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Bose SoundTouch 130 vs SoundTouch 300: Which Home Theater Systems are Better?

Bose SoundTouch 130 vs SoundTouch 300

We are always looking for stylish ways to enhance our sound systems. Many will opt for 5.1 speaker systems which can be quite overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a great deal of space. Bose has created a solution that provides the sound you need to feel like you are at the movies but without multiple speakers and cables.

Today, we will be looking at the SoundTouch 130 vs 300. We will compare their technology, appearance, connectivity, and value for money. Once we have looked at their features, we will include a comparison chart for quick viewing and some pros and cons. Finally, we will decide which is the best buying choice.

Before we get started, it’s worth mentioning that Bose doesn’t release product information regarding maximum output or frequency response ranges. For this reason, we won’t be able to compare these features.

There are only a couple of similarities, so we will start here.

Bose SoundTouch 130 vs Bose SoundTouch 300 – Similarities

Quick Glance

Let’s take a quick look at the features side by side.

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Supported Sound

Instead of debating whether Dolby Digital or DTS (Digital Theater Systems) is better, you can enjoy both. The SoundTouch 130 and the SoundTouch 300 support both Dolby Digital and DTS.

What’s Included

Both the SoundTouch 130 and the SoundTouch 300 come with a universal remote control and an HDMI cable.

Apart from that, the SoundTouch 130 and the SoundTouch 300 actually have quite a few differences, which we will cover now.

Differences Between Bose SoundTouch 130 and Bose SoundTouch 300

System Setup

One set comes with an extra piece, which may sway your decision.

Bose SoundTouch 300 review

SoundTouch 130

This system comes with a wireless acoustic bass module, a soundbar, and remote control. You will also receive a small control console that has your HDMI ports and other connections.

SoundTouch 300

This system doesn’t come with a control console.

The Winner Is- The SoundTouch 130

Size

Again, we are a little short on specifications and there isn’t a great deal of information about the individual size and weight.

Bose SoundTouch 130 review

SoundTouch 130

We know that the overall weight of the home theatre system is 34.6 pounds.

SoundTouch 300

The soundbar is 38.5 x 2.25 x 4.25 inches and weighs 12.6 pounds.

The Winner Is- A Tie


Design

Both home theater systems look great but not identical.

Bose SoundTouch 130

SoundTouch 130

The soundbar and the bass module have tempered glass which really makes them look more modern and that bit more elegant. The set is black, but you can choose a white bass module.

SoundTouch 300

While it doesn’t have tempered glass, the set does have clean lines and a modern appearance. This set comes in black.

The Winner Is- The SoundTouch 130

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Connectivity

These systems are designed to work with TVs, so you won’t find a 3.5mm jack. The connectivity between the bass and the soundbar is with the built-in wireless systems.

Bose SoundTouch 130 comparison

SoundTouch 130

As well as the HDMI connections, there are speaker connections, Bose link, coaxial, and optical inputs.

SoundTouch 300

The connection is via an HDMI cable with 4K pass-through.

The Winner Is- The SoundTouch 130

Wireless Technology

Aside from the HDMI cable, there are other ways you can connect to these home theatre systems.

Bose Smart Soundbar 300 Bluetooth Connectivity with Alexa Voice Control Built-In, Black

SoundTouch 130

You can connect wirelessly but you will need to buy a special adapter to do so.

SoundTouch 300

This has wireless capabilities so you can stream music from your favorite apps straight to the speakers. It also has Bluetooth and NFC.

The Winner Is- The SoundTouch 300

Warranty

It’s a pretty decent investment so a warranty will give you peace of mind.

Bose SoundTouch 300

SoundTouch 130

You will receive a 1-year warranty which is extended to 2 years in the EU.

SoundTouch 300

There is a 1-year warranty with this system.

The Winner Is- The SoundTouch 130 (if in the EU).

Pros and Cons

At this point, neither one sticks out as superior. The pros and cons may help to make the final decision.

SoundTouch 130

Pros:

  • Clear, clean, crisp sounds in all sized rooms
  • Pretty much plug and play setup
  • Very handy to have a universal remote

Cons:

  • For the price, it should at least come with Bluetooth

SoundTouch 300

Pros:

  • Setup and pairing are quick and easy
  • Amazing sound quality and good volume output
  • Improves the sound of movies as well as general TV

Cons:

  • Instructions need to be a little clearer for the troubleshooting

The Final Verdict

The sound quality of the SoundTouch 130 and the SoundTouch 300 is exceptional for both. We got a good amount of bass, crisp clear sounds and the experience of surround sound. The setup was good and it was nice that they both connected to the soundbars wirelessly. It meant that you aren’t quite so restricted to where you can place the different speakers. Still, this sound quality that you expect from Bose comes with quite a decent price tag.

When it came to choosing an overall winner, we decided on the SoundTouch 300. We really couldn’t tell any difference between the sound quality as both were very decent. The control console was handy, but we were happy with the wireless and Bluetooth of the SoundTouch 300 and preferred this over having one extra unit in the setup. The design with the tempered glass was also much more appealing. On top of that, a better price tag, ticked all the right boxes for us to choose the SoundTouch 300 and the better buy.