Bose is back in the spotlight with its latest addition to the soundbar family, the Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar. Positioned as the flagship successor to the Smart Soundbar 900, this new soundbar boasts enhanced dialogue clarity through an innovative AI-powered feature while retaining the sleek design and immersive audio technology Bose is known for.
The most notable highlight of the Smart Ultra Soundbar lies in its implementation of AI-powered Dialogue Mode. If you've ever struggled to hear dialogue in movies or TV shows over loud background music or explosions, this feature aims to solve that problem. Using machine learning, the soundbar automatically adjusts the tonal balance to give voices a boost while maintaining the impact of surround cues and other effects. This promises to make your viewing experience more immersive and enjoyable.
The soundbar incorporates nine dipole speakers, two of which are upward-firing drivers dedicated to delivering height channels for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks. Additionally, Bose's proprietary TrueSpace processing works to spatialize various content types, from 5.1 surround sound to stereo, creating a more immersive listening experience. Users who seek even richer audio can opt for additional Bose components, including dedicated Bass Modules and Surround Speaker modules.
System intelligence plays a significant role in the Smart Ultra Soundbar's capabilities. Bose's SimpleSync technology ensures seamless connectivity between the soundbar and other compatible Bose products, such as the new QuietComfort headphones and select Bluetooth speakers.
This connectivity allows users to expand their audio setup and enjoy synchronized playback across different devices. Moreover, the soundbar incorporates Voice4Video technology, enhancing voice control options beyond the soundbar to the entire connected AV setup.
Connecting the Smart Ultra Soundbar to a TV is a breeze, thanks to HDMI eARC or optical options. Additionally, it offers a wide range of wireless connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Chromecast, enabling users to stream music and media effortlessly from their devices.
To address room-specific audio challenges, the soundbar features ADAPTiQ room calibration, optimizing audio output according to the acoustic characteristics of the room it's placed in.
The Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar is priced at $899 and is available in black or white. You can pre-order it now, with availability expected in mid-October. While the design may be reminiscent of its predecessor, its integration of AI-driven features, Dolby Atmos support, and Bose's proprietary technologies could make this soundbar a compelling addition to any home entertainment setup.