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Bose® Solo TV sound system

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Give your HDTV's sound the upgrade it so desperately needs. The Bose® Solo TV sound system is an easy-to-set-up, one-box solution for clear dialogue and detailed sound effects that will fill your living room. You won't have to constantly make volume adjustments for barely audible dialogue and ferociously loud action sequences. Bose's proprietary digital signal processing makes the adjustments for you by evening out the sound, so quiet and loud scenes are properly balanced. Put down that remote, sit back, and enjoy movies and shows without worrying if the next scene is going to wake the kids or be incomprehensible.

Let Bose® show you how TV should sound

Bose Solo TV sound system

Give your HDTV's sound the upgrade it so desperately needs. The Bose® Solo TV sound system is an easy-to-set-up, one-box solution for clear dialogue and detailed sound effects that will fill your living room. You won't have to constantly make volume adjustments for barely audible dialogue and ferociously loud action sequences. Bose's proprietary digital signal processing makes the adjustments for you by evening out the sound, so quiet and loud scenes are properly balanced. Put down that remote, sit back, and enjoy movies and shows without worrying if the next scene is going to wake the kids or be incomprehensible.

Simple setup for great sound in any room

Not everyone has room to squeeze a sound bar in front of their TV or mount it on the wall. That's why the Bose® Solo TV sound system was designed to fit under your flat-panel TV, including some as large as 42 inches. So it can fit virtually anywhere your TV fits, whether it's on an A/V stand in the living room or a dresser in the bedroom. Better yet, it's incredibly easy to hook up. A single cable connects your TV to the Bose® Solo system — either a digital optical or analog RCA. They're included in the box along with the detachable power cable. Connect your TV to this sleek, unobtrusive speaker system, plug in the power cable, and you're ready to experience TV sound that's worthy of high-def picture quality.

Bose Solo TV sound system

The Bose® Solo TV sound system fits under most TVs up to 32 inches and many up to 42 inches for rich, room-filling sound with clear dialogue.

Hear what you've been missing

The Bose® Solo TV sound system creates a wide soundstage to fill your room, so everyone can hear the deep rich sound the unique Bose® speaker array delivers. You'll get more enjoyment out of your TV once you start hearing what you've been missing. The only thing you won't hear is the constant refrain from family members asking, "What did he say?"

Excellent sound, compact size, very simple set up using the fiber optic cable provided!

Tom, Georgetown, TX.

What's in the Box:

  • Soundbar speaker
  • 59" AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2032 battery installed)
  • 6.5' Optical digital cable
  • 6' Stereo RCA cable
  • Operating Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty Information
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter
  • "Making an Optical Connection" note

Product Highlights:

  • one-speaker sound system for your flat-panel TV
  • fits under most 32" TVs and many 40-42" TVs*
  • speaker array delivers rich sound throughout your room
  • Bose® digital signal processing delivers clear dialogue and improves details of sound effects and music
  • requires a single connection to your TV and a power connection to an outlet
  • Dolby® Digital decoding
  • inputs: optical digital, coaxial digital, and stereo RCA
  • includes optical digital and stereo RCA cables for connecting to your TV
  • remote control included
  • 20-11/16"W x 2-3/4"H x 12-9/16"D
  • weight: 10.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • *The Bose® Solo TV sound system is designed for TVs with bases that are no wider than 20" and no deeper than 10.25". Most TVs up to 32" and many 40"- 42" TVs meet these requirements.

Bose® Solo TV sound system Reviews

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass reflex
Design ---
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter Not given
Midrange Not given
Woofer Not given
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver Not Given
Surround Sound Decoding No
Dialogue Enhancement ---
Auto Volume ---
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible ---
Audio Return Channel ---
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
Control by App ---
Bluetooth Connectivity No
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable No
Mounting Bracket Included No
Surface Mount Stand Included No
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
System Frequency Response Not Given
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Inputs and Outputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs 1
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output 0
Sound Bar (inches) 2-3/4H x 20-11/16W x 12-9/16D
Sound Bar Weight 10.1 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

Product Research


Bose Solo TV Sound System: The Bose Solo TV Sound System is a single speaker solution for your flat-panel TV that dramatically improves the sound of your favorite movies and TV shows. The Bose Solo requires only one audio cable connection to your TV and a connection to an AC power outlet.

