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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sounds like a Bose

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    RonH
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    When you open the box, you are greeted with sleek cylindrical shape of the speaker and the reality of the build quality. This speaker weighs almost two pounds and is built like a tank. The body of the speaker is one piece metal construction with a plastic base and rubberized buttons on the top. There are six buttons on the top of the speaker; power, Bluetooth, Aux, volume up, volume down and a multi-purpose button. The battery needed charged right out of the box but the speaker turned on after a few minutes of being connected to the charger. When you power it on the first time, you need to select the prompt language, then its ready to pair. The Bose Revolve has NFC so pairing was as simple as tapping my android phone to the top of the speaker and pressing “yes” on my phone. It does not however have the NFC icon/symbol you would expect to see showing where to tap. The most important issue, how does it sound? AMAZING! This little speaker kicks out some room-filling volume with a clarity and fullness that is definitely Bose. I was unsure how a seemingly one channel device would compare with a two-speaker stereo unit and I can honestly say it doesn’t matter. The sound coming from this little speaker is so immersive and full, stereo sound is a non-issue. There is an app for this speaker, Bose Connect but its pretty lackluster, only offering volume and connectivity options, oh and you can use it to rename the device and select the voice language. I’m convinced the attitude at Bose is “we know how your music is supposed to sound” and you’re going to like it. I would have like to have seen the app allow some sound adjustment for the speaker, similar to the Sony app that lets you adjust the Extra Bass and add sound profiles. The multi-purpose button is used to pause, select next track or go back, by pressing once, twice or three times in succession, similar to the button on iPod headphones. There is a socket in the bottom of the speaker, I assume for mounting. The first thing that came to mind was a camera tripod; and it fit. This might be useful for a back-yard party, being able to mount the speaker at ear level. When you turn the Revolve on, it announces the battery level and devices it is connected to. I was surprised to hear it say it was connected to two devices at the same time. It seems this is a feature of other “Soundlink” models as well, allowing you to link to two devices and switch between them. I gave it a try and it worked as described. With the first device playing, I pressed play on the 2nd device, nothing happened until I stopped the song on the first and immediately device 2 began playing. I can’t quite figure out the usefulness of this but I’m sure someone asked for it for good reason. If you have the revolve connected to a phone, when you get a call it chirps, says “call from” and speaks the caller ID. Simply press the multi-purpose button and the Revolve becomes a speaker phone, and it sounds pretty great. When the call ends, it says “call disconnected” and the music begins again. There is a wired AUX input to connect the speaker to non-Bluetooth sources which is then selected by pressing the AUX button on the top of the speaker. Unlike most other speakers, Bose did not include a 3.5mm aux cable. (Even my $14 generic model included one) Battery life is very good. I’ve been playing this several hours a day for a week on a charge. There is an accessory charging cradle that allows you to just set the unit on it to power/charge it. I am not a big fan of micro USB cables so this works great for me. Plug the base in once and you’re done. If I had created the charging base, I would have also incorporated the AUX plug into it, adding an extra bit of functionality, also making it easier to just grab and go. To wrap this up, I was a little on the fence getting this kind of speaker but glad I did. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for decent sound at their next gathering.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound AND Portable...Can't Ask For Much More

