Bose® - SoundLink® Revolve+ Bluetooth® speaker - Triple Black

Deep. Loud. And immersive, too. SoundLink® Revolve+, the best-performing portable Bluetooth® speaker from Bose, 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 16 hours.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Bose® SoundLink® Revolve+ Bluetooth® speaker
  • USB cable
  • US Power Supply

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1228 out of 1274)

Features


True 360° sound for consistent, uniform coverage

Seamless aluminum body is durable and water-resistant (IPX4)

Enjoy up to 12 hours of play time from a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery

Wireless Bluetooth pairing with voice prompts

Take calls and access Siri or Google Now™ right from your speaker

Pair two speakers together for Stereo or Party Mode playback

Easily manage Bluetooth connections, unlock features and access future updates with the Bose® Connect app

NFC pairing for easy connectivity to your NFC-enabled devices

Available in Triple Black or Lux Gray

Optional charging cradle available

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Overall customer rating

4.8
97%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shocking sound. Quite literally.

    Posted
    FrankD

    INTRO: The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ enters the market not only as Bose’s best bluetooth speaker ever, but also as the first true omnidirectional speaker of its product category. With beautifully powerful 360 degree sound, long lasting battery life, and a great looking design, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is an extremely well-rounded product that deserves the praise it has been getting. SOUND QUALITY: Every time I listen to the Revolve+, it impresses me. The bass is solid, punchy, and deep, so it vibrates whatever surface it is placed on. Midrange is incredibly natural; vocals and orchestras sound vivid and lifelike. Treble isn’t perfect, but given the limitations of the cylindrical speaker design, it is still quite detailed and crisp. The speaker sounds the best around 50-60% volume, where it has the most musical balance between bass, midrange, and upper frequencies. The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is truly shocking loud. It can easily loudly fill small to medium sized rooms, and it is loud enough to almost fill an indoor basketball court with music, even with 30 or so people playing basketball. At maximum volume, the Revolve+ still performs impressively, but if you end up getting your hands one, I would suggest avoiding the last two notches of volume on your device, because they barely increase volume, and bass notes and treble become less defined. But that aside, the Revolve+ truly does sound incredible. I can’t even count how many people have complimented the speaker on how good it sounds. Here’s a fun story: When I was staying home over spring break, I placed the Revolve+ in the corner of our living room, where my family’s theater speaker system is set up. I played some music, then asked my father how the speakers sounded and he shrugged, "Sounds great like it always does… why do you ask?". When I revealed to him that the powerfully deep bass notes and crystal clear vocals came from the small speaker in the corner and not the theater system, he was genuinely blown away… and he was the one who set up the theater sound system! DESIGN: The Revolve+ is beautifully designed. It looks industrial and artful, and fits nicely in any setting. The aluminum body is rock solid (but is soft in texture like felt), and the buttons are nice, too. The soft-touch rubber bumpers provide drop protection, and the water resistance is also very reassuring. Over the past month, I carried the Revolve+ with me everywhere: to classes, to the gym, to hikes, and the aluminum body has not a single scratch. The built-in handle and tripod mount are also both great inclusions. When using the Revolve+ for personal listening, I found that it sounds the best mounted on a tripod, because it eliminates reflections from being placed on a surface. FUNCTIONALITY: The speaker connects to devices very quickly, and bluetooth range is about average: around 50 feet with no obstacles, and the range decreases if the signal must travel through walls or doors. The ability to pair two devices simultaneously, and the ability to wake up the speaker remotely through the Bose Connect app are both great touches. Battery life is impressive. At half volume, the Revolve+ played just over 24 hours, so the Revolve+ actually over-delivers on its advertised battery life. There was no way for me to test how long it would last at maximum volume, but I would estimate it could last around six hours. Unless you rarely need to blast the speaker near maximum volume, the battery will easily last long enough to stretch one or two weeks. VS. THE COMPETITION: Bose Revolve+ vs. UE Megaboom: The Revolve+ is marginally louder, has significantly deeper and stronger bass, and significantly more detailed midrange and treble… the Megaboom sounds quite muffled in comparison. The Revolve+ is slightly shorter than the Megaboom, but also slightly wider, so size is roughly comparable. The Megaboom has an edge over the Revolve+ in that it is waterproof, rather than just water resistant. Bose Revolve+ vs. JBL Charge 3: Both have similar levels of bass and volume. In terms of midrange and treble, it mostly just comes down to personal taste, but I personally find the Revolve+ to sound more natural. The Bose is slightly smaller and more portable, but the JBL has stronger waterproofing. I would like to reiterate - the Revolve+ is really the only true omnidirectional speaker in its class (UE Boom models have speaker drivers facing opposite directions, and JBL bluetooth speakers have fire bass to the sides in opposite directions, and midrange and treble forward). This in itself gives it a huge advantage over its competitors. If you are looking for a speaker that would be great for group events, the Revolve+ is unmatched by any competing speaker. CONCLUSION: In the last month or so of using the Bose SoundLink Revolve+, I have enjoyed using it to sing along to Ed Sheeran songs with my friends, party by blasting Kendrick Lamar’s new album, push myself through workouts in the gym and on the track, and sometimes just relax by myself. The Revolve+ is so good for so many purposes, I bring it with me everywhere. I hope my review was helpful to you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Attention Soundlink III Owners

