Home Reviews Entertainmnent Bose Sound Link Revolve/Revolve+ (first look)

Bose has released two true omnidirectional 360° sound, Bluetooth speakers that remove any notion of front and back.

The Bose SoundLink brand has a long heritage and pedigree – its Mini and Mini II are among the most successful speakers by sales and set audiophile standards for a Bluetooth device.

Bose’s stated intentions are that Revolve and Revolve+ are the best sounding wireless speakers ever. At the launch, iTWire had a chance to look and listen and without a doubt, both speakers produced room filling sound (at least 8 x 4 metres) with very low levels of total harmonic distortion.

Glenn Gomes-Casseres, director of products for Bose wireless speakers, said, “When SoundLink first hit the market, it took the industry by storm. We didn’t want to make small improvements to the audio that made it famous. We wanted the difference to be so dramatic, that it would take just one song to hear the best sound you’ve ever heard from a little speaker -- all over again.”

The sound signature was “warm and sweet” (bass/mids boosted, treble recessed) but that depends on the playing device, whether there was any equalisation, and of course the content. In any case, it was easy listening.

Bose revolver

To do that, Bose engineers started from a clean sheet to redefine the relationship between size, sound, and battery-power. An entirely new acoustic package was developed first, then matched with the cylindrical shape it required, and a single-piece aluminium enclosure.

There’s no “front” or “back,” because Revolve speakers don’t have to be pointed to favour one location over another. They combine dual-opposing passive radiators with a powerful, ultra-efficient transducer — positioned face down — and a new patented acoustic deflector.

With an added “pressure trap” to eliminate distortion, the result is dramatic. Sound radiates uniformly in every direction, with deep, rich bass – and without the sweet spots and frequency drop-offs of conventional 360-degree speakers.

Bose cut away

Via the Bose Connect App, you can use two Revolves as stereo left and right speakers. The speakers were placed about two metres apart and five metres from the audience and separation was excellent. They can also be paired for party mode – more room coverage.

Specifications

 

Revolve

Revolve+

Size/weight

15.2cm high x 8.2cm deep (circular) x 680g

18.4cm high x 10.1cm deep x

910g

Battery

Up to 12 hours – micro-USB cable and 5V/1.6A charger supplied

Up to 16 hours

Inputs

Bluetooth/NFC, 3.5mm audio and digital USB from computer

same

Voice

Voice guidance in 18 languages and access Siri, Google Assistant etc

 

Handsfree

Hands-free speaker phone function

same

IP rating

IPX4 splash proof

same

Sound Connect

iOS and Android. Speaker will play from any Bluetooth device

same

Colour

Triple Black or Lux Silver

same

Tripod mount

Standard 1/4” in base

same

Price

$299

$439

Options

Charging base $39.95

same

URL

https://www.bose.com.au/en_au/products/speakers/wireless_speakers/soundlink_revolve.html

https://www.bose.com.au/en_au/products/speakers/wireless_speakers/soundlink_revolve_plus.html

Bose does not generally disclose Watts RMS, THD etc.

SoundLink Revolve and SoundLink Revolve+ are sold at Bose stores, Bose.com.au, authorised Bose dealers, and toll-free at 1-800-023-367.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

 

 

 

 

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