Bose has unveiled a new minimalistic audio solution named Home Speaker 500. The speaker is said to combine size-defying performance with superior voice pickup to crush whatever device currently fills your home with music. Arriving October 11, 2018, Home Speaker 500 is priced at AUD $599.95 and supports Amazon Alexa. AirPlay 2 and support for other voice assistants is coming in early 2019.
Bose claims Home Speaker 500 has the widest soundstage of any smart speaker available today. It’s wrapped in seamless anodised aluminium. Two custom drivers aimed in opposite directions reflects the sound off surrounding walls, separating instruments to the far left and right and placing the vocals closer to the centre. Regardless of volume, the music is said to come through distortion free.
Bose’s smart speaker uses the proprietary mic technology found in its headsets and headphones to better hear voice commands over louder music. Whether you’re close by or across the room, or competing with conversation, the speaker will hear you the first time.
“Voice-controlled speakers aren’t new, and there are plenty of great options to choose from. But we had a different vision for ours, inspired by what we could uniquely do to make the experience better,” said Doug Cunningham, Category Manager, Bose Consumer Electronics.
“All of our new smart speakers double up on functionality. It takes just one Home Speaker 500 to deliver true stereo separation — there’s no need to pair two.”
The sleek black or silver cylinder is a mere 20cm high x 15cm wide x 10cm deep. If the phone is out of reach, the speaker’s essential functions can be handled via buttons on the top. The icing on the cake is Home Speaker 500 shows miniature album covers on its display screen. Whether you should listen to Panic at the Disco or Ed Sheeran is open to debate. The Bose Home Speaker 500 arrives October 11.