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Best Bose speakers 2021: portable, multi-room, wireless

Best Bose speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best Bose speakers you can buy in 2021.

The best Bose speakers are serious pound-for-pound performers. You get a premium build quality, intuitive controls and some bold, expressive audio. Even the small ones tend to impress.

In the past, we've criticised Bose's lack of support for hi-res audio files, but the latest models now support the likes of FLAC and WAV. Some models even support Amazon Alexa voice commands and music services like Spotify and Deezer too.

If you're looking to create a wireless multi-room system, the SoundTouch range is Bose's answer to a Sonos set-up. It's comprised of three speaker sizes – 10, 20 and 30 – that can be linked together to create room-filling sound. 

The Bose speaker range covers a range of prices at the more affordable end of the market but, generally, the more you spend, the more powerful and dynamic the sound. 

1. Bose SoundLink Revolve

Splashproof Bluetooth speaker with 360-degree sound.

Specifications

Wireless: Bluetooth

Battery life: 12 hours

Connections: 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro USB

Dimensions (HWD): 152 x 82 x 82mm

Weight: 0.66kg

Reasons to buy

+Omnidirectional delivery+Solid, punchy sound+Portable and feature-packed

Reasons to avoid

-Rivals offer more detail-Not especially rugged-Pricey

This multi-talented speaker gave us goosebumps with its bright, bold dynamic sound and refined performance. IPX4 water-resistant, it boasts a superb 12-hour battery, making it ideal an outdoor speaker. 

Bose has managed to extract huge performance from its cylindrical design, which pumps out 360-degree sound in an effort to eliminate sweet spots. The clever design even includes a pressure trap to reduce distortion.

It comes with a raft of features, including a dedicated button that allows you to tap into your phone's voice assistant (even if your phone is in another room). If you're looking for the best portable Bose speaker, grab one of these. 

Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Revolve

2. Bose SoundTouch 10

Affordable multi-room starter speaker.

Specifications

Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Battery life: Mains only

Connections: 3.5mm aux input

Dimensions (HWD): 21.2 x 14.1 x 8.7cm

Weight: 1.87kg

Reasons to buy

+Smart, compact design+Big, clear sound+Abundance of features+Multi-room

Reasons to avoid

-Slightly coarse treble-Midrange hardens up at high volume-App lacks some features

This might be the smallest and most affordable speaker in Bose's multi-room range, but we think it's also the best. Considering that it's the size of a carton of juice, the detailed, spacious sound - underpinned by deep, rich bass - is pretty darn impressive.

Bose has done a decent job of simplifying its user interface, so grouping this speaker with others in the SoundTouch collection is a cinch. There's support for Spotify Connect and Deezer, plus you can stream FLAC files from your favourite device. 

Fan of Tidal? Unfortunately that's not supported. If that's not a deal-breaker, the SoundTouch 10 is an is an excellent standalone speaker that can be spun out into a multi-room system. 

Read the full review: Bose SoundTouch 10

3. Bose SoundLink Mini II

Palm-sized Bluetooth speaker that wows with weighty bass.

Specifications

Wireless: Bluetooth

Battery life: 10hr

Connections: 3.5mm aux input, Micro-B USB

Dimensions (HWD): 5.1 x 18 x 5.8cm

Weight: 0.68kg

Reasons to buy

+Full-bodied sound+Weighty bass+Portable

Reasons to avoid

-Lows Lack precision and agility

This diminutive speaker is just 5.1cm high, but you'll get a shock when you pick it up: it feels more like concrete than aluminium. The advantage of the stout build is that it translates into hefty bass that belies the size of this tiny Bluetooth speaker. 

The sound is warm, natural and expressive – without slipping into boombox territory – and the design is sleek. Buttons are kept to a bare minimum: power, volume and Bluetooth pairing (it remembers the last eight devices paired, making it a welcome guests at playlist parties).

The one area where this speaker doesn't quite hit the mark is the bass, which could be tighter. That said, this impressive, picnic-friendly speaker is plenty loud enough for a bedside table or a dinner party.

Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Mini II

4. Bose SoundTouch 30 series III

The most powerful SoundTouch multi-room speaker.

