Bose Home Speaker 450 Review

Bose Home Speaker 450 Review

We have witnessed that smart speakers like Bose Home Speaker 450 have become more and more powerful over the years while their size is getting smaller.

One of the major players in the innovative home game is Bose, a company that probably everyone has heard about since it is one of the most preferred brands when it comes to audio devices. For more than 50 years, Bose has had time to learn how to produce professional sound quality.

Bose has a wide range of products, starting from wireless earbuds to complete home sound systems. And in all of these products, sound quality is their top priority. It comes as no surprise why professional music producers often choose Bose.

PROS:

  • Powerful audio performance
  • Streams via Bluetooth or WiFi
  • Rich bass and clear highs
  • Voice assistant

CONS:

  • Price

Design

Bose Home Speaker 450 has 8.0 inches in height, 6.7 inches in width, and 4.3 inches in depth. The weight is 4.65 lbs. It comes in triple black color.

The speaker has a rounded, oval-like shape with a touch-sensitive flat surface, which includes all the controls and presets. These capacitive touch sensors are much easier to use than physical buttons. On the bottom, there is a rubberized panel that keeps the speaker from moving around while playing the music.

The speaker looks good, just the way it sounds. A seamless, anodized aluminum body gives elegance to the design and makes sure the speaker will blend in any home decor. On the front, there are grille perforations on the bottom half of the speaker. In the middle of the speaker, just above the perforated grille, is the Bose logo.

Under the grille, the Bose 450 packs dual 2.5-inch drivers pointed sideways, left and right. According to Bose, these drivers are responsible for delivering “the widest sound of any smart speaker.” For greater bass depth, the speaker features the company’s QuietPort technology built-in.

Similar to Bose Home Speaker 450 is Bose Home Speaker 500. They are the same size and gave the same sound; just Bose 500 has an LCD screen to show you what’s playing.

The setup is effortless for Bose 450. You only have to pair it with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and you are good to go. Once you download the Bose Music Companion app, it is simple to enable voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant. If you want to log into other music services like Amazin Music or Pandora, it might take some time to figure it out, but nothing that can’t solve a quick tutorial search.

Once you are connected, Bose 450 is easy to control. As mentioned before, there are touch-sensitive sensors on the top of the speaker, and they don’t require actual pressing. There are also six presets to help you customize quick access to your favorite playlists, radio stations, etc. There is a centrally located play/pause button and volume up/down buttons on either side of the playback control. On the left, there is the Action button that summons Alexa (of course, you can do the same vocally as well) when touched.

The built-in microphones with their 8-mic arrays can hear you even when the speaker is playing loud music. The voice control doesn’t disappear, but you can instantly mute all microphones with a single tap when you don’t want t speaker to be listening to your commands.

On the right is an aux button when you want to switch to wired 3.5 mm input, located on the bottom rear connection panel. The audio cable for this input doesn’t come with the speaker.

There is a Bluetooth button for pairing, and below all these, six preset buttons for assigning to various playlists or radio stations within the app.

Bose 450 acts as a specialized voice control device, and you can get weather updates, ask questions, set an alarm clock, etc. It also allows you to control any smart home devices too. This smart speaker connects via Bluetooth, WiFi, or Apple AirPlay.

Sound quality

Bose Home Speaker 450 is designed to deliver powerful stereo sound from a single speaker. The two drivers fire off the sound in opposite directions to bounce off the walls and create a soundstage from the entire room. No matter how loud you play the speaker, there is little to no distortion. The high-mids and highs are well balanced, delivering a sound signature that is clear and rich, while there is enough bass to pump some oomph. The vocals are delivered cleanly without any added sibilance.

If there is intense sub-bass content in a track, the DSP thing the bass to prevent distortion at maximum volumes.

Verdict

The Bose Home Speaker 450 will take your breath away with the extensive range of sounds and the fantastic way of delivering stereo sounds. So if you want excellent sound quality within a compact speaker that can be very loud, it is not that difficult to decide to go with Bose 450.

Bose Home Speaker 450 Review
Bose Home Speaker 450 Review

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