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Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System

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Solo 5 TV Sound System
A basic sound bar with 2.0 non-surround channels.
Description
A basic sound bar with 2.0 non-surround channels.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Sound quality

Sound quality

Sound quality represents tonal accuracy and ability to reproduce fine sonic detail. Sound quality judgments are made with the system optimized using its own auto speaker set-up function (if so equipped), with all "audio enhancement" features (e.g. virtual surround sound, etc.) turned off if possible, and with its own tone controls (if any) adjusted to achieve the most even tone.

 /  5
Ease of use (TV)

Ease of use (TV)

Ease of use (TV) indicates how easy it is to set up and use the system with a TV.

 /  5
Ease of use (Features)

Ease of use (Features)

Ease of use (Features) indicates how easy it is to set up and use the system's included non-TV features.

 /  5
Versatility

Versatility

Versatility is based on the presence or absence of useful features. The Versatility scores for Basic models and Full featured models can not be directly compared since Basic model scoring does not take into account the advanced features which may be found on Full featured models such as surround sound capability or Internet streaming access.

 /  5
Number of speakers supplied

Number of speakers supplied

Number of speakers that come with the system. An HTIB system usually comes with 5.1 speakers (front pair, center, surround pair, and subwoofer--that's the .1), and some systems come with extra rear surround speaker pair for a 7.1 setup.

 /  5
HD picture quality

HD picture quality

HD picture quality indicates trained panelists' evaluation of clarity and color accuracy of a high-definition progessive-scan (1080p) signal, from the HTIB system’s Blu-ray player playing Blu-ray content on a HD TV. All signals were routed through an HDMI connection.

 /  5
Upconverted DVD picture quality

Upconverted DVD picture quality

DVD picture quality represents trained panelists' evaluation of clarity and color accuracy of an upconverted HD (1080p) signal, from the HTIB system's Blu-ray or DVD player playing DVD content on a HD TV. All signals were sent through an HDMI connection.

 /  5
480i DVD picture quality

480i DVD picture quality

DVD picture quality represents trained panelists' evaluation of clarity and color accuracy of a Standard definition (480i) signal, from the HTIB system's DVD player playing DVD content on a CRT TV. All signals were sent via a S-video connection if available, or a composite video connection.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

Ease of use indicates how easy it is to set up the system and use controls on front panel and remote.

 /  5
Number of channels

Number of channels

Number of audio signal channels supplied by the system. An HTIB system usually has 5.1 channels (front left and right, center, surround left and right, and subwoofer--that's the .1) or 7.1 channels (same as 5.1 but adds rear surround left and right). Note that some systems will require additional amplifiers to drive some speakers (i.e. subwoofers and/or rear surround channels).

 /  5

About

The Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System is part of the Sound bars test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Sound bars models like the Solo 5 TV Sound System are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Sound quality Sound quality represents tonal accuracy and ability to reproduce fine sonic detail. Sound quality judgments are made with the system optimized using its own auto speaker set-up function (if so equipped), with all "audio enhancement" features (e.g. virtual surround sound, etc.) turned off if possible, and with its own tone controls (if any) adjusted to achieve the most even tone.

Ease of use (TV) Ease of use (TV) indicates how easy it is to set up and use the system with a TV.

Ease of use (Features) Ease of use (Features) indicates how easy it is to set up and use the system's included non-TV features.

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