Specifications

Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Battery life: Mains power only

Connections: 3.5mm aux input

Dimensions (HWD): 24.6 x 43.5 x 18cm

Weight: 8.4kg

Reasons to buy

+Powerful, spacious presentation+Good sense of timing+Decent low-end authority

Reasons to avoid

-Coarse treble -Hardness at high volume-Control app is slight disappointment 

The 'big daddy' of the SoundTouch speakers is undeniably chunky, but impresses with it's dynamic sonic ability. Bass is punchy and Bose's 'Waveguide' technology does a great job optimising the performance of the drivers, creating a big, room-filling sound. 

It's designed to be used as part of a Bose multi-room system, so pairing is simple and intuitive, and there's plenty of streaming support including Spotify Connect and Amazon Music. Bose has also added support for Amazon Alexa voice commands.

Compared to a Sonos system, you might find Bose's control app a bit fiddly but this is a well-equipped and accomplished wireless speaker. 

Read the full review: Bose SoundTouch 30 series III

5. Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III

Solid, mid-sized multi-room speaker.

Specifications

Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Battery life: Mains power only

Connections: 3.5mm aux input

Dimensions (HWD): 18.8 x 31.5 x 10.4cm

Weight: 3.2kg

Reasons to buy

+Good detail and dynamics+Intuitive app+Multi-room potential+Impressive scale

Reasons to avoid

-No hi-res support-Needs more services-Overbearing bass

Pitched between the smaller SoundTouch 10, and bigger SoundTouch 30, this compact offering delivers solid, insightful midrange performance. It's not shy when it comes to bass, either. Great if you're throwing a wild house party; perhaps not great if you're casually listening to Simon & Garfunkel. 

Like it's two cousins, the SoundTouch 20 series III is compatible with a decent range of streaming services including Spotify Connect, Deezer and Amazon Music. Controls are simple, with six presets offering convenient, one-touch access to your favourite music. 

There are better standalone Bluetooth speakers, but if you have your heart set on a Bose multi-room system, the SoundTouch 20 represents good value for money.   

Read the full review: Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III

6. Bose Home Speaker 300

Good sized smart speaker with big, weighty sound.

Specifications

Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Battery life: Mains only

Connections: Aux-in

Dimensions (HWD): 160 x 142 x 102mm

Weight: 0.9kg

Reasons to buy

+Big, weighty sound+Goes loud without hardening+Google Assistant and Alexa

Reasons to avoid

-Poor detail-Timing is underwhelming-Lack of dynamic range-Cluttered and confused

Not the best for a classic, quality, hi-fi-type sound but the Bose Home Speaker 300 will certainly add some beef to your listening. Part of the wider Bose smart speaker family, it's voice-enabled through both Alexa and Google Assistant and can be used as a unit of a Bose multi-room set-up too. It also supports AirPlay 2.

Sound-wise, you're looking at a mono system here through a single, full-range driver which fires downwards into an acoustic deflector to spread sound 360 degrees from its ovular chassis. It definitely gives an even and impressively weighty performance that will please many but, if you're after something sonically more refined, this may not be the smart speaker for you.

Read the full review:Bose Home Speaker 300

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Although the Bose Home Speaker 500 is Bose’s very first smart speaker, it is definitely not its first speaker. Unlike Apple, Google, or Amazon speakers, the Home Speaker 500 benefits from the U.S-based company’s decades of experience in producing high-quality speakers, whether they be wired or wireless.

The compact anodized aluminum body, available in “Triple Black” or “Luxe Silver,” carries a microphone array for the built-in Amazon and Google Assistants, as well as two custom-made drivers firing in opposite directions. The result? “A soundstage wider than any other smart speaker, powerful enough to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance,” says the manufacturer. Very well, then, let’s check on that!

We put the Bose Home Speaker 500 through our rigorous DXOMARK Homespeaker test suite to measure its performance at playing back audio. In this review, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests across several common use cases.

