BOSE SOUNDLINK III

Good sound. Fan­tas­tic bass for a small unit. Ex­pen­sive. No additional fea­tures be­yond play­ing mu­sic.

HWM (Singapore) - - Test -

We re­viewed the Bose Soundlink Mini back in Novem­ber last year and found it lack­ing, so we de­cided to go for its up­dated big brother, the Soundlink III for this shootout. At close to five hun­dred dol­lars, it is eas­ily the most ex­pen­sive set of speak­ers in this line up, but at the same time has the small­est fea­ture set. Bose has stub­bornly de­cided to leave out mod­ern day con­ve­niences like NFC pair­ing, USB charg­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, speaker-tos­peaker ca­pa­bil­ity, and even an in­built mi­cro­phone.

The Soundlink III packs four neodymium trans­duc­ers and X dual-op­pos­ing pas­sive ra­di­a­tors com­bined with a new dig­i­tal sig­nal pro­cess­ing al­go­rithm and im­proved elec­tron­ics. Un­like the Nyne TT, the Soundlink III eas­ily fills a medium to large sized room, while its larger bat­tery also en­sur­ing it has enough juice to last up to 14 hours on a sin­gle charge.

De­sign-wise, the Soundlink III es­chews flash for a sim­ple, clean de­sign. Con­trast­ing just two tones of grey, and keep­ing with a sim­ple metal fin­ish. Like the Mini, you can opt to jazz

it up with a range of op­tional colored cov­ers. The Soundlink III is al­most as large as the Nyne TT, with a slim pro­file that makes for easy pack­ing. How­ever, all those driv­ers and larger bat­tery makes it the heav­i­est speaker here at 1.37kg.

The Soundlink III was the loud­est speaker in the group, edg­ing out even the Cre­ative Sound Blaster Roar (even with its Roar func­tion en­abled), and we found that the speaker held it­self to­gether im­pres­sively even at high vol­ume lev­els, with only a slight bit of dis­tor­tion in the lower reg­is­ters.

Sail on Sooth­sayer by Buck­et­head played with ro­bust, rum­bling bass, and the Soundlink III han­dled the gui­tar solo with ease. Like­wise, the Ea­gles’ Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia was an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence, with the Soundlink ren­der­ing gui­tar and voices with nice sep­a­ra­tion. Bass has a de­gree of de­cay with these speak­ers, and we quite en­joyed the way tre­bles and mids are han­dled – maybe slightly warm to be ac­cu­rate, but very much en­joy­able nonethe­less.

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