Bose® - BOSEbuild Speaker Cube - Clear

This is more than just a speaker - it's a journey. Starting from the very basic elements of sound and speakers, your children will build a deeper understanding as they move toward assembling their Speaker Cube. At every step, exploration is encouraged and curiosity is rewarded.
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Overview

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What's Included


  • Speaker Panel
  • Control Panel
  • Power Supply
  • 4x Side Panels
  • Magnet
  • Coil
  • 40x Clips
  • 8x Silhouette Covers

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (54 out of 54)

Features


Engage

Everything about the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is carefully designed with kids in mind. The parts are rugged and resilient and the app-driven construction steps are clear and easy to follow.

Cables and connectors are big, bright, and easy to handle. Even the circuit board is clearly labeled.

Listen

The end result of all this exploration and discovery is a durable high-performance Bluetooth speaker. Every time your children listen to it, they can enjoy the Bose-quality sound and customizable colored LED lighting.

But most importantly, they can feel the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from being able to say: "I built that!"

Requires a mobile device (for discovery and build activities)

Any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 8 or newer (except the iPad 2).

Compatible with the following devices (for music listening):

Wireless: Any device with Bluetooth 3.0 or higher (including Android devices, laptops, etc.).Wired: Any device with a 3.5mm audio output.

Recommended minimum age

Speaker Cube is designed for kids ages 8 and older.


Customer rating

4.7
100%
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I built my own tesseract!!

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    MarkusKong
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    BOSEbuild Speaker Cube Quick Features on the Product Build and customize your own durable, high-performance Bluetooth speaker iOS app enabled leads you step-by-step through hours of exploration and fun Connect wirelessly to your mobile device Get hands-on with magnets and electromagnets Papercraft projects to make a working speaker out of paper and more Build your own durable Bluetooth speaker with Bose quality sound Customize your speaker with colored LED lighting and interchangeable silhouette covers System Requirements: Any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 8 or above (except the iPad 2) For a complete list of compatible devices, see build.bose.com/devices What's in the box? Magnet Wire coil Control panel Speaker panel Side panels (x4) 40 clips Power supply Papercraft speaker templates (x1) Silhouette covers (x8 designs) Quick start and informational guide Setup/Testing/Conclusion Got kids? This is probably one of the most fantastic and awesome projects that you and your little one can do together (8+ marketed on the box, 6 and above is possible IMO). To be completely honest, my wife and I even enjoyed it together; my son loved it! If you have someone in mind that is interested in getting a Bluetooth speaker and is into music and sound, get them one of these. The setup on this thing was not only simple; it was very enjoyable. Right off the bat when you open up the box, the quick start guides you to downloading the app on your iOS device. Sorry Android users, you won’t have the ability (currently as of 05/22/2017 and not sure if they’ll be compatible in the near future or not). The quick installation guide prompts you to download the app on the App store. Once you’ve downloaded the app; hold on tight cause it’s gonna be a fun and entertaining project. The tutorial/guide on the app is fantastic (good job BOSE!); it's simple to follow and it guides you through the entire process from A-Z. I don’t want to provide too much details because honestly it’s a fun experience and you’ll enjoy it; trust me! So to the pros and cons. You’re probably wondering… You’ve been raving about this thing, aren’t you giving it a 5 out of 5? Honestly, I would personally have to give a 4 out of 5; let me explain. The sound on this thing represents BOSE, the sound quality is great and is crisp. Setup was fun and intuitive so no points knocked off there. The build quality on this thing is pretty nice, not too heavy and not too light and no fingerprints! The other customizations that you can do to this thing (silhouette, different colors, dancing/breathing of the colors, equalizer) are awesome. Now here comes the cons… This is solely based on my opinion. The first thing that made me knock off some points is that you can’t set this up on Androids. Sure it connects to an Android device to play music once it’s all built and put together, but you can’t do the initial fun stuff and setup through an Android. The only other thing I didn’t personally like is that when you customize the equalizer on the app, you can only utilize that function on music that is on your iTunes. What this means is that if you’re playing music on Pandora or Spotify for example those equalizer customizations don’t stick. This also happens even when you’re customizing the colors. BOSE still has a great equalizer preset and on the control panel you can adjust the dancing/breathing of the colors, but it sort of defeats the purpose of being able to really customize the thing like you can on the app itself. The last thing I don’t 100% agree with is the inability for this device to be portable. The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is stationary and you have to keep it plugged in the whole time you use it. I only mention this because in this day and age everyone wants something portable for the most part. Overall though, I would really recommend this product. As I mentioned initially, if you know someone that is interested in sound/music or you want to spend time with your kid(s); this thing is worth buying. It is honestly some good quality fun and the quality is not short at all in any way, shape, or form. BOSE has done an amazing job in creating this. Who wants just a simple nightlight for your children? Buy a BOSEbuild Speaker Cube so that they could use it as a night light, build it with you as a project, listen to music, and learn! This thing is an all in one. I hope after you read this review and you buy one; you’ll have as much fun as I did and enjoy it as much as I did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Idea from BOSE!