Key specifications:

  • 2 custom drivers pointing in opposite directions
  • AirPlay 2, Google Cast, Bluetooth 4.2, and 3.5mm jack Aux input
  • Voice services: Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Full-color LED screen
  • No IP rating
  • No battery

Test conditions:

  • Tested with iPhone SE iOS 13.5
  • Communication protocol used: AirPlay 2
  • Firmware version: 8.0.14-8927+0aa351d

About DXOMARK Wireless Speaker tests: For scoring and analysis in our wireless speaker reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests and undertake more than 20 hours of perceptual evaluation under controlled lab conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate playback using only the device’s built-in hardware. (For more details about our Speaker protocol, click here.) The Bose Home Speaker 500 falls into the Advanced category of devices in the DXOMARK Speaker rankings.

Test summary

Bose Home Speaker 500

130

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Its global score of 130 certainly puts Bose’s first smart speaker among the top-ranking devices when it comes to sound quality. The Home Speaker 500 does indeed deliver natural midrange frequencies, clear treble, great dynamics, a decent spatial performance, and good loudness at maximum volume. It is thus particularly suited for listening to music while relaxing at home, during a friendly gathering, or outdoors. It also performs nicely in a kitchen or a bathroom.

The Bose Home Speaker 500 is one of the best speakers we have tested to date.

On the other hand, the Home Speaker 500 does not handle bass well — which may come as a surprise to some of you, since the company is known for its ability to pack strong bass in compact frames. The low end of of the spectrum is impaired by numerous resonances and distortions at loud and maximum volumes, which makes the speaker unsuitable for parties. Its soundstage is also particularly narrow, despite the manufacturer’s promise.

Sub-scores explained

The DXOMARK Speaker overall score of 130 for the Bose Home Speaker 500 is derived from a range of sub-scores. In this section, we will take a closer look at these audio quality sub-scores and explain what they mean for the user, and we will show some comparison data from two of the Bose’s principal competitors in the Advanced category, the Harman Kardon Citation 200 and the Sonos One.

Playback attribute comparisons

Timbre

Bose Home Speaker 500

130

152

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge

Best: Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge (152)

DXOMARK timbre tests measure how well a speaker reproduces sound across the audible tonal range and takes into account bass, midrange, treble, tonal balance, and volume dependency.

Playback timbre comparison

The Bose Home Speaker 500 offers a fairly good timbre performance, thanks to a natural rendition of the midrange frequencies at soft and nominal volume, and clear treble. As a result, voices and typical midrange instruments (violin, viola, guitar, flute, trumpet, harp, piano…) are faithfully reproduced.

Unfortunately, that same midrange becomes inconsistent at loud volumes. Furthermore, the tonal balance is impaired by an excess of low-mid (250 to 500 Hz) resonances and a lack of high- and low-end extension, as shown in the graph (above 10,000 Hz and below 60 Hz).

The Bose speaker is a good choice for relaxing at home.

While its shortcomings at loud volume and at the ends of the spectrum prevent it from being a reliable party companion, its good performance in the midrange at soft and nominal volume makes it a good speaker for relaxing at home or during a small gathering of friends.

Dynamics

Bose Home Speaker 500

116

137

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge

Best: Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge (137)

Our dynamics tests measure how well a device reproduces the energy level of a sound source, taking into account attack, bass precision and punch.

Playback dynamics comparison

With a score of 116, Bose’s smart device delivers an above-average dynamics performance. While punch is excellent at soft and nominal volumes, attack and bass precision are both good — except at respectively quiet and maximum volumes. The dynamic sub-attributes evaluation confirms that the speaker is particularly good for listening to music while relaxing at home or during a friendly gathering, but less so when it comes to partying.

Spatial

111

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge

Best: Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge (111)

Our spatial tests measure a speaker’s ability to reproduce stereo sound in all directions, taking into account localizability, balance, wideness, distance, and directivity. Please note that wideness is 0 on mono speakers and speakers that cannot deliver a significant stereo effect.

Playback spatial comparison

The Bose doesn’t truly deliver stereo sound. In our TV use case, it’s hard to locate the sources of sound in space.

There is little wonder why the Home Speaker 500 is not omnidirectional. The treble (blue) curve in the graph below clearly shows two directivity lobes — one toward the left side of the speaker, another one toward the right — which correspond to each of the two drivers. But surprisingly, and unlike Bose’s claim, the speaker doesn’t truly deliver stereo sound, which means the sound will only very slightly differ from left to right, regardless of the mix.

