Deep. Loud. And immersive, too. The SoundLink® Revolve Bluetooth® speaker delivers true 360° sound for consistent, uniform coverage. Place it in the center of the room to give everyone the same experience. Or set it near a wall so sound radiates and reflects. This wireless speaker is durable, water-resistant and easy to grab and go—with a rechargeable battery that plays up to 12 hours.
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Posted by: WesternSky from: Florida on
I am an audiophile and I love music. I have been around BOSE and their products since I was a child. Let me start off by saying that there is nothing on the market that is even close to this product. If you know nothing about Bose, you are in for a very pleasant surprise. This speaker may look small, but the sound quality is absolutely awesome. Both at high and low volumes there is virtually no distortion. You will not believe the clarity, sharpness, the lows, the highs, and the amazing sound that this little power-house puts out. The unit easily paired with my laptop computer, portable headphones, as well as my Iphone 7 plus. The unit is completely portable, so feel free to bring it into any room of your home, or play your music outside. I have played the unit for several hours and still had battery life. No complaints here. I do have the "cradle" that Bose sells as an add-on. I usually keep the speaker on the cradle to charge. The speaker has a built in handle on top of the unit, which makes it very convenient to move the speaker anywhere your choose. Bose definitely has a winning product. Delightful to own.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Scott from: on
There is so much competition in the Bluetooth speaker market it is very hard to determine which one to buy. I have done countless hours on researching,reading reviews, and watching videos and ended up with three speakers. The three are Jawbone Big Jambox, Bose Revolve and SOL Punk. The Bose out performs all of them with sound. I'm not sure how they get the bass to do what it does, but if you place this in a room, the bass sounds much deeper 10 feet away than sitting right next to it. The Jambox will go much louder but overall the Bose has very rich, accurate sound. You won't get the bass as you would from large speakers but again, the bass is very impressive for a speaker this size. I am very impressed with the speaker and will be using it as my go-to Bluetooth speaker from now on.
8 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great, full sound from a small speaker
Posted by: 30stmrox from: Philadelphia, PA on
This speaker is small, it looks similar to the Amazon Echo. The sound is amazing, crisp, clear, even at high volume, no cracking, breaking up. You can really hear the bass. 360 degree sound, water resistant. There is a Bose connect app which adds more features & you can make & answer calls with speakerphone. You can plug in to charge with included USB & adapter or buy the charging cradle to keep it charged all the time. You can play music while it is charging. It talks to you too, recognized that it's my iPod that is playing. I was able to connect the iPod very easily through Bluetooth. Set-up was easy too, but there are basically no directions included so you have to figure out the buttons yourself. That would be the only thing they could've improved on is a user manual. The app has one on it but when I went into it, it said it was unavailable. Which is pretty ridiculous, so hopefully they add it soon. I'm not sure if this projects as much as the Bose mini, I'd have to compare them side by side but for it's size it sounds amazing & you could take it anywhere.
7 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TcCokato from: on
Overall this speaker was on par with my expectations for a Bose speaker and because it’s water resistant, will be a nice addition to my outdoor activities this summer.
Setup was quick and painless with all of the devices tested. This speaker maintains multiple Bluetooth pairings as well and features NFC pairing with the installation of the Bose connect app.
Sound quality was impressive for a majority of my tests, I did note that the quality of the bass was diminished when playing music with heavy bass at max volume. When the speaker was set at moderate to high volume the sound quality impeccable, deep base, rich, clear mid and high-end tones, which is to be expected from Bose.
Even though this speaker looks similar to other smart home devices, it does not come with this feature. However, if your phone is properly setup to accept voice commands via Bluetooth you can “add” this functionality, but due to the multitude of devices out there I cannot guarantee it will be compatible with all phones. It will however function as a Bluetooth speaker phone which is a nice bonus.
I was a slightly disappointed that the Bluetooth reception strength was a bit lacking, which may or may not be the fault of the speaker. When paired with my phone, the speaker frequently lost its connection as I moved it to an area within 15 ft. of the speaker. Granted, there were a few obstructions between the two devices, but nothing that should have interrupted the connection like it did. I performed the same test with the speaker paired to my laptop and no connection issues were noted.
During my tests, I managed to get about 11hrs of battery life before the device powered down, which is more than adequate for a wireless speaker.
