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Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® speaker III

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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.

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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.

Bose has produced another great product with their studio quality sound and the convience of Bluetooth technology. The highs are crisp and the bass is rich and deep. Two thumbs up!

Mick C, Jacksonville, FL

What's in the Box:

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

Product 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

Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® speaker III

Average Customer Review(s):

(60 Reviews)

Love at first push of the button!

Patrick S. from Royalston, MA on 8/1/2016

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I have always loved Bose electronics and have owned a few pieces over the years. I was at another retailer recently and saw the Soundlink products on display. I decided to try them out and WOW! They were super easy to use and sounded fantastic. I think I got the attention of a few of their employees and customers when I linked my phone and "Aces High" by Iron Maiden was cranking through the store :) I have used my new Soundlink, purchased at Crutchfield of course, in my garage and RV and what else can I say but I'm in love. It isn't as loud as I expected but it is plenty loud enough! The product is top notch in every area.

Pros: Portability, ease of use and amazing quality.

Cons: None

Bose Sound Link III

Mick C from Jacksonville, FL on 7/19/2016

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Bose has produced another great product with their studio quality sound and the convience of Bluetooth technology. The highs are crisp and the bass is rich and deep. Two thumbs up!

Pros: Great Bose quality sound, mobility to take it anywhere.

Cons: None

Bose Soundlink III

Gary K. from Pinckney, MI on 7/10/2016

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The Soundlink III exceeded my expectations. The speaker looks and sounds great. The base is there but not overwhelming. Overall, the speaker has a nice rich sound and is well worth the price. Very portable and not real heavy. Perfect for a carry-on.

Pros: Quality speaker

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Wallowa, OR on 6/24/2016

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Like always with Bose, excellent design and sound quality. Solid, I love and recommend it!

Pros: Size, weight, sound, look

Cons: Battery life at high volumes, and could always be a little louder for outdoors.

Bose SoundLink III -- Pricey but Delivers

John V. from Louisville, KY on 6/13/2016

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The Bose does exactly what I was hoping a BT speaker would do for portable music. The bass response stood out immediately and I was surprised by its presence. The overall sound again is a good as I would expect from something this small. I was impressed with the overall design, shape, and ease of set-up. I would buy it again and would recommend.

Pros: Sound and design Ease of use

Cons: Controls for volume are push buttons.

Great bluetooth speaker.

Larry from West Bloomfield, MI on 5/16/2016

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Got the unit a few weeks ago. Paired my phone in roughly 1 minute. Everytime I use it, it remembers my phone, and connects virtually immediately. The sound is very good. I have not had an occasion to use the battery power, but if the weather ever warms up, I plan to take it on our pontoon boat. This is a very nice unit. Not cheap, but I've had cheap units before, and this one is solid.

Pros: Connectivity, sound quality, battery.

Cons: Nothing yet.

Bose Soundlink III

D.G from Schenectady, NY on 3/18/2016

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Purchased for my wife who loves her music. We were both very surprise over the sound quality. Much better than expected. The size is perfect for our kitchen desk and although it doesn't have a remote it's no big deal. We too many remotes as it is. My wife listens to her music on her iPhone and couldn't be happier. Very pleased with our purchase. We plan to take it with us to our beach rental in the Summer.

Pros: Small size. Attractive design. Great sound quality. Easy to set up and use.

Cons: Price. A little high but still worth it.


John from beaufort, SC on 2/18/2016

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Pros: It does everything as advertised

Cons: For an unexplained reason, when connected it disconnects the WiFi function of my HP printer.

Great sound, Great Product

Bourke K from New York on 1/3/2016

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High quality, easy to transport, with great sound, this is a great speaker.

Pros: Size, Sound

Cons: N/A

Best portable speaker!

Phil S from North Dakota on 12/15/2015

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I have both read about and listened to a lot of bluetooth portable speakers, and the Bose Soundliink III is the very best, in my opinion. It is such a full sounding speaker and has good volume. Sound is everything to me, so the larger size is not a big deal to me. The smaller speakers sound small.

