Summary: When you look at this system in a store you should realize that the Bose display model likely has the volume turned up quite loudly and the TV sound on a lower setting, so of course when you switch back and forth the sound seems better coming from the Bose. At home, however, that wasn't our experience when both were set at equal volume. There was little to no improvement in sound quality between our Panasonic TV and the Solo.
Summary: First of all, I'm not one of the typical Bose haters that wear the blue and yellow shirts in the B***B*y store. I cringe when I go into any of the big-box stores, ask for Bose, and have someone tell me there is something better for less money, how Bose is too proud of their products or how they are just way overpriced. I agree, Bose products are priced high, but sometimes you get what you pay for.
Summary: I bought the Yamaha YAS-101 sound bar about 3 weeks ago. I love Bose products and thought I would try this Solo just for giggles. Do the comparison yourself.....trust me, the Bose is going back!! The Bose, although louder and fuller than the TV speakers, isn't in the same league as the Yamaha, and for about $150 less!! The Bose has an on/off and volume. Period. No other controls at all. The Yamaha has CLEAR VOICE that helps make voices stand out better and works well.
Summary: If I were BOSE I would be ashamed to put my name on this item. This $350 item did not sound any better than my speakers on my Vizio flat screen and those speakers SUCK! I have an Acoustimass setup with my Samsung smart tv and it sounds totally Bad Arse! This is not worth the money because IMHO it does not represent the BOSE quality that I have had in the past. Maybe someone needs to put the fire under BOSE'S R&D team and make sure they put out better quality than this.
Excerpt: TRY SOMETHING ELSE if you wish to impRove the quality of your flat screen. . . sound, which you probably do wish. We intend to return the Bose, and try an equalizer (from B & H, of course!) . Hopefully, that will give us some measure of control and, hopefully, greater clarity of distinct sounds--especially at the lower ends of speech. I wish I could give a better appraisal.
Summary: There is no active equalization or active level compensation inside the Solo. You're left at the mercy of the television stations's audio processing--or lack thereof. There is no bass control and with a reasonable dialogue level using the SOLO will, at times, result in thundering bass completely overpowering the dialogue. DVDs, however, have a wide but controlled dynamic range and, in for watching DVDs, the Solo gets loud when it should.
Summary: My main living room has a Bose system - 901 Towers, 301s, and Bose Center Channel. One of our cars has a bose system. I have used many Bose headphones over the years. All of them have different capabilities, but they all produce clear sound, with clear channel separation, and you always have a sense that this is quality audio. However the Bose Solo does not deliver this. Issues with Bose Solo: 1) Not much better than the TV speakers (and this is on a $600 LG 42").
Summary: Purchased Bose thru Amazon Six months ago. Have an early Bravia HDMI TV, had to call for help on the first day. After a long time on the phone with Bose tech we both reached the conclusion Bose would only work thru cable box and not the tv. Also had to buy a fancier remote to get all the equipment to work together. Sound is richer and fuller. As many other reviewers have noted there is great improvement in the the clarity of human voices. We have one frustration.
Summary: in both my wifes opinion and mine it does not meet the expectations that we had expected, it does not even compare to our bose wave radio and disc changer. I would not recomend it to anyone buying a sound system. For a few hundred dollars more you can get the cinemate 2 or cinemate 3 which has a much better sound system. We are really not satisied with our purchase. Too bad that we did not save the box so we could have returned the purchase and gotten another style.