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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    significantly redesigned SLCII, 3.5*s

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    WhiskeyTangoActual
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Here's a quick rundown on what's new and improved over the first gen SLC (in no particular order): IPX4-rated water-splash resistant (*not* immersible/submersible) NFC enabled Bluetooth pairing (just enable NFC & BT, then tap to pair) Speaker phone functionality over Bluetooth, with call controls located on the SLCII Other notable facts: The built-in Lithium-ion battery is still not user replaceable. The SLCII's radio for music/speakerphone is still strictly Bluetooth (no WiFi). Two SLCIIs cannot be Bluetooth paired for wide-field stereo (although this could be accomplished with a *custom* made line-in stereo-stereoR-stereoL splitter cable - where all three plugs have to be three-element stereo). . According to BOSE Tech Support, the SLCII is a true stereo speaker. with two, closely spaced, 40mm active drivers, one each for left and right channels. They are so close together, though, that you'd have to be very, very close (~6") to the SLCII to notice the stereo effect. My intention is to primarily use the SLCII as the main external speaker for a powerful, yet tiny, portable AM/FM/WX/AIR/SW radio receiver that is replacing a much larger, luggable, 30 year old, rugged, workhorse multi-band radio that finally gave up the ghost. The tiny portable isn't Bluetooth capable and only has a built-in 1.5" speaker and 3.5mm line-out. That 1.5" speaker performs amazingly well, for its size, but has all of the acoustic limitations that one must expect from a speaker that size. (The radio sounds unbelievably good using quality earbuds.) Using a 3.5mm, male-male, standard stereo cable between them, the SLCII is a perfect match for both voice and music programs, creating a room filling table radio sound. That said, the equalization of the SLCII is *not* aimed at high fidelity sound reproduction. The default EQ seriously over-emphasizes the bass, sloppily booming way too much ~150Hz, with complete roll-off somewhere above 60Hz. This is true whether using Bluetooth or 3.5mm cables, no matter how the unit is physically placed (for bass reflectivity). There are some EQ differences in the upper/mid ranges; Bluetooth sounds brighter than hardwired, using the same source devices, playing the same content examples in Bluetooth vs line-in testing. One thing that BOSE should seriously consider is a firmware update to the SLCII that programs the amp to produce a flatter frequency response curve from the SLCII when using the line-in connection. There is no reason to treat line-in on the SLCII the same as Bluetooth, specifically because of the ongoing limitations with Bluetooth audio codecs. For line-in, a flatter frequency response in the SLCII is to be highly preferred. Fortunately, I have very good music players on my various Android devices that enable me to adequately compensate for the SLCII's weird EQ, so that, for indoor listening, a high degree of acoustic fidelity can be teased out of the SLCII, period, not just good sound "for its size." The EQ shipping on the SLCII is most likely optimized for outdoor use; but, outdoors, the SLCII is going to face many limitations based entirely on its size. . - Battery and Charging issues I knew that the unit would ship with only a partial charge (30% as required by law), but I was surprised at how erratically my first SLCII announced that it had reached a full charge. If I had to guess, based on BOSE's stated cycle life of 300 deep discharges before battery failure and the prohibition in the full PDF user manual (p 21) against long term storage of the SLCII with a fresh full charge (indicating, to me, heightened thermal instability at full charge), I'd infer that BOSE put a Lithium Manganese Oxide (LiMN2O4) battery inside the SLCII. If I had a say in the matter, I would prefer a Lithium Titanate (LiTi5012) battery, because it can survive >3000 deep discharges and is highly thermally stable at all states of charge. The first thing I did after examining the SLCII for any possible shipping damage was to plug it into to a 2.0A USB charger. I was very surprised to suddenly hear the SLCII announce that it had reached a full charge (with a steady green LED light) after only 20 minutes of charging. I suspected that something might be very wrong. It turned out that my hunch was right. The first SLCII charged erratically, pre-maturely reporting full charge. Eventually, it failed to power on or charge, at all, and even resisted an undocumented BOSE "hard reset." Fortunately, BOSE dispatched a replacement. Wildly varying recovery charge times simply should not be observed immediately after a supposed full charge of any properly working battery, Lithium ion or not. The useful calendar lifespan of consumer electronics Lithium-ion batteries