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    Panther68
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    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: The Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker is, in its simplest form, a “reworked” version of their other SoundLink speakers, coming closest to the SoundTouch 10 Speaker in terms of size, sound quality, and functionality. Take note that there will also be a slightly larger model, called the Revolve+, which, likewise, would come close to the SoundTouch 20 Speaker. The biggest differences are in the shape (they are round cylinders, similar to an Amazon Echo), as well as the fact that they are portable, ala other SoundLink devices. First, the shape…a cylindrical speaker is a bit strange, but, at the same time, different in a somewhat pleasing way, as it doesn’t scream “I’m a speaker”. From the base, working up, it narrows slightly, having all control buttons on its top. TheRevolve + is a slightly larger, and taller, version of the same speaker (it also has a carrying handle, giving it somewhat if a “lantern” appearance), to which I’m going to assume it has a slightly larger diameter speaker…but I can’t confirm this, not having actually seen one. BATTERY, DISTANCE, AND WATER RESISTANCE: Where portability, and battery life, is a concern, the Revolve lasts up to 12 hours, while the Revolve+ model will have a 16-hour charge. In charging both speakers, you have two choices – plugging the microUSB cable directly into the Revolve speakers, or purchasing ($30) the optional SoundLink Revolve Charging Cradle. I HIGHLY recommend the cradle, as it will not only save you time in plugging/unplugging, but, over time, the speaker’s connection could get damaged. Additionally…and, more importantly…when using the Revolve speaker at home, place it on the Charging Cradle to keep it fully charged, while still using it. In terms of distance, inside the house, I was able to maintain connectivity to my cell phone (my “music player”, with well over 100GB of MP3s encoded @ 256Mbps) for approximately 25-30 feet, which is about average where Bluetooth is concerned. However, in terms of music quality, I found it best to maintain a distance no greater than 20 feet, as signal, and thus sound quality, quickly degraded beyond that point. Outside, on the other hand, was a different story…great sound quality was maintained to approximately 30 feet, “decent” to approximately 35-40 feet, with signal loss taking place at 45 feet. This was, to say the least, better than my expectations. I can’t say that every connected device will achieve this…some will be less, and others could possibly be more. While not the greatest in “water protection”, let it be known that the Revolve Speakers do have an IP rating of 04, meaning that they are NOT protected against solids, and where liquids are concerned, “water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect” (info obtained from dsmt.com). SOUND QUALITY: Of course, the whole purpose of a speaker is to play music. So, how do they sound? Let’s just say I’ve never been a huge fan of Bose products. They produce really good-quality sound, but tend to be overpriced for what they are. In other words, you’re paying a decent amount for the ‘Bose’ name. That’s NOT saying Bose products are bad, or that they produce bad-quality sound – they ARE good, and they DO produce great sound…but, you can usually find equal-quality products, producing better-quality sound, for the same, or less, money. That being said, the Bose Revolve Bluetooth Speaker lives up to the Bose reputation – it produces really good-quality sound, but costs more than I truly believe it’s worth. ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: The best part of the Revolve speaker is…or, better yet, will be (once officially released)…the Bose apps (Bose SoundTouch and/or Bose Connect). To be honest, I haven’t had the opportunity to use them, I did speak with the manager of a local Bose store, so the following is based on what he told me. Additionally, I’m not 100% certain of both apps, or only one, will be used with the Revolve speakers. Anyway, moving on…according to what I was told, the app(s) will give you the ability to adjust tonality, so as to give the illusion of being in different areas (concert hall, stadium, small hall, large hall, etc). Additionally, it will provide “party mode” (the same sound emanating from multiple paired Revolve Speakers), as well as “stereo mode” (the “left” audio out of one speaker, & “right” audio out of the other speaker, when two speakers are paired). FINAL VERDICT: The Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker (and its larger Revolve+ sibling) lives up to the Bose reputation, producing very good quality (heck, I’ll even go so far as to say somewhat better than “very good”) sound, and being a great, well-built product. The fact that it’s a portable Bluetooth speaker, and still producing sound of this quality, is even better. The “icing on the cake” is the (optional) Charging Cradle, making charging the revolve speaker(s) a simple, effortless task. Would I recommend the Bose Revolve Speaker? If I completely disregard my not being a big Bose fan, the answer is “absolutely”. Even knowing I’m not a Bose fan, my answer would still be “yes”. Bose has produced a great product, with a better-than-very-good sound quality, at a price that is on par with similar products. What give the advantage over those “similar products” is the Charging Cradle, as well as the Bose apps. The Revolve Speaker is, on its own, already a great product…but, when combined with the apps & Charging Cradle (which, at only $30, is an excellent value), everything is even better. Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Baby Bose Big Sound

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    Maclemoor
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    Everyone knows what Bose is known for and this little guy doesn’t stray from that. Straight off the back of the box you are informed; Deep, loud and immersive sound (I agree but the speaker is only size of your hand so don’t expect your whole home to be immersed) True 360-degree sound (I agree, spun the entire speaker and there were no missing sounds throughout) This really helps when you have it in a mutual spot and don’t want to exclude an area. Con to this is you may want to direct the music but can’t since it’s a full 360, so be careful where you put it. Water resistant and durable (doesn’t mean put it in the water but this guy is so small I can carry it to the tub, take a bath or shower, take it outside while I bar-b-que and then back inside to the kitchen while I finish cooking. One speaker for every location inside and outside my home). Right now its bedside because I’m sick, so I play jazz music to help me go to sleep. Bose Connect App enhances control (again back to how I’m using it now, instead of reaching over to change the song or volume, I just keep my phone close by, which I already do and control this little guy from my cell phone thru the app. Easy peezy) Con to connecting to your phone is getting messages, emails and phones to interrupt your music. Even more of a con, is if you have guests and other ppl connect to your Bose and decide to have a full conversation on your bose speaker, not cool. To avoid this just tell them to turn on ‘do not disturb’ and all should be fine. Up to 12 hours per full charge is really impressive. I see no reason for this not to happen unless you don’t let it play through and change the song, volume and such every 2 minutes. Set up was really easy. 1) I plugged in the cord to the Bose and then the cord to the wall plug, then plug that into a wall power source. 2) Then I pressed the plus sign and looked for English. Surprise, it’s the first language, so then I pressed the multi-use button and it was ready to pair. After pairing it through my Bose app, I changed its name (personal choice) and some other features to make it more functional to myself. Not too excited on trying to figure out what the Multi-use button will mean when I’m trying to use it. once for voice command, or play or pause or pick up the phone or hand up the phone. Heck I’m confused and the directions leave much to be desired or figured out in this case. Hah. The battery charging colors are pretty simple, green is good, blinking orange is charging, solid orange is half charged and red is Need to charge. The Bluetooth button will stay on when its connected to something. Overall I like the size and feel. The sound is synonymous to Bose quality but I’m not a fan of the multiuse button or the function that connects your calls and notifications to the speaker. The multiuse button does connect you to siri if you have an iphone and you can talk to it and ask it questions (what’s the weather, play a son, who won a game, cool right). Not sure if its small enough or the right shape to travel with either. I’ll give it a go and report back. It has a good design, so I say pop it in the middle of large room and let it play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    360 degrees of Sound from Bose

