Top critical review
Soundbar with Alexa (dis)functionality.
2 November 2018
Nice sound and well built. I chose Bose over a Samsung soundbar in the same price bracket due the the built in Alexa feature.
As a long-term Echo owner I have become accustomed to using Alexa around my home. The idea of having my sound bar being able to replace the Echo dot in the TV room was irresistible.
Unfortunately Alexa’s skills are somewhat limited at the moment. Spotify is not compatible with voice commands. So when you say ‘Alexa, play my music on Spotify…’ you are met with ‘Spotify is not supported on this device’, even though the Bose App says that it supports Spotify. A great shame. I hold out hope for this feature being supported in future updates.
Overall I rate the Soundbar 500 quite highly. It sounds wonderful, has a good array of connections and I love the ability to add surround speakers and a subwoofer to expand the system’s capabilities. It also looks beautiful under my television. I just wish Spotify was available through Alexa voice commands!
Come on Bose, this can’t be a difficult problem to fix!