Bose joins the smart speaker fray with new sound bars and a new wireless speaker
The range of Smart Assistant compatible speakers seems to be growing by the day, as Bose has just announced the launch of two smart sound bars (the Soundbar 700 and Soundbar 500) and a wireless smart speaker (the Home Speaker 500). All three speakers are said to deliver quality audio that’s well beyond their physical size, with superior voice pickup making it easy to interact with Amazon’s Alexa. Airplay 2 is also supported, so the speakers are well ready for Apple’s incoming 2019 devices.
Home Speaker 500
The Home Speaker 500 is wrapped in anodized aluminum for a sleek, modern look. It measures 20 x 15 x 10 cm and weighs just 2.15kg, making it easy to fit into any part of your home. Bose says the speaker uses two custom drivers pointed in opposite directions to reflect sound off surrounding walls for true “wall-to-wall stereo sound”. A row of buttons are located on top of the speaker, but you can also control it via the app on your phone. It of course supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so you can stream music to it via your favorite music streaming services like Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn or just directly from your phone.
It comes with a custom-designed eight-microphone array for accurate near-field and far-field voice pickup so Alexa will be able to hear your commands whether it’s quiet, noisy or even if you’re at the end of the room.
Bose Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700
Bose’s latest sound bars are meant to outperform, and both come with ADAPTiQ technology to automatically calibrate themselves for their surroundings, and have HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) for compatibility with future technology. Both also offer seamless connectivity via Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and have custom-designed microphones for superior voice pickup.
The sleek new Soundbar 700 measures 96 cm long by 10cm deep and is just over 5cm high, with a wraparound metal grille and an elegant tempered glass top. It uses Bose proprietary PhaseGuide technology to direct “beams of multi-directional sound” out in all directions, giving you a wide sound stage that let you feel like sound is “coming from places outside your sound bar.”
The sound bar also uses Bose DSP, custom low-profile transducers and QuietPort technology to produce great detail and depth as well as clear crystal clear dialogue for movies and sports. There’s even an intelligent universal remote included so you can manage your TV or other connected equipment from a single remote.
Meanwhile, the smaller, thinner Soundbar 500 measures just over 78cm long by 10 cm deep. This is just over 4cm high, and comes in a subtle matte finish to fit in with any décor. Said to be the thinnest speaker Bose has designed to date, this is supposed to have powerful acoustics that can easily fill a room with sound thanks to its proprietary drivers.
Like the Soundbar 700, the Soundbar 500 also uses QuietPort technology to reduce distortion, particularly in the lower ranges that tend to be problematic for speakers with such a slim profile.
The Home Speaker 500 will retail for S$599, while the Soundbar 500 and 700 will retail for S$799 and S$1,199 respectively from 21 September at all authorized Bose dealers.