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Bose Soundlink 3

Quality is always worth paying for

Bose is to audio what Mercedes-Benz is to cars. They are superbly engineered, very well made and their products will last forever if you take care of them. Both are not flashy, and they also don’t necessarily come with all of the latest bells and whistles. Bottom line, a Bose product will perform better than most anything else out there. The Bose Soundlink III lives up to the company’s reputation and doesn’t disappoint. It’s about the same size as its two predecessors, but it incorporates some design changes and has a longer batter life. This latter improvement is significant. Battery life has been extended from 8 hours to 14.
Bose says that the latest Soundlink is louder, and sounds better than previous models. From most people’s perspective, the earlier Soundlinks already sounded pretty good, but perhaps a serious audiophile might be able to notice some incremental improvement. The speaker is built with four drivers and two passive radiators to provide full audio across the spectrum, and crystal clarity at any volume level. The increased volume is attributed to improvements in digital signal processing, and Bose certainly got this right. People, this thing is loud. Really loud.When judging the sound quality of any of this class of speakers it is important to keep in mind that the input is being delivered via a Bluetooth connection.
The compressed Bluetooth signal is never going to sound as good as a wired connection. With that qualification, the Soundlink III sounds great. If there is any criticism, people who are after basement thumping bass are probably going to be disappointed.Bose has done away with the cover/stand for the Soundlink III. The base has been re-designed to be flat, so the stand is no longer required. If you want a cover for your Soundlink, and you probably do given how much they cost, covers are now sold separately and will set you back about thirty-five dollars.

Connecting the speaker to your Bluetooth device is straightforward, and after the first time the speaker remembers the connection as long as the other device is turned on. One downside is that the Soundlink will only pair with one Bluetooth device at a time. If you have multiple devices capable of connecting, you will have to power them all down except the one you want to link. You can connect another device to the Soundlink with a traditional cable (which is not included) into the auxiliary input.

The speaker has controls for volume, mute, and a switch to the auxiliary input, but that’s it. There is no pause, play, back, forward, nor is there a remote. If you think about this for a minute, you’ll realize that all of these functions are available on your Bluetooth device, which is itself the only remote you need. You are not going to lose your phone, but how careful are you going to be about keeping track of a redundant Soundlink remote?

The Soundlink uses a standard AC plug to recharge the batteries. It can’t be charged via a USB connection, nor does it have a USB port to charge other devices. There is a micro USB port on the back, but this is solely there for future firmware upgrades.

The one extra that it would have been nice to see is the ability for the Soundlink to function as a speakerphone for the bluetooth device that it is connected to. That’s a personal opinion, though, and there are probably just as many people out there who don’t want their phone conversations broadcast for the room to hear. I suspect that if a feature was not universally considered to be a “good thing”, the Bose engineers just left it off.

The Bose Soundlink has a lot more competition in the marketplace now than it did when it first came out. There are some speakers out there costing less with more features, and some costing more with arguably better sound. With Bose, quality always shines through. If you can afford a Bose Soundlink, it’s a solid high quality choice and one that won’t disappoint.

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Quality is always worth paying for Bose is to audio what Mercedes-Benz is to cars. They are superbly engineered, very well made and their products will last forever if you take care of them. Both are not flashy, and they also don't necessarily come with all of the latest bells and whistles. Bottom line, a Bose product will perform better than most anything else out there. The Bose Soundlink III lives up to the company's reputation and doesn't disappoint. It's about the same size as its two predecessors, but it incorporates some design changes and has a longer batter life.…

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