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Bose Soundbar 500

87

Kagoo Score

87

Kagoo Score
Our Verdict:
Multiple reviews mentioned that this soundbar is very quiet and easy to setup, and noisy. It's an award winning and powerful Bluetooth subwoofer included soundbar. It has a handheld remote control and a power of 8,000W, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).
8,000W
ARC
3.2kg
WEIGHT
91
Reviews
813 Reviews + 2 Awards
95
Features
Fully-Featured
95
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
61
Value for Money
Good
79
Age
2 Years Old
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Sonos Beam

85

Kagoo Score

85

Kagoo Score

Sonos Beam

£302.25
Our Verdict:
Customers report that this soundbar is very quiet and easy to setup, and noisy. It's a fully featured and multi award winning 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a Gold award from two expert review websites and 6 further awards from other expert sites. It has a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).
2.8kg
WEIGHT
94
Reviews
940 Reviews + 8 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
93
Popularity
Widely Available
67
Value for Money
Good
78
Age
2 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Bose Soundbar 500

87

Kagoo Score

87

Kagoo Score
Our Verdict:
Multiple reviews mentioned that this soundbar is very quiet and easy to setup, and noisy. It's an award winning and powerful Bluetooth subwoofer included soundbar. It has a handheld remote control and a power of 8,000W, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).
8,000W
ARC
3.2kg
WEIGHT
91
Reviews
813 Reviews + 2 Awards
95
Features
Fully-Featured
95
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
61
Value for Money
Good
79
Age
2 Years Old
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Sonos Beam

85

Kagoo Score

85

Kagoo Score

Sonos Beam

£302.25
Our Verdict:
Customers report that this soundbar is very quiet and easy to setup, and noisy. It's a fully featured and multi award winning 5.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a Gold award from two expert review websites and 6 further awards from other expert sites. It has a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC).
2.8kg
WEIGHT
94
Reviews
940 Reviews + 8 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
93
Popularity
Widely Available
67
Value for Money
Good
78
Age
2 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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Bose Soundbar 500 Sonos Beam
7 Reasons For
Twice As Many Audio Output Channels
The Bose Soundbar 500 is 8.1 channels channels, which is twice as many audio output channels as the Sonos Beam (5.1 channels).

'Audio Output' denotes the number of individual channels for the soundbar to use. Specific sounds and parts of the screen are assigned to individual channels, allowing the soundbar to simulate surround sound and create a deeper audio depth.

More channels mean that the sound will be more spread across the channels, leading to a richer surround sound 'effect'.

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Subwoofer Included
The Bose Soundbar 500 has a subwoofer included, however the Sonos Beam does not have this feature.

Whether the soundbar includes a subwoofer, which is a loudspeaker for low frequencies (bass sounds).

A subwoofer boosts the bass quality of the soundbar, allowing it to have far more powerful bass than would otherwise be possible.

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Better Kagoo Score
The Bose Soundbar 500 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, however the Sonos Beam scored 85.
Newer by One Month
The Bose Soundbar 500 was released one month after the Sonos Beam
A Better Size
On average reviewers thought the Bose Soundbar 500 was a better size. More than 20 people thought that it was a superb size and several people thought that it was also compact, thin and really wasn't heavy and bulky.
More Easily Connectable to Other Devices
Our analysis of the Bose Soundbar 500 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Bose Soundbar 500 was more easily connectable to other devices. Several people thought that it had very bluetooth support and was good in terms of connectivity.
Has Better Bass Power
Our analysis of the Bose Soundbar 500 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Bose Soundbar 500 has better bass power. More than 10 people thought that it had a good subwoofer sound and four people thought that it also had a really powerful bass sound.
15 Reasons For
Cheaper by £177
The Sonos Beam is £176.75 cheaper than the Bose Soundbar 500.
More Shops Are Selling It
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this soundbar.
Six More Awards
The Sonos Beam has received 8 awards from expert review sites, but the Bose Soundbar 500 has received 2 awards.
Better Expert Reviews
Based on 52 expert reviews, the Sonos Beam has an average review score of 85%, whereas the Bose Soundbar 500 has an average rating of 78% (based on 11 reviews).
Moderately Better User Reviews
Based on 888 user reviews, the Sonos Beam has an average review score of 94%, whereas the Bose Soundbar 500 has an average rating of 91% (based on 802 reviews).
More Customers Recommend It
86.3% of 943 customers recommend the Sonos Beam, but only 83.1% of 846 customers recommend the Bose Soundbar 500.
Better Brand
Sonos soundbars have an average rating of 78.4%, but Bose only has an average rating of 78.3%.
4 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
Digitaltrends.com, Goodhousekeeping.co.uk, Pcworld.com_techhive.com and PC Mag all gave the Sonos Beam a better review score.
Digitaltrends.com: Sonos Beam = 80% vs Bose Soundbar 500 = 70%

Goodhousekeeping.co.uk: Sonos Beam = 83% vs Bose Soundbar 500 = 78%

Pcworld.com_techhive.com: Sonos Beam = 80% vs Bose Soundbar 500 = 70%

PC Mag: Sonos Beam = 80% vs Bose Soundbar 500 = 70%
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Has a Better Price
The Sonos Beam reviewers thought the Sonos Beam has a better price. Four people thought that it wasn't expensive.
More Reliable
On average reviewers thought the Sonos Beam was more reliable. Over 10 people thought that it was well made and was really well-built. Two people also thought that it was strong and durable.
More Carefully Designed
Our analysis of the Sonos Beam reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sonos Beam was more carefully designed. Over 20 people thought that it was very good-looking and more than 10 people thought that it was also very well designed. Four people also thought that it was smooth.
Easier to Use
On average reviewers thought the Sonos Beam was easier to use. More than 80 people thought that it was very easy to setup and more than 40 people thought that it was also really easy to use. Analysis of the reviews also revealed that more than 10 people thought that it had brilliant controls.
Has Better Technical Features
On average reviewers thought the Sonos Beam has better technical features. More than 20 people thought that it had good features and several people thought that it also had a very powerful motor and had a good display.
Has a Better Acceptable Noise Level
Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sonos Beam has a better acceptable noise level. More than 400 people thought that it was very quiet and more than 60 people thought that it was also very noisy.
Has a Better Decent Sound Quality
Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sonos Beam has a better decent sound quality. More than 40 people thought that it had an excellent sound quality and more than 20 people thought that it also had good surround sound quality.