Bose Speaker Array Technology: The Solo speaker system employs Bose Speaker Array Technology to reproduce a wide soundstage evenly throughout your listening area. The Bose Solo features two front-firing drivers, two angled drivers, and two rear-firing ports.

DSP (Digital Signal Processing): The Bose Solo uses proprietary digital signal processing, so the sound is adjusted and optimized at any volume level.

Analog + Digital Inputs: The Bose Solo speaker system is fitted with two digital inputs (optical/coaxial) and one stereo analog input (RCA), so you can connect virtually any TV. The optical and coaxial digital inputs support 2ch PCM and Dolby Digital.

Note: To enjoy the full benefit of hearing audio through the Bose Solo system, the internal speakers in your TV should be turned off.

Placement: The Bose Solo system can used as a stand for TVs with bases up to 20" wide x 10.25" deep, and weighing up to 40lbs - a requirement met by most TVs up to 32". You can also set it below a wall-mounted TV or larger table-top mounted TV, on a shelf or media cabinet.

Remote Control: The Bose Solo comes with a simple, four-button IR remote for volume, mute, and power. You can also program most universal remote controllers with the Bose Solo system.

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Customer Q&A

14 questions already asked

I'm afraid you wouldn't be able to connect and/or power in-ceiling speakers with the Bose Solo system. If you would like to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Larry  May 13, 2017 ]  Staff
Yes, via rear A/V jacks and the included cables. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
It has 3 inputs. Optical audio input (digital) Coaxial input (digital) R-L audio input (analog) The TV will use one. I think you could use the R-L audio input for the signal from a phono preamp or a turntable with a built-in phono preamp. [ PETER  Apr 08, 2014 ]
You can adjust the settings on your TV to a sound mode that is meant for your application. There are no individual settings on the Solo, nor its remote. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
Yes the Bose solo does put amazing sound for the size of the unit,and it also does make the speech more understandable even through the deep bass. What is even nicer is that it does not take up a lot of space. [ CALVIN  Mar 05, 2014 ]
This unit will improve speech greatly from the sound of TV speakers. The unit is built particularly for this purpose; to improve dialogue and TV speaker's sound. As for bass you can move the unit closer to the wall or away from the back wall. This way you can customize the amount of bass. But the unit is for improving the sound of regular TV speakers and dialogue, not adding bass. So I think you'll be quite pleased with the unit as I am. I have it mated with a 32" Samsung LCD (I am using the fiber optic cable input from the TV to the Solo) and the sound is clear and crisp. I moved the unit back and forth, closer and further, from the back wall to "tune" in the correct amount of bass for my ears. The sound is full and clear and not boomy with the right amount of bass to add depth to speech and TV sound. A note though, if you put the unit into a cabinet with the sides, bottom and top enclosed this will increase the bass. If this is your situation position the unit as close to the front of the cabinet as possible. This will cut down on any boominess and provide the clear dialogue you are looking for. [ FRANCIS E  Feb 24, 2014 ]
I have problems understanding speech as you seem to have. The clarity of sound from the Bose unit has indeed helped me to understand voices better. Many of my friends have commented on the clarity and fullness of the sound. [ RICHARD  Feb 24, 2014 ]
Speech seemed to have improved considerably. There are no adjustments on this system and I felt that none were required. [ FRANK  Feb 24, 2014 ]
No, not at all, the closer to the wall the speaker is, the better the bass, though. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
I can't see how that would be possible. Usual awesome Bose sound which always mystifies listeners with sound placement. I listen to Pandora on this and from anywhere in the house you would think that the sound is coming from a stereo system with a receiver. Blows away any other soundbar systems. [ PATRICK J  Jan 11, 2014 ]
I can't say if the sound quality is going to change, but the case is will made so I don't think the sound quality will change at all. [ Mark  Jan 11, 2014 ]
I can't help you with that but I can say that the quality of the sound from the solo is considerably better than the built in speakers. However the solo will not give you the sound stage, dynamics and range of a good surround system through a good set of electroncs. I'm satisfied with what I'm getting at this price point. Just check to make sure that the solo is rated for the base of your TV. Hope this helps. Joel [ JOEL  Jan 11, 2014 ]
