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Bose soundLink III Bluetooth speaker

Great for portable use inside or outdoors.

With the Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® speaker III you can share your music with friends just about anywhere — and with legendary Bose® sound. This portable speaker creates a spacious soundfield that belies its small size, reproducing your favorite songs with richness and clarity. Just pair it with your Bluetooth-compatible smartphone or tablet and let the party start.

Built to travel

The SoundLink® III features curved edges and a thin profile so you can easily slip it into a bag or backpack. A silicone button panel resists dirt and dust, while the wraparound metal grille adds to its durability.

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Highlights:

  • for smartphones and other portable devices with built-in Bluetooth
  • 30' wireless range
  • minijack auxiliary input
  • silicone button panel resists dirt and dust
  • wraparound metal grille for durability
  • AC adapter
  • built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 14 hours
  • 10-1/16"W x 5-2/5"H x 1-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth powered speaker system
  • AC power adapter (with attached 5' DC cord)
  • Owner's Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions
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Features

Bluetooth (A2DP) Technology: The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III Digital Music System offers built-in Bluetooth (A2DP) Technology which lets you wirelessly connect with many Bluetooth enabled devices; such as your iPod touch/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, or computer/laptop. The system has a wireless range of approximately 30'.

  • Wireless Audio Streaming: You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps (like Pandora, iHeart Radio, Spotify, etc.) on your mobile device to the SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III. Music navigation and song/artist information will still be handled through your mobile device. And if you need to multitask, you can keep using your device for other tasks while you still stream and listen to your music.  If you are using a smartphone, a phone call interrupts your audio source, so you'll be able to take  your phone call. When the call ends, your music automatically resumes through the SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III.
  • Simple Pairing: This compact speaker system pairs easily with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Simply press and hold the unit's BLUETOOTH button on the speaker's top-panel, and then choose the SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III from your mobile device. The speaker remembers the most recent six devices you've used, so reconnecting is even simpler (only one device can be used at a time).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III system.

Proprietary Bose Speaker Technology: Proprietary speaker technologies deliver your music in all its clarity with robust sound unusual for a compact, wireless speaker. Its unique driver configuration allows the small, lightweight speaker to reproduce deep, full sound. Four drivers and two passive radiators provide full-spectrum audio and clarity at any listening level. Improvements in digital signal processing (DSP) let you share your music louder than the previous version of the SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker.

Note: The speaker is designed to sound best when placed on a shelf, counter, desk, or tabletop that is 24-48" high. For best bass response, the speaker should be placed near a wall; bass response decreases as the speaker is placed closer to the center of a room.

Aux Input: The SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III has a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a external portable audio source other than your Bluetooth-enabled device.

Micro-USB Connector: The unit's micro-USB (type-B) port is designed for downloadable software updates that may be available in the future. By registering this product, you will automatically be notified of any necessary updates.

Portable Design: The speaker easily slips right into a bag or backpack. The silicone button panel protects it from dirt and dust, while a wraparound metal grille adds to its durability and resists fingerprints.

Rechargeable Battery: The SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III is powered by a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. A fully charged battery gives you up to 14 hours of continuous playing time in most situations. An empty battery usually takes 2 to 3 hours to charge. The battery light shows Green when the battery is fully charged, Yellow indicates a medium, and Red means the battery needs charging.

Note: When the SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III is unplugged and unused for more than 14 days, it enters battery protection mode to preserve battery power.

AC Power Adapter + Optional Car Charger: The included AC power adapter can be used to charge the integrated battery and power the unit. The compact power adapter folds flat to fit easily in a bag, ideal for extended trips. And optional 12V car charger (018SNDCHGR, sold separately) is also available.