    Posted
    RickHunter
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    I love music period! My music library is extensive, with over 3k songs across pretty much all genres. Some times its smooth jazz, reggae, classical, easy listening, hiphop, rock and roll, R&B, and so on. Now I’ve had every Soundlink BOSE has offered, beginning with the Soundlink I; so this review is going to be straight forward. Again I LOVE MUSIC, so I want a speaker that produces crystal clear notes across the highs, mids, and lows, and fills whatever area (room/outdoors) I’m currently occupying. So I’m more interested in a speaker that delivers “complete balance” and not necessarily projects more bass, or mids., I like clear, natural, and loud notes that give you a great experience. I also use it when watching movies, cutting the grass, and taking a shower. In other words, I never leave home without it! Now for the review…the Revolve Plus is BEAUTIFUL, in fact, the website pictures don’t do it justice. Its light weight (lighter and louder than my Soundlink III), impressive volume, and crystal clear! It has other whistle and bells I won’t mention in this review however, they’re more “added value” as opposed to sound quality. As well, I won’t be able to provide any objective feedback on battery life, although I did do a complete charge, and 8 hours later, its still going strong. So here’s where the review gets disappointing. I did a “side by side” sound quality comparison between my Soundlink III, and the BOSE Revolve Plus, and the results where surprising. While the Revolve Plus is noticeably louder than the Soundlink III, BOSE comprised on “complete balance” to increase the volume. In all fairness, both speakers were placed against the same wall, set to the highest volumes (minus 1 notch), using the same computer, same songs, and in my humble opinion, the Soundlink III wins. Yes that’s correct. The Soundlink III delivers a more complete sound quality across the music notes, all crystal clear, with a touch of deep bass. Just enough to be distinctive without drowning out the rest of the range. On the other hand, the Revolve delivers the same crystal clear sound quality, at a much higher volume however, the touch of bass is more appealing on the Soundlink III. Yes its there on the Revolve, Just not as good as the Soundlink III. So all you Soundlink III owners, DO NOT rush out to upgrade to the Revolve Plus unless you’re like me, and just want a 2nd speaker that’s more portable than the Soundlink III. Which by the way, now belongs to my wife (she’s very happy!) Overall, I’m happy with the Revolve Plus and plan to continue enjoying my music library!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bose Revolve+ Detailed Review and Comparison