Pros: Great balanced sound with bass. You get what you pay for.

Cons: A little pricey, but again, you get what you pay for.

So far good

VJ Capalore from Kansas on 12/6/2015

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It was easy to connect, tested with different music styles. i like it so far.



Fantastic Speaker

Tucker from California on 11/21/2015

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Easy to set up and use, and has the best sound I've heard in a portable speaker - rich and deep lows and clean highs. Very happy with the purchase!

Pros: Ease of set up and use, great build and sound quality

Cons: no remote - would like to have a remote to turn on and off the power


Anonymous from Moreno Valley, CA on 11/14/2015

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Easy set up, instant satisfaction.



Bose Soundlink

dh from Oregon on 10/10/2015

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I really like this little system. I had a much older Bose system and loved it so I finally upgraded to this one. I love the bluetooth feature. The sound isn't as crisp as I was hoping it to be compared to my older Bose speakers. It was a good buy. I'd say if you're debating between this one and the smaller one, go with this one it's just as portable and completely managed from a size perspective.

Pros: size, bluetooth, ease of use, sound is good

Cons: not as crisp in sound as i thought it would be

Bose, my first choice of any audio product

Patyhu from California on 10/7/2015

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To buy any audio product, Bose is my first choice. We have Bose surround sound system, noise cancellation headphones for all family members, sound link and other Bose speakers.

Pros: Highly recommended

Cons: Maybe pricey?

A RICH Sounding Portable Speaker

Tim from Texas on 9/29/2015

I have always been impressed as well as appreciated the quality sound that Bose is able to produce in a small footprint. The SoundLink III is no exception produces a rich and full sound with plenty of volume. On a recent trip to the mountains of Montana I threw it in my carry-on portable and adds quality music to any environment. Even at a price tag of $299 I have ZERO buyers remorse! Had thought about purchasing a SoundTouch (wireless) but they are not bluetooth compatible and not nearly as portable as the SoundLink III ...besides with a smartphone I can listen to Pandora, Spotify, ITunes and much, much more!

Pros: Portable, powerful and pure sound! Easy to connect through Bluetooth (using an IPhone, Android, etc).

Cons: NONE

Very Good sound

Jack from Washington on 9/23/2015

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I would give it a 5 star except the blue tooth connection. if you connect a few devices, you have to reconnect a lot of time when you change from one device to the other. Other then that, it is very nice. More base and clarity than before.



Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® speaker III

na from New York on 9/14/2015

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Great product overall for what I needed for my space (~475 -500 SF studio)... but I don't think this is "heavy duty" enough for anyone with bigger apartments and looking for surrounding sound effect... however, this product is perfect for what it is designed for plus the look is ultra sleek



Soundlink 3 impressions

Hport from New York on 9/13/2015

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To start off, this is our second Soundlink from Bose, the first purchased 5-6 years ago. The sound is full and solid, not booming, just a perfect balance for HQ sound in a smaller setting. We use it for movies and streaming music off the laptop. The new SL3 seems to pair quicker which is a big plus for as we have 4 different laptops , PC & Mac and it pairs without issue. Battery life is fantastic, it will run the 12-14hrs or more, you lose track as it just keeps going. The new version does"t have a cover like the original, but since we really don't carry it allot, it's not an issue. The thicker profile with flat bottom is very nice and it stands solid on the table without movement. Sound level is very good, clean and plenty sound for large rooms at regular listening levels. We have had other BT speakers and while they all work, the Bose SL3 is at the top of the line up. The price, much like any good product or serve, you get what you pay for. Read reviews, but go see and listen to it in person, if you know someone with one, go listen to it. Judge if it's right for you.

Pros: Solid well built

Cons: None

Bose SoundLink III

BoseR from Dallas, Texas on 9/3/2015

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This is my first Bose speaker and I am not impressed. The sound is okay if you want some background noise at a desk or in a doctor's office. It is not adequate for filling a room or multiple rooms with a sufficient volume of music while working out or cleaning the house. The quality of sound at upper levels is not impressive, especially for the price. It requires you to power-up the unit before connecting and listening to music each time. It would be nice to connect once and control the speaker from your device without having to walk over and turn it on. And, you have to reconnect each time!