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    JoeBlow25
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    This is the first speaker I have ever used that emits sound in all directions equally. After using for a while and playing with the app, I am very impressed with the ease of use, sound quality and portability of the speaker. Overall build quality - Coming in at around 6" tall, the speaker is easy to pick up and take with you wherever you are going, but has just the right amount of weight to not feel cheap. Like most Bose products, this speaker sticks with the Bose design philosophy with minimalistic styling so as not to be too intrusive in the room it is placed in. One interesting design feature is the included tripod mounting hole on the bottom of the speaker. This definitely allows for a lot of flexibility on where you can place this speaker in a room as you are not limited by where your tables, shelves, etc... happen to be located. However, I am guessing this is more for when you are having a party or if you are taking the speaker with you somewhere because I don't think most people are going to want to have a tripod mounted speaker as a permanent fixture in their homes. Sound Quality - For it's size the sounds quality is very good. The speaker is able to get very loud without noticeable distortion. Bass leaves a bit to be desired but, again, is decent considering the size. This speaker can easily fill a large room with high fidelity sound. App and Ease of Use - When the speaker is turned on, it will automatically pair with any devices it can find that it has paired with in the past - it will pair with up to 2 devices at the same time. If it does not find a recognized devices to pair with, it will immediately go into pairing mode. This is a very nice feature as you do not need to hold down any buttons for long periods of time to initiate pairing mode. The app is also well designed and shows which Bose product you are managing, which devices are connected to the speaker and allows you to disconnect devices as well. Volume can be controlled with buttons on the top of the speaker, or via the app as well. I personally prefer to use the app as it is easy to tell what the volume level is based on the slider position and percentage indicator. If you are playing music from the phone running the app, you can also see what track is being played and skip back and forth between tracks all within the Bose connect app. Bose's specialty has always been big high quality sound in a small package, and I think they used their audio engineering expertise to achieve a true 360 degree speaker that can fill a room with sound without any dead zones. This is a clear advantage over most other Bluetooth speakers out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    In a word - solid

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    Jules
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    tl;dr Great output for a small speaker, with low-, mid-, and high- range. Easy setup, stable BT, bad power adapter design, simple but useful app. I'm relatively new to BT speakers because I never had much of a need, but a while back I got a Big Magicbox and was pleased with the portability and performance. I used it only for listening to news, podcasts, and audiobooks because it was never for music anyway - it falls way short for that. Now that I have this Revolve, I'm practically blown away by the full (and loud!), generous sound I can have from a small speaker (the same size as the Magicbox). Now I have a decent portable speaker for music, and the volume doesn't need to be turned up to sound good. I've got a good component system, but the Revolve lets me take music outside and elsewhere. Since Bose specs are mostly a secret and online shopping can't provide the real audio experience, all I can say is that the output doesn't sound cheap. Since it is Bose, it had better not. The 360 degree design is implemented well. On the Revolve, two devices can be paired at one time meaning you can switch (using the app or the button on top) between them and not have to bother with pairing and unpairing. The only limitation here is that, in order to use the Bose Connect app for volume, BT selection, audio controls, etc you have to reserve one of the two connections for the app on your phone (or tablet). There is an aux jack and a micro usb jack on the side toward the bottom, and a charging cradle point and pole mount threads on the bottom. The Revolve comes with a usb-to-micro usb cord and power adapter. About that stupid adapter - it's huge and is best plugged into the bottom of a wall outlet or the single wide-spaced outlet at the end of some power strips. Otherwise you're blocking more than is desirable. But, it is pretty flat. I guess that's good but it doesn't make up for how wide it is. Wall charging uses the usb cord and power adapter. I don't yet know how long a full charge takes, but going from 50% to 100% was a matter of about an hour. Alternatively, there is a charging cradle available separately. I've gotten moer than 10 hours with a recharge. I don't know how low the battery was at that point and can't yet say how long it can go on idle. The speaker is packaged with nearly zero information introducing it or using it, but setup is practically done once you plug it in. I played with the buttons on the top to see what they do and they are almost straighforward. Volume up and down, power, bluetooth (press multiple times to initiate pairing and choose between connections), aux/usb input selector (press multiple times to switch between modes), and the last (at 6 o'clock) is one I haven't yet quite figured out. One point to note - the serial number is not on the box but it is imprinted on the bottom rubber-like pad, though it is very, very small and rather indistinct. Since everyone needs their serial number at some point, it's nice to know that it is accessible in the app. Whew. My underperforming eyes were glad to see it. Bluetooth performance is outstanding so far. Quick to pair and there have been no drops in the week or so that I've used this. It handled an incoming call (on the paired phone) by announcing it, including the number. All in all, solid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Bluetooth speaker for the size