    Posted
    David
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    We own several Bose products and enjoy them all with eyes-wide-open. They each have their strengths and weaknesses and we recognize that there is better sound out there. That said, Bose just has a knack for having great sound at a competitive price with above average build quality and customer service. Every product does well what Bose promises it does. Because of this reputation, we were excited to get this new Bose Revolve+ for use in our kitchen and out back by the pool. After just a few weeks with the speaker, we have fallen in love! Here is why... The sound signature is excellent. It is deep and balanced while maintaining sufficient clarity even at higher volumes. The high notes sound natural with nothing harsh. Mids such as voices are projected forward and have a smooth tonal quality. The lows are tight, rhythmic and well extended. That said, the sound is not perfect. Those who are used to a sound quality that is found on speakers such as near field music monitors, will find the sound on this Bose to be a little too warm in sacrifice of accuracy. For many, the Revolve+, though Bluetooth, will be one of the best sounding speaker they will ever own. The 360 degree sound projection is incredibly great. Set this speaker in the center of your space (indoor or out) and it will sound consistently well anywhere in the space. The sound also holds up when the speaker is placed near a wall. Surprisingly the wall helps reflect and project the sound. The sound changes but is not degraded. The build quality is outstanding. The rubber bottom and top make the speaker feel nearly goof proof. It is built as though Bose expects this speaker to be taken everywhere. In my opinion, no case needed! The water resistance is something we have not yet tried but we would have no qualms about the speaker being caught in the rain or splashed with pool water. Battery life is fantastic which is promised to be sixteen hours. The aux-in works great. Also, two Revolves can play the same music simultaneously in party mode. Or, two may be synced as left and tight channels. We cannot buy a second Revolve fast enough to use this feature! The connect app is simple and allows you to switch between paired devices and update the firmware on the speaker. We own two other Bose Bluetooth speakers and this Revolve+ is the best by far. In fact we enjoy the sound signature (deep and dynamic) more than our Bose Solo 15 tv soundbar. It also has better clarity and tighter bass than our Bose Companion 2 Series III computer speakers. The Revolve+ sound is not as good but competes fairly well when compared to our Bose Companion 20 computer speakers, our SoundTouch 10 wifi system, and maybe even my beloved QC 15 headphones. Yes, we own them all :). Our only Bose product that is unequivocally night-and-day better than this Revolve+ is our Cinemate GS Series II home theatre system. I should hope so. All this to say, the Bose Revolve+ can stand proud as having that rich signature Bose sound that is better than expected for a battery powered portable unit. The speaker has already found its proper place in our busy household. It may not be for everyone, but we expect to enjoy ours for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't judge this speaker by it's size!

    Posted
    Gizmo
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    Bose Soundlink Revolve+ Bluetooth Speaker I signed up to review this new Bose Soundlink Revolve+ speaker without having ever seen it. From having owned other Bose products, I expected a solid, well built speaker with excellent sound quality. Unlike other products I have tested, this speaker is new and not available in stores yet, not even a leaked photo on the web could be found! After waiting several weeks, the package finally arrived, having seen the other Bose speakers, I was expecting something similar: small rectangle or square and easy to take along in a backpack. What I got, however, was a round cylinder, approximately 7” tall (not including the carrying handle). To describe it best, it sort of looks like a lantern you would take camping. The top of the cylinder is where you’d find all the buttons to control volume, pair devices etc. I have to say, initially, I was a bit disappointed, I was hoping for something more compact. The build quality is typical Bose, solid construction (black metal cylinder with rubberized top and bottom) and excellent fit and finish. Included in the box are the speaker, a microUSB charging cable/wall plug, and instructions. The wall plug is designed to be plugged into a socket without extending too far form the wall, a nice touch. I made use of this by plugging it behind a dresser that I normally don’t plug things into due to the lack of clearance between the outlet and the dresser. Setup: Pairing the Soundlink Revolve+ to my devices couldn’t have been easier, press and hold the bluetooth button for 2 seconds, a blue light blinks and a clear voice says “ready to pair”. I have 3 devices paired to it currently: iPad, iPhone and iMac. When the device is turned on, it tells you the % battery life left and what devices it’s connected to. You can toggle through the connected devices by pressing the Bluetooth button. This is impressive as I’ve had other bluetooth speakers that was only able to connect to 1 device at a time. For example, if it was connected to my iPad and I wanted to connect to my phone, I’d have to turn off bluetooth on the iPad and force it to connect to my phone. Features: In addition to being a bluetooth speaker, this device is also a speaker phone. According to the manual, its’ splash resistant as well, but it can’t be submerged in water. I have not tested this feature yet. Multifunction button is great, I’ve used it to skip songs, hold it down for Siri functions, and answer and end calls. It also features a 3.5mm headphone jack input so you can plug in your favorite non-bluetooth device as a source. Let there be music! The sound quality is fantastic! I was blown away by the amount of sound this little device can put out, it can easily fill an entire room with sound (think bedroom size)! I love the heavy mids and base; this easily blows the other bluetooth speakers I’ve owned out of the water!I was watching Netflix on my iPad connected to this little speaker and it sounded fantastic, the voices crips and the intro music loud with that deep base! My wife had to ask me to turn down the sound, and she was upstairs! Oh, and remember how I wasn't thrilled about the design? The more time I spent with this speaker, the more I liked it! The handle makes it easy to carry around the house. With the round cylinder design, the sound isn’t directional, I can place this in the middle of the table and everyone would hear the sound equally. Conclusion: Bose has done it again with this new bluetooth speaker. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good quality, versatile speaker. I can see this coming in handy for backyard BBQ’s, pool parties, camping or just sneaking off to a quiet room and catching up on Netflix shows. Battery life so far, is very good. I’ve used it several hours and it still tells me 60%.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 360-degree sound

