The Bose TV Speaker Is The Best Soundbar You Can Buy For Under $250

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Listening to TV audio on the speakers from your flat screen TV is like eating filet mignon off a paper plate. You can do it, but it won’t be the most rewarding experience.

Which is why you’ll want to get your hands on this small yet powerful Bose soundbar, which eschews extra hardware and running wires for a simple, plug-and-play home theater solution—promising a stellar upgrade from those tinny TV speakers.

Price and Availability: The Bose TV Speaker is out now and can be purchased at Bose, Amazon, B&H Photo, Walmart, HSN and QVC for $249.95.

Why We Chose It: There are so many different soundbars to choose from. But since we were looking for a lower cost speaker to put in the bedroom, we wanted to stick with the experts. Bose has been crafting award-winning speakers since 1964, was the first to invent noise-canceling headphones, and is still a brand we trust with anything audio.

The Bose TV Speaker piqued our interest because it offered easy installation, no extra subwoofer and dialogue-enhancing software—all for under $300. We also appreciated its reduced footprint and sleek design as well as the fact that it can be used as a smart speaker and a wireless music speaker.

Who It’s For: Whether you’re on a budget and looking for the best bang for your buck, need a soundbar for a smaller room or just want to add a lower-end soundbar to a secondary TV in your home, the Bose TV Speaker hits a sweet spot.

Why You Need It: As great-looking flat screen TVS get even flatter, shoving equally high-end speakers into their svelte bodies is not easy. The soundbar offers a sleek, simple solution to pump high-end audio from your flat screen TV without all the hassle—and the Bose TV Speaker is a budget-friendly way to do just that.

It may not have the same insides as the pricier Bose soundbars, like the Soundbar 700, but it doesn’t skimp on the design. You still get a perforated metal grille and smooth, matte-black shell—which nicely fits into any room without commanding attention.

We were also thrilled with the simple set-up which is one and done. You can either connect it to your TV with the included optical cable or use your own HDMI cable. And plug in the power cord of course. It also happens to be Roku TV Ready, which means if you have a Roku TV, you can also use that remote to control the speaker. And finally, Bluetooth is included so you can pair your smartphone and listen to music as well.

No, there’s no fancy Dolby Digital or DTS, but we were awed by the soundbar’s solid, clear sound. A “Bass” Button pumps up the lower range and the Dialogue mode does exactly what it’s supposed to, amplifies and cleans up speech so we can hear it better.

What Others Are Saying: The folks at Digital Trends agree that the Bose TV Speaker is an easy way to add better sound to your TV audio and it’s a great addition to spaces like bedrooms and dens. “It’s in these rooms that the speaker really shines, providing a noticeably wider and deeper soundstage than a standard TV, without having to rely on pure power to do the job.”

Rolling Stone rates the Bose TV Speaker the most reliable for under $300, and believes it delivers on big features for its small size. “If you don’t want to have a big, bulky audio system, but want better sound while you’re watching movies and TV shows, or listening to music, Bose’s TV Speaker is a good pick up.”

Final Conclusion: The Bose TV Speaker offers performance, elegance and simplicity—on a budget. And though it’s a great addition to smaller rooms, you can make it work anywhere in your home.

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