This is...yet, another unique device designed by Bose that sure has had me perplexed from the very beginning.
Now, At the time of this writing (28APR2018) and the time I acquired my unit, (LateFEB2018) it is something not typically seen in stores across the country. After receiving “The Bose SoundWear” online, I would quickly come to find out what little some Best Buy employees come to actually know about this new product. The first thing that I realized while hearing their conversations with customers when acquiring about the device, simply because it was never in stock or “in-store.”
Bose is known for superb audio acoustics and for their innovative audio innovations enjoyed by beginners or the audiophiles out there.
Bose is to Samsung as audio speakers are to mobile smartphones tablets, & phones. Samsung alone...files thousands of patents each year, but they never actually ever reach the drawing board for design in attempt for production.
In fact, almost 1% of Samsung’s patents ever reach production. I mention this because Bose is another company that insanely follows suit. (I actually don’t really know who follows who, or whether they have anything to do with each other; other than their unique ways of advancing technology to the tops of technology’s summit.
So goes for Bose.
Their new CEO has recently allowed the black-and-white disappear to have complete in transparency into their company. Bose as well, files thousands of patents each year with innovative technology.
As an avid Bose owner myself, owning many of their 2016-2018 lines of products, it doesn’t take long to see that they don’t get carried away with such “over-the-top” outward appearance designs that we often see in “tech” today.
With Bose, I have come to understand it’s not what is outside that “woos” people, it’s their consistency in “the magic that lies inside” It’s their ‘sometimes basic’ & outward appearance. If you ever get a chance to take apart a Bose product, you will see where & maybe why all those patents exist.
I mention this, because I think it has merit to the following review.
I am stunned, take for example, the small Bose “Soundlink” series of the bluetooth portable speaker. The impressive range of sound frequencies, their capability of playing a vast array of musical content without distortion, and...while playing such deep and rich sound - that..never siezes to amaze me.
And until you open up or take apart (doesn’t matter how old the Bose device is) one of their devices, you will then see the incredible amount of craftsmanship, innovation, creativity that goes into producing such rich music. You’ll find baffles and tunnels, and interesting ways to route audio waves before the waves exit the device.
Take for example, the SoundWear, the review I really should be talking about, the amount of delicate precision in design that was put into this.
I felt I needed to explain the above information to give you an idea of what the speaker is, how it works, and where the waves travel inside the device to be able to eventually hear them in your ears.
You can obviously go look up this device up on YouTube to see how they are made. A flexible round and comfortable horse-shoe ring with a small area to be able to put on the device, it simply rests on your shoulders. The entire unit has literally a maze of tunnels and small baffles that travel in two directions.
Your left speaker actually plays out to the right, & vice versa - originating from the opposite side traveling up and through the neck band and out the opposite port.
There’s enough bass in this product to not only hear the sound, but feel with your fingers the air as it pushes outward from the ports on each side, near your ears, originating from the other side.
Unique -yes. Stylish...yes. Perhaps this is one Bose product that I have seen where “appearance and style” actually come into play. It’s new, it’s revolutionary!
With a black cover, part-leather & part fabric, the cover wraps around the unit for protection.
I was surprised to find other colors that fit the unit: from blue, tan, to purple. This is one product that is extreme “for Bose” in my opinion for the outward appearance of their audio speakers.
I purchased a second cover, a blue one to match much of the apparel I wear.
You can hardly tell you are wearing it, or anyone else for that reason.
At $299, placing a different cover on seemed challenging as I thought I needed to be somewhat gentle with it to keep its horse-shoe shape.....but no... I had to YouTube it to know how to put it on! Crazy!
It honestly freaked me out how you have to bend it the opposite direction, twisting it, pulling it, and well....such unorthodox-like ways where you definitely think your investment would be gone.
It’s flexibility and sleekness surprised me. I was hard on it.
It is made well. The microphone, perhaps the favorite of mine, for calls or for whatever audio capturing application you need. Such clarity!
The option button for “Google Assistant” if you are into that kind thing may be useful.
Finally, the audio. This is the biggest area of expertise and honesty where employees need to know most about.
...and for that reason alone - a 4 star review. Again, for whatever reason, I’m not sure why time & time again why I’m told - as well as over-hearing employees telling consumers that the listener, or the “wearer” or “user” of the headphones playing their music would be “the only one” that would hear the audio coming from an outside speaker-no matter the volume!
Even at 100% volume. Skeptical- yes. It just doesn’t jive with basic physics.
Interesting enough, and to some truth, the unit was made with its acoustics-in-mind for the user “to listen to the ambient noise derived from this” and not to have people around hear it so much. Impressive?! Somewhat....but absolutely to no extent of not needing to worry about disturbing other people around them.
This principle, a very big sales pitch too, ONLY works listening at VERY low volumes.
I would rate this 5 stars, but because of the ongoing myths and false talking points about this item, perhaps; just due to lack of actually experiencing it, or I don’t know...not educated on this product, It’s beyond me.
But for the purpose of this review, what is written has been observed.
And since this is a Best Buy review on behalf of a product, I believe to some extent, especially if their is only one way to review - when their viably can be two - similar to eBay & Amazon - A review for the manufacturer of the product, and the review for the reseller or store.
I am left to give my best information relative to the entire product satisfaction. Part of that satisfaction (at least for me is the process from purchasing to experiencing.)
It would only be fair to include the Best Buy “experience” which I believe it to be so closely married to the product, well; all of their products for the sake of a review- for both good and bad.
I think it has become somewhat clear that the SoundWear may likely not become one of Bose’s flagship products, nor part of Best Buy’s ”in-store” inventory “power item” in their audio portable department..but Bose will never fail to keep its reputation, so as long one can really understand its product and appreciate it for what its purpose is and what it does.
Best of luck...