Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® speaker III

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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.

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

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Great sound in a small package

Written By Russ C, New York, New York on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

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!

Written By DougG, Springfield, MO on Monday, February 09, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

Great Sound. Well Built. Shipped on time.

Pros: Sound quality.

Cons: none

Great Sound Quality, Easy To Use

Written By Mike, La Crosse, WI on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

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

Written By Mr. C, Hartford, CT on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

Great sound. As portable as a book.

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Written By Nick C, New York on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

great sound & easy to pair with devices

Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® speaker III

Written By Anonymous, Hawaii on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

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

Pros: Sound quality , easy set up

Cons: Price

Happy customer

Written By Shonbacher, Avon, OH on Friday, December 26, 2014

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

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

Pros: Sound quality , easy set up

Cons: None

delightful Bose

Written By Blue, Lyndonville, NY on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

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

Written By KKD, New Jersey on Thursday, November 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

Written By NSQ, Tafuna, AS on Wednesday, October 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

Written By Ken S., Castleton, NY on Thursday, October 02, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 . . .

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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)

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 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

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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