I always thought that a Soundbar should do a world of good for the PC setup I had - which predominantly is for my photography work. I had progressed from various desktop speakers - From Mercury to Creative's SoundBlast - 2.1 and 5.1 to Klipsch's 2.1 ProMedia, and finally moved to a vibration speaker from Adin - a very useful and powerful speaker. The reason why I moved to a smallest possible speaker - that too a vibration - is because the speaker is dependent on a medium to produce sound. I could place it on a solid wood, or a glass surface, and each surface would produce distinct music - tones. It had been my companion for a good 3.5 yrs, and I was looking for something more, as its were outweighing the benefits, mainly because of the necessity of a medium. This affects the way I could hear the music - my thoughts were to go back to my Klipsch, and then I saw Bose had released a Soundbar.
When I heard of Bose was coming up with a soundbar which includes a variety of connections/streaming - it got me interested. Though my makeshift speaker has both wired and Bluetooth connections, the output wasn't all that enthusiastic. Everyone I spoke had been using the soundbar with their TVs, but I researched to see how people use a soundbar with their PCs, but couldn't find much about it - as everyone has different configurations and soundcards. I found that my motherboard (Asus Z87 Pro V) supports both HDMI and SPDIF, and the latter my folks, is how Bose is streaming all my FLAC and Wavpacks! Yes, Bose 300 Soundtouch 300 soundbar supports - WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and SPDIF!
I have been using the Soundbar for about 2.5 weeks, and the music is far better. It is actually music to my ears! The connections were straight forward - I used the SPDIF cable provided and connected my PC to the Soundbar. Enabled the optical output on my PC's sound configuration, powered on the Soundbar and that's it. All sound! I used the Adapatiq calibration tool and positioned myself across 5 places to make sure, I get consistent and constant tones across the room. I am not sure why the calibration is just limited to 5 points and not more. Wouldn't a larger room need more points for calibration? Since the SB is intended for a large living room? Though, there is specification not to place the SB in a corner, I went against it and it still gives great output.
About the music,
I predominantly use my PC for photography and keep myself occupied with a library of songs that I had built over the ears. Occasionally, I watch a movie or animation with my two-year-old son. There seems to be a balanced output from the SB. Midranges are pretty good. I couldn't get a chance to play high bass or trebled music. I am sure there would be shortfall on that, as the SB has to be coupled with Acoustimass 300 Subwoofer for a good bass effect, though there is an inbuilt option to switch bass using the remote. Back to topic: I was able to hear and feel the surround sound effect, even hearing tones and instruments that I had never heard in the songs I had heard before. That was something very revealing. Switching to the dialogue option on the remote enables to a good voice output while watching a movie.
Bose, known for their range of music speakers and ear/head phones, has made sure that they are in the market for more - exploring the Soundbar, but the competition is pretty stiff with people settling for other brand's low priced soundbar which does give similar output, but having used it for a while, I would say though priced well above the competition, it may be worth your money for the brand. I'll be posting more reviews going forward on the Soundbar - try other options to connect to the soundbar - cellphone and WiFi streaming. At a first try, the procedure to connect to WiFi was cumbersome and couldn't be achieved with their manuals, I could never connect with my phone to enable the WiFi on the soundbar. I had to rely on my PC to enable and activate the WiFi on the SB.