 
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5 out of 5

+Fantastic speaker

Written By Richard, Wichita,Ks on Friday, September 19, 2014
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This speaker is exactly what I wanted,audiophile quality sound in a portable unit. The bass is very acceptable, not overwhelming but very balanced with the total spectrum of sound and the mid range and highs are very clear.
Pros:
Sound quality Long battery life Ease of operation
Cons:
Weight Lack of a handle for ease of carrying Weight
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3 out of 5

Not as good as I thought

Written By Made me grumpy, Brooklyn, New York on Monday, September 08, 2014
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I think the unit that I was sent does not sound as good as those I tested in local stores. My unit becomes very distorted at medium level volume. It also does not sound as good as the mini unit I purchased locally as a last minute gift for someone.

btw: I am using the aux in so I was expecting nice sound
Pros:
build quality
Cons:
disappointed in sound quality
Crutchfield response on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Speaker

Written By David R, Brentwood, TN on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Fantastic speaker. Great sound. Great battery life.
Pros:
Battery life.
Cons:
Weight
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3 out of 5

Bose Soundlink 3

Written By Lee185, texas on Monday, August 11, 2014
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I've wanted one of these for awhile and finally bought one when the 3 came out. Had to return first one because the treble/high sounded muffled. Replacement sent sounded really nice but then I found out there is no carry case made for it, I like to take music out to the pier. Because of this, the size/shape seemed awkward and not convenient. I ended up returning it and am looking for something more portable that sounds good with good volume and battery.
Pros:
Sound, battery
Cons:
Size, shape & no carry case
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5 out of 5

great sound

Written By Philip, Johnstown, Colorado on Saturday, August 09, 2014
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It performs better than I expected. Hooks up easy. Didn't know if it would be loud enough. It's plenty capable of playing loud music and still sounding clear. Very pleased with it.
Pros:
Great sound, ease of use, portable
Cons:
None yet
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent product

Written By pmorris, Winston Salem on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
 
This is an excellent speaker system. My wife loves it. Very good sound and portability.
Pros:
good quality sounds
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

What is wrong with the speaker?

Written By chibirubi, NYC on Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Last year, I purchased a smaller speaker, Bose SoundLink mini, and was very happy with it. On my last visit in the spring, I left it with my brother in Japan. Now I need another one for use at home and went with this newer version, SoundLink III. For about ten days after receiving it, it was working fine. Somehow, it became impossible to connect the speaker to any of my devices. When consulting with Crutchfield's tech support, it became apparent that the speaker's bluetooth was not functioning. Crutchfield offered to send me a replacement, which arrived promptly. (Thank you for that!). The new unit was working fine for the first couple of times, until tonight. This time around, the speaker connects to a bluetooth device but produces no sound! I did the "reset" thing both on the speaker and iPad. I also did the clearing of the bluetooth list on the speaker and iPad. When I use a Zooka speaker, it connects and produces the sound. With the Bose SL III, even though the bluetooth setting shows the Bose is connected, there is no sound coming out of the speaker. It is maddening. I am ready to return this speaker . . .
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose Soundlink 3. Great for what it is.

Written By Justin, Brooklyn on Thursday, July 31, 2014
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I have the B&W A7, (which is an absolute revelation), but it isn't portable, so I wanted something to bring to the beach, and hotels when I travel, since not having music on trips drives me crazy, and the in-room iHomes don't cut it. The sound quality is good, slightly boomy, but not very much. It is loud enough to enjoy music while lying on a towel up to about 8-10 feet away on a beach. Don't expect it to produce perfect sound in a small room, such as a bedroom, but that's not what it's made for. Great product for traveling, battery life is good, design is great, and connects to bluetooth in a matter of seconds. Would recommend.
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5 out of 5

Excellent sound

Written By prems28, Hamburg NJ on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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This is one of the best bluetooth speaker on the market. We used to own the G-boom bluetooth speakers, which was heavy and cumbersome to use, but this speakers are Easy to use and has the proper bass and treble. The battery last long. So my major criteria to purchase this was to use on the patio, and the music was loud enough to be heard over the kids screaming. I would recommend this for anyone who needs this for outdoors as well parties.
Pros:
Ease of use. Bluetooth connections are fast and simple. Remembers last 6 devices, so it can switch to different devices fast enough. Long lasting battery life. Sound is amazing.
Cons:
No playback controls for music.
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5 out of 5

Great Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Written By Ashok, Frisco, TX on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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This is a great sounding speaker with a small footprint and a good battery life.
Pros:
Great sound Good battery life
Cons:
none so far
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4 out of 5

What can I say, it's a BOSE !

