4 Stars By GoIrish on 2017-04-23
360 Speaker: Bose Revolve+ vs Beoplay A1
In this review I wanted to compare two 360 speakers (Bose Revolve+ vs the Beoplay A1) in the $250-$300 range. Design, Sound Quality and Functionality are 3 main areas of importance to me. See attached image of both speakers side by side.
Both have a modern design that can complement the decor. The Bose Revolve+ design is not so unique. There are similar tower-like 360 speakers out there. In other words, you won't know it's a Bose unless you see the logo/label on top of the speaker. The Revolve+ handle and optional base is helpful with it's mobility/convenience. The Beoplay A1 design is one of a kind and looks better in person than the picture. You have to see one for yourself to appreciate the design. However, it is difficult to find the buttons on the Beoplay A1.
Sound Quality: Both speakers do a great job dispersing a 360 sound. The Revolve+ definitely has the signature Bose sound tone/quality, but with more bass and power than the Soundlink color, II & III. If you are a fan of the Bose signature sound, then you will not be disappointed. I do think that the Revolve+ sounds more hollow than the A1. The Revolve+ does get twice as loud as the A1 with little distortion, which is helpful when playing music outdoors. The Beoplay A1 has the signature B&O sound tone and can be modified via the Beoplay App. The sound quality is best between 30%-75%. At low volumes, the A1 sounds like a non-portable high quality speaker connected to mains/power supply.
Functionality: The Revolve+ has very convenient soft buttons on top. I also like the Bose Connect app which allows you to turn on your speaker without having to walk over to the speaker even when the speaker is not plugged in. The A1 needs to be manually turned on everytime you use it and the button can be hard to find. You cannot switch tracks on the A1, you will need the Beoplay app or mobile device to skip songs which is inconvenient. The A1 also gets hot and the volume will automatically lower itself to prevent overheating. I do like being able to use the Apple Watch and Beoplay App to change the tone based on content.
BTW, there is a sound delay when connecting the AUX of the Bose Revolve+. I noticed this when trying to add the Revolve+ to my Airplay system. So, it is not sync compatible when using the AUX input.
I hope this helps.
5 Stars By DanaGarner on 2017-06-16
What's not to love about a Bose product beside the price. It's a little pricey but as they say "you get what you pay for". However, this little portable guy is a powerhouse! Love the handle, the quality of deep base tones, battery life, portability - love the handle!!! It sounds superior when hanging. Works great on the boat and camping or out by the pool! NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED THE BASE CHARGER THAT IS RECOMMENDED AND SOLD SEPARATELY - IT COMES WITH A CHARGER THAT WORKS JUST FINE.
5 Stars By JJB on 2017-05-09
Best Bluetooth Speaker on the Market!
This speaker gets 5+ stars. I was amazed that this speaker sounds better than my Bose SoundLink III. I purchase two of them and the sound quality is great in both stereo and party mode using the Bose Connect App. My son recently got married and we used both Revolve+ in party mode for their cocktail reception in a 30' X 100' barn. They were easily hung from the ceiling approximately 25' apart. The guests said that the sound was great and clear wherever they were in the room. They were surprised when I showed them where they were hanging and how small they were. The DJ for the wedding reception said they were excellent quality and he uses larger Bose speakers for his setup. It was his first time listening to these and said he was planning on buying for his house and personal use.
The price was $20 more than what I paid for my Bose SoundLink III and worth every dollar of it. You will need to use the Bose Connect App if you want to pair two of them together with Bluetooth connection. When you power them off, you do have use the App to pair them to your device again.
Highly recommend this product!
4 Stars By Tom H on 2017-06-09
Pricey but worth every penny!
The Bose Revolve + is a great speaker overall but a bit on the pricey side.
Here’s my review –
Packaging – Beautiful, simple, elegant and slick. I have a special place in my heart for opening electronics, and the Bose Revolve + did not disappoint. No wasted space here and very well protected.
Sound – While you won’t achieve the quality of some of a higher end wired speaker, this Bluetooth beast packs a punch. The bass is very noticeable and can even rattle the table it’s sitting on with some songs. Treble and mids are very clean. I’ve tested this speaker on everything from Hip Hop to classical and it never disappoints. The 360-degree sound is truly phenomenal.