Pros: small size

Cons: cost, insufficient volume and quality of sound, functionality (e.g., having to power-up and reconnect each time)


Jack from California on 8/13/2015

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The sound is great.......when it works. I am thinking about returning it as aux is worthless.

Pros: good sound

Cons: aux doesn't work

great gift

happy wife from New York on 7/14/2015

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Got this as a special Father's Day gift for my husband.....he was thrilled with it.

Pros: the portability makes it easy to bring outside and room to room, as needed

Cons: volume could be a bit louder

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Anonymous from Vermont on 6/20/2015

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This has great sound quality and is easy to hook up to bluetooth devices. We love to bring it outside and listen to music.




kbomb from chanhassen, mn on 6/20/2015

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Great sound. Easy connection.



Great sound in a small package

Russ C from New York, New York on 3/29/2015

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I live in a fairly small NYC apartment and wanted to get good sound quality without the unit taking up a lot of space. The Soundlink III delivers on both fronts. Super easy to set up as well. It took about 2 minutes from opening the box to broadcasting music from my phone via bluetooth. It couldn't be much more simple. I highly recommend this product.

Pros: Very portable, extremely easy to set up, long battery life, and really good sound quality.

Cons: None that I've found so far.

VERY Nice!

DougG from Springfield, MO on 2/9/2015

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Great Sound. Well Built. Shipped on time.

Pros: Sound quality.

Cons: none

Great Sound Quality, Easy To Use

Mike from La Crosse, WI on 1/27/2015

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I like many others in this list did an extensive amount of research. I went to big box stores to listen to others like the Pill XL and the Infinity One and this stood out to me as the clear winner. The Pill XL seemed to be able to get louder, but didn't have as much bass. The Infinity One sounded more boomy bass, a little more artificial than I cared for. It still doesn't compare to my tower speakers that I have with my receiver, but without the power and size behind it, it's not possible to duplicate. My wife and are are using our iPhones and it's very simple to pair more than one device. I have had it now for more than a week and haven't run out of battery yet, but I haven't run it too long yet. Overall I was looking for the best sound quality I could get and still be somewhat portable. Portability was second to sound quality. I'm Very pleased with this model and would highly recommend to others looking for quality of sound with portability.

Pros: Sound quality, simple to operate

Cons: A little boomy in the bass

Great Sound

Mr. C from Hartford, CT on 1/1/2015

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Great sound. As portable as a book.



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Nick C from New York on 1/1/2015

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great sound & easy to pair with devices



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Anonymous from Hawaii on 12/28/2014

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Quality sound , easy set up... Very happy with purchase

Pros: Sound quality , easy set up

Cons: Price

Happy customer

Shonbacher from Avon, OH on 12/26/2014

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Quality sound , easy set up... Very happy with purchase

Pros: Sound quality , easy set up

Cons: None

delightful Bose

Blue from Lyndonville, NY on 12/11/2014

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Good sound quality and super ease of set up.

Pros: Nice design. Good sound quality. Solid.

Cons: Not cheap.

Really happy I made the investment

KKD from New Jersey on 11/13/2014

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This was so easy to start using-charging, pairing and playing music was a breeze. The unit is attractive enough to sit in the living room and blend in. The sound quality is fantastic. I'm really happy I went with this and will get my money's worth.



Meets my expectation

NSQ from Tafuna, AS on 10/29/2014

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I got the unit from the post office yesterday and charged it for more than 2 hours until the battery indicator went off. I started using it right then until late last night and again early this morning until now. In short, I've been using it for about 12 hours since the first charge. Looks like the battery stands up to it's specification with 2 more hours to go. I Like the sound quality. High-lows and mids is more balanced than its predecessor the SLII. More like the SL mini in sound quality but better and the difference becomes very obvious in larger room and in an open air. This is because it has a louder, bigger sound. The unit itself is simple and elegant and I like it. It's easy to operate and pair with Bluetooth devices. Overall, I like the sound quality and the physical appearance of my SLIII better than the SLII and SLmini. Worth the price. I could only wish it is lighter.

