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Bose Smart Soundbar 600 Review

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The Bose Smart Soundbar 600 has a small design yet produces powerful Dolby Atmos sound. While other soundbar systems with a built-in subwoofer can hit low bass notes, this one has exceptional dialogue clarity and super engaging sound quality for viewing movies and TV shows. Numerous onboard streaming technologies like Chromecast and AirPlay 2, are included in this soundbar.

  • Up-firing Dolby Atmos speakers
  • Attractive design and compact
  • Easy to set up with an app
  • Different streaming options
  • Limited bass
  • Single HDMI port
  • There is no DTS:X support
  • The front-panel display is basic

Detailed Bose Smart Soundbar 600


Overview of Bose Smart Soundbar 600

The Bose Smart Soundbar 600, which sits below the Smart Soundbar 900 is the company’s new smaller and affordable Dolby Atmos variant. This soundbar 600 offers a feature set that is largely comparable but with a smaller number of speakers. There are five drivers in total, including two up-firing ones that are used to deliver Dolby Atmos soundtracks. It makes the 600 a fierce competitor to the best soundbars in the market that employ virtual Atmos processing.


Sound Quality of Bose Smart Soundbar 600

Bose Smart Soundbar 600 allows you to have well-balanced sound music with decent stereo separation. TV dialogue and movie were full-sounding and clear. Also, music and sound effects were rendered in a spacious manner. Bose’s bar produced a convincing sense of atmosphere in rain scenes with Dolby Atmos soundtracks on action movies like John Wick 3 by making the rain seem to fall from above the TV screen. The Soundbar 600 performed admirably in other scenes of sci-fi movies like Godzilla (2016) and District 9, where there are frequently helicopters flying overhead. The sound readily scaled up to meet the onscreen action and even extended above and beyond it. 

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Setup and Usability of Bose Smart Soundbar 600

The setup of this soundbar is straightforward and it usually depends on which of those your TV offers since there are only two digital ports available for connection to a TV: HDMI eARC and optical. Naturally, using the HDMI eARC connection offers you access to cutting-edge technologies like Dolby Atmos sound, which optical digital connections are unable to handle, and HDMI CEC control, which lets you control the soundbar’s volume using the TV’s remote

The remote control of Bose is simple and small enough to be easily overlooked. There is a good chance that it would eventually vanish into the cushions of your sofa. For setup and control, you can use the Bose Music app, which works well and is simple to use. Center channel (conversation) and height channel level settings, as well as treble and bass adjustments, are all available in app-based controls. In addition, there is a wall EQ option for on-wall installations and a dialogue mode for improved voice clarity on movies and TV shows.


Design of Bose Smart Soundbar 600

The Soundbar 600 is only available in a black finish and has the same basic bar-like form factor as many other soundbars. It is an all-in-one device with dimensions of 27 inches broad by 2 inches high and 4 inches deep. The build quality of the Soundbar 600 is exceptional. The front and sides of the bar are covered in a metal mesh grille, and the back panel features left and right ports (to improve bass output) and a metal sink to keep the integrated amplifier from overheating. When you lift the Soundbar 600 in your hands, you can know it has been built to last thanks to its remarkable heft.

As mentioned above, the remote control of Bose is a small model with straightforward buttons for volume, power, input, and mute selection. The Bose Music app can be used to perform the same tasks, and the top of the soundbar has touch controls that can be used to turn the device on or off and turn on or off the built-in microphone for voice control.


Value of Bose Smart Soundbar 600

The Bose Smart Soundbar 600 stands out and adds value by using real up-firing speakers to reproduce Dolby Atmos overhead effects and by efficiently processing inputs with fewer channels using TrueSpace. Although not quite as advanced as Sonos’ control app, it offers plenty of streaming options with AirPlay 2, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a built-in Chromecast. Bass, which can be obtained with even basic soundbar systems that contain an external subwoofer, is what this system lacks. This flaw should be fixed by purchasing one of the company’s wireless Bass Modules), but doing so might raise the system’s price. For that, you can find alternative excellent solutions, such as the all-in-one Sonos Arc.

The Bose Smart Soundbar 600 has true up-firing speakers enabling Atmos height effects, which is unusual for a low-cost bar. The soundbar divides and distributes dialogue, instruments, and effects throughout your space. Far left, far right, and even overhead are all possibilities. Dolby Atmos is a game changer when it comes to bringing theater-quality immersion into your living room. So have a theatrical experience in your home itself!


Size56 x 694 x 104 mm
Audio specs5x full-range transducers
Enclosure: Bass reflex
Audio I/OOptical digital
Subwoofer output (3.5mm)
Streaming servicesAmazon Music
AppBose Music app (iOS/Android)
ControlsRemote: buttons
Soundbar: touch
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