really benefits from keeping the battery's charge above 50% of the originally rated total mAH capacity. If one can't reliably know that a battery is, indeed, "fully charged," then there is no way to even begin to guess about where 50% of a full charge might be. Routinely deeply discharging, or discharging below 50% of a factory-rated full charge, will dramatically shorten the calendar life of a consumer electronics Lithium-ion battery. This is where the 300 charge cycle calendar life controversy with the original SLC comes from. Keep the Lithium-ion topped up as much as possible. On the other hand, a Lithium Titanate battery would be good for at least 1000 full charge cycles. It seems cynical, to me, for BOSE to knowingly use a 300 cycle battery on a one year warranty product. It would be also very nice if the SLCII would give visual/audible notice that it has discharged to 50% of original capacity, so that people will know when to plug back into external power, should they care about maximizing their battery calendar life. It's potentially the difference between 300 full cycles and 500 or more top-off charges. Non-user-replaceable batteries and battery calendar life were problems with the original SLC. The replacement SLCII sent to me took just under two hours of out-of-the-box charging to report its first full charge. After 10 minutes off charger, doing nothing, the SLCII then took 9 minutes back on charger to report a full charge. Another 10 minutes off charger, then 5 minutes back on charger to report a full charge. Finally, another 10 minutes off charger, then only 1 minute back on charger to report a full charge. This pattern satisfies me that the battery and charging circuitry are AOK in the replacement SLCII. Once again, the replacement SLCII never got warmer than ambient room temperature during any of these charging tests (as measured with an IR temp gun). If your SLCII gets hot during charging, that is likely another sign of battery problems to come. . - Bluetooth pairing I had no need to use the BOSE Connect app for Bluetooth pairing. Standard Bluetooth pairing worked with all of my Android devices and the SLCII. Deleting all previous SLCII pairings, NFC Bluetooth pairing also worked with all my NFC-capable Android devices, but sometimes it took more than one tap and/or twist to find the NFC sweet spot on each Android device. Nevertheless, NFC Bluetooth pairing always worked for me. . - Speaker phone capability I don't plan on using this feature much, if at all, but a lot of people asked for it. I prefer to use wired headsets for privacy and confidentiality. Should I get around to testing speaker phone capability, I will add a comment to this main review. I assume that the SLCII behaves exactly like a Bluetooth headset when it comes to making and receiving speaker phone calls. Via the multifunction button on the SLCII, there is call control on the device, too. BOSE Tech Support could not tell me whether or not the speaker phone capability of the SLCII is full-duplex or half-duplex. This matters a lot in situations where there is a lot of ambient background noise on either end of a call, especially outdoors. - Bottom Line on the BOSE SoundLink Color II For what I am going to mostly use it for, the SLCII sounds dramatically better than the much larger integrated, luggable device that it is replacing, given what I've written above, at far less than half the size and less than a quarter of the total weight. The SLCII does not seem to be intended to be a high-fidelity music/sound reproduction device, but I personally also find that to be the case for the entire BOSE SoundLink product line. I've auditioned them all, indoors, with my sound source devices and content, and I hear differently distorting EQ with ALL of them. The SoundLink III and SoundLink Mini do have more stereo separation. The SLCII (and the entire SoundLink line) is engineered to deliver sound with DYNAMIC PRESENCE, not high fidelity. As such, the SLCII is more like an instrument unto itself, rather than purely a sound reproduction device. If you insist on high-fidelity sound reproduction, you'll have to look somewhere other than the BOSE SoundLink for the time being. As an external speaker for Android devices, given my ability to tweak player equalization on the Android side, the SLCII is a remarkably good sounding portable powered speaker. The IPX4 splash rating is welcomed. NFC Bluetooth pairing just works according to the simple instructions. If BOSE makes firmware updates available for the SLCII, and if the BOSE Connect app can apply said firmware update to the SLCII, then I may have a use for the app. But I have seen no firmware updates for the SLCII, to date. Despite the fixable issues with charging and battery management, I still recommend the SLCII to others looking for a highly portable, multi-function, external speaker for music and/or voice reproduction.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall a great speaker i

