Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first rechargeable model

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Bose will be adding the Bose Portable Home Speaker to its lineup in mid-September, featuring Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, voice control, and AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect compatibility.

Bose Portable Home Speaker
The Bose Portable Home Speaker in Luxe Silver


The new speaker, made out of anodized aluminum that is available in Triple Black or Luxe Silver, weighs in at 2.3 pounds. It stands 7.5 inches high and a scant 4 inches across, making it portable enough to take it from room to room with no effort.

The speaker is IPX4 rated, making it capable of withstanding incidental water contact, like rain, splashes from the pool, or beverage spills. The battery, which can be charged through USB-C, lasts for up to 12 hours on a single charge according to Bose.

Inside the Portable are three passive radiators, a high-excursion driver, and a proprietary deflector to distribute sound evenly throughout a room.

"Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery -- along with a short list of features everyone wants and loves," said Ben Burns, senior product manager for Bose speakers.

The Portable Home Speaker features Bluetooth connectivity to allow users to stream music from their phones, tablets, and computers. Additionally, it also uses wi-fi and a proprietary Bose voice pick-up system to work with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which are built into the system.

AirPlay 2 gives users the ability to play music from their iPhone or iPad, while Spotify Connect gives users the ability to access their Spotify account directly.

The speaker will also work with the Bose Music App, giving users additional functionality and the ability to update the speaker to the newest firmware when needed. The Bose Music App will also allow users to create multi-room systems with other Bose smart speakers and soundbars. The Bose Music App has multiple new features set to release both this and next year, including the ability to pair two Portables for stereo performance.

Perhaps most interestingly, Bose has chosen to include a mic-off button on the Portable, giving users the ability to cut power to the microphones. This design choice was to give users the ability to prevent any services from listening in or recording a user's conversation or environments. Alongside the mic-off button, the Portable Home Speaker also features buttons to control music manually.

The Bose Portable Home Speaker will release on September 19 for $349 to the Bose website, with an optional charging cradle that will sell for $29.

We've also recently taken a look at the Bose Frames, sunglasses that allow you to take your music along with you wherever you go.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 19
    Didn't the tech media say $349 was too expensive for a smart speaker?
  • Reply 2 of 19
    gutengelgutengel Posts: 331member
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    elijahglibertykrspscooter63
  • Reply 3 of 19
    I hate these things. I wish there was no such thing as battery powered speakers. Why? Because people can't seem to be able to go anywhere without them. My wife and I like to paddle and these stupid things keep showing up at lakes we like to paddle. I don't want to listen to your music when I'm enjoying nature. If you want to listen to music, wear headphones.
    space2001mobirdwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 19
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,874administrator
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    FTA: "Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery -- along with a short list of features everyone wants and loves," said Ben Burns, senior product manager for Bose speakers.

    Take it up with Bose.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 19
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 1,006member
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    Weird that Bose would say that. Maybe their first rechargeable "smart" speaker? I have their rechargeable SoundLink mini, and they're great. 
    libertykrswatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 19
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    We have a Bose Revolve+ - - - rechargeable.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 19
    elijahg said:
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    Weird that Bose would say that. Maybe their first rechargeable "smart" speaker? I have their rechargeable SoundLink mini, and they're great. 
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    We have a Bose Revolve+ - - - rechargeable.  
    Could it be that Bose's specificity of WiFi rechargeable is the significant differentiation?  Afaik, the SoundLink Mini and the Revolve are marketed and sold as Bluetooth speakers.  The Portable Home Speaker is marketed as a WiFi speaker that has BT capability.
    https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/speakers/portable_speakers.html

  • Reply 8 of 19
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    FTA: "Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery -- along with a short list of features everyone wants and loves," said Ben Burns, senior product manager for Bose speakers.

    Take it up with Bose.
    It appears that the combination of WiFi and rechargeable is what is ‘first.’ Unfortunately, if true, this isn’t clear in the article and isn’t included at all in the AI article title.
  • Reply 9 of 19
    macapfelmacapfel Posts: 513member
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    FTA: "Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery -- along with a short list of features everyone wants and loves," said Ben Burns, senior product manager for Bose speakers.

    Take it up with Bose.
    Well, if you not only want to make and advertisement, but an article, it could have been more sensible to point out this is weird, even in the headline (or make a different one), and not only c&p the Bose press release.
    edited August 22 watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 19
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    FTA: "Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery -- along with a short list of features everyone wants and loves," said Ben Burns, senior product manager for Bose speakers.

    Take it up with Bose.
    It would actually help if the headline read:

    Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WiFi rechargeable smart speaker.

    mistergsf
  • Reply 11 of 19
    kkqd1337kkqd1337 Posts: 219member
    they actually have had range of portable battery speakers for a few years now. this isn't the first. 

    this seems very expensive. 
  • Reply 12 of 19
    kkqd1337 said:
    they actually have had range of portable battery speakers for a few years now. this isn't the first. 

    this seems very expensive. 
    None of them were WiFi speakers.  They were all BT.  This is their first portable WiFi speaker.
  • Reply 13 of 19
    kkqd1337kkqd1337 Posts: 219member
    kkqd1337 said:
    they actually have had range of portable battery speakers for a few years now. this isn't the first. 

    this seems very expensive. 
    None of them were WiFi speakers.  They were all BT.  This is their first portable WiFi speaker.
    oh - so what does wifi add?

    does bose have like a sonos equivalent? 
  • Reply 14 of 19
    kkqd1337 said:
    kkqd1337 said:
    they actually have had range of portable battery speakers for a few years now. this isn't the first. 

    this seems very expensive. 
    None of them were WiFi speakers.  They were all BT.  This is their first portable WiFi speaker.
    oh - so what does wifi add?

    does bose have like a sonos equivalent? 
    Wifi adds smart speaker capability directly.   It also adds independent play that doesn't require a secondary device for streaming.  
  • Reply 15 of 19
    I wonder if it will be Roon Ready or at least Roon tested to work.  Then maybe it is worth $349.  Otherwise what a freakin' joke. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 19
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    Yes, Bluetooth; not WiFi.  WiFi allows for Airplay.  Wish this came out a month ago and I wouldn't have bought new speakers for my patio.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 19
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    FTA: "Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery -- along with a short list of features everyone wants and loves," said Ben Burns, senior product manager for Bose speakers.

    Take it up with Bose.
    Not to pile on, but take it up with the headline writer.
  • Reply 18 of 19
    First WiFi battery speaker from Bose isn't quite right, either. There was the Bose SoundLink Air, which was WiFi, and one of the first dedicated AirPlay speakers on the market from any manufacturer. You could add a battery pack to it, and it was around way back in 2012. I think "first WiFi rechargeable SMART speaker" as CloudTalkin suggested is the most accurate title, as the Alexa/Google services are what's unique here.
  • Reply 19 of 19
    gutengel said:
    "Bose Portable Home Speaker is the company's first WI-FI rechargeable model" Bose has had rechargeable speakers for years.
    FTA: "Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery -- along with a short list of features everyone wants and loves," said Ben Burns, senior product manager for Bose speakers.

    Take it up with Bose.
    Not to be a dick, but you the headline is misleading. The Bose rep said this is the company’s first rechargeable SMART speaker, not their first rechargeable speaker. I’ve had rechargeable Bose speakers for years and the headline irked me too. 
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