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    Jack
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    I received a pre-release review unit under the Best Buy Tech Insider program along with a charging base. After using for more than a week, here's my opinion: DESIGN Soundlink Revolve is designed like a cylinder -- the intent is to get a 360 degree immersive audio experience. This is really good especially if you are outdoors. It has a well-built metallic body with a rubbery top for controls. It is dust and water-resistant which is again very handy for outdoor music playback. The unit feels a bit heavy due to the metal construction, but that may not be an issue for normal usage. SOUND Now the best part of this speaker: the sound is so good compared to its size. I usually do not like Bluetooth speakers in general and am more of a headphone person, but I was blown away at the sound. I used to use my Google Home for my podcasts and music IF I didn't want to use my headphones, but after hearing the Soundlink Revolve, I can't go back to the Google Home anymore. The bass is quite good, and so are the highs. Of course you can't expect Sonos-like sound in this one, but still you'll definitely get amazed at the quality from this speaker. CONTROL & CONNECTIVITY You have the normal array of control: power, play/pause, forward, rewind. There are separate buttons to select source: Bluetooth or the 3.5mm audio in (quite handy if you want to keep our wired source attached while wanting to play something over Bluetooth). There's audio prompts when you turn on or connect the speaker and it speaks out the name of the source as well. This is useful since you can connect it to at least 2 devices over Bluetooth at once. APP There's a companion app for the speaker called Bose Connect. You can name your speaker, toggle voice prompts and of course change the volume with the app. The battery level is also available. However, there's been a recent report saying this app uploads usage data to Bose which may be shared with 3rd party services. I didn't go into details on this, and since I don't think its essential for normal operation, I just got rid of this. CONCLUSION Overall, this is a mighty good speaker. Bose's are always lauded for their good sound and quality, and this speaker does not disappoint in those categories. If you are in the market for a good Bluetooth speaker and also willing to spend some dough, you should definitely check out this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Immediately Impressed!

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    TcCokato
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    Overall this speaker was on par with my expectations for a Bose speaker and because it’s water resistant, will be a nice addition to my outdoor activities this summer. Setup was quick and painless with all of the devices tested. This speaker maintains multiple Bluetooth pairings as well and features NFC pairing with the installation of the Bose connect app. Sound quality was impressive for a majority of my tests, I did note that the quality of the bass was diminished when playing music with heavy bass at max volume. When the speaker was set at moderate to high volume the sound quality impeccable, deep base, rich, clear mid and high-end tones, which is to be expected from Bose. Even though this speaker looks similar to other smart home devices, it does not come with this feature. However, if your phone is properly setup to accept voice commands via Bluetooth you can “add” this functionality, but due to the multitude of devices out there I cannot guarantee it will be compatible with all phones. It will however function as a Bluetooth speaker phone which is a nice bonus. I was a slightly disappointed that the Bluetooth reception strength was a bit lacking, which may or may not be the fault of the speaker. When paired with my phone, the speaker frequently lost its connection as I moved it to an area within 15 ft. of the speaker. Granted, there were a few obstructions between the two devices, but nothing that should have interrupted the connection like it did. I performed the same test with the speaker paired to my laptop and no connection issues were noted. During my tests, I managed to get about 11hrs of battery life before the device powered down, which is more than adequate for a wireless speaker. +1 star Easy setup NFC Pairing Long Battery life Exceptional Sound quality (low to high volume) Maintains multiple Bluetooth connections Water resistant Speaker phone -1 star Bass distortion at max volume Bluetooth connection inconsistent between devices Overall: 5 stars

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Dynamic Range for a little speaker.

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    dorkhead2
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    The Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth speaker produces great sound. The mids and highs are crisp and clear, and the bass is good. Like most Bose speakers, the bass is not heavy. Don't expect a strong and loud base note. The base is present, it's just clean and controlled. I compared this $199 speaker to another Bluetooth speaker (Anker A3143) I purchased about a year ago. That speaker's value was around $60. So, while you cannot expect similar quality and sound, you can at least compare the two to see how they are different. I love the Anker speaker because it produces a loud and good sound for an affordable price. All the reviews I read about that speaker stood up to my use and experience with it. When comparing the Bose Revolve speaker, you do get what you pay for. You get a clearer and crisper sound (less muddled than the Anker), and the ability for the speaker to produce a wider range of sound. Also, the Bose speaker has the internal power to produce a louder sound overall. Not to mention, the sound is evenly distributed in a 360-degree sound field. The Bose speaker has a longer battery life (10 to 12 hours), and the ability to control certain features within its own app. The Anker doesn't interface with an app in any way. I was very happy with my Anker speaker, but the Bose Revolve speaker will become my go to Bluetooth speaker for my portable sound needs (e.g. small gatherings, music outside in the yard, etc.) The setup was simple, and it connected very easily to my Galaxy S6 phone running Android 6.0.1. The app that you download separately is nicely designed and it's kept simple. It can read the music you're playing on your phone, and displays the song's information within the app. You can also pause the song, or move around to different parts within the app. It's nothing too special, but it does allow you to do quick changes to the song without getting out of the app. You can also control the speaker's volume within the app. The speaker’s volume level is kept separate from the phone's volume. Meaning, if you crank your phone's volume all the way up, you can still control the speaker’s volume within the app and on the physical unit itself. Conversely, you can leave the volume to the speaker all the way up within the app or on the unit, and control the loudness using the volume buttons on your phone. Another great feature that is accessible within the app, is the ability to pair two Bose Revolve speakers in stereo mode. If you’re looking to pair two portable Bluetooth speakers to receive true stereo sound, these speakers can do this. Of course, you'll have to buy a second one. Overall, this is an excellent Bluetooth speaker. I do wish it produced a little more bass, especially for the price. But I guess there's only so much a speaker of this diminutive size (6 inches tall by 3 inches wide) can generate in the low frequency range. Still, the bass is present, and like I mentioned above, clear and crisp.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tons of sound, but lacking in the bottom end!

