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Bose® SoundTouch® 20 Series III wireless speaker

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Easy multi-room audio from Bose®

Want multi-room audio with legendary Bose® sound? The Bose® SoundTouch® 20 Series III wireless music system connects to your home network and delivers rich, room-filling sound from its built-in speakers. Just add other SoundTouch® systems to wirelessly expand into other rooms. You can play the same music simultaneously throughout your home, or have each SoundTouch® system play different music from a different source.

Bose SoundTouch 20 wireless music system

The Bose® SoundTouch® 10 wireless music system comes with a host of music services built in.

Connects to your home wireless network

The SoundTouch® 20 system uses your home Wi-Fi® network, and comes with Internet radio and popular music services built in. You'll have a world of music conveniently available at your fingertips. And because it's Bose®, setup and operation is easy and intuitive.

Built-in Bluetooth expands your listening options

The SoundTouch® 20 system also has built-in Bluetooth. So if you just want to stream music from your smartphone or table, no problem. You'll enjoy the same legendary Bose® sound from your Bluetooth-enabled portable device. And using Bluetooth lets you stream audio from any app you want. If you can play it on your device, you can hear it on your Bose® SoundTouch® system.

The simple, powerful SoundTouch® app

The free SoundTouch® app from Bose® is the key to simple setup and control. It makes it easy to select music and operate the SoundTouch® 20 system 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 with the included remote, or simply by using the control buttons on top of the speaker.

Product Highlights:

  • connects to your Wi-Fi network for wireless music listening
  • 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, and iHeartRadio for thousands of free Internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
  • expand your multi-room system with additional Bose® SoundTouch® speakers
  • play the same song through multiple speakers or different songs in different rooms
  • six presets offer instant music playback with the press of a button on the speaker or remote
  • OLED display shows song/station info and system status
  • stereo minijack auxiliary input for portable devices
  • Ethernet port for connection to a wired home network
  • simple app-based setup using your mobile device
  • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, and Apple Lossless (ALAC) files
  • requires AC power (AC power adapter included)
  • remote control
  • 12-3/8"W x 7-7/16"H x 5-9/16"D
  • weight: 7 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Active wireless speaker
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2032 3V battery installed)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "All System Updates" note

This Bose is a good product and easy to find station with your celular phone

Ramon Rafael, San Juan, PR

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SoundTouch Wireless Music System: The SoundTouch 20 III 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.

SoundTouch 20 III Wireless Speaker: The SoundTouch 20 III wireless speaker can be used by itself in one room or paired with other Bose SoundTouch wireless speakers to create a multi-room audio system.

  • Custom Engineered Sound: The SoundTouch 20 III speaker employs two custom-designed transducers to produce clear mid and high frequencies, so vocals and instruments sound lifelike. The SoundTouch 20 III's advanced ported enclosure helps it produce punchy bass. Proprietary digital signal processing keeps the performance evenly balanced at high or low volume levels.
  • Mounting Options: The SoundTouch 20 III wireless speaker has been designed to simply sit on a flat table-top surface. There are no wall-mount options available. The rear-firing port doubles as a carry handle.

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

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The SoundTouch 20 III offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) connection to your home network. The system features a rear-panel Ethernet R-J45 port and built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4/5.0GHz). The system's network connection can be setup initially from the SoundTouch Controller App on your Apple iOS (7.0+) device or Android (4.1+) smartphone/tablet. You can also use a microUSB-to-USB cable (not included), along with the SoundTouch Controller App for system setup from your Windows PC (XP/7/8) or Mac (OS X 10.68+) computer.

SoundTouch Controller App: The Bose SoundTouch Controller app is required for initial setup and control of the Bose SoundTouch music system. 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 system 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 on the Bose SoundTouch speaker system.

  • 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 system 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 system 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 20 III 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: The SoundTouch system 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: The SoundTouch 20 III 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, the SoundTouch 20 III can 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 with one actively connected. You will need to setup the SoundTouch 20 III on your WiFi network and perform all system updates before you can pair your Bluetooth device and stream audio.
Note: All music sources can be streamed to multiple SoundTouch systems.

Six Presets: You can personalize six presets to your favorite streaming music services and Internet radio stations, or playlists, artists, albums, and songs from your computer's music library. The presets can easily be set, changed, and accessed directly on the system or with the free SoundTouch app on your Apple iOS/Android device or Windows/Mac computer. You cannot set presets for Bluetooth or the Aux input.

Aux Input: In addition to wireless WiFi & Bluetooth connectivity, the SoundTouch 20 III is fitted with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting almost any portable audio device with a headphone jack or audio output. An available firmware update lets you distribute the aux input for multiroom audio.

