Price (RRP): $299
The next area to get attention in the sound world isn’t big headphones, though we love those too. No, it’s multi-room, and while Sonos may well dominate, Bose is looking to make a dent even in the entry level.
Features and performance
When you think of multi-room, it’s hard to go past the juggernaut that is Sonos, a player that literally started the idea of synchronised sound across an entire home, with the other typical sound players arriving a little later.
Samsung was late, and Sony was late, and even Bang & Olufsen was late to this party, as was Bose, which spent a long time researching a way to deliver its own take on the concept, which we’re seeing now in the SoundTouch.
For Bose, SoundTouch is about creating another deliciously friendly several room music service that can work across the Bose line-up of products, with the concept appearing in most of what Bose releases today.
It’s in soundbars and Wave music systems, and now it’s even in small speaker boxes that you’ll leave plugged in at a corner of your room, which is precisely what the SoundTouch 10 aims to be.
The entry level baby of the bunch, the SoundTouch 10 is a Bluetooth-equipped WiFi-ready speaker that takes its power from the wall and lets you connect to it using an app on Android or iOS.
You’ll need that app not just for control, but also for setup, but that’s not the only way to control the SoundTouch 10, with controls on the very top of the speaker, as well as on a remote that comes with the speaker.
Once it has been setup, you’re free to play music from your home network or internet connection, or even over Bluetooth if it suits you, and you’ll find a lot of volume, that’s for sure.
In case you don’t like wireless technology, you’ll also find an auxiliary input, though as you’ll soon find with the SoundTouch 10, if you don’t like wireless, this won’t be a good speaker for you.
Testing it with the GadgetGuy 2016 sound test, we found the strength was pretty much across the board, with solid balance across the mids and highs, and a solid boom on the bass.
In the electronic music of Imogen Heap and Demi Lovato, not to mention a bit of boom from the modern disco that is Daft Punk, the speaker delivered a good punch that overtook the mid-range, though it was still quite clear that the highs were apparent in the track.
Modern tracks engineered for bass — like Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” — demonstrated that the speaker certainly pushes the bottom end hard when the track calls for it, and while we’re used to seeing strength in balance from Bose, it’s clear the bass is the leader here.