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    IronHorseGPS
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    The mystery is finally revealed - The Bose Revolve Bluetooth Speaker is here and it is ready to wow owners with whole room or home sound! Easy to use, easy to setup, the newest speaker from Bose has tons of sound from across the sound spectrum, but can be lacking a bit in the bottom end if you are not using HD sound recordings. PROS - Enough sound to fill a room or a home! - Amazing quality of sound across the spectrum, you can hear every note and sound well - Minimal footprint - Wireless - Bluetooth - Easy Setup, Easy Connect - Solid, Well built - The must-have companion Charging Dock make for easy, no-nonsense charging - Quick charge, 1 hour to full charge CONS - Low end sounds can suffer with poor quality recordings - Only HD/Digital Recordings are recommended on this unit Battery Life still uncertain. Appears to be approximately 8-10 hours on complete charge with constant use, but this is only a guess based on 1 hour of use and 90% battery remaining. The only reason for 4 out of 5 star rating is the cost to low end frequency sound. I am concerned that not everyone will have access to HD quality sound recordings. Older non-digital recordings didn't have the same crisp sound quality on this speaker and lost the quality mostly in the lows... it got swampy and muddy. Yes, this was a result of the quality of recording, not the equipment, but when you pay for premium equipment you expect some correction for this as well, thus my rating. On everything recorded digitally, it was amazing! Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Great Sound and easy setup Bose product

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    gonzaloejimenez
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    Ok, this took me a while to figure out all the great functions this unit has, since there was little info in the instructions, but it was worth it. First at all, the Bose Soundlink Revolve has a great shape, Small but amazingly powerful sound, its vertical design resemble a lot to the Amazon Echo, but it is not a amazon or google assistant, even though it has a incorporated mic that I will explain later what I have found out how to use it. The first time you turn on, it will ask you to set the language, pressing and hold the selection button that is on the right. The command voice will help you to guide you through the few settings or options, that you can turn on or off with the Bose Connect app. The selection button has only 2 selections, the aux input and the USB input audio, and Bluetooth input which is the left button. I have a Samsung cell phone, so once you search for the unit through Bluetooth, you will look for Soundlink Revolve, and that is it. You can stream your mp3 Music through this unit. Wonderful sound, it covers my whole bedroom and it is surprisingly powerful, I could not find any info on how many watts but It was enough for me to have It in 75% while I was taking a shower. I also tested the range of connection, and it is more that 30 feet, since I was downstairs and the music was still playing in the second floor. This unit also supports NFC, so I just put my cell phone closer to the unit and it connected automatically. I downloaded the Bose Connect app, which it is really useful, because you can download and install the firmware, change the name of the unit, set the auto timer, change the speaking language, or turn on or off, adjust the volume level, check the Battery level, and use the playback mode. Now, something that I noticed, is that the sound is great with the HD music, but it lacks of low frequencies with some old mp3 recordings. But it was not a big deal for me. The Battery lasted almost 11 hours, I had this unit playing continuous classical music the whole day using my cell phone with the Pandora app. Now, since this was not a Amazon echo or Google home, I was curious about what was the use of the mic this unit has incorporated, so because It is connected to my phone I was able to use the mic pressing and hold the button and if you have your google assistant enable on your phone you can ask or do the same things you do with you google assistant with your cell phone, so it is like a extension (mic and speakers) of your phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best. Hands down!!

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    SheriD

    Love this little thing. I was surprised with the amount or power this speaker has. When I first held the box I was kind of curious to how it was going to work out. I have other Bluetooth speakers. I've always kind of gone with the bigger the better approach. By even just the package I could tell it wasn't going to be bigger... it was heavy. Still not bigger. Yet, it turned out to be 100% better. I seriously mean that. Sturdy and powerful. It charged pretty quickly. I like that it doesn't have to stay connected like most speakers. Making it possible to tote wherever I go. Even came with its own charger but the charge port is pretty universal. I still didn't risk charging it with anything but the charger that it came with. Like I said. It charged quickly. Maybe an hour and a half to 2 hours. Oh and this thing is a beast!! Perfect 360 sound. Perfect. I have played everything from Classical music, rap, and country all the way to Rock and many more. Literally, all kinds of music. Easter Sunday we had a nice little kick back and my mom was washing dishes dancing and singing with me. Just making memories. I love taking it wherever I go. Since its water resistant, I felt comfortable hanging out in the hot tub with this sitting next to me. My daughter listens to her music on it as well especially since It is incredibly easy to use. Power button, volume up and down, button for aux or bluetooth, and the multifunction button. Press once to pause, twice to skip forward and 3 times for back. Also if you are in the kitchen and your phone isn't in reach, you press once on the multifunction button, wait for a beep and ask whatever you need to know. For example, "how many ounces are in 1 cup?" Then get a clear "8oz are in 1cup" response. Simple and practical. I love that I can carry such powerful sound with me. Not matter where I am or what I am doing. Playing catch with my boys. Bam. Relaxing in a bath.. bam. Oh and I have a meditation app that I have used through the speaker. I cannot explain how phenomenal this speaker is. Bigger isn't always better. I was wrong. Do not judge a book by its cover or a speaker by the box. The charge seems to last me all day and even through the night as I use it for a clean noise while I sleep. Perfect. Absolutely perfect. The quality is beyond measure. I no longer need multiple speakers for many rooms. Not when you can carry it to whatever room you want to be in. Better than all of my big speakers and nothing about it is a hassle. I even love using the Bose connect app. I have it for my earbuds and have now connected it to this speaker. Super easy!! As a picky person. I have to say that I highly recommend it to all music lovers or anyone who watches movies... scratch that. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth Speaker With A Twist