Aesthetics – I have the black version of the speaker and it is simply stunning. The buttons are solid feeling, it has a good weight to it overall and the handle is very solid. Nothing but the best from Bose.
Functionality – This is where the speaker loses a star for me. It’s not a huge deal but I was disappointed that the speaker came fully discharged and there was no indication that a complete charging cycle was needed before the first use. I know this seems petty but it almost made me feel as though I received a defective unit as the Bluetooth connection dropped multiple times and was even rendered completely useless at one point even though it was plugged into the wall. After 30-40 minutes of frustration, I decided to leave the speaker charging and actually open the instruction manual. (Something I never do, LOL) The quick start guide simply stated to choose the language, pair and listen. While it instructed you to plug it in, it never said to let it charge for a while before use. (which was the only way I found it usable out of the box) Also, the full instruction manual is only available online. I respect the “Go Green” approach but in a situation like this, it was a tad bit frustrating.
The speaker is drop and water resistant, which is a big plus. I haven’t purposely tested either of these yet but it seems very solid and I would have no concerns with leaving it out in the rain or an occasional splash from the pool.
The speaker boasts 16 hours of battery life and I’ve found this to be right on if the device is fully charged. This is more than enough for a long summer BBQ out in the sun. The battery is by far one of the most amazing features of the Bose Revolve +.
App – Honestly, the app doesn’t add much for me. It’s a rather basic app and I find myself reverting to the music app on my iPhone rather than using the limited controls within the Bose application. One bonus the app does provide is the “Party Mode” which allows two Soundlink Speakers to be paired at the same time. This would be great but with the price of the unit, I will be waiting a while before I invest in a second speaker.
Overall – In conclusion, this is a great speaker and I highly doubt there will be any cases of buyer’s remorse. If you’re willing to pay the price, you will not be disappointed. There were some small setbacks in some of the initial setup but nothing to really write home about. There was a firmware update that popped up today as well, not sure if that helped tweak some of the issues I described earlier with the Bluetooth connectivity and charging or not but will update if so. I love the speaker and hope to get a matching one in the near future.
5 Stars By Ryan on 2017-06-02
Worth the money and product is exactly as reviews stated
All of the reviews I read prior to purchasing the Revolve+ were accurate however I'm noticing slightly more diminished sound quality at full volume.
And full volume is loud af, 2-3x louder than my previous Jambox.
I wish the base would hit harder but again, it hits plenty hard for a speaker this size. It does sound better placed closer to a wall.
Seamless connectivity with Bluetooth. I use mine to stream from iPhone, AlumiGogo Dot and a projector.
Haven't tested battery life yet.
I'll likely be getting a second to connect the pair as stereo surround for outdoor movie nights.
Nice work Bose!
4 Stars By Real Raleigh Reviewer on 2017-09-25
Momentous day: Review from a HUGE many-year SoundLink Mini fanboy
I just got my Revolve+ today - a momentous day. I discovered that Bose released a spiritual successor to the SoundLink Mini / Mini II a few months ago and bought one within 15 seconds of my discovery. Shame on me for not knowing sooner.
A bit of history: I bought the Mini a few after it was released. I thought - goodness gracious that sounds good for something I could slip in my pocket. It doesn't get super-loud; even at its own maximum volume the bass is badly washed out; producing its best performance really requires thoughtful placement. It must be backed up within a foot (or less) of a good solid vertical surface. On the upside: it attempts to attack bass frequencies that numerous speakers 5X its size filter out altogether. It's my "featherweight champion". Step up into a mid-size portable speaker and the Klipsch KMC-3 just walks away with it - and another speaker I bought and kept, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 (see comparison photo beside Revolve+ attached), is similarly big-sounding, punchy, expansive and crisp, just sort of delivers its performance differently than the Klipsch and maybe with less WOOF. Both, masterpieces of listening enjoyment, for all kinds of music. But the kind of sound the SoundLink Mini could generate at moderate listening levels and in any environment just make it lovable - a real "WOW" moment when someone hears the kind of sound it can produce. Oh... and it's attractive. And well-made. And did I say, tiny? I like it so much (and my wife more or less expropriated the original Mini to carry all over the house and yard for kid-time and chores and exercise and such) that I bought a Mini II shortly after it came out, as a travel buddy on business trips.
