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Bose dominated the Bluetooth speaker market for a while. The original SoundLink Mini (Check on Amazon.com) was a bestseller, and the SoundLink Mini II (Check on Amazon.com) continued that success. But nowadays everyone is boasting about 360 degrees sound, and Bose answered.
Read more: Bose SoundLink Mini II Review
The result is not one but two new portable speakers: the SoundLink Revolve (Check on Amazon.com) and the SoundLink Revolve+ (Check on Amazon.com). Both share an almost identical set of features, but the Revolve+ is bigger, more powerful, and with longer battery life.
- Bose SoundLink Revolve+
- USB power supply
- USB cable
- CA adapters
Design and build quality
We weren’t surprised to find out that Bose has done a decent job when it comes to design and construction. A conical perforated aluminum casing perfectly wraps the speaker. In addition to its larger dimensions, the only design difference between the Revolve and Revolve+ is a handle that makes it easier to move around.
The rounded top and bottom are both made of rubber, and the top is equipped with the on/off, Bluetooth, volume up and down, aux and Multi-function buttons. The latter can be used to play/pause or hold and to activate the Assistant. The Revolve+ has also a built-in microphone.
Rubber is not just a design choice: it helps the Revolve+ achieve the IPX4 certification.
On the back, there is a 3.5mm aux input and a Micro USB port for charging. An optional charging dock is also available for (Check on Amazon.com). Battery life lasts for about 16 hours.
Internally, the Revolve+ has a pair of radiators that point opposite to each other and a single transducer that shoots down into a dispersion plate. In theory, this should ensure the omnidirectionality of sound. Bose has not confirmed whether the Revolve+ actually uses a larger driver than the Revolve, but it is likely considering its performance.
Each speaker has an internal memory for pairing it with up to eight devices, which can be done automatically without having to go through the Bluetooth pairing procedure each time. You can also pair two Revolve+ together and set them in a multi-room Party mode.
The sound of the Revolve+ is certainly detailed and expansive, with gentle and well-balanced mediums. The high end, at times, is perhaps a bit too “harsh”. The bass is full-bodied but balanced. The 360 degrees sound is really impressive, with no noticeable dead zones while walking around it.
The SoundLink Revolve+ sounds much better and louder than the basic Revolve but since they are products of the same project they have very similar sound signatures.
The impressive statements about the battery life proved to be true, with 16 hours of autonomy really obtainable, but only if the volume is not always set at maximum.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is a great speaker, although expensive (Check on Amazon.com) and a bit dated. It is very handy to use, especially if you combine it with the charging base which, unfortunately, is sold separately. And yes, the user experience and sound quality are so good that we can overlook its missing features. If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker with a brilliant 360° sound, look no further.