Last year, Bose came out with their answer to Sonos. The SoundTouch Wi-Fi System is a centrally controlled (via app) set of speakers that can be placed throughout the house and can pair with your mobile devices. This year, Bose is continuing their march into the future of home audio by adding new speakers to the SoundTouch line and compatibility with a host of streaming on-demand and radio services, including Spotify—not a bad way for Bose to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
The SoundTouch 30, SoundTouch 20, and SoundTouch Portable, all of which were released last year, are getting refreshed as a Series II set. They serve the same functions as before—the SoundTouch 30 Series II is the larger, more powerful speaker, while the 20 Series II has mid-range performance and the Portable Series II is a small, rechargeable speaker that can be moved around the house. Unlike last year, you’ll be able to get those speakers in black, in addition to white.
Bose is also bringing their Lifestyle speakers into line with SoundTouch. These are premium home entertainment speaker systems that provide surround sound, and include large and small speakers and soundbars to place near your television. The Cinemate line of home entertainment systems that will include multiple speakers and be SoundTouch-compatible. These are less expensive than the Lifestyle systems, but will need a SoundTouch adapter ($100) to work with the SoundTouch system.
There’s also the new SoundTouch Stereo JC Series II Wi-Fi music system, which focuses on giving you solid stereo performance, rather than being an entire home entertainment option. Included are two Jewel Cube Series II speakers and an Acousticmass module, which provides the bass.
On top of all that, Bose has announced that Spotify, Deezer, and iHeartRadio are all now supported by the SoundTouch system, joining Pandora. All of the new speakers should be available in stores now. Updates to the SoundTouch app and integration with Spotify, Deezer, and iHeartRadio are all scheduled for October 10.