    Posted
    BADog
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    DISCLAIMER: In testing the device, I used a BT connection to a Samsung Galaxy S7. This little BOSE Revolve+ Bluetooth (BT) speaker really packs a punch and provides sound from 360-degrees unlike most speakers. This is great for putting in the middle of a living room instead of having to put near a wall aiming outward at the room. Same goes for tailgating or ball park use - everyone can enjoy from all directions. The handle on the Revolve+ is also handy for carrying – a feature not on the smaller and regular Revolve unit. It is not an ideal-shaped item to carry without a handle. OBSERVATIONS: 1. I received the unit with 30% power. It took 2.5 hours to get to 100% which was shown by the BOSE Connect app. Connection to the app was simple. Though there is no NFC symbol on the unit, if you have an android phone with NFC capabilities, you can touch the phone to the top of the unit (where the BOSE logo is), and the 2 will link automatically. Great feature. 2. Settings in the app are simple. One of the features I immediately turned off was the lady voice that spoke every time I performed an action. You can also have it power off the unit after x number of minutes or never. 3. Volume is 2-fold. You can control the volume via phone/device or via the unit/app. Whichever you use, it’s good to turn up the volume to 100% on the volume option you choose NOT to modify. 4. The app has semi-control of the song you are listening to, depending on the app you are using. If using Pandora, it will show the song details at the bottom of the BOSE app. There, you can slide up the details and select pause/play or forward/skip. However, using an app that BOSE is not familiar with will show “unknown” as the song, and you won’t be able to control it (say, the WinAmp app). I imagine it will work well with most current web-based audio services. 5. 2 inputs on the rear-bottom of the unit are 3.5mm jack for analog input and a micro-USB port for charging. If using the charging cradle, the charging cord will go into the base instead of the unit itself. 6. Phone calls can be made, however when I did get a call on the device that was connected to the Revolve+, the music stopped; however, I had to hit the mode button in order for the BOSE to take over the audio call connection. I could hit the mode button again to talk on the phone itself. After the phone call was over, the music continued to play. 7. Volume can be controlled by the +/- buttons on the top of the unit or via the BOSE app. I only have a JBL Charge speaker to compare it to, and the sound difference was worlds apart better in favor of the BOSE. It had decent bass along with the highs you would expect. A full spectrum of sound frequency was used and was very balanced overall. The instruction booklet was mostly pictures and didn’t mention the AUX button on the top of the unit at all. I figured it out, but that’s something that was completely omitted from the instructions. Whichever you choose (BT or AUX), a small light beside each button will illuminate. A battery light will also light up next to the power button showing the estimated power remaining (>50% green) however the exact power is always shown on the BOSE app in 10% increments. Overall, a great compact product that's portable, has a long battery life (~10 hrs), and sounds better than BOSE's other compact speaker systems in the Soundlink family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Maybe my expectations were set too high

