The Bose SoundTouch 10 is a very compact Wi-Fi speaker that plays much bigger than its size would indicate, and it offers convenient features like Bluetooth and shortcut buttons. The app is pleasant to use and most functions are straightforward. The sound is impressive with surprisingly punchy bass (for a small speaker) and an articulate, exciting midrange.
The SoundTouch 10 features four LEDs that indicate connectivity information and includes an IR remote for system control. In addition to standard functions, the remote allows you to select from your personalized presets and rate the music you’re listening to.
The Bose SoundTouch 10 Overview
The Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Music System in black is a compact, Bluetooth-enabled speaker that allows you to wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet, or computer with the touch of a button.
It features a single transducer that’s designed to deliver sound performance well beyond its size. Using the free companion SoundTouch app, you can set up your SoundTouch system, assign Internet radio stations to one of its six presets, or even control multiple SoundTouch systems throughout your home.
In addition to wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, this unit features a 3.5mm input for connecting wired audio sources such as MP3 players.
In addition to providing a room-filling sound experience, the SoundTouch 10 can also be paired with any other SoundTouch system in order to create a multi-room audio system.
What is the Bose SoundTouch 10?
The Bose SoundTouch 10 is the Bose equivalent to the sonos player a little speaker that has proved incredibly popular.
It’s a similar size, the same price, and is far more flexible, with a much more ‘open’ approach than any Sonos speaker. It seems likely to be a great success.
However, with sound quality and software not quite on-par with the Sonos Play:1, the SoundTouch 10 doesn’t do quite enough to become my go-to recommendation.
Sound Quality and Speakerphone
Bose SoundTouch 10 speaker is a monophonic speaker with a single transducer. Though the audio of the speaker is clear, still you need to pair it up with two different devices to enhance the audio performance of the speaker.
The bass base of the speaker is good but at times, it tends to overpower the treble base thus overpowering the mid-range of the speaker.
It is good in the low-frequency range and there is no distortion in the sound. The only issue is the balance. The speaker lacks that kind of balance and tone. The quality affects the kind of music you are listening too. Still, the sound is good.
Bose SoundTouch 10Setup and Software
The setup of the Bose SoundTouch 10 speaker is easy and the interface is clean. The software is simple and the controls are easy. In fact, you can easily set up the speaker using a sound touch app by Bose. SoundTouch application setup lets you control the music and change the settings.
You can also control the volume and other functions of the speaker through the application. It also comes with an intuitive mode that lets you access the music as per your choice. The interface is easy and there is no issue in controlling the application through the speaker.
Bose SoundTouch 10 Design and Features
The Bose SoundTouch 10 is a speaker designed for multi-room audio. It’s small, it’s not too expensive but it’s still big and capable enough to offer better sound quality than most TVs and radios.
Multi-room systems used to be expensive and intimidating, but boxes like the SoundTouch 10 can almost be bought as an experiment. They work just fine on their own but could be made into a multi-room setup in the future if you fancy it.
The Bose SoundTouch 10 has similar Wi-Fi multi-room chops to a Sonos speaker. It has an app that integrates Spotify and so on and will control multiple SoundTouch boxes, but it also has Bluetooth. This means that, unlike a Sonos set, you can pipe app and game audio from your phone or tablet to the speaker.
Bose SoundTouch 10 Sound Quality
The Bose SoundTouch 10 has a good driver array for such a small speaker. It has a passive radiator system with two opposing drivers to avoid distortion, and four active drivers.
Tonally the Bose SoundTouch 10 is solid and offers a volume boost over battery-powered favorite the Bose SoundLink Mini II. However, where that small speaker does quite amazing things for its size, this one’s performance is a little more ordinary.
You get a reasonable amount of bass for such a shallow box and fair good treble clarity, but it’s not among the top-performing speakers at the price as there’s a certain homogeneity to its delivery, owing to lacking dynamics.
To explain this best, it’s easiest to compare the SoundTouch 10 to the Sonos Play:1, whose sound feels as carefully engineered as the SoundLink Mini’s is.
Bose SoundTouch 10Bluetooth
Fortunately, the SoundTouch 10 also has built-in Bluetooth, so you can stream any audio you want from your smartphone or tablet by bypassing the SoundTouch software entirely.
When connected over Bluetooth, the SoundTouch 10 functions just like a Bluetooth speaker, playing music directly from the connected device. The quick-access buttons are useless in this mode, but you can still use the multi-room features.
If you go into the SoundTouch app while streaming audio over Bluetooth, you can send the stream to any connected SoundTouch speaker on your network. You still need to go through the Wi-Fi setup for this feature to work.
If you want a multi-room experience, then the Bose SoundTouch 10 speaker is the best in class. Its performance is not that amazing for the price it actually offers but the sound is still fine. Being compact, it is easy to set up the speaker according to your need. In fact, it is the most popular speaker available if you compare it with other speakers in the similar price range.
The only issue with the speaker is that it is not portable. If you need a speaker for your traveling needs, then this is not a feasible option for you. However, the sound is good; it is feasible for your music sessions.
It is an ideal choice if you want to listen to music in a confined space or small space. Design wise also, the speaker is not that great. It does not really appeal in looks. At times, the sound performance is non-dynamic, so it actually depends on the music. Overall, it is a good speaker for its price.
Frequently Asked Question
Can you connect Bose SoundTouch 10 to TV?
SoundTouch products cannot connect to a TV via Wi-Fi. Bluetooth is currently the only wireless option for connecting directly to a 3rd party device for audio
Is Bose discontinuing SoundTouch?
“As we are evolving our product assortment to better serve your needs, we are discontinuing sales of some SoundTouch products. We remain committed to supporting both the SoundTouch app and product software for the foreseeable future
Does SoundTouch 10 have a battery?
The SoundTouch 10 needs to stay plugged in; this isn’t a portable, battery-powered wireles speaker you can take anywhere in the house.