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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 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

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

Product works as advertised, easy set -up. Would recommend to anyone with an older receiver.

Melvin, Uppr Marlboro, MD

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Bose® SoundTouch® Wireless Link adapter Reviews

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(21 Reviews)

Great Product

Melvin from Uppr Marlboro, MD on 2/5/2018

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Product works as advertised, easy set -up. Would recommend to anyone with an older receiver.

Pros: easy setup

Cons: Have to unplug to sync

Life saver

Darrin from Harbor City, CA on 2/3/2018

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This gadget brought my 10 year old Bose 3-2-1 system back to life. The sound from my 3-2-1 system has always been amazing. But since I started streaming music from my moble devices,my Bose 3-2-1 system became some what obsolete. Purchasing the Bose SoundTouch wireless link adapter saved me so much money. I no longer need to buy a new audio system to keep up with today's technology.

Pros: Easy set up, connecting wires included, multiple input choices, Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi connection, small size.

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Chicago, IL on 1/2/2018

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Great product streaming, Bluetooth, and aux

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Bose Wireless Adapter- Great Product

Daniel from Miami, FL on 12/23/2017

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The product was very easy to set up and once it was set up it was very easy for my speaker to work seamlessly with my phone. Overall great quality which is what iBose is known for. Very happy with look and function of the product.

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Thomas from Laguna, CA on 9/10/2017

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Easy to set up - Bluetooth or W-ifi - with the app. Simple, great item to integrate my home audio system with my phone for Sirius or other.

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Bill from Nutley, NJ on 8/14/2017

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Love it! Accomplished exactly what I needed. I had a Logitech Squeezebox Touch which worked well through the years but then recently Spotify announced they were no longer supporting the squeezebox. I call Crutchfield and as usual got great advice which led me to the purchase of the Soundtouch Wireless Link Adaptor. Connectivity could not have been easier. The only shortcoming is Bose lack of any detail of how to utilize the app to control my stereo and link it to my Wave Soundtouch upstairs. One more call to Crutchfield and I was on my way. Very happy indeed!

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Cons: Bose needs to explain how to utilize their app with this better.

Great for managing music while entertaining!

Rowley from Charlottesville, VA on 7/18/2017

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Easy set up, easy to use, great product. Range from the adapter isn't as far as I expected, but is fine for me.

Pros: Easy set up, App works great!

Cons: Distance from adapter to iPhone is less than I expected. Setting up iPhone music libraries is confusing.

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Anonymous from Chaska MN on 7/9/2017

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Great product. Saves tons of money vs. buying an entire new sound system. Thanks Crutchfield

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Anonymous from Myrtle Beach, SC on 6/4/2017

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I was looking for a wireless adapter to play music from my mobile devices through my home audio system. I have an older receiver with a Cambridge DacMagic 100 connected. The Bose SoundTouch connected easily to the DacMagic optical input. Setup was easy except for minor problems connecting Sound Touch Wifi. Wireless adaptor works flawlessly with exceptional sound quality.

Pros: Easy to set up, works as advertised.

Cons: Wifi setup required a few trials, however, I was able to set up after a few tries. Also SoundTouch app could use a little more functionality.

Love it!

Mark from Long Beach, Ca on 6/4/2017

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The Bose SoundTouch is a great product. The install to my Marantz receiver took seconds. With the app downloaded, all sorts of music (SiriusXM, Amazon,etc.) are at your finger tips.

Pros: Bose app, Easy use, variety of music, Bluetooth streaming.

Cons: None!

Wish it wasn't so irritatingly complicated to set up.

David from Seattle, WA on 5/28/2017

I found the setup routine irritating and when I was done, discovered the Soundtouch software demanded both my Wave and the system I was driving with the adapter had to be playing together. I removed the adapter from the Soundtouch software and tried to set it up again but could not get it to work at all. I own several other Bose systems and find them all irritatingly complicated to set up.

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Quality

Jan from Holbrook Ma on 5/9/2017

Looks like a very useful and good quality piece of music equipment Crutchfield is known for for many years! I am a Berklee college of music girls, Crutchfield Rocks

Pros: Everything comes quick and guaranteed

Cons: Non

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Allen from Little Rock, AR on 4/9/2017

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Does exactly as advertised. Much cheaper alternative than replacing my whole home theater! Had some minor issues with initial install, but patience helped me through it.

Pros: Great price point

Cons: Initial wifi linking was a little problematic

Great Gadget --Instructions? Not so much !!