I have a Panasonic 46" with a base of 18.5"x13" deep and the sound is fine. You will just about make it width wise as the Bose is just a fraction more than 21" width wise. [ THOMAS  Jan 10, 2014 ]
My setup is very similar to yours. I have a 32 inch Samsung which has a 10 by 20 inch base. The sound quality is excellent with the TV sitting on top. I don't think there is any way that the sound would be degraded with the Bose unit since the sound comes from the front and rear. [ RICHARD  Jan 10, 2014 ]
Hi, according to your question I don't think it will effect to any quality sound loss of Bose solo system. Mine has been working great so far.thanks for asking. Hope you like it if you purchase one [ DYNA D  Jan 10, 2014 ]
The width of the sound system is 20.75", and the TV is placed right on top of of it. There will not be any sound loss. [ Elizabeth  Jan 10, 2014 ]
I don't think so mine is a 38" and sit in a setback of 36" in our 21' 13' living room and the sound is very good. With the tv speaker we had to run it at 42 but with the bose only run at 22 and is plenty loud and very clear [ ROSE  Jan 10, 2014 ]
We have a 40 inch Samsung with a base of 24 wide and 11 deep. The solo can not be beat you gain sound and do not have any quality sound loss. [ JACKIE  Jan 10, 2014 ]
I have mine connected to the 3.5mm headphone jack on the back of my TV since my HDTV only has a single HDMI port and that is used by my HD set-top cable box. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
We connected to the TV and turned off the TV speakers. Works fine. [ BETTY  Dec 30, 2013 ]
Hi Ralph I bought the Bose solo for a Christmas present and haven't hooked it up yet, sorry I couldn't be of any help to you. Merry Christmas Charles [ CHARLES  Dec 22, 2013 ]
I'm connecting my Bose Solo directly to the TV using the digital optical audio cable. [ Harry  Dec 21, 2013 ]
I was not aware you could connect the unit to the cable box. If you did this you would not be able to play any CD's or DVD Videos through the Solo as the signal from those devices generally come from the TV not the cable box. I have my Solo and my DVD player connected to the outputs in the TV. It works fine. When I want to play a DVD I just switch inputs on the TV. Hope this helps. [ Charles  Dec 21, 2013 ]
We have 2 Bose Solo's and connected both directly to the TV. However we also bought the Bose universal remotes and that makes it easier to control everything from one remote. [ JOHN L  Dec 21, 2013 ]
An A/V cable and an HDMI cable are included. In my application I had to use an A/V cable I had lying around since the best input for the Solo in my case was the 3.5mm headphone jack on the back of my TV (my only HDMI port was taken up by my HD set-top cable box). [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
You get audio analog cables and a toslink cable in the box. [ GREGORY  Dec 28, 2013 ]
It is a Christmas present. Not opened yet [ ANN MARIE  Dec 22, 2013 ]
My unit came with a power cable....TOS-Link optical fiber cable...remote... Some units get different cables...depending on its destination... [ JOSEPH  Dec 21, 2013 ]
one optical line and one with regular plugs for audio [ John  Dec 20, 2013 ]
sufficient cables to hook up to any TV. 2 kinds. Don't know what they are called [ STEVE  Dec 20, 2013 ]
It included a digital audio cable and two standard audio cables. [ DOUG  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Cables included with the Solo are the Power cable, the Optical Digital Audio cable, (fiber optic), and an Analog Stereo Audio cable. I hope that helps. [ MALCOLM S  Dec 20, 2013 ]
I purchased the Bose solo for my mother and I used the included optical cable from her TV to the Bose. [ DENNIS J  Dec 20, 2013 ]
The system came with 3 cable options. RCA which would produce the poorest sound quality, up to fiber optic cable which noticeably enhances the sound quality. I am using the fiber optic cable and am really enjoying the sound improvement from my 50 inch plasma TV which I purchased from Crutchfield several years ago.The other cable is a co-axial digital cable which would produce sound quality between the two I mentioned above. If you can use the fiber optic cable I would suggest you use that set up. I was watching the Jim Carey version of the" Grinch" last night and I felt as though I had surround sound turned on my home theater system, which I didn't. I did not set my TV on the box for two reasons. One it is mounter to the wall and 2 the base is too large. I have my Genie DirecTV box and the center channel speaker from my home theater sitting on the Bose unit and that seems to work fine and looks good too, which is important to my wife. Hope this is helpful.. I would rate this product at 5 stars! [ Ronald  Dec 20, 2013 ]
1 set rca cables. 1 fiber optic cable. [ ALLEN  Dec 20, 2013 ]
