Bose SoundLink Revolve II Review

Bose SoundLink Revolve II Review

The Bose SoundLink Revolve II Bluetooth Speaker features a downward-firing full-range transducer and an omnidirectional acoustic deflector for portable sounds that can fill a room. This means that the SoundLink Revolve II, whether placed dead center or against a wall, can transmit 360° of music throughout a space, reflecting audio to you and your guests. Dual passive radiators support deep bass while also reducing vibration. You can get up to 13 hours of streaming audio from a Bluetooth-compatible device on a full charge.

Pros
  • Minimalist design
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent directivity
Cons
  • No graphic EQ
  • Requires two units for stereo sound

Check Out Relating Article: Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II Review

Design

Because the second-generation SoundLink Revolve looks identical to the first, you’d be forgiven for thinking I was testing the first.

This is still a compact cylinder with a bottom that is broader than the top and rubber pieces on both ends to absorb impacts if the speaker is dropped. The Bose is available in Triple Black or Luxe Silver, with smooth aluminum in the center.

A circle of buttons for power, source, volume up, multi-function, volume down, and Bluetooth are located on the top. They’re all somewhat concave, and the movement is pleasurable. An NFC chip is hidden here to make pairing easier and faster.

So, what has changed at Bose? On the design front, the IP rating has been raised to IP55, which is an inconspicuous upgrade.

It was previously IPX4, thus the speaker is now completely dustproof and waterproof, capable of withstanding water jets.

There isn’t much else to say about the SoundLink Revolve II because it is simple and elegant. It weighs only 660g and has a thread on the bottom for mounting, as well as metal connections for an optional charger.

Sound Quality & Features

The insides of Revolve haven’t changed for the second generation, thus it still sounds the same. There are two passive bass radiators and an omnidirectional acoustic deflector, as well as a downward-firing driver.
I’m impressed with the sound quality here, which should be expected from a company like Bose. The SoundLink Revolve II is capable of handling a wide range of music, delivering enough oomph for The Prodigy while still handling Ben Howard’s delicate guitar and vocals.

It sounds best at middle volume settings, but if you’re trying to fill a large space, quality suffers at the higher end.

Despite the fact that the speaker may be utilized with the Bose Connect app, it lacks a digital EQ for sound customization. Instead, you get some basic information and options, such as the battery level and the opportunity to alter the auto-off timer and turn off the voice prompts if they become bothersome.

The main feature is the Party Mode, which allows you to gather other SoundLink speakers for a party. The larger SoundLink Revolve+ II can accomplish this, but not the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, which is a competitor to the Sonos Move. The latter signifies that the sound emanates uniformly from all sides of the speaker. It truly provides a fantastic 360-degree experience. The sound does not alter when you turn the Revolve II in your hands.

I’m satisfied with the sound quality here, which should be expected from a company like Bose. The SoundLink Revolve II is capable of handling a wide range of music, delivering enough oomph for The Prodigy while still handling Ben Howard’s delicate guitar and vocals.

It sounds best at middle volume settings, but if you’re trying to fill a large space, quality suffers at the higher end.

Despite the fact that the speaker may be utilized with the Bose Connect app, it lacks a digital EQ for sound customization. Instead, you get some basic information and options, such as the battery level and the opportunity to alter the auto-off timer and turn off the voice prompts if they become bothersome.

The main feature is the Party Mode, which allows you to gather other SoundLink speakers for a party. The larger SoundLink Revolve+ II can accomplish this, but not the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, which is a competitor to the Sonos Move.

When connected to a phone, the speaker can be used to answer calls by pressing the multi-function button. Long-pressing it also brings up Siri or Google Assistant, provided you’re connected to a compatible device.

Bose has enhanced the battery life of the original model, now offering up to 13 hours of playback time. Given that the similarly sized Marshall Emberton may sell for more than 20, this isn’t a large number.

However, I’m not sure how Bose arrived at that statistic given the speaker has a considerably longer lifespan in my testing. I’ve been using the SoundLink Revolve II while working at home for about four hours a day, and it was still on 50% after five days – nearly 20 hours of use.

While the battery life is remarkable, the lack of a charging connection on the back is a disappointment. In 2021, a speaker costing this much from a manufacturer like Bose should include USB-C. You can buy a charging cradle – it looks like the base of a kettle – to make things a lot easier, but it’ll set you back another $34.12.

Detailed Features Review

  • Easy Pairing

This wireless Bluetooth speaker uses NFC technology to easily pair with compatible devices. The SoundLink Revolve II delivers easy audio prompts to guide you through the Bluetooth pairing process, significantly reducing frustration.

  • Stereo or Party Mode

This wireless Bluetooth speaker has NFC technology and can pair with compatible smartphones in a matter of seconds. The SoundLink Revolve II features helpful audio prompts to guide you through the Bluetooth pairing process, significantly reducing the frustration.

  • Speakerphone with Siri and Google

SoundLink Revolve II may be used as a speakerphone for hands-free calls when coupled with a smartphone. Voice commands can also be used to access Siri or Google Assistant directly from the speaker.

  • Switch Devices with Multi-Connect

This speaker’s multipoint technology allows you to pair it with two different Bluetooth devices at the same time. Only one device may stream at a time, but switching between the two is easy thanks to multi-point.

  • Indoors or Outside Sound Quality

You can use the SoundLink Revolve II outside on the porch or in the backyard without worrying about a little rain or splash of water hurting the speaker thanks to its sturdy aluminum shell and IP55-rated water and dust resistance.

  • Amazon Alexa

Built-in Alexa support allows you to connect the speaker to Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo Dot and control audio playback with your voice.

  • Bose Connect App

You can control the SoundLink Revolve II’s Bluetooth connection, unlock functions, and get future updates using the Bose Connect app on your mobile device.

  • Wired or Wireless

An aux connector on this speaker allows you to connect non-wireless devices with an (optional) audio cable. It’s a great feature for using legacy devices and components, as well as allowing you to continue the party with any aux-equipped device if the SoundLink Revolve II battery dies.

  • Tripod Mounting

A threaded tripod attachment on the speaker allows you to securely attach it to a separately available tripod, raising the speaker to accommodate large events and allowing the music to reach more people.

  • Bose SimpleSync

To keep your audio in sync throughout your home, pair this speaker with any Bose Home Speaker.