Bose is known for its line of fantastic speakers, headphones, and audio gear in general. One of the best features of Bose speakers, aside from that outstanding sound quality, is their ability to connect to just about anything and everything.
Many Bose speakers come with both Bluetooth connectivity and an AUX port. But what if you want to connect your Bose speaker to your TV? Is that possible?
Yes, you can connect a Bose Soundlink Mini to your TV with the included auxiliary port in the Bose Soundlink. You simply need to connect a 3.5 audio cable from the AUX port on your speaker to the AUX port on your TV and hit the AUX button on your speaker.
If you want to learn more about the Bose Soundlink Mini, what it is capable of, and potentially some other speaker options, keep reading. We will also cover some of your most asked questions at the end of the article.
What Is the Bose Soundlink Mini?
The Bose Soundlink Mini and the Bose Soundlink Mini II were small, portable, bar-shaped speakers that packed a powerful, high-quality punch. The speakers had two means of connecting to a device, either through the Bluetooth connection or an auxiliary cable.
What makes the sound so great on the Bose Soundlink Mini is two things. It comes with dual passive radiators that can create deep notes and minimize vibrations. It also comes with high-efficiency transducers that produce a powerful sound with double the air movement from standard transducers.
The Bose Soundlink Mini is a white-colored speaker, while the second edition comes in black. Both have the audio controls on the top of the product, along with a few other settings that we’ll cover later in this article.
How Do You Control the Bose Soundlink Mini?
The Bose Soundlink Mini is easy to control with the five buttons on the top of the speaker. From left to right, there is the power button, volume down, multi-function, volume up, and Bluetooth button.
There are also indicator lights on the top of the speaker for power, AUX, and Bluetooth.
Can I Connect My Bose Soundlink Mini To My TV?
Yes, you can. If you want to use your Bose Soundlink Mini with your TV, all you need to do is plug one end of the 3.5 audio cables into the auxiliary port on your Bose speaker. Plug the other end of that same cable into the auxiliary sound port on your TV. It’s that simple!
If your Bose speaker doesn’t automatically start playing sound from the TV, all you need to do is press the AUX button on top of the Bose speaker. Doing this will tell the Bose speaker to switch to AUX sound rather than Bluetooth.
3.5 Aux Audio Cable
Why Can’t I Connect to My TV With Bluetooth?
While you could, in theory, use Bluetooth connectivity to connect to your TV (if your TV has that option), it is generally not recommended. While great for many things, Bluetooth audio can experience some lag for videos.
What this means is while using Bluetooth sound, many times, people will find that the audio they hear is just a second or two behind what is happening on the TV. In general, it gives the effect of bad dubbing and can be pretty disorienting.
Why Can’t I Buy the Bose Soundlink Mini Anymore?
Retailers sold the original Bose Soundlink Mini from 2013 to 2015. The Bose Soundlink Mini II was sold from 2015 to 2019.
Thankfully, there is currently a Special Edition of the Bose Soundlink Mini II available on the Bose store. This edition comes in either Triple Black or Luxe Silver.
What Other Bose Products Can I Get?
Staying in the Bose family of products, there are several options for TV sound.
If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line option that carries cinema-quality sound and you’re not worried about size or price, then the Bose Smart Soundbar may be an excellent option. The Bose Smart Soundbar comes in 900, 700, and 300 modules so that you can find one that fits your lifestyle and budget.
If the Bose Smart Soundbar is a bit much for your needs, then you could try the Bose TV Speaker, which pairs wonderfully with optional additional speakers. You’ll be able to craft a system with a Bose TV Speaker over time by adding an extra speaker around the room as you see fit.
If you enjoyed the portability of the Bose Soundlink Mini, you could try the Soundlink Revolve or the Soundlink Color.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most common questions asked about the Bose Soundlink Mini.
What type of cable do I need to connect the Bose Soundlink Mini to my TV?
You will need a 3.5 audio cable to connect your Bose Soundlink Mini to your TV.
Is the 3.5 audio cable included with the Bose SoundLink Mini?
No. You will need to purchase one separately. Thankfully these cables are very easy to find in any electronic store.
Can I use Bluetooth to connect to my TV?
You can, but it’s not recommended. Bluetooth connectivity tends to have lagged sound on the video.
How much is the Bose Soundlink Mini?
The current available option is the Special Edition Bose Soundlink Mini II. It currently retails for around $250.
What comes in the Bose Soundlink Mini box?
When you unbox your Bose Soundlink Mini, there are only two things in the box aside from the user manual and other documentation. There is the speaker itself, and there is a USB-A to USB-C cable. You can use the cable to connect the speaker to a computer or to charge it.
How long does the Bose Soundlink Mini work on a full charge?
With a new USB-C port, charging is easy and fast with the included cable. The Bose Soundlink Mini can work for up to 12 hours at a full charge. If you’re going to use this speaker as your primary TV sound, it may be a good idea to keep it plugged in so that it doesn’t lose power while you’re in the middle of the big game or your favorite movie.
There you have it! While the Bose Soundlink Mini is no longer available, you can still find the Bose Soundlink Mini II. To connect the Bose Soundlink Mini II to your TV, you will need a 3.5 audio cable to connect the devices through the AUX ports.