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Bose Soundlink Revolve+ II Review

True Score

85
81
9

Experts

94
7,117

Consumers

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Experts loved the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II Bluetooth speaker during testing, and they admired it for music, podcast, and outdoor use. They were delighted by its smartphone-based voice assistants, 360° design, and fairly loud performance. However, they were disappointed that this speaker lacks an EQ and has average battery life.

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Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is a mid-range Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, promising an immersive 360° design for indoor and outdoor use. Like some of the best-ranking speakers today, this device has an IP55-rated waterproof and dustproof design. It has a rechargeable battery and offers a remarkably wide and open soundstage, delivering immersive music. This unit gets loud enough to be useful at small gatherings and supports dual-device Bluetooth pairing. It weighs just 2 lbs and has a built-in handle. Continue reading our Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II speaker review and see how it compares with the most popular Bluetooth speakers on the market today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Reviewers adored the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II, approving it for podcasts, music, and the outdoors. Experts at CNET lauded its waterproof, dustproof IP55 design. However, golf enthusiasts should check out our Bushnell Wingman review for a specialty golf-course model. Analysts from Tech Advisor UK hailed its 57.4Hz to 176.5 kHz frequency response range with a well-balanced -0.37 slope. The bass is okay for movies but not heavy enough for some EDM music enthusiasts. Featuring a 360° design and low 1.66 dB directivity index, this device has an excellent soundstage, although it lacks stereo. See our Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia review if you need stereo computer speakers. The Revolve+ works with various smartphone voice assistants. It has a good 62 ms iOS Bluetooth latency and 66 ms Android latency. Testers loved its speakerphone functions and good 87.0 dB maximum SPL, although the 3.44 dB DRC indicates some audio-quality deterioration at the maximum volume. The speaker has a sub-par 8.5-hour battery life and lacks a graphic EQ.

ReasonS to Buy

  • 360° design with an excellent directivity index
  • IP55 waterproof and dustproof construction
  • Dual-device Bluetooth pairing with low latency
  • Supports smartphone voice assistants
  • High-quality, lightweight, compact design

Reason to Avoid

  • Doesn’t have a graphic EQ
  • So-so battery life
  • Lacks built-in voice assistants
  • Doesn’t support stereo

Bose Soundlink Revolve+ II Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life17 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time4 hrs
DepthDepth3.2"
HeightHeight
IPX RatingIPX RatingIP55
Smart AppSmart AppAmazon Alexa app, Bose Connect, Google Assistant, Yes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage8W
WidthWidth
Wireless RangeWireless Range30 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)17.375
Volume Output (dB)87.5
Low End Roll Off (Hz)64.42
High End Roll Off (Hz)6,450.796

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Product Comparison

Bose Soundlink Revolve+ II Review

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Market Context

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is a mid-range Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, promising an immersive 360° design for indoor and outdoor use. Like some…

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is a mid-range Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, promising an immersive 360° design for indoor and outdoor use. Like some of the best-ranking speakers today, this device has an IP55-rated waterproof and dustproof design. It has a rechargeable battery and offers a remarkably wide and open soundstage, delivering immersive music. This unit gets loud enough to be useful at small gatherings and supports dual-device Bluetooth pairing. It weighs just 2 lbs and has a built-in handle. Continue reading our Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II speaker review and see how it compares with the most popular Bluetooth speakers on the market today.

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II has an 87.0 dB maximum SPL, getting louder than the Bose SoundLink Revolve II, which has an 84.3 dB maximum…

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II has an 87.0 dB maximum SPL, getting louder than the Bose SoundLink Revolve II, which has an 84.3 dB maximum SPL. The Revovle+ II also has a carrying handle, unlike the Revolve II. Although both devices support smartphone voice assistants, the Revolve II is better at understanding commands. See our Bose SoundLink Revolve II review for details about the Revolve II.

With a more neutral 1.66 dB directivity index and 360° design, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II provides a wider soundstage than the Bose SoundLink Flex,…

With a more neutral 1.66 dB directivity index and 360° design, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II provides a wider soundstage than the Bose SoundLink Flex, which features a 4.59 dB directivity index. However, the SoundLink Flex is better at understanding smartphone-based voice assistants than the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II.

Featuring a 360° design, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II provides a wider soundstage than the JBL Charge 5. However, the JBL speaker features a longer…

Featuring a 360° design, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II provides a wider soundstage than the JBL Charge 5. However, the JBL speaker features a longer 14.5-hour battery life than the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II.

Battery Life

17 hrs

13 hrs

12 hrs

20+ hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Charge Time

4 hrs

4 hrs

4 hrs

4 hrs

Depth

3.2"

3.2"

2.06"

3.67"

Height

6"

3.56"

3.76"

IPX Rating

IP55

IP55

IP67

IP67

Smart App

Amazon Alexa app, Bose Connect, Google Assistant, Yes

Bose Connect

Yes

JBL Portable

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Score Card

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Expert Score

81

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    67
    The Bose Soundlink Revolve+ II is our favorite Bluetooth speaker. It delivers the best sound… Read More

    By:

    Michelle Powell
  • Techgear Lab
    44.89

    Category Trust Rating

    86
    Bose’s expensive SoundLink Plus is arguably the best-sounding Bluetooth speaker for its size. Read More

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ speaker delivers a strong Bluetooth audio experience in a portable, outdoor-friendly… Read More

    By:

    Lewis Leong
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    If you’re on the fence between getting a smart speaker and a dumb speaker, the… Read More

    By:

    Sara Carbone
  • CNET
    42.51

    Category Trust Rating

    85
    The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is alright for music. Its fairly well-balanced sound profile makes… Read More

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • Which?
    62.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II Bluetooth speaker is Bose’s second-generation mode. Bose claims improved battery… Read More

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