    Posted
    Silvertruth

    This Bose speaker should satisfy anyone who is familiar with Bose products and their high quality in sound and material. Convienent to take with you everywhere you need your sound to be and appears to be able to take a beating due to its rugged feel. There are some things I didn't like about this product which I will discuss in a moment but my complaints are not a deal breaker and I would definetly buy this product again. My wife and I are fans of the Bose brand and own many Bose branded products from a soundbar to headphones. We chose to get this speaker because during the summer months we spend a lot of time outdoors grilling and watching our outdoor entertainment system. We thought this product would compliment our outdoor activities. Unboxing this speaker was straightforward. The box contained the speaker, a USB cord, and directions on how to set up and use. What is annoying is that as you read through the instructions you find out that you need a wall charger (which is not included) if you want to power or recharge this speaker. If you don't have an wall outlet that has the USB port, a wall charger that has a USB port in it, or a power strip with USB ports (I happen to have all three), then you will disappointed as you will to go out and buy one. For the price that you pay for this product, $129.99, you would expect that they would include everything that is needed right out of the box to be operational. While this is not a deal breaker for me, is was annoying. The look and feel of this speaker is great. This little speaker has a nice shape and size and the material on the outside feels military grade. I didn't take a hammer to it but it definitely feels like you could take one to it without damaging it. I was impressed. You can toss this powerful little speaker across the room and not worry if it hits the floor or ground that the speaker will get damaged with confidence. Bose really got that right with this product. My only complaint is that the material they used to make it rugged (a rubber type material) makes it a magnet for dust, dirt, cat hair, and all other forms of detritus. I can only guess that the reason it collects and holds on to dirt, hair, etc. is the rubber is probably generating a small static electric charge every time you pick it up. Cleaning the debri off of this speaker is annoying because it doesn't want to easily come off, but it does come off. The instructions for the care of this speaker lets you know that you need to use a damp cloth to clean it but to be careful not to get any liquid in any of the speaker holes. That was a little surprising to read because the pictures that Bose has on its website showcasing this product shows that it has all kinds of water on it making you believe this speaker must be waterproof. It's not. As read you find out it's Water Resistent. With this speaker loving to attract my cats hair and the the fact it wasn't waterproof, still not a deal breaker, but, again, just annoying considering other comparable wireless speakers on the market in the same price range are waterproof. Playing your music or listening to videos, movies, YouTube, etc. through the speaker is easy. You are instructed to download the Bose Connect app from the App Store and to go from there. I used my iPhone 7 to connect without issue. Once you download the app, it easily finds your speaker and updates it. After that, open up any app you use to play music or watch videos and you will be in for a treat and blown away by how rich and full the sound is coming from this little speaker. This speaker has great bass range and the highs are very pleasant. You aren't able to control any sound output like treble and bass through the app but you could do that through another app I'm sure but it doesn't seem necessary. Bose knows their product and they do sound extremely well. They never seem to disappoint in this area. So, overall, should you buy this speaker? Absolutely. I liked it so much I ended up buying their higher priced speaker the Revolve + and was blown away even more with that one but that's a different review. If you are asking yourself of this speaker is worth the money, it is. You won't be disappointed. If you can afford their more expensive wireless speakers, skip this one and get the other. Whatever your budget, you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    significantly redesigned SLCII, 3.5*s