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    Cupra
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    I can't speak highly enough of this BOSEbuild Speaker Cube. The elephant in the room is the price point. This is expensive, which could be off putting to some, however, you will not regret your purchase if you decide to go for it. My 6 year old son and I tackled this project, and he loved it! He was wowed by the technicalities behind how a speaker works, and the real world application behind seeing it in action from the inside out. The attached photo shows everything that is included in the kit. (The iPad does not come with the kit, nor the cute kid!). Opening the box, you are asked to plug in the control panel. Then connect to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. Then download the Bose Speaker App. From there, you are given step by step instructions with videos and animations, running from setting up a magnet and coil, investigating frequency vs power, distance vs surface area, all the way through to building your own, BOSE Bluetooth speaker! We got connected and downloaded the app in just a minute or so. Then I let my son go through the app himself. He read through all the instructions and followed them through. He got great pleasure out of making the coil jump off the magnet, over and over and over again! Moving on, you get to test pitch and tone, frequency and power, then you tape the coil to the box that it all came in to investigate surface area and moving air within a box. You then get to build a paper speaker, and play sounds and music through it. Next, you move onto the 'real' thing... the BOSE speaker. you take the control panel and hook it up to the speaker. You have the concept of the BOSE speaker explained to you via a video, and then look at equalization of sound. You get to play with all different equalization levels and then test the speaker using BOSE's recommended settings. Wow, this little BOSE speaker packs a punch. It's small size belittles it's fantastic sound. Next, you put the plastic enclosure together with little plastic clips. The walls of the enclosure have soft grip rubber edges to ensure a nice airtight seal around the enclosure. Once the clips are in place, you finally put the speaker inside the enclosure. BASS! The enclosure is now sealed and all the richness of the BOSE speaker comes to the front! Sounds fantastic! After that, you are guided through a colorwheel, to light up your cube. The sides of the enclosure are translucent, and 4 multicolor LED lights shine from the back. You have RGB sliders within the app to control the color and a brightness slider as well. On the back of the cube, you have a slider to control the colors as well, and a button that goes through the 'Color ON', 'Color Fade', 'Color DANCE' and 'Color OFF' modes. This is a very full featured little speaker for sure. And finally, there are several templates of graphics that you can clip in as speaker decorations and grilles. If I had one negative of the experience, I feel that these should be made of plastic and not paper. Being paper you can color and draw on them if you want to, but the idea is that you can install them and take them off and change them, and I just feel that they won't last long, with a 6 year old, or an 8 year old... plastic would be a better material for these. My son loves his new speaker, using his iPad and constantly has the sound going through it now. A word of warning from my experience, BOSE provides you with a sound clip to play when testing and learning about the speaker. This instantly became my son's favorite piece of music ever, and we ended up having to listen to it on a loop, over and over and over again, at full volume. So maybe along with the recommended scissors and tape, parents should also include a set of ear plugs for good measure! You have been warned! Overall, this was a fantastic use of an hour and a half with my son, a great bonding and learning moment as well. Valuable family time doesn't have a price you can put on it. I loved going through it with my son as much as he enjoyed building and learning about how a speaker works! As I said, I can't recommend this BOSEbuild kit highly enough!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Uniquely educational and fun

