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Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System Review 2016

Bose Solo Series II Overview

Here you can find our Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System Review.

Following on from the very popular Bose Solo 15 (Sept 2014) and its predecessor, the original Bose Solo (Sept 2012), the Solo 15 Series II was released in September 2015 and is set to continue and improve upon the Bose winning formula.

The Main Improvements are:-
- the addition of Bluetooth Connectivity so you can also listen to music, radio and podcasts by streaming wirelessly from your smart device directly to the Bose soundstage.
- the addition of a Bass Control function on the remote Control

Appearance and Design

The attractive design is similar to earlier models with a matte black finish and a metal grille with the Bose logo in a silver finish at the centre. And, there are now two indicator lights under the logo - a status indicator light and a bluetooth indicator light.

The Bose is designed to fit neatly under your TV and give you great clear sound for television, movies and music without being obtrusive.

One really great feature is the Dialogue Mode which makes it easier to hear what is being said by improving the clarity of speech without having to continually adjust the volume. Some owners have reported that they no longer need to use closed captions since getting a Bose Solo 15.

And, at just 3 inches high, it has a surface area of 24 ¾ inches wide by 14 inches deep and can support a flat screen TV of up to 75 lbs in weight with the dimensions of the TV pedestal no greater than 24" x 12".

Of course it can be used with any TV of any dimension if you want to put it on a shelf or on a unit just below the TV. The main thing to check is that you can place it so that it is centrally aligned with your TV to get the best sound enhancement.

As you would expect from Bose their 2016 one-piece speaker is engineered with quality materials to give a stylish and elegant appearance whilst delivering rich clear sound to enhance your enjoyment of television and audio entertainment .

Bose Solo 15 Series II Speakers

How does it work?

The Bose contains five 2 ¼ drivers - three front firing speakers and two side firing speakers which, together with the built in TrueSpace technology, produce a "wide" spacious sound while the dedicated centre speaker handles the vocals to provide clear crisp dialogue at any volume.

The provision of a dedicated dialogue speaker is particularly important for older viewers who often find it difficult to make out the dialogue on a flat screen tv's built in speakers which is often muddy, making it difficult to understand. The remote now has a bass control button to set the bass level and this is an improvement welcomed by many owners.

Bass Control on Remote


The great advantage of having a sound base is being able to enjoy your TV viewing more completely than you ever can with thin built-in television speakers. Bose are renowned for their technological expertise that can reproduce detailed, full and natural sound.  Most people who have experienced the difference this unit makes often say there only regret is that they didn't get a soundbase before.​​

Tell me more about the Universal Remote Control

The Remote control supplied is a Universal Remote Control which means that you can use it to control other devices in your home entertainment system.  Bose supply a list of codes that you use to programme your remote and their thoughtful design means that this is actually very straightforward to do.

This is a very neat bonus as it saves you buying a Universal Remote control if that was on your shopping list.

Remote Control

In addition, the Bose Solo 15 II has an infrared sensor, meaning it is able to be controlled by universal remotes made by other companies.
If you already have one it is worth contacting the manufacturer to see if they have a code for controlling the Solo 15 series 2.

Will I be able to connect it up myself?

This soundbase is really easy to set up - just one connection from your TV's audio out socket to the audio input on the Solo 15.  Bose supply both an Optical cable and an RCA cable so you have whichever one you need in the box.  And there are good, easy to follow  instructions and descriptive pictures in the manual if needed.

All you need to do is place your Bose sound base under or below your TV, plug it in to a power supply and connect one cable from your TV to the unit and you're good to go.

Simply connect your TV and enjoy !

Features and Details 

Bose Solo 15 Sound Base

The Bose Solo 15 is just 3 inches tall and is suitable for televisions size up to 50 inches and up to 75 pounds in weight. It has a strong metal construction with an attractive and contemporary black matte finish.

It is a stand alone TV Sound system and is simplicity itself to set up and use - no trailing wires, no speakers to place around the room - plug it in, make one connection to your TV and you're ready to enjoy great sound.

FEATURE

DETAILS

Model

Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System

TV Size 

Up to 50 inches on Bose, unlimited on shelf

Max TV weight

75 lbs  

Speakers

3 front, 2 side/rear - total 5

Optical Audio

YES

HDMI Inputs

no

HDMI ARC

n/a

Bluetooth

YES

RCA analogue audio 

YES

Max TV Base Size

24" W  by  14” D   (72 x 31 cm) 

Remote Control

YES - Programable

Remote APP

NO

Display

YES - Front Indicators for On/Off/Standby and Bluetooth

Who is the Bose Solo 15 Series 2 for ?

