When it comes to home sound and entertainment, Bose has pretty much got the game all sewn up, but one gap remained in the brand’s extensive portfolio; quality portable functionality. Late last year, the brand set to work on addressing this, releasing the Bose Portable Home Speaker, and more than six months on, the technology still stands up.
The cylindrical speaker stands 7.5″ high and just over 4″ wide and is wrapped in a seamless anodised aluminium enclosure. From a sound perspective, this may be Bose’s most innovative compact speaker yet. Copping improved 360-degree sound and deeper bass than any other portable smart speaker its size, the new addition has no sweet-spot for listening. Instead, the three passive radiators, a high-excursion driver and a proprietary deflector distribute clear, lifelike sound evenly in every direction. Additionally, the Bose mono-signal technology makes corrections in real-time, so you hear everything the artist recorded. And it’s easy to notice.
We set up the Bose Portable Home Speaker in a range of locations and environments within the home, all of which it handled with ease. Once we connected it to the Bose Music app, we could set new presets and really get a taste of how impressive the bass capabilities actually are. This thing is a real beast for such a small portable speaker, which when combined with the smart features makes it a pretty sound investment.
When using Wi-Fi, the Bose proprietary voice pick-up system works with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, both built-in, to access playlists, podcasts, news, weather, smart home devices, and more. It’s a huge advantage for those who have considered purchasing a virtual assistant but weren’t sure where to start. But, if you’re worried about someone listening in, the Portable Home Speaker also has Bose’s proprietary mic-off feature, which cuts power to the microphones, eliminating any possibility you can be listened to or recorded.
The ultra-versatile, compact speaker comes in Triple Black and Luxe Silver and also boasts some serious battery power, Bluetooth functionality and voice control. The first Bose speaker to cop a rechargeable battery, the Bose Portable Home Speaker lasts up to 12 hours, which Ben Burns, Bose senior product manager said was a major upgrade for the addition.
“Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery — along with a short list of features everyone wants and loves. We lived with it like anyone else would — with our families and friends, away from work — to make sure it was the kind of product we wanted to use, day after day. It was. And we think people who take it home will feel the same way,” he said.
The Bose Portable Home Speaker is super smart, super sleek and an absolute powerhouse portable sound device. If you looking to take that home entertainment experience to the next level, this is one speaker that can do it all. You can pick one up online for $429.95.