Bose SoundLink III review 2020
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speakers are being among the most popular — if not, the most used — lightweight wireless speakers with regards to sales. Last year, the business launched the impressive $200 SoundLink Mini, a micro model, and today in early 2014, it’s revamped its larger lightweight Bluetooth speaker, releasing the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III ($299.95).
The III is comparable in size to the prior two generations of the speaker but changes its design, and increases its battery life, and according to Bose in addition, it plays louder and sounds better.
The SoundLink III is slightly wider compared to the earlier versions, measuring about 5 inches high, 10 inches wide, and 2 inches deep, and weighing in at 3 pounds. The initial SoundLink Mobile Speaker, which arrived in 2011, and the SoundLink Mobile Speaker II both offered around 8 hours of battery life. The brand new model ups that number to 14 hours.
Earlier models had an integral cover that changed into a stand. However, the SoundLink III eliminates the integrated cover and much like the SoundLink Mini, you can buy an optional accessory cover for $34.95 in a variety of colors. Quite simply, if you need some added protection, it’ll cost you.
Design and Features
I liked the look of the first SoundLink Bluetooth speakers and liked the way the cover changed into a stand. Bose hasn’t fundamentally changed the appearance of the speaker, nonetheless it has straightened out its lines, and the brand new model includes a flat base (earlier versions had hook angle to the bottom and you’d to utilize the cover/stand to prop up a speaker).
Once more, you’re left with a speaker which has a clean, elegant design and appears strong and well-built. While it’s somewhat pricey at $300, at least it looks and feels as though a premium product.
If you are using the speaker indoors rather than moving it around all that much, you almost certainly don’t need the optional cover. But in the event that you anticipate taking it outdoors — it is effective from the patio or by the pool — the cover may be beneficial and it’s smartly designed, with a zipper privately to make it better to can get on and off the speaker (the cover for the Mini is just a little hard to can get on and off quickly).
The SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III wearing the optional $34.95 cover, which will come in multiple colors.
Pairing with my Bluetooth test devices became a smooth process and the speaker will remember your device following the initial pairing (it’ll automatically pair when you transform it on if you have Bluetooth enabled on your own device).
For better or worse, you do not get much in the form of great features. The speaker has some on-board buttons for controlling volume, muting the sound, switching to the auxiliary input (no cable included nevertheless, you can hook up non-Bluetooth devices to the speaker in this manner). However, there is no pause/play button or transport controls (skip forward/back) on the speaker itself and it generally does not come with any kind of remote so you need to use your Bluetooth device to regulate everything. In most of individuals that wont be a problem, however, many persons prefer to have at least a pause/play button on the speaker.
During the past, Bose has eschewed such extras as an integral speakerphone, aptX and near-field communication support for devices that support those features. Personally, i don’t see any use for NFC tap-to-pair in these kind of speakers (you pair once, and it pairs automatically afterward, usually are not needs NFC?). And aptX, which is meant to create music streamed over Bluetooth sound better, doesn’t seem to be to make a factor with a speaker this small. However, many persons do want the speakerphone capabilities. I also enjoy it when these speakers have a USB port for charging devices (you utilize the speaker’s battery to juice your device).
It’s worth mentioning the charging situation. Like its predecessor, this model uses an AC adapter for charging. There’s a Micro-USB port on the trunk, but it’s simply for future firmware upgrades, not charging. The downside to presenting to charge the speaker with an AC adapter is that you must carrying it around with you and if you wrap up losing it, you need to get yourself a new one instead of just use another common Micro-USB cable for charging.
As noted, Bose says the brand new speaker sounds much better than its predecessors. The speaker has four neodymium transducers and dual-opposing passive radiators which, according to Bose, “match a fresh digital signal processing algorithm and improved electronics to play louder than its predecessor, while maintaining balanced and natural sound at higher listening levels.” Got that?
Your competition in the lightweight Bluetooth speaker arena is a lot stiffer nowadays and the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III isn’t as big of a standout since it was when the first version launched in 2011. In addition, it isn’t as feature-rich as some models. Still, its sound and battery life have improved (the battery life is a bigger jump compared to the sound), and its construction remains top notch.
We’re able to sit here and argue which competing models sound nearly as good (or almost nearly as good) for less overall. However, by the end of your day, the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III is a high-quality product that’s a fairly easy speaker to recommend when you can afford it. Audiophiles may well not be wowed, but a lot of people will be duly impressed by the caliber of the sound it produces because of its size.