Bose Soundtouch 30 vs 20

Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III

Bose has positioned itself as one of the top brands for speakers. The SoundTouch line offers an amazing group of audio equipment that will fill your room or house with music while giving you that deep bass that you love. While the SoundTouch 20 and 30 look nearly identical in pictures, their level of performance is very different. This will compare the two so that you know which is the best one for your needs.

SoundTouch 20 Vs. SoundTouch 30

The entire SoundTouch line punches above its weight, using Bose patented technology to fill a whole room or house with your favourite tunes. Since these two units are from the same brand and line, most of their features are identical. While there are only two main differences between these speakers, the differences are huge.

While both serve varying needs, both speakers are premium units that are perfect for anyone who loves music.

Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III


Size is one of the biggest differences between these units. SoundTouch 20 is 7.4 inches high and 12.4 inches wide. Weighing just seven pounds, this compact unit for small or medium rooms. It offers deep, rich sounds along with a laundry list of features.

On the other hand, the SoundTouch 30 is 9.74 inches high and 17.1 inches wide. It also weighs much more, clocking in at nearly 26 pounds. The other huge difference is the inclusion of the Bose Waveguide speaker. This adds, even more, power without altering the design.

Supported Files

You will be able to play MP3s, WMAs, AACs, FLACs and Apple Lossless files. This represents nearly all of the most common audio file types, so you should have no problem playing your favourite music. The free app gives you access to popular Internet radio channels and services like Spotify and SiriusXM.


Input and output options include USB, AUX and Ethernet ports, making it easy to connect to most systems. The remote allows you to change settings from across the room.

Users are able to connect all SoundTouch units in a home so that they all play the same song at the same time, allowing you to fill the whole home will music. There are also six personalized preset buttons that you can customize.

Bluetooth connectivity allows you to use your smartphone or other devices as a controller.


Due to their size, these two speakers are very different in terms of performance. The SoundTouch 20 is adequate for bedrooms, kitchens and other relatively small areas. While it’s very powerful for its size, this unit would be inadequate as a centrepiece or for large areas.

The SoundTouch 30 is huge and gives you enough power for a whole house. While it would be too much for a small area, it really lets you light up a party or get the music flowing in large spaces.


These two speakers are very similar and offer nearly all of the same features. Aside from the SoundTouch 30 offering deeper bass, these two units are identical except for their size. It all depends on how large your area is. For small rooms, the SoundTouch 20 is the best. For parties or whole homes, you’ll want the SoundTouch 30.

About S. Santos

Tech columnist and tech blogger, audiovisual aficionado trying to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, he can be found playing tennis or padel.

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