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Best travel companion for bluetooth mp3 device
Posted by: Dretlaw from: Hanford, CA on
Just brought this home earlier today after eyeing it for many weeks now. I own a Bose Sounddock 10, and I LOVE it. I use it quite a bit, but I wanted something that is more portable, yet packs nearly the same punch. I've tried all the bluetooth speakers on display at BB, and although there were a few mentionables, I kept coming back to the Bose Soundlink Mini. It seems a little pricey for many, but it's worth the money. My reward zone discount points helped. No regrets here. One of the best purchase I've done so far! Here are what I really liked about Bose's smallest bluetooth speaker:
1. Portability: Being able to take it anywhere was the biggest factor for me. I can take it anywhere in the house, outdoors, or when traveling. Now I can listen to my tunes while washing the car! It really is small enough to carry in a purse or small bag.
2. Ease of use: Pairing up was simple and quick and I didn't even read the instructions. It can pair up to 6 devices (tablets, laptops, smart phone, mp3, etc.).
3. Power: I realize that it will never compare to a Bose wave system or theater system. It is what it is, and what it is is Bose ingenuity! Don't let the size fool you. It is very unassuming at first, but I was blown away by the deep bass and clear crispness of sound that came out of this little speaker. Even at high volumes, sound distortions are not an issue. It's much at home in a big living room as it is in a dorm room. I strongly believe that it even beat the other bigger bluetooth systems.
4. Design: It is quite simple and sleek. I love the aluminum casing which matched my Macbook Pro and gave it the look of a higher end product. For it's size, it's hefty so there's really no worry about it vibrating off the base or table. Loving the fact that there are two slots for the charger to connect to (base dock or Mini itself). A jack is present for connecting non-bluetooth devices with an audio cable.
Probably the only thing that I would love for Bose to improve on for this system is to add a remote control feature. Being a personal device, I realize that the Soundlink Mini is meant to be kept at close range. For those times, when I'm at home and the Soundlink Mini and iPhone are not quite at reach, a remote would come in handy. I haven't tested the battery life yet, but I think 7 hours is plenty for me as I don't expect to use it for that length of time every time.
I have read reviews online and watched reviews on YouTube and one issue mentioned was the lack of sound customizability. It is true that the Mini excelled in the lower range with deep impactful bass, and that others wished more treble was available at the upper range. I thought that it was a moot issue. There's not very many product this size on the market with a strong bass factor, and in my opinion it's the bass that's priority. Customizing the equalizer setting on my iPhone allowed me to have more treble and less bass if I desired (Settings----Music---Equalizer). You just have to look at the source and not at the Soundlink Mini. Another feature that others wish it had is the microphone and speaker phone feature. I tried calling my iPhone to see what the system will do and it volumed down the music when a phone call is coming in which alerted me to a call. It did not pick up the ring tone. These are not deal breakers for me as I would hate to lose out on such an awesome product.
I would also like to mention that soft skin cases are available in green, blue, and solid orange for those times when you want a different look. The case also offer protection against the occasional bumps. I got the green, and it makes the Mini looks so sleek.
For those looking for the perfect travel companion to their mp3 device or smart phone, I would highly recommend the Soundlink Mini. Hearing is definitely believing when it comes to Bose, and the Mini is simply amazing for it's size. It is quite frankly, unbelievable!
59 out of 59 found this review helpful.
Amazing little product!
Posted by: JoshW41 from: Wadsworth, OH on
I've had the full size Soundlink II for quite some time now, and I love it. I use it all the time, so when the Mini came out, I figured it was worth a listen. What I didn't know, was just how comparable in sound to the full sized unit it actually would be.
This thing is INCREDIBLE. While it doesn't get near as loud as the Soundlink II, and doesn't have the same amount of really low bass, when used in a smaller setting, I actually like it a little more. The Soundlink II, I use to fill my back yard with music, and this little thing will still fill my kitchen/living room/office area without hesitation.
I did a little experiment and placed it on my desk between my computer speakers and asked a few co-workers to listen to the music, and they thought it was coming from my Companion II's - That's how good this thing is. I'm REALLY happy with it, and it just drops into my bag without taking up much room at all.
