Bose portable audio products

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The portable audio products sold by Bose Corporation have been marketed as the "SoundLink" models. These wireless speaker systems are battery powered and play audio over a wireless connection from a separate source device (such as a computer or smartphone). Most models use Bluetooth to communicate with to the source device.




The first SoundLink product was released in 2009[1] and used a USB wireless transmitter plugged into the computer to receive audio from the computer (using a proprietary protocol— not Bluetooth).[2] The system included a remote control. Reviewers criticised the high price of US$550.[3][4]

SoundLink Mobile[edit]

SoundLink Mobile (first version)

The "SoundLink Mobile" was released in 2011 as a smaller, battery-powered model.[5][6] It used Bluetooth to communicate with the source device.[7] Reviewers praised the unit's audio quality, but criticised the high price and lack of a microphone (to enable its use as a speakerphone).[8][9]

The SoundLink Mobile was replaced by the "SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II", which was sold from 2012 until 2014. It included a rechargeable battery that was rated at up to 8 hours of playback at "moderate" volume levels.[10] The rear of the device includes a 3.5 mm auxillary input.[11] The appearance is very similar to its predecessor,[10] with the biggest change being the folding arrangement of the front cover.[12]

Reviewers praised the updated version for its audio quality and high volume for a compact device, but criticised its high price and the lack of a speakerphone function.[10][13][14][15] It was classified as an Editors Choice' product by PC Magazine.[11]

SoundLink Mini[edit]

SoundLink Mini

The "SoundLink Mini" was released in 2013 as a smaller model below the SoundLink Mobile. It weighed 0.7 kg (1.5 lb).[16] Reviewers praised the sound quality and build quality, but criticised the lack of a microphone.[17][18][19][20]

The SoundLink Mini was replaced by the "SoundLink Mini II" in 2015.[21]

SoundLink Color[edit]

SoundLink Color

The "SoundLink Color" was introduced in 2015, as Bose's smallest portable Bluetooth loudspeaker.[22] It was battery powered and charging was via a micro-USB port.

The original Soundlink Color was replaced by the "SoundLink Color II" in 2016,[23] which had a slimmer design and remains on sale as of June 2019.[24][25][26][27]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Ehud Rattner (2010-08-15). "Bose SoundLink Wireless Music System". Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  3. ^ John Biggs (2009-07-17). "Bose SoundLink is like their iPod dock with out (sic) the dock part". Crunchgear. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  4. ^ "Bose SoundLink Wireless Music System streams music from your PC to a portable speaker for $550". Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  5. ^ Jeremy Horwitz (2011-11-23). "Review: Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker". Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  6. ^ Imrul Haque (2011-10-02). "Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker". The Tech Journal. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  7. ^ Bose Tells AirPlay to Eat It with Its SoundLink Mobile Bluetooth Speaker
  8. ^ "Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker review". CNet. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  9. ^ Sherri L. Smith (2011-12-12). "Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker Review". Laptop Magazine. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  10. ^ a b c Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II review - CNET
  11. ^ a b Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II Review & Rating |
  12. ^ "SoundLink II - Bose". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  13. ^ Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker II review - Engadget
  14. ^ Review: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II | iLounge
  15. ^ Bose Soundlink II Review | Geeky Product Reviews
  16. ^ "Bluetooth speakers". Archived from the original on 9 March 2014.
  17. ^ William O'Neal (2013-08-14). "Bose SoundLink Mini review". TechRadar. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  18. ^ Jeremy Horwitz (2013-07-08). "Review: Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker". Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  19. ^ "The wireless speaker Apple could have made". CNet. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  20. ^ Philipp I. (2014-07-15). "Bose SoundLink Mini im Test". Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  21. ^ "Bose SoundLink Mini II review". Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  22. ^ "SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker". Bose. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  23. ^ "SoundLink® Color speaker - Bose Product Support". Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  24. ^ "SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II - Bose Product Support". Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  25. ^ "Bose SoundLink Color review". CNet. 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  26. ^ Alex Colon. "Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  27. ^ Gopal Sathe (2014-10-01). "Bose SoundLink Colour Review: Big Sound, Small Package". NDTV. Retrieved 2014-11-26.