The Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link is a small device that allows you to add wireless connectivity to any sound equipment. That is, with this small box from Bose we can update our old HiFi equipment so that it is capable of playing music from streaming music services. And the best thing is that we will get both WiFi and Bluetooth connection.
Additionally, the SoundTouch Wireless Link is part of the Bose SoundTouch family, the company's multiroom system. That is, we can connect it with other speakers, such as the Bose SoundTouch 10. In short, a device that will allow us to update any sound equipment for only 180 euros . Let's see in depth how it works and what the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link offers us.
New life for your old stereo
If you bought a good sound system a few years ago, you don't need to throw it away and buy a new one to listen to music over the Internet. If your equipment has an optical or RCA input, you can add the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link system. With this small device you can transmit music from any WiFi or Bluetooth device to your HiFi equipment .
The Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link has a very discreet design , perfect to adapt to any equipment. Its appearance is that of a small black box, with discreet measurements of 2.5 x 8.8 x 8.8 centimeters. On the front we have two small lights that mark the status of the connection.
The adapter has three inputs: optical, 3.5mm mini stereo, and RCA . In other words, any device that supports them can become a SoundTouch wireless music system. Most stereo systems, home theater systems, and docking speakers are compatible. The optical digital connection option is the one that produces the best quality audio output. So, whenever possible we should connect it through this connector.
To use the device we will only have to connect it to the power supply and to our sound equipment using one of the supplied cables. The system connects to the WiFi network to play music directly from the Internet. But the possibility of connecting a mobile or tablet via Bluetooth technology is also offered .
Control music through mobile
But how do I control this device? Control is done through the Bose SoundTouch app , available for Android phones and iOS devices. The SoundTouch app accesses popular music services like Spotify and Deezer. But it also gives us access to Internet radio or music that we have stored on our computer. In addition, the SoundTouch application allows us to easily customize presets to quickly access our favorite music. And even if we have more than one SoundTouch device, we can control them all through a single application.
In addition to the WiFi connection, the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link offers Bluetooth connectivity to stream music from any compatible device. That is, we can send sound from our mobile device, tablet or computer directly . But not just music, this type of connection opens the door to being able to transmit any type of sound. For example, we can send the sound of a video that we are watching through YouTube.
The SoundTouch Wireless Link is a member of the Bose family of multi-room or multi-room devices . A whole range of devices capable of connecting to our WiFi network and receiving music from any compatible device. In addition, all the equipment can be controlled from a single application, being able to select the music that we will send to each of the speakers.
As we have mentioned, the SoundTouch Wireless Link will allow us to update our old sound equipment with wireless capabilities. But what if I want to listen to the music in another room? Do I have to be disconnecting the Wireless Link and taking it from one place to another? It is not necessary if we have any of the speakers of the Bose SoundTouch family.
The SoundTouch family is very large, and we have models for all needs. The smallest of the family is the Bose SoundTouch 10, a compact size speaker perfect for smaller rooms. But if we want a little more power, we can opt for the Bose SoundTouch 20.
However, individual speakers are not the only components of the SoundTouch family. For example, we have “simple” sound bars , such as the Cinemate 120; up to full 5.1 sound systems, like the Cinemate 520.
In short, a whole family of speakers that we can connect to the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link.
Conclusions and price
Sometimes technology is cruel. Many times we save for a long time to buy that dream equipment, and after a few months it becomes outdated. In certain devices this occurs in a more pronounced way, but others, such as HiFi equipment, can last a long time. A good stereo system will continue to sound like the first day after several years.
However, the way you listen to music does change. And, although there are still users of this type of media, most of us have succumbed to music in digital format. And especially to the music that we can listen to through the Internet . A format that, despite not sounding the same, has many advantages over physical formats. We always carry it with us and we can listen to it on different devices. We don't need space to store it and we have access to thousands of topics.
Now, devices like the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link allow us to bring this new digital music format to older equipment . As we said, it will no longer be necessary to get rid of that equipment that cost us so much to buy.
The Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link can be found in specialized stores with a price of 180 euros .
Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link datasheet
|Model||SoundTouch Wireless Link|
|Dimensions||2.5 x 8.8 x 8.8 cm|
|Lights||Bluetooth and WiFi|
|Inputs and outputs||Audio output (optical digital and analog)|
3.5mm auxiliary analog input
Micro-USB port (for configuration)
|Wireless range||Up to 9 meters|
Price: 180 euros