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    DaveG
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    As a general rule, I'm not a big fan of "portable' speakers. If I want to listen to music, I turn on the home stereo and choose the proper input - CD, Pandora, AirPlay, etc...Call me old (I prefer the term Vintage). I have to admit, there are times where having a portable speaker is handy. Working in the yard, the garage (I do have a stereo there too), sitting on the patio (I have outdoor speakers)...clearly there's a market for them, I'm just not the target demographic. However...Bose did something unique - they added a microphone! They might not be the first to have done this, but this is the first I've seen. So now you can make phone calls (or Skype, FaceTime, etc) from the same device. Pretty slick. Pairing to my iPhone was easy - I assume it'll also be easy for Android users as well. There's a Bose Connect app which allows you to control certain other functions, but not critical to the operation. It does allow you do turn off voice prompts - if my wife had to hear "Connected to Dave's iPhone. Disconnected from Dave's iPhone. Ready to connect. Ready to connect. Ready to connect." she was going to strangle me. Phew. One more day without marriage counseling. Let's talk sound quality... There's the old adage - No highs. No lows. It's gotta be Bose - and there's always been a bit of truth to that. That said, Bose makes a quality product. Is it "accurate"? Eh. Does it have a flat frequency response? Maybe? Does it allow you to enjoy your music? Yes! I felt the Revolve got plenty loud for my liking. I thought there was a warmth listening to different music (rock, pop, etc) that wasn't exhausting to listen to for extended periods of time. I didn't use it long enough to check battery life, but it lasted for several hours at moderate volume. It also provides a nice 360* listening environment. Spinning the Revolve around, I wasn't able to locate the exact position of the internal speakers. I made a few phone calls using the microphone and nobody complained. On the speaker end it seemed to level out different voices pretty well. Different people speak at different volumes, but they seemed to level out very nicely. I want to find a way to use this in the office as it'd be great in a conference room. Bose also included a 3.5mm input for those who don't/can't use bluetooth. Again, this isn't a big deal, but nice to have. I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. It is perfect for smaller rooms where you just want to listen to music. My name is Dave and I'm a member of Best Buy's Tech Insider Network. I was sent this at no charge in exchange for an honest review. I'm a life-long techie with a real job and just do this for fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Keeps getting better!

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    Technopackrat
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    I've been a big Bose fan forever owning a couple of headphones and TV soundbar. I currently have a Bluetooth Soundlink Mini that goes with me everywhere. The sound is amazing and it will fill an entire room. My only knock was that the sound is directional. Sound from behind was not as crisp and clear as in front. Not a huge problem but it works like most speakers delivering sound out in front. Now Bose kicks it up a notch with a great evolution of bluetooth speakers with the Soundlink Revolve! The Revolve is a rechargable vertical conical bluetooth speaker that delivers sound 360° around the speaker. It truly fills a room with great sound that you would expect from Bose. Pairing was simple and I was playing music in a matter of seconds. There are 6 buttons on top of the speaker: Power, Bluetooth, Aux input switch, Up Volume, Down Volume and Multifunction (which allows you to start, pause, next track, last track, and a mic button that you can use Siri). According to the instructions it's also NFC capable which since I'm connecting with an iPhone I can't test. There is an optional charging cradle that adds convenience to charging by setting the Revolve on the cradle rather than plugging in the speaker directly through a micro USB connection. I would suggest taking care when setting the Revolve on the cradle as I apparently accidentally touched the wrong contacts between the speaker and cradle and the speaker started emmitting a loud hum that I had to power off the speaker to get it to stop. Other than that everything works perfectly! The Soundlink Revolve replaces my Soundlink Mini in my backpack when I travel. Hats off to Bose for yet another great sound product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW! I'm Impressed!

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    Mikegyver
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    No doubt that BOSE always produces some great sound with their high quality speakers! That is a given and this one is a perfect example of their consistent high quality sound This unit is small and compact, only weighs about a pound and a half but really delivers!! I am really truly impressed to say the least. Besides excellent Mids & Treble, the Bass in this compact speaker truly delivers! If someone walked into your home while this was on, they'd think you had your home stereo system on because the sound out of this little monster fills the room fully and into adjoining rooms as well. Like I said, I Am Impressed! Out of the box it only took a few hours to be fully charged and ready to go. On the 1st power up, it wants you to make a choice of languages (by asking you to do so), which by default was english as the first choice so I selected it and didn't have to cycle through the other languages (I'm not sure how many it contains-sorry I didn't check this but after it says "English", you can cycle through all the languages by using the + & - volume buttons on top of the speaker) I "Paired" it (bluetooth) with my iMac Retina desk top computer, which took me a whole 30-45 seconds to do and I was cranking up the music immediately afterwards. I just hit the bluetooth button on top of the speaker while in front of my iMac, with bluetooth open, and it almost immediately showed up in my list. Maybe 5 seconds is all that took and I was ready to use. It cannot be any simpler! There are also volume controls on top of the speaker. Apparently you can also charge directly to the speaker via the USB input at the rear, without using the dock charger, although I just used the dock charger. You can also use the speaker while it is on the dock charger which is convenient so you never run out of power. It states that the charge will last an average of approx. 11 hours of use when not on the charger. So far I used it on a 5 hour marathon of fairly high volume music and it was consistent on volume the whole time without weakening. You can turn it off and then when you turn it back on, it will tell you how much percentage of battery level is left. I moved the speaker around throughout my home while it was cranking the tunes and I got to about 40-45 feet in every direction (Even outside and/or through 3 walls) My bottom line is that this little speaker is a powerhouse with high quality sound with excellent bass and will satisfy you with a smile on your face. I'd recommend this to everyone that wants an awesomely convenient speaker to be able to put the party where they want it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    small size. great sound. long battery life

