A portable but powerful speaker: that’s the Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus. It’s the big brother of the Bose Bluetooth speaker family, which we recently spotted the Revolve (without the plus) or the Color. It’s on sale on Amazon for $299 while the standard Revolve is sold for $199.
Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus Features
|Type||Powered speaker with Bluetooth connectivity|
|Dimensions||18.4 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm|
|Colors||Black or silver|
|Design||Vertical format, carrying or fixing handle, IPX4 waterproof|
|Physical connectivity||3.5mm Aux In, Micro USB (Charge)|
|Wireless connectivity||Bluetooth with wireless coverage up to 9 meters, NFC|
|Sound||Omni-directional acoustic baffle, all-band speaker and two passive radiators: 360-degree sound|
As we said, the Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus is the brand’s largest Bluetooth speakerphone. Compared to the Bose Revolve (without the plus), it’s taller (18 centimeters vs. 15), wider (10 cm vs. 8), and heavier (900 grams vs. 660). Thanks to the larger space, it can be fitted with a larger battery: it offers up to 16 hours of battery life (as opposed to 12 hours for the Revolve).
The design and concept are otherwise the same: metal outer casing, in extruded aluminum in one piece. It is topped by a resistant rubber section where the buttons are. Underneath it also has a rubber and a thread in case we want to put it on a tripod (same size as the cameras). It is splash-proof, that is, IPX4 certified. Although we can not throw it into the water (not submersible) but have it next to the pool in summer, or in the bathroom in winter. In addition, Bose emphasizes that the speaker is resistant to falls (light). Thanks to its structure and rubber parts, it can withstand falls without being damaged.
360 Degrees: One Speaker and Two Radiators
The Bose Revolve achieves a truly “360-degree” sound, meaning that if you put it on a table and walk around it, you won’t notice any changes in pitch. It’s perfect for meetings, although this form of diffusion also welcomes a nearby wall (between half a meter and a meter) to reflect the sound towards the terrace, for example.
Mount a single, active, circular speaker placed horizontally at the bottom and directed downwards. At the base, there is a circular acoustic diffuser that spreads the sound in all directions. This speaker is all-band, i.e. it reproduces bass, midrange, and treble. What is really “expanding” in all directions is the midrange and treble, and for the bass, it is assisted by two rectangular speakers located on the upper part of the Revolve body (passive radiators). This avoids the need for a bass reflex, which would be mishandled by humidity. This physical layout, plus Bose’s electronic “magic” in signal processing and equalization, makes these speakers worth listening to.
The Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus has a battery that can be charged through its micro USB port, or with an optional cradle. The battery delivers 16 hours of battery life. The connectivity, in addition to USB (for charging only), has an auxiliary stereo input (the classic 3.5-millimeter jack) that’s convenient for any portable sound source.
But above all, this is a Bluetooth speakerphone. As you know, it allows you to link your mobile phone or other compatible device and send music easily, at distances of up to ten meters or so. Connected to our mobile, the Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus has a dedicated button to “call” attendees, Siri (iOS) or Google (Android). It also serves as a convenient “hands-free” phone call. With its 360-degree sound and sensitive microphone, family or office colleagues can be around the table talking to anyone.
By downloading the Bose Connect application to your phone, you can access more features and customize specific settings for your everyday use. The application also notifies us if new firmware is available, so we can update it. When new features or product enhancements are available, we can do so quickly and easily.
Recently, a very interesting feature arrived: the Bose SimpleSync, with which you can synchronize several Bose Bluetooth speakers. Ideal for a party, or to sound a house with different rooms. There are also two modes, called party mode and stereo mode, designed for when you have more than one speaker. The party mode will synchronize the music in both as above, but the stereo will send to each speaker the music of its channel (left or right). It’s even possible to pair a home speaker (with a network connection, Wifi) to send music to the Bose Bluetooth speakers, so you don’t need your phone as a source but only as a control point.