Bose’s rugged bluetooth speaker sounds better wherever you put it


The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus ($299) was released in spring 2017, along with its smaller sibling, the Bose SoundLink Revolve sầu ($199), & the two are the company’s newest portable Bluetooth không dây speakers. They are also Bose’s first cylindrical-shaped Bluetooth speakers, meaning that they play true 360-degree, room-filling sound, similar to an Amazon Eđến or UE Megablast. The two speakers are specially engineered, with dual-opposing passive-radiators and an efficient transducer, khổng lồ eliminate distortion và sound spacious và accurate. They’re both splash-resistant, too.

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The Good: The SoundLink Revolve Plus sounds superb. Strong bass, which you’d expect from a Bose speaker, but the speaker pushes impressive sầu midrange và treble as well. At low khổng lồ mid volumes, it gives you room-filling sound with negligible distortion. The speaker sounds great whether placed in the middle of the room or against a wall. It’s a surprisingly compact Công nghệ Bluetooth speaker, too, noticeably smaller than other speakers in the $300 price range, such as the UE Megablast. It can be grouped with other SoundLink speakers, if you have them, through the Bose Connect app. It’s simple khổng lồ use, with a few straightforward buttons, and carry. It’s splash resistant. The handle is useful. And it has a built-in mic so you can answer calls without having to piông xã up your phone.

Who It’s For: The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus is a good standalone Bluetooth speaker for anybody toàn thân, especially those who love Bose’s signature sound. If they have other SoundLink speakers and want khổng lồ pair them with the SoundLink Revolve sầu Plus, in either “party” or “stereo” mode, even better. Also, this is Bose’s loudest Công nghệ Bluetooth speaker; if you plan on playing music at lower volumes, the smaller & more affordable SoundLink Revolve might be a better option.

Watch Out For: No built-in voice assistant lượt thích Alexa or Siri. It’s not as pretty as Bose’s previous Bluetooth speakers, specifically the SoundLink and SoundLink Mini II, as it looks lượt thích a lantern. At high volumes, high frequencies can thảm bại a bit of their bite. Fairly expensive sầu. It charges via micro-USB.

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Alternatives: The UE Megablast and Blast are omnidirectional speakers that can be paired in a group set up through the UE’s companion phầm mềm, just like SoudLink Revolve sầu Plus. The other difference is that both UE speakers respond lớn Alexa commands (with Spotify support). The Sony SRS-XB41 is a larger & front-facing speaker with more, albeit quirky, features. Both are slightly more water-resistant than the Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus.


Review: Given the omnidirectional design of the SoundLink Revolve Plus, you’d expect it lớn sound best in the center of a room — & it does. Its sound is loud, immersive, warm và punchy, especially when listening lớn R&B and electronic music, like Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” & Avicii’s “Levels.” However, the speaker sounds good when placed against a wall, too; it actually makes the bass more intense.

If there’s a fault with the sound of this speaker, it has khổng lồ bởi with higher volume playbaông xã. Treble can thảm bại its crispness; I noticed this in songs lượt thích Lana Del Rey’s “Lust for Love” và London Grammer’s “Hell to the Liars,” where the vocals of the Haley và Lana kind of blover in with the upper-midrange — however this is grasping at straws for a flaw.

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Even though the speaker comes with a companion app, you don’t have sầu khổng lồ download or even use it. Without the ứng dụng, the speaker is still simple & intuitive to use; there are just a few well-marked buttons on the top of the speaker to lớn control play/pause, volume và pairing. The phầm mềm is really only imperative if you plan on pairing the speaker with other SoundLink speakers.

Verdict: The Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus is a terrific-sounding Công nghệ Bluetooth speaker that comes in a small package. You can’t submerge it like you can with other portable speakers, nor can you talk lớn it in quite the same capacity as you would with UE’s MegaBlast or an Amazon Emang lại, but the Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus has its own charm. Its easy-to-use controls, built-in mic for calls, and even its weird handle make using this speaker effortless, whether you’ve sầu used it for months or are picking it up for the first time. Yes, it’s slightly on the expensive sầu side, but for those who’ve loved Bose’s previous SoundLink speakers, the SoundLink Revolve Plus is an easy next buy.

What Others Are Saying:

• “The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is a great speaker, albeit expensive và a bit dated compared to the competition. It may not have sầu a smart assistant built in for voice controls, but for those who don’t care about that, the Revolve+ is a pleasure to lớn use, especially if you pair it with the doông xã … which, unfortunately, is sold separately.” — Lewis Leong, TechRadar

• “$300 is a big outlay for a Bluetooth không dây speaker. The Soundliên kết Revolve Plus has this premium pricing for several reasons: The tough chassis, water-resistance và 360-degree sound. If those things are important lớn you, then it’s worth the outlay. But if you don’t require those features, you could get tighter audio for the same price, for example with the V-Moda Remix.” — Stephen Charlton, SoundReview

• “The sound from the Revolve+ speakers is certainly detailed & also expansive, with a sweet treble & upper mid-range. The top over is maybe a little on the harsh side at times, though. The bass is healthily full – and can be reinforced a little by sitting the Revolve+ closer khổng lồ a wall. The 360-degree sound is really impressive sầu, without any very noticeable dead spots as you walk around the room – certainly not to the extent that you get with most 360 speakers. The SoundLink Revolve+ definitely sounds bigger and goes louder than the smaller Revolve, as you’d expect, but these are two peas from the same pod and have sầu very similar sonic signatures.” — Sitháng Osborne-Walker, Trusted Reviews

Key Specs

Sound: 360-degreeWater Resistance: IPX4 (splash-proof)Battery: up lớn 16 hoursCharge: micro-USBModes: stereo and buổi tiệc nhỏ modeApp: Bose Connect ứng dụng

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