Bose made their name with high quality speaker systems for live performance venues. They also produce a great home listening range that ranks with some of the world’s best. Sonos was created by the technology giant, Sony. This incredibly popular range of speaker systems has become a well known household name.
Get connected with music streaming
In the age of HD streaming bandwidth and connection speeds can be a problem, thankfully the Sonos establishes its own network outside of your home’s WiFi. Although it does use some of the bandwidth, it won’t effect your download speeds if you’re trying to stream something on TV. This is a really clever feature that means you can enjoy streaming music without compromising on quality or speed.
The Bose SoundTouch 30 gives you two connectivity options in the form of bluetooth and WiFi. Unlike some of the earlier models, this system does not support airplay, so you will need to use the SoundTouch app if you are using an IOS device. The bluetooth capability means you can use the device to listen to YouTube videos, SoundCloud tracks and other non subscription based media.
The Sonos App is very slick and user friendly, especially if you are using an IOS device. TruePlay is integrated into the app but is only available on iPad and iPhone. It’s automatic calibration feature is really impressive; using the microphone from your IOS device, it will set the correct volume for your system.
The Bose SoundTouch app allows you to pre-assign streaming services to any of the buttons along the top of the device while also controlling multiple speakers. The main difference here comes down to the services the apps support. With the Sonos you’ll be using TruePlay, which provides a whole galaxy of streaming options. With Bose, you will need to use the SoundTouch app, which has a limited range.
The Sonos Play uses six class D amplifiers. In simple terms, this means your music should be clear and rich, even at lower volumes. Three mid range woofers and three tweeters provide well defined and crisp sound. If bass is a concern for you, the Sonos Play’s chassis can provide powerfully deep low frequencies that would rival most stereo systems on the market.
Playback of your music can be controlled via the app or by using the buttons on the device itself. As with all of Sonos Direct products, the buttons themselves feel well made and solid. If you need to plug in an additional device, you can use the 3.5 mm jack input at the back. There is also an Ethernet socket for internet access and wireless playback via Airplay.
With a powered woofer and two drivers, the SoundTouch 30 produces exceptional sound. Bose’s own WaveGuide Speaker technology uses a network of hollow, cylindrical spaces inside the speaker itself in order to provide rich, clear, stereo sound that is quite remarkable considering the size of the unit. What it lacks in extra features, it makes up for with loud, clear and accurate sound reproduction.
The built in OLED displays information about the song or radio station you’re streaming as well as connectivity status and other settings. An Ethernet port and a 3.5mm jack at the back of the device make it quick and simple to plug in your phone, tablet or laptop if you need to. Another great feature is the remote control, which has a 20 foot range, meaning it’s powerful enough for most medium sized houses.
This essentially comes down to which streaming services the devices can support and the quality of the sound they make. The Sonos device is practically limitless in terms of the services on offer; digital radio stations, podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music and many more. One major thing to remember, though, is that any free versions won’t work with the apps that are included. When it comes to the Bose system, steaming options are limited but the sound quality and the option to use Bluetooth make up for this.
A world of digital music streaming at your fingertips.
Sonos is a household name for a good reason, they’re synonymous with two things; good quality home speaker systems and streaming. You can choose from a galaxy of radio stations, podcasts and live broadcasts as well as the more well known services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime. Although it may not have the audio accuracy of the Bose Sound Touch, for fans of streaming music and content, there really is no better option than the Sonos Play.
For accurate sound with an exceptional quality.
If accurate sound is a major consideration for you, the Bose SoundTouch 30 provides a clear and well rounded frequency response as well as astonishing clarity and volume. Using their own custom speaker design means that the sound from this device is unlike anything you will have heard before. If you aren’t a fan of streaming services and prefer to use your own downloaded music collection, the lack of compatible services won’t be an issue for you.