Bose, the audio giant has launched a new line-up of a smart speaker and soundbars in India. The products are available for buying from Bose Stores, Croma, Amazon, Reliance, Flipkart, Vijay Sales etc from today. The Bose Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700 were initially announced two months ago and have now been released to compete against the likes of Apple. The speakers are powered by Amazon's voice-based virtual assistant called Alexa and also have a support for Google Assistant. They will also offer an AirPlay 2 support for streaming on Apple devices from 2019.
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The Bose Home Speaker 500 has been launched at a price of Rs 39,000 while the Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700 come at a price of Rs 59,000 and Rs 79,000, respectively. Doug Cunningham, Category Manager in the Bose Consumer Electronics Division, commented, "Voice-controlled speakers aren't new, and there are plenty of great options to choose from. But we had a different vision for ours, inspired by what we could uniquely do to make the experience better." He added, "All of our new smart speakers double up on functionality. It takes just one Home Speaker 500 to deliver true stereo separation - there's no need to pair two. Our Soundbar 700 and 500 are thin and discreet with jaw-dropping surround sound - whether you're streaming Spotify or watching a movie. They combine Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for unbeatable ease of use, can be mixed and matched to play in sync or separately, and with new Alexa functionality and more VPAs on the way, they'll only get better over time."
All the products launched by Bose today come with the company's mic technology that is present in all its headphones. The feature helps the devices in listening to sounds clearly even at loud levels, so the company claims. All of these products come with a support for Bluetooth and WiFi, and are mentioned to give out "tens of thousands of skills for information, entertainment, smart home control, and more."
According to Bose, the Home Speaker 500 comes with the "widest soundstage of any smart speaker available today." It has two custom drivers placed opposite to each other and measures 20 x 15 x 10cm. A separate button for basic functionality is also located on the top of the speaker. The Bose Soundbar 500 has the dimensions of 4 x 10 x 78cm and has a matte finish. It has been called "smaller, thinner, and features a subtle matte finish to fit neatly under a television screen, virtually invisible."
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On the other hand, we have the Bose Soundbar 700 with dimensions 5 x 10 x 96cm. It is made of metal and has a tempered glass on top for protection. Bose PhaseGuides, a technology which sends multiple channels of a soundtrack throughout a space and places discreet sound in "places where there are no speakers." Also, the Soundbar 700 comes laden with Bose DSP, custom low-profile transducers, QuietPort technology and a universal remote for managing TV/other equipment.
The Bose Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700 use the company's ADAPTiQ technology and HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) for compatibility with future technology. Would you like to buy any of these devices? Let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned to Mr. Phone for more updates on technology.