Want to improve your home theater setup before the holidays? Good decision. The new Bose Smart Soundbar 600 is worth a look – along with our best soundbar buying guide, of course.
Bose is a trusted name in hi-fi and home cinema, consistently claiming some of the best AV products on the market, and this sleek little soundbar looks set to continue in that form.
Topping the Bose Soundbar 600’s spec sheet is Dolby Atmos support, aided by the company’s proprietary Bose TrueSpace technology to promise “exceptionally immersive audio for its size”.
How good is Dolby Atmos? Well, we haven’t heard it (yet), but on paper it’s a winning formula, consisting of five transducers to produce sound all around you, even where there are no speakers. Working in tandem with each other, two side-firing racetrack-shaped transducers project audio horizontally into the room, a center tweeter provides dialogue, and two firing transducers not only aid horizontal soundscapes, but reflect sound upwards from the ceiling to make it look as though it’s coming from above.
So when Dolby Atmos content is available, precision-tuned Bose digital signal processing and Atmos decoding combine with this set of drivers to deliver the goods and make the high-speed chases feel like they’re behind you – no directly at you.
Not watching Dolby Atmos-enabled content? Bose promises immersive audio no matter what. Supported by these same five transducers, TrueSpace intelligently analyzes signals other than Dolby Atmos – such as stereo or 5.1 – and remixes them to produce a wider, more comprehensive sound.
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Think all those drivers mean bulky design? Not at all – the Soundbar 600 is 5.61cm high, 10.39cm deep and 69.44cm long, providing a low profile to effortlessly fit into virtually any TV without clogging it up. For reference, the Sonos Ray is 7.1 x 9.5 x 55.9 cm, so similar in height and depth, but a little shorter, as you see it under your TV. Want something bigger? Look at Devialet Dione, an 8.8 x 16.5 x 12cm beast – but you’ll have to pay for it…
Back to the Soundbar 600 and in terms of design, it’s a decidedly retired Bose aesthetic, featuring a matte body with a wraparound metal grille, all in black.
The Soundbar 600 also has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Chromecast for full streaming control (including Spotify Connect and Apple’s AirPlay 2) and works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for built-in voice control.
And it’s packed with technology to work in your Bose ecosystem too. When used with Alexa, Bose Voice4Video technology allows a single command to turn on your TV, switch input and tune in to your favorite channel. While Bose SimpleSync lets you pair the Soundbar 600 with all other Bose smart speakers and soundbars, plus compatible Bose headphones or Bluetooth speakers to further extend your listening experience using the Bose Music app.
And the configuration? Simple. Just plug in a cable – whether it’s an HDMI eARC or an optical cable – from the soundbar to your TV and get ready to immerse yourself in audio. When partnered with one of the best 4K TVs on the market, it can be a winning recipe.
The Bose Smart Soundbar 600 will hit shelves October 24 for $499 / £499.95 (about AU$800) and can be pre-ordered at Bose (opens in new tab) starting today.