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Bose Home Speaker 500 Review

True Score

79
78
15

Experts

87
2,221

Consumers

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The Bose Home Speaker 500 was praised by top testers for how receptive it was to voice commands. They liked that they could adjust bass and treble levels through the Bose Music app and that it could connect to devices in different ways. Still, it didn’t have that thumpy bass response, a speakerphone functionality, and it’s not very portable.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a top-end Bluetooth speaker that was first announced in late 2021. Most of the best speakers in the industry have a particular wow factor, and for the Bose 500, it is its color LED screen.

The screen displays data such as volume adjustments and pairing info. The speaker also has WiFi support and excellent Bluetooth connectivity, with a range of up to 195 ft and a latency of 57 to 88ms on Android and iOS devices, respectively.

This makes it possible to watch movies and listen to music without lag. Similar to the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers around, the Bose 500 has built-in support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but since it is not battery-powered, it is designed for indoor use.

Check out our Bose Portable Smart Speaker review for a battery-powered alternative.

Consensus

our Verdict

Product testers were delighted with how well the Bose Home Speaker 500 could pick up on voice commands even from a distance, and they were also pleased that it could produce a wide soundstage.

Expert reviewers from Rtings praised it for its compatibility with both Alexa and Google Assistant and liked that they could make bass and treble adjustments through its Bose Music app.

Specialists from Digital Trends liked that the speaker could connect to other devices through WiFi, Bluetooth, or an AUX input. They also liked its room-filling sound (which is great for both movies and music) and that it had a stereo output. It also got pretty loud during their tests.

However, testers agreed it struggled to produce a low, thumpy bass response. This is a problem that a 12-inch subwoofer can deal with, but if you’d rather have a bass-capable speaker, consider our Denon Home 350 review.

They also didn’t like that it didn’t have a speakerphone functionality, and since it is wired, it is also not very portable.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity
  • Works great with voice assistants
  • Wide soundstage
  • Loud max volume
  • Colored LED screen

Reason to Avoid

  • Not battery powered
  • No speakerphone functionality
  • Mediocre bass levels

Bose Home Speaker 500 Specs

Battery Charge TimeBattery Charge TimeWired
Battery LifeBattery LifeWired
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Timen/a
DepthDepth4.3"
HeightHeight8"
IPX RatingIPX Ratingn/a
Smart AppSmart AppAmazon Alexa app, Apple AirPlay 2, Bose Music, Google Assistant
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantNo
WattageWattage120W
WidthWidth6.7"
Wireless RangeWireless Range30 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)0
Volume Output (dB)87.25
Low End Roll Off (Hz)63.496
High End Roll Off (Hz)6,834.38

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Market Context

The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a top-end Bluetooth speaker that was first announced in late 2021. Most of the best speakers in the industry…

The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a top-end Bluetooth speaker that was first announced in late 2021. Most of the best speakers in the industry have a particular wow factor, and for the Bose 500, it is its color LED screen.

The screen displays data such as volume adjustments and pairing info. The speaker also has WiFi support and excellent Bluetooth connectivity, with a range of up to 195 ft and a latency of 57 to 88ms on Android and iOS devices, respectively.

This makes it possible to watch movies and listen to music without lag. Similar to the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers around, the Bose 500 has built-in support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but since it is not battery-powered, it is designed for indoor use.

Check out our Bose Portable Smart Speaker review for a battery-powered alternative.

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The Bose Home Speaker 500 is wired while the Sonos Move is battery powered, but the Sonos Move is waterproof and dust resistant, while the Bose 500 is not. Still, the Bose 500 has a stereo output while the Sonos Move does not, but the Bose 500 has an AUX input while the Sonos Move does not.

The Bose Home Speaker 500 supports Bluetooth connectivity while the Sonos One Gen 2 does not, and it is also capable of a stereo output…

The Bose Home Speaker 500 supports Bluetooth connectivity while the Sonos One Gen 2 does not, and it is also capable of a stereo output while the Sonos One Gen 2 is not. However, the Gen 2 has a stereo pair mode while the Bose 500 does not.

While their design blueprint is almost similar, the Bose Home Speaker 500 and the Bose Home Speaker 300 have differences that buyers might want to…

While their design blueprint is almost similar, the Bose Home Speaker 500 and the Bose Home Speaker 300 have differences that buyers might want to consider. The Bose 500 supports stereo content while the Bose 300 does not, but the Bose 300 is half as heavy as the Bose 500. Learn more about the Bose 300 through our Bose Home Speaker 300 review.

Battery Charge Time

Wired

3 hrs

Battery Life

Wired

11 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Charge Time

n/a

2 hrs

Depth

4.3"

6.24"

Height

8"

9.44"

IPX Rating

n/a

IP56

Smart App

Amazon Alexa app, Apple AirPlay 2, Bose Music, Google Assistant

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Score Card

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Expert Score

78

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Customer Score

87

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    71
    The Bose Home Speaker 500 is satisfactory for music. This speaker has a fairly neutral… Read More

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • DXO Mark
    98.76

    Category Trust Rating

    81
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Techgear Lab
    44.89

    Category Trust Rating

    85
    If you’re looking for a single speaker that can turn your living room into an… Read More

    By:

    Max Mutter
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The Bose Home Speaker 500 delivers wireless audio via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, along with Amazon… Read More

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a solid smart speaker with great sound and features…. Read More

    By:

    Sam Smart
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Simon Lucas

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