For anyone who wants to improve the sound quality coming from their flat screen TV but doesn't want to have a surround system and several speakers with connecting cables around the room, a Soundbase is an ideal solution.  It is a single unit, one piece device that is a breeze to set up and enjoy.

And if you enjoy music and podcasts and Spotify on you iPhone or tablet, then you can enjoy an immensely better experience by streaming it through this all-in-one speaker system.

Most people also appreciate the improved vocal clarity saying that it is a lot easier to follow the on-screen dialogue, even at lower volume settings. And for those people whose hearing is not great, this makes a massive difference to viewing enjoyment.

If you have a very large room then you may want to check out a dedicated surround sound system with multiple separate speakers, but for small and medium sized rooms this will make a tremendous difference and do the job simply and easily. 

Whilst you might also look at a soundbar, unless you get one with a separate subwoofer - which adds to the speaker clutter - then you won't be able to get the same base levels as with this Sound base unit.

What's in the Bose Solo 15 Box?

Inside the box is

  • Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System unit
  • Power Cord
  • Optical Digital Audio Cable (Toslink)
  •  Analogue Audio Cable (RCA)
  • Universal Remote Control
  •  Operating Instructions Manual
Bose Solo 15 Series II - Rear

Dimensions of the Bose Solo 15 Series II

The Bose Solo 15 is designed to look good with your TV and your living space.

Finished in matte black is provides an attractive, durable and stable surface for your TV and is finished with a matte metal grill.

Weighing 17.1 lbs / (8 kg) and measuring

  • 3.0"  H
  • 24.75"  W
  • 14.0" D

It will support a flatscreen TV weighing up to 75 lbs  with a TV base of up to 24"  Wide by 12.25” Deep

Dimensions of Bose Solo 15 series 2

Bose Solo 15 Series 2 Connections

Bose Solo 15 Connectivity

The Bose Solo 15 three options for connecting up to your TV. Optical Digital audio (cable supplied), Co-ax digital audio(cable NOT supplied) and RCA Analogue Audio connectors (cable supplied) enabling a straightforward setup with a single connect from the Bose Sound base to your TV.

Just plugin the unit to a power socket and connect to your TV audio out with a single cable and you're good to go.

The best audio connection recommended by Bose is the Optical Digital but with the choice available this will be suitable for pretty well all flatscreen TV sets.

So, basically, instead of TV sound being output through the built-in TV speakers, it is sent to the Bose where the inbuilt technology and dedicated speakers produce full clear sound that you can enjoy straight away.


Bose Solo 15 Sound System - Conclusion

All in all this is a great Soundbase that will enhance your TV viewing experience and is loaded with up to the minute features.  The clarity of the Bose's sound is excellent giving crystal clear sound so you can hear your TV and understand what is being said.

It is an excellent replacement for the TV's internal speakers giving a pleasing amount of bass without it booming out excessively.  Ideally suited to small and medium sized rooms it is a neat and unobtrusive solution that will greatly improve the audio in your home.

The Bose Solo 15 Series 2 delivers a major improvement to your flatscreen TV's sound in a one piece stylish and elegant unit from a Premium Brand and comes with the legendary customer service that Bose are famous for, giving you complete peace of mind.

Bose Solo 15 series 2 on unit

FAQ's

Which versions of Bluetooth are supported?

The supported Bluetooth versions for this system are A2DP, AVRCP, and HFP/HSP.

Can I use a non-Bose remote control?

You can program a non-Bose remote control, such as your cable/satellite box remote, to control the system. You'll need to look in the manual for the non-Bose remote control to find the right code to program it (or check their website).

Can I use the Solo 15 for gaming?

Yes you can as long as your game console is connected to your TV,  Bose Solo 15 will enhance all audio playing from your TV with rich, deep bass and clear highs including audio from games.  Or, if you're using a dedicated monitor, you can connect the Bose directly to your console digital audio out.

Will the Solo 15 work with my old flatscreen TV?

The Solo 15 series II has three different audio input connections, so it can be connected to almost any TV ever built. It includes Stereo RCAs, Digital Coax, and Optical connectors.

Can I connect the Bose to my TV with an HDMI cable?

