Bose’s rugged bluetooth speaker sounds better wherever you put it

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The Bose SoundLink Revolve sầu Plus ($299) was released in spring 2017, along with its smaller sibling, the Bose SoundLink Revolve sầu ($199), và the two are the company’s newest portable Công nghệ Bluetooth speakers. They are also Bose’s first cylindrical-shaped Công nghệ Bluetooth speakers, meaning that they play true 360-degree, room-filling sound, similar to lớn an Amazon Emang lại or UE Megablast. The two speakers are specially engineered, with dual-opposing passive-radiators và an efficient transducer, khổng lồ eliminate distortion and sound spacious và accurate. They’re both splash-resistant, too.

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The Good: The SoundLink Revolve sầu Plus sounds superb. Strong bass, which you’d expect from a Bose speaker, but the speaker pushes impressive sầu midrange and treble as well. At low to mid volumes, it gives you room-filling sound with negligible distortion. The speaker sounds great whether placed in the middle of the room or against a wall. It’s a surprisingly compact công nghệ Bluetooth không dây speaker, too, noticeably smaller than other speakers in the $300 price range, such as the UE Megablast. It can be grouped with other SoundLink speakers, if you have them, through the Bose Connect tiện ích. It’s simple lớn use, with a few straightforward buttons, and carry. It’s splash resistant. The handle is useful. And it has a built-in mic so you can answer calls without having lớn pichồng up your phone.

Who It’s For: The Bose SoundLink Revolve sầu Plus is a good standalone công nghệ Bluetooth không dây speaker for anybody toàn thân, especially those who love sầu Bose’s signature sound. If they have other SoundLink speakers & want to pair them with the SoundLink Revolve Plus, in either “party” or “stereo” mode, even better. Also, this is Bose’s loudest Công nghệ Bluetooth speaker; if you plan on playing music at lower volumes, the smaller and more affordable SoundLink Revolve sầu might be a better option.

Watch Out For: No built-in voice assistant lượt thích Alexa or Siri. It’s not as pretty as Bose’s previous công nghệ Bluetooth không dây speakers, specifically the SoundLink và SoundLink Mini II, as it looks like a lantern. At high volumes, high frequencies can thua trận a bit of their bite. Fairly expensive sầu. It charges via micro-USB.

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Alternatives: The UE Megablast and Blast are omnidirectional speakers that can be paired in a group set up through the UE’s companion tiện ích, just like SoudLink Revolve sầu Plus. The other difference is that both UE speakers respond khổng lồ Alexa commands (with Spotify support). The Sony SRS-XB41 is a larger and front-facing speaker with more, albeit quirky, features. Both are slightly more water-resistant than the Bose SoundLink Revolve sầu Plus.


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Review: Given the omnidirectional kiến thiết of the SoundLink Revolve Plus, you’d expect it to sound best in the center of a room — và it does. Its sound is loud, immersive, warm & punchy, especially when listening to R&B and electronic music, lượt thích Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and Avicii’s “Levels.” However, the speaker sounds good when placed against a wall, too; it actually makes the bass more intense.

If there’s a fault with the sound of this speaker, it has to do with higher volume playback. Treble can thua its crispness; I noticed this in songs like Lamãng cầu Del Rey’s “Lust for Love” & London Grammer’s “Hell to the Liars,” where the vocals of the Haley & Lana kind of blkết thúc in with the upper-midrange — however this is grasping at straws for a flaw.

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Even though the speaker comes with a companion phầm mềm, you don’t have to lớn tải về or even use it. Without the ứng dụng, the speaker is still simple and intuitive sầu lớn use; there are just a few well-marked buttons on the top of the speaker to lớn control play/pause, volume & pairing. The ứng dụng is really only imperative if you plan on pairing the speaker with other SoundLink speakers.

Verdict: The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus is a terrific-sounding Công nghệ Bluetooth speaker that comes in a small package. You can’t submerge it like you can with other portable speakers, nor can you talk lớn it in quite the same capađô thị as you would with UE’s MegaBlast or an Amazon Emang đến, but the Bose SoundLink Revolve sầu Plus has its own charm. Its easy-to-use controls, built-in mic for calls, & even its weird handle make using this speaker effortless, whether you’ve used it for months or are picking it up for the first time. Yes, it’s slightly on the expensive sầu side, but for those who’ve sầu loved Bose’s previous SoundLink speakers, the SoundLink Revolve sầu Plus is an easy next buy.

What Others Are Saying:

• “The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is a great speaker, albeit expensive & a bit dated compared to lớn the competition. It may not have a smart assistant built in for voice controls, but for those who don’t care about that, the Revolve+ is a pleasure to lớn use, especially if you pair it with the dochồng … which, unfortunately, is sold separately.” — Lewis Leong, TechRadar

• “$300 is a big outlay for a Bluetooth speaker. The Soundliên kết Revolve Plus has this premium pricing for several reasons: The tough chassis, water-resistance and 360-degree sound. If those things are important to lớn you, then it’s worth the outlay. But if you don’t require those features, you could get tighter audio for the same price, for example with the V-Moda Rephối.” — Stephen Charlton, SoundReview

• “The sound from the Revolve+ speakers is certainly detailed và also expansive sầu, with a sweet treble & upper mid-range. The top end is maybe a little on the harsh side at times, though. The bass is healthily full – and can be reinforced a little by sitting the Revolve+ closer to lớn a wall. The 360-degree sound is really impressive sầu, without any very noticeable dead spots as you walk around the room – certainly not to lớn the extent that you get with most 360 speakers. The SoundLink Revolve+ definitely sounds bigger & goes louder than the smaller Revolve, as you’d expect, but these are two peas from the same pod and have sầu very similar sonic signatures.” — Simon Osborne-Walker, Trusted Reviews

Key Specs

Sound: 360-degreeWater Resistance: IPX4 (splash-proof)Battery: up to lớn 16 hoursCharge: micro-USBModes: stereo & buổi tiệc ngọt modeApp: Bose Connect tiện ích