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Bose introduces impressive additions to the SoundTouch wireless system

Just in time for the holidays, Bose has unveiled the next-generation SoundTouch wireless music systems. Now, every SoundTouch system — including the new little SoundTouch 10 speaker — all have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built right in.

Using Bluetooth, you can stream any song, playlist, music service, and YouTube directly from your phone or tablet. With Wi-Fi, you can broadcast it to as many SoundTouch speakers you have, or use the intuitive SoundTouch app to explore integrated music services, set personalized presets, and enjoy different music in different rooms.

Bose also announced two wireless music system “firsts” with Spotify, available soon: In addition to Spotify Connect — which lets you control any SoundTouch system from the Spotify app — Spotify will also be integrated in the SoundTouch app. And Bose.com will offer ReadySet with Spotify, a way to preload any SoundTouch system with Spotify playlists.

“This partnership with Bose enables us to provide users with a ready-to-use music experience in the home, which blends Spotify’s favorite features and playlists with Bose’s innovative technology and incredible sound quality.”

“SoundTouch has always been about the experience — what listening to streaming music at home should be like,” said John Roselli, general manager of Bose Wireless Speakers. “We engineered everything around that simple idea. So, SoundTouch systems are easier to use than anything else available, they sound incredible, and now they let you listen to anything from your phone or tablet in as many rooms as you want. There’s nothing else like it, and the SoundTouch 10 is a great way to get started.”

The SoundTouch family added the SoundTouch 10 speaker this year. The idea is that you can use one on its own, or you can add more over time to add more music to your house.

The SoundTouch 10 speaker joins the new SoundTouch 20 and 30 Series III speakers, new SoundTouch soundbars, and new SoundTouch home theater systems. They’re all friendly and compatible, they all talk to each other through walls and ceilings, and now they all include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

The new SoundTouch 10 wireless speaker measures just 8.34″ H x 5.56″ W x 3.43″ D. It combines Bose’s digital signal processing with the new Unidome transducer, a 2.5″ powerhouse that, “produces the highest excursion for any transducer of its size in Bose history” according to the company.

Bose also stated that new SoundTouch soundbars and home theater systems are also available, including two soundbars, the SoundTouch 120 and 130 systems; and a 5.1 system, the SoundTouch 520 home theater system.

SoundTouch also has the world’s most popular music services built in — Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Deezer — each accessible through the intuitive SoundTouch app. Bose explains, “With just a few taps, the SoundTouch app turns your phone or tablet into a powerful controller, letting you listen to the same music everywhere, or different music in different rooms. But there’s even more freedom with SoundTouch systems.”

The app lets you set six personalized presets to any music service playlist, artist or internet radio station, and change them whenever you want. Each time you do, every SoundTouch speaker in your home remembers them automatically — so when you don’t want to use the app, you don’t have to. Just press a corresponding button on the SoundTouch speaker or the included remote, and with that one touch, your music starts playing — no phone needed. Charge it, text, take a call, turn it off, or never take it out. Filling the room with your tracks takes a second, as fast and simple as turning on a light.

Through new 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi, the SoundTouch connection is stronger and more reliable with less interference and drop-outs. The addition of 5 GHz compatibility also offers a better streaming option in crowded environments like apartment buildings in the city.

“The home is one of the places where we want to deliver music fans innovative experiences,” said Jorge Espinel, VP, Global Business Development at Spotify. “This partnership with Bose enables us to provide users with a ready-to-use music experience in the home, which blends Spotify’s favorite features and playlists with Bose’s innovative technology and incredible sound quality.”

“SoundTouch systems are a great example of what we care about,” said Roselli. “We obsess over the big and little details that no one else has, and that includes our integration of Spotify. With SoundTouch, you’ll be able to play it through Bluetooth, from our app or theirs, or at the touch of a button. And that gives the millions of Spotify users all over the world more flexibility and control than they’ve ever had before.”

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The new Bose SoundTouch 10 wireless music system is $199.95, and the new SoundTouch 20 Series III system and SoundTouch 30 Series III system are available for $349.95 and $499.95, respectively. Bose SoundTouch soundbars and home theater systems are available starting at $1,099.95.

All new SoundTouch systems are sold at Bose.com, select authorized Bose dealers and Bose retail stores. Early next year, in-app Spotify integration will be included in new systems and available to existing SoundTouch customers via a free software upgrade; and ReadySet with Spotify will be available at Bose.com with any SoundTouch purchase.