The soundstage, which is supposed to be “wider than any other smart speaker,” is actually very narrow: both the Amazon Echo Studio and the Google Home Max rendered wider stereo sound fields in our tests.  That said, the balance between left and right is excellent, with content such as voices perfectly centered. Thanks to the faithful rendition of mids, the perceived distance is accurate.

Volume

136

Yandex Station

Best: Yandex Station (136)

Our volume tests measure both the maximum loudness a speaker is able to produce and how smoothly volume increases and decreases based on user input.

Playback volume comparison

Loudness an maximum volume is good.

The speaker delivers a good loudness performance at maximum volume; however, the consistency sub-score is impaired by the last four volume steps, which are practically the same, and by a lack of linearity in the middle of the curve.

Playback volume consistency comparison

Here are a few sound pressure levels (SPL) we measured when playing our sample recordings of hip-hop and classical music at maximum volume:

Correlated Pink NoiseUncorrelated Pink NoiseHip-HopClassicalLatinAsian Pop
Bose Home Speaker 50084 dBA81.9 dBA82.3 dBA78.2 dBA83.2 dBA75.4 dBA
Harman Kardon Citation 20086 dBA85.5 dBA83.1 dBA80.2 dBA84.1 dBA77.9 dBA
Sonos One85.6 dBA83.7 dBA79.5 dBA75.5 dBA81.8 dBA74.4 dBA

Artifacts

133

Sonos Five

Best: Sonos Five (133)

Our artifacts tests measure how much source audio is distorted when played back, along with such other sound artifacts as noise, pumping effects, and clipping. Distortion and other artifacts can occur both because of sound processing and because of the quality of the speakers.

Playback artifacts comparison

In the artifacts area, the Home Speaker 500’s only issue is the massive bass distortion occurring at loud and maximum volumes. However, at other listening levels (nominal, soft, quiet, faint), there is no noticeable distortion. Furthermore, no temporal artifacts (compression) are perceivable, regardless of the volume.

Playback total harmonic distortion

Artifacts are not an issue at low volumes.

While audio latency is contained via Airplay and through the audio jack input, the induced delay is quite elevated in Bluetooth (226 milliseconds on average). We therefore recommend avoiding the Bluetooth connection for synchronized content such as videos, unless you can calibrate the Audio/Video offset.

Conclusion

The Bose Home Speaker 500 falls short of delivering on wideness, and its soundstage has some very noticeable bass distortions at loud and maximum volumes. But its natural midrange rendition, its excellent punch performance, and its good spatial attributes — apart from wideness! — ensure the Bose Speaker 500 a prominent spot among the wireless speakers we have tested so far.

Pros

  • Midrange frequencies sound natural, and treble is clear.
  • Punch is overall powerful, especially at nominal volume.
  • The speaker’s maximum volume offers good loudness.
  • Distance rendering of the sound sources is realistic.
  • The sound is consistent between front/back and left/right side of the device, which makes it suitable for a friendly gathering or an outdoor use.

Cons

  • Bass suffers from massive distortions at loud and maximum volumes.
  • Both high- and low-end extensions are lacking.
  • The sound field produced is particularly narrow.
Sours: https://www.dxomark.com/bose-home-speaker-500-speaker-review-natural-midrange-great-dynamics/
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Bose Home Speaker 500

Specifications

Dimensions (Overall): 8.01 Inches (H) x 6.68 Inches (W) x 4.31 Inches (D)


Electronics Features: Google Assistant Built-in, Multiroom Capability, Alexa Built-in, Streaming Capability, Voice Control


Operating System Compatibility: Android, Apple iOS


Connection Types: Micro USB


Wireless Technology: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth


Voice assistant built-in: Google Assistant Built-in


Battery: 1 Non-Universal Lithium, Required, Included


Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty. To obtain a copy of the manufacturer's or supplier's warranty for this item prior to purchasing the item, please call Target Guest Services at 1-800-591-3869


TCIN: 75574236


UPC: 017817783385


Item Number (DPCI): 008-03-0154


Origin: Imported


Description

The Bose Home Speaker 500 delivers wall-to-wall stereo sound from a single speaker. Built-in voice control from the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa puts songs, playlists, and more at the tip of your tongue. And you have the freedom to control the music your way - with your voice, with a tap on the top controls, or with the Bose Music app.

