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Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system

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Our take on the Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system

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

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

Bose® Solo 5 TV sound system Reviews

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design Bar
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter None
Midrange 2" Cone (2)
Woofer None
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Surround Sound Decoding 5.1-channel
Dolby Atmos No
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible ---
Audio Return Channel No
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
Control by App N
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable ---
Mounting Bracket Included Optional
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 1
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
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 21-5/8W x 3-7/16D
Sound Bar Weight 3.73 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

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.

Note: 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).

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.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Bose Solo 5.

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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Why did you buy this?

Not knowing much about audio equipment anymore the name Bose is always nice to see, the price was in my budget, and it has a coaxial digital audio input built into it which is just what I need. I am sure this is going to be a huge improvement over my TV's current speaker system. [ Daniel  Nov 17, 2018 ]
Small size + sound quality. [ Thomas  Oct 22, 2018 ]
this is for my inlaws I've been trusting Bose for 30 years [ Bruce  Oct 20, 2018 ]
Have bought a number of Bose products and have been very happy with the sound and quality.. [ Edward  Oct 04, 2018 ]
Heard it at two different big box stores. Excellent Sound for a bedroom Tv. Has all the right inputs and small size. Bose is noted for packing clear sound into small packages! Can't wait to hear it in my room. Sonos beam too expensive for my minimal needs. [ JOSEPH V  Sep 17, 2018 ]
Reputable name. [ Devon  Sep 02, 2018 ]
I've had good service from other Bose products. Never used a sound bar so I hope it holds true to the name. [ John  Aug 27, 2018 ]
Past experience with Bose [ Gadget Dad  Aug 26, 2018 ]
Brand name, quality, have the soundbar already [ Denise  Jul 31, 2018 ]
Ryan recommended [ Timothy  Jul 07, 2018 ]
Bose is a very good name in audio and my advisor said it was a good choice [ Bruce  Jun 12, 2018 ]
Compact design and sound quality [ yue kei  Jun 08, 2018 ]
Bose has a great reputation and the user reviews were very good. Also, this sound bar has a small profile, which is necessary for the space I'm using it in. [ James  Apr 26, 2018 ]
Had a Bose Series 5 unit before and really like it. [ ROBERT E  Apr 22, 2018 ]
I like Bose quality and ease of setup. [ Tanya  Apr 07, 2018 ]
We have one already. We are elderly and sound is projected forward for better hearing. [ Pressie  Apr 03, 2018 ]
Bose is a great product [ ARTHUR J  Mar 25, 2018 ]
Less space [ CARLOS C  Mar 14, 2018 ]
Well, we just got a little new smart TV and want sound that doesn't sound like someone scratching the bottom of an empty tuna can with a pin! Golly! I've always been kind of intrigued with Bose stuff, like that tower PA system they make for folk-singers! Very interesting. Thanks! [ Marshall  Mar 07, 2018 ]
The Bose name and value. [ Ted  Jan 31, 2018 ]
the room is not to big so this is a good size and Ty Ray [ Sherman  Dec 28, 2017 ]
Always have been a fan of Bose systems [ Kevin  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Love Bose [ Paul A.  Dec 15, 2017 ]
Have one. Liked it so will give it as gift. [ PATRICIA M  Dec 14, 2017 ]
32" sound bar. [ BRYCE  Dec 02, 2017 ]
I've owned several Bose items over the years and I'm satisfied with the quality and detail of those items. [ CHARLES RICHARD  Nov 29, 2017 ]
Price and your reputation. [ oldone  Nov 28, 2017 ]
husband wants it. I don't. That's how nice I am. [ connie  Nov 24, 2017 ]
I chose this to go in a medium size Master bedroom for my wife. I know she doesn't want to have to deal with subwoofers and clutter. It is a clean, and well rounded system that you know will sound great. She doesn't need a 1000 watt system when she watches TV. This will be great! [ Eric  Nov 22, 2017 ]
This will be my second sound bar from Bose and as far as I am concerned Bose is the best sound awesome. [ D KEITH  Nov 08, 2017 ]
Quick answers to my questions! The best. [ Larry D.  Sep 14, 2017 ]
Have Bose products in the house [ J  Sep 05, 2017 ]
My son has one and he likes it. [ Roy L.  Aug 28, 2017 ]
Right size for my motor coach. [ Ronald  Aug 08, 2017 ]
I have always had good luck with Bose products. [ Brian  Jul 31, 2017 ]
I wanted to add extra sound in my master bedroom without using larger speakers and bass module. When I heard the demo online and in a local store, I was convinced this is the right product for me. [ SANA  Jul 28, 2017 ]
I already have one and it isn't working. We miss it a lot my husband has bad hearing and he is having a hard time with just the tv sound. We love this thing and miss it very much. [ Joyce  Jul 19, 2017 ]
