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Bose’s new SoundLink Flex speaker has a rugged design and ‘astonishing’ sound
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Bose’s new SoundLink Flex speaker has a rugged design and ‘astonishing’ sound

Bose is introducing its first new moveable Bluetooth speaker in fairly a whereas. The $149 SoundLink Flex has a ruggedized design with an IP67 ranking for mud and water resistance, 12-hour battery life, and what Bose claims is “astonishing” audio efficiency for its dimension.

At 7.9 inches extensive, 3.6 inches excessive, 2.1 inches deep, and weighing barely over one pound, the SoundLink Flex is properly compact and has a built-in utility loop for attaching to a carabiner. It’ll be bought in three colours: there’s black, smoke white, and blue.

Contained in the SoundLink Flex is a customized transducer that Bose says is “as huge as may match” and able to producing “bass you could really feel in your chest.” Utilizing a characteristic that Bose calls “PositionIQ,” the speaker can detect what orientation its in — upright, hanging, or flat on its again — and tune audio output accordingly.

The speaker has a silicone again and powder-coated metal grille, and Bose claims it’s designed to withstand corrosion and fend off any discoloration from UV mild. With that IP67 ranking, it’s a pool-safe speaker, and Bose says it’ll float to the floor when dropped into water.

There’s nothing significantly “sensible” concerning the SoundLink Flex, however it may be linked up with any Bose sensible audio system or soundbars you’ve obtained at dwelling. And you’ll stereo pair it with one other SoundLink Flex or a completely different Bose moveable speaker. There’s additionally a built-in microphone for taking calls and interacting with the voice assistant in your cellphone. (Bose nonetheless sells the a lot pricier Moveable Good Speaker for $400 with built-in voice capabilities, however you are able to do higher for much less cash than that.)

At $149, the SoundLink undercuts merchandise just like the Sonos Roam, although it doesn’t match that speaker’s extensive set of options. Bose additionally has to deal with spectacular Bluetooth speaker competitors from JBL, UE, and others. Nonetheless, the corporate’s moveable audio system have a manner of sounding significantly better than you’d count on based mostly on their dimension, so I’m wanting ahead to listening to what the SoundLink Flex is able to.

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