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Bose launches smart speaker with AirPlay 2 and Alexa support

THE Bose unveiled its new line of smart speakers and soundbars. The launch marks the company's insertion in the smart speakers as Bose Home Speaker 500, which has virtual assistant support from Amazon (Alexa) and the AirPlay 2 (compatibility coming next year only).

The smart speaker and the soundbars use new technology in the eight internal microphones to assimilate commands even with high frequency ambient sounds; In addition, they have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.

Bose Home Speaker 500

According to the company, the Bose Home Speaker 500 has the best sound dissipation among the smart speakers available today. Available in white and black, it features aluminum finish, measures approximately 20 centimeters in height and uses two drivers custom (pointed in opposite directions) so that the sound is separated between instrumental and voice, the way music was created by the artist. In addition to voice commands, the speaker features touch controls located on the top surface of the device and a front display that does not control but displays the playing music.

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Source: https://www.bose/en_us/products/speakers/smart_home/smart_speakers.html

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While the Bose Home Speaker 500 has eight built-in microphones, HomePod has “only” six that let you assimilate commands through the Siri even when music is loud. In addition, the HomePod measures about 17 centimeters in height, making the Bose option a bit larger. Like the Bose speaker, HomePod also has a display (but at the top, which displays Siri's speech as a command when received).

Bose did not comment on a date for the arrival of AirPlay 2 support on the Home Speaker 500, only to point out that the feature will be available in "early 2019". Meanwhile, the latest Sonos speakers have been supported by Apple's protocol last month, allowing owners of these devices to enjoy such integration.

Bose Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700

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Source: https://www.bose/en_us/products/speakers/home_theater/bose-soundbar-700

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Regarding the new soundbars, a Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700The only difference between the two models is the size: the Soundbar 500 is just under 5cm high and 80cm long, while the Soundbar 700 is 5cm high and 1m long. Inside, both are equipped with Bose technology. PhaseGuides, which sends multiple channels of the same music or soundtrack so that sound, even the one with the least frequency, reaches all the places in the room.

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The Bose Home Speaker 500 will be launching in October, along with Bose Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700. Although competing with HomePod, Amazon's Echo speakers and speakers from Sonos, the Bose Home Speaker 500 will be sold a little more expensive, for about $ 400 (against $ 350 from HomePod).

The Bose Soundbar 500 and 700 are priced at $ 550 and $ 800, respectively, and will also be sold at Bose's online store and authorized stores. There is still no prediction of when the new products will reach Tupiniquin lands.

via MacRumors