Owner’s Guide

BOSE® SOLO 5
TV SOUND SYSTEM

Please read and keep all safety and use instructions.

Bose Corporation hereby declares that this product is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 2014/53/EU and all other applicable EU directive requirements. The complete declaration of conformity can be found at: www.Bose.com/compliance

Important Safety Instructions

  1. Read these instructions.
  2. Keep these instructions.
  3. Heed all warnings.
  4. Follow all instructions.
  5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
  6. Clean only with a dry cloth.
  7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
  9. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
  10. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
  11. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
  12. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
  13. Refer all servicing to qualified personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

WARNINGS/CAUTIONS

  • To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this product to rain or moisture.
  • Do NOT expose this apparatus to dripping or splashing, and do not place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on or near the apparatus.
  • Keep the product away from fire and heat sources. Do not place naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, on or near the product.
  • Do NOT make unauthorized alterations to the product.
  • Do NOT use a power inverter with this product.
  • Do NOT use in vehicles or boats.
  • The speaker wire and interconnect cables included with this system are not approved for in-wall installation. Please check your local building codes for the correct type of wire and cable required for in-wall installation.
  • Use this product only with the power supply provided.
  • Where the mains plug or appliance coupler is used as the disconnect device, the disconnect device shall remain readily operable.
  • The batteries provided with this product may present a risk of fire or chemical burn if mishandled.
  • Do NOT expose products containing batteries to excessive heat (e.g. from storage in direct sunlight, fire or the like).
  • Only use the mounting hardware supplied with this product.
  • Do NOT mount on surfaces that are not sturdy, or that have hazards concealed behind them, such as electrical wiring or plumbing. If you are not sure about installing the bracket, contact a qualified professional installer. Ensure the bracket is installed according to local building code.
  • Due to ventilation requirements, Bose does not recommend placing the product in a confined space such as in a wall cavity or in an enclosed cabinet.

NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Bose Corporation could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules and ISED Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
CAN ICES-3 (B) / NMB-3 (B)
This device complies with FCC and ISED Canada RF radiation exposure limits set forth for general population. It must not be co-located or be operating in conjunction with any other antennas or transmitters.
This equipment complies with FCC/IC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment.
This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 20cm between the radiator and your body.
Model: 418775

About your TV sound system

Your TV sound system provides clear, spacious sound from one compact soundbar.

System features

  • Videostage® and TrueSpace® technologies deliver many of the benefits of a five- speaker home theater in a single soundbar.
  • Sleek and elegantly designed soundbar fits easily in front of your TV.
  • Connects with just one audio cable for easy setup.
  • Programmable universal remote powers on/off your TV, cable/satellite box and
  • system with the press of a single button.
  • Stream music from Bluetooth® devices.
  • Stores up to eight Bluetooth devices in its pairing list.
  • Connects up to two Bluetooth devices for easy switching between devices.
  • Mounting ring to hide the power supply behind your mounted TV.
  • Soundbar can be mounted on the wall (kit available separately).

Unpacking

Carefully unpack the carton and confirm that the following parts are included:

Unpacking

*May ship with multiple power cords. The appropriate power cord for your region is
supplied.

Note: If part of the system is damaged, do not use it. Contact your authorized Bose®
dealer or Bose customer service. Refer to the contact sheet in the carton.

Placing the soundbar

  • Stand the soundbar on its feet in front of your TV.
  • Do not place your TV on the soundbar.
  • Make sure there is an AC (mains) power outlet nearby.

To avoid wireless interference:

  • Keep other wireless equipment away from the soundbar.
  • Place the soundbar outside of and away from metal cabinets, other audio/video components and direct heat sources.

Sample soundbar placement

Sample soundbar placement

Wall mounting the soundbar

You can mount the soundbar on a wall. To purchase the WB-120 Wall Mount Kit, contact your local Bose® dealer or visit www.Bose.com
After wall mounting and setting up the soundbar, adjust the audio for better bass sound

CAUTION: Do not use any other hardware to mount the soundbar.

Cable options

Connect your TV to the soundbar using one of the two digital cable options. The optical cable is the preferred method for connection.

Note: If your TV does not have an optical or coaxial connector, see “Alternate Setup”
on page 27.

  1. On the back of your TV, locate the Audio OUT (digital) connector panel.

Note: You must connect the audio cable through your Audio OUT
connector panel.

TV

2. Choose an audio cable.

Connecting your TV

Insert one end of the audio cable into the correct Audio OUT (digital) connector on
your TV.

CAUTION: If using an optical cable, remove the protective caps from both ends.
Inserting the plug in the wrong orientation can damage the plug and/or the
connector.

