The Bose home Speaker 500.
Im going to be honest, I didn’t expect to like this Smart speaker as much as I did,it sounds very impressive for its small
- Powerful audio performance with rich bass and clear highs.
- Streams via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
- Works with Alexa, and will eventually work with more voice assistants.
- Display looks a little dated.
- DSP thins bass out at top volumes.
- Some deep bass causes enclosure to rattle.
Bose is getting into the smart home game. The Home Speaker 500 is a smart speakerwith mics built in for Amazon Alexa (and, according to Bose, more voice assistants down the road). At $399.95, it’s far more expensive than you might expect for its size, but that’s part of the selling point: Bose claims the Home Speaker 500 has the widest stereo image of any smart speaker, filling a room with expansive stereo sound despite its relatively modest footprint. While we can attest that the speaker does deliver rich, full-bodied bass depth and crisp highs for balance, it’s harder to see where Bose is coming from on the wide stereo image front. It’s undoubtedly a functional, powerful smart speaker, but the price feels somewhat high.
The Home Speaker 500 is available in black or silver, and measures just 8.0 by 6.7 by 4.3 inches (HWD). The speaker has a rounded, oval-like shape with an almost flat top surface, and a rubberized bottom panel that keeps the speaker from moving around on desks and counters.