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Bose S1 Pro+ Review

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Thanks to its near-neutral sound profile, super-loud output, and suite connectivity options, the Bose S1 Pro+ is great for the outdoors and podcasts. However, this mono speaker has a narrow soundstage and doesn’t reproduce bass accurately.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Bose S1 Pro+ is a mid-range battery-powered Bluetooth speaker that was released in 2023, promising powerful sound on the go. This sound system is a good pick for people who are looking for the best speakers on the market today. It boasts Bluetooth, built-in Wi-Fi, and an auxiliary input. With the Bose Music app, this speaker offers various equalizer presets. However, it doesn’t support voice assistants and lacks an IP water-resistance or dustproof rating. This speaker weighs 14.9 pounds and has a carrying handle for portability. Read our Bose S1 Pro+ review below and check out our other best-ranked Bluetooth speakers today.

Best For

  • Airplay

  • Boombox

  • Loudest

  • Multi-Room

  • Tailgate Speakers

Consensus

our Verdict

The Bose S1 Pro+ speaker is excellent for the outdoors. It has a decent frequency response range of 51.1 through 18,800 Hz, boasting a near-neutral – 0.26 slope. The speaker has a mobile app that allows adjusting equalizer presets. A loud output of 105.3 dB at the highest volume ranks among the top quarter of our verified tested speakers. However, there’s some sound compression of about 4.52 dB, which reduces the audio quality at the highest volume.

It has easy-to-use physical buttons for navigation and volume adjustment. However, being a mono speaker, the S1 Pro+ doesn’t support stereo and has a poor soundstage. Its battery life of 10.8 hours and charging time of 5.0 hours are sub-par. This had impressive connectivity options, including Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, and a 3.5 mm auxiliary port. It boasts an exceptional Bluetooth range of 328.1 feet and supports multi-device pairing and decent Bluetooth latency of about 127 ms.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Outstanding sound profile
    • The Bose S1 Pro+ is excellent for music and outdoor use with a relatively well-balanced sound profile. This speaker has a frequency response range of 51.1 hertz to 18,800 hertz and a frequency response slope of -0.26, producing a relatively neutral sound.

  • Decent build quality
    • The Bose S1 Pro+ is made of solid plastic materials that feel stable.

Reason to Avoid

  • Bulky
    • Although the Bose S1 Pro+ boasts a carry handle, it weighs a whopping 14.9 pounds, so it is not the most portable.

  • Narrow soundstage
    • Being a mono speaker and featuring a directional design, the Bose S1 Pro+ has a narrow soundstage, as shown by its mediocre 4.09 dB directivity index.

  • Sub-par battery life
    • Featuring a battery life of 10.8 hours, the Bose S1 Pro+ ranks among the bottom quarter of our certified tested Bluetooth speakers.

Bose S1 Pro+ Review Specs

Battery Charge TimeBattery Charge Time5 hrs
Battery LifeBattery Life11 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneNo
DepthDepth11"
HeightHeight13.10"
IPX RatingIPX Ratingn/a
SizeSize
Smart AppSmart AppBose Music
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantNo
WattageWattage108W
WidthWidth9.40"
Wireless RangeWireless Range30 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)10.8
Volume Output (dB)105.3
Low End Roll Off (Hz)59.073
High End Roll Off (Hz)17,726.189

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Market Context

The Bose S1 Pro+ is a mid-range battery-powered Bluetooth speaker that was released in 2023, promising powerful sound on the go. This sound system is…

The Bose S1 Pro+ is a mid-range battery-powered Bluetooth speaker that was released in 2023, promising powerful sound on the go. This sound system is a good pick for people who are looking for the best speakers on the market today. It boasts Bluetooth, built-in Wi-Fi, and an auxiliary input. With the Bose Music app, this speaker offers various equalizer presets. However, it doesn’t support voice assistants and lacks an IP water-resistance or dustproof rating. This speaker weighs 14.9 pounds and has a carrying handle for portability. Read our Bose S1 Pro+ review below and check out our other best-ranked Bluetooth speakers today.

The Bose S1 Pro+ gets louder than the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. It also has a more neutral sound profile, so it’s better for music….

The Bose S1 Pro+ gets louder than the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. It also has a more neutral sound profile, so it’s better for music. However, the Bose Portable Smart Speaker is much smaller, so it is easier to carry on the go and costs less to purchase. It also has built-in Alexa, unlike the S1 Pro+. Check out our Bose Portable Smart Speaker review for details about the smaller speaker.

The Bose S1 Pro+ has a better-balanced sound profile, so it’s better for music, movies, and podcasts than the Bushnell Wingman Mini. It also boasts…

The Bose S1 Pro+ has a better-balanced sound profile, so it’s better for music, movies, and podcasts than the Bushnell Wingman Mini. It also boasts better battery life and its app has equalizer presets, unlike the Bushnell speaker. The Bushnell speaker is much smaller and has an IPX7 rating, so it’s more suitable for the outdoors. Be sure to learn more about the Bushnell speaker by checking out our Bushnell Wingman Mini review.

The Bose S1 Pro+ is more portable than the JBL PartyBox 310, so it is better for on-the-go use. It’s also more affordable. However, the…

The Bose S1 Pro+ is more portable than the JBL PartyBox 310, so it is better for on-the-go use. It’s also more affordable. However, the JBL speaker has RGB lights, and it reproduces extended low bass more accurately and gets louder so it is better for parties than the Bose speaker.

Battery Charge Time

5 hrs

4 hrs

Battery Life

11 hrs

12 hrs

10 hrs

18 hrs

Built In Microphone

No

Yes

No

Yes

Depth

11"

4.1"

1.57"

Height

13.10"

7.5"

4"

IPX Rating

n/a

IPX4

IPX7

Size

27" (h) x 12.8" (w) x 14.5" (d)

Smart App

Bose Music

Apple AirPlay 2, Bose Connect, Spotify

Bushnell Golf App

Yes

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