    Posted
    WhiskeyTango
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Here's a quick rundown on what's new and improved over the first gen SLC (in no particular order): IPX4-rated water-splash resistant (*not* immersible/submersible) NFC enabled Bluetooth pairing (just enable NFC & BT, then tap to pair) Speaker phone functionality over Bluetooth, with call controls located on the SLCII Other notable facts: The built-in Lithium-ion battery is still not user replaceable. The SLCII's radio for music/speakerphone is still strictly Bluetooth (no WiFi). Two SLCIIs cannot be Bluetooth paired for wide-field stereo (although this could be accomplished with a *custom* made line-in stereo-stereoR-stereoL splitter cable - where all three plugs have to be three-element stereo). . According to BOSE Tech Support, the SLCII is a true stereo speaker. with two, closely spaced, 40mm active drivers, one each for left and right channels. They are so close together, though, that you'd have to be very, very close (~6") to the SLCII to notice the stereo effect. My intention is to primarily use the SLCII as the main external speaker for a powerful, yet tiny, portable AM/FM/WX/AIR/SW radio receiver that is replacing a much larger, luggable, 30 year old, rugged, workhorse multi-band radio that finally gave up the ghost. The tiny portable isn't Bluetooth capable and only has a built-in 1.5" speaker and 3.5mm line-out. That 1.5" speaker performs amazingly well, for its size, but has all of the acoustic limitations that one must expect from a speaker that size. (The radio sounds unbelievably good using quality earbuds.) Using a 3.5mm, male-male, standard stereo cable between them, the SLCII is a perfect match for both voice and music programs, creating a room filling table radio sound. That said, the equalization of the SLCII is *not* aimed at high fidelity sound reproduction. The default EQ seriously over-emphasizes the bass, sloppily booming way too much ~150Hz, with complete roll-off somewhere above 60Hz. This is true whether using Bluetooth or 3.5mm cables, no matter how the unit is physically placed (for bass reflectivity). There are some EQ differences in the upper/mid ranges; Bluetooth sounds brighter than hardwired, using the same source devices, playing the same content examples in Bluetooth vs line-in testing. One thing that BOSE should seriously consider is a firmware update to the SLCII that programs the amp to produce a flatter frequency response curve from the SLCII when using the line-in connection. There is no reason to treat line-in on the SLCII the same as Bluetooth, specifically because of the ongoing limitations with Bluetooth audio codecs. For line-in, a flatter frequency response in the SLCII is to be highly preferred. Fortunately, I have very good music players on my various Android devices that enable me to adequately compensate for the SLCII's weird EQ, so that, for indoor listening, a high degree of acoustic fidelity can be teased out of the SLCII, period, not just good sound "for its size." The EQ shipping on the SLCII is most likely optimized for outdoor use; but, outdoors, the SLCII is going to face many limitations based entirely on its size. . - Battery and Charging issues I knew that the unit would ship with only a partial charge (30% as required by law), but I was surprised at how erratically my first SLCII announced that it had reached a full charge. If I had to guess, based on BOSE's stated cycle life of 300 deep discharges before battery failure and the prohibition in the full PDF user manual (p 21) against long term storage of the SLCII with a fresh full charge (indicating, to me, heightened thermal instability at full charge), I'd infer that BOSE put a Lithium Manganese Oxide (LiMN2O4) battery inside the SLCII. If I had a say in the matter, I would prefer a Lithium Titanate (LiTi5012) battery, because it can survive >3000 deep discharges and is highly thermally stable at all states of charge. The first thing I did after examining the SLCII for any possible shipping damage was to plug it into to a 2.0A USB charger. I was very surprised to suddenly hear the SLCII announce that it had reached a full charge (with a steady green LED light) after only 20 minutes of charging. I suspected that something might be very wrong. It turned out that my hunch was right. The first SLCII charged erratically, pre-maturely reporting full charge. Eventually, it failed to power on or charge, at all, and even resisted an undocumented BOSE "hard reset." Fortunately, BOSE dispatched a replacement. Wildly varying recovery charge times simply should not be observed immediately after a supposed full charge of any properly working battery, Lithium ion or not. The useful calendar lifespan of consumer electronics Lithium-ion batteries really benefits from keeping the battery's charge above 50% of the originally rated total mAH capacity. If one can't reliably know that a battery is, indeed, "fully charged," then there is no way to even begin to guess about where 50% of a full charge might be. Routinely deeply discharging, or discharging below 50% of a factory-rated full charge, will dramatically shorten the calendar life of a consumer electronics Lithium-ion battery. This is where the 300 charge cycle calendar life controversy with the original SLC comes from. Keep the Lithium-ion topped up as much as possible. On the other hand, a Lithium Titanate battery would be good for at least 1000 full charge cycles. It seems cynical, to me, for BOSE to knowingly use a 300 cycle battery on a one year warranty product. It would be also very nice if the SLCII would give visual/audible notice that it has discharged to 50% of original capacity, so that people will know when to plug back into external power, should they care about maximizing their battery calendar life. It's potentially the difference between 300 full cycles and 500 or more top-off charges. Non-user-replaceable batteries and battery calendar life were problems with the original SLC. The replacement SLCII sent to me took just under two hours of out-of-the-box charging to report its first full charge. After 10 minutes off charger, doing nothing, the SLCII then took 9 minutes back on charger to report a full charge. Another 10 minutes off charger, then 5 minutes back on charger to report a full charge. Finally, another 10 minutes off charger, then only 1 minute back on charger to report a full charge. This pattern satisfies me that the battery and charging circuitry are AOK in the replacement SLCII. Once again, the replacement SLCII never got warmer than ambient room temperature during any of these charging tests (as measured with an IR temp gun). If your SLCII gets hot during charging, that is likely another sign of battery problems to come. . - Bluetooth pairing I had no need to use the BOSE Connect app for Bluetooth pairing. Standard Bluetooth pairing worked with all of my Android devices and the SLCII. Deleting all previous SLCII pairings, NFC Bluetooth pairing also worked with all my NFC-capable Android devices, but sometimes it took more than one tap and/or twist to find the NFC sweet spot on each Android device. Nevertheless, NFC Bluetooth pairing always worked for me. . - Speaker phone capability I don't plan on using this feature much, if at all, but a lot of people asked for it. I prefer to use wired headsets for privacy and confidentiality. Should I get around to testing speaker phone capability, I will add a comment to this main review. I assume that the SLCII behaves exactly like a Bluetooth headset when it comes to making and receiving speaker phone calls. Via the multifunction button on the SLCII, there is call control on the device, too. BOSE Tech Support could not tell me whether or not the speaker phone capability of the SLCII is full-duplex or half-duplex. This matters a lot in situations where there is a lot of ambient background noise on either end of a call, especially outdoors. - Bottom Line on the BOSE SoundLink Color II For what I am going to mostly use it for, the SLCII sounds dramatically better than the much larger integrated, luggable device that it is replacing, given what I've written above, at far less than half the size and less than a quarter of the total weight. The SLCII does not seem to be intended to be a high-fidelity music/sound reproduction device, but I personally also find that to be the case for the entire BOSE SoundLink product line. I've auditioned them all, indoors, with my sound source devices and content, and I hear differently distorting EQ with ALL of them. The SoundLink III and SoundLink Mini do have more stereo separation. The SLCII (and the entire SoundLink line) is engineered to deliver sound with DYNAMIC PRESENCE, not high fidelity. As such, the SLCII is more like an instrument unto itself, rather than purely a sound reproduction device. If you insist on high-fidelity sound reproduction, you'll have to look somewhere other than the BOSE SoundLink for the time being. As an external speaker for Android devices, given my ability to tweak player equalization on the Android side, the SLCII is a remarkably good sounding portable powered speaker. The IPX4 splash rating is welcomed. NFC Bluetooth pairing just works according to the simple instructions. If BOSE makes firmware updates available for the SLCII, and if the BOSE Connect app can apply said firmware update to the SLCII, then I may have a use for the app. But I have seen no firmware updates for the SLCII, to date. Despite the fixable issues with charging and battery management, I still recommend the SLCII to others looking for a highly portable, multi-function, external speaker for music and/or voice reproduction.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sweet Little Speaker

