Why isn’t the new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars compatible with SoundTouch?
In order to bring an excellent far-field voice interaction experience to the new Bose smart speakers and soundbars, it was necessary to move to an entirely new internal architecture with greater processing power and flexibility. SoundTouch products are capable of accommodating moderate updates to their original functionality, but to deliver the best possible customer experience, the Bose Home Speaker 500, Bose Soundbar 500, and Bose Soundbar 700 had to be designed from the ground up for voice control.
Some competitors have chosen a different path — retrofitting existing products with microphones and LEDs. This choice allows compatibility with legacy products, but it negatively impacts a product’s ability to deliver adequate microphone performance and voice interaction visual feedback.
In contrast, the new Bose smart speakers and soundbars have superior voice pickup performance, an elegant, expressive LED light bar for voice interaction feedback and ample room for additional product features to be added via software updates over time — faster and more efficiently than the SoundTouch platform would have allowed. And as we introduce more products to this family over time, you’ll notice that the new platform enables compatibility among a broader array of new Bose products than ever before. The new Bose smart speaker architecture is far more scalable for the future.