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    StephenS
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    I have several Bluetooth speakers and the BOSEbuild Cube stood out to me as unique for its educational value, and as a simple introduction to electronics and sound project I could do with my kids, 10 and 14. So that’s the aspect I’ll focus on most since that’s what sets it apart from most other Bluetooth speakers. The only downside is that the BOSEbuild application only runs on iOS devices. Android and other devices can still pair with and use the BOSEbuild Cube perfectly fine, and you can still enjoy the experience of putting the components together, but the BOSEbuild app provides some experiments and experiences that you’ll miss out on without an iOS device. The app also has the instructions for assembling the speaker but it’s simple enough that most people can probably figure out the assembly even without it. Hopefully BOSE will eventually make the app available on other platforms as well, but it’s not a showstopper. The experiments in the app include connecting and testing a coil and magnet, setting various power levels to make the coil “jump” off that magnet, building a sample speaker box for the coil and magnet out of paper or any other material you want, equalizer comparisons, setting the cube colors, comparing the sound of the cube if one of the panels is removed, etc . None of it’s rocket science but my boys were both pretty fascinated to see how the basic components work together. You can take as much or as little time as you want to either just get through it and build it, or to take your time and dwell in the experiments for awhile -- in our case we took our time and spent about 2 hours in the experimentation phase, and for assembly we put it together and took it apart several times just because we could. In the end we now have a nice family/household Bluetooth speaker. The sound is fine if not excellent for its size. So far as I can tell the speaker does not have any volume control of its own, it’s set to a single basic level, though you can control overall volume from the playback device itself. This actually streamlines usage in my opinion since you have only a single point of volume control rather than the “my phone is set to one volume but the speaker is set to another” kind of conflict. You just pair, play, and control the volume completely from your playback device. And personally I like that. My personal favorite “unique” feature is the different color modes -- you can set the cube to either 1) a single constant color, adjusted by a slider bar, 2) continuously cycle through the colors at a speed controlled by the slider bar, 3) dynamically pulse colors based on the audio, 4) show no color at all. We found that we liked the dynamic pulse when playing music, and leaving it on the slowest color cycle setting for a decorative lighting effect when it’s just “sitting there”. All of this can be controlled directly and simply from the on-cube panel, no app required. It accepts both Bluetooth and 3.5mm aux connections, selected automatically and simply by whether an aux cable is connected. On the Bluetooth side it can remember up to 8 devices at a time, and can connect with any 2 of them simultaneously -- though it will only play audio from 1 of those 2 actively connected Bluetooth devices at any given moment. My one very minor grump is that it uses a proprietary power brick. The BOSEbuild Cube does have a microUSB port but it appears that port is for doing firmware updates, not as a path for power. Since this is not a battery-powered speaker that most people will be lugging around with them this is admittedly a very minor issue. And, not being limited to what USB standards can be depended on to provide may give it the ability for some extra audio “oomph”. So this is an observation for those that may want to know, but nothing I’d mark it down for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kids and dad had fun

