Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless : Trust the brand. delivers.

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Bose soundtouch 20 series iii – the pain and the glory. This is a substantial piece of kit as you would expect from the company whose shares are majority owned by the massachusetts institute of technology (mit). This reviewer has an old bose cd player which sounds as good as the day it was purchased 10 years ago. As a piece of technology, it is simple. You put in a cd and it plays, wonderfully filling the room with sound. To get to this desired state with the bose sound touch 20 series is not so straightforward. Part of the problem are the instructions which tend to optimistically suggest that you link up any bluetooth on a product like an i-phone and it will connect. While it may register on your phone or tablet ‘settings’ do not waste your time trying to pair. You have to download the sound touch app which as other reviewers have indicated is a right royal pain in the jacksy. The bose boast that this ‘takes just minutes to configure and establish a wi-fi connection’ is being economical with the truth.

Replaced my old wireless solution. Replaced my old wireless solution. The android app works really well. All the family use this app and bose.

I have the soundtouch 20 in my kitchen and the soundtouch 130 connected to my tv. I did a huge amount of research before purchasing – it came down to bose vs heos vs sonos. I have some experience of sonos through friends but none of heos or bose prior to these purchases. I eventually chose bose because of big advantages with the soundbar connected to the tv (has hdmi inputs/outputs, true dts processing, 4k pass through etc, sonos has none of these). I am not disappointed at all – the sound is amazing and they function very well through the soundtouch apps or remote controls. Some people complain that they have wifi connection issues but that reflects their home wifi network or the spotify app, not these units. I recently invested in a good home router (asus approx. £130) and have absolutely no problems with music through spotify or internet radio or from my pc (in quite a large house). The pre-set buttons are so useful and can be programmed to anything (i have some as radio stations and some as current albums i like). Here are the specifications for the Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless:

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  • Clear, room-filling sound from a compact system that fits easily around your home
  • Works with your home Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth devices so you can play almost anything you can imagine
  • One-touch access to music services (Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora), internet radio and music library playlists with six personalized presets
  • Powerful control with the SoundTouch app for your smartphone or tablet
  • Part of an entire family of Bose wireless products

Expemsive but really worth it.

A very good easy-to-use system by the classic bose. The app works well and is easy to understand and use, plus i understand an upgrade to the app is about to be launched. The speaker has the usual bose good build quality, and this white version looks extremely elegant in the lounge. As with all the bose soundtouch systems, this has bluetooth for anything you cannot access through the app itself – such as apple music, amazon music uk, many podcasts and audiobooks. So the incorporation of bluetooth is really useful for those and is a major omission in the sonos systems. I have been in contact with bose who tell me that amazon music uk (it already supports the us version) is coming ‘by january’, although they wouldn’t be drawn further on apple music other than to say they are working with apple on this. However the soundtouch 20 does stream your itunes music from your apple computer via wifi and the bose app without any difficulties whatsoever, so again this omission is not actually a dead end. It just doesn’t yet do it directly without your computer being on and involved in the process. So basically there is a way to obtain pretty much everything you could want on this lovely bose speaker.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Fantastic speaker
  • Replaced my old wireless solution. This works really well
  • Great sound but not for a home theatre effect

Amazing sound and seamless spotify integration. This is a fabulous wi-fi / bluetooth speaker from bose and my only regret is that i waited so long before buying it. I’ve been using a bose soundlink mini bluetooth speaker for the past four years but having recently subscribed to spotify premium, i decided that i needed an upgrade to something more powerful and after doing some testing, the soundtouch 20 proved to be the best option for me. Being bose, the sound to my ears is perfect and there is the option to reduce the bass if you find it too heavy. It goes very loud and it’s so clear and it’s more than capable of filling a room and a massive upgrade from the already impressive soundlink mini. Setting it up and connecting it to my wi-fi was very straightforward. There is no battery – it needs to be plugged in to work. It has a handy remote control. The integration with spotify premium is seamless and you can assign playlists or individual albums to the six pre-sets buttons on top of the speaker. All you then need to do is press the button and without the need for any devices whatsoever, whatever you assigned to the button from spotify will play.

It’s a bose so what i expected. However there have been some negative comments so my experience was great. Setting up and getting the app, taking the bass down slightly, etc quick and problem free. Personally i will only use the blue tooth so cannot see the value in the presets, wifi aspects. I spent a lot of time, in fact far too much researching umpteen blue tooth speakers for the ‘best’ sound quality. I am not an exoert but it sounds mighty fine to me, plenty of power for home listening do that time was wasted.

