Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II Review

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II Review

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is a compact, portable speaker with a woven handle that, when used to hold it up, gives it the appearance of a lantern. It’s dust and water-resistant to IP55, so you can take it outside with you, though we didn’t put it to the test. It also offers a balanced sound profile and mid-range, making it ideal for listening to dialogue-heavy audio content such as audiobooks and podcasts. Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce a deep low-bass, and its companion software lacks a graphic EQ for fine-tuning its sound, which may frustrate fans of bass-heavy music genres like EDM or hip-hop.

Pros
  • Minimalist design
  • It makes a louder sound than its size suggests
  • Amazing directivity
Cons
  • Compression artifacts at max volume.
  • Bigger satellites than other mesh competition

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Style

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is a compact speaker with a 360-degree rotational design. It’s designed to sit vertically, like the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, and has a built-in woven handle that almost looks like a lantern when used to hold the speaker up.

Portability 

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is remarkably portable. It’s small, lightweight, and its built-in handle makes it easy to carry it around with you when you’re on the move. It’s also battery-powered, so you can take it outdoors with you without having to worry about finding a power outlet to connect it to.

Build Quality

The build quality of the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is excellent. Its body is mostly constructed of an aluminum grille that protects the drivers, although it can readily accumulate fingerprints. It has a silicone top and bottom, as well as a woven carrying handle. Despite the lack of a protective cover on the micro USB and AUX connections, this speaker is still rated IP55 for dust and water protection, however, we haven’t tested it yet. It also has top-mounted buttons and a contact underneath for use with a charging base, however, this is supplied separately and we didn’t test it.

  • Material Quality: Good
  • Water Resistance: Waterproof (IPx5)
  • Dust Resistance: Dust-Protected (IP5x)
  • Impact Resistance: Yes (IK rating unspecified)
  • Floats In Water: Unspecified

Controls 

During a phone call, press the + and – buttons at the same time to silence the microphone. The results for Microphone On/Off have been updated to ‘Yes’.

The controls of the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II are extensive. The + and – buttons can be used to increase and reduce the volume of the speaker. By simultaneously pushing the mute and unmute buttons, you can mute and unmute your phone calls. Play, pause, backtrack and skip songs are all controlled by the multi-function button. You may also use it to activate your smartphone’s voice assistants by pressing and holding it. It features a Bluetooth button that you may press to pair the speaker with your device, which should generate a voice prompt that tells you what device it’s connected to. When you push the power button again, the speaker will give you a voice prompt, and when you switch it on, a battery level light will illuminate under the power button.

There is no auditory feedback, and because most of the buttons aren’t texturized, it can be difficult to determine which one you’re hitting without looking at the speaker.

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Frequency Response Accuracy

 The frequency response accuracy of the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is adequate. It offers an out-of-the-box sound profile that is reasonably neutral and well-balanced, with a balanced mid-range that should ensure vocals and lead instruments sound clear. However, it struggles to recreate the deep, thumpy, and rumbling bass found in bass-heavy music such as EDM. Unfortunately, it lacks EQ controls to allow you to tailor the sound to your preferences.

Soundstage 

The soundstage of this speaker is adequate. Its directivity is outstanding thanks to its 360-degree design, and it has a broad and open soundstage, so your audio should sound clear from most angles. However, it must downmix stereo content to mono, which may not sound as immersive, and a second unit is required to play stereo sound.

Battery 

The battery life of the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is excellent. Despite the manufacturer’s claim that it can last up to 17 hours on a single 4-hour charge, our tests revealed that it could last more than eight hours on a nearly 3-hour charge. However, because battery life varies depending on your usage habits and settings, your actual experience may differ. You may also use the speaker’s companion app to specify how long you want it to wait before turning on its power-saving mode. You can choose from five minutes to three hours, and you can even set it to never, in which case the mode will not be enabled.

  • Battery Life  8.5 hrs
  • Charge Time  2.8 hrs
  • Power Saving  Yes
  • Charging Port  Micro-USB

Voice Assistant

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II’s voice assistant isn’t very good. It uses the voice assistants that come with your smartphone because it doesn’t have any built-in. It also lacks a mute mic button, which is inconvenient when you don’t want the speaker to hear you. You can also activate them with your voice by pressing and holding the multifunction button on the speakers. However, it has no trouble hearing you from a long-distance and does a good job hearing you in noisy surroundings. Check out the Bose SoundLink Revolve II if you’re seeking a similar Bose speaker with improved voice assistant functionality.

  • Alexa: No
  • Google Assistant: Yes (Requires Smartphone)
  • Siri: Yes (Requires Smartphone)
  • Voice Activation: No
  • Microphone Mute: No
  • Far-Field Performance: Great
  • Ambient Noise Performance: Decent

App 

The Bose Connect companion app for the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is adequate. It works on both iOS and Android phones and tablets. It may be used to generate a stereo pair from two SoundLink Bluetooth speakers, which is useful when you want to feel more engaged in your audio. You can also connect it to several other speakers using its Party Mode feature, which is useful when you want your audio to cover a large space without having to turn up the volume on your speaker. It does not, however, offer any EQ options that you can use to tailor the sound to your preferences. It also lacks a multi-room capability, so you won’t be able to use it to control several speakers and have them play different content in different rooms at the same time.

  • App Name: Bose Connect
  • iOS: Yes
  • Android: Yes
  • EQ: No
  • Stereo Pair Mode: Yes
  • Party Mode: Yes
  • Multi-Room: No

Bluetooth 

The Bluetooth performance of the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is excellent. It has a very long Bluetooth range, so you won’t have to worry about it being too far away from your associated device. It can connect to two devices at once, which comes in useful when switching between audio sources. With iOS and Android devices, it also offers low latency, making it ideal for watching movies and videos. However, because some programs compensate for latency in different ways, your actual experience may differ.

  • Bluetooth Version: 4.1
  • Bluetooth iOS Latency: 62 ms
  • Bluetooth Android Latency: 66 ms
  • Bluetooth Range: 334.6 ft (102.0 m)
  • Multi-Device Pairing: 2 Devices

Wired 

To connect your device to the speaker, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II offers an AUX input and a USB connector. To connect it through USB, plug your device into the speaker’s micro-B USB connector, then push and release the Input button until the speaker says ‘USB Audio.’

Valuable Conclusion

For music, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is adequate. This speaker’s well-balanced sound profile makes it suited for a wide range of musical genres. It boasts a respectable soundstage with outstanding directivity because to its 360-degree construction, so your audio should sound clear from all directions. Though this speaker has a reasonable volume range, there are compression artifacts at maximum level, thus your audio may not sound as clear at higher volumes. Unfortunately, it has trouble reproducing a deep, thumpy, and rumbling bass, which may upset bass-heavy music fans such as hip-hop or EDM. It also requires two units to play stereo sound, and when used alone, it must downmix your music to mono, which may not sound as immersive.

For films and movies, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is adequate. Because this speaker has trouble reproducing low-bass, hearing the thump and rumble in action-packed situations can be tough. At the maximum level, it features a lot of compression artifacts, so your music might not sound as clean and clear during louder listening sessions. It also requires two units to play stereo sound, and when used alone, it must downmix stereo audio to mono, which may not sound as immersive. With iOS and Android devices, it offers low latency, albeit various apps adjust for latency differently, and your real-world experience may vary. It also has excellent directivity, so your music should sound well from a variety of perspectives.