Bose has finally jumped into the market niche of home wireless streaming audio to take on Sonos by introducing a new range of WiFi speakers named the SoundTouch system which includes three speakers in the line-up. The speakers come in three different sizes with the SoundTouch 30 biggest speaker in the series. It comes with a built-in woofer and meant for larger rooms. The SoundTouch 20 is slightly smaller in size and is ideal for smaller rooms such as bedrooms or kitchen. The SoundTouch Portable is the smallest of the three and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The SoundTouch wireless audio system is what wirelessly links all these speakers together and allow them to connect to Wi-Fi network for universal control of music.
Each of the SoundTouch system has the facility to receive software updates automatically to keep things hassle free. The system will first only offer wireless streaming through Pandora, and subsequently add the other popular music services like Deezer, iHeartRadio and others. All the speakers come with a SoundTouch controller that has a circular design and has a volume dial and proximity sensor. Along with the physical controller, Bose also has a dedicated SoundTouch app that is available for iOS, Android, OS X, and Windows which gives a more robust control over the content. The Bose SoundTouch is priced higher than the Sonos with the starting price of $399 for either the SoundTouch 20 or the SoundTouch Portable and the larger SoundTouch 30 is priced at $699. In addition to Sonos, the Bose SoundTouch speakers will be competing against the likes of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air and B&0 Playmaker along with its BeoLab wireless speakers.
[Via – Bose]