Back to the little guys. I've tried many. Not all, but many. Perhaps better than thirty makes and models in the "mini" and "mid-size" portable Bluetooth speaker ranges and the SoundLink Mini kept knocking them all down in the "ultra-portable" speaker form factor. For years, I've been bemoaning the lack of competent competition for this little guy. There really was none. Even as recently as... last week... I bought the theoretically estimable KEF Gravity One, same form factor as the SoundLink Mini and maybe 50% larger, but in theory, with dominant sound... and... woah. No. No, once again the SoundLink Mini slays a powerful foe. Yet again, I whined that nobody seems to be able to outdo the SoundLink Mini... including Bose themselves.
When I found these SoundLink Revolve speakers were the successor to the SoundLink Mini I had VERY high expectations. Bose must have taken an excellent, industry-leading mini portable speaker and made it even better.
The verdict: maybe it's better - but different. Not just a clear head-and-shoulders better-than-SoundLink Mini win.
I would say, with bass response the Mini wins. Using a tone generator, the Mini is maybe -1 or 2db below 60Hz and inaudible under 45Hz. With the Revolve+, it's quieter under about 58Hz and disappears at 38Hz. On the face of it you'd think, good, slightly deeper bass, if only by a hair. But, the Revolve seems not to be able to emphasize, or project, those tones, especially around 60-80Hz, as well as the Mini. It's there, but it just doesn't balance out with the mids and treble as well as the Mini.
The trade-off is soundstage. With the Mini, the sweet spot is pretty much a laser beam directly facing the front of the speaker. With the Revolve+, it REALLY doesn't matter which direction it's pointing - play your favorite song, pick up the speaker and rotate it in your hand, there's truly no distinction, no variation, at any point 360 degrees around the vertical axis of the unit. I'll also point out that the sound quality is nearly identical no matter where you are vertically - above, below, eye level with the speaker grille. So, one thing it does exceptionally well is actually filling the space around it with the music.
The Revolve+ gets quite a bit louder than the Mini, but at the same time, similar to the Mini, the "loudness" of the mids and treble quickly defeats its ability to make bass and you end up with a sort of tinny, washed out one-dimensional blaring noise. It gets loud... but you wouldn't want to have to listen to it that way. It can, but you don't want it to. Similar to the Mini, the best sound is at low to moderate volumes.
Aesthetically... it's a music lantern. A music canister. If you took it camping and felt for it in the dark, you might not be able to tell if you grabbed the speaker or the kerosene lamp. By way of lanterns, it's a very nice one indeed. The Mini is a brilliant, chic, retro shape with modern materials. This... not so much. The shell is aluminum and feels very solid to hold, but the feel doesn't save the looks. I guess there's really only so much you can do to have a real 360 degree portable speaker that doesn't look like a can or lantern. I don't have any bright ideas. Just pointing out that vs. the Mini, this isn't something you'd put on an executives' bookshelf and say, yeah, look at that. Nice huh? It definitely belongs on a picnic table alongside the ketchup and plate of hot dogs.
And quite to that point - the sound quality seems to be precisely the same model. The Mini seems to have been designed first and foremost to pack a little tiny proper audiophile-quality listening experience into a little tiny package. It has a narrow soundstage, depends on positioning to really make the bass resonate, but boy, when you hear it performing, does it ever perform. This one is designed more to be a Good listening experience, but for everybody. Less on perfecting the sound, more on making it fill the space around it entirely. This is designed for parties. The Mini is designed for desks, bookshelves and kitchen counters.
Going back and forth between the Mini II and the Revolve+, sitting right in front of me, on the same shelf, playing the same tracks, I still think I like the Mini's sound a notch better. The Revolve+ isn't bad at all, it's just different. Nevertheless, I''ll most likely keep the Revolve+. Keeping pace with the Mini already puts it beyond any competitor. I'll use this outside, maybe for parties out on the deck.
