Some speakers are so good that there should be laws against having them in either houseshares or buildings with thin walls. The Bose Soundtouch 10 is definitely one of these, and that’s a good thing.
This surprisingly small speaker puts out loud, bassy, thumpy sound as loud as you could possibly want, with pin-drop clarity that caused my housemate to stick his head out of the door the second I switched it on. It is awesome. I put Justin Bieber on (Bose actually played ‘What Do You Mean’ at the demo event) and revelled in the space-filling, beautifully-rounded sound. Honestly, it sounds so good that you will cease caring what people think. You’ll turn Carly Rae Jepsen up to 11, and you’ll be proud.
Still, this would be a fairly dull review if all the Soundtouch 10 did was make noise. It sparked our interest because it seems remarkably well-thought-out in an industry crammed with identikit Bluetooth speakers. It does have Bluetooth, of course, but also connects to your home WiFi, has Spotify and Deezer built in, and has an app you can use to set up some really satisfying features.
The Soundtouch 10 comes with its own stylish little remote, which – like the top of the speaker – has buttons numbered 1-6. These are my favourite thing about the product, because they’ve allowed me to have a speaker with a MUSE BUTTON.
Using the Soundtouch app, you assign what you’d like each of the 6 buttons to do, from playing a particular radio station to starting a certain playlist. That means you can have Radio 1 on button 1, U2 on button 2, and your super-secret Sexytime Sounds playlist on 6. As you’ve no doubt guessed, I set up button 1 to play my Muse megamix, and being able to go straight to government-bashing sixth-form-esque Matt Bellamy lyrics in a single button press has made me happier than I thought possible. The Stockholm Syndrome riff on a speaker of this calibre is basically nirvana for me.
This has not helped relations with my housemate.
We’ve only got the one, but the Soundtouch 10 is compatible with other Soundtouch products including home cinema systems, soundbars and the 20 and 30 Series III speakers. Bose say they can all communicate through walls and ceilings, although if you’ve got one of those walls that even blocks the WiFi, you may struggle.
Speaking of WiFi, the Soundtouch 10 uses 802.11n dual-band, which means it can connect on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies. That’s handy if you’ve got a lot of devices around the place, because you’ll get less interference on 5 GHz.
Also, as of today, you can play Spotify Premium tracks on the Soundtouch 10 either from the Soundtouch app or directly from Spotify. Which will be useful when the remote’s gone down the sofa, and also for people who don’t much like having extra apps foisted on them.
Bose Soundtouch 10 UK pricing and availability
The Soundtouch 10 comes in at £169.95 (although it’s currently a little cheaper on Amazon UK) and is available in black and white. That definitely feels like a lot of cash for a little speaker, but it’s so worth it once you switch it on. We’d highly recommend trying one out in a shop if you get the chance, because the quality, depth and volume of sound that comes out of this little marvel is staggering.
I love mine so much, I don’t even mind that I have to move house.