We live in an age where media is either conveniently converging or annoyingly all over the place. Thankfully, some tech companies are getting things nice and streamlined: Bose, of course, being one of the major innovators.
The brand renowned for delivering quality sound since 1964 – way before big-name rappers began dishing out their tiny speakers – is constantly seeing to it that its audio products adapt to consumer demands of the day. And today what we want is no mess, less fuss, and more oomph.
The newest baby on the Bose block is the Soundlink Revolve, a small speaker that packs big punch. About the height of an average hand, this lightweight baby can be carried from room to room, wherever good audio is needed. I personally keep mine on my bedside table, but the beauty of Bluetooth means I can feed music from my phone to the speaker from just about anywhere in the house. Seriously, I’ve remoted music from upstairs, downstairs, outside, even from the bathroom, and have found the wireless reach to be far more impressive than other audio contenders.
The sound itself is impressive, in fact immersive, with the speaker’s 360-degree design seeing sound spread equally in all directions. For this reason, some folks might like to keep the Revolve right in the centre of the room, its minimalist style fitting in with any coffee table design.
At high volume things can get a bit bass-heavy, particularly when blasting something like Bey and Jay’s Apeshit or Gorillaz’s thumpingly good Hollywood, but for the most part, Revolve responds well to shifting wavelengths, be it music by Bach, Bananarama or the Beach Boys.
While you’re getting lost in the music, there’s no need to worry about other important stuff, because any incoming call will over-ride the song currently playing, while a built-in microphone allows you to take calls and access Siri or Google Assist any time you want to.
It seems the masterminds at Bose have put plenty of thought into the Soundlink Revolve. Aside from its powerful uniform sound, other features ought to turn you on to it. It boasts a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that plays up to 12 hours for full-day listening, and each time you turn it on, you’re notified of the current battery status.
The curved base makes it less likely for the speaker to tip over, and made from soft rubber you can bump without worrying so much about damage. Speaking of which, you don’t need to panic when using the speaker outdoors should a little rain hit since it’s water-resistant and can take splashes from the sky, the sink, or the swimming pool.
If you don’t have your phone near you, you can actually use the speaker as a remote to your phone. Simply press and hold the multi-function button to access the voice input for Siri or Google Now direct from the speaker. Now that’s handy.
It was very cool when I pressed the multi-function button and said ‘Just testing my Google search’, to hear the immediate response ‘OK’ come from Google as if it was already familiar with the Soundlink Revolve.
You’ll enjoy becoming familiar with this new kid on the block, too. Indeed, it won’t take much getting used to. It links up to your phone in seconds, and plays hours of audio for you while still allowing you to call the shots.
Five stars and happy stamps all-round. Antonino Tati
Bose Soundlink Revolve (RRP $299) with battery life of up to 12 hours; specs 15.2 cm H x 8.2 cm W x 8.2 cm D, 0.66 kg.
Also available is the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ (RRP $439) with battery life of up to 16 hours; specs 18.4 cm H x 10.5 cm W x 10.5 cm D, 0.9 kg.
For more information or to buy, visit www.bose.com.au.