Long Battery life
Exceptional Sound quality (low to high volume)
Maintains multiple Bluetooth connections
Bass distortion at max volume
Bluetooth connection inconsistent between devices
Overall: 5 stars
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Baby Bose Big Sound
Posted by: Maclemoor from: on
Everyone knows what Bose is known for and this little guy doesn’t stray from that. Straight off the back of the box you are informed; Deep, loud and immersive sound (I agree but the speaker is only size of your hand so don’t expect your whole home to be immersed) True 360-degree sound (I agree, spun the entire speaker and there were no missing sounds throughout) This really helps when you have it in a mutual spot and don’t want to exclude an area. Con to this is you may want to direct the music but can’t since it’s a full 360, so be careful where you put it. Water resistant and durable (doesn’t mean put it in the water but this guy is so small I can carry it to the tub, take a bath or shower, take it outside while I bar-b-que and then back inside to the kitchen while I finish cooking. One speaker for every location inside and outside my home). Right now its bedside because I’m sick, so I play jazz music to help me go to sleep. Bose Connect App enhances control (again back to how I’m using it now, instead of reaching over to change the song or volume, I just keep my phone close by, which I already do and control this little guy from my cell phone thru the app. Easy peezy) Con to connecting to your phone is getting messages, emails and phones to interrupt your music. Even more of a con, is if you have guests and other ppl connect to your Bose and decide to have a full conversation on your bose speaker, not cool. To avoid this just tell them to turn on ‘do not disturb’ and all should be fine. Up to 12 hours per full charge is really impressive. I see no reason for this not to happen unless you don’t let it play through and change the song, volume and such every 2 minutes.
Set up was really easy. 1) I plugged in the cord to the Bose and then the cord to the wall plug, then plug that into a wall power source. 2) Then I pressed the plus sign and looked for English. Surprise, it’s the first language, so then I pressed the multi-use button and it was ready to pair. After pairing it through my Bose app, I changed its name (personal choice) and some other features to make it more functional to myself.
Not too excited on trying to figure out what the Multi-use button will mean when I’m trying to use it. once for voice command, or play or pause or pick up the phone or hand up the phone. Heck I’m confused and the directions leave much to be desired or figured out in this case. Hah. The battery charging colors are pretty simple, green is good, blinking orange is charging, solid orange is half charged and red is Need to charge. The Bluetooth button will stay on when its connected to something.
Overall I like the size and feel. The sound is synonymous to Bose quality but I’m not a fan of the multiuse button or the function that connects your calls and notifications to the speaker. The multiuse button does connect you to siri if you have an iphone and you can talk to it and ask it questions (what’s the weather, play a son, who won a game, cool right). Not sure if its small enough or the right shape to travel with either. I’ll give it a go and report back. It has a good design, so I say pop it in the middle of large room and let it play.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Sounds like a Bose
Posted by: RonH from: on
When you open the box, you are greeted with sleek cylindrical shape of the speaker and the reality of the build quality. This speaker weighs almost two pounds and is built like a tank. The body of the speaker is one piece metal construction with a plastic base and rubberized buttons on the top.
There are six buttons on the top of the speaker; power, Bluetooth, Aux, volume up, volume down and a multi-purpose button.
The battery needed charged right out of the box but the speaker turned on after a few minutes of being connected to the charger. When you power it on the first time, you need to select the prompt language, then its ready to pair.
The Bose Revolve has NFC so pairing was as simple as tapping my android phone to the top of the speaker and pressing “yes” on my phone. It does not however have the NFC icon/symbol you would expect to see showing where to tap.
The most important issue, how does it sound? AMAZING! This little speaker kicks out some room-filling volume with a clarity and fullness that is definitely Bose. I was unsure how a seemingly one channel device would compare with a two-speaker stereo unit and I can honestly say it doesn’t matter. The sound coming from this little speaker is so immersive and full, stereo sound is a non-issue.
There is an app for this speaker, Bose Connect but its pretty lackluster, only offering volume and connectivity options, oh and you can use it to rename the device and select the voice language. I’m convinced the attitude at Bose is “we know how your music is supposed to sound” and you’re going to like it. I would have like to have seen the app allow some sound adjustment for the speaker, similar to the Sony app that lets you adjust the Extra Bass and add sound profiles.
The multi-purpose button is used to pause, select next track or go back, by pressing once, twice or three times in succession, similar to the button on iPod headphones.
There is a socket in the bottom of the speaker, I assume for mounting. The first thing that came to mind was a camera tripod; and it fit. This might be useful for a back-yard party, being able to mount the speaker at ear level.
When you turn the Revolve on, it announces the battery level and devices it is connected to. I was surprised to hear it say it was connected to two devices at the same time. It seems this is a feature of other “Soundlink” models as well, allowing you to link to two devices and switch between them. I gave it a try and it worked as described. With the first device playing, I pressed play on the 2nd device, nothing happened until I stopped the song on the first and immediately device 2 began playing. I can’t quite figure out the usefulness of this but I’m sure someone asked for it for good reason.