The Solo 15 Series II system does not have HDMI connections.  This is because this system only handles audio and HDMI is an audio and video connection. Using an optical audio cable, which is the best pure audio connection available, is recommended to get the best sound from your TV and a an optical audio cable is included in the box.

Can I stream music from my iPhone to the Bose soundbase?

Yes you can as the series 2 includes bluetooth connectivity. Just pair your phone with the Bose unit and the Solo 15 behaves just like any other bluetooth speaker but with excellent Bose sound.

Will it help me to hear what they're saying on TV?

Yes it will - this Bose unit is specifically designed so that you can hear the speech and dialogue clearly and has a dedicated centre speaker for this function.  And there is a specific "Dialogue" mode too.

Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase Review


The Klipsch SB 120 TV Sound System is a great looking high performance 2.1 sound system in a single unit.  The SB 120 incorporates Klipsch proprietary horn-loaded technology and has separate midrange drivers with dual subwoofers for dynamic, full-range sound.

First released in 2013, it has proved itself to be a solid performer from a well established expert audio brand.

The ease of set up combined with great performance makes this a very popular soundbase and the current pricing is very keen.

Comprising a single cabinet, single connection sound solution, it will fit neatly under your TV on a stand or shelf, producing a fantastic enhanced sound experience for TV shows, movies and gaming with extended dialogue clarity.

It also comes equipped with Bluetooth built in for easy streaming of audio from your smartphone, tablet or iPod so that you can enjoy your music, radio, audiobooks or podcasts in great audio quality.

Overview of the Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase

Klipsch SB 120

The Klipsch SB120 is really easy to set up. Just one power lead and one audio connection lead from your TV to the rear of the sound base.

It can be placed directly underneath your TV (subject to the weight and size specs as given below) or on a shelf or unit below your television.

This positioning means that the sound will seem to come from your TV but will be just so much richer, fuller and with clearer dialogue.

Video Review - see the Klipsch SB120 in detail

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         Review of the Klipsch SB 120 SoundBase

Who is the Klipsch suitable for?

This sound base is ideal for anyone who wants great sound without wires and speakers everywhere.

With
   - 160 watts peak power,
   - Two .75" (19mm) Aluminum tweeters mated to 90° x 90° Tractrix® Horns,
   - Two 3" (7.6cm) poly midrange drivers and
   - Two 3” (7.6cm) x 5” (12.7cm) oval, long-throw woofers / ported enclosure

the Klipsch SB 120 TV Sound System is built to redefine the home theatre experience from single unit sound bases.

What's included in the Box ?

Inside the box is

  • Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase unit
  • Power Cord
  • Digital Optical Cable
  • 3.5mm to Dual RCA analogue cable
  • Remote Control
  • Manual
Klipsch SB 120 What is In the Box

Dimensions and appearance

This is a substantial piece of hardware which looks strong and purposeful in brushed black finish with a painted steel mesh grille.

Make no mistake - this is a large, heavy speaker unit designed to produce impressive sound.

Weighing 23 lbs / (10.4 kg) and measuring

  • 3.9" (9.9cm) H
  • 32.7" (83.1cm) W
  • 13.2" (33.6cm) D

It will support a flatscreen TV weighing up to 100lbs (45kg) with a TV base of up to 31" (78cm) Wide by 11” (28cm) Depth

Klipsch-SB120-Dimensions

Klipsch Connections to TV

The Klipsch SB 120 is connected with just a single cable to your TV.

Depending on the outputs that your TV has, choose Optical Digital or if this is not available, RCA analogue to RCA or RCA to 3.5mm.

And the Klipsch SB120 also has wireless bluetooth connectivity so you can stream content directly from your mobile devices and enjoy listening to your music with great sound.

If you would like more details before you buy, check out the Klipsch SB120 Manual

If you are looking for a sounbase with HDMI connections, then take a look at our Sony HT-TX1 Review

Digital Optical Connections

Digital Optical Connection

RCA Analogue Connections

RCA Connectors

Conclusion - Klipsch SB 120 Soundbase 

The Klipsch SB 120 TV Sound System with Bluetooth Wireless Technology is a neat one box solution to enjoying high quality sound with your flat screen television.

TV shows, movies and gaming all sound much more lifelike with extended dialogue clarity and the inclusion of Bluetooth wireless technology allows it to double as a premium music playback device with simple wireless streaming of your favourite music from your compatible stored music devices.

Fitting elegantly under the TV this sound base delivers the famous Klipsch "wall of sound" but also provides great highs and detailed mids with deep bass. And it really clarifies voices and dialogue for a hugely improved listening experience.