    Posted
    DJPOC
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am not an audiophile, I can't afford it. But I do have a discriminating ear. The reason I didn't give the speaker five stars is because I know there are speakers that can produce better quality, although few can do it at this price. Bang for the buck rating would be 5 stars. Sound quality far outweighs convenience features in my estimation. I also listen to music in a quiet environment at moderate or low volume levels. So, if you want to party down outside with your tunes you might factor that in when reading my comments. I like musical selections in contrast to 'songs' with dominant heavy purcussion, and predominant electronic sounds. When I listen to a track or download through earphones I appreciate the depth of the recorded sounds and the beauty provided by the subtle elements in a composition and the effect of musical dynamics. So there is at least a threshold of fidelity I require to be a satisfied listener. I compared a variety of popular bluetooth speakers in the 'under $150' range. I found too many popular speakers (the highly rated Bose Soundlink Mini 2 included) that overempasized bass compared to the midrange and treble elements. This Bose Soundlink Color II unit seemed to have the most satisfying sound reproduction for my ear and tastes. If it were just a fudge 'cleaner' (less muddy?) in the lower frequencies it would be even better. I'm not entirely sure how to describe it but the overall speaker sound has a just a bit too much theater (read THX demo sound on DVD's) flavor. A week after I purchased this unit I found a $199.99 UE Boom 2 on sale for $129.99, the same price I paid for this speaker. The UE Boom 2 has some very appealing convenience features ('tripod' mount, linking of multiple/stereo speakers, equalizer app) and comes highly reviewed. I had high hopes for the speaker and hoped I had found a deal. I bought the UE speaker and compared it to the Bose speaker at home, with songs containing my favorite musical 'phrases' and dynamics (classic rock, pop, and movie tracks). Without exception my anticipation of those favorite portions of my limited music library were considerably more satisfied by the Bose Soundlink Color II. It is not a perfect speaker but unless you are very demanding (and willing to part with much more money) I strongly recommend you consider this unit. I also highly recommend you narrow your choices to two or three, take them home, and listen to your favorite music selections. Use separate audio devices to drive the speakers so you can play short sections of identical tracks in rapid sucession from the speakers. Play those portions of the tracks that make your hair stand on end or cause you tap your fingers or start 'air conducting' the composition. That will answer which speaker will leave you satisfied and which will wear on your ear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little portable speaker!

    Posted
    RoGo76

    When I first received this speaker I couldn't figure out that I needed an extra adapter to plug it in with. After that-it was a pretty easy process to set up. The sound is amazing in all bose products but the fact that speaker is water resistant makes it easier to leave outside overnight or take it with me to the pool area. I take this speaker with me everywhere. It's super easy to just throw in your purse and take it to the beach, the park anywhere you want to relax and listen to nice sounds. I've owned other portable speakers and this one is pretty much top 3! The charge itself doesn't take all that long to do, but it lasts a while. I charge it about once a week, with being able to listen/rock out to it for about 4-8 hours daily! The amount of time I use it im surprised that I don't have to charge it more often, but this is a winning quality with me. I don't like not being able to turn it off manually from the bose app-only disconnect. Then after some time the unit itself turns off. Which I don't like. The settings are really easy to control. Sound is excellent. The bass is a little off-but due to the size of the speaker, I'm pretty impressed. They might not have all the settings you'd like on the app, but whatever device you have should be able to change certain sound settings. The buttons are smooth and the unit itself is sleek and soft. I love the feel of it. It's super lightweight and yet packs a punch! I love the range of it also! I could leave my phone in the house and yet still control it from the speaker itself. Such a wonderful feature. Especially when you're outside doing laps and don't use a watch or clock. It's been a great experience reviewing this item!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality sound in a small package.

    Posted
    TechEnthusiast
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    The Bose Color Link II is an awesome speaker with a big sound in a tiny little package. The exterior is coated in a rubberized silicone that gives it a very nice grip. It touts itself as being water resistant, but I wasn’t daring enough to pour a glass of water over it or anything. The “blue” is really more of a teal / aqua color. It wouldn’t have been my first choice in color, but it’s pleasant enough to the eye. The simplicity of its controls is both an asset and a drawback. Many of its functions are controlled using a single “multi-function” button. Long pressing allows you to make a phone call via voice dial. Short pressing while on a call and receiving another call will switch you to the next caller. Double tapping the multi-function button will allow you to switch between calls. Long pressing while on a call will switch you to your handset. Short press to accept an incoming call. And finally, long pressing will reject an incoming call. The controls are easy enough to work with the instructions sitting directly in front of you, but it’s going to be a little tricky getting used to working them from memory. I found myself accidentally short pressing at the wrong times or forgetting whether a long press or a short press was needed. I’m sure that this will get easier once I get past the learning curve. The manual with the instructions isn’t included in the box. Instead, you have to download Bose’ app and connect the app to the speaker in order to pull up the manual. Now to the sound quality. Let me start by saying that I am not an audiophile by any means. I enjoy listening to music, and I own several different playback devices; but I don’t consider myself a connoisseur of audio equipment by any means. That being said, I found the sounds to be impressively loud and not at all tinny. I took the speaker outside and cranked the volume. I was able to clearly hear the speaker from about fifty feet away (though it should be noted that the Bluetooth connection only extended about fifteen feet). The sound was clear, loud, and pleasant. I tested the mic by performing a series of “Okay Google” searches. The mic was able to clearly pick up my voice from multiple spots throughout a fair sized room. Whether or not I was facing the speaker made little difference so long as I spoke loudly and clearly. All in all, I was very impressed by this speaker. Given the size, I was tempted to dismiss this as just another Bluetooth toy. But given the sound quality and overall performance, I’ve come to realize that this really is a quality device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little speaker

