The Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV is one of the best home stereo systems on the market today. So good, the SoundTouch topped our recent article featuring the best home stereo systems of 2020. The SoundTouch is an advanced music system that does a lot more than your standard HiFi or stereo. Unlike many home stereos, the SoundTouch is a single unit. This makes the system semi-portable, easy to move around the home as needed. At $599 the SoundTouch is a little expensive but it’s well worth every penny.
Bose Wave SoundTouch Specs
⅛-Inch AUX, USB, Bluetooth
4.3 x 14.5 x 8.8 in
WiFi, CD Player, Radio
Bose doesn’t specify the power output or what speaker drivers are installed in the SoundTouch, however, I can confirm the sound is incredible. The SoundTouch is surprisingly loud with a meaty, well-defined bass response. The balance between mid-range and high frequencies is exceptional.
The detail the SoundTouch produces is what’s most impressive about this speaker. Bose has gone above and beyond when it comes to the audio experience this stereo system offers all thanks to the Bose Wave speaker technology. This technology enables the SoundTouch to deliver high-quality, room-filling audio without any distortion, even when playing at high volumes. It’s an immersive audio experience and in certain rooms, you can’t pinpoint the audio is coming from the SoundTouch. It’s something you have to hear to fully understand.
The SoundTouch offers multiple input options including ⅛-Inch AUX, USB, and Bluetooth. In addition, there is a built-in CD player, AM/FM radio, and WiFi with an Ethernet port. There’s also a ⅛-inch headphone output. All the inputs and outputs are located on the rear of the SoundTouch keeping the visual parts of the speaker clean and uncluttered.
Moving on to aesthetics, the SoundTouch features a sleek, modern design that will look good in any room of the house. The unit doesn’t have any buttons cluttering up the surface with only an LCD display, CD player and two speakers visible.
So without buttons how do you operate the SoundTouch? There is a remote and app, of course, but the SoundTouch also incorporates a touch feature (hence the name SoundTouch). A touch-sensitive pad is located at the top center of the SoundTouch. Placing or tapping your hand in this area will power the SoundTouch on and off as well as snooze an alarm.
One of the simple yet awesome features of the SoundTouch is the ability to set two different daily alarms. This is useful if you and your partner wake up at separate times or, you just need two reminders in the morning to get out of bed! The alarms can be set to go off with any of the inputs including one of your favorite streaming services via the saved presets.
The SoundTouch comes with the SoundTouch app which allows you to connect the system to streaming services like Spotify or Pandora, internet radio stations and podcasts. Within the app, or using the remote, you can program up to six presets. What these presets are is completely up to you. Each preset can be programmed as a song, artist, album, playlist, internet radio station or podcast. Switching between the presets can be done using the app or the SoundTouch remote control.
The remote is ultra-compact fitting neatly in the palm of your hand. It’s easier to initially set everything up using the SoundTouch app and then use the remote to operate the system. The 26-button remote allows you to access and control the SoundTouch quickly and easily. You have the standard audio control buttons which include volume up/down, play/pause, track skip, AM/FM tuning, Bluetooth pairing, CD eject, mute and power on/off/alarm stop. Buttons labeled 1-6 allow switching between presets and you also have a button for each audio input. Lastly, there are three buttons for setting up your alarms and two buttons for liking and disliking tracks.
Many streaming services allow you to like or dislike track which helps the service learn what music you like. These buttons are usually only found within the stream service app which means you have to be in the app to make your selection. Having these buttons on the SoundTouch remote means you can quickly access these features which will obviously then be saved to your streaming service preference. It’s only within the last couple of years manufacturers have started incorporating this feature into their products, so it’s somewhat unique to find in a home stereo system.
Bose Wave vs SoundTouch
|Wave Soundtouch IV||vs||Wave IV|
|WiFi, CD, AM/FM||Inputs||CD, AM/FM|
|4.3 x 14.5 x 8.8 in||Size||7.0 x 12.8 x 19.0 in|
|8.8 lbs||Weight||8.4 lbs|
|☑️||Compatible with Entire SoundTouch Range of Speakers|
Another modern feature is integration with Amazon’s Alexa. While the SoundTouch doesn’t have Alexa built-in, the system is Alexa compatible. This means if you own an Alexa device like an Echo Dot, Echo or Echo Plus, then you can pair this to your SoundTouch over WiFi connection. Unfortunately, the SoundTouch doesn’t have a built-in microphone so you can’t use the system with voice services like Siri or Google Now.
When it comes to audio quality, the SoundTouch is on another level compared to the competition. The SoundTouch has the audio characteristics for everyone. There is a nice chunky low-end response for bass lovers but the nuisance and audio clarity for those who love classical music.
At $599 the SoundTouch is a little expensive but it’s well worth every penny. This is a stereo system that’s built to last and will easily live in your home for many years without any issues. The SoundTouch is available in espresso black or platinum silver.