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Bose® SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter

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Ready to get into wireless audio — but not ready to discard your tried-and-true home audio gear? With the...

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About the Bose® SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter

Give your stereo a wireless makeover

Ready to get into wireless audio — but not ready to discard your tried-and-true home audio gear? With the Bose® SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter, you don't have to. This handy adapter connects to your receiver, amplifier, or powered speaker system, letting you stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth®or Wi-Fi®. And the adapter can also make your gear part of a multi-room SoundTouch® wireless music system.

Give your stereo a wireless makeover

Ready to get into wireless audio — but not ready to discard your tried-and-true home audio gear? With the Bose® SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter, you don't have to. This handy adapter connects to your receiver, amplifier, or powered speaker system, letting you stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth®or Wi-Fi®. And the adapter can also make your gear part of a multi-room SoundTouch® wireless music system.

Bose SoundTouch apps

The Bose® SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter comes with a host of music services built in.

Connects to your home wireless network

The SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter uses your home Wi-Fi network to access internet radio and popular on-demand streaming music services. You'll have a world of music conveniently available at your fingertips — and playing through your favorite speakers. And because it's Bose®, setup and operation is easy and intuitive. With two or more SoundTouch® components or speakers, you can simultaneously play different music in each room, or have every SoundTouch® system play the same thing. You can even stream via Bluetooth from your smartphone and have it sent to your other SoundTouch® system components

The simple, powerful SoundTouch® app

The free SoundTouch® app from Bose® makes it easy to select music and operate any and all SoundTouch® components in your home, using your smartphone, tablet, or even a computer.

The app lets you choose from music services like Pandora®, Spotify®, and Deezer for a practically unlimited amount of online music (subscription required for Spotify and Deezer). Or, listen to thousands of free internet radio stations from around the world with iHeartRadio. You can use the app to save stations and playlists as presets for instant recall.

Connection options

The SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter works with almost any home audio system. Its 3.5mm output can pass analog or digital audio signals. Make a digital connection to your compatible receiver or amp with the included Toslink adapter, or use the RCA adapter for gear with a standard analog audio input. You can also connect directly to powered desktop speakers that have a 3.5mm stereo input. The SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter also has a 3.5mm aux in jack, so you can hook up a portable music players and use it as source in your multi-room audio system.


Product highlights:

  • connect to your Wi-Fi network for wireless music listening
  • connect wirelessly to other SoundTouch® system components for a multi-room audio system
  • built-in Bluetooth lets you stream directly from compatible devices
  • free SoundTouch® app lets you control the player and play music with your Apple® or Android™ device as well as Mac® and Windows® PCs
  • support for online music services, including Spotify, Pandora, Deezer Premium, and iHeartRadio for thousands of free internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
  • expand your multi-room system with additional Bose® SoundTouch® system components and speakers
  • play the same song through multiple speakers or different songs in different rooms
  • six presets offer instant music playback (available through the SoundTouch® app)
  • 3.5mm digital/analog audio output
    • Toslink adapter for digital connections
    • 3.5mm stereo mini auxiliary input for portable devices
  • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, and Apple Lossless (ALAC) files
  • 3-3/8"W x 1"H x 3-3/8"D
  • weight: 3.5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 767397-1110

What's in the box:

  • SoundTouch Wireless Link
  • AC power adapter (attached 5' DC cord)
  • 42" Optical to mini-optical cable
  • 36" Stereo minijack cable
  • 6" Female stereo minijack-to-Male RCA cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

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SoundTouch Wireless Link: The Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link transforms your existing home audio system into a wireless music system. The SoundTouch Wireless Link gives you access to wireless music through your existing speakers - such as a stereo system, home theater system or powered speakers. It uses your home's Wi-Fi network or your Bluetooth source devices for access to select online music services and saved music libraries. The Wireless Link easily expands & syncs with other SoundTouch speakers to stream music throughout your home. Best of all, its easily controlled from the palm of your hand using the SoundTouch app for Apple iOS, Android, Windows, or Mac.

SoundTouch Wireless Audio: The SoundTouch Wireless Link is part of the Bose SoundTouch wireless music ecosystem which allows you to play music throughout your home. The SoundTouch ecosystem is able to stream music wirelessly throughout your house over your home's WiFi network; it even works with your Bluetooth devices. With SoundTouch, you can stream Internet radio, select music services, and your music library throughout your home. A free Bose app transforms your Apple iOS or Android mobile device into the system's remote control.