Written By COLORADOMYKE, Cohoes, New York on Monday, July 14, 2014
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The soundlink II seems to have a fuller sound than the soundlink III. I have been using both for a while now and my guests ( at my house parties ) all agree. They all seem to pick out the soundlink II as their preference for Sound Quality. It makes me feel foolish to think that I was upgrading from the SL-II to the SL-III, and spend more money, when all the while I had the superior speaker. The only redeeming quality that the soundlink III has is the longer playing battery ( it's rated for 14 hours of replay time). The best I've gotten so far is about 12 hrs. I still love the sound...after all, it's still a BOSE.
Pros:
A little longer playtime on the battery, and still sounds like a BOSE.
Cons:
It doesn't have the sound of it's predecessor, THE BOSE SOUNDLINK II .......A much fuller sound.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Love it!

Written By John, Venice, FL on Monday, July 07, 2014
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Love my SoundLink Blue tooth Speaker, Bose never disappoints! Great sound and battery life from such a small speaker. If your looking for a portable speaker with great sound, this is the one you want. Don't let the price scare you off, we'll worth it!
Pros:
Bose quality, great battery life, easy set up . Great portability and sound for smaller areas.
Cons:
If you are looking for a portable speaker loud enough to fill a large room or large outdoor space, this is not for you.
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5 out of 5

bose bluetooth speaker III

Written By LyndaCF, Boston, MA on Friday, July 04, 2014
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sound is terrific. Easy to use. Easy to carry.
Pros:
sound, ease of use
Cons:
heavy
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4 out of 5

Bose gets it right again.

Written By JOHNNY P., Port Jefferson Station, NY on Saturday, June 28, 2014
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Great product. Excellent sound quality. Long battery life. Little pricey. Doesn't appear to work with the phone function of my iPhone. Works with music and video functions on my iPhone.
Pros:
Sound quality. Battery life.
Cons:
Cost. Heavy. Needs handle.
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4 out of 5

Great sound output

Written By Kay, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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This small speaker delivers great range of sound from crisp to heavy bass.
Pros:
Sound
Cons:
I wish it is even smaller.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

SoundLink 3 (3 times louder then expected)

Written By Erico, Elkridge, MD on Monday, May 12, 2014
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After hearing my friend SoundLink Mini I was super impressed with the clarity and the loudness. I purchased it hoping the more expensive SoundLink 3 was louder, because of its size. It was in fact louder but not proportionally. No regrets purchasing it, but probably would have been just as happy with the mini and its lower price.
Pros:
Clarity, Loudness, battery backup
Cons:
price, but still worth it
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® speaker III

Written By Anonymous, Boston, MA on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Great sound...Great product...Very fast delivery by Crutchfield....Highly recommend
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4 out of 5

Elegant design, simple to setup.

Written By TomO, NYC on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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The Bose SoundLink III is the perfect choice for sound enthusiasts that want something small, portable and pleasing to the ear. The setup is simple, and it's sound is powerful enough to be heard easily in a small outdoor area - exactly what I was looking for.
Pros:
- Beautiful design - Great sound - Light and portable
Cons:
- Bass is not great, but it does the job - A little on the expensive side (as expected by Bose)
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® speaker III

Written By Jon G, Williamsville, NY on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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Beautiful Sound, Easy to Use!
Pros:
Ease of use Sound
Cons:
Price
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best Bluetooth speaker available