    Posted
    Daniel
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    Before this, I was using a Beats Pill 2.0 for casual listening around the house while doing chores or while outside on the patio. The Pill did the trick, but I wasn't very impressed with the audio quality. I can say that the new Bose Soundlink Color 2 is a fantastic upgrade! I hate to jump on the anti-Beats bandwagon, but when you compare the Pill to the Soundlink, it's clear that you're just paying for the aesthetics and logo with the Pill. If you want the better audio quality between the two, go with the Soundlink. I love how amazing this little speaker sounds, even at higher volume levels, the quality remains fantastic. I don't know a better way to word it, but the audio sounds like it should be coming from a much larger speaker, Bose really did a fantastic job. There is one thing I liked over my old Beats Pill compared to the Bose Soundlink: a protective case. My Pill came with a simple protective case, while the Soundlink does not. If I want a case to store my speaker and keep it free from dust or for travel, I have to buy one straight from Bose (or go with a 3rd party via Amazon). It's not a deal-breaker, but I was a little disappointed. You can also use a Bose connection app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play with the Soundlink 2. The app feels a little unnecessary to be honest. My phone connected to the speaker right away (and was added as a trusted device to make future pairing easy) without the assistance of the app. I can control the volume through the app, but I can do that with the phone volume buttons as well. Plus, the volume control in the app shows as maxed out, while I can still press the physical button on the speaker to increase the volume further. Until Bose makes some updates to the app, it really feels pointless. I wouldn't bother downloading it. You can use the Soundlink as a speakerphone to make and receive calls, but the quality wasn't as great as I was expecting. I had to walk over to the speaker and really turn up the volume to hear the other person, and they told me that the quality on their end was sub-par (they knew right away I had them on speakerphone, but it sounded "worse than usual"). Since I mostly plan on connecting my phone to the Soundlink, I'll probably just take my phone out when I need to make/receive a call. PROS: * Lightweight * Great sound * Easy to pair with phone/tablet/computer * Decent battery life CONS: * The mobile app needs work * No included protective case * Phone call quality is not great

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for light outdoor use by the pool

    Posted
    JohnT

    Pros: + Light weight, highly portable + Stylish speaker that stands out from a crowd + Upright design projects sound + Rugged design. Sturdy construction and design. + Splash resistant + Speakerphone functionality + Good (but not great) bass + Sound is clear for its size + No distortion at maximum volume + Rubberized buttons make it easy to operate by feel + Bose app for smartphone makes operation even easier + Rubberized grip + Headphone jack! + mini-USB charging means I don't have to use proprietary charges + Easy bluetooth pairing + Solid build quality + Bose name Cons: - Mono speaker, so there is no stereo separation - Expensive compared to other less feature-rich speakers - Estimated battery life is short, but is similar to others in its class - No docking station - Cryptic buttons on speaker. Needed to read instructions. Conclusion: The Bose Soundlink Color II is an great speaker for times where light splashes of water might be involved. I loved using it by the pool and during a BBQ. I also use it daily while washing dishes and am not afraid to get it a little wet. Stereo separation is non-existent given that this is a mono-speaker, but it plays loudly and clearly with relatively deep bass for its class. The soundlink color II is a great rugged blue tooth speaker that is both conservatively stylish and well-built. Recommendation: BUY

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Choice for A Portable Speaker

