Wi-fi audio system are tremendous handy to make use of round the home however most are directional, sounding their greatest in a single explicit spot. Bose and different speaker makers have give you an answer for this downside: 360-degree sound.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve continues the corporate’s historical past of wonderful construct high quality and sound and crams all of it right into a cylindrical speaker you may take with you on the go. The speaker bears a putting resemblance to the corporate’s glorious Bose SoundLink Mini II speaker however in a special kind issue.
[Replace: On the finish of 2017, the SoundLink Revolve remains to be a superb Bluetooth speaker, albeit one which’s a little bit dear. Our information to the best Bluetooth speakers is crammed with our high selections for audio system that supply a greater ratio of value to efficiency. Give it a learn earlier than making up your thoughts.]
In case you’re fascinated with a speaker with extra heft and battery energy, then Bose has additionally produced a bigger model of the Revolve known as the Revolve+.
Nonetheless, Bose hasn’t but made a completely mud and waterproof speaker and that’s nonetheless the case with the SoundLink Revolve.
With an IPX4 score, the SoundLink Revolve will survive splashes however you received’t need to dunk it in a pool or take it to the seaside. That’s a giant disadvantage particularly for the $199 (£199, AU$299) value level however, if it’s any comfort, the speaker at the least sounds higher than the absolutely waterproof competitors.
The Revolve takes the design of the SoundLink Mini II and stretches it right into a cylindrical form that barely resembles the Dalek robots from Dr. Who.
It incorporates a robust aluminum housing which is available in both silver or black and incorporates a rubberized base and buttons. The speaker feels extraordinarily effectively made and may put up with being tossed in a bag with some keys and knick knacks.
On high of the speaker you’ll discover buttons for controlling each function of the speaker, together with quantity, playback, Bluetooth four.zero, aux and energy. Bose’s multifunction button controls the whole lot from music playback to activating voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant. The SoundLink revolve works nice as a speakerphone for taking calls, one thing the UE Wonderboom, one other well-regarded speaker that we reviewed earlier this month, lacks.
Its microphone is positioned on high of the speaker, so it is capable of hear your voice from any course.
On the underside of the speaker you’ll discover 4 pins for an elective charging dock and a threaded tripod mount. It’s disappointing that Bose didn’t throw within the $30 (£19.95) charging dock free of charge prefer it does with the marginally cheaper SoundLink Mini II, which prices $180 (£170, AU$300). Whereas it might sound odd to have a tripod mount, it presents flexibility for mounting the Revolve in your house.
Bose additionally helps you to pair two Revolve audio system to make use of for stereo or amplification, a neat function that is changing into an increasing number of frequent nowadays. This may work as much as a variety of 10m.
Pairing for this function may be finished on the machine itself, but it surely’s extra handy to make use of the Bose app. You might have the choice of utilizing the audio system in stereo or mono, relying in the event that they’re in the identical room or not.
On the within the Revolve incorporates a twin passive radiator setup operating up the perimeters of the speaker to fill out the decrease finish of the audio spectrum. Mids and trebles are dealt with by a downward dealing with transducer, which makes use of a deflector plate to distribute sound equally in all instructions.
Bose claims that this driver configuration permits the speaker to create a full 360-degrees of sound across the speaker with none audio blindspots.
The largest purpose go to with the SoundLink Revolve over certainly one of its flat-faced associates is in order for you omni-directional sound. With it, you may transfer round and expertise the identical sound wherever you’re. That is nice for events so everybody can have the identical listening expertise regardless of the place they’re sitting.
When it comes to quantity, the SoundLink Revolve does an excellent job of pumping music loudly in all instructions. That mentioned, in the event you place it on the middle of the room, the speaker lacks some bass response however that may be remedied by putting the speaker close to partitions to assist replicate sound and enhance bass response.
General, the Bose SoundLink Revolve’s sonic efficiency is superb, particularly when in comparison with our different favourite 360-degree speaker, the UE Wonderboom. The place the Wonderboom sounds strained, the Bose performs loudly and effortlessly.
Bass response additionally sounds richer and extra managed than the Wonderboom, which incorporates a mid-forward sound. Nonetheless, it is best to take note of that the Wonderboom is half the worth of Revolve.
In comparison with the ageing SoundLink Mini II, the SoundLink Revolve sounds nearly pretty much as good however can’t match the expansive soundstage and instrumental separation of the Mini II – although, admittedly each audio system sound superb and also you’ll be arduous pressed to note the distinction until you hearken to them facet by facet.
In comparison with the Bose SoundLink Color II, the Revolve options extra element and bass response. The 360-degree sound makes the Revolve extra suited to listening outside than the directional sound of the SoundLink Shade II. Each the Shade II and Revolve are IPX4 rated, which implies they’ll survive splashes however you received’t need to dunk both speaker within the pool.
In comparison with the competitors, the Revolve’s battery life is common for a speaker of this dimension, lasting 12 hours at reasonable listening volumes (the Revolve+ improves on this marginally with a 16 hour battery life). Watch out about charging the speaker the evening earlier than a giant occasion because it additionally takes the speaker a ridiculously lengthy four hours to completely cost when empty. It could have been good to see Bose bounce to USB-C for quicker charging, but it surely’s not a deal breaker.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve is a wonderful sound speaker for customers on the lookout for true 360-degree sound. It’s nice for sharing music throughout a celebration or for shifting across the room with out dropping audio constancy. Nonetheless, the Bose SoundLink Mini II sounds barely higher and is barely cheaper as well.
On the debit facet, it’s additionally not absolutely mud or waterproof so that you’ll need to assume twice earlier than bringing the Revolve to the seaside.
For half the worth, the Wonderboom is a superb speaker that’s utterly mud and waterproof. Whereas it may possibly’t match the audio constancy or options of the Bose, it is nonetheless nice for on-the-go listening. If bass is your recreation, the JBL Charge 3 is a wonderful absolutely waterproof speaker that sounds nice however is huge and heavy.