Written By Dan, New York, Ny on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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Great sound, easy to use
Pros:
Great sound, easy to use
Cons:
A little heavy
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5 out of 5

As advertised

Written By LN, Hickory, NC on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Very satisfactory. Sounds good, works great. If cost is not an issue, this is the one you want.
Pros:
Delivers on what you buy a speaker like this to do.
Cons:
Expensive.
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3 out of 5

Sounds Good when in low volume

Written By Miczkey, New York on Monday, March 03, 2014
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Very easy setup and sounds very good when in low volume. Extremely good finish in term of craftsmanship. Good range in reception. Sound very unreal when in high volume. not worth the price.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Soundlink III

Written By vic.gsxr, Louisville, KY on Friday, February 28, 2014
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Upgraded from Soundlink 2. Hard to tell the sound difference but the battery life has majorly improved. Miss the cover cover that came with the Soundlink 2. In all honesty for the money the Soundlink mini is the way to go. Of all I have owned that is the best sounding and way smaller.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Decent little speaker, but not amazing

Written By Amateur Audiophile, Miami, Fl on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
 
This is not a 5 star speaker I'm afraid. The quality of construction appears excellent but the sound isn't nearly as powerful, clean, or loud as expected. Side by side with my friend's original soundlink I it was actually less loud (maybe it needs to break in?) and didn't offer sound of any better discernible quality. Outside at a park, we couldn't hear it at max volume further than 20 feet away.

Indoors, an up against a wall as Bose recommends, the sound is impressive in a small room, but in a medium or large room it's easily washed out. It appears the unit begins severely restricting its sound output to prevent distortion as you crank up the volume.

Clarity and detail seems lacking though I found this true of all the speakers this size that I sampled. By the way, I found the Sony BTX500 is probably the closest competitor in terms of sound quality and size, after my extensive search. I'll likely return or sell online for something more powerful asap. Currently, there aren't many options better than this Bose at this size though. One great asset is that it is truly excellently portable with its great battery life and 3lb weight. So it not the end all, be all, but its still a great quality piece.

Hope this helps!
Pros:
Portability, build quality, known brand, good but not great sound
Cons:
Sounds constrained at high volume, Cant reach very high volumes, lacks speakerphone, alarm and other neat features competitors offer
6 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

sound link 3

Written By rob, tampa fl on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
 
great sound and bass! debated between the sound link ll and sound link lll .. hands down if u want more bass and a clearer sound go with the sound link lll.. no regrets so far spendin extra $$ for this speaker because it was brand new and it sounds great! highly recommended.. i beleive its the best sounding portable speaker out there.
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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2 questions already asked

How heavy is the SoundLink 3? I'm curious how truly portable this speaker will be. [ Josh  Aug 25, 2014 ]
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  • I find the styling of the III completely acceptable, but ultimately looking for true portability at a lower price point. Deck, tailgate, camping...always on the go. Thanks for the great input Greg! [ Josh   Aug 26, 2014 ]
  • The product weighs 3 lbs but to us, VERY portable. We use it on the road to jam out our mp3 player at camp sites & motel joints. Great sound. Size is not a problem for us. [ GARY   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • Thanks! [ Josh   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • WEIGHT: 3.03 lbs (1.37 kg) DIMENSIONS: 5.1"H x 9.6"W x 1.9"D It is easy to transport, but if you are truly seeking a very portable model, the Mini model is considerably smaller and handier. Of course there are trade-offs in my mind with the sound and volume output of going smaller, but the Mini is less expensive. Go with what you are seeking in sound and what best fits your budget. The III model is a very good unit in my humble opinion, and I have been accused of being somewhat particular (and peculiar). The Soundlink II and the Mini have been judged by many as being more stylish. [ GREG   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • 2 lbs 14 oz. [ GERALD   Aug 25, 2014 ]
What are major differences between the Bose SoundLink and the Klipsch GiG? [ Nance  Jun 11, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Staff  Jun 15, 2014 ]

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