    Posted
    raplybon
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Bose Soundlink Color II is a great choice for those who are looking for a wireless speaker for use anywhere and is especially the choice for a trip to the beach or on a hike. The Soundlink Color II is coated in a soft touch rubber which makes the speaker feel comfortable in the hand and tough enough to survive bumps and scrapes out on the trail. It is IPX4 water resistant which makes it splashproof but not waterproof which means you won’t want to dunk it into the water. All of the speakers buttons are on top, which includes playback controls, volume adjustment, power, Bluetooth pairing and Aux-In. Bose has also included a 3.5mm headphone jack for those who have older playback devices. You can also answer calls and use voice assistants like Siri or Google Assistant. Simply press and hold the multifunction button at the top to active your voice assistant to look up information or place calls. There’s also NFC built in for quick and easy pairing, which works flawlessly. Another neat feature that Bose packs in that’s quite rare for wireless speakers is multipoint Bluetooth. Multipoint technology allows two devices to pair to the SoundLink Color II simultaneously. This means you don’t have to jump through menus to switch from your phone to your tablet. The SoundLink Color II offers a good dynamic range for a speaker of its size, giving us nice bass extension and impact. The Bose SoundLink Color II offers good sound quality and tons of features in a portable body. On the down side, its 8 hours of battery life is average compared to the competition and I’d like to see Bose make the next version of the SoundLink Color last even longer. It would be nice to see the next SoundLink Color go fully waterproof like the rest of the competition. It’s not perfect but if portability, sound quality and features like NFC, multipoint bluetooth and speakerphone support are important to you, I think you’ll love the Bose SoundLink Color II too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Sound

    Posted
    Aeast
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been looking at Bluetooth speakers for my brother's upcoming birthday, so when I had the chance to try this one at home for free, I was very excited. You need to charge the speaker when it arrives, and I think a wall charger should be included. It's definitely portable and seems pretty rugged - we tried it at our office, our house, and my son's house indoors and outdoors. We didn't have any issues with the device disconnecting at all, and actually seemed to have very simple and great connectivity to devices, more so than some other devices I've used. We did use it outdoors, the speaker says it's waterproof so I felt comfortable using in near the pool. My son was actually pressure washing one day, and used the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth® speaker II while doing so. He thought there was plenty of volume with good sound quality. He did mention that an equalizer built into the app would be a great addition. This speaker is definitely at the top of the list for my brother's birthday! Note: This product has been put at my disposal for no compensation and in order to share my honest and unbiased opinion. Once I have completed my testing it will be returned to the manufacturer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker With Minor Annoyances

    Posted
    reynoak

    First off, let me say I love this speaker. The sound quality is awesome. It's light and compact and can easily slip into my bag for travel. It also holds a charge for a long time. I listen to mine for about an hour a day and probably only charge it every other week or every three weeks. I've been using mine for over a year and have had no issue with decreasing sound quality. I have two specific issues that kind of annoy me with this speaker. First, the micro USB port for charging is weak. I'm very gentle with my charging and the port has already loosened so that I have to arrange the cord in a specific way to get it to charge. Second, sometimes it has a hard time hooking up to the bluetooth on my phone. The speaker and my phone will both say they're connected, but for some reason it won't play. I typically have to disconnect and reconnect the bluetooth once or twice to fix this. With that being said, I would definitely buy this product again. The quality of the speaker outweighs my issues for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound for a small speaker

    Posted
    therritz

    This speaker allowed my phone to be connected with out having to be right next to it. I have used blue tooth speakers before and was not really impressed with them. With that being said, I really did not expect it to have such a great, clear sound to it. I like the design, its tough but looks sleek. The soft casing makes it finger print proof and easy to clean. The base of the speaker is a rubber material and keeps speaker from sliding around. It is not the smallest speaker, but still fits in your hand for easy transportation. The battery life on the speaker is really great too. I did have to charge it right out of the box, but oh well. I was not too impressed with the instructions. I understand trying to keep it simple, but it would have been nice to have things a little more elaborated. However, the set up and use was a breeze. I was able to connect to the speaker prior to even downloading the application. From other reviews and information that I have read I should be able to access Siri or Google, but I have not been able to figure it out. I will keep trying though. As of now, I would definitely recommend this speaker to anyone.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    ashp24

    Love this product! The sound quality is high and the bass does not disappoint! The volume range is perfect for an at home jam, party, get together or just for low key background music. I honestly felt like I had an at home speaker system, but with the major plus of it being a lightweight, portable device. It has a rubber coating which makes it feel super durable, while maintaining a super classy look. I love that it’s water proof! It makes it perfect for outdoors!! Seriously you can throw this in your bag and you’re good to go for whatever get together. It is super easy to set up, and I love the added feature of being able to select your primary language. The only downside is that I wish the charger cable was longer… that and it would’ve been nice if it came with the actual wall connector. Also if you have too many bluetooth devices around it can go in and out of connecting between them... but if you turn off the bluetooth on all but the one you want to connect it with, I didn't have any problems. Overall tho, this device is definitely a thumbs up!! Great quality, great sound, perfect portability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool Product

    Posted
    CMCMom29
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    This unit is very well made and sturdy. It definitely has to heft to it - I was surprised how heavy it was pulling it out of the box. I LOVE the teal color. It has a really nice outside surface - I don't know what the material is, but it's super smooth. Super easy to set up. You download the Bose Connect app and followed the instructions. It came out of the box charged, so I didn't have to wait for it to power up. I tried playing music through my iPhone. The one complaint that I had about that was, when I turned up the volume loud, I heard a background sound that reminded me of the noise you'd hear when playing vinyl LPs. I don't think that was on purpose, and for me, it was a little distracting. Someone else may not even hear it. The major complaint I have, and the reason I only rated it four stars, is that it would not hook up to my computer. I have an HP laptop with Bluetooth that I tried to hook up to the unit. Neither item found the other. My laptop speakers are not up to par for me, so I was hoping this would solve that problem, but they don't "find" each other. Very disappointed in that. Overall, I would recommend trying one.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for a little speaker

