Bose SoundTouch 30 Review
The Bose SoundTouch 30 offers the best sound quality in our comparison. With its loudspeakers, the Internet radio is even suitable for providing sound for smaller parties. The WLAN reception quality is very good and works reliably. The only negative things to mention are the lack of DAB+ support and the problems with some NAS drives.
- Grandiose sound quality
- Suitable for sound reinforcement at parties
- Very good WiFi reception
- Bluetooth streaming
- Control via app
- Chic design
- Very good quality
- No DAB+ / FM
- Problems with NAS drives
- No line and headphone output
Internet radio with great sound
The Bose name is a guarantee of quality in the audio sector. What about the SoundTouch 30? Does Bose live up to its reputation? What features does the device offer? And above all, what good is it as an Internet radio? We compared the wireless music system with all other Internet radios from our test.
Numerous digital playback options
Digital radios and wireless music systems are currently taking over from traditional hi-fi systems with cassette decks, CD players, and turntables. After all, traditional sound carriers have had their day; digital is in. Music can be conveniently carried anywhere in pocket format on a smartphone or USB stick.
In addition, tablets and computers serve as comprehensive music libraries that outshine even the most extensive CD shelf. Today, radio is received less and less via antenna. Today, the DJ feeds the speakers at home with music digitally or via the Internet.
You won’t find a CD slot or a cassette compartment on the slim, modern devices. Instead, the SoundTouch 30 is also one of the latest music playback devices. WLAN and Bluetooth compatible, the chic box with a curved front gets the music from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
As part of the Bose family, the SoundTouch 30 can also wirelessly connect to other devices from the US audio manufacturer to fill the whole house with music. Music playback across rooms is controlled using the SoundTouch app.
Hardware vs. Software
The app as a remote control and for controlling multi-room streaming promises easy operation via smartphone, tablet or PC. In practice, however, the controls are rather mediocre. You won’t find any important functions in the app menu, including the equalizer function. Sound adjustments are therefore best made using the conventional remote control. We also had trouble with the automatic network selection (WLAN) the first time we connected. It’s not quite that automatic.
Establishing a permanent, wireless connection for interference-free listening pleasure is not well explained in the manual either. However, the friendly Bose customer service is here to help. The problem lies with the Internet provider and not with Bose. Therefore, a stable Internet connection is necessary for uninterrupted good music enjoyment. Fortunately, the device also offers an RJ45 LAN interface. The Internet radio can be connected directly to the Internet using a network cable.
The control directly on the device and remotely is much less complicated. With such a perfect design, it’s also fun to press the buttons instead of constantly swiping the smartphone display.
The Internet radio test confirms Typical Bose sound quality that is second to none
After initial skepticism, the positive sound impression prevails in any case. As soon as the SoundTouch 30 internet radio gets going, it makes it audibly clear why it is a child of the Bose family; the sound is outstanding. The compact system fills even large rooms of up to 50 square meters with an excellent sound.
In terms of sound, no other Internet radio from our test can outdo the SoundTouch 30. Even at very high volumes, the permanently clean sound not only convinces us. Various other test portals also agree on this point. So here you get something on your ears. Typically Bose. Clean highs and deep bass are thus guaranteed.
Top-quality with a minimalist display
The SoundTouch 30 from Bose also looks good. Thanks to its puristic design, the sound system cuts a fine figure in any living environment, optionally black or white. In addition, the embedded OLED display looks classy and serves as a clear title or station display.
The six reset buttons on the top are particularly useful. Favorite playlists can be played at the touch of a button. It can not get easier! Although the housing is not made of wood, the Bose speaker reproduces sounds naturally and powerfully thanks to sophisticated waveguide technology. Smooth surfaces and a curved design make the Bose SoundTouch 30 a real eye-catcher.
With all the praise, the missing functions should not go unmentioned. In contrast to all other Internet radios, Bose offers the most economical equipment. The missing VHF function is tolerable. But DAB+ is the new digital standard for top-quality interference-free radio reception. Bose was saved at the wrong end here.
You won’t find an audio output (line-out) or a connection for headphones. The alarm function and sleep timer have also been omitted. At least Bose thought of the Aux input with the SoundTouch 30. In this way, external playback devices such as PCs, record players, etc., can be connected to the internet radio. The existing Bluetooth function also offers many advantages.
Conclusion on the Bose SoundTouch 30
The Bose SoundTouch 30 convinces as a high-quality, digital playback device. Unfortunately, Internet radio does not accept every NAS drive. Playing music via USB can therefore become problematic. Western Digital and Synology storage devices are generally accepted. Alternatively, playback from USB memory sticks works perfectly using the AUX adapter cable.
Internet streaming service requires a stable connection. The Bluetooth connection is satisfactory. As part of the Bose SoundTouch family, the speaker system allows individual music programs to be streamed via Deezer, iTunes, Spotify, and more.
Best of all: All SoundTouch devices in the household can be controlled using an app so that each box can play its program or all the same if desired. The perfect multimedia fun for the home!
With the SoundTouch 30, you will get an Internet radio with excellent sound characteristics.