Connecting your TV

Connecting the soundbar

After connecting the audio cable to your TV, connect the other end to your soundbar.
Use only one audio cable. For instructions on connecting a coaxial cable, see page 16.

Option 1: Optical cable (preferred)

CAUTION: Ensure you have removed the protective cap from both ends of the optical
cable. Inserting the plug in the wrong orientation can damage the plug and/or the connector.

  1. Hold the optical cable’s plug with the Bose logo facing down.
  2. Align the plug with the Optical connector on the soundbar and insert the plug
    carefully.

Note: The connector has a hinged door that swings inward when inserting the plug.

3. Firmly push the plug into the connector until you hear or feel a click.

Firmly push

Option 2: Coaxial cable

Insert the other end of the coaxial cable into the Coaxial connector on the soundbar.

Coaxial cable

Connecting to power

  1. Plug the power supply into the Power connector.
  2. Plug one end of the power cord into the power supply.
  3. Plug the other end into a live AC power (mains) outlet.
    The soundbar emits a tone.
Connecting to power

Mounting ring

To hide the power supply behind your mounted TV, use the mounting ring. Attach the mounting ring to your TV’s wall mount using zip ties or bread ties (not provided).

Turning off your TV speakers

To avoid hearing distorted sound, turn off your TV speakers. Refer to your TV’s owner’s guide for more information.

Powering on your soundbar

  1. Power on your TV.
  2. If you are using a cable/satellite box or other secondary source, power on the source.
  3. Press the Power button ( ) on the remote control. The status indicator glows green.
  4. Check if sound is coming from the soundbar.
Powering on your soundbar

Note: If you do not hear sound coming from the soundbar, see “Troubleshooting” on page 33.

Confirming your TV speakers are off

  1. Press the Mute button ( ) on the soundbar’s remote control.
  2. Check that no sound is coming from your TV.

Note: If you hear sound coming from your TV, see “Troubleshooting” on page 33.

Remote control buttons

Use the remote to control sources connected to your system, adjust the system volume, change channels, use playback functions, enable cable/satellite box functions and navigate source menus.

Remote control buttons

Programming the universal remote

You can program the universal remote to control your source, such as a TV, DVD/Blu-ray Disc™ player, cable/satellite box, game system or DVR, by entering the code for your source’s brand. There may be several codes for your source. You may need to perform this procedure multiple times to locate the correct code.

Programming the universal remote
Programming the universal remote

Customizing the power button

You can customize (power button) on your remote to power on/off your soundbar,
TV and cable/satellite box simultaneously.

  1. Program your remote to control your TV and cable/satellite box (see page 20).
  2. Press CBL-SAT and TV simultaneously and hold for 10 seconds.
    Both buttons flash three times.

Resyncing your cable/satellite box and TV

After customizing the power button, your cable/satellite box and TV may become out of sync and not power on/off simultaneously. Use the following steps to resync your soundbar.

  1. Press the source POWER button for the source that is out of sync.
  2. Press Source Power to power on/off the source.
  3. Press Power . Your sources power on/off simultaneously.

Switching between sources

You can switch from one source to another by pressing the appropriate source button
on the remote.

Note: Before you begin, ensure you have correctly programmed your sources.

  1. Press the button for the source you want to control.
    The source button glows.
  2. Press Source Power Button.
    The source powers on.
  3. Press TV Input and select the correct input on your TV.

Function buttons

The red, green, yellow and blue buttons on the remote control correspond with the
color-coded function buttons on your cable/satellite box or teletext functions.

  • Cable/satellite box functions: refer to your cable/satellite box’s owner’s guide.
  • Teletext functions: correspond with color-coded page numbers, headings or shortcuts on a teletext display.

Adjusting the volume

On the remote control:
Press to increase the volume.
Press to decrease the volume.
Press to mute or unmute the audio.
Note: If you hear sound coming from your TV, see “Troubleshooting” on page 33.

Adjusting the bass level

  1. Press the Bass button ( BASS).
    The status indicator blinks white three times.
  2. On the remote control:
    • Press + to increase the bass.
    • Press to decrease the bass.
  3. Press the Bass button ( BASS).
    The status indicator blinks white three times and the soundbar saves your settings.

Note: For optimal sound quality for dialogue-only programs, such as news and talk
shows, see “Dialogue mode.”

Resetting the bass level

On the remote control, press and hold BASS for five seconds to reset the bass level to
original factory settings.

The status indicator blinks white three times and remains solid white. The soundbar
returns to original factory settings.