5 Stars By Cheryl J. Tyrell on 2017-06-10
Bose Soundlink Revolve + May 2017
Beautiful, strong sound from this little portable speaker. Able to use the equalizer on my smartphone to adjust output if desired. Took less than 5 mins to synch with my phone. First thing I did was go to Youtube on my phone, pull up "Barn Jams" with David Gilmour, Rick Wright, Steve D. and Guy Pratt, and tap play. Sound was exquisite. So much fun to be able to grab music from internet sources such as Youtube and listen to immediately - BB King and Ronnie Earl at Montreux "You're Gonna Miss Me", Fantastic. This speaker has a lovely, warm, rich sound, and you can really crank it up. Well worth the price, would highly recommend.
5 Stars By Pan Kwok on 2017-11-14
Get your speaker a hanging stand!
Accidentally, I pick up the speaker when it is playing one of my favors songs. OMG, what a difference! The singer's voice is more apparent; the base is smoother. I find out the speaker's sound is the best when it is four inches from the desk. So I put it on my headphone stand. Even though it only lifts up by two and a haft inches. But the sound is much better (personal opinion).
Bose: Make a speaker hanging stand for us!
5 Stars By Randygk78 on 2017-09-20
Amazing speaker - you won't be disappointed. Only issue is now I want a second one so I can multi-cast O:-)
We've had multiple versions of wireless speakers over the years, and there's a lot of things that can go wrong with them - design-wise.
We've owned a Jawbone speaker that sounded nice in a small room, but quickly was drowned out when taken outside. If the volume was increased too much, and the song was heavy with base, the entire speaker would slowly and little-by-little move across the table until it fell off. We've owned a no-name speaker that didn't have the skipping problem, but still didn't sound stellar. When we're in the pool we would just use one of these and hope they didn't get too wet because neither were waterproof. They worked, but were very directional, didn't really tell you audibly how charged (or not) they were, and were just good, but not great in terms of sound.
Fast forwards to this speaker. Holy heck is it amazing in sound! When they say 360 degree sound, they mean it. The base is awesome, the clarity is unsurpassed by any other speaker we've ever had, and the BATTERY life is AMAZING. They can also multi-cast to more than one of these so you can fill either multiple rooms with the same music, OR you can have one in a few tables so you don't have to crank the music. Speaking of which, if you WANT to crank the music, you totally can, because it still sounds AWESOME.
We purchased this before we went on vacation to North Carolina for time at the beach. I think the label says ~16hrs battery life, however after spending most of the sunlight hours (10 or 11am -> 5pm) at the beach, the battery still stated 80% was left! We continued listening to it while cooking dinner and hanging out at the house post-beach and the puck-dock came in VERY handy! It continues playing when it's set on the dock, so that's a plus.
Now for the not-so-great:
- I do like the app because it does have a refined look, however it does, IMO, take a bit long for it to load the speaker/"connect" to it, even though I'm already connected and playing music via bluetooth.
- The battery took HOURS to charge when we first got it. It arrived from AlumiGogo with a 10% charge, which is unusual for devices, but just let it be known that you'll not be able to take this and immediately use it without charging it first. I've not connected it to purely USB (if you don't have the puck dock charger, this is what you'd use to charge it), so I'm not sure if it would have charged faster with that or not. After charging it the first time to 100%, we've only been able to take it down to 80% during a full day's worth of use, so I'm not sure if the first charge was a slow trickle charge intentionally or what exactly was going on with that. Charging fro 80% --> 100% I've not timed, but it doesn't seem extremely long.
- This is extremely nit-picky, but the included voice that is used for interacting with the device sounds VERY cheap/robotic. I would have expected Bose to give us a bit better sounding voice to go with a speaker that's $300, but again this is very nit picky. If they could have recorded the ~50 commands with ANYBODY'S voice it would have likely made this better.
2 Stars By McPurchase on 2017-06-23
No Bass Unless Against Wall - Overpriced For That Flaw
The sound quality is not what I have grown to expect from Bose. Very little bass when set up in the middle of the room. Only able to get deep bass when up against a wall, which is not how the 360 degree's speakers are intended to be used. Lightweight and good size, but the sound quality negates that for the $300 price tag!