Bose reputation, positive reviews, right choice for small room. [ ROBERT  Jun 26, 2017 ]
Reliability of Bose products and quality. [ John  Jun 18, 2017 ]
This is the second Bose product I have purchased. Bose is a well known company and always good quality. Great sound! [ Joann  Jun 17, 2017 ]
I've had great results with the Bose products I've purchased in the past. After reading reviews, I decided this was the right sound bar for my situation. [ Michael  Jun 15, 2017 ]
Research as to convenient smaller soundbars. [ Mario  Jun 13, 2017 ]
This is the best and affordable Sound bar...why would anyone want a subwoofer on the floor taking up space. This Soundbar does the of a Soundbar. Don't be foolish buy this bose solo 5. I love it. It has been a year and so working great. [ KEVIN  May 27, 2017 ]
inexpensive. [ Cesar  Apr 05, 2017 ]
Have a relative with this item [ Richard  Feb 06, 2017 ]
recommended om line- good reviews [ pavel  Feb 05, 2017 ]
Have one exactly like it and wanted another for additional tv. Really provides sound clarity for our tvs. [ Donna  Jan 14, 2017 ]
the best [ dwayne  Jan 11, 2017 ]
Bose sound products are second to none [ Marybeth  Dec 11, 2016 ]
Good reviews, good price, trusted brand. [ ROBBIE  Dec 11, 2016 ]
Dialogue feature [ Peter  Nov 30, 2016 ]
it fit my needs. research showed it to be a good product. crutchfield support. [ wayne  Nov 30, 2016 ]
I wear hearing aids and have trouble listening to voices on the TV. The speakers are on the back. I need something that has good voice clarity and is a front facing speaker. Bose knows. [ Robert  Nov 26, 2016 ]
Bose products are the best! Have had many in the past and are always consistently great products. Would recommend to anyone! [ Patti  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Because I love Bose and my Bose Solo original finally died after 7 years. Bose always cost a little more on the front end, but in the long run it cost less. My TV sound system before my original Bose Solo only lasted 3 years! [ Guest  Nov 14, 2016 ]
For sound clarity. [ Michael  Oct 27, 2016 ]
Bose reputation & price point [ Steve  Oct 16, 2016 ]
Size & features offered [ Wayne  Oct 10, 2016 ]
like the Bose systems [ Daniel  Sep 27, 2016 ]
good reviews [ Larry  Sep 08, 2016 ]
Great products from past experiences [ TOM  Sep 05, 2016 ]
You asked; Why did choose the Bose, because of the simplicity and quality of a Bose product. The 13 reviews helped a lot too. I'm able to used the included remote for both TV and Solo, the bluetooth technology, I don't need to keep track of another device. It's simple and easy to use. A Bose store is fairly close too. Bob [ ROBERT  Aug 25, 2016 ]
We use Bose sound systems for our church band and have found them to have remarkable clarity especially for vocals. We wanted TV sound that was rich and full but also added clarity to dialog. Plus the small size and big sound is a Bose trademark and a huge plus. [ Joel  Aug 05, 2016 ]
Hard of hearing. I am replacing an original Bose Solo TV speaker. The new Solo 5 has clearer voice plus the Bluetube feature. Also, the remote will take care of four othet remotes we have been using. [ JOSE C  Jul 20, 2016 ]
Looks like it will do the job for a bedroom sound. Don't need full bore surround sound in bedroom. [ James  Jul 20, 2016 ]
Right size to pair with a 32" TV. Has Bluetooth. Good customer reviews for dialogue clarity. [ Rosamund  Jul 08, 2016 ]
Bose is one of our favorite products [ Jeanne  Jul 02, 2016 ]
Need smaller soundbar for 40 inch SONY which enhances voices. Have a larger ZVOX system on other TV. Bose speakers typically are excellent. [ Stephen  Jun 28, 2016 ]
Internet reviews. [ John  Jun 02, 2016 ]
hard to hear voices on new tv watching a movie [ robert  May 24, 2016 ]
Had the big high end home theater systems in the past. Much older now, just want quality sound while watching tv in our living room. ratings were good for this unit. Should do the trick nicely. Bose has always done a great job giving you a lot of good sound in small packages. That's their specialty right? [ Randy  May 17, 2016 ]
B & O is a trusted brand. I travel frequently and love music. Talked to your adviser Lee and am convinced have made the right choice for getting a quality sound from this speaker when I am on the move. The weight was the next important consideration. [ Shaukat  May 05, 2016 ]
I love Bose sound [ D  Apr 17, 2016 ]
Need better TV sound [ Todd  Apr 17, 2016 ]
Bose is the best. This seems to be their slimmest sound bar design thus far and thought I'd give it a shot. Can't go wrong with the price. Besides, if it doesn't work out for me, then Crutchfield makes returns/exchanges quick, easy, and painless. :) [ Dana  Mar 02, 2016 ]

18 questions already asked

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 ]
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
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 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
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 ]
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
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 ]
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 ]
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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