The Bose SoundLink Revolve goals to unravel the principle downside with most wi-fi audio system: regardless of their comfort, they’re normally directional, sounding their finest in a single particular spot. Bose (and others) have tried to repair this with 360-degree sound expertise.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve continues the corporate’s historical past of fantastic construct high quality and sound and crams all of it right into a cylindrical speaker you may take with you on the go. The speaker bears a hanging resemblance to the corporate’s glorious Bose SoundLink Mini II speaker, however in a special kind issue.
And whereas the Revolve is beginning to present its age – this evaluation was initially penned when it launched in 2017 – it stays a succesful little unit. When you want extra heft and additional battery energy, we might direct you in direction of the Bose SoundLink Revolve+.
One unfavorable level we’ll point out immediately is that the IPX4 score on the SoundLink Revolve means the speaker will survive splashes however in all probability not a dip within the pool or a visit to the seashore.
That’s an enormous disadvantage, particularly for an authentic value level of $199 (£199, AU$299); however, if it’s any comfort, the speaker at the very least sounds higher than a lot of the totally waterproof competitors.
[Update: Bose has unveiled two new Bluetooth speakers for 2021: the Bose Soundlink Revolve II and the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ II.
The successors to the Soundlink Revolve and Revolve+ portable speakers, the new models are nearly identical to the brand’s popular speakers, albeit with a few important upgrades.
The new Revolve II now comes with a 13-hour battery life, a modest upgrade from its predecessor’s 12-hour charge. Meanwhile, the battery life of the Revolve+ II has been increased from 16 to 17 hours.
Both Bluetooth speakers have been given an IP55 rating, increasing their water-resistance, and adding protection from dust.]
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Bose SoundLink Revolve: design
The Revolve takes the design of its predecessor the SoundLink Mini II and stretches it right into a cylindrical form that barely resembles the Dalek robots from Dr. Who.
It contains a robust aluminum housing which is available in both silver or black and contains a rubberized base and buttons. The Bose SoundLink Revolve feels extraordinarily nicely made, and will put up with being tossed in a bag with keys and knick knacks (for instance).
On prime of the Revolve speaker you’ll discover buttons for controlling each characteristic of the unit, together with quantity, playback, Bluetooth 4.0, aux and energy. Bose’s multifunction button controls all the pieces from music playback to activating voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant. The SoundLink revolve works nice as a speakerphone for taking calls – one thing missing on one in every of this speaker’s well-regarded contemporaries, the UE Wonderboom.
The microphone on the Bose SoundLink Revolve is positioned on prime of the speaker, so it is capable of hear your voice from any course.
On the underside of the speaker you’ll discover 4 pins for an elective charging dock and a threaded tripod mount. It’s disappointing that Bose didn’t throw within the $30 (£19.95) charging dock free of charge prefer it does with the marginally cheaper SoundLink Mini II, which prices $180 (£170, AU$300). Whereas it may appear odd to have a tripod mount, it provides extra flexibility for getting the Revolve completely positioned in your house.
Bose additionally helps you to pair two Revolve audio system to make use of for stereo or amplification, a neat characteristic that is changing into increasingly widespread as of late. It will work as much as a spread of 10m.
Pairing for this characteristic might be carried out on the system itself, however it’s extra handy to make use of the Bose app. You will have the choice of utilizing the audio system in stereo or mono, relying in the event that they’re in the identical room or not.
On the within the Revolve contains a twin passive radiator setup working up the edges of the speaker to fill out the decrease finish of the audio spectrum. Mids and trebles are dealt with by a downward dealing with transducer, which makes use of a deflector plate to distribute sound equally in all instructions.
Bose claims that this driver configuration permits the speaker to create a full 360-degrees of sound across the speaker, and with none audio blindspots.
Bose SoundLink Revolve: efficiency
The most important purpose go to with the Bose SoundLink Revolve over one in every of its flat-faced rivals is in order for you omni-directional sound. With it, you may transfer round and expertise the identical sound wherever you’re. That is nice for events, for instance, so everybody can have the identical listening expertise irrespective of the place they’re sitting.
When it comes to quantity, the SoundLink Revolve does an incredible job of pumping music loudly in all instructions. That stated, for those who place it on the heart of the room, the speaker lacks some bass response – although that may be remedied by inserting the speaker close to partitions to assist replicate sound and improve the bass response.
Total, the Bose SoundLink Revolve’s sonic efficiency is great, particularly when in comparison with one in every of our different favourite 360-degree audio system, the UE Wonderboom. The place the Wonderboom sounds strained, the Bose performs loudly and effortlessly.
Bass response additionally sounds richer and extra managed than the Wonderboom, which contains a mid-forward sound. Nevertheless, you need to take note of that the Wonderboom is half the value of Revolve.
In comparison with the getting older SoundLink Mini II, the SoundLink Revolve sounds nearly nearly as good however can’t match the expansive soundstage and instrumental separation of the Mini II – although, admittedly each audio system sound superb and also you’ll be arduous pressed to note the distinction except you hearken to them facet by facet.
In comparison with the Bose SoundLink Coloration II, the Revolve options extra element and bass response. The 360-degree sound makes the Revolve extra suited to listening outdoor than the directional sound of the SoundLink Coloration II. Each the Coloration II and Revolve are IPX4 rated, which suggests they’ll survive splashes however you gained’t need to dunk both speaker within the pool.
In comparison with the competitors, the Revolve’s battery life is common for a speaker of this dimension, lasting 12 hours at reasonable listening volumes (the Revolve+ improves on this marginally, with a 16-hour battery life). Watch out about charging the speaker the evening earlier than an enormous occasion because it additionally takes the speaker a ridiculously lengthy 4 hours to totally cost when empty. It might have been good to see Bose leap to USB-C for quicker charging, however it’s not a deal breaker.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve is a wonderful sound speaker for customers on the lookout for true 360-degree sound. It’s nice for sharing music throughout a celebration or for shifting across the room with out shedding audio constancy. Nevertheless, the Bose SoundLink Mini II sounds barely higher and is barely cheaper besides.
On the debit facet, it’s additionally not totally mud or waterproof so that you’ll need to suppose twice earlier than bringing the Revolve to the seashore.
For half the value, the Wonderboom is a good speaker that’s fully mud and waterproof. Whereas it could actually’t match the audio constancy or options of the Bose, it is nonetheless nice for on-the-go listening. If bass is your sport, the JBL Cost 3 is a wonderful totally waterproof speaker that sounds nice, however is large and heavy together with it.