The Bose SoundTouch 300 Sound Bar ($699).

Bose used the recent CEDIA Expo in Dallas to show that it is very busy innovating products and systems designed to deliver big, high-quality home theater sound from very tiny wireless-friendly speaker and sound bar products.

The company showed attendees, who were largely custom AV electronics installers, its sleek SoundTouch 300 sound bar, which measures just 38.5 W x 2.25 H x 4.25 D inches, as well as compact Lifestyle 650 and 600 systems. All are expected to be available for purchase starting in October

The Bose SoundTouch 300 sound bar, which carries a $699 suggested retail, sound bar incorporates both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with NFC wireless technology to pair with source devices, to easily stream popular music services including Spotify and Pandora.

Read more about Bose’s new compact surround sound speaker systems after the jump:

The SoundTouch 300 is outfitted with a perforated metal grille and glass top. It incorporates proprietary PhaseGuide arrays that emit music and sound with a surprisingly wide soundstage, while Bose’s QuietPort technology produces clean, immersive bass. Included ADAPTiQ calibration software is also offered to calibrate the driver balance to match the listening environment for a full surround sound effect.

For even fuller sound, the SoundTouch 300 will wirelessly connect to other SoundTouch speakers to provide a multiroom music solution.

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The sound bar can be used as part of a larger 5.1-channel system with Bose’s optional acoustically matched Acoustimass 300 bass module ($699 suggested retail) and optional Virtually Invisible 300 acoustically matched wireless surround speakers ($299).

Bose also showed its latest Lifestyle series products in the Lifestyle 650 system ($3,999 suggested retail), which is equipped with four new OmniJewels satellite speakers, each measuring 1.84 W x 5.77 H x 1.84 D inches. The diminutive speakers feature high-excursion transducers in opposing placement, and match with a slim center channel and bass module for an impressively full surround-sound experience.

System components feature a brushed, anodized aluminum and polished-glass design with curved console.

Other features include: wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth linking; advanced DSP; ADAPTiQ; and multi-room audio capability. For state-of-the-art video lovers, the system allows 4K pass-through and includes six HDMI inputs, a universal RF remote and Bose’s Unify system.

The Lifestyle 600 system ($2,999) includes larger satellite speakers and a Jewel Cube center channel.

By Greg Tarr


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