If you have the revolve connected to a phone, when you get a call it chirps, says “call from” and speaks the caller ID. Simply press the multi-purpose button and the Revolve becomes a speaker phone, and it sounds pretty great. When the call ends, it says “call disconnected” and the music begins again.
There is a wired AUX input to connect the speaker to non-Bluetooth sources which is then selected by pressing the AUX button on the top of the speaker. Unlike most other speakers, Bose did not include a 3.5mm aux cable. (Even my $14 generic model included one)
Battery life is very good. I’ve been playing this several hours a day for a week on a charge.
There is an accessory charging cradle that allows you to just set the unit on it to power/charge it. I am not a big fan of micro USB cables so this works great for me. Plug the base in once and you’re done. If I had created the charging base, I would have also incorporated the AUX plug into it, adding an extra bit of functionality, also making it easier to just grab and go.
To wrap this up, I was a little on the fence getting this kind of speaker but glad I did. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for decent sound at their next gathering.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
360 degrees of Sound from Bose
Posted by: JoeBlow25 from: on
This is the first speaker I have ever used that emits sound in all directions equally. After using for a while and playing with the app, I am very impressed with the ease of use, sound quality and portability of the speaker.
Overall build quality - Coming in at around 6" tall, the speaker is easy to pick up and take with you wherever you are going, but has just the right amount of weight to not feel cheap. Like most Bose products, this speaker sticks with the Bose design philosophy with minimalistic styling so as not to be too intrusive in the room it is placed in. One interesting design feature is the included tripod mounting hole on the bottom of the speaker. This definitely allows for a lot of flexibility on where you can place this speaker in a room as you are not limited by where your tables, shelves, etc... happen to be located. However, I am guessing this is more for when you are having a party or if you are taking the speaker with you somewhere because I don't think most people are going to want to have a tripod mounted speaker as a permanent fixture in their homes.
Sound Quality - For it's size the sounds quality is very good. The speaker is able to get very loud without noticeable distortion. Bass leaves a bit to be desired but, again, is decent considering the size. This speaker can easily fill a large room with high fidelity sound.
App and Ease of Use - When the speaker is turned on, it will automatically pair with any devices it can find that it has paired with in the past - it will pair with up to 2 devices at the same time. If it does not find a recognized devices to pair with, it will immediately go into pairing mode. This is a very nice feature as you do not need to hold down any buttons for long periods of time to initiate pairing mode. The app is also well designed and shows which Bose product you are managing, which devices are connected to the speaker and allows you to disconnect devices as well. Volume can be controlled with buttons on the top of the speaker, or via the app as well. I personally prefer to use the app as it is easy to tell what the volume level is based on the slider position and percentage indicator. If you are playing music from the phone running the app, you can also see what track is being played and skip back and forth between tracks all within the Bose connect app.
Bose's specialty has always been big high quality sound in a small package, and I think they used their audio engineering expertise to achieve a true 360 degree speaker that can fill a room with sound without any dead zones. This is a clear advantage over most other Bluetooth speakers out there.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
I am small but I am loud
Posted by: QCY539 from: on
I am small but I got a mighty voice that will get your feet off the ground! The Bose Soundlink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker truly delivers the audio performance we all come to love and expected. This time the engineers at Bose was able to place all the features you need to stream your favor tune, in a speakers size that is not bigger than a 16oz bottle, and first time ever a true 360° room filling sound with deep and loud audio performance you can enjoy it all day long.
But what I like the most about this speaks is not only about its portable sizes, the awesome sound it can reproduce and still kicking after 10 hours or more on a single charge, it is how easy I was able to pair up with my favor mobile devices with the Bose Connect Apps, with this apps I can easily manage my connection with the speakers, checking on update, and at any time if I need some help with how to operated the speaker, it provide a very easy to follow instructions for you to follow, excellent for those who are not so tech savvy.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Shawna from: on
This is my first Bose speaker and I am very impressed with it. The quality and clarity of the sound is amazing for such a small speaker. I love that it doesn't look like a speaker and doesn't take up much room. I've put it in my living room and can hear every word of a song in every room of my house. We've used it outside for barbeques and it sounds great. It is very easy to use and connect with my tablet and smartphone. You do have to download an app to connect it. Although I haven't gotten it around water, it states that it is water-resistant, which is awesome with three small kids running around. If you're looking for a great, small Bluetooth speaker, I highly recommend this one.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Interesting design, classic Bose sound
Posted by: Webzpinner from: on
I've had the Bose soundlink mini for three years now, and love it. It's my go-to Bluetooth speaker. The revolve takes the soundlink concept and throws it 360 degrees. No more sweet spots. The water resistance makes it a great companion for singing in the shower too. Another home run by Bose.