Updated 1 Mar 2018

Bose

SoundTouch 30 Series III

Snapshot: The Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III doesn't have a battery but it will run off mains power. It weighs more than 500g but can't be used as a hands-free device for your phone.

SoundTouch 30 Series III
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$897

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Test results

Overall score
66
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • Good sound signal.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.
  • Has a remote control.

But

  • Poor sound.
  • Isn't battery powered.

System review

This speaker can be linked to other speakers to create a “network” or “system”.

The Bose SoundTouch system has good overall sound. It's speakers are easy to use but the apps to control it are very difficult to use. It has Bluetooth and works with Google Play Music but doesn't have AirPlay.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$897

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
×
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
×
Treble on app
×
Tone presets on app
×

Specifications

Weight (g)
9100
Mainspowered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
×
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
×
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
245x434x181

Features

Controls

On/Standby, Bluetooth Pairing/Aux, Volume up, Volume down, Six Presets

Microphone
×
Travel case
×
WiFi capable
Ethernet capable
Headphone jack
×
Charge external devices via USB
×
Remote control
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
n/a
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
No
Can be paired for stereo
n/a

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