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Bose SoundLink Re­volve+

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WIRE­LESS BLUE­TOOTH SPEAK­ERS

are a pop­u­lar choice among mu­sic lovers. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the off­beat lantern-like de­sign, clean look and con­ve­niently placed con­trols of Bose’s lat­est Blue­tooth speaker – SoundLink Re­volve+ – make it a ver­i­ta­ble de­sign mar­vel.

The unique shape rep­re­sents the busi­ness end of this 360-de­gree speaker, de­liv­er­ing what au­dio engi­neers call om­ni­di­rec­tional sound. Most Blue­tooth speak­ers are one-way fac­ing and pump in the sound that way. But an om­ni­di­rec­tional de­sign en­sures that the sound flows evenly, in a 360-de­gree pat­tern, pro­vid­ing uni­form cov­er­age and bet­ter sound qual­ity for all.

Avail­able in ‘lux grey’ and ‘triple black’, this pe­tite cre­ation is just over 18 cm in length and weighs less than 1 kg. It packs a punch, though, and houses dual sound ra­di­a­tors for ex­cel­lent low-note per­for­mance, a down­ward-fac­ing trans­ducer that puts more feel­ing in your bass, which is more in­ti­mate and ef­fec­tive, and an acous­tic de­flec­tor for 360-de­gree, om­ni­di­rec­tional sound.

We lis­tened to Wil­lie Nel­son’s ‘An­gel fly­ing too close to the ground’ among other coun­try songs, deep bass hits like ‘Tempted’ by Jazz Cartier and a few Bol­ly­wood num­bers. High fre­quen­cies were ex­tended

and airy with­out ar­ti­fi­cially am­pli­fy­ing the sound; the midrange was pleas­antly neu­tral, yield­ing vo­cals that sound au­then­tic and nat­u­ral, and the low fre­quen­cies were deep and pow­er­ful, but not overblown. Even when mov­ing around, we no­ticed the uni­form vol­ume lev­els, per­fect oc­tave-to-oc­tave tonal bal­ance and clear, nat­u­ral vo­cals.

Com­ing back to de­sign, phys­i­cal con­trols in­clude the power but­ton, vol­ume con­trol, Blue­tooth, aux­il­iary in­put and a mul­ti­func­tion key (for play­back, track nav­i­ga­tion and call man­age­ment) with small LED in­di­ca­tors. A long press on the mul­ti­func­tion key also gives you ac­cess to the voice in­put for Siri and Google Now from the speaker. You can also pair it to your phone with the Bose Con­nect app that gives you com­plete con­trol of the speaker. The IPX4 rat­ing is an­other plus, which makes this speaker wa­ter- and bump-re­sis­tant so that it can eas­ily with­stand light splashes or even a driz­zle.

The com­pany’s claim of 16-hour play­back time on full charge (it takes around five hours for full charge) is true. The wire­less range is up to 30 ft, but dis­tor­tion starts at a dis­tance of 25 ft. At ` 24,500, the speaker is priced on the higher side, but the sound more than makes up for it. In case you are look­ing for a slightly less ex­pen­sive speaker with great acous­tics, opt for the Bose SoundLink Re­volve for ` 19,900.

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