    Posted
    Bobby
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a very little impressive speaker that sounds amazing. It has great sound and fills a large space with it. I use it with spotify and haven't tried to hook up an iPod to it yet, but I can with an audio cable, since it has a 3.5mm audio port. Charge holds for a good amount of time. You can play it for a few hours at a time and can do that a few times before needing to replace it on the cradle to charge. It Sounds great at low volumes and is expressive when turned up. It does lose a little of the bass at the louder volumes but there isn't a need to go there. I have another brand of portable speaker that does not even compare to this one. The only one I have heard that is better is its larger cousin the soundlink II. I would recommend this to all my friends.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The second one is great so far!!

    Posted
    Frank
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    So something really wierd happened to me with this speaker. I ordered online and picked up in the store. After opening the speaker I noticed the rubber skin was very loose and twisted to where the charging port and 3.5mm jack didnt line up. I didnt think anything of it and the speaker worked great for about 4 days. After that it would connect and tell me it was connected but there was no sound. After exchanging it the second one I received appeared far better out of the box and is working great so far. Its almost as if it was a repackaged used speaker. Working like it is now it is 5 star worthy. I only gave it 4 because of that issue. Thank you Best Buy for the great customer service!!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Bluetooth speaker

    Posted
    hj1558

    Over the years, I have been a massive fan of Bose and their products. This wireless speaker is one of a kind. After spending the past few weeks with the Bose Color Soundlink, I have been very pleased with the product. This product delivers such crisp and clear sound. The one downside is the bass on the speaker. It is not very strong, and it is noticeably missing. But it does such a spectacular job combing all the ranges of sound. The design of the color soundlink is very upmarket looking. It has a nice sturdy feel to it as well, it feels very sturdy and well made. In addition, the battery life is impressive. I got it to last for a good 12-13 hours before recharging. Operation and setup are very straight forward. I would absolutely recommend this to a family or friend that is looking for a nice Bluetooth speaker. The price is very fair and reasonable. So, if you are looking for a portable, well built, sleek design, and fantastic sounding Bluetooth speaker, the Bose color soundlink is just for you.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Small size, Big Sound!!

    Posted
    Bmac
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    Upon getting the Bose Soundlink Color, I couldn't help but think that for such a small box, it was pretty heavy. Now I know why. Removing it from its box, it was my favorite color Blue, and to my surprise, I didn't realize it water resistant. It's silicone top layer and heavy base make it aesthetically one of the best wireless speakers I've ever seen. It's perfect for both indoors and outdoors and just the sound intensity and clarity alone are enough to make anyone fall in love with it. It was very simple to pair up with both my cellphone and laptop. I barely charged it and it satyed charged for hours. And it stayed connected whIle I moved around the house. I couldn't have asked for anything better as far as the speaker itself goes. The one thing I wasn't fond of is that while it did come with a USB cable to connect the speaker with a charging brick, it didn't come with the plug in adapter.. Luckily I had plenty, though I know not all are as fortunate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, great range, OK connections

    Posted
    GreeneGiant
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    There have been a couple times I could not get my phone to connect. The app is nice to be able to control which two sources are connected and which is playing, but it seems to get confused at times and will not connect. I've connected a LG G6(the phone I've had trouble with), a Samsung Tab S3, and Dell Desktop computer, a MacBook Air, and an iphone 7. The G6 is what I've had the most trouble with. The app will say the speaker is sleeping...that it cannot find it, but it's sitting right next to it and I know it's on. Eventually, it randomly connects. I don't know if the problem is the phone or the speaker or the app. The range is amazing. I've left the speaker upstairs on one end of the house and gone down stairs to the other end of the house and it stayed connected.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool little speaker!

    Posted
    BBReviewer
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    Plug it in and you're off! This little thing paired with my iPhone effortlessly. My partner then paired hers to it as well. No problems. We played some tunes and they sounded awesome. Deep, solid sound - but certainly not the best sounding speaker I've heard. It can play loud without issue and the louder it is the better it sounds. Both sides of the speaker gave the same sound. We tried a phone call and it worked well. I do t think I would ever use it for that, but a good feature to have available. Not a lot to it - included is a USB cable and no charger. I have extras and a surge protector with USB ports built in, so I'm good. But if you don't have that, you will have to buy an electrical charger. It's not that expensive. I think it's well worth the price. Doesn't include a very good instruction guide, but trial and error allowed me to figure it out. I will need to find a guide online for more info. All in all, it's fun and easy to use. Can be taken anywhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend