Bose Home Speaker 500 review
Excellent audio quality
WiFi setup doesn't always work
Brief info about Bose
Bose has a long history of manufacturing high-end,high-quality speakers.Bose have been producing audio systems not only for home use, but have also proofed themselves in the aviation, automotive and more industries. With the launch of its latest product, the Bose Home Speaker 500, the company shows no signs of slowing down.
The Bose Home Speaker 500 is available to buy for the princely sum of $399.95, which makes it one really expensive piece of electronic.But does Bose Home Speaker 500 really provide great capabilities to compensate for its high price? In this review you will be able to find out more about all the functions, the design, the characteristics and more, that the Bose Home Speaker 500 has.
The Bose Home Speaker 500 has a seamless design making it look modern. It has elliptical shape and an anodized aluminum casing that ,if you get the silver model, reflects the light in you room nicely.
The Bose Home Speaker 500 is also available in glossy black, which looks just as elegant as the silver model, but may be a better option for those who want a more unobtrusive design.
On the front of the speaker is a full color screen that displays the name of the music you are playing.The screen also has auto-dimming,so it can change the screen brightness relative to the light intensity.
The screen can also display the time,which is a handy feature,however there are other speakers like Amazon Echo Show,which can not only show the time,but artwork,news and much more.That makes Bose's simpler display feel ever-so-slightly obsolete.
The speaker has precisely drilled grille for both audio accuracy and a high quality finish, and overall, it looks and feels high quality.
On the top of the speaker you can find all the buttons for basic functionality, as well as six preset buttons that you can program to play your favorite playlist, radio station, or album after one touch.
Another nice and modern feature that the speaker has is a light bar which glows as you interact with Alexa and also changes color depending on the type of audio input you are using to play your music.
Features and Performance
One of the main selling points of the Home Speaker 500 is its utilization of the company's proprietary mic technology, which allows the speaker to pick up commands even when music is playing loudly – it contains an eight microphone array designed for near and far field listening.
For now the Bose Home Speaker 500 only supports Alexa, but Bose plans to update it so that it can also support Google Assistant this year.
The audio quality of the speaker is impressive. It has two custom drivers that point left and right - Bose says that this allows true stereo separation without needing to buy a second speaker.
The bass lines sound forceful,however, the lowest frequencies never bled into the mids and trebles, which is a testament to how well balanced the overall sound of the Home Speaker 500 is.It actually sounds pretty similar to the Apple HomePod.
When it comes to music playback you have a few different options; you can connect your device to the speaker via an AUX cable, wirelessly connect via Bluetooth, or set the speaker up on your home’s WiFi network.Setting it up on WiFi network via Bose Music app may sometimes be unsuccessful, because it sometimes may not recognize older phones. Although it works fine with new phones.
Through the app you can connect to a number of different streaming services, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, TuneIn, and SiriusXM, giving you lots of choice between podcasts, music, and radio stations.
If you like to start your morning with a particular radio station, or you've curated the perfect workout playlist on Spotify, being able to store presets via the app is a handy feature. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to select from up to six presets using the buttons on top of the speaker.
All in all, the Bose Home Speaker 500 can provide you with great stereo quality experience,having at the same time sleek,sophisticated design.However,we don’t think it quite delivers true stereo separation like Bose claims it does.
The speaker is also currently limited to Alexa, but Google Assistant functionality should be coming to the Home Speaker 500 soon if Bose is true to its word.Furthermore, Bose should also optimise its setup process so that it can be up to the high price of the speaker.
Speaking about its high price,we can compare the Bose speaker to Apple's Home Pad.They are both pretty similar,but the Bose speaker is $50 cheaper than the Apple Home Pod.Although,if you want a cheaper home speaker you can consider Sonos One or Marshall Woburn II .