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Bose Announces AirPlay 2-Equipped Portable Home Speaker

Bose today announced the launch of a new speaker, the Bose Portable Home Speaker, which is designed to work with Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol.

The Bluetooth-enabled Portable Home Speaker is designed to be compact, and it's got a rather HomePod-like design with a cylindrical body that features speaker mesh at the bottom and an aluminum shell at the top to deliver 360 degree sound. It measures in at 7.5 inches high and 4 inches across.

The Portable Home Speaker has a handle so you can move it from room to room, and it weighs just 2.3 pounds. There's also a built-in battery with 12 hours of battery life, so it can go where you go. It has an IPX4 water resistance rating, so it can survive minor spills and splashes of rain.

Bose says that the Portable Home Speaker delivers deeper bass than any other portable speaker in its size. With Bluetooth, you can stream music from your phone or tablet while on the go, and while at home, you can use ‌AirPlay‌ 2, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.

With ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support, you can play any music you like from an iOS device, and it can be paired up with other ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled speakers for a whole home audio experience. You can also pair it up with other Bose products using the Bose Music app.

Buttons on the top of the Portable Home Speaker allow manual control over power, volume, play/pause, and skipping tracks, plus there is a proprietary privacy-focused "mic-off" feature that disables power to the microphone so you can make sure you're not being recorded.

Inside, the speaker features three passive radiators, a high-excursion driver, and what Bose says is a proprietary deflector to distribute "clear, lifelike sound evenly in every direction."

Bose's new Portable Home Speaker is priced at $349, which is what Apple used to charge for the HomePod before dropping the price down to $299 earlier this year. It will be available for purchase starting on September 19.

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12 weeks ago

Yeah, they really thought about this when they designed this. Someone's gonna come up to the speaker and try to pour out some coffee only to find out that it's playing music instead. Brilliant!!
Rating: 26 Votes
12 weeks ago

Just because it’s small (portable) doesn’t mean it has to have a handle. It looks like a bucket! :rolleyes:

Jony Ive would sack these designers.

Ive would’ve put the handle on the bottom.
Rating: 14 Votes
12 weeks ago
This looks like something a bear would shove up its behind before going into hibernation
Rating: 10 Votes
12 weeks ago
Juli you kinda sorta skipped over the key features of this speaker. This is a WiFi portable speaker that happens to have BT capabilities. This quote is only partially right:

With Bluetooth, you can stream music from your phone or tablet while on the go, and while at home, you can use AirPlay 2, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.

The ability to use Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are a function of the speaker's WiFi capabilities, not BT. The WiFi capabilities also allow users to stream music without the use of a phone or tablet.

Bose even describes the speaker as their first ever WiFi portable(rechargeable) speaker. BT is an ancillary function, not the primary.
Rating: 10 Votes
12 weeks ago
Sonos are launching their portable next week, it looks much nicer than this which seems to have been based on a bucket.
Rating: 9 Votes
12 weeks ago
My soundlink mini I is still holding up tho...
Rating: 7 Votes
12 weeks ago

You can tell how bad Bose are as a Company by the fact they’ve paid for a marketing shot of someone holding the handle - just in case you were confused about what portable means.

Bose does like almost 4 billion a year. What have you done with your company?
Rating: 6 Votes
12 weeks ago
I have the Soundlink Revolve+ (similar to this, but lacks Wi-Fi). I've had it for about 2 years and absolutely love it. Wonderful sound, easy to connect multiple devices to, and very portable.
Rating: 5 Votes
12 weeks ago
When are they going to release the software update to make ALL of their sound touch speakers Airplay 2 enabled????!!!
Rating: 5 Votes
12 weeks ago

‘Does like almost’? :rolleyes: Hard facts.

He was correct. Almost $4B in 2017. $3.9B to be exact.

Here's some hard facts:
Rating: 5 Votes

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