Multiroom Audio: For most home networks, you can link up to four SoundTouch music systems together for a multi-room/multi-source audio experience. For more than four rooms, Bose recommends using Ethernet wired connections to some of the SoundTouch systems. You are able to play the same music source or different music source on each SoundTouch system, using the SoundTouch app on your Apple iOS/Android device or Windows/Mac computer. Compatible sources include -

  • Internet radio & online music services
  • Bluetooth & computer audio
  • Aux input

Built-in WiFi: The Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link offers built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4/5.0GHz) to wirelessly connect to your home network. The SoundTouch Wireless Link's WiFi network connection can be setup initially from the SoundTouch Controller App on your Apple iOS (7.0+) device or Android (4.1+) smartphone/tablet.

SoundTouch Controller App: The Bose SoundTouch Controller app is required for initial setup and control of the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link. The Bose SoundTouch Controller app can be downloaded on your Apple iOS iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, or Mac computer. Now you'll be able to setup and control the SoundTouch Wireless Link from your Apple iOS or Android device, or from your Windows or Mac computer. Once initial setup is complete, you can use this app to explore Internet radio, select online music services, or browse your music library from your home network and computer for playback through the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link.

  • For Apple iOS or Android: You can download the free SoundTouch Controller app (from Apple's App Store or Google Play Store) onto your Apple iOS (iOS 7.0+) or Android (4.1+) device so you can setup and control the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link from your mobile device.
  • For Windows PC or Mac Computer: The SoundTouch Controller app for Windows & Mac lets you setup and control the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link from your Windows PC (XP/7/8/10) or Mac computer (OS X 10.6.8+). Simply install the SoundTouch app onto your Windows PC or Mac computer.

Variety Of Music Sources: The Bose SoundTouch wireless audio ecosystem supports a variety of music options; including Internet Radio, select online music services, music files stored on your computer, as well as stored music & music apps on your Apple iOS or Android device.

  • Internet Radio & Online Music: Bose SoundTouch lets you play Internet radio stations from around the world. You also get access to the Pandora, Spotify Connect, iHeart Radio, and Deezer (coming soon) online music services. More music services will be added in the future.
  • Music Stored On Your Computer: Bose SoundTouch can play back MP3, WMA, AAC. and ALAC music files that are managed by iTunes or Windows Media Player on your Windows or Mac computer. You computer must be connected to the same wired or wireless home network as the SoundTouch system.
  • Bluetooth Music Streaming: With built-in Bluetooth, Bose SoundTouch wirelessly plays 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 device. You can pair up to eight devices (via SSP or NFC) with one actively connected.

Aux Input: In addition to wireless WiFi & Bluetooth connectivity, the SoundTouch Wireless Link is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting almost any portable audio device with a headphone jack or analog output. An available firmware update lets you distribute the aux input for multiroom audio.

Analog & Digital Outputs: The Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link is equipped with a minijack (3.5mm) output that can serve as an analog or digital output. Only 2ch PCM audio signals are supported (does not support Dolby Digital/DTS).

Alexa Skill (via Firmware Update): The new Bose Skill for Amazon Alexa is available through a free network firmware update and is enabled through the Skills section of the Amazon Alexa companion app on your Apple iOS or Android device. The update enables you to control certain elements of the SoundTouch experience through Alexa by speaking to an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap,  Echo Show, or other Alexa-enabled device. Simply say "Alexa, ask Bose to...". Voice control functions include-

  • Play music set to a SoundTouch preset.
  • Play content in a specific room.
  • Play the same music on all SoundTouch devices (everywhere).
  • Find out what's playing.
  • Play/pause/resume and skip tracks.
  • Adjust volume.
  • Turn on/off.

Mounting Options: For best performance, set the SoundTouch Wireless Link on its rubber base during use. To avoid wireless interference, place the SoundTouch Wireless Link outside and away from metal cabinets. Within a non-metal cabinet, place the SoundTouch Wireless Link away from direct heat sources (such as other audio/video equipment) to avoid impact to performance.

microUSB Port (Setup Only): The SoundTouch Wireless Link's s microUSB port is for setup only. The microUSB port is not designed to playback or charge smartphones, tablets, thumbdrives, or other similar devices.