Android Compatible

Compatible with all Android devices

Bluetooth

A wireless technology used for exchanging data
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Bose Home Speaker 500 review: Stylish, super sound

Bose Home Speaker 500

DT Recommended Product

“Rich, expansive sound helps this smart speaker deliver a virtuoso performance.”

Pros

  • Expansive stereo sound
  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Choice of Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and line-in options
  • AirPlay 2

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some music services not supported
  • Slightly awkward multiroom control
  • No Chromecast option for Android

In the early days of the smart speaker revolution, finding a speaker that was both smart and had great sound was a challenge. Thankfully, those days are long gone. With products from Sonos, Marshall, Apple, and Amazon, you can now have your cake and eat it too. But before you settle on a new wireless smart speaker from one of those companies, you should consider the $300 Bose Home Speaker 500.

With an intriguing mix of sleek design, expansive sound, and a choice of digital assistants, it could be just the smart audio device your home has been missing.

But is it right for you? Let’s take a look.

Design

Bose Home Speaker 500

Available in your choice of triple black or a sophisticated two-tone of silver and white, the Bose Home Speaker 500 is deceptively sized. With an elliptical shape that is much wider than it is deep, its base is small enough that it should easily find a perch on a counter-top, bookshelf, or mantle. At just 4.75 pounds It’s also surprisingly light for its size.

Nothing breaks up the speaker’s smooth aluminum and plastic contours — even the included auxiliary input is barely noticeable, hidden on the back near the bottom. My triple black review unit looked great no matter where I placed it.

There are those who are tempted to hide their speakers (even the nice looking ones) where they can be heard but not seen, but that would be a mistake with the Home Speaker 500. Not only would that make it hard to use the thoughtfully designed touch controls that adorn its top surface, but it would also prevent you from seeing its front-facing color screen.

Not that you need to see it, or touch it (it’s not a touch screen), but it just looks so damn cool that it would be a shame not to place it where it can be appreciated.

But I can’t help thinking that Bose has missed an opportunity here. When you’re listening to music, the 3-inch screen displays the album art for the currently playing track, along with the artist and track name. When the speaker is idle, you can choose a clock face or nothing at all, but that’s all it does. I can think of several ways to use that screen: Weather forecasts, news feeds, or even just a choice of gently animating screen savers.

Given that the Home Speaker 500 can also be used a smart speaker, it would be super cool to see the screen used as a secondary display for voice commands, e.g. if you said, “Alexa, what’s the weather like?” and the screen showed you the current weather along with Alexa’s spoken response.

But I digress. Those who like to listen to the same artists, playlists, or radio stations on a regular basis will appreciate the Home Speaker 500’s six dedicated preset buttons. You assign them within the Bose Music app, and they can be associated with almost any music source that the app supports.

Setup

Sonos has always been my benchmark for speedy and simple setups, but Bose is a close second. Using the Bose Music app, I got the Home Speaker 500 configured for my home Wi-Fi, connected to my Google account for Google Assistant access, and happily streaming tunes in under five minutes.

The Bose Music app is easy and for the most part very intuitive to use, with great instructions and feedback at every step.

Connections

Bose Home Speaker 500

Some home wireless speakers like Sonos only do Wi-Fi, but the Bose Home Speaker 500 gives you three ways to connect: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the line-in input I mentioned earlier. With the exception of a USB port for accessing hard-drive-based files, you can’t ask for more.

However, Bose has opted not to include an ethernet jack, something you might miss if your Wi-Fi network is spotty in places. Sonos includes them on all but one of its speakers, but I suspect very few of their customers use them — I certainly have never needed to.

Wi-Fi, with its higher bandwidth than Bluetooth, should be your connection method of choice, but this is where things get a bit tricky.

