Earlier this week, Bose announced the release its own battery-powered, 2.3lb Bluetooth-enabled Portable Home Speaker, available in two colors (triple black and luxe silver) for $349. The company says the speaker, which is available on September 19th, will deliver “improved 360-degree sound” and deeper bass than similar-sized competitor models. The unit is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, AirPlay 2 and Spotify.
Portable includes up to 12 hours of battery life, and Bluetooth functionality means you can stream direct from a phone or tablet, and both voice-activated Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa control systems are triggered via Bose’s own proprietary voice pick-up system.
“Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery — along with a short list 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.”
Bose has incorporated its own mic-off switching – cutting power to microphones when selected – along with top buttons for power, volume, play/pause and track skips. The Bose music app is also included, and users can browse content, switch music services, and set up multi-room listening with other Bose products.
The speaker measures 7.5″ high and 4″ across, and sports an anodized aluminum enclosure promising improved audio performance. The interior has three passive radiators, a high-excursion driver, and a proprietary deflector, and to top it off, the unit is water-resistant and built to withstand drops and knocks. A separate charging cradle is available for $29.
You can get more information from the Bose website.