Dialogue mode

Dialogue mode provides optimal sound quality for dialogue-only programs, such as
news and talk shows, by decreasing the soundbar’s bass settings.

Press the dialogue button ( ) to toggle between dialogue mode and your default audio
settings.

The status indicator glows amber when dialogue mode is enabled.

Auto-wake

You can set the soundbar to power on whenever a sound signal is received.
Note: The soundbar powers off after 60 minutes of inactivity.

Press and hold POWER Button on the remote for five seconds until you hear a tone to toggle between auto-wake and default power settings.

The status indicator glows dim amber when the soundbar is off and auto-wake
is enabled.

Programming a non-Bose remote control

You can program a non-Bose remote control, such as your cable/satellite box remote,
to control the soundbar. Refer to your non-Bose remote control’s owner’s guide or
cable/satellite website for instructions.

Once programmed, the non-Bose remote performs basic functions such as power on/off and volume.

Pairing a Bluetooth® device

Bluetooth® wireless technology enables you to stream music from Bluetooth
smartphones, tablets, computers or other audio devices to the soundbar.
Before you can stream music from a Bluetooth device, you must pair your device with
the soundbar.

  1. On the remote control, press the Bluetooth button until the Bluetooth indicator
    blinks blue. Make sure the Bluetooth indicator blinks blue before you pair your device.
  2. On your Bluetooth device, turn on the Bluetooth feature.

Tip: The Bluetooth feature is usually found in Settings. A gear icon ( Gear) often
represents Settings on the Home screen.

Bluetooth feature

3. Select Bose Solo 5 system from your device list. Once paired, the Bose Solo 5 system appears connected in the device list.

4. On your Bluetooth device, play music to stream to your soundbar.

If you cannot pair your device

You may need to clear the soundbar’s Bluetooth pairing list (see page 25). After you
clear the list, try pairing again. See “Troubleshooting” on page 33 for more information.

Connecting to a paired Bluetooth® device

You can stream audio from a Bluetooth device to the soundbar.

Note: If there are multiple devices stored in the soundbar’s pairing list, it may take
a minute or two for the paired device to connect. The soundbar’s Bluetooth
indicator shows connection status (see page 26).

  1. On the remote control, press .
    The soundbar connects to the last two devices that streamed to your soundbar.
  2. Once connected, on the Bluetooth device, play music.

If you cannot stream audio from a paired device
The soundbar may have lost connection to your device. Check the soundbar’s Bluetooth indicator. If the paired device is out of range of the soundbar, move your device within range.

Switching between connected devices

The soundbar supports multi-point connectivity, which allows you to seamlessly switch
playing music between connected devices.

The last two devices that streamed to the soundbar remain connected. During playback, you can pause audio on the streaming device, and then play music from another connected device.

  1. Pause music from the streaming device.
  2. On another connected device, play music.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to switch between connected devices.

Clearing the soundbar’s Bluetooth® pairing list

When you pair a Bluetooth® device to the soundbar, the connection is stored in the
soundbar’s pairing list. You may need to clear the pairing list if you cannot connect to a
device. Once you clear the list, you need to pair the device again.

  1. Press and hold for 10 seconds, until the Bluetooth indicator blinks blue.
  2. On your mobile device, delete Bose Solo 5 system from the Bluetooth menu.
    The soundbar emits a tone and is ready to pair to a device (see page 24).

Soundbar indicators

The status and Bluetooth® indicators on the front of the soundbar provide information
on soundbar activity.

Soundbar indicators

Status indicator

Status indicator

Bluetooth indicator

Bluetooth indicator

You may need to use an alternate setup method for the following reasons:
• No sound from a source(s) connected to your TV.
• No optical or coaxial connector on your TV.

No sound from a source(s) connected to your TV
Some TVs do not deliver sound from connected sources to the soundbar. Use an
alternate setup method to directly connect your source(s) to the soundbar.

connected to your TV

No optical or coaxial connector on your TV
Some TVs do not have optical or coaxial connectors. Use an alternate setup method to
connect your TV to the soundbar.

No optical or coaxial

Connecting a source to the soundbar
If you do not get sound from a source, such as a DVD/Blu-ray Disc™ player, cable/
satellite box, game system or DVR, connected to your TV, connect it to the soundbar.
Use only one audio cable.

CAUTION: If using an optical cable, remove the protective caps from both ends. Inserting the plug in the wrong orientation can damage the plug and/or the connector.

