Bose now revealed a “Bose Home Speaker 500,” a new intelligent orator that comes with Amazon Alexa built into a device and support for Bluetooth song streaming from iOS and Android smartphones. The Wi-Fi enabled orator has many of a same facilities as aspirant inclination like HomePod and Sonos One, including song streaming, intelligent home automation, intelligent partner inquiries, multi-room song syncing, and more.
In “early 2019,” Bose says that it will broach support for AirPlay 2 in a Bose Home Speaker 500, as good as in a span of intelligent soundbars also announced today, a Bose Soundbar 500 and Bose Soundbar 700. For a Bose Home Speaker 500, a device includes an eight-microphone array for near-field and far-field voice pickup — all when it’s both wordless and shrill from now personification music.
For song playback, users will be means to play Spotify or Amazon Music directly from a Bose Home Speaker 500 when it’s connected to a home Wi-Fi network. Buttons on a tip of a orator will also concede business to set adult to 6 conflicting presets for playlists, Internet radio stations, and more. Of course, with Bluetooth any audio can also be streamed from a smartphone or tablet.
The association says a Home Speaker 500 has “the widest soundstage of any intelligent orator accessible today,” and is encased in an anodized aluminum bombard that measures 8″ high by 6″ far-reaching by 4″ deep. Two tradition drivers forked in conflicting directions safeguard that sound reflects off surrounding walls to apart instruments and “place vocals where a artist did,” all though “artificial effects or distortion.”
“Voice-controlled speakers aren’t new, and there are copiousness of good options to select from. But we had a conflicting prophesy for ours, desirous by what we could singly do to make a knowledge better,” pronounced Doug Cunningham, difficulty manager in a Bose Consumer Electronics Division.
“All of a new intelligent speakers double adult on functionality. It takes usually one Home Speaker 500 to broach loyal stereo subdivision — there’s no need to span two. Our Soundbar 700 and 500 are skinny and watchful with jaw-dropping approximate sound — either you’re streaming Spotify or examination a movie. They mix Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for unbeatable palliate of use, can be churned and matched to play in sync or separately, and with new Alexa functionality and some-more VPAs on a way, they’ll usually get improved over time.”
Notably, Bose’s intelligent orator includes a front-facing display, though it doesn’t seem to be a touchscreen. In a announcement, Bose says that, “when hold control is elite … there are buttons for simple functionality located right on a top,” permitting users to skip track, adjust volume, and more. In a owner’s guide, Bose says, “The orator arrangement shows orator information and icons as good as a streaming service, manuscript and artist now playing.”
To compare, a HomePod has a 6 microphone array that allows a orator to hear oral Siri commands even when shrill song is playing. HomePod measures in during 6.8 inches high and 5.6 inches wide, so Bose’s choice is also somewhat larger. Compared to a Bose Home Speaker 500’s aluminum, Apple went for a filigree fabric webbing around a HomePod, and it usually has a tiny 272 x 340 LED arrangement during a tip to arrangement Siri’s waveform when commands are invoked.
The Bose Home Speaker 500 will launch in Oct for $399.95, that is about $50 some-more than HomePod’s $349.99 sell cost and $100 some-more than new discounts for Apple’s speaker. The Bose Soundbar 500 and 700 will cost $549.95 and $799.95, respectively, and also launch in Oct during Bose sell stores, Bose.com, and during certified Bose dealers.