 2017 ]
Is this magnetically shielded for tv?
[ Justin  Dec 19, 2016 ]
2 answers
I have it directly touching my tv and it doesn't affect the image at all. Hope this helps.
[ Richard  Dec 22, 2016 ]
I am not sure if it is magnetically shielded but it works beautifully with my 42" Sony flat screen TV that I purchased from Crutchfield.
[ Susan  Dec 21, 2016 ]
Can I use one input from the TV and the other from my DVD Player to get 5.1 sound from either one?
[ Tom  Oct 18, 2016 ]
4 answers
This sound bar is only two channel stereo. It will not do 5.1 surround. I agree with William N T's answer. It would be the best way to connect devices with the Bose Solo 5.
[ Doug  Dec 27, 2016 ]
I could not get it to work like that. I had to turn it off to get sound from the DVD player.
[ Stanley  Oct 20, 2016 ]
I am afraid I cannot answer this question, since I do not have this setup. I would suggest you go to the Bose Homepage and either look at the Instruction Manual for this product, or you can send Bose a question directly. I have always found the Company to be extremely helpful and responsive. I like my Unit very much.
[ Rex  Oct 19, 2016 ]
Hi Tom. I bought the Bose Solo 5 for our bedroom a few months ago, and we like it a lot. I have one Digital Optical audio cable running from the Bose Speaker to my Samsung TV (the cable connects the 'TV Input' port on the Bose speaker, to the Digital Audio Output port on the TV). I then have 2 HDMI cables running into the TV, one from my cable box and one from the blue ray player. The Bose speaker then works just fine for both inputs. It doesn't really sound like 'surround sound', but its MUCH clearer and louder than just the TV speaker. Hope this helps. Good luck!
[ WILLIAM N  Oct 19, 2016 ]
Can the Solo 5 be used as a center channel speaker? I have a set of 301's that I would like to use with a powered sub in a 3.1 system?
[ Bryan  Sep 13, 2016 ]
1 answer
The only way to use the Bose Solo 5 as a center speaker would be with an A/V receiver that provides pre-amp outputs for the center channel. But even then, it's primarily designed to work as a stand-alone soundbar system; so you would likely be better off using a dedicated center channel speaker instead. If you would like to discuss your options further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! My bio:
[ Larry  Sep 18, 2016 ]  Staff
I use apple tv and iTunes to play my music library through my tv. How does music sound coming through this speaker?
[ Mel  Jul 29, 2016 ]
2 answers
I have Apple TV hooked up to our 40 inch TV in the bedroom. I occasionally play music on it from iTunes via the home sharing feature. I think the music sounds ok, but it certainly doesn't feel like a selling feature in my opinion. The music plays, and its clear, but it doesn't really pop. Really no bass to speak off. I think the Bose 5 does awesome serving as my TV speaker, but if I listened to music regularly up there I'd personally just get a cheap portable speaker, or just listen to music directly from my phone speaker. Music from the Bose sounded nothing like music from my authentic 5.1 / 7.1 setups in other rooms. Not even close. Hope this helps!
[ WILLIAM N  Oct 19, 2016 ]
The Bose Solo 5 soundbar speaker is fitted with two digital inputs (optical/coaxial) and one stereo minijack input (3.5mm), so you can connect virtually any TV. Once connected to your TV's audio output, all of the sound will go through the Bose Solo 5 speakers instead of your TV's speakers; including your AppleTV & iTunes Library. I hope that helps! My Bio:
[ Larry  Jul 31, 2016 ]  Staff
Can this double as a center speaker in a 2.0 setup? I have limited space for a proper (hidden) center speaker, but can deal with this under the my TV (60") if it can do double duty. Thanks
[ Jerry  Jul 18, 2016 ]
2 answers
I have the Bose Solo 5 in our bedroom, and full 5.1 & 7.1 surround setups in other rooms of the house. I personally don't think that using the Bose Solo 5 as a center channel is a great choice. Sure, it looks like it should work, but the fact that the Bose doesn't receive traditional speaker wire inputs feels like a potential deal breaker.
[ WILLIAM N  Oct 19, 2016 ]
Hi Jerry, from a look, feel and performance perspective I do think this could serve as a center channel speaker. HOWEVER, this speaker is NOT connected by traditional speaker wire. Instead it gets input from an audio jack that I have running from the bedroom TV (I do not have a home theater receiver hooked up in that room, which is one of the reasons I personally bought the Bose Solo 5). Therefore, you may not be able to hook it up as a center channel speaker from a traditional receiver (but you can always ask Crutchfield, who obviously knows more than I do :). Good luck!
[ WILLIAM N  Jul 19, 2016 ]
Just setting up my Bose Solo 5 and realized there's no audio out for a headphone. Is there any way around that?
[ Rosamund  Jul 18, 2016 ]
1 answer
With your purchase from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings/connections on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center:
[ Kenny  Jul 19, 2016 ]  Staff
Can this unit be hung above or VERTICALLY to left or right of the TV? Thanks.
[ Ray  Jul 06, 2016 ]
2 answers
The Solo 5 can be wall mounted above or below the TV. This requires an optional wall mounting kit (Bose WB-120). I wouldn't recommend mounting it vertically due to the Left-Right channel separation (things just wouldn't sound right). Our unit sets on top of the furniture cabinet that the TV stands on. The Solo 5 works very well for our den that is about 10-ft by 12-ft.
[ Philip  Jul 07, 2016 ]
It didn't come with brackets, but it could certainly fit on a small shelf
[ Cathleen  Jul 06, 2016 ]
Will a directv remote work on this Bose system?
[ Jan  May 19, 2016 ]
3 answers
It should depends on which remote you have. But the Bose system comes with its own universal remote that can replace your direct tv remote in case that one doesn't work for some reason and it will control all your components
[ blaine  May 20, 2016 ]
Call the bose number to find out I use only the bose remote for my.
[ BEVERLY M  May 20, 2016 ]
Don't know but Bose remote will work direct tv.
[ WAYNE  May 20, 2016 ]
hi - just wondering if you can use an audio out for headphones - thanks?
[ andy  Feb 29, 2016 ]
1 answer
We currently only have the preliminary specs that Bose sent us on this model since it's so new; but from the info we have available, it doesn't appear that this Solo 5 model includes any sort of audio output for connecting headphones. I hope that helps. My Bio:
[ Larry  Mar 02, 2016 ]  Staff

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