In addition to a rugged build and an affordable price, the latest Bose speaker is able to automatically adjust audio based on its orientation.
Bose has launched a new SoundLink Flex rugged Bluetooth speaker that is said to adjust its sound automatically depending on its orientation, deliver powerful bass, and can even float when dropped in water. Bose hasn’t added any new portable Bluetooth speakers to its portfolio lately. Instead, the company appears to have been focusing on its headphone and earbud offerings.
Back in 2019, Bose announced the Home Speaker 300, its pill-shaped portable smart speaker, and also added Google Assistant to its existing line-up of smart speakers. Outside of speakers, the company recently launched the QC45 noise-canceling headphones to go up against the likes of Sony WH-1000 XM4 and the AirPods Max. In the earbuds segment, the company revealed the Bose Sport Open Earbuds earlier this year.
The latest portable Bluetooth speaker from Bose is an IP67-rated device that’s resistant to liquid and dust exposure. According to Bose, the SoundLink Flex utilizes a silicon back that won’t peel or flake, while the powder-coated steel speaker grille is said to be UV and corrosion-resistant. The company also claims that its latest speaker will float if users drop it in a pool or the ocean. The Bose offering weighs just over one pound and also comes with a utility loop, which should make it easy to carry when needed. At an asking price of $149 in the US, the SoundLink Flex goes against the $169 Sonos Roam, and is now available to buy from the company’s website.
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Bose says it has equipped the SoundLink Flex with the biggest transducer it could fit alongside a pair of passive radiators, while its in-house DSP tech keeps distortion to a bare minimum. The result, Bose claims, is a thumping sound that users will feel in their chest. The speaker can be paired with another of its kind or other Bose speakers to create a stereo setup or kick off the proprietary Party Mode that enables simultaneous playback. Support for Bose SimpleSync tech is also available for creating a multi-room listening experience. Another cool feature that Bose offers is its PositionIQ technology, which automatically adjusts the sound output depending on the speaker’s orientation. Put simply, audio from the the SoundLink Flex will be balanced based on how the speaker is placed or hanged.
The latest Bose speaker is touted to last up to 12 hours on a single charge and there’s a USB C port for topping up the battery, a process that takes fours hours to go from 0 to 100-percent. There’s also a built-in mic to let users take calls, while wireless connectivity is handled by Bluetooth 4.2 with a range of up to 30 feet. Lastly, the Bose SoundLink Flex is equipped with button controls for power, Bluetooth and volume, with additional controls and settings available through the Bose Connect mobile app.
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