Even before the advent of Bluetooth, Bose speakers were counted among the Ferrari of speakers, not just for their performance, but for the huge price tag that came with it. However, in the Bluetooth speaker world, there are now a lot of brands that rival the performance of Bose with only a fraction of the price.
Brands like Anker, JBL, UE and even Beats by Dre come with amazing sound quality with a lower price tag than even the Bose Mini models. So in this competitive market, does the performance of Bose speakers still justify the high price tag?
One of the key reasons that people choose Bluetooth over traditional speaker options is because they can actually take them places. You can toss them in the back of a truck, pack them in a purse, and generally take them to get the party started anywhere. The portability of a speaker combines the aspects of size, convenience, and sturdiness to create the complete portable package.
Bose has created a Mini product line that allows for it’s traditionally very clunky and large speakers to be more portable, but even the Mini model won’t be able to slip into your pocket. They have also reinforced their SoundLink Mini models with more durable material (Aluminum) that makes it tough while still allowing it to be particularly lightweight.
Unfortunately, like all Bose models, even its Bluetooth speakers should be kept as far away from water as possible. Even a light rain can mean the end of its expensive life, meaning that the Bose line is probably not an option for outdoor excursions or poolside parties.
Now this is what you are really paying for. Why buy the Ferrari of speakers if you don’t get that same roar?
- Audio Quality – Like traditional Bose speakers, the company brought the same audio clarity and richness to its Bluetooth models. For many, that alone justifies the price as listening to a Bose speaker has the same powerful sound as listening through a good headset no matter where you are located from the speaker.
- Bass – Along with its superb audio clarity, Bose knows how to bring the bass. In fact, it can be counted among one of the best bass-producing Bluetooth speakers on the market. As the bass is balanced and doesn’t overwhelm the sound, you won’t get that table-shaking boom, but it is what creates the wholesome sound from the speakers.
- Volume – For as praised as Bose is for its sound quality and even the quality of its bass, Bose Bluetooth speakers aren’t perhaps the best choice for larger parties. The volume is a bit toned down when compared to other Bluetooth speaker brands. Unfortunately what you usually get from other speakers is either good bass or louder volume, rarely both.
Ease of Use
What good is a Bluetooth speaker if you can’t figure out how to connect and use it without much effort? The good news is that Bose speakers connect relatively painlessly with most Bluetooth devices. The bad news is that it lacks a lot of the useful features that users have grown accustomed to with other speakers like speakerphone and USB charging.
Speakerphone is a feature that most people can live without, but USB charging is another story. It might even be a deal breaker since many users want to be able to charge their Bose without having to lug around another set of cords and its mobile charging station.
The battery life is one of the Bose’s most major failings. With only around a seven hour battery life on most models, it lacks the battery charge of Bluetooth speakers available at even a fourth of the price. In order to combat this, models like the SoundLink Mini come with a replaceable battery so you can keep the music rolling without connecting it to a charging station, but at the same time, replacing the battery is kind of a pain.
When you buy a Bose, you are paying for that rich, wholesome sound that the brand is known for. If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof, loud, or can be charged with the same cord that charges your phone, then it may be better to consider some of the cheaper options out there. However, it you want a solid Bluetooth speaker that can fill your house with music as it was supposed to be heard, you get what you pay for with Bose and it’s worth every penny.