AC Power: The SoundTouch Wireless Link operates off of standard household current using the supplied AC power adapter.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
I Love Bose products. [ Archie  Nov 13, 2019 ]
I've been trying to upgrade an older Bose radio to wi-fi so I could listen SiriusXM from my IPad. [ Randy  Sep 20, 2019 ]
Tom @ Crutchfield told me this would make my Bose wave II wireless for streaming [ Steven  Jul 05, 2019 ]
Otis recommended, my crutchfield tech [ Brian  Apr 27, 2019 ]
To utilize a gift of the Bose Wave Music System IV for streaming. [ Joyce  Jan 02, 2019 ]
Recommendation from Peyton, customer support. [ Kenneth  Dec 28, 2018 ]
Provides streaming and other services to my existing system. [ Jim  Dec 04, 2018 ]
Connect to stereo system [ Roy  Nov 17, 2018 ]
I chose this product because I had help from a Crutchfield rep who received specific details about my audio setup and my goals. [ Emerson  Aug 29, 2018 ]
I already have great audio equipment and did not want to get rid of it for pennies on the dollar simply because the way music is accessed has changed from CDs to streaming. The Bose SoundTouch wireless adapter allows me to access all of my music (stored on a NAS drive in FLAC format, or streaming) using the Bose SoundTouch app on my smartphone. I already have two Bose SoundLink speakers that work VERY well with this setup and wanted to link in my old stereo system that offers more sound. [ James  Aug 02, 2018 ]
Want to stream music to my Arcam Solo from NAS drive (w/my CD collection ripped to high bit rate AAC) attached to wireless router AND via Bluetooth from my iPhone. (AirPlay ability would have been even more awesome as Apple does not support aptX but this is close enough for Rock'n Roll !) [ Andrew  Jun 18, 2018 ]
set up wireless audio control to house speakers [ Scott  Jun 11, 2018 ]
Stream music to older Bose system and a separate Yamaha system [ Joe  May 01, 2018 ]
I have a Bose Sounddock 10 that sounds great, but is long in the tooth. I'd like to experiment with multi-room playback using the Soundtouch 300, the Soundtouch link adapter and the ol' Soundock 10. [ R  Apr 30, 2018 ]
to hook it up with my bose 3-2-1- [ Starship  Apr 30, 2018 ]
I was looking to link my existing Lifestyle 50 system to more speakers, wirelessly [ John  Dec 27, 2017 ]
Add BeoPlayer a8 to soundtouch network [ thomas  Dec 16, 2017 ]
I have the Bose 300 system so now I can play music in 2 different places [ Paul  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Still have my Bose system that I purchased from Crutchfield years ago and it works great. Just need the wireless link to bring it up to 2017. [ DANIEL  Nov 28, 2017 ]
I choose this unit for it's price and flexibility. I want to be able to control my music outside as well inside without having to run in and out of the house. [ CHRISTOPHER N  Nov 16, 2017 ]
Because I have a portable Bose SoundDock and want to listen to Spotify from my IPhone7 [ Patrick  Aug 24, 2017 ]
Want to listen to Pandora through my Home Stereo system - - - an older JVC Receiver will be the input target. [ Steve  Jul 19, 2017 ]
To allow control of existing home theatre polks and computer Companion 5 systems. [ Kevin  Jun 04, 2017 ]
I already own this adapter it does an excellent job - with the new technology on our phones and computers set up is a breeze! [ Karen  Jun 03, 2017 ]
I have an old stereo hooked into amplifiers which power wired speakers throughout my house. I would like to be able to input music from sources connected to my home wifi network. Hopefully this product will do the trick. [ Beth  Jun 01, 2017 ]
To utilize with my current analog audiophile system [ Mark  May 11, 2017 ]
Plan to connect this to a Bose wave radio [ Gregg  Apr 29, 2017 ]
I wanted to stream music thru my existing wired receiver/speaker system to other rooms [ RAJ  Apr 16, 2017 ]
Dolly [ David  Mar 07, 2017 ]
Utilize existing audio system to use with wireless, Bluetooth and other streaming audio sources [ Robert  Mar 01, 2017 ]
Good fit for need - recommended by your online consultant Marshall [ Doug  Jan 12, 2017 ]
I have several Bose SoundTouch systems in my home. I am going to use this device to tie in to my non-Bose system so I can enjoy SoundTouch playback in yet another room. [ Robert  Jan 02, 2017 ]
I have a couple bose wave radios so this is an easy way to get wifi music around the house without having to buy new speakers. Will update this when I see how easy this is to use [ RAHUL  Nov 08, 2016 ]

