Bose Home Speaker 500 review
The Bose Home Speaker 500 has a great sound, allowing your room filled with sound, as a contrast to what you expect from a product somewhat small in size. However, it’s an expensive product, and in all fairness, you can get speakers with similar performance for a much lower price.
- Admirable audio quality
- Built-in quality
- Sensitive microphones
- Smooth design
- Extremely expensive
- Issues with the WIFI setup
We won’t argue that Bose is known for making high-quality wireless speakers; among them, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+-, and its latest addition to the family- the Bose Home Speaker 500, making this company one of the most prominent ones in the industry.
Keeping that in mind, what do you get for such a high price?
Well, the thing that sets this product apart from its competitors is the usage of Bose’s pioneering audio technology. Although speakers manufactured by Google and Amazon are considered smart, their products have something lacking for the most part. With Bose, however, that is not the case.
In that sense, whether purchasing this product is worth your while depends if you think paying a high price for a speaker is justified, taking into account the high sound quality that comes with it, as well as the Amazon Alexa’s voice assistant app.
Whether you choose the silver model the maker offers or any other, the Home Speaker 500 is undoubtedly a stunning model, with its breathtaking futuristic elliptical shape and aluminum casing. The silver model, however, stunningly reflects the room light.
The glossy black version does not fall behind in any way, especially if you are one of those people that appreciate a more discrete look.
The speaker’s front side houses a small full-color screen that shows the album artwork when you play music, with auto-dimming, to protect your eye-sight if you are using it in low light conditions.
The product’s screen also shows time, which is not so impressive in terms of the displays that Google Home Hub or the Amazon Echo Show have, which display the time and artwork, news, and a lot more.
The speaker optimizes voice control via Amazon Alexa; however, there are buttons for basic functionality on top of the speaker. The Bose Home Speaker 500 has six preset buttons you can program to play an album, radio station, or your favorite playlist after just one touch. Among other amenities, the speaker has a light bar, which lights up as you interact with Alexa, and it changes color in correlation with the type of audio input used to play music.
It’s very appealing to the eye and will not interfere with your home decor in any way, as it smoothly blends in with the rest of it.
Features and performance
One of its best characteristics is using the brand’s proprietary mic technology, which enables the speaker to follow commands even in loud music conditions.
The microphones are incredibly adept at picking up voices from a long distance, so communicating with the speaker from the opposite end of the room is pretty much a notable feature.
At this time, the speaker only supports Alexa, although plans of enabling the new range to support Google Assistant are in the works.
As audio quality goes, the Home Speaker 500 offers one of the best there is, mostly because of the two custom drivers pointing left and right, which, according to the manufacturer, enables real audio separation, with no need to buy a second speaker.
The sound reminds of the one Apple HomePod gives, but somewhat subtler, which probably comes off more attractive to speaker enthusiasts rather than Apple’s more bassy offering.
In terms of music playback, the speaker offers a few different options; as you can connect the device to the speaker through an AUX cable, wirelessly connect via Bluetooth, or set it up on the home network.
Through the Bose Music app, you can connect the speaker to a few different streaming services, like Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, TuneIn, and SiriusXM, offering lots of other options – music, podcasts, radio.
The things to love about the Home Speaker 500 are not a few-it’s charming design, shiny display, and incredible sound quality has to offer. However, although this product will impress audio enthusiasts, we don’t feel like this one provides actual audio separation like Bose claims.
When you have all things taken into account, the Bose Home Speaker 500 is competitive to Apple’s smart speaker. It also offers a lot better than the majority of smart speakers the market has to offer, in which case, if you don’t have a problem going through a slightly complicated setup process and a steep price, this one is definitely to consider.