Pros: Good sound quality, easy to operate and pair with Bluetooth devices, elegant and sturdy, long playing hours.

Cons: Heavy

Great Speaker

Ken S. from Castleton, NY on 10/2/2014

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Great sounding speaker. I love the bass that it produces. Great looking piece of equipment too. It easily connects to my wifi network. The Battery life is good.

Pros: Great Sounding. Ease of use. Battery life is good.

Cons: I have none yet

+Fantastic speaker

Richard from Wichita,Ks on 9/19/2014

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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

Not as good as I thought

Made me grumpy from Brooklyn, New York on 9/8/2014

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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 September 9, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Fantastic Speaker

David R from Brentwood, TN on 8/13/2014

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Fantastic speaker. Great sound. Great battery life.

Pros: Battery life.

Cons: Weight

Bose Soundlink 3

Lee185 from texas on 8/11/2014

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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

great sound

Philip from Johnstown, Colorado on 8/9/2014

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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

Excellent product

pmorris from Winston Salem on 8/6/2014

This is an excellent speaker system. My wife loves it. Very good sound and portability.

Pros: good quality sounds


What is wrong with the speaker?

chibirubi from NYC on 7/31/2014

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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 . . .



Bose Soundlink 3. Great for what it is.

Justin from Brooklyn on 7/31/2014

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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.



Excellent sound

prems28 from Hamburg NJ on 7/22/2014

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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.

Great Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Ashok from Frisco, TX on 7/15/2014

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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

What can I say, it's a BOSE !

COLORADOMYKE from Cohoes, New York on 7/14/2014

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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.

Love it!

John from Venice, FL on 7/7/2014

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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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LyndaCF from Boston, MA on 7/4/2014

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sound is terrific. Easy to use. Easy to carry.

Pros: sound, ease of use

Cons: heavy

Bose gets it right again.

JOHNNY P. from Port Jefferson Station, NY on 6/28/2014

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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.

Great sound output

Kay from San Jose, CA on 6/18/2014

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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.

SoundLink 3 (3 times louder then expected)

Erico from Elkridge, MD on 5/12/2014

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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

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Anonymous from Boston, MA on 4/30/2014

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Great sound...Great product...Very fast delivery by Crutchfield....Highly recommend



Elegant design, simple to setup.

TomO from NYC on 4/8/2014

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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)

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Jon G from Williamsville, NY on 4/2/2014

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Beautiful Sound, Easy to Use!

Pros: Ease of use Sound

Cons: Price

Best Bluetooth speaker available

Dan from New York, Ny on 3/29/2014

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Great sound, easy to use

Pros: Great sound, easy to use

Cons: A little heavy

As advertised

LN from Hickory, NC on 3/19/2014

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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.

Sounds Good when in low volume

Miczkey from New York on 3/3/2014

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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.



Soundlink III

vic.gsxr from Louisville, KY on 2/28/2014

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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.



Decent little speaker, but not amazing

Amateur Audiophile from Miami, Fl on 2/26/2014

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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

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rob from tampa fl on 2/12/2014

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.




