Bose claims new $149 Flex mini Bluetooth speaker delivers bass ‘you may really feel in your chest’

The SoundLink Flex in stone blue.


I am trying ahead to attempting out Bose’s new SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker, which is accessible beginning right this moment for $149 in three coloration choices: black, white smoke and stone blue. Not solely does the Flex look slick for a supposedly ruggedized Bluetooth speaker, however Bose is making some daring claims about its sound, significantly its bass efficiency.

“The Flex delivers the perfect audio efficiency for a transportable speaker its measurement,” Bose stated Wednesday, including that it delivers “deep, clear sound that is highly effective sufficient to fill your lounge whereas entertaining, and loud sufficient for any out of doors journey.” It is also geared up with Bose’s PositionIQ know-how to robotically detect the speaker’s orientation and ship optimized sound based mostly on whether or not upright, hanging or flat on its again. The speaker is IP67 dust- and waterproof, and rated for 12 hours of battery life at average quantity ranges.

I used to be beforehand impressed by the sound high quality of Sonos’ Roam moveable speaker, which options Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wi-fi streaming (the Flex is a Bluetooth-only speaker), and Bose is touting the Flex’s audio with such superlatives as “astonishing” and “bass you may fell in your chest” and describes the speaker’s customized transducer as maximizing readability and says the proprietary digital sign processing know-how dramatically minimizes distortion.

The speaker is accessible in three coloration choices and has a built-in loop that may be clipped to a carabiner.


The Flex additionally floats and Bose says it might survive drops and bumps, with a tender silicone again and powder-coated metal grille that “will not peel or flake and is proof against corrosion and UV mild.”

Bose’s SoundLink Micro additionally delivers spectacular sound for its tiny measurement and this speaker is greater, weighing simply over a pound (0.45 kg) and measuring 7.9 inches large, 2.1 inches deep and three.6 inches excessive (20 by 5.3 by 9.1cm), so it ought to sound considerably higher than the Micro.


The Flex is totally dust- and waterproof with an IP67 score.


The Flex is firmware upgradeable by way of the Bose Join app for iOS and Android. You may pair two Flex audio system in Social gathering mode or Stereo mode (left-right channels). It is also price mentioning that the Flex has bodily buttons on the speaker for controlling playback and a built-in microphone so you should use it as a speakerphone. Bose provides, “When at dwelling, the Flex works flawlessly with a number of Bose good audio system and soundbars to increase your listening expertise utilizing Bose SimpleSync know-how. When the Flex is related, ask your voice assistant to play music in your good speaker, and content material will play concurrently on each.”

At the moment, the speaker is barely out there within the US and Canada, so I haven’t got broader worldwide pricing but, however $149 is about £110 or AU$200.

I will have a full evaluate after I get my palms on a evaluate pattern however at first look, the SoundLink Flex appears to be like like one of the crucial attention-grabbing moveable Bluetooth audio system to be launched in 2021.

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