30 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Great sound for the size, but has limitations
Posted by: BubsTheGreat from: Denver, CO on
The Bose Soundlink mini is a great piece of audio equipment. I'm usually listening to tunes from my iPhone 5s over Bluetooth, but will use it for movies from my iPad, also over Bluetooth. For listening at moderate volumes (about half#, the sound is unmatched, especially given the small size of the soundlink. Others make speakers about the size of the soundlink, but the sound they produce is nowhere as rich or clear. When in a small room, the volume is pretty impressive, but when placed in larger rooms, this is where the soundlink starts to show its size. As said in the cnet review, the placement of the unit is paramount to make the most of the low range notes it can produce. When near a wall to the back side, it sounds like a speaker that is 5X the size. However when out in the open, and in a large room, a little guy will need to pushed to produce a little more volume that will be needed to make the room filled with sound. Now for background tunes during a settle social gathering, it would be great. Let it be known, the soundlink mini is no party maker! When at higher volumes, sometimes even half volume, there is a lot of distortion with some tracks. So far, some songs that seem to exacerbate the distortion are songs like " When I'm Alone' by Lissie. The mid rich bassline in the song prove to be an issue for the little guy when asked to play loud. Another example tune that may be an issue is The Neighbourhoods "Sweater Weather". The low hits of bass from multiple instruments cause issues. There are times when you could get this feeling that the Bose engineers got too busy thinking about making the most bass from the unit and forgot that people may want to crank it. Now, with this said, with the very same tunes, my Harman/Kardon soundbar also has just a hint of distortion at high volumes. There are songs that sound great though like U2s "Ordinary Love", even at max volume. It’s a tradeoff of sound quality in some tracks for the small size. Even having the soundlink mini for about a week, and listening to it for about 20hrs all together, I would buy the unit again, hands down. With 80% of tracks, the soundlink handles them no problem, and at anything under 50% volume is a doddle. I've listened to some dub-step with no distortion. Keep in mind that it is the side of a case for eye glasses, and compared to everything on the market that is the same size, #Jawbone jambox, Beats Pill, JBL Charge, ect# there no competition for sound quality across the entire volume range. As I said, this is no party maker, so if you like your music loud, or have large rooms, or both, I would recommend the larger Bose Soundlink II as it is also Bluetooth, battery power capable, and the sound is unbeatable in both quality and volume . Although it is portable, it wouldn't fit in a laptop bag or backpack like the mini does. All said, in short the Bose Soundlink Mini makes all the right sounds, from crisp highs to grumbly lows, nothing comes close given the size and price.
36 out of 39 found this review helpful.
You get what you pay for!
Posted by: Cr7chronicles from: Hoover, AL on
I had been doing my research online whether to get the Bose Soundlink Mini or the Bose Soundlink. Everyone kept saying the mini had better sound quality. So i went to my local best buy and demoed both products and I could hear a huge difference in quality. The mini has clearer sound and its less scratchy. So I decided to buy the mini and when i got home, i was blown away. The Bose Soundlink Mini is so freaking loud and clear that people think I actually have a surround sound system in my house. I love this mini speaker and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the best of the best!
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Well worth the price, a little short on features
Posted by: ThisIsNot from: Cincinnati, OH on
I have quite a collection of portable bluetooth speakers that include the Beats Pill, UE Boom, JamBox Big, a cheap no-name option, and now this. I am continually choosing to use the SoundLink Mini over my other options. It offers excellent high and low end response, much better than anything else I have tested. The UE Boom handles mids better but not by much, I think the SoundLink Mini has better balanced sound whereas the UE Boom sounds shallow due to its lack of bass. The only bluetooth speaker I have, which is able to outdo the SoundLink Mini in terms of sheer volume, is the JamBox Big. That is a $300 speaker though and it's to be expected. The UE Boom does get noticeably louder than the SoundLink Mini but it tends to distort the audio, especially bass-heavy music. I played a Rammstein song and the UE Boom sounded as if it was going to blow up while the SoundLink Mini handled everything with ease. Bose engineers were able to get more out of the SoundLink Mini compared to Ultimate Ear (now a Logitech company) as the Mini and Boom use a very similar setup.
The construction of the SoundLink Mini is very solid and looks like it came right off of an Apple assembly line. The speaker will easily blend in with an office desk, dorm room, bedroom, or kitchen and still look sophisticated. The only negative aspect regarding the use of brushed aluminum is that it can scratch, that is why I recommend buying one of Bose's soft covers along with this.
I do have a few complaints regarding this. First, the price is a little hefty for the amount of features that this has. I have become used to adjusting the volume of a bluetooth speaker using the volume adjustment on my iPhone. The UE Boom and JamBox Big are both like this. The volume on my iPhone controls the volume that the speakers play at. It's a nice feature so I don't always have to keep hitting buttons on top of the speaker just to turn things slightly up or down. Plus it allows me to be in the kitchen and change the volume while the speaker is on my porch. The SoundLink Mini does not have this feature though. At $200, I think it should be standard. The battery life is also short. Both the UE Boom and JamBox Big are able to squeeze 15 hours out of a single charge. Although the SoundLink Mini is the same size as the UE Boom, it lasts for half of that. I would have been OK with a 10 hour run time (at least enough to match my iPad mini) but I normally get about 6.5-7 hours out of a single charge. Lastly, this does not have speakerphone capabilities. I have never used any of my bluetooth speakers as speakerphones so I could care less but that is important to some people.
