Bose Soundbar 500

Bose Soundbar 500
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Based on 95 reviews

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Review highlights
  • Made for small spaces
  • Sound profile is fairly well-balanced and neutral sounding
  • Built in Amazon Alexa voice control for good measure
  • Easy to install
  • One must make adjustments to ones TV settings


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Nice point! I took a look at the new soundbar in the Bose app. One thing to note is that the pairing instructions shows a remote similar to the Bose Soundbar 500 instead of the Bose 700 soundbar big remote.


Bose Soundbar 500

The Bose Soundbar 500 is an okay soundbar when used by itself without the separate sub and back satellites. It doesn’t get as loud as other soundbars but its sound profile is fairly well-balanced and neutral sounding. However, some may feel like this bar lacks sub-bass

Dimitris Katsaounis
2 months ago

Bose Soundbar 500 Review

The Bose Soundbar 500 gets high marks for Alexa integration, a great app, and rich, clear audio, but it lacks the bass rumble you might be after.

Tim Gideon
2 months ago

I use Bose Soundbar 500 system with my X900E and it’s fantastic. Does all you have stated!


Not working after update

(Putting a one star unless there is a solution to my problem) I bought this on Thanksgiving and it was my biggest purchase of the year, its my first ever Bose speaker. Install was easy, i know quite a few people mentioned its difficult to install, but I have to say unless you are from stone age (whi...

C. Chen
4 years ago

I had a Bose Soundbar 500 and sub, switched to Sonos. Only thing I regret was buying the Bose in the first place.


TV Settings are the Key to Set-up!

If it weren't for an online troubleshooting video (not a Bose video) we'd still be stumped. The Bose Music app is essential but incomplete. One must make adjustments to ones TV settings. Besides turning off the television speakers and making audio adjustments (PCM, variable) one must also enable the...

4 years ago

The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 and the Bose Soundbar 500 are also excellentl. Smart features like Alexa don’t need to be enabled in order to make the soundbars working.


Not That Impressed

This is my first sound bar experience and to be honest I expected better from Bose. I set this up with the 500 module and the surround sound speakers and you can't get this setup properly without calling the support line. The guy I spoke with over the phone was very helpful in getting it all set up ...

Richard Clark
4 years ago

Dead out of the box. Also sounds like crap.

Wouldn't power on right out of the box. Screwed around with this for 2 hours and then another hour on hold with Bose and 30 minutes to get through troubleshooting that = malfunctioning unit. Amazon sending replacement out right away, but obviously this model is junk. Update: The replacement arrived ...

3 years ago


Speaker Type







Bluetooth, Wi-Fi