    Posted
    cinsteadofak
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    I was very excited to receive the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ and the charging base and eager to test it out. I was impressed with a few aspects of the device, but overall I feel Bose left out some very important features. Design The device looks a lot like the Google Home, but has a rubber top with incorporated buttons instead of a touch pad. The Revolve+ is larger than the Google Home and feels just as solid. Pairing/Setup The automated woman’s voice is not very clear and the words sound jumbled together. The setup directions are straight-forward and pairs via NFC or Bluetooth, and connects to your phone via Bluetooth or an auxiliary port on the back. To set up your phone, download Bose Connect and have Wifi, Bluetooth, and location turned on. Select Bose Revolve+ from available devices, and the speaker is then ready to play music or be used as a speakerphone. I was unable to find directions on or figure out how to pair it with my Wifi network and thus doubt that is an option. The speaker can be charged using a charging base or charged by a micro USB cable on the back of the speaker. I was disappointed to find that the speaker cannot be used as a power bank to charge a phone. Pressing the multi-function button on the speaker will allow you to access your phone’s command features, such as finding a local pizza place or playing a game. I did not find any value in this feature since I have a Pixel and use my voice to activate Google Assistant to perform the same tasks. The sound is great for such a small speaker and I was impressed with the amount of base it has. I thought if I played music on it via Bluetooth for 13+ hours, it would be almost dead, but it still had 60% charge left. I made a phone call on it and was impressed on how well I could hear the caller, but was told I sounded far away if I positioned the speaker more than 3 feet from me. Buttons Starting at 12 O’clock and going clockwise: Power (green=charged, yellow=medium charge, yellow blinking=charging, red blinking=needs to be charged) Auxiliary jack input Volume up Universal button (select, 1x-play/pause, 2x-next song, 3x-previous song, answer/hang-up phone, and activate command) Volume down Bluetooth Note: NFC is included, but not shown on the unit Pros Handle to aid in portability Charge with base or micro USB port on back Water resistant Up to 16 hours of use (varies with volume) Great sound with deep base Cons Automated voice is sub par compared to any other device I have ever owned Push buttons rather than touch pad Auxiliary jack input button should be activated when Bluetooth is deactivated User menu page not found in app (as of writing this review) Cannot connect to WiFi network (as of writing this review) No power bank to charge phone No voice activated commands (must press multi-function button and wait for tone) The Soundlink Revolve+ has great sound and the base sounds rich and deep for such a small size. However for the price, I feel Bose should have included WiFi connectivity, voice activated commands, and a phone charging port to compete with comparable devices; therefore, I find it hard to recommend this Bluetooth speaker.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Buggy firmware = frustrating experience