Rich from Marietta, GA on 1/19/2017

Let me say at the outset that this is a great gadget with one caveat....the instructions both with the device and available online are the most inscrutable and difficult to follow I have ever encountered. On the plus side, Bose has excellent phone support with humans to walk you through it. The system I wanted to use it with is a hard-wired (speakers), multi-room home stereo sound system. I have a strong home wifi and hoped I could hook the "puck" to it. Unfortunately, the instructions were of no help to do so. Fortunately, Bose as mentioned, has excellent product 1-800 phone support. The Bose tech confirmed that phone connection to Bose "puck" via WiFi was indeed possible and proceeded to walk me through it. Wow, what a difference!! I can walk around my house now, even out on the deck where I have outdoor speakers and the music is clear and unbroken. No way does Bluetooth have that range. Bose should do better on their instructions with detailed instructions for EVERY possible hook-up situation: wifi, Bluetooth, wired speaker system, Bluetooth speaker system. I am quite savvy with regard to computers and software but this installation really was confusing. As I said, now that the Bose "puck" is networked to my wifi as well as via Bluetooth, I can choose either one, however wifi is hands down better. It is a GREAT device and by far EXCEEDS my expectations. I only wish Bose had made it easier to install.

Pros: WiFi OR Bluetooth connectivity to a conventional receiver Excellent range when using WiFi connection Great to play music from phone or tablet thru home sound system Great 1-800 customer support

Cons: Instructions are confusing and poorly written, fortunately Bose has an excellent 1-800 help line with real humans to walk you through it.

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Anonymous from Harpers Ferry, WV on 1/16/2017

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It's a great add on for my BOSE Wave system adding it to my SoundTouch group. However, I think it's a bit over-priced by the manufacturer for what it does. BOSE systems should have the capability already built in without having to buy more.

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Anonymous from Honolulu, HI on 1/10/2017

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I'm very happy with my Bose sound touch adapter. Now I can listen to all my songs on my Bose unit with Bluetooth. And I got it in 3 days just in time for the holidays.

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Anonymous from Cleveland, OH on 12/28/2016

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Great to be able to use our bigger Bose speakers that are connected to the stereo system and turntable for streaming and connection to other wireless speakers. Sound throughout the house! Easy to set up and worked without a hitch. Recommend for anyone wanting to add an existing system to their wireless network.

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Anonymous from Beaver Falls, PA on 12/26/2016

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GREAT product. Works as advertised. It took a bit of time to set up, more because I am not an audiophile. Directions to do so were very good and easy to follow.

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Great Way to Expand Use of Soundtouch

Yezy from Houston, TX on 12/21/2016

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I have a Bose home theater and other Bose equipments in my house. I didn't want to get a new system to integrate my other Bose SoundTouch amp or speakers. The Bose SoundTouch Link is perfect. It took about 10 minutes to hook up. Now my living room entertainment system is able to hook into my SoundTouch system. I can now listen to my music throughout the whole house without spending thousands of dollars for a new system.

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Works as expected....

Steve from Chicago suburbs on 12/1/2016

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Use this to connect your receiver and wired speakers to a wireless system. I purchased the 2 pack Bose Soundtouch speakers and this adapter. You have to use an optical audio input so I used the "Game" input on my Onkyo receiver since I don't have any video games connected. You may experience the typical aggravations connecting to your house Wi-Fi, but after that, this is great. You can play your stereo and any Bose soundtouch speakers at the same time with the same music source. Control everything with a smartphone.

Pros: Works great in my house so far.

Cons: None really, perhaps some Wi-Fi connectivity issues or receiver connections.

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Mark from Naples, FL on 11/28/2016

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Awesome product. I had been planning to buy a full Sonos system that included several speakers and several CONNECT players. I was initially nervous about the Bose SoundTouch products because of how new and very little reviews on them. I'm so happy I chose Bose. The SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter was so easy to set up and it has worked to perfection. I bought 3 and set up to link existing sound systems (Home Theater, Bose 321 in bedroom, and TV sound bar on patio). In addition I added a Bose SoundTouch 30 in the Kitchen. When playing all together they sound amazing and are perfectly synced. Other advantages the SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter has over Sonos Connect is it connects to Bluetooth, much smaller in size, and much better price point. As for the SoundTouch App, it works great. Simple layout and easy to use. No issues so far.

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Features

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) 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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Why did you buy this?

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! [ R  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 ]

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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: https://www.crutchfield.com/advisors/larry [ Larry  Aug 09, 2017 ]  Staff
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: https://www.crutchfield.com/advisors/larry [ Larry  Jun 06, 2017 ]  Staff
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 ]
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 ]
Yes. [ Gregg  May 29, 2017 ]
yes also through the volume buttons on your iphone [ GARY S  May 29, 2017 ]
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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