1 set rca cables. 1 fiber optic cable. [ ALLEN  Dec 20, 2013 ]
1 set rca cables. 1 fiber optic cable. [ ALLEN  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Read the tab "What's in the Box" under the "Details" tab. [ BARRY  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Check out the "What's in the box?" section at Crutchfield's web site. It will give you the answer. [ FRANK  Dec 20, 2013 ]
This can be used with larger TVs, however it is not recommended to place a TV larger than 42" on top of this unit. [ Jeff  Dec 17, 2013 ]  Staff
Yes as long as it is on a shelf underneath. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question Karen. This would certainly work with your TV if going on a shelf underneath. The limitation listed in the description is only for TVs being placed directly on top of the Solo. [ Jeff  Dec 13, 2013 ]  Staff
I had the same issue with my Sony, so I went on Amazon and found a nice black TV shelf where the opening was two inches wider and one inch taller than the Solo, and would support 150 lbs. Works like a champ! [ Martin  Dec 10, 2013 ]
I have a 50 inch sony myself, and you are right to say that the device does not support the weight of the TV, but I put the speaker right above the TV on the entertainment center and it produces awesome sound for a single speaker. Definitely superior sound. [ MANNY  Dec 10, 2013 ]
I have heard that too. maybe bose has a system that can be connected to the t.v. [ PATRICIA  Dec 09, 2013 ]
Bill - I'm using mine under a 32" Sony so I don't have your problem but I can suggest two solutions: 1) Place the sound system beside or in front of your set. I was using a Bose "sound link" speaker placed way off to the side prior and could not discern lateral displacement. 2) Make a simple inverted ''U" stand to support your set and make it high enuf to place the Bose unit under. The Bose speaker is phenonomal - do find a way to use it! Also, do buy from Crutchfield - you won't find a lower price anywhere, not even Costco & Crutchfield's support is the best. (and no, im not on their payroll). When an xm radio I bought from them went belly-up outside of the manuf's warranty, they replaced it free of xrg & paid for shipping both ways. They truly are the best. Sincerely, Linc [ LINC  Dec 09, 2013 ]
Yes, I love it. I have a 52 inch Sharp T V also, and the sound was fantastic. [ BEEM  Dec 09, 2013 ]
This system is only designed to work with TVs up to 32" in size. Please reach out to an Advisor by phone or chat. They will be able to help find a system that will fit your TV and your budget. [ Jeff  Dec 03, 2013 ]  Staff
Yes there is a set of A/V inputs on the back of the speaker. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
Not as far as I know. It does control all the features that my direct tv remote has. [ THOMAS  Nov 30, 2013 ]
Yes [ LEENA E E  Nov 30, 2013 ]
Yes you should be able to listen to music from your iPod with the Bose Solo. You'll just have to cable it up. Simple cable, headphone jack on one side, RCA jacks on the other. Should be readily available and most retailers, or right here at Crutchfield. The Bose Solo takes several inputs ... one of them being RCA jacks. Enjoy ... I'm loving the Bose Solo, works exactly as intended and just what I needed in my office for my DirecTV, Xbox One, and PS3. [ EDWARD  Nov 30, 2013 ]
Possible but not user friendly. You would have to get a y-cable with a headphone plug on one end and RCA connectors on the other. Then plug that into a TV input and just switch to that input when you wanted to listen to your iPod. I would strongly recommend you get a separate purpose built Bose iPod dock for 1) easier use 2) better iPod sound Hope this helps... [ FRANCIS E  Nov 30, 2013 ]
If you are using Airplay then the answer is No. the only way is to hookup using a RCA cable connected to the Bose unit. This unit is only for TV listening. [ Mark  Nov 30, 2013 ]
Yes, as there are no controls on the Solo itself. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
This will depend on the capabilities of your TV remote. Feel free to reach out to an Advisor with a quick chat or call, and they should be able to check on the compatibility for you. [ Jeff  Nov 24, 2013 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. This unit is not designed to placed on its side. Doing so will likely result in decreased sound quality, and could possibly damage the unit over time. Please feel free to contact an Advisor by phone or chat to discuss which products may work best for your application. [ Jeff  Nov 20, 2013 ]  Staff
I am using the Bose for my 46" Panasonic. It just makes it width wise but the depth is less than the tv stand by a fraction. Nevertheless, it works fine. [ THOMAS  Nov 30, 2013 ]
Thanks for your question Chip. The Bose Solo system can be used as a stand for TVs with bases up to 20" wide x 10.25" deep, and weighing up to 40lbs. [ Jeff  Nov 18, 2013 ]  Staff