    Posted
    Gerbil
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    [ Pros ] - ** Reasonable sound quality and level of bass, with surprisingly high max volume that has fair resistance to increased distortion. - Great battery life - Aesthetically pleasing and functional external design. A round body provides 360 degrees of sound projection, having a soft uniform surface on top that covers the buttons, includes an unobtrusive swiveling handle, and has a rubber ring under the bottom for surface contact stability. - The integrated microphone handles phone calls well when paired with a phone, clearly picking up my voice from various distances while preventing feedback to the other party. [ Cons ] - Extremely buggy and inconsistent firmware. - I notice fairly frequent blips in the audio stream where the sound drops out completely for a tiny fraction of a second when connected via bluetooth, with only a few feet between speaker and audio source, and no obstructions. This manifested with three different audio sources (phone, tablet, laptop) tested using Bluetooth. - It appears that fast charging requires purchase of a separate charging dock. I think this should have been made possible with the included cable and AC/DC converter. - Lack of WiFi connectivity and ‘smart’ features. - Some settings and management features require installation of an Apple App Store or Google Play app, including the important ability to forcefully disconnect and unpair devices connected via Bluetooth. - No manual included, with only very concise setup instructions and button overview that omits several or more aspects of product usage. Browsing to the support URL indicated in these instructions currently results in a '403 Forbidden' error. [ Conclusion ] My testing of this product has been an unpleasant experience because of the sheer volume of issues I encountered--many of which are listed below--on a nearly constant basis. I do not think this product is ready to be put on the market in its current state. If Bose were to review and overhaul this speaker’s firmware, fixing the issues I experienced, my rating would change significantly and I’d feel comfortable recommending this product to a friend. [ Bugs, Inconsistencies, Testing Woes ] - When I paired two audio sources with the speakers and had them connected at the same time, the results I received were absolutely ridiculous. At one point, the speaker would rapidly switch between the two audio sources. At another point, the speaker refused to play audio from either of two sources, and I had to go through repeated loops of manual removal of all Bluetooth connections using the Bose Connect app, re-pairing devices, changing audio input methods, etc. until the speaker seemingly randomly decided to behave and start playing any audio again. - I’ve had the speaker randomly turn off completely while it was actively playing music. - Pressing volume buttons on the speaker adjusted the system volume on my tablet and phone (running Android), and on my laptops when connected via USB, but not on the same laptops when paired over Bluetooth. This inconsistency resulted in an instance of the speaker blaring at full volume when I switched between devices. - Tapping the center button plays/pauses the music stream on my tablet and phone, and on my laptops when paired over Bluetooth, but not on my laptops when connected via USB, in which case it mutes/unmutes the speaker while the music continues to play on the laptops. - I used the provided USB cable and AC/DC converter to [re]charge the speaker on the first day, which took long time to complete. After a full day of usage, recharging the speaker the next day using the charging dock that was sent separately for testing, recharging appeared to complete much faster. After another day of usage, I left the speaker charging on the dock overnight (12 hours), and upon waking up the third day, the battery light was flashing orange indicating medium charge and that it was still charging, but when I turned the speaker on, it announced that it had 100% battery charge when I turned it on. I immediately turned the speaker off, plugged into into a computer via USB cable, and turned the speaker on, when it announced that it had 90% battery charge. Because of this completely wonky reporting of battery charging status and charge level, I have no real idea of how long it takes to charge the battery with either method, and how much of a benefit the dock may provide. - At least twice, the Bose Connect app--running on my phone--failed to connect to the Speaker even when it was in ‘ready to pair’ mode, requiring me to toggle Bluetooth on my phone off and on. - The speaker seems to have troubles managing device names at times. For a while, when my phone connected to the speaker via Bluetooth, the speaker would announce the name of my tablet instead of the name of the phone (while Bluetooth was disabled on my tablet), though it still properly played music from my phone. After changing the computer name of a laptop, the speaker continued to announce the old name upon Bluetooth connection until a fresh repairing. - Switching between USB and Bluetooth input on a single device (laptop) was not a smooth process, and usually required re-plugging the USB cable into the laptop (when it was already plugged in) or re-pairing with Bluetooth to get audio working (after selecting the desired input method on the speaker). ** I don't have experience with other mobile speakers to compare to. In the general realm of speaker quality, a set of relatively inexpensive 2.1 channel (2 satellite + 1 subwoofer) computer speakers purchased 17+ years ago--plugged into the speaker port of an entry level motherboard--greatly outperforms this speaker at every level, even when connected to an audio device via USB. This speaker produces somewhat muffled sound as if it were contained in a closed box, with a rather poor differentiation of input frequencies. With that said, I wasn't particularly disappointed with the sound quality, as it it seemed reasonable considering form factor restrictions.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A high quality speaker with nothing new