Bose Soundbar 500 Sonos Beam
1 Reason Against
4 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
Digitaltrends.com, Goodhousekeeping.co.uk, PC Mag and Pcworld.com_techhive.com all gave the Bose Soundbar 500 a lower review score.
Digitaltrends.com: Bose Soundbar 500 = 70% vs Sonos Beam = 80%

Goodhousekeeping.co.uk: Bose Soundbar 500 = 78% vs Sonos Beam = 83%

PC Mag: Bose Soundbar 500 = 70% vs Sonos Beam = 80%

Pcworld.com_techhive.com: Bose Soundbar 500 = 70% vs Sonos Beam = 80%
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No Reasons Against
We couldn't find any reasons why the Sonos Beam is Inferior

Awards

The Sonos Beam has more awards than the Bose Soundbar 500. The Sonos Beam has 8 awards, where as the Bose Soundbar 500 has 2 awards.
Bose Soundbar 500 Sonos Beam
2 Awards
8 Awards Best

Average Expert Rating

The Sonos Beam has better expert reviews than the Bose Soundbar 500. The average expert reviews score for the Sonos Beam is 85% based on 52 reviews, where as the average score for the Bose Soundbar 500 is 78% based on 11 reviews.
Bose Soundbar 500 Sonos Beam
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
5 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
19 reviews
4 stars
13 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Sonos Beam has better user reviews than the Bose Soundbar 500. The average user reviews score for the Sonos Beam is 94% based on 888 reviews, where as the average score for the Bose Soundbar 500 is 91% based on 802 reviews.
Bose Soundbar 500 Sonos Beam
5 stars
591 reviews
4 stars
124 reviews
3 stars
36 reviews
2 stars
28 reviews
1 star
23 reviews
Best
5 stars
716 reviews
4 stars
117 reviews
3 stars
28 reviews
2 stars
13 reviews
1 star
14 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sonos has a better average brand rating than Bose. The average brand rating for Sonos is 78.4% based on over 2,200 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Bose is 78.3% based on over 1,100 reviews.
Bose Soundbar 500 Sonos Beam
Bose

78

78

Based on over 1,100 reviews
Sonos

78

78

Based on over 2,200 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

A greater percentage of owner recommended the Sonos Beam than the Bose Soundbar 500. Out of 943 reviews, 86.3% recommend the Sonos Beam, however, out of 846 reviews, only 83.1% recommend the Bose Soundbar 500.

Tomsguide.com Review Score

Bose Soundbar 500 Sonos Beam
Bose knows how to make audio easy. It also knows a thing or two about crafting excellent sound. Add in a choice of voice assistants ? both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa ? and the $500 Bose Soundbar 500 rivals the $399 Sonos Beam for the simplest sound......
Slim and slee
Clear dialogu
Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa inside
Expensiv
Lacks HDMI input
No Atmos support
The Bose Soundbar 500 is simple to use and sounds good for its size ? exactly what you would expect from Bose. With the option to add a subwoofer and satellites, it could be the basis for a robust home-theater sound system.Though it lacks features you can......
Oct 2019
Sonos soundbars are very well made, sound great and are easy to use, but up until now, have been fairly light on high-tech features.The new Sonos Beam breaks that mold by offering a bunch of functions, including HDMI and Alexa voice control. And at $399......
Easy set u
Alexa insid
Wide soundstage
Bass lacks detai
No Bluetooth audio
The Sonos Beam has a lot going for it. At the top of the list, there's Alexa, which brings smart-speaker functions into your living room. With the promise of Google Assistant and AirPlay 2 on the way, this speaker won't become obsolete anytime soon. It de......
Jul 2018

Digitaltrends.com Review Score

Bose Soundbar 500 Sonos Beam
There are few companies that do minimalism and ?cool? in the same stratosphere as Apple. In recent years, Bose has become one of them. Once relegated to professional pilot gear and infomercial CD players, Bose has rebranded of late to become one of the mo......
Clear and balanced sound
Choice of Google Assistant or Alexa
Intuitive, rock-solid app
AirPlay 2 included
No subwoofer leads to a lack of punch
No spare HDMI inputs
If you're a minimalist kind of listener ? and you're not so big on action films ? yes. The Soundbar 500 is a pricey bar, no doubt, but it's also got a sexy design, modern features, and a well-designed interface to go along with detailed sound, just as you......
Sep 2019
Best
Bose has been gradually expanding its smart soundbar portfolio, and its $400 Smart Soundbar 300 is the latest addition. It's the smallest and least expensive of the range, yet it possesses most of the features of its more expensive siblings, the $550 Soun......
Expansive and rich sound
Choice of Alexa or Google Assistant
Elegant, minimalist design
Private headphone listening
AirPlay 2
Expensive for a small soundbar
Some music services not supported
No Chromecast option for Android
Yes. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 may be expensive compared to many other TV speakers, but its sound quality, customization, extra features, voice control, and expandability make it an investment you won't regret.Editors' RecommendationsThe best soundbars......
Oct 2020

Goodhousekeeping.co.uk Review Score

Bose Soundbar 500 Sonos Beam