Bose introduced the new Bose Portable Home Speaker, a convenient Bluetooth speaker with multiple voice assistant options. The portable speaker offers 360-degree sound, deeper bass, and only weighs 2.3 pounds for a party-friendly design. One of the standout features is the voice assistant compatibility since this device works with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The Bose Portable Home Speaker is available in Triple Black and Luxe Silver, and starts shipping on September 19th for $349.
You can check out the current lineup of Bose options on the company’s store page right here on Amazon.
According to the company, the Bose Portable speaker has up to 12 hours of battery life. Users can stream music from a phone or tablet, and With Wi-Fi enabled, you can issue voice commands and the Bose proprietary system will work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, both built-in. You can use voice commands to access playlists, podcasts, news, weather, smart home devices, and more. Apple users can use AirPlay 2 to play music from their devices, or Spotify Connect to listen directly from the Spotify app.
“Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery — along with a shortlist of features everyone wants and loves,” said Ben Burns, senior product manager for Bose speakers. “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.”
The buttons on the top handle Bose’s proprietary mic-off feature, which cuts power to the microphones, as well as control power, volume, play/pause and skip, wake or dismiss virtual assistants, and Bluetooth source.
The Portable speaker is cylindrical, measuring 7.5″ high and just over 4″ across. The device is wrapped in a seamless, anodized aluminum enclosure, and inside customers will find three passive radiators, a high-excursion driver, and a proprietary deflector distribute sound evenly in every direction. Bose stated that “Unlike conventional speakers, there’s no sweet-spot for placement or listening — it delivers the same, jaw-dropping experience wherever it is, wherever you are. And while the left and right channels in standard one-piece systems can cancel each other out — leaving audible gaps in music — the Portable speaker won’t. Bose mono-signal technology makes corrections in real-time, so you hear everything the artist recorded.”
The new Bose Portable is water-resistant with an IPX4 rating to survive spills, splashes, and rain; and rugged enough to withstand drops, knocks, and hits. It comes with an integrated handle for convenience and can charge through standard USB-C, or a charging cradle that’s sold separately for $29.
The Bose smart speaker family now includes three speakers: the Portable Home Speaker, Home Speaker 500 and 300; and two soundbars — the Soundbar 700 and 500. All of the devices are Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi enabled, and work alone or together as a multi-room system.
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