"Bose Knows!"4.5 starson by Jeremiah-Stpierre
Pros: Excellent sound quality, really loud and clear,
Build quality is excellent,
Controlling the volume is easy enough,
Easy to pair with Bluetooth devices,
Extremely easy to use
Cons: Hardly any stereo separation,
Summary: I own several similar audio products, a couple of which might be considered "high end", including a Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin. The Bose Soundlink is the first Bose I have owned. I've heard numerous Bose products before - but never owned one. I always felt the price outweighed the performance. Until now....
The sound on this thing is fantastic. It has very powerful bass, great midrange, and nice highs, and maintains clarity through the spectrum of low to high volume. As far as comparing the sound to something else, the Soundlink is in the same class as the Zeppelin, and I think Logitech's Squeezebox Boom is up there too. This is a different product than either of those though. The Zeppelin is an iPod dock, while the Squeezebox is a full feature WiFi internet radio, capable of play from the internet or your PC.
The Soundlink, on the other hand, is a wireless speaker, capable of connecting to a variety of devices via Bluetooth. It is not a storage device, so it depends on another source from which to draw music, etc.
It pairs very simply and I've connected it to iPads and Blackberries. Simply hold down the Bluetooth button for a second and confirm the pairing on your wireless device. That's it. I've connected it to iPods as well, with the included cable.
The Soundlink includes a wall charger and the aforementioned aux cable. It is not particularly small, but at under 3 pounds and measuring about 5.1" x 9.6" x 1.9", it's like carrying around a small book, and it fits easily in a backpack, etc.
Bose put forth a great design with the Soundlink. It includes a built in cover, which opens easily, and folds underneath to form a base on which the Soundlink rests. The design is sleek all the way around, in basic black, with six buttons on top, all which have lighted icons. These are: Power, Aux, Bluetooth, Mute, and Volume Up and Down.
The wireless range is advertised as 30 feet. I've been about 40-50' so I'm sure it depends on the structure you are in and other variables such as other interference and battery charge. When I was 50 feet away I was in my yard and the Soundlink was on my deck plugged into an outlet.
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is rated for 8 hours. Mine lasts longer and I've played it for about 15 hours (not straight, but total) before it shut off.
For a compact, wireless sound solution, the Soundlink is an awesome product. Bose really knows what they are doing when it comes to producing a lot of sound from a little box: Great sound, amazing convenience and simple to use. You really have to weigh the cost versus the sound. The sound is excellent, but it's just that this is not an inexpensive product. So as long as you are OK with the price.
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I would highly recommend the Bose Soundlink!