7 questions already asked

Will this work with the Bose Home speaker 500?
[ Fred  Oct 27, 2018 ]
1 answer
You don't connect this to a speaker you connect it to whatever is powering the speaker. In my case I connected this Soundlink to my Onkyo 8050 receiver. I connected it to the "game" input in the back of receiver (as suggested). Then you use your phone to connect it to your house Wi-Fi. The Bose 500 is already wi-fi ready so you don't need this soundlink adapter would be my educated guess. This adapter is to make non wi-fi gear wi-fi ready.
[ Steven  Oct 28, 2018 ]
Is connection to this device from my phone or tablet only through Bluetooth? or can I stream music from my device wirelessly through my wifi???
[ kfabel  Aug 24, 2018 ]
3 answers
Works on WiFi just like other SoundTouch devices. It's purpose is to adapt non SoundTouch equipment to work with SoundTouch.
[ Robert  Aug 30, 2018 ]
I'm not sure about that I got it because I have a lot of music on my iPhone and I have a bose system but it's an old system so I need something to transfer my music to the system so I wouldn't have to buy a new system. Doing that could be pricey. So I got this device and with Bluetooth it was the best and cheapest move I ever made . I listen to all my songs through this and Bluetooth. I know Bose might not like but too bad make your system a little bit more affordable and will buy it , but until then I'm happy ...
[ Lyle  Aug 30, 2018 ]
I stream Spotify on my device and the music streams directly from the WiFi. Your mobile phone/device just controls what streams thru the WiFi. WiFi music streaming is higher resolution than Bluetooth so the music quality is much better quality.
[ Donald  Aug 30, 2018 ]
Does this support aptX?
[ Dan  Aug 03, 2017 ]
1 answer
The Bose SoundTouch wireless Link adapter does have built-in Bluetooth but it does not support the aptX Bluetooth codec. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! My bio:
[ Larry  Aug 09, 2017 ]  Staff
Does this work with Sonos speakers?
[ James  Jun 04, 2017 ]
1 answer
I'm afraid this Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link adapter is designed only to work with other Bose SoundTouch wireless speakers and components; it would not offer compatibility with Sonos speakers. For more details, or if you would like to discuss further feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Thanks! My Bio:
[ Larry  Jun 06, 2017 ]  Staff
Would I be able to attach this to my Yamaha soundbar and stream Blu-ray movies using soundtouch 10s as rear speakers?
[ Willb  May 31, 2017 ]
1 answer
Hi. I believe so. The Sound Touch can be connected via rca, optic, and Bluetooth. If it does work, you'll love it. The Bose app allows for seamless streaming of SiriusXM, prime music and many others. I'm a huge fan.
[ MARK  Jun 01, 2017 ]
Can you control volume through the SoundTouch app when using the adapter?
[ Jammer  May 28, 2017 ]
6 answers
Yes, I can control the sound from the system remote and/or the device volume control... I'm going from my I-Pad to an older Bose wave system.
[ Rodney  May 30, 2017 ]
Yes you can control volume. In fact if you have multiple SoundTouch Devices you can control each volume separately using the app.
[ Casey90  May 30, 2017 ]
Yes. There is a volume control interface in the app
[ Glendon  May 29, 2017 ]
Yes, you can. If you have more than one device you can control de volume individual for each one.
[ Luis  May 29, 2017 ]
[ Gregg  May 29, 2017 ]
yes also through the volume buttons on your iphone
[ GARY S  May 29, 2017 ]
Wireless range says "30 feet" - from what? Is this just referring to the Bluetooth range? My Wifi is further than 30 feet for streaming through my router, but I have plenty of signal. I do not plan to use Bluetooth. Will this work standalone, Wifi only (unlike Sonos Connect).
[ Steve  May 12, 2017 ]
2 answers
Wifi connection depends on your system. I constantly use mine with phone in my pocket, and walk around the house without streaming interruption. If not connected to Wifi signal, w/ BT, you get about 30-40 ft of clear music. This is mostly use when someone else wants to connect to your system without giving up your Wifi password. Hope this helps.
[ Gustavo  May 12, 2017 ]
Definetly will work! I bougth 2 of them and have them over 40 ft placed working no problem! even from different floors! Bose is the best!
[ Jose Rivera  May 12, 2017 ]

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