Today we are looking at the Bose Bass Module 500 vs Bose Bass Module 700 and seeing which one is better. The Bose Bass Module is the best way to take your Bose soundbar to the next level. I have looked at the Bose Soundbar 500 vs Bose Soundbar 700 recently and now we are putting their accompanying subwoofers head-to-head to see which one is best for you. It is worth noting that the Bass Module 500 and 700 can be used with either the Soundbar 500 and 700. The question is which one is better and which one is best for you?
The Price: Bose bass Module 500 vs 700
When it comes to price, both the Bose Soundbar 500 and 700 are on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. So, it goes without saying that the subwoofers are the same. Bose are all about getting the cinema experience into our living rooms and these subwoofers reflect that, but so does the price!
Bose Bass Module 500: As of writing the Bose Bass Module 500 is 400 bucks. Brand new you are looking at around 500 bucks for the Bose Soundbar 500 so all in you are at the 900 bucks mark. I know this seems a lot, but you are getting a lot of quality for your money here. The key to the 500 is shopping around, Bose has gone all-in with the 700 and that is the one that most people want. As a result, if you shop around, you can find great deals on the Bass Module and Soundbar. I have found the Soundbar for as low as $330 and you can get the Bass Module a little cheaper too. You can also find bundles where the Soundbar and Subwoofer come together.
Bose Bass Module 700: The Bose Bass Module 700 is the most expensive subwoofer that Bose offers at $700 and it is designed to go with the also expensive Bose Soundbar 700 which itself costs $799. So, in comparison to the 500, this is a lot of extra money. The thing is, the 700 series is Bose’s most premium offering and that is not just reflected in the price, but the quality. It would be so easy to look at the price tag and say that this is overpriced and a rip-off. However, I do not agree with that at all and think that all things considered, the Bose Bass Module 700 is great value for money when you consider what it can do.
The Verdict: There is around a 300 bucks difference between the two Bass Modules when you factor in the soundbars too that difference goes up to around 500 bucks! The 500 series is great, it really is. However, Bose moved on from that with the 700. Both are actually offering you excellent value for money, you just have to decide if you want to spend the extra money to get the latest and greatest system that Bose offer.
The Design: Bose bass Module 500 vs 700
As both the Bose Soundbar 500 and Bose Soundbar 700 are very stylish and have a design that fits into any room. It should go without saying that Bose has nailed it once again with their subwoofer offerings too. If you look at our 7 Best Subwoofers Between $300 to $500 article, you will find some nice looking subwoofer, but these two are a step above the majority that are out on the market right now.
Bose Bass Module 500: The Bose Bass Module 500 has a very cool style. The main thing that I love about the design of this is the base. It is very, very cool and makes it look like the Bose Bass Module is standing on its own special base and it does give the subwoofer a real personality. It is made from a solid black plastic that I always think has an 80s kind of vibe and that is something I did. Watching an 80s classic like Top Gun with this blasting the bass would be pretty damn awesome and fitting.
This stands at 10” X 10” X 10” which you can kind of see from the images as it has a rather boxy design, but at the same time it has these very nice curves that give it a real elegance. It weighs a very light 10 pounds so it is very easy to move around the living room and it does not take up much space at all. On the back of the subwoofer, you have your power switch and you also have your standard 3.5mm jack that you can use to connect this to whatever it is you are connecting it to, it does also have a little light to let you know when it is all connected. In all, I think this has a very nice design and would not mind it sitting in my living room one bit!
Bose Base Module 700: First thing, check out this awesome video unboxing where you can see firsthand just how sleek and cool this thing looks. If you have read my full Bose Soundbar 700 review you will know how much I love the design of that soundbar and I think that this compliments it very well. This has that same boxy/curvy design that its little brother has and I love it. It is actually lacking that cool-looking base. Instead, Bose has gone for a much smaller base which at the right angle can give the impression that it is kind of floating in the air which I think is a very nice touch. The real difference though is the top, like the Soundbar 700, the Bose Base Module 700 has a glass top and this thing is nice, thick, and very high-quality.
The dimensions of this are just a little bit bigger than the 500. 11.6” X 11.6” X “12.9 are the vital statistics for this and as you can see, it does not take up a great deal of space, no matter where you decide to have it. The big difference is in the weight. This comes in at 30 pounds so it is over double the weight of the 500. The thing here is that most of that weight is actually from the glass top. You have the same 3.5” jack on the back of the subwoofer that the 500 has, but there is also a service port on the back of here, but I would wager the majority of people do not need it. Like the 500, I do feel this has an 80 style going on, it is the kind of thing I could imagine Bruce Wayne having in the awesome 1989 Batman movie!
One last thing I have to mention about the Bose Base Module 700 is that there is also a white version available which is designed to go with the white Bose Soundbar 700 and I am sure together they would look awesome. The 500 only comes in black so depending on the rest of your décor that could be a thing to consider.
The Verdict: Both of these look good and where in the Bose Soundbar 500 vs Bose Soundbar 700, Which Is Better? I hands-down picked the 700 when it came to the style. I have to say that things here between the Bose Bass Module 500 vs Bose Bass Module 700 things are much closer. On one hand, you have that eye-catching glass top that the 700 has which I love and feel gives it a real sense of class. However, I must admit that I do love the base that the 500 is sitting on. I think I am actually going to have to give this to the 500, but only just.