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Great sound but not for a home theatre effect. Great sound, but not what you would purchase if you needed to enhance your home theater with some soundtouch 10 speakers. There is a considerable delay (about 2 sec) between this speaker and the soundtouch 10 speakers. It’s a good wireless/bluetooth speaker, though.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

Great sound but not for a home theatre effect. Great sound, but not what you would purchase if you needed to enhance your home theater with some soundtouch 10 speakers. There is a considerable delay (about 2 sec) between this speaker and the soundtouch 10 speakers. It’s a good wireless/bluetooth speaker, though.
Excellent product works well with alexa dot. . Does everything i wanted it to do. Assigned amazon music playlist to a preset. Assigned local internet radio to a preset. Alexa dot works well – automatically wakes up the bose when ask to connect via bluetooth. I reduced bass level on the app. Would be nice if it was cheaper as i would have bought another. Power cable could be longer but is ok. Clock on front when in standby is useful.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

Excellent product works well with alexa dot. . Does everything i wanted it to do. Assigned amazon music playlist to a preset. Assigned local internet radio to a preset. Alexa dot works well – automatically wakes up the bose when ask to connect via bluetooth. I reduced bass level on the app. Would be nice if it was cheaper as i would have bought another. Power cable could be longer but is ok. Clock on front when in standby is useful.
Excellent sound and visual design. I have the soundtouch10 and have no compliants until i get my soundtouch20. The sound is espectacular, even for music and movies. The sound covers easily my apartment (100m2). The most important thing to me is that i can visually check the volume level in the screen.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

Excellent sound and visual design. I have the soundtouch10 and have no compliants until i get my soundtouch20. The sound is espectacular, even for music and movies. The sound covers easily my apartment (100m2). The most important thing to me is that i can visually check the volume level in the screen.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

Unbelievable sound with fantastic preset buttons that you can allocate any channel to permanently. So neat and great looking for around the house.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

Unbelievable sound with fantastic preset buttons that you can allocate any channel to permanently. So neat and great looking for around the house.
Good sound, but the app to control it is clunky and unintuitive. I was surprised (but probably shouldn’t have been) that the app ensures that the computer, tablet or phone providing the music source cannot simultaneously supply a directly connected speaker – thus ensuring that you are encouraged to buy a second unit for the room the source is in.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

Good sound, but the app to control it is clunky and unintuitive. I was surprised (but probably shouldn’t have been) that the app ensures that the computer, tablet or phone providing the music source cannot simultaneously supply a directly connected speaker – thus ensuring that you are encouraged to buy a second unit for the room the source is in.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

The power cable is too short. Why is the power cable so short?.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

Love this speaker, i already had the sound touch 10 in my living room, but i thought it would be a better idea to buy the 20 for the living room and move the 10 upstairs to the bedroom. I’ve got my laptop and spotify connected to the system, i didn’t have any problems getting it connected up and working. The sound is great to my ears, although there is a bass reduction adjustment option in the app. The multi room sound option works well, you can walk from room to room and the sound transitions seamlessly which i really like. Small complaint is that the supplied remote doesn’t seem as responsive as the remote supplied with my sound touch 10, not sure if this is due to the sensor placement or change to design but the remote for the soundtouch 20 seems to need a much more direct line of sight with the speaker.
Love this speaker, i already had the sound touch 10 in my living room, but i thought it would be a better idea to buy the 20 for the living room and move the 10 upstairs to the bedroom. I’ve got my laptop and spotify connected to the system, i didn’t have any problems getting it connected up and working. The sound is great to my ears, although there is a bass reduction adjustment option in the app. The multi room sound option works well, you can walk from room to room and the sound transitions seamlessly which i really like. Small complaint is that the supplied remote doesn’t seem as responsive as the remote supplied with my sound touch 10, not sure if this is due to the sensor placement or change to design but the remote for the soundtouch 20 seems to need a much more direct line of sight with the speaker.
Very good quality product, but we wanted this for outdoors use, and the sound didn’t travel as well as expected, the 30 is perfect for what we needed.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

Very good quality product, but we wanted this for outdoors use, and the sound didn’t travel as well as expected, the 30 is perfect for what we needed.
Great sound connects with the others i have and yes its a bit pricey however its a bose, if you want quality sometimes you have to pay for it.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

Great sound connects with the others i have and yes its a bit pricey however its a bose, if you want quality sometimes you have to pay for it.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

The sound quality from this speaker is astonishing. You can hear every tiny detail and discover sounds you didn’t know were there. My only complaint is not being able to use my bose blu tooth headphones with the speaker. For this price point you would have expected that they would be compatible but they’re not (you can only used them wired). This is because they are both “destination blu tooth” devices that can only receive but not transmit. Still this speaker is too good to knock off a star because of that, so i haven’t. For those damning bose for not supporting amazon music, it’s not them. It’s amazon that don’t support it in the uk. You can always stream amazon music from your blu tooth device.

This review is from : Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Wireless (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) Speaker System – White

The sound quality from this speaker is astonishing. You can hear every tiny detail and discover sounds you didn’t know were there. My only complaint is not being able to use my bose blu tooth headphones with the speaker. For this price point you would have expected that they would be compatible but they’re not (you can only used them wired). This is because they are both “destination blu tooth” devices that can only receive but not transmit. Still this speaker is too good to knock off a star because of that, so i haven’t. For those damning bose for not supporting amazon music, it’s not them. It’s amazon that don’t support it in the uk. You can always stream amazon music from your blu tooth device.
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