Bose Home Speaker 500 is the company’s first speaker that have built-in smart speaker functionality and it works with Spotify, TuneIn, Amazon Prime Music, and Deezer over a WiFi network or Bluetooth streaming from an iOS or Android device. The speaker comes with Alexa support, AirPlay 2 being for simple streaming from Apple devices and it will be added somewhere in 2019 and more voice assistants to follow. Additionally, the company has focused on sound quality with the Home Speaker 500 and says that it will be able to deliver “true stereo separation”.
The Home Speaker 500 is encased in an 8-inch tall anodized aluminium, there are six physical buttons on the top and it can be controlled by either phone or through buttons located on the right top. Even though there’s a little LCD screen in front of the speaker from where you can see the album art and other things from across the room. The speaker has a retro design that measures 203.20 x 152.4 x 101.6 mm (H x W x D) and weighs 2.15 kg. There’s also a companion app that you can use to manage presets and control the speaker, making it a third-party option after the physical buttons and Alexa voice commands. Additionally, there’s a 3.5mm jack for plugging in a music source directly.
Inside the Home Speaker 500, there’s a pair of custom drivers pointing in opposite directions, offering an immersive and directional sound experience, and can be used as part of the multi-room system. The smart speaker uses proprietary microphone technology found in Bose headsets and headphones to hear commands over louder listening levels. A custom-designed eight-microphone array is precisely positioned for accurate near-field and far-field voice pickup. The company is claiming that the Home Speaker 500 has the widest soundstage for any smart speaker and creates a powerful soundstage that delivers astonishing stereo performance.
The Home Speaker 500 is a premium speaker cost US $399.95 and it comes in Triple Black and Luxe Silver colour.
Bose Home Speaker 500 Smart Speaker Technical Specifications
|Model||Home Speaker 500|
|Box Content||Bose Home Speaker 500, Power cord, Warranty, User Manual|
|Dimensions||203.20 x 152.4 x 101.6 mm (H x W x D)|