FAQ's

Can I use another remote control?

Yes - you can use a non-Klipsch programmable remote control, such as your Tivo or cable/satellite box remote. The manual contains instructions on how to do this.

Can I use the Klipsch for gaming?

Yes you can if you're playing the game through your TV. Or, if you're using a dedicated monitor with an audio out, you can connect the Klipsch directly to your console digital audio out.

Will the Klipsch work with any flatscreen TV?

You've got a choice of different audio inputs, so it can be connected to pretty much any TV as they usually have one or both of Stereo RCAs (red and white) and Optical connectors.

Can I connect it to my TV with an HDMI cable?

No - the Klipsch does NOT have an HDMI connections. The best pure audio connection available uses the Digital Audio connection and this is recommended to get the best sound from your TV and you get a cable for this connection in the box.

Can I stream music from my iPhone to the Klipsch soundbase?

Yes you can as this sound base includes bluetooth connectivity. Just pair your phone with the unit and it will deliver excellent full sound - you may never want to listen to your iPhone music any other way once you've experienced the difference!

Bose Solo 15 TV Sound System Review

The Bose Solo 15 Sound System is the 2014 version of the established Bose soundbase, updating the very popular Bose Solo that has been available since 2012.

It Has Been Updated Again and named the BOSE SOLO 15 SERIES II

With a matte black finish and a metal grille with the Bose logo in a silver finish at the centre of the grille. It takes up very little space and fits neatly under your TV giving great sound for television, movies and music.

And, at just 3 inches high, it has a surface area of 24 inches wide by 14 inches deep and can support a flat screen TV of up to 75 lbs in weight. Constructed with good quality materials it looks classy and delivers a strong clear sound as you would expect from Bose.

Bose Solo 15 TV Sound System Review

Bose Solo 15 TV Sound System Review

So what has changed in this 2014 model? Well, the Solo 15 is the same height but slightly wider and accommodates three front speakers vs two on the previous model, plus it has two additional side firing speakers to enhance the listening experience.  Bose have built on the success of the earlier model and produced a newer version that is actually better sounding than the original.

However, this model doesn't have BlueTooth included and as this feature is becoming more sought after, Bose have updated their Solo TV  to a newer model, the Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System, which does includes Bluetooth functionality.

Thus, this model can be found at a lower price now, so if you don't want or need Bluetooth, then this will make an excellent purchase at an attractive price - Check latest here.


The form factor is very similar to the previous model, being suitable for most flat screen TVs up to 50 inches.  Just check the dimensions of the TV pedestal - they should be no greater than 24" x 12".  Of course it can be used with any TV if you want to put it on a shelf or unit just below the TV.  The main thing to check is that you can place it so that it is centrally aligned with your TV to get the best sound enhancement.

The great advantage of having a sound base is being able to enjoy your TV viewing more completely than you ever can with thin built-in television speakers. Bose are renowned for their technological expertise that can reproduce detailed, full and natural sound.  Most people who have experienced the difference this unit makes often say they wonder why they didn't get a soundbase before.

And, the soundbase is really easy to set up; simply connect your TV and enjoy !

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Bose Solo 15 Soundbase Overview

Bose Solo 15 Sound Base

The Bose Solo 15 is just 3 inches tall and is suitable for televisions size up to 50 inches and up to 75 pounds in weight. It has a strong metal construction with an attractive and contemporary black matte finish.

Adjustments can be made to the bass level using a control know on the rear but otherwise this is simplicity itself to use - no trailing wires, no speakers to place around the room - plug it in, make one connection to your TV and you're good to go.

FEATURE

DETAILS

Model

Bose Solo 15 TV Sound System

TV Size 

Up to 50 inches

Max TV weight

75 lbs  

Speakers

3 front, 2 side, 2 rear

Optical Audio

YES

HDMI Inputs

-

HDMI ARC

-

Bluetooth

NO

RCA analogue audio 

YES

Max TV Base Size

24" W  by  12.25” D   (72 x 31 cm) 

Remote Control

YES - Programable

Remote APP

NO

Display

YES - Front Indicator

Who is the Bose Solo 15 TV Sound base for ?

If you want to have great sound with a flat screen TV but don't want to have a surround system and several speakers around the room then a Soundbase is an ideal solution.

If you have a large room then you may want to check out a surround sound system but for small and medium sized rooms this will make a tremendous difference. 

