Bose Now Makes Smart Speakers and Soundbars With Alexa

Posted on August 28, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Amazon with 4 Comments

Bose today announced three new speakers. The company is announcing a new smart speaker and two new soundbars that come with Amazon’s Alexa assistant built-in. They also feature AirPlay 2 support for iOS users, letting them play music from their phone or iPad.

The company’s Home Speaker 500 comes with two custom drivers that are pointed in opposite directions, which are meant to “so sound reflects off surrounding walls, separating instruments to the far left and right, and placing vocals where the artist did..” Yeah. In other words, music sounds good on this thing. The speaker also comes with eight microphones, so Alexa won’t have any trouble listening to your voice commands. The design of the device obviously isn’t anything outstanding, but Bose is purely focusing on the sound quality here so that’s what you will get on the Home Speaker 500 for $400. The inclusion of the playback display is kind of interesting, though — this is the first speaker that actually has a preview display which shows the currently playing track. It’s unfortunately not a touchscreen, though.

The company’s new soundbars are similar, too. They come with eight microphones and Alexa built-in, and HDMI ARC support. The bigger, $800 Soundbar 700 was apparently “engineered to outperform every other product in its category” while the Soundbar 500 offers a similar experience at a smaller size for $549.95. This thing won’t sound as good as the Soundbar 700, mainly because it’s smaller in size.

Bose’s new smart speakers are going to be quite compelling for people who are looking for a high-end speaker powered by Alexa. Amazon obviously doesn’t make high-end smart speakers powered by Alexa that are capable of competing directly with something like the HomePod or the Google Home Max, and so the new Bose Home Speaker 500 could be a solid alternative.

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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Bose Now Makes Smart Speakers and Soundbars With Alexa”

  1. bluvg

    "Bose" and "sound quality" shouldn't go too close together :P

    • AnOldAmigaUser

      In reply to bluvg:

      Yeah, I have never been overwhelmed by the sound of Bose speakers. Years ago, I was sure that I wanted to get a pair of Bose 301s for my dorm room. The salesman asked if I wanted to compare them to several other pairs, so I thought why not. Every other pair sounded better. Since then, I have heard most of their other offerings, and while some sound good to begin with, they just sound duller and flatter the longer one listens.

      • bluvg

        In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:

        Yeah, I'd much rather spend money on quality components than signal processing and tweaking to fluff up decidedly average gear at an outlandish markup. It's a good sales tactic, though, much like a high gloss on low-spec laptop screens.

  2. derekaw

    I wonder why Cortana is not an option?