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Bose Soundlink Revolve II Review

True Score

80
77
5

Experts

90
7,452

Consumers

Product Awards

GR Certified

Customer Favorite

Expert Rankings

Experts praised the Bose SoundLink Revolve II wireless speaker, endorsing it for podcasts, music, and outdoor use. They loved its water-resistant and dust-resistant construction, neutral soundscape, and good soundstage performance. However, they were disappointed that it lacks a graphic EQ.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Bose SoundLink Revolve II is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, delivering consistent and powerful, promising 360° sound for indoor use. Like select products on our 10 best speakers today, this device has a water-resistant and dust-resistant design. It produces accurate mid-range and heavy bass, appealing to music, podcast, and movie lovers. Read on the learn more about the Bose SoundLink Revolve II and see how it compares with the best-ranked Bluetooth speakers today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Product researchers lauded the Bose SoundLink Revolve II, endorsing it for music, podcasts, and outdoor use. Testers at CNET were impressed by its remarkably compact 1.5-lb design. Reviewers at Tech Advisor UK hailed the IPX5 water-resistant and IP5X dust-resistant design. With a 60.8Hz to 17.7 kHz frequency response range and a -0.07 slope, it provides a fairly neutral sound ideal for casual movie watching. Testers recorded a good 1.74 dB directivity index, providing a good soundstage, although it downmixes stereo to mono. Check out the Bose SoundLink Micro review for a device with a better directivity index. Testing revealed a good 9-hour battery life and speakerphone functions. It supports voice assistants via a smartphone, but the performance is poor. This smart speaker uses multi-device Bluetooth 4.1 connections, featuring an excellent 23 ms iOS Bluetooth latency and 13 ms Android latency. It has a good 84.3 dB SPL and 3.68 dB DRC at the maximum volume. See our Bose S1 Pro System review for a louder device.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Supports voice assistants
  • Good battery life
  • Outstanding soundstage
  • Fairly balanced sounds
  • Great high-bass range

Reason to Avoid

  • Mediocre low-bass
  • Doesn’t have a graphic EQ
  • Requires pairing two units for stereo
  • Voice assistants require a smartphone

Bose Soundlink Revolve II Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life13 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time4 hrs
DepthDepth3.2"
HeightHeight6"
IPX RatingIPX RatingIP55
Smart AppSmart AppBose Connect
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage8W
WidthWidth3.2"
Wireless RangeWireless Range30 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)9.5
Volume Output (dB)78.85
Low End Roll Off (Hz)73.36
High End Roll Off (Hz)13,279.637

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Bose Soundlink Revolve II Review

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Market Context

The Bose SoundLink Revolve II is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, delivering consistent and powerful, promising 360° sound for indoor use. Like…

The Bose SoundLink Revolve II is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, delivering consistent and powerful, promising 360° sound for indoor use. Like select products on our 10 best speakers today, this device has a water-resistant and dust-resistant design. It produces accurate mid-range and heavy bass, appealing to music, podcast, and movie lovers. Read on the learn more about the Bose SoundLink Revolve II and see how it compares with the best-ranked Bluetooth speakers today.

Featuring a well-balanced sound profile and dimensions, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is very similar to the Bose SoundLink Revolve II. With an 87.0 dB…

Featuring a well-balanced sound profile and dimensions, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is very similar to the Bose SoundLink Revolve II. With an 87.0 dB maximum SPL, however, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II gets louder than the Bose SoundLink Revolve II, which has an 84.3 dB maximum SPL. However, voice assistants on the Bose SoundLink Revolve II wireless speaker provide better voice recognition than on the Revolve+ II. Learn more about the Revolve+ II in our Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II review today.

Featuring a better 1.74 dB directivity index, the Bose SoundLink Revolve II provides a better soundstage than the 4.27 dB of the JBL Charge 5….

Featuring a better 1.74 dB directivity index, the Bose SoundLink Revolve II provides a better soundstage than the 4.27 dB of the JBL Charge 5. However, the Charge 5 features a higher 88.9 dB maximum SPL, getting louder than the Revolve II portable speaker, which has an 84.3 dB maximum SPL.

The Sonos Roam features built-in Alexa and Google Assistant, providing better voice assistant functionality than the Bose SoundLink Revolve II portable speaker, which requires a…

The Sonos Roam features built-in Alexa and Google Assistant, providing better voice assistant functionality than the Bose SoundLink Revolve II portable speaker, which requires a smartphone to access voice assistant functions. The Roam also boasts EQ settings, unlike the Bose device. However, the Revolve II portable speaker has a better 9.5-hour battery life than the 5.1-hour battery life of the Roam.

Battery Life

13 hrs

17 hrs

20+ hrs

10 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Charge Time

4 hrs

4 hrs

4 hrs

2 hrs

Depth

3.2"

3.2"

3.67"

2.44"

Height

6"

3.76"

6.6"

IPX Rating

IP55

IP55

IP67

Smart App

Bose Connect

Amazon Alexa app, Bose Connect, Google Assistant, Yes

JBL Portable

Amazon Alexa app, Google Assistant, Sonos app

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Score Card

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Expert Score

77

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Customer Score

90

*.25

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True Score

80

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    68
    Some of the Bose SoundLink Revolve II’s strengths lie in it design: it’s a small,… Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • DXO Mark
    98.76

    Category Trust Rating

    54
    The Bose SoundLink Revolve II is alright for music. It has excellent directivity thanks to… Read More

    By:

    Dagobiet Morales Alfaro
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Bose SoundLink Revolve II is a neat little unit, that looks as good on… Read More

    By:

    Jasper Lastoria
  • Consumer Reports
    46.86

    Category Trust Rating

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    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

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  • Choice
    44.5

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