Is it just me who feel Bose is being particularly aggressive in pushing out new and innovative products lately? Prior to the Bose Frames and after the ear plugs, it has announced a couple of new ‘smart’ audio devices: a new wireless smart speaker called Bose Home Speaker 500 and two new smart sound bars, referred to as Bose Soundbar 700 and Soundbar 500.
‘Smart’ here basically means it has voice assistant support, starting with Amazon Alexa with other voice assistants (probably just Google Assistant) to follow. Come early 2019, these three devices will also get Apple AirPlay 2 for streaming from Apple devices. Here’s the run down of the products, straight from the horse’s mouth:
“The Bose Home Speaker 500
The Bose Home Speaker 500 has the widest soundstage of any smart speaker available today. It’s wrapped in seamless anodized aluminum, is a mere 8″ high x 6″ wide x 4″ deep, and uses two custom drivers pointed in opposite directions — so sound reflects off surrounding walls, separating instruments to the far left and right, and placing vocals where the artist did. The result is powerful and lifelike — without artificial effects or distortion. And when touch control is preferred, or the phone is out of reach, there are buttons for basic functionality located right on top.”
“The Bose Soundbar 700 and Soundbar 500
The Bose Soundbar 700 was engineered to outperform every other product in its category, matching its stunning performance with equally stunning design. At just over 2″ high by 4″ deep and 38″ long, it has curved clean lines, a wraparound metal grille, and a gorgeous tempered glass top. Inside, it’s packed with proprietary technology. Bose PhaseGuides have to be heard to be believed, sending multiple channels of a soundtrack or song throughout a space, placing discrete sound in places where there are no speakers.
Bose DSP, custom low-profile transducers, and QuietPort technology deliver exceptional detail and depth for your favorite tracks, crystal clear dialogue for Netflix, and dramatic realism for sports. To manage the TV or other connected equipment, the Bose Soundbar 700 also comes with an intelligent universal remote.”
The 500 is the smaller of the two, measuring 1.75” tall by 4” deep and a little over 31” long, so it’d “disappear under the TV.” Both sound bars features Bose proprietary ADAPTiQ technology that will acoustically adjust to their surroundings and HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). They are designed to be wall-mounted and placed under the TV and expanded with a wireless bass module and rear speakers for a full 5.1 experience.