Updated 3 Feb 2017

Bose

SoundTouch 20 Series III

Snapshot: The Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III can be added to a network of speakers, but how does it sound by itself?

SoundTouch 20 Series III
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$599

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Test results

Overall score
68
Sound Quality
?/10
Ease of use - Andoid app
?/10
Ease of use - iOS app
?/10

Good points

  • OK sound quality.
  • Works with dual-band WiFi.
  • Has Bluetooth.
  • Works with Google Play Music.

But

  • Difficult to use iOS app and very difficult to use Android app.
  • Speakers cannot be used as network extenders.

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

Sound is based on our panel of 3 music listening experts’ appraisal of different pieces of music (classical and rock/pop). The speaker is positioned about 2 metres away from the listeners, with the panel assessing overall sound quality.

For networked speakers this is done individually and as a system.

Ease of use considers both the Apple and Android versions of the apps and the ease of connecting and setting up the speaker, as well as sending music to the speaker.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$599
System
SoundTouch

Specifications

Dimensions (H x W x D, mm)
188 x 314 x 104
Number of drivers
ns
Multi-channel
Stereo

Features

Ethernet
Yes
WiFi Dual Band
Yes
WiFi direct
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Apple AirPlay
No
Google Play Music
No
Pandora
Yes
Spotify
Yes
Can create own network
No