Wi-Fi lets you set up and control the Home Speaker 500 from the Bose Music app, and that includes being able to stream music from Spotify Premium and Free, Apple Music, TuneIn, Pandora, SiriusXM, Amazon Music, Deezer, and iHeartRadio. It’s a good selection, but not nearly as comprehensive as that offered by Sonos. Tidal and YouTube Music, for instance, aren’t among the choices. Neither is there any way to stream from a personal music collection on your home network.

If you’re an Apple device owner, AirPlay 2 can go a long way to making up for this shortfall, letting you stream virtually any source of audio from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, to the Home Speaker 500. But if you’re an Android user who finds the Music app lacking, your only fallback option is Bluetooth.

Chromecast for audio might be a future Wi-Fi path for Android owners, but it’s not supported yet on the Home Speaker 500. When it does show up, it will be as a subset of the Google Assistant, so those who prefer Alexa — or no assistant at all — will still be stuck with Bluetooth.

Sound quality

Bose Home Speaker 500

Bose makes a pretty big claim for the Home Speaker 500: “The widest sound of any smart speaker.” I put it side-by-side with the $200 Amazon Echo Studio, which has a very similar internal driver layout and both products are designed to offer immersive sound. The Home Speaker 500 performed admirably, delivering a slightly wider soundstage than the Echo Studio, despite having weaker bass response.

Just how expansive the sound gets is in part affected by placement. In an ideal world, you would give it lots of breathing room, away from walls and preferably not tucked into a bookshelf.

Widest or not, I think you’ll love the way this speaker sounds. Bose has positioned the internal drivers in such a way that sound waves are dispersed in a kind of lopsided 360-degree field. By that I mean the best seat in the house is sitting directly in front of the speaker, but you’ll still be able to enjoy about 80% of its full quality from almost anywhere else.

It’s an effect I learned to appreciate when reviewing Bose’s excellent Portable Home Speaker, which produces an almost perfectly circular sound field.

What’s impressive is that not only do you get genuine room-filling audio, but you also get some pretty decent stereo separation — not an easy feat for a speaker this small.

You can tweak both bass and treble from within the app, but unless your tastes run really strong in one of those directions, the factory EQ delivers a pleasing balance of both.

If there’s a weakness, it’s in the midrange definition — a challenging area for even the best small speakers. It’s most noticeable when playing genres like classical or jazz — instruments that live in the middle frequencies like cellos, and some woodwinds, can get a bit flattened. But overall, the Home Speaker 500 is a joy to listen to, whether it’s providing the backdrop to an intimate dinner or a raucous get-together.

The Home Speaker 500 is also capable of some downright impressive volume levels. Max this thing out and be prepared for plenty of knocks on the door from irritated neighbors.

Multiroom audio

Bose Home Speaker 500

One of the benefits of buying a wireless speaker for the home is being able to play different music in each room, or the same music in all rooms (or some combination thereof). The Home Speaker 500 can easily be grouped with other Bose Home speakers, like the Home Speaker 300, or the Bose Soundbar 500, via the Bose Music app.

However, using multiroom requires a bit of planning. Because you can also create speaker groups using AirPlay 2, you need to decide whether you plan to stream from a music service within the Bose Music app — in which case you would manage your speaker groups there — or, from another app on your phone or tablet — in which case you would manage the groups using the AirPlay 2 interface.

The two systems don’t play well with each other; groups created in the Bose Music app don’t like it when you try to modify them using AirPlay 2 or vice versa.

There’s also no way to create stereo pairs using two Bose speakers. If multiroom audio is a top priority, I think you’ll be happier with Sonos.

However, Bose does have one trick up its sleeve that I haven’t encountered on any wireless speaker system, including Sonos. Bose calls it Simplesync, and it lets you group any Bluetooth audio device, from a portable speaker to a set of wireless headphones, with the Home Speaker 500. Bose says this feature works best with the company’s own Bluetooth speakers and headphones, in the sense that audio will be more accurately synced.

It’s true. I tried Simplesync with a JBL Flip 5 speaker I had on hand, and while setup was a snap, there was some split-second latency between the two speakers. I wouldn’t rely on it for doing multiroom audio, but it’s a pretty handy option.

