Best Bose SoundTouch 20 Black Friday Deals 2021

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Our Verdict
Bose is heading in the proper direction with the most recent SoundTouch 20, but sound quality still needs improving

Good detail and dynamics
Intuitive app
Improved file compatibility
Multi-room potential
Impressive scale
No hi-res support
Needs more services
Overbearing bass
Might it be third time lucky? Bose is obviously hoping so using its SoundTouch 20 Series III, which joins the SoundTouch 10 and the larger SoundTouch 30 Series III.

While we handed the prior version of the 20 a less-than-generous three stars – its visual appearance and clear sound were disappointed by limited file compatibility and overstated bass – the merchandise has come quite a distance since.

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Firstly, its predecessor’s AirPlay has been replaced with Bluetooth for more universal, Android-friendly connectivity. We’ve never been won over by the sound quality you get streaming through Airplay, which means this is a superb move which could make an impression on a bigger crowd.

Bose says through 802.11n dual-band wi-fi the bond is more robust and more reliable this time around round too, that may only be a positive thing, especially for those thinking of buying in to the range’s multi-room sell.

When reviewing the prior SoundTouch 20, we were disappointed by having less WAV and FLAC support, but with both now compatible, things want up.

Sadly, hi-res remains on the shelf (16-bit/44.1kHz may be the limit), but Bose hasn’t ruled it out in future editions.

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Streaming services availability is rather modest too, but Spotify Connect, Deezer and iHeartRadio have already been added to the prevailing Pandora and internet r / c.

It’s a noticable difference, although famous brands Tidal, Apple Music and Google Play Music are needed if the SoundTouch 20 is to live with the topflight mid-market wi-fi enabled speakers, namely Sonos and Bluesound.

Not really a fan of manuals? So long as need to use a PC to set-up the speaker either, with everything now more conveniently app-based.

Whether you’re establishing one speaker or several, it takes merely moments and the steps – the most strenuous which is registering for a Bose account – are simple to follow.


Thankfully, a few of the SoundTouch 20’s heritage has stuck around. This latest version looks pretty much exactly like ever – a shrunken SoundTouch 30 – using its chunky exterior’s clothed front, plainly readable OLED display down the center and glossy top, which includes simply been given a far more attractive pattern. It’s shelf-friendly, and design-wise, ‘classic Bose’ – smart yet safe.

In addition to Bluetooth, it could still stream music directly on the internet – over the air or via Ethernet cable – from any computer, NAS drive, tablet or smartphone linked to the same network. Aux and USB inputs enable you to hardwire your lightweight music devices too, the latter another route for obtaining software updates.

Multi-room has been, but still is, an enormous pull for the number. You can group multiple SoundTouch products together for a multi-room system, playing the same music across all speakers or different music in zones.

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As the SoundTouch Controller iphone app is entrusted with multi-room set-up – grouping (and ungrouping) speakers is intuitive, and juggling different speakers is not hard ­- it’s just as useful as a handy remote control for a SoundTouch speaker.

Probably the most comprehensive programs we’ve seen, it uses its interface efficiently; all music available are available on a pull-out bar, where you could also access ‘recently played’ songs. Six ‘preset’ buttons enable you to favourite artists, albums, playlists or internet radio channels for one-touch access.

It’s a neat shortcut, and among the SoundTouch’s biggest assets: suitable for quickly tuning into your favourite radio station or replaying your brand-new favourite album.

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We approach the SoundTouch 20 Series III with some expectation of sonic weight and bottom-heaviness, and not simply as a result of its predecessor’s character – neither the Bose SoundLink nor SoundLink Mini shied from that either.

Low-end extension is deep, though bass levels remain just a little overegged – it’s the sort of table-shaking sort you may appreciate at a celebration (play Krossbow’s Blackout and you’ll see what we mean), however, not for informal listening, particularly if you prefer tip-top balance.

Unsurprisingly, the machine won’t take kindly to being located in the corner of an area.

The bass driving Frankie & The Heartstrings’ Hunger weighs the others of piece down, the delivery lacking the speed and agility (crispness and punch too) you get from the Bluetooth-only, multi-Award-winning Geneva Model S Wireless DAB+.

Having said that, it gifts the midrange the solidity and body to fully capture Greg Lake’s strong, thick vocals in Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Lucky Man, and there’s no scarcity of clarity and detail as acoustic harmonies, drums and cymbals come to the fore.

It’s a comfortable listen – insightful and clean – even though it could favour a club beat, doesn’t turn its nose up to the more folksy sound of a guy and his guitar.

Scale, power and volume distinguish the SoundTouch 20 from its little brother, the SoundTouch 10, plus they are more than decent because of its price and size.

There’s scale for the track’s synthesizers to soar beyond the backdrop vocals, and the dynamics for this to die down on cue for another verse.

If you’re pleased with Bluetooth connectivity, then something similar to the Geneva is practical.

But if you need the added convenience and functionality of multi-room and wi-fi aswell, the SoundTouch 20 III is a far more pertinent choice – not forgetting an improved proposition than its predecessors offered a couple of years ago.

There’s still room for improvement in the sonic and streaming service department, but now it shapes up {to be always

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