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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bose Solo 15 TV Sound System, Black

An aside that has nothing to do with the performance of this unit, the box was wrapped with approximately 32' of twelve inch plastic wrap.  I don't know if that is an indication of Bose's quality commitment or an anal packer.   Regardless it was moderately impressive.  I am sitting here listening to Led Zeppelin "Whole Lotta Love" and the sound is excellent.  I plugged in the optical cable and turned on the unit and had very high quality sound, frankly impressive sound.  

I am surprised that the unit does not have Bluetooth as that is pretty much common in TV sound systems today.  The last three I have had were Bluetooth enabled.  I can't ding Bose on that as they do not infer or advertise the presence of Bluetooth so you know you aren't getting it when you buy the unit.  

The remote is also somewhat impressive.  It is a universal remote that will allow one remote for DVD, X-Box, cable box, TV and two auxiliary units.   Bose seems like they do  not want to skimp.  
I have not owned a Bose product before but have "heard" that they put out good gear.  This unit seems to support that.   Impressive sound, not a lot of extraneous and most often useless features found in some competitors.  If you want a good quality sound system for your TV, this would be a good choice.

Follow up: I had a bit of trouble getting the Bose remote to program for my FIOS cable box. I think the programming instructions could be a bit clearer. Steps are clear upto number 5. Number 5 is to hit the + on the volume bar. It turns out that when you input the suggested code, that is only identifying the brand. The + on the volume control is then fine tuning down to which ever model you have. Each time you hit plus you change the code. Worked fine after Mike the Bose technician explained it. BTW that is a major PLUS for Bose in that it was quick and easy to get a support technician. Oddly enough with the exorbitant monthly fees I pay to FIOS it was far more difficult to get a tech on the phone who then explained that their "new" remote can not be programmed to control multiple devices. A true short sighted "upgrade" from my point of view. So in spite of being familiar with the more ergonomically comfortable FIOS remote to control my devices I will be using the Bose universal remote that was included with the Solo 15 to control all my devices. So kudos to Bose and shame on FIOS.

·                        One-connection convenience for clearly better TV sound
·                        Fits under most TVs 46" to 50", or can be placed on a shelf directly below TV
·                        Easy bass adjustments from control knob on the back of the system
·                        Included universal remote to control your TV and other sources
·                        Advanced Bose technology lets you hear more of the sound you've been missing without needing to constantly adjust the volume

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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