Bose announces rechargeable Portable Home Speaker

Going places? Bose Portable ready to take on the Sonos Move

by Andy Bassett
Hi-Fi News

Bose announces rechargeable Portable Home Speaker
No stranger to stylish, wireless speakers, Bose’s latest model features Bluetooth connectivity and a 12 hour battery life along with smart voice control - all packaged as the straight-to-the-point, Portable Home Speaker.
Boasting what Bose describes as "improved 360-degree sound” and “deeper bass than any other portable smart speaker its size’ the Portable Home Speaker is Bose’s first rechargeable, battery powered model and comes in a 191 x 102mm cylindrical shell made of seamless anodised aluminium, weighing in at 1kg.

Within this housing are three passive radiators, a high-excursion driver, and a proprietary deflector. These combine with Bose’s mono-signal technology to produce sound evenly in every direction without experiencing any dropouts caused by left and right channels cancelling each other out, which can sometimes happen in standard single piece systems.

Bose announces rechargeable Portable Home Speaker
The speaker can access music using a variety of connectivity including Bluetooth and Airplay 2 to stream from both Android and Apple devices, plus Wi-Fi and Spotify Connect.

Ben Burns, senior product manager for Bose speakers, commented, “Every Bose smart speaker is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, but the Portable is the first to offer a rechargeable battery — along with a short list of features everyone wants and loves.

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are built-in so, as well as music; news, weather, podcasts, daily schedules and other smart devices around the home can all be accessed with a simple vocal command. Importantly, all day use is possible with a quoted 12 hour battery life and recharging occurs via a standard USB-C connection or a charging cradle that’s sold separately, though there’re no details on the recharge time.
Bose announces rechargeable Portable Home Speaker
Physical control of the device is via buttons set on the top surface meaning power, volume, play/pause/skip tracks, wake or dismiss virtual assistants, and Bluetooth source can all be handled here. Also featured is Bose’s proprietary mic-off feature which cuts power to the microphones, eliminating any possibility you can be listened to or recorded.

For those looking for additional functionality, the Bose Music app offers easy set up and updates. Dig deeper though and it’s possible to browse content, switch music services or create a multi-room system with other Bose smart speakers and soundbars. Upcoming features include the ability to pair a Portable Home Speaker with a Bose SoundLink speaker and, due in 2020, the option to pair two Portables for 360-degree stereo performance (720° audio?).
Bose announces rechargeable Portable Home Speaker
An IPX4 water resistance rating means that the Portable Home Speaker is suitable for outdoor use and each comes with an integrated bucket style handle for easy portability.

Aiming to take the yet to be officially announced but anticipated Sonos Move head on, the Bose Portable Home Speaker will be available in Triple Black and Luxe Silver on September 19th for $349. No word on UK price and availability yet.


It may be coming a little late for barbecues and picnics but does the Portable Home Speaker sound like a useful addition to Hi-Fi fans who want their music to go with them? Get in touch to let us and other know what you think.

Source: Press release
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