Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker review
Fun on the go
Tara W. has worked for Crutchfield since 2004. She writes about whole-house music and video gear, and works on Crutchfield's video team.
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I recently had the chance to check out the Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker. The first thing that caught my eye was that it can be completely wireless — it connects to a phone via Bluetooth® and has a built-in rechargeable battery. Knowing that, I was excited to hear how the SoundLink sounded.
The speaker is about as long as a pad of paper (it’s sitting next to one on my desk right now) and just a couple inches deep, so it fit most places — on a kitchen table, a bookshelf, or the rail of our gazebo outside at work. A neat extra: Bose includes a cover with the SoundLink and it flips down to become a stand for the speaker.
Bluetooth® by Bose®
If your phone, tablet, or computer has built-in Bluetooth, you can make a wireless connection to the SoundLink. A minijack audio input on the back of the speaker lets you make a conventional wired connection if your device doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth.
|No, this isn't my desk. But this photo does give you a good idea of just how little desktop space it took up.|
At first, I used my iPhone® with the SoundLink. Pairing it was easy. I turned Bluetooth on in my phone’s menu and selected the SoundLink from the list of compatible devices. Within just a few seconds, the SoundLink was playing audio from my phone. And I wasn’t limited to the actual music files that are stored on my phone, tablet or computer.
I queued up apps and music services — like Spotify®, my new favorite — and sent that audio out to the SoundLink. If I’d gotten to keep the SoundLink forever, I could see using the Bluetooth streaming function to get better audio from movies on my iPad®, too.
The SoundLink would be great to travel with because of its compact size and rechargeable battery. It’d be a great addition to a beach trip, camping weekend, or even a picnic — we used it to listen to music in a gazebo on our Crutchfield campus. That said, I did most of my SoundLink testing indoors and I loved being able to leave my iPhone in my pocket and control playback of the SoundLink across the room.
The listening test and the results
Whether I was listening to music in my living room or kitchen, the SoundLink performed well — filling each room with detailed sound. I listened to the Civil Wars whose music is packed with beautiful harmonies, acoustic guitar, piano, and soft drums. The SoundLink really allowed the singers’ vocals to shine through — their harmonies played out clearly and airily around my home. On the low end, the SoundLink still delivered a wide soundstage where I could almost pinpoint where the drumbeats were coming from.
The Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker delivers a solid audio performance. When I combine that with the Bluetooth capability and rechargeable battery, this becomes an iPod (phone, tablet, and computer) speaker that’ll work well in an office, in a home, and at a tailgate party.