Voice assistants

Bose has followed Sonos’ lead on its smart speaker strategy, and that’s an excellent decision. Like Sonos, Bose lets you choose between Alexa and Google Assistant on the Home Speaker 500 instead of selling two different versions of the speaker as other home audio companies have done.

I chose Google Assistant for this review because I have more compatible products in my home, but it’s just as easy to set up the Home Speaker 500 with Alexa. Bose has really nailed the smart speaker experience. Voice commands are recognized effortlessly even in fairly loud environments, and from distances as far as 15 feet without needing to really raise your voice. If privacy is a concern, a dedicated microphone-mute button guarantees an A.I.-free environment.

Response times are also very good; I didn’t notice any difference between the Home Speaker 500 and my Google Nest mini in terms of reaction times.

I especially liked that the glowing white LED strip above the color screen provided instant visual feedback that my commands had been heard. Most smart speakers have a similar visual cue, but if they’re only visible from the top surface (like Sonos smart speakers or Google’s Home and Nest minis) you can’t see them as easily from across a room.

There is one caveat if you’re picking the Bose Home Speaker 500 to be your smart speaker, and that’s music service compatibility. Even though Google Assistant and Alexa can take control of a variety of music services, if the Home Speaker 500 doesn’t support a specific service (see above, under Connections), you won’t be able to use these voice assistants to control it. Google Play Music (now mostly transitioned to YouTube Music), Apple Music, and Tidal are all examples of services that can’t be voice-controlled by either assistant on the Home Speaker 500.

Our take

At its new lower price of $300, the Bose Home Speaker 500 costs the same as the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max, two very good smart speakers. But with Bluetooth, line-in, a full-color display, and your choice of voice assistants, it delivers more value than both of these products and sounds amazing too.

Is there a better alternative?

For $200, the Sonos One delivers superb sound and supports nearly every streaming service on the planet. It doesn’t have the Home Speaker 500’s ultra-wide stereo soundstage, Bluetooth, auxiliary input, or fancy color screen, but it has the best multiroom audio system we’ve ever used. It’s still our top-rated smart speaker for a reason.

If you’re on board with Bose’s take on the smart speaker experience but would prefer to pay a little less, the $200 Bose Home Speaker 300 loses the color screen and wide, stereo sound but keeps every other feature.

How long will it last?

Bose builds great products that typically last a long time. It only covers the Home Speaker 500 with a one-year warranty, though this is fairly standard for similar products from other companies.

Should you buy it?

Yes. The Bose Home Speaker 500 combines gorgeous design with voice assistant flexibility and an expansive stereo sound that is remarkable for its slender body. The color screen is a nice touch too. Android users should be aware of the lack of Chromecast as a Wi-Fi streaming option, but Apple users should be more than happy with AirPlay 2 as a Bluetooth alternative.

Editors' Recommendations

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Smart Home Family

Every speaker and soundbar in the Bose Smart Home Family is engineered with built-in voice control, multi-room functionality, and astonishing Bose sound.

PRODUCTS

With your speaker or soundbar connected to Wi-Fi®, just say the word to stream all your favorite music, internet radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks — plus get weather, send messages, set timers, add to your to-do lists, and control smart home accessories, too.*

*Voice commands and controls vary.

“Hey Google, do I need an umbrella today?”

“Alexa, tell me the news.”

Light bar on the soundbar

Simple setup and total control

Download the free Bose Music app to set up your speaker or soundbar step by step. Then use the app to easily browse through all your music in one place, seamlessly jump between stations, playlists, and services, and keep your speaker or soundbar’s software up to date. The Bose Music app also lets you group any Bose smart speakers or soundbars you’ve got for a seamless audio experience throughout your home. Listen to different songs in different rooms, or one song in every room at the same time and get everyone singing along.

Play popular music services like Spotify®, Amazon Music, and Deezer on your Bose smart speaker or soundbar over Wi-Fi. Or use Bluetooth® to listen to anything your mobile phone or tablet can play. Apple users can also use Apple AirPlay 2 to play audio from their devices, too.

Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, TuneIn
Deezer, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM

The Bose smart speaker family includes the Home Speaker 300, the Portable Smart Speaker, the Smart Speaker 500, the Smart Soundbar 300, and the Smart Soundbar 700. Start with one speaker or soundbar and add more anytime — we bet it won’t be long before one just won’t be enough.