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Features and Specs

Weather-resistant No
Waterproof No
Speakerphone Mic No
NFC Touch Pairing No

Product Research


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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

great sound. bose.... [ CHURCH  Oct 10, 2016 ]
Bose quality...have tried many others, keep coming back to Bose, despite the premium's worth it in the long run... [ K  Jul 21, 2016 ]
My wife's choice for her b-day [ Michael  Jul 16, 2016 ]
I wanted sound to fill the room, but still have a small form factor. The soundlink III fit the bill. [ Ryan  Jun 29, 2016 ]
i like bose products [ Danny  Jun 28, 2016 ]
Just like the sound of Bose. High quality sound output. Clear and Crisp. Love it. [ HARRY JAMES  Jun 23, 2016 ]
great past experience [ Dennis  Jun 15, 2016 ]
This Bose Bluetooth Speaker has the best clarity, bass and bluetooth performance for the money on a portable speaker this size. [ Steve  Jun 14, 2016 ]
Sound Quality [ Ryan  May 31, 2016 ]
Great sound and portability. I put this in a Surf to Summit case and have found it easy to take almost anywhere. [ Philip  May 26, 2016 ]
My son in law has one. I was very impressed with it. [ Scott  May 23, 2016 ]
After listening to many portable systems side-by-side, Bose consistently has better all round sound over a wide range of volumes and music types. Bose products also are consistently high quality in look, feel and function. [ John  May 15, 2016 ]
Brand. I had a Bose speaker that I loved, but my daughter left it outside. [ Holly  May 11, 2016 ]
Came heavily recommended by owners of the speaker [ Jennifer  Apr 22, 2016 ]
Battery life, sound quality, and high customer ratings [ Keith  Mar 31, 2016 ]
heard at friends house [ louis  Mar 07, 2016 ]
I have always liked the Bose brand because their products offer great quality sound. [ Deborah  Feb 12, 2016 ]
I have sound link mini and quiet comfort headphones. Bose rocks! [ Charles  Dec 17, 2015 ]
I bought one for my girlfriend a few months ago, she loves it. Everyone who hears it loves it. I had to get one for myself. The sound, easy set up, take anywhere with you. She even listens to it in her car. [ Roderick  Dec 16, 2015 ]
I like the sound. [ Raul  Dec 14, 2015 ]
Bose has never disappointed me. Love the Bluetooth connection, as well as the 3.5 mm direct connect. Easy recognition of my Galaxy 5S phone & my Pandora app. Love it! [ Chris  Dec 12, 2015 ]
My son and daughter both have this product. Now my husband has one on his wish list! It's got incredible sound to it! [ Lisa  Dec 11, 2015 ]
Great sound, portable, and Bose quality. [ Philip  Dec 08, 2015 ]
Based on Bose's reputation I was looking for a good quality blutooth speaker [ Ken  Dec 03, 2015 ]

7 questions already asked

If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  May 03, 2015 ]  Staff
No [ SCOTT  Jan 18, 2015 ]
No it doesn't have the capability [ RYAN  Jan 16, 2015 ]
hmmm i doubt that as this speaker doesnt have any mic. i haven't tried it though... [ SRINIVASAN  Jan 15, 2015 ]
No [ GREG  Jan 15, 2015 ]
One unit does the job. [ Rick  Nov 29, 2014 ]
Thank to Greg T and Mike Y for the honesty and to the ground advice.Keep up the excellent work!! [ Jorge A.  Nov 25, 2014 ]
just 1 unit is good enough.. To be honest with you.. my friend's Sonos sounds better than my Bose :( [ mike  Nov 25, 2014 ]
One sounds fine. Even with two you will not get true stereo sound with separation, just the same "mono" sound tracks from two sources. Likely would sound good, but not worth the extra $300 in my humble opinion. [ GREG  Nov 25, 2014 ]
No, each Bose stereo unit only connects to 1 other source device. You are not able to connect 1 smartphone to 2 Bose units. [ Ronald  Nov 25, 2014 ]
You get rich stereo sound from one unit, and the sound quality is clear at higher volumes. We use it indoors and outdoors. As far as connecting two units to one phone, I don't believe so, but I'm not 100% positive. [ Suzanne  Nov 25, 2014 ]
You will get stereo sound with 1 unit You can run 2 speakers off of 1 phone [ Matthew  Nov 25, 2014 ]
I don't know about using two or how to connect. I can say that to me the Soundlink sounds excellent using just the one unit. [ Bobby  Nov 25, 2014 ]
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 ]
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  Jun 15, 2014 ]  Staff