Now that Sonos has met with success in the wireless audio game, it seems like everyone is clamoring to get a piece of the action. Just last week, Samsung introduced the Shape, its own multiroom speaker system. Today, Bose is doing the same with its SoundTouch WiFi line – an awesome set of high-quality, next-generation speakers that can be networked together as a full-home system.
There are three new SoundTouch devices being introduced by Bose: The top-tier SoundTouch 30, the SoundTouch 20, and the SoundTouch Portable. The most notable difference in the three is size, though the larger SoundTouch 30 does contain a number of extra bells and whistles like a “proprietary woofer” and “exclusive waveguide technology.” The SoundTouch Portable comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Our own Suzanne Kantra got a chance to test out all three yesterday, and picked out the SoundTouch 20 as “the clear winner of the three.” According to her, “it’s supposed to be the mid-range model, but it sounds better than their usual mid-line model.” Given the quality we’ve come to expect from Bose, that’s pretty high praise.
But how does the SoundTouch compare to the competition – that is, Sonos and Samsung? First, with SoundTouch you don’t need to connect a hub for whole-home playback – a real advantage if you want to expand beyond a single speaker. Another cool feature: SoundTouch has 6 'smart' preset buttons. One touch can start up an album, a playlist or even your favorite Pandora station. SoundTouch also supports AirPlay, so you can stream Spotify or iTunes Radio directly from your iPhone. A key limitation: You can only stream to one SoundTouch device at a time.
The Bose SoundTouch 20 and the SoundTouch Portable both retail for $399. The SoundTouch 30 will set you back $699. All are available for purchase starting today; you can expect to see SoundTouch technology integrated into the entire Bose line within the next year. You can learn more about SoundTouch technology at bose.com.