Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700 – Which One To Buy in 2020?

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Whether to go for the Bose Soundbar 500 or 700 is a question a lot of the audiophiles have while setting up home theatre systems at their home.

Read on for a detailed analysis between the bose soundbar 500 and 700 and at the end we have also provided our recommendations on which one to go for in 2020.

Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700 – Design

Though both the Bose Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700 share similar design language, the soundbar 700 at 38.5 inches is significantly longer than the bose soundbar 500 at 31.5 inches. Bose Soundbar 700 is also thicker than the Bose Soundbar 500.

Bigger dimensions make soundbar 700 a better choice for being coupled with home theatre systems with larger TV sets. While the soundbar 500 being comparatively compact makes it the better choice for smaller rooms or TV sets.

Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700
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Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700
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On the top side, both the Soundbars have capacitive touch buttons for mic and smart assistant controls. The top panel of the Bose Soundbar 700 has a glossy finish whereas the top panel of the Bose Soundbar 500 has a matte finish. Though the glossy finish gives a more premium look, it is more vulnerable to catching smudges from fingerprints, and other dust particles.

Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700 – Sound Quality and Listening Experience

When it comes to sound quality and listening experience, Bose Soundbar 700 takes the clear lead. And that is how it should be as it is the pricier one.

Soundbar 700 has more no of drivers as compared to the Soundbar 500. This converts to the Bose Soundbar 700 providing a more immersive listening experience than the Bose Soundbar 500.

Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700

The overall sound and vocal quality, 3-D effect of throwing the sound across the room, and bass were found to be better with the Bose Soundbar 700.

Having said that, the Bose Soundbar 500 is not a bad speaker. It is still a great speaker for its price and provides a great listening experience in terms of sound quality, loudness, surround sound, and bass. It’s just that when compared with the Bose Soundbar 700, it falls slightly short.

The Bose Soundbar 700 is also more efficient in filling up the sound in a larger room than the Bose Soundbar 500 which performs well in room size ranging from small to medium.

Bose Soundbar 700 supports both DTS and Dolby Digital whereas the Bose Soundbar 500 does not support DTS. Both soundbars can be coupled with other speakers for a more customized surround sound setup.

Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700 – Setup, Connectivity and Controls

Both the Bose Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700 have an HDMI port (with ARC), an optical audio input, USB Service Ports, Ethernet Ports, and other ports for connecting Bose Bass Modules or Surround Speakers for a customised listening experience.

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Soundbar 700 comes with HDMI and Optical cables whereas the Bose Soundbar 500 comes with just an HDMI cable.

Both the Bose Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700 work in a similar fashion within the Bose music app. The difference in control, however, lies in their remote controllers. Bose Soundbar 500 has a basic remote with a minimalistic design.

Bose Soundbar 700 has a very premium looking remote with a lot of functional keys and keypad lights that lit up only for those functions whose source is turned On. Sources include TV, Cable Boxes, or Gaming Consoles.

Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700 Pricing

Bose Soundbar 700 costs $250 more than the Bose Soundbar 500. Bose Soundbar 500 comes at $549 whereas the Bose Soundbar 700 costs $799.

Those of you looking to expand your home theatre system with a special focus on either bass or surround sound can go for the bundled bose soundbar options from Amazon.

You can get a Bose Soundbar 500 coupled with two surround speakers for $848 and a Bose Soundbar 700 coupled with a Bose Bass Module 700 for $1398

Bose Soundbar 500 vs 700 – Which One To Buy in 2020?

Both the Bose Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700 are great speakers, and currently two of the best soundbars in the market. Of the two, Bose Soundbar 700 is the better of the two as it fills the room more, has better sound clarity, clearer vocals, and a higher bass.

However, this does not mean that you should only go for the Bose Soundbar 700. The best way to make a decision is to first weigh your use cases and your budget against the features offered by both the soundbars.

In case you wish to fill up a larger room with your home theater setup, you should definitely pick the Bose Soundbar 700. Bose Soundbar 500, on the other hand, is a great pick for home theatre systems in smaller to medium-sized rooms.

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