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    skylog
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    Bose has had a reputation for producing quality speakers for many years, so going in with their Soundlink Resolve, I was confident it would, at the very least, perform "well" and live up to their name. That said, after trying so many Bluetooth speakers over the years, and so often being disappointed, I did temper my expectations ever so slightly. To begin, as one would expect, the speaker is solidly built (main shell out of aluminum while the top and bottom are made from rubber), has a nice weight (while not being "heavy") and just feels good in the hand. It is somewhat water-resistant, mostly just from an occasional splash here and there, but, a nice little bonus nonetheless. It also has universal threaded mount for attaching to various accessories. Set-up is easy and straight-forward. Simply get it powered up and connect via Bluetooth. I was expecting some good sound, but honestly, I was not expecting sound this good. The rounded construction and the internals of the speaker allow for 360 degree/omnidirectional sound. The sound "throws" everywhere, and with a lot more volume that I was expecting. Not only that, but it certainly has that Bose clarity with no true recognizable drop-off in quality as the volume pushes higher. The bass is there, no doubt, and while it is not "thumping," it is clean and better that I have ever heard in a Bluetooth speaker previously. My use case for a Bluetooth speaker involves lots of taking it from place to place. The Soundlink Revolve shines here as well. The smaller size makes it great for throwing in my bag and being able to set up wherever I like. Further, the long battery life (12 hours) means it does not have to be tied to a cable as often as is usually the case. Lastly, with the use of a Bose app, you can pair multiple speakers together for even more sound and options if you know someone else who has one (or if you have more than one). My only gripe here, and it is not really a complaint, is that I wish Bose would sell a carrying case of some kind, maybe a shell, just something maybe for longer travel. I have no problem tossing it in my bag on the go, but with such a great-looking and quality product, why not offer a quality case to go with it? Just a wish, but I would pay more for the option. Ultimately, I am very pleased with this speaker and I can easily recommend the Soundlink Revolve for anyone looking for a Bluetooth speaker (with a sleek and modern design) that sounds great and can be taken with them on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like A Bose

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    neio11
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    Another great sounding portable speaker by Bose. This is my 3rd Bose bluetooth portable speaker and this is my favorite. The feel of it comfortable and solid. It has a soft rubber top and bottom. The body in the middle is aluminum. At the bottom of speaker is a set of gold pins for use with the charging cradle that you can purchase separately. This unit comes with a charger and a charging cable. Also at the very bottom is an option to mount this to a tripod but I don't know why you would... maybe I'll find a use for that someday. Bose is known for clear highs and mids and this does not disappoint. The lows, well you can't expect it to deliver bass pounding sound but it is impressive. The sound is delivered all around the cylinder body, 360 degrees of awesome sound. Ah, maybe this is why they put a tripod mount. In addition to bluetooth connection, you also get a headphone jack and a micro USB port. At the top, you have the power button, bluetooth (push the button to change your connected device), input (AUX or USB), volume (-/+), media control (press once for play/pause - twice for forward - 3 times for reverse). Bose Connect app for iOS and Android lets you check battery level, manage your connected devices, turn on/off voice prompts and set auto-off timer. Overall, I really love this speaker. It has all the functions I need for my portable computing needs. I like that I can switch between my devices simply by pressing the bluetooth button. No more disconnect device first then connect the other device. Now what are you waiting for? Go get this Revolve Soundlink speaker from #Bose!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hefty portable speaker with Bose quality sound!

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    GadgetGuy1981
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    The new Soundlink Revolve was worth every minute of the wait! This little guy is very compact, with a slightly conical, beer can shape, and while small in stature, can fill a room as well as its larger Soundlink 3 brethren. I'm coming from a Jabra Solemate and several smaller waterproof Anker and iHome speakers, and this is definitely the best sounding of my bunch as it relates to clear, rich, LOUD sound! This thing is also made with some premium body materials. The Revolve seems to be constructed from some type of Magnesium/Aluminum core body with a top-cap control panel that is rubberized and seems quite durable. Some very durable and textured polycarbonates bring up the base, making this a seemingly rugged device, yet upscale enough in appearance that I'd wished they included a carry bag/protector case of some kind. Knowing BOSE that will come along as a pricey accessory just in time for back-to-school or the holiday shopping season! The volume range is excellent. I took some time to get this review in so that I could try the speaker as the sole background music provider at a few spring family functions, including a kids party where princess movie soundtracks easily filled our party of 100 and lasted way longer than the 4 hour party.People could even hear the songs clearly over the chatter of our party room. I really don't have any complaints, other than the lack of protective gear and the relative sensitivity to scratches and dings the body seems to have due to the premium materials, and one other thing that we shouldn't even be talking about in 2017 when it comes to premium brands - The USB connector! Why, BOSE, why! Why did you put MicroUSB on this new flagship portable device instead of the now-almost-standard USB Type C! This device isn't particularly thin or small where the Type C port would cost you form over function, and these kinds of new portable devices should ALL be standardizing on the new connector, particularly those that were developed so recently and are being released as a new form factor and new model in 2017. If this had Type-C connectivity for charging/updates/etc. It would be an easy 5-star device. Since a charging cradle is offered this is a lesser issue, but it still bothers me to see those tiny, one-way, fault-ridden ports on modern, premium devices such as this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice speaker with some strange design choices.