  1. On the back of your source, locate the Audio OUT (digital) connector panel.
Soundbar connector panel

2. Choose an audio cable.

3. If you have not already, disconnect your TV from the soundbar.

4. Connect the audio cable from your cable/satellite box’s Audio OUT (digital)
connector panel to the soundbar.

Note: Do not disconnect your source’s video cable, such as an HDMI™ cable, from
your TV.

Connecting a source’s analog connector to the soundbar
If your source does not have an optical or coaxial connector, and only has analog
connectors (red and white), use a 3.5 mm to RCA stereo cable (not provided) to connect to the soundbar.

  1. If you have not already, disconnect your TV from the soundbar.
  2. Insert the RCA analog cable into the Audio OUT RCA (red and white) connectors on your source.
  3. Insert the stereo plug into the soundbar’s AUX connector.
Soundbar connector panel

Connecting two sources to the soundbar
If you do not get sound from any source, such as a DVD/Blu-ray Disc™ player,
cable/satellite box, game system or DVR, connected to your TV, connect it to the
soundbar. Use only one audio cable for each source.

  1. On the back of each source, locate the Audio OUT (digital) connector panel.
  2. Choose a separate audio cable for each source using either Option 1 or Option 2
    (see page 31).
    Note: You MUST use either Option 1 or Option 2. Do not use the coaxial cable and
    optical cable at the same time.
  3. If you have not already, disconnect your TV from the soundbar.
  4. Separately connect the chosen audio cable from each source’s Audio OUT (digital) connector panel to the soundbar.

Note: Do not disconnect your source’s video cable, such as an HDMI™ cable, from
your TV.

Option 1
This figure shows two source connections using an optical cable and 3.5 mm to RCA
stereo cable (not provided).

CAUTION: If using an optical cable, remove the protective caps from both ends.
Inserting the plug in the wrong orientation can damage the plug and/or the connector.

Audio OUT Source

Option 2
This figure shows two source connections using a coaxial cable and 3.5 mm to RCA
stereo cable (not provided).

Option 2

Using two sources connected to the soundbar
Power off sources when not in use. In order for one source to deliver audio to the soundbar, your other source must be off.

Connecting a TV headphones connector to the soundbar
If your TV only has a headphones connector, use a 3.5 mm stereo cable (not provided)
to connect it to the soundbar.

  1. Insert the stereo plug into the TV headphones connector.
  2. Insert the other end of the cable into the AUX connector on your soundbar.
  3. Ensure your TV speakers are on. Refer to your TV’s owner’s guide for
    more information.
  4. To ensure optimal volume control from your soundbar,

• Set your TV’s volume to 75 percent of maximum.
• Next, set the volume level of your soundbar using the remote control.

TV headphones connector panel

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting

Adjusting the audio for wall mounting
After wall mounting the soundbar, adjust the audio for better bass sound.
Press and hold for five seconds.
Tip: If you remove the soundbar from the wall, repeat to return the soundbar to default
audio settings.

Replacing the remote batteries

Replace both batteries when the remote control stops operating or its range seems
reduced. Use Alkaline batteries.

  1. Slide open the battery compartment cover on the back of the remote.
  2. Remove both batteries.
  3. Dispose of the batteries according to the regulations in your area.
  4. Insert two AA (IEC-LR6) 1.5V batteries or the equivalent. Match the + and – symbols on the batteries with the + and – markings inside the compartment.
  5. Slide the battery compartment cover back into place.
Replacing the remote batteries

Cleaning

  • Clean the surface of the system with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Do not use any sprays near the system. Do not use any solvents, chemicals or cleaning solutions containing alcohol, ammonia or abrasives.
  • Do not allow liquids to spill into any openings.

Customer service

For additional help, contact Bose Customer Service. Refer to the contact sheet in
the carton.

Limited warranty

Your system is covered by a limited warranty. Visit our website at global.Bose.com/warranty for details of the limited warranty.

To register your product, visit global.Bose.com/register for instructions. Failure to
register will not affect your limited warranty rights.

Technical Information

Input rating
Input: 20VDC, 30W MAX.

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4 Comments

  1. The bluetooth on my sons Solo5 is no longer working.
    I have tried a factory re set and an update, but nothing seems to work.
    The remote control, bluetooth button does not laminate at all. (I have replaced the batteries)
    The sounder is about 2 years old.
    Is there anything else I can try.
    Thanks in advance.

  2. After hooking up sound bar it works okay, but I can’t get rid of the Roku narrator voice. It’s coming thru the sound bar.

  3. I have Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar. Lost remote. Purchase a replacement Bose remote. It won’t turn on the Soundbar. Says soundbar is to be turned on, but can’t do that without the remote, which doesn’t connect to turn on.

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