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Bose Home Speaker 300 - Smart speaker - Bluetooth, Wi-Fi - Triple Black

The Bose Home Speaker 300 delivers room-rocking bass and 360º sound in a space-saving size. With built-in virtual assistants, enjoy millions of songs, playlists, and more with just your voice.

Tech Specs


Quick Specs


Product Type

Smart speaker

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Intelligent Assistant

Google Assistant, Alexa - direct

Streaming Services

Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, SiriusXM internet radio, iHeartRadio, TIDAL, Apple Music, Amazon Music

Speaker Details

Speaker - active

Dimensions (WxDxH)

5.6 in x 4 in x 6.3 in

Product Type

Smart speaker

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Intelligent Assistant

Google Assistant, Alexa - direct

Streaming Services

Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, SiriusXM internet radio, iHeartRadio, TIDAL, Apple Music, Amazon Music

Speaker Details

Speaker - active

Dimensions (WxDxH)

5.6 in x 4 in x 6.3 in

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General


Product Type

Smart speaker

Features

360° omni-directional

Microphone

6 microphones array

Enclosure Color

Triple black

Speaker System


Multiroom Technology

AirPlay 2

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Bluetooth Profiles

Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Internet Streaming Services

Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, SiriusXM internet radio, iHeartRadio, TIDAL, Apple Music, Amazon Music

Internet of Things (IoT)


Internet of Things (IoT) Compatible

Yes

Communications Type

Cloud

Intelligent Assistant

Google Assistant, Alexa

Speaker System Details


Speaker Details

Speaker - active

Connections


Connector Type

Audio line-in (mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)

Power


Power Source

Integrated power supply

Voltage Required

AC 120 V

Dimensions & Weight


Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)


General


Product Type

Smart speaker

Features

360° omni-directional

Microphone

6 microphones array

Enclosure Color

Triple black

Speaker System


Multiroom Technology

AirPlay 2

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Bluetooth Profiles

Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Internet Streaming Services

Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, SiriusXM internet radio, iHeartRadio, TIDAL, Apple Music, Amazon Music

Internet of Things (IoT)


Internet of Things (IoT) Compatible

Yes

Communications Type

Cloud

Intelligent Assistant

Google Assistant, Alexa

Speaker System Details


Speaker Details

Speaker - active

Connections


Connector Type

Audio line-in (mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)

Power


Power Source

Integrated power supply

Voltage Required

AC 120 V

Dimensions & Weight


Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)


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Bose Home Speaker 500 - Ready Silver - 100% Original & Brand New in Box Wall-to-wall stereo sound from a single speaker Inside the Bose Home Speaker 500, two custom drivers point in opposite directions to bounce sound off the walls. The result? A soundstage wider than any other smart speaker, powerful enough to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance. Built-in voice control Play. Pause. Shuffle. Or skip to your favorite song. You’ll have millions of playlists, albums, and more at the tip of your tongue. With Alexa built in, you have access to things like weather reports and news headlines, too. So if you want to hear something, just ask. And future software updates will add new features. Superior voice pickup Turning the music up at a party? It’s not a problem for our voice pickup technology. Just under the surface is a custom-designed eight-microphone array, so the speaker still hears you, even when it gets loud. You can turn off voice access whenever you want, too. Just tap the mic-disable button to cut power to all microphones, and continue to access the other features of the speaker. CONTROL COMES EASY Control doesn’t stop at just voice. You can tap the top controls to play, pause or skip tracks, or manage it all from the Bose Music app. And you can set up to six different presets for playlists, Internet radio stations and more, so your favorites are just a tap away. MUSIC. ANY WAY YOU WANT IT. When it comes to what you want to hear, you have so many options. Play your favorite music services over a home Wi-Fi network, like Spotify® or Amazon Music, at the touch of a button. Or, use a Bluetooth connection to play anything from a phone or tablet. And Apple AirPlay 2 is coming early 2019. Take control of your listening experience With the Bose Music app, you can easily browse through all your music in one place and seamlessly jump between stations, playlists, and services.

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