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    MrMike
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    For 2017 BOSE has released a couple new wireless bluetooth speakers. Both the SoundLink Revolve and the SoundLink Revolve+ allow you to wirelessly send sound from your bluetooth compatible device (phone, tablet, computer) to the small portable speaker. For this review, I tried the smaller SoundLink Revolve. Upon opening the packaging, I was surprised how small the speaker is. It's about the size of a can of soda. This lends itself pretty well to its portable nature. I plugged the speaker into the cable and the wall wart for a charge. There is a charging dock, but that item is sold separately. I highly recommend getting the dock if you plan to move the speaker to different locations frequently. Having to replug the charging cable every couple of days becomes a little bit of a nuccessence. After the charging session, I was able to pair the speaker with my iPhone without issue. It wasn't as seamless as devices that including Apple's new W1 chip, but bluetooth pairing is pretty simple these days. I think the days of troublesome pairings are gone for most quality products. First thing I tried was some music from Spotify. I was pleasantly surprised with the sound. It wasn't too bad. Maybe good for a dorm room or an outdoor patio space. The 360 sound was nice but I typically shove my speakers in a corner somewhere, so that functionality is often lost. Sound is very particular to each person and the type of music they listen to, so it's often hard to cover too much of that in a review but this does a nice job in a small form factor. I'm a little surprised in 2017 that BOSE hasn't added WiFi functionality to either of the Revolve speakers. I'm not a huge fan of having to leave my phone near the speaker whenever I want to listen to something. There are other products in a similar price range that play 360 degree sound and can stream music and podcasts from service providers wirelessly over your wifi network. I feel that overall this speaker is really intended for the BOSE fan who needs a portable speaker where there might be no wifi signal. Maybe a beach, a hotel room or a backyard patio far away from a house. The sound and charge life are good, just feel the whole package could have been a bit better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not much to write home about - Bose just joined th

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    radnus

    Bose, who was a spectator with a market full of 360 degree speaker, joined the much awaited bandwagon. Will it differentiate itself from the rest? One has to wait and see. Physical appearance and feel Bose has gone with a Conical Frustum approach with controls on the top plane. The controls are pretty basic - Power, Bluetooth, volume and voice controls. At the base of the frustum is contact point for a cradle charging station, which does not ship with the unit. The base is also lined up with rubber to provide the much needed friction and dampen the bass, so that the surface on which it stands does not vibrate or jarr. Mainly, there is this lovely socket to mount the unit on a tripod! That is pretty clever. Behind the unit is the charging port - Micro USB and a Aux line-in. One would have wanted a USB-C. The unit is sturdy as with every other Bose product. There is no feeling of cheapness. Overall it has a good form factor. Connection Connection was straightforward with Bluetooth. Enable BT in your Android (can speak for that alone) phone, switch on the Revolve, search the unit on your phone and connect it. Neither did I bother to use the Aux-in as the market/intention of the unit is for wireless connectivity nor I had the intention to use the Bose Connect App. The app, has not much to offer - would have been good if I had more than one unit of Revolve to check the app out. Music Experience Loud. That’s what came to my mind when I head the first piece of music through the device. Seems to be consistent with their marketing message, but the deep, powerful bass was missing - which others seem to quote. One can feel the music from every corner of the room, but some reason without the bass, I was not able to appreciate the effectiveness of the speaker. If one has to use the App to achieve it (via stereo mode), I would say the price point is way too over as the app is the selling unit than the speakers themselves. I have a wired bookshelf speakers set connected to my PC and they provide the clarity and bass for one-third price. Overall Cons: Expensive. Average product. Pros: Pair with other speakers, good for party and on the go folks.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I am small but I am loud

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    QCY539

    I am small but I got a mighty voice that will get your feet off the ground! The Bose Soundlink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker truly delivers the audio performance we all come to love and expected. This time the engineers at Bose was able to place all the features you need to stream your favor tune, in a speakers size that is not bigger than a 16oz bottle, and first time ever a true 360° room filling sound with deep and loud audio performance you can enjoy it all day long. But what I like the most about this speaks is not only about its portable sizes, the awesome sound it can reproduce and still kicking after 10 hours or more on a single charge, it is how easy I was able to pair up with my favor mobile devices with the Bose Connect Apps, with this apps I can easily manage my connection with the speakers, checking on update, and at any time if I need some help with how to operated the speaker, it provide a very easy to follow instructions for you to follow, excellent for those who are not so tech savvy.

    I would recommend this to a friend