Just a couple of quick notes on the BOSE SOLO - make sure that you have the latest firmware installed - it is easy to do, but there are a couple of "gotchas".
I bought mine from the BOSE Store near my house, a few months ago, and I figured that I was getting the latest and greatest, but NO. There were some issues, so I called tech support and we figured out that I had an older version of the firmware on the unit.
BOSE just release a new version of the firmware (www.worldwide.bose.com/soloupdate
) - that adds the "Bass Reduction" function and more importantly, improves the power management functions.
The "Gotchas" - these are not in the firmware installation guide, so I had to find out the hard way:
-The procedure to install the new firmware (my old one was v.126.96.36.199 - the latest one is 188.8.131.527) - just format a thumb drive for either FAT16 or FAT32 -- NOTE: It cannot be formatted for exFAT or NTFS, if you are running Windows) - if you have a large capacity thumb drive (e.g. 64GB) then Windows 7/8 will only allow you to format it for exFAT or NTFS.
-Just use a smaller USB Thumb Drive (I had a spare 1GB thumb drive lying around) - format it for FAT16 just to be safe and insert it into the SOLO's USB Maintenance Port. It will copy a small .XML file onto the drive that contains some information that the installer application on your computer will reference when it writes out the new firmware file.
-When it is done on the computer, plug the thumb drive back into the SOLO and let the device do it's thing - the instructions in the firmware install .PDF are accurate from this point on.
-The front panel light will change to amber, the device will make sounds, shut off, etc. Remove the thumb drive and power it on, and voila, you're done. The whole process takes only a few minutes but it is probably worth doing if you want the latest and greatest firmware on your SOLO.
I am somewhat surprised (and disappointed) that the official BOSE Company Store sold me an out-of-date product - usually they are very good about carrying the latest revisions of hardware, etc., but oh well. At least the support people were very helpful and pointed me in the right direction.
I hope that this helps any of you who own a SOLO and wish to update the firmware - if you just want to check to see which version of firmware that you have, just insert a blank FAT16 or FAT32 formatted USB Thumb Drive into the SOLO's USB Maintenance port, and it will write out a single .XML (text) file in the root directory which you can view with any text editor, and it will tell you the version number in there.
I hope that this helps!