Starting with the Bose Home Speaker 500, the speaker has an aluminium build with a small non-touch display on the front and several buttons for controlling playback, adding presets to your favourite playlists and radio stations, and muting Alexa and future assistants. It also features an AUX jack and two custom drivers “pointed in opposite directions" in order to reflect off surrounding walls.
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Like the soundbars, which we'll get to in a moment, the $400 Bose Home Speaker 500 has an eight-microphone array for far-field voice recognition. AirPlay 2 will also be added sometime early next year. As for the soundbars, there is a $800 Bose Soundbar 700 and $550 Soundbar 500. The more expensive option “was engineered to outperform every other product in its category".
It comes in at 2 inches high, 4 inches deep, and 38 inches long, and sports a metal grille on the sides and tempered glass up top. The second soundbar is smaller and matte. Both include HDMI ARC support and Bose’s ADAPTiQ technology for auto-adjusting audio based on the room. They can also be wall-mounted or expanded with a wireless bass module and rear speakers for a 5.1 experience.
Lastly, they all work with the Bose app, so you can load up music from your mobile device. It's clear that Bose wants to rival Sonos' One and Beam with these new smart speaker and soundbar offerings. We hope to check them out soon to let you know how they compare.
Bose said they're due to launch in October.