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    emiliosic
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    Spent a few hours with my kids (7 and 9 ys/old girls) who enjoyed the physics/sounds experiments and completed it by promptly building the speaker. It's an interesting product. There are two parts to it: The first is a science project on how electro magnets and permanent magnets work together to generate sound. Note that it requires an iOS device (iPhone or iPad) to go though the educational steps - It doesn't work with Android, although the speaker should work fine as a standard Bluetooth. First, walks out kids and parent to plug into the wall adapter and pair the sound controller via Bluetooth to an iPhone or iPad. Then it goes through a series of fun experiments like a 'magnet launcher' until kids are able to generate sounds via a magnet and coil provided. Then it goes to explain how sound is generated, including a series of videos made by a pair of engineers at Bose, until kids are able to play a somewhat decent audio from their experiment, building a paper speaker. Finally, the app walks through putting together the real speaker, which is the second part of the project. The speaker itself sounds surprisingly well. It's a real Bose speaker, very capable with decent bass and overall very clear and loud sound. The cube is made of plastic translucent walls held together by clips. Then the kids finish the project by picking from a pack of paper covers with different patterns of their choice, or from a grid paper that's easy for kids to form into patterns of their choice. Some considerations: The plastic clips give away that is a science project. If they had a more seamless way of holding the cube together might look better. Also the thin plastic and paper covers while a nice touch might not be durable long term (Although it holds up just fine, we're planning on leaving the speaker on a shelf). The cube can change colors with a button and a slider, or can play a rainbow or colors or follow the music, with the lights off when there is no music, except for a white BT indicator on the rear. The BT pairing is simple, and through the app can control the lights as well, but there is no way of controlling the lights from the phone/tablet once the project app is complete, so it's done from the buttons on the back of the cube. It can remember several devices, and can pair to two BT devices at the same time. There is no battery, it has to remain plugged in. A battery option would've been nice. It feels that it was built by engineers who genuinely wanted to teach kids in a fan way, and it shows in every aspect of the speaker, from its looks, to the detailed and fun explanations and activity to the surprisingly good sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding and Educational for Kids Project

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    Selva
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    I got this for my 8 year old daughter who has interest in things STEM and in music. She was completely engaged, went through the exercise and put it together with minimal support. The setup is nice and easy with iPhone and step by step process given in the phone app was very helpful for her to complete this project less than 30 mins. The box came with various parts. One is a magnet and a coil (attached to the controller which interfaces with iPhone or iPad) with which you can do experiments and learn about magnetic fields, frequency and amplitude. It is pretty cool. And then you tape the coil to any old box you happen to have around (like the one it came in) and you created a speaker and it plays music. It was truly a magical moment and took my daughter by surprise which made the lesson all the more wonderful. Two is actually building a speaker (here the controller is assembled into a plastic box with the speaker assembly (comes assembled)). So she ends up with a speaker in her room that she can listen to. The cool thing is you can control the lights using phone static and dancing mode. There are lot of design covers to go on the top of speakers and kids can change the look every week. This product made me feel like I was a kid again with my daughter building it. Truly 100% AWESOME AND OUTSTANDING JOB BOSE! I can't say enough about the learning experience for both my daughter and I. Well worth every penny and I will be buying one for my relatives kids as a gift for summer project. The sound quality is great and design looks stunning with different colors. Now, on the complaints side this speaker needs to be powered up using power cable and there is no android app to configure the speakers. Definitely worth to buy for kids who has interest in STEM and music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great DIY and Learning Project for Kids!

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    Mark
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    I have two boys (kindergarten and a 3rd grade). I thought that this would be a good fun project for them to figure out together. They unboxed it and were excited with the project, especially with the fact that they would need to figure out how to use it by following the instructions in the iPhone/iPad app on their own. These two boys are very comfortable with Legos. Even the Kindergartener loves to be left alone to his own devices for hours on end. I thought why not, it’s a good team building experience for them both. They opened the box. It’s beautiful inside! The instruction manual was clearly labeled “Start Here.” I helped with steps 1, 2, and 3 . 1) Plug in circuit board to power. 2) Connect iPhone/iPad to Bluetooth signal. 3) Download the BOSEbuild app from the App Store. I left the room and left the rest up to them. I was delighted to hear them working together to figure it out. I was worried that this project would lead to a fight about not sharing. Fortunately it was nothing but excitement… “Ooohs, Aaaahs, and COOOOL!!” As I didn’t watch them the whole time, from my understanding they started off by learning the mechanics of how magnets and electromagnets work together to produce sound. They used some simple parts to do this and first built a paper version of the speaker. They were both truly engaged. They then went on to building the speaker using the instructions from the iPhone/iPad app. The build was a success. Total build time from unboxing to finish was about 2 hours. They were very proud of their accomplishment. What’s even more good news is that the speaker itself is actually the good quality that you would expect to come from Bose. At a $149 price point, it’s obviously not going to be a $500 speaker quality. But for this price point, you get a fun project and a pretty decent sounding speaker. It even lights up with LED’s throughout, moving through about 5 different colors. The default sound favors more lows than highs. I played music via Spotify and found that I could adjust the sound using Spotify's equalizer. From here I was able to get a sound that sounded nice and clear and natural. I expect that we’ll get good use of this speaker for the kids. My guess it’s great for 2nd – 3rd graders on their own. Any younger would probably need mom and dad’s (or older brother/sister’s help). I could see this being a fun project for a teenager too. At the end of the project you end up with a pretty decent speaker. Rating: Fun factor: 5/5 Sound quality: 4/5 Build quality: 5/5 Overall: 4.5/5