The Sound: Bose bass Module 500 vs 700
Here we have the most important aspect of our comparison today and that is the sound. When you have a subwoofer, the reason you have it is for that extra kick of bass that you get when you are in the movie theatre. The first time I ever noticed a true “rumble” was when I watched Independence Day and ever since then I wanted that kind of rumble and bass in my home.
Bose Bass Module 500: Let us start with the Bose Bass Module 500 and see just what it is offering you in the sound department. I actually found a video sound test that you may want to check out, but the person who made this has paired it up with a Bose Soundbar 300. Anyway, this delightful curvy cube is packing some real power. The driver that is running the show here is 5 and a quarter inch and that gives you a real nice kick in the power department. It is very impressive just how much power this thing has despite the rather modest size it has.
I feel if you are watching an action movie like Pirates of the Caribbean for example, this thing really does come into its own. It will truly fill the room with a nice level of bass and if you have been using a soundbar without a subwoofer before this. Let me tell you, once you have used a subwoofer there is no going back to watching movies without one that is for sure.
Bose Bass Module 700: So just how much extra power are you getting for the few hundred bucks more than the Bose Bass Module 700 cost? Well, let me start by saying that the 500 is awesome and if you were to buy it you would be happy. However, if you have used the Bose Bass Module 700 there is honestly no comparison. This thing is just epic in every sense of the word. It replaces the already solid 5 and a quarter inch driver with a phenomenal 10-inch driver! That driver inside this rather compact shell really does make this thing offer an amazing level of bass.
It is not the best movie in the world, but Transformers: Age of Extinction on 4K has an amazing amount of bass and through this, it really did shake my room. This thing offers so much power that if you have a home theatre you could have this in there and I am 100 percent confident it is more than enough to give you that cinema style bass and rumble.
The Bose Bass Module 700 also has another feature that is really cool and actually missing from the 500 and that is “QuietPort technology” what this does is cut down on distortion. If you were to get one of the packages from our 5 Best Soundbars With Subwoofer Below $200 article there will probably be distortion if you crank the subwoofer all the way up. With this “QuietPort” technology I did not notice any kind of distortion at all and I cranked this all the way up!
The Verdict: Wow, this is a tough one because the 500 really is great. I have no problem with the Bose Bass Module 500 at all and more than feel it is a worth purchase. Yet, when put side by side with its big brother the Bose Bass Module there really is no way you can say that the 500 comes close. The driver is nearly twice the size for goodness’ sake! They both offer great bass, but I have to say that the Bose Bass Module 700 is clearly a better subwoofer than the 500.
How Do You Connect Them?
Wondering how difficult the setup for these subwoofers is? Well, wonder no more my fellow cinema lovers as here we are taking a look at how easy these are to get set up so you can watch your movies with bass that will have the neighbors complaining! I do want to point you in the direction of the Bose website where you can get the full info on how to connect both of these to your soundbar.
Bose Bass Module 500: There is no remote control included here which is to be expected if I am being honest with you. At the end of the day, on and off are what you want with this and I am sure a remote control would probably make them add on an extra 10 bucks or so. You just control this with the Bose app that you put on your phone or tablet. With this, you can connect it to your soundbar. It is worth noting that you can connect this via a cable or wirelessly.
Bose Bass Module 700: If you look at when I made the dream matchup of the Bose Soundbar 700 vs Sonos Arc I went on and on about how great the remote control was of the 700. I love that remote control, it is awesome, but like the 500, you are going to be connecting this and using it with the Bose app. Bose has done a great job of making this as easy as possible to do. You can also connect this with a cable if you want, but the wireless range of this is around 30 feet which is pretty crazy.
The Verdict: Not much to say here, Bose has made it so that these both connect to a soundbar in the same way. I know the idea of using an app sounds like a pain in the butt, but it works fine and is very simple to do.
What Is In The Box: Bose bass Module 500 vs 700?
Here we take a little gander and see what exactly you can expect to find in the box for these. I was quite surprised at how large the boxes for these things were!
Bose Bass Module 500: Inside the box, you will find your very stylish Bose Bass Module 500, a power cable, and an instruction manual. Be sure to check out this Bose Bass Module 500 unboxing which shows off the Bose Soundbar 500 as well and gives you a clear indication of what you can expect to find in the box for this thing.
Bose Bass Module 700: You are getting the same as what you get with the 500. Well, you are getting the Bose Bass Module 700, but you know what I mean. Have a look at this Bose Bass Module 700 unboxing that shows off just how great this looks coming out of the box. You of course also get your power cable, but that is all that is inside the box. One thing I want to address here is the top of the subwoofer. With the Bose Soundbar 700, they throw in a little cleaning cloth and I think they should have done that here too.
The Verdict: At the end of the day, you get what you need to start using these things in both boxes. The only criticism I have of these is that they kind of cheeped out by not throwing in a cleaning cloth. Granted you can get a whole pack of these for like a buck, but it is more the principle of the thing. They included one with the Bose Soundbar 700 so they should of here!
What Is The Better Subwoofer: Bose bass Module 500 or 700?
Both of these are great they really are. I think that the Bose Bass Module 500 is a great product from Bose and it is easy to see why they are so proud of it. Yet, I have to say that when put in the ring and going head to head with the Bose Bass Module 700 the 700 is the clear winner. Again, the 500 is great in its own right, but the Bose Bass Module is one of the best subwoofers that I have ever used. One last thing, these are designed to be used with Bose soundbars so make sure your soundbar is compatible before spending any money!