    Posted
    ThisIsNot
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    Bose is playing catch-up again with their Bluetooth speakers. They pretty much established the high quality Bluetooth speaker market when they introduced the SoundLink Mini. It was the first $199 Bluetooth speaker that could hold its own against more expensive models. Even their previous SoundLink speakers helped set the stage for larger, more expensive models. But they dropped the ball with the SoundLink III and the SoundLink Mini II didn't really upgrade anything. Now we have companies that are not only releasing high quality Bluetooth speakers but they're also more rugged and they have extra features. Bose finally decided to take a crack as these higher quality speakers but I think they failed, especially with the Revolve+ speaker. The speaker is made of high quality material and Bose claims it can be dropped but this would likely damage the aluminum finish over time. Bose also claims that the speaker is splash proof so you can use it near a pool, just don't use it right next to the pool as it would be ruined by falling in. Let me start with the positives. The sound quality is pretty good. It's not really better than the $199 Revolve but it does get louder. People in smaller environments will be fine with the Revolve instead of the Revolve+. The bass is prominent without being too overbearing and the highs are present without being harsh. The mids are lacking but that's what Bose does; they focus on fun sound signatures that aren't accurate (which is fine with me). I was also not expecting detailed mids from a Bluetooth speaker. The Revolve+ is also pretty easy to carry around with the built-in handle and you can even plug it into a PC and use it for digital USB audio. The battery life is pretty good and I found Bose's 16-hour estimate was a little conservative. The 360 degree audio aspect is nice as, unlike the SoundLink Mini, you don't have to set this next to a wall for it to sound its best. I liked having the built-in controls at the top and the Bose Connect app is pretty straightforward and easy to use. There are some things that I just can't get over though, not at this price. First, the sound quality isn't really beyond any other $299 Bluetooth speaker. The UE Megaboom, JBL Extreme, and even the Beoplay A1 are all right there with the Revolve+ in terms of sound quality and volume output. The new Sony SRS-XB40 even sounds just as good (if not a little better with extra bass) as the Revolve+. The UE Megaboom and JBL Extreme have been on sale recently for prices way lower than $299. The Beoplay A1 and Sony SRS-XB40 both have an MSRP $50 less than the Revolve+. If I'm going to buy a $299 Bluetooth speaker, it better have audio quality that rivals everything else on the market. The Revolve+ doesn't. Second, the optional charging dock should have been included here. I could give Bose a little slack for not stepping up and doing something better than other speakers in terms of audio quality if they had included the charging cradle. But they didn't and it's a shame as the $40 accessory really makes this a better experience. Vizio even includes the charging cradle with their Crave 360 speaker and that works over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (while also coming in at $50 less than the Revolve+ and sounding just as good). Third, you can only pair up to two Revolve/Revolve+ speakers. You can pair over 150 UE Megabooms, 10 of the Sony speakers, and a ton of the Vizio Crave 360 over Wi-Fi (and two over Bluetooth). Bose is acting like this is something new when companies, even Beats, have been doing it for a lot longer. By this point I would have expected Bose to implement a Class 1 Bluetooth chip so that you could spread these across your house and still pair them over Bluetooth (or add Wi-Fi). Lastly, I just don't see this surviving more than a few drops before it begins looking awful. My UE Megaboom has been dropped onto concrete from a table multiple times yet it looks the same as when I first opened it. I have also dropped it in a pool and the speaker floats, it can also be submerged in up to 1M of water for half an hour. Bose advertises this as being usable outdoors yet they pretty designed it for indoor use. The same could be said for the Beoplay A1 but it's also less expensive so it can have a few more drawbacks. I think Bose is too little, too late here. They tried to play catch-up but other companies have moved even further. This is something that should have been released instead of the SoundLink III a few years ago. The Revolve+ sounds fine but I don't think the extra $100 is worth the increase in volume output it has over the Revolve. If you're ever going to be outdoors and/or next a pool, there are better speakers that can not only take a beating but sound just as good (if not better) than the Revolve+. There are better indoor speakers with more features than the Revolve+ as well. I'm not sure what Bose was trying to do with these two speakers but they missed the mark. These would have been great had they been released 4 years ago.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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