Bose literally has been around for decades, and both the SoundTouch/Acoustimass 300 feature robust builds and some of the highest build quality we’ve seen in the category, so we’re guessing these soundbar components will last at least as long as you do.
What are the alternatives
At the exact same price as separate components or a combo, the Sonos PLAYBAR and SUB are great alternatives to the Bose and are enthusiastic recommendations at the price. Sound quality is noticeably smoother, warmer and more refined, and the SUB’s bass quality in particular is nearly beyond reproach. However, the Bose includes a universal remote, has greater input flexibility, and includes DTS decoding.
The Samsung HW-K950 is sonically on par with the Bose combo, includes rear speakers, and features Dolby Atmos processing to boot. What’s more, it’s often street priced up to $200 lower than the Bose. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have nearly the same dialog and midrange clarity as the SoundTouch and looks rather pedestrian by comparison. The premium soundbar category is surprisingly stacked, so if neither of these fits your needs, other options exist.
Should you buy it
Yes. If you’re shopping for a huge-sounding, easy-to-use soundbar and subwoofer combo with high output capabilities and excellent aesthetics, the Bose SoundTouch 300 and Acoustimass 300 are worth a serious audition.