Whilst you might also look at a soundbar, unless you get one with a separate subwoofer - which adds to the speaker clutter - then you won't be able to get the same base levels as with this Sound base unit.

Most people also appreciate the improved vocal clarity saying that it is a lot easier to follow the on-screen dialogue, even at lower volume settings. 

What's in the Bose Solo 15 Box?

Inside the box is

  • Bose Solo 15 Sound System unit
  • Power Cord
  • Optical Digital Audio Cable (Toslink)
  •  Analogue Audio Cable (RCA)
  • Universal Remote Control
  •  Operating Instructions Manual
Bose Solo 15 - What's in the box

Dimensions of the Bose Solo 15 Soundbase

The Bose Solo 15 is designed to look good with your TV and your living space.

Finished in matte black is provides an attractive, durable and stable surface for your TV and is finished with a matte metal grill.

Weighing 17.1 lbs / (8 kg) and measuring

  • 3.0"  H
  • 24.75"  W
  • 14.0" D

It will support a flatscreen TV weighing up to 75 lbs  with a TV base of up to 24"  Wide by 12.25” Deep

Dimensions of Bose Solo 15

Bose Solo 15 Connections

The Bose Solo 15 has Optical Digital audio, Co-ax digital audio and RCA Analogue Audio connectors enabling a straightforward setup with a single connect from the Bose to TV.  Just plugin the unit to a power socket and connect to your TV audio out with a single cable and you're good to go.

So, basically, instead of TV sound being output through the built-in TV speakers, it is sent to the Bose where the inbuilt technology and dedicated speakers produce full clear sound that you can enjoy straight away. 

On the downside, there is no bluetooth connection for smart phones/ tablets although these can be connected with a wired connection.

Bose Solo 15 Connectivity

Bose Solo 15 Sound System - Conclusion

All in all this is a great Soundbase that will enhance your TV viewing experience and is loaded with up to the minute features.  The clarity of the Bose's sound is excellent giving crystal clear sound so you can hear your TV and understand what is being said.

It is an excellent replacement for the TV's internal speakers giving a pleasing amount of bass without it booming out excessively.  Ideally suited to small and medium sized rooms it is a neat and unobtrusive solution that will greatly improve the audio in your home.

The price is currently discounted at Amazon ​so don't miss the opportunity to upgrade your flat screen TV at a truly affordable price.

Just click here to buy with free shipping today​

Bose Solo15 on unit below TV

Soundbase vs Soundbar ? Which One?

How to decide between a Soundbase or Soundbar?

A Soundbase or Soundbar is the easiest way to enhance the quality of sound from your flatscreen television without installing  a surround sound system with 6 speakers and all the associated cabling.

What is a Soundbase or Soundbar for?

Many people don’t have the space for a home cinema system and often don’t want one either.  They just want to get decent sound from their TV but find that they don’t get this from the built in tv speakers.

Should I choose a Soundbase?

So take a look at where your TV is set up. If it’s on a unit then you can place a Soundbase underneath it and it will take up hardly any room at all.
Bose Solo 15 TV Sound System under TV

Even if your TV is wall mounted, chances are that you’ve got some kind of unit underneath that houses your streaming box, cable box, bluray player etc. and if so, your soundbase will fit nicely on this.

Bose Solo15 on unit below TV

Sound bases are very space efficient because all the speakers are built right into the single unit so once its in place and hooked up to your TV, that’s it.

Or Should I choose  Soundbar?

SoundBars, on the other hand, will often consist of two units – the bar that site in front of, or under, your tv and a sub-woofer speaker that is a separate unit that is usually placed on the floor.  One thing to be careful of is that the soundbar doesn’t cover the InfraRed receiver for your TV remote.  This can sometimes happen if you don’t check the profile and dimensions of a soundbar before you select your model.

How to decide between a Soundbase or Soundbar? SoundBar in front of TV

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Sony HT-XT1 TV Sound System Review

The Sony HT-XT1 Sound System is a sleek and elegant soundbase that sits neatly under your flat screen TV providing 170 watts of 2.1 channel sound.

This Sony sound base has a unique elevated chassis design that enables the dual built-in down-firing subwoofers to interact with your environment to give a rich and solid bass response.

The design is both modern and elegant gracing any room with it's unobtrusive but solid presence.  Sitting neatly under your television you'll enjoy enhanced sound that will revolutionise your entertainment experience. Already this product has a 4.4 star rating and you might like to check out some customer opinions from customers who are enjoying it.

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