IR Remote: The included IR remote provides basic wireless operation of the Bose SoundTouch 20 III speaker. You are able to Power the unit on/off, adjust volume up/down, select between Bluetooth or Aux sources, or choose between the six music presets. You also get basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. You even get to rate your music (thumbs up/down) from the remote as you listen.

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.

OLED Display: The wireless active speaker's OLED display provides source and song/station information.

USB Ports (Setup Only): The USB (type-A) and (type-B) connectors on the back of the speaker are for setup only. These connectors are not designed to playback or charge smartphones, tablets, thumbdrives, or other similar devices.

AC Power: The SoundTouch 20 III wireless speaker operates off of standard household current using the supplied 5' AC power cord.

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Reviews and experience with other Bose products. [ Howard  May 19, 2018 ]
Chosen over a Sonos because I have some old time radio shows I listen to which are poorly recorded and need a lot of equalization to enjoy. Using this via Bluetooth will allow for that. Sonos doesn't have an EQ to speak of in their app, other than bass and treble which is not an eq, but rather are simple tone controls. I need a full 8 bands lift the vocals in some of the recordings I own, so Sonos won't allow for that so Bose gets my money. [ Ryan  May 03, 2018 ]
We have other Bose sound touch speakers and really enjoy them. [ Morgan  Dec 14, 2017 ]
because that's what I like dang!!!! [ chris  Oct 12, 2017 ]
It's a gift for my mom, who is fine with technology in general but isn't the kind of person who would want to have to use her phone to control the music. For her, I like that the Bose SoundTouch series has a built-in display, physical remote control, and direct-access preset buttons for favorite Pandora channels or internet radio stations, etc. [ David  Aug 06, 2017 ]
No phone needed to play music, has its own wireless connection. [ Armando  Jun 19, 2017 ]
Bose products are well built, and sound great. I have several other products, including other SoundTouch models, so this unit will integrate with my network. [ ROBERT  Jun 09, 2017 ]
Already have the SA-5 amp for outdoor speakers and wanted to add-on with Soundtouch for in the house. [ Stephen  May 20, 2017 ]
Products with good reputation [ JUNJYE  Feb 13, 2017 ]
I like the brand and hoping this is a step up from the 10 series. [ Barry  Dec 11, 2016 ]
great sound quality [ AMY  Dec 10, 2016 ]
I have one and like it. These are gifts. [ Debbie  Nov 14, 2016 ]
seemed to be the product that best fit my needs [ Robert  Sep 16, 2016 ]
I have Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III since 1st released. Klunky software improved and recent addition of Amazon Prime Music (not even listed yet) caused me to purchase SoundTouch 20 Series III. Set up is not easy, however every day use is very easy. Within it's limitations, which I do not have issues with as some may have, it is worth the expense. [ Joseph  Jun 09, 2016 ]
I own several Bose products the sound is great . Also I listened to this model and compared it with sonos . I just thought the sound was clearer . [ Peter  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Past excellent experience with Bose products [ carol  Dec 17, 2015 ]
Perfect system for small one level house with large combination living area ( kitchen / dining / living). Have other Bose products and I love them! [ Patricia  Dec 01, 2017 ]
My wife wants a good radio to hear when she is cooking. [ Walter  Nov 30, 2017 ]
Bose wi-fi speakers are the perfect choice ... and this product will not only deliver the sound, but will also provide connection/interactive choices to the different music apps I use to provide what I am looking for to enjoy all my music, and on top of that it is easily portable, so I can move it around the house if I need to. [ Cyntha  May 01, 2017 ]
Quality price [ Scott  Nov 11, 2016 ]
GOOD QUALITY [ RODOLFO  Aug 21, 2016 ]
I have one on my kitchen counter. This one will be a house warming gift. Sound is good for its size. Presets on radio and remote is my favorite thing once set up through app. White has light gray front. [ Clarence  Jul 23, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

Hi Kelly - I don't know how many watts. I have been happy with the volume potential. I haven't made it to the loudest setting yet! [ MARYA Y  Nov 24, 2015 ]
I'm not sure of the Watts but it is a nice little speaker. It is smaller than the 20 series but it does give you some portability around the house and out in the yard, which is the trade off. I honestly haven't had time to crank mine up yet though, I tend to use at 25% volume... [ Nate  Nov 20, 2015 ]
Don't know the watts, but it's plenty loud for a medium size room with Bose quality. [ EUGENE  Nov 20, 2015 ]
We do not have a shoulder case for it at this time. It looks like which ever case you found we no longer stock. However, we might have more universal style cases that can work. I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 for a personal recommendation My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Oct 20, 2017 ]  Staff
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