Even though the Bose SoundTouch 10 (
$200 $100) has been around for a few years, it’s still one of my favorite wireless speakers for the home. It sounds great and it’s dead simple to use. All you do is plug it in, download the app and then connect the speaker to your home’s wi-fi network. It will play music directly from the Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, iTunes or Amazon Music app. It’s basically just like using a Sonos speaker, except if you want to integrate it into a wireless multi-room system, you have to do so with other Bose SoundTouch speakers instead of Sonos speakers.
Another key difference with the Bose SoundTouch 10 is that, unlike Sonos speakers, guests don’t have to be connected to your home’s wi-fi to play music because the speaker supports both Bluetooth or aux inputs. Instead of asking you for your home’s wi-fi password, they can just click the Bluetooth button on the speaker or use a line-in aux cable. Dead simple.
If you’re in the market for a standalone speaker or you want to build out a Bose multiroom system, then the Bose SoundTouch 10 is a very good choice. And for now, you get one (or a few) for pretty cheap. eBay is selling manufactured refurbished models for 50 percent off. If you want to check out new models, you can browse Bose’s website, here.
For more reviews of the Bose SoundTouch 10, check out the links below.
• “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.” – Andrew Williams, Trusted Reviews
• “In the final analysis, the Sonos Play:1 scores slightly higher in our ratings, but the SoundTouch 10 certainly gives the Sonos a run for its money and adds a separate remote and Bluetooth for those who want the convenience of a direct Bluetooth connection. It isn’t a portable speaker like the SoundLink Mini II, but it’s relatively modestly priced for a Wi-Fi speaker and sounds better than the Mini II for the same amount of money. It’s currently one of the best sounding compact Wi-Fi speakers we’ve tested.” – David Conroy, CNET
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