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Project & Speaker

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    cjviscito
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    First off - Bose advertises this speaker for kids 8 or older - I ended up doing most of the building for my kid, although we both had fun doing it! Also, you need to have an iOS device to actually get the setup instructions. The companion app walks you through the steps of building the speaker as well as customizing the color options of the 4 LEDs. If you're not an iOS user - you will need access to one to view the set up instructions and customization options. The BoseBuild speaker is a project-based device that actually teaches kids the nuances of how speakers make sound and how to alter the settings of sounds using magnets, copper, and electricity. You start by understanding how sound is created and then move onto building the speaker itself. You start by building a speaker out of paper, magnets, copper and electricity - by this time, my daughter had lost interest, but thankfully, Bose includes interactive bits during the set up. She got a kick out of ramping up the power to make the copper coil jump off the magnet and going between sine and square waves. You build a paper version of a speaker first before actually getting into the speaker that's in the box - building the paper speaker took longer because of all the cutting and folding. Once that's out of the way, you can progress to building the cube speaker itself. The BoseBuild speaker can be paired with up to 8 devices and also includes an aux audio input. If you want to be fancy, the power button on the back also controls the different lighting effects and a slider makes the colors dance slower or faster. That's right - the LED colors will dance in beat with the music you're playing, my daughter was very happy to see that. The speaker itself puts out a decent range of sound, once I turned on the Bose auto-balancing option. Now my daughter is enjoying her music in her room with the lights off watching the light show the cube is putting on. All I know is that I sure didn't have a Bose speaker product in my room when I was her age - but she's happy, I'm happy and she's now really interested in computers, speakers and what makes things tick. Not a bad way to spend a rainy Saturday. If you're looking for a cool project to do with your kids, the BoseBuild speaker is a pretty cool option. At $150, that's pretty expensive, but you're also getting genuine Bose quality too - in fact, the speaker sounds just as nice as the audio from the Bose wireless headset I use. There's certainly other ways to spend $150, but you get to work on a cool project with your kid, expose them to science and then get a great speaker afterwards.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Father/Son (or Daughter) Project

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    Marine778
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    My son is big into tech, and I can't say I am not the same way. Also, I am a big Bose fan, as their products are excellent quality for the price. They also make a large variety of products, and to date I have not purchased a single thing that I was not amazed by. So, in keeping in that mindset, I decided to try out the Bosebuild Speaker Cube as a fun project for my son and I. He loves listening to music and of course like any 12 year old he is really big into YouTube and the like. So the speaker itself is a simplified deconstructed version of what I would think would be a product they already make. What is unique about this product is the fact you get to put everything together to include the housing box. Then, you get to program it with your iPhone to a certain extent. Most specifically, you get to change the color that emanates from the speaker, and the colors actually play along with the music. Pretty cool effect and nice simple custom design for the novice electronics enthusiast. You can also change out the paper patterns you place on the speaker in which the light shows through. So at the end of things, you have a custom, high quality, bluetooth speaker that is pretty good size. And honestly, the best part of all this? The sound quality is definitely on par with their other product lines. The sound is crystal clear and a solid balance of highs, mids and bass. I was expecting it to be a little less quality, more because if the chance of imperfections created by either myself or my son when making it, but it was actually impressive. For $150 there are a lot of things you can do with your kid. But this is just another option you have to do something truly unique and we enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone what wants to spend some quality time with their son or daughter.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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