Some people complain about the lack of micro-USB charging with the Mini. I think that the charging cradle Bose includes with every speaker is much better than relying on either a hefty proprietary charging setup (like the AC adapter that comes with the JamBox Big and Beats Pill) or having yet another generic USB charger in my collection. The charging cradle is dead-simple to use and, at the end of the day, I normally just plop my speaker into that (with the soft cover on). It's really convenient and I think outweighs the lack of USB charging. Bose also includes a small AC adapter that can fold to take up less space. It's about 1/4 the size of my iPhone 5.
The SoundLink Mini has a micro-USB port for firmware updates and I really hope Bose adds more features (mainly volume adjustment on a device and a battery indicator icon in the iOS/Android task bar) down the line. Right now the features are a little short, especially when compared to the UE Boom, JamBox, or JamBox big. It is easily the best sounding $200 bluetooth speaker but I have to knock the score for those couple of aspects. I would have preferred if Bose made the unit a little heavier and bigger so that a larger battery could be included. If you favor sound quality, I can fully recommend the SoundLink Mini. It is portable enough to take anywhere and has the best sound from a speaker in the $200-$250 price category. However, if you are looking for something that has more features and can take more of a beating, I recommend going with the UE Boom. It is water resistant and has every feature that is missing from the SoundLink Mini. Bose may eventually get there but Logitech (and even Jawbone) are already implementing those features into their speakers now.
I still chose to use the SoundLink Mini on a daily basis as I value sound quality over everything else. It is small enough that I can throw it in my backpack without noticing or even a cargo pocket on my shorts without issues. Bose can improve things over time and I hope they do.
45 out of 52 found this review helpful.
Posted by: bbofnc from: goldsboro, nc on
WOW! I also own the bigger brother to this unit, with which I am very happy. However that said, I am SLOPPY IN LOVE with this little dynamo.
I received mine in the mail yesterday and let me tell you I am impressed. The quality and clarity of sound is truly impressive. The volume for a unit of this size is also pretty darn good when you consider that it is not supposed to replace ghetto blasters.
Sedate sounds like classical and christian music are clear and sweet. Rock and other progressive and hard charging foot stomping - neck snapping and head bopping tunes practically jump out at you! If you are looking for something that feels like quality in your hands and delivers quality sounds to your ears at a fair price, run - don't - walk to BB an scoop one up. You will not be sorry.
27 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Only Works On Occasion
Posted by: JasonB from: Metro Detroit on
I received this as a gift. Out of the box it was easy to set-up and to connect wirelessly to my laptops (I have a fairly new Mac and PC that are running the most up-to-date software). The sound was outstanding considering how small/compact the device was and it filled my entire living room with the quality sound one has come to expect from a Bose speaker system.
Well, here comes the "however..." After one month the device stopped wirelessly connecting to my laptops. I tried everything under the sun to get it to reconnect. It would not. I took it into the Bose store for troubleshooting. Their response, "yes, this is a common problem our customers have been experiencing with the bluetooth connectivity." They suggested I update my bluetooth software on my laptops and "hope" that it would reconnect. I did this, no such luck. Then, suddenly, about two days later, it started connecting and worked again for about two weeks...and then, stopped connecting again, as it had done before.
Since December, this has been my love-hate relationship with this device. It will connect and work awesome, but then suddenly stop connecting for about one week...and then decide to connect again....a constant roller coaster. It's a toss of the dice when using this device, you never know if you're going to get to listen to your music b/c it may or may not connect and work.
I give it one star because Bose has a reputation for making well-built, flawless speakers; this not being one of them. My experience with this device is something one would expect from a Bose competitor, not Bose. I encourage you to shop around and if you can find an alternative with equally good sound, buy it! The heartache and hassle of trying to get this device to consistently connect wirelessly outweighs the sound quality and the $199 price tag....
27 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Great product protection.
Posted by: BB777 from: Seattle on
Easy to put on and it does it's job of protecting my soundlink mini. The cover not only protects the product but it makes it stylish different color options.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Incredible sound for small size!
Posted by: mmdlcm from: VA on
Sound is better than my first generation Bose sound dock. light and fits in the palm of your hand. Bass can be felt throughout the room. Easily connects to multiple bluetooth devices (ipad, iphone, etc.) without any problems. Never had conflicting connections or interference. Once again Bose has solidified their standing as one of the best music choices out there.
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Posted by: myrandr from: Concord, NH on
Bought this 3 days ago, was skeptical as they did not have one setup but after listening to all the others (Jaw Bone, Pills, etc) I bit and took the chance as I have always been impressed with Bose products. Was I glad I did! I had been looking a long time for a portable blue-tooth device to grab on the go, outside by the barbeque, etc. but always figure I would sacrifice some sound quality for portability - but not so with the Bose Sound link Mini. It's small, heavy and pumps out a sound I would have never imagined possible from a unit this size. Your not going to thump anyone out with the base but it's very good and CLEAR. I cannot say enough about the clarity and depth of sound this little unit produces. When I first hooked up and had going my wife actually thought I had the stereo on - she was SHOCKED when I told her it was coming from the little box on the shelf streaming music from my Iphone. It's quick and easy to setup. I could not be happier with this purchase.