★★★★★ 406 real customer reviews average rating: 4.6 stars
5 Stars By Kate on 2017-06-25
Perfect for the Casual Listener
I originally purchased the Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker because I listen to hours and hours of music every day. I ordered it without testing it in a store because I was impressed with my Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones and felt like I'd feel no different toward this.
The speaker met my expectations for the most part. The first time I listened to music with the speaker, I thought the bass would be heavier. However, I'm quite pleased with the rich quality of sound the speaker puts out. I typically have the volume on my phone up all the way and the speaker about 25% or less of its maximum. I have turned the speaker up to its maximum volume only once and that was to test how loud it can get. I can confidently say I will never have to use the maximum volume in my 760 square foot apartment - if that says anything about how loud it can get (or how small my apartment is).
The battery lasts a bit longer than the specs indicate. I easily use it over 16 hours over the weekend without charging it. Additionally, the speaker charges quite quickly.
Despite having a 360 degree speaker, I still move the speaker around with me if I'm leaving one room to go to another because I usually take my phone with me wherever I go and the Bluetooth limit is approximately 30 feet. I have had some trouble with the connection when less than 30 feet away but with walls between the music source and the speaker. Additionally, a few times I've had my phone next to the speaker and it will still cut out for a second.
I have tried to answer a few calls using the speaker but the person on the other end complains that I cut in and out or they just can't hear me period despite being next to the speaker. But that's obviously not why I purchased the speaker so I won't take a star off for that.
I typically use Spotify Premium with the highest quality download options which I believe makes a difference in the quality of sound you get from the speaker.
Overall, I'm pleased with the speaker as a casual listener of many different genres. I hope this very non-technical review helped!
5 Stars By Philip Bohanon on 2017-04-25
This speaker is outstanding. The sound it creates fills the room and has plenty of depth & bass. I purchased the small speaker and can't imagine needing the large one. I would highly recommend this speaker.
5 Stars By alius on 2017-09-10
Impressive and good-looking
I bought the Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker because I thought I ‘needed’ an acoustical and esthetic improvement over the forty-dollar black brick I used for streaming audio from my Android phone at different places in my home or when visiting friends. My primary stereo system is stationary. – I considered a few options and picked the Bose Resolve based on name recognition and looks – in silver grey, or “lux gray” in Bose terminology..
I listen primarily to classical music, chamber and orchestra. However, with the Bose Revolve I have sampled other genres such as blue grass, rock, Latin, Jazz (vocal & small group and big band), acoustic guitar. I am impressed with the sound quality, the clarity – at pretty much the entire audible frequency spectrum (of an older guy). The other impressive feature to me is the relatively deep bass tones. And all this from a small down-firing single full-range driver/speaker assisted by “two passive bass radiators”. I am quoting from a review I found on the Internet.
I use the single Revolve on my desk or another piece of furniture nearby at a distance between 4 to 9 feet. I feel setting it on a sturdy wooden plate such as a desk or counter top enhances the volume of the sound. The perceived sound quality is still very good, and loud enough, when placed about 36 to 50 feet away, provided there is no ambient noise. Placing it about two to three feet from a corner gives me the best sound.
The speaker volume setting and other functions can be controlled from a Bose app via Bluetooth from a smartphone.
Some write-ups and ads imply it produces a stereo or ‘surround’ sound. This is not correct. One speaker = mono. I am tempted to get another Revolve for true two-channel stereo performance. BUT I already have a good stereo system with wired speakers…
I stream audio from different sources, mostly from a Samsung Galaxy (Android) phone (I keep older phones for streaming audio and video.) either directly to the Bose or paired with the BTA-MALL second generation Echo Dot system.
Battery performance has been excellent.
Difference between Revolve and Revolve plus speakers:
I was interested in the larger Revolve plus, thinking it had better speaker performance. I wanted to cut off the carrying cord for esthetic reasons.
Bose Technical Support stated the performance of the Revolve (that comes without the carrying cord) equals that of the Revolve plus. Quote from a Bose email: “I would not suggest for you to remove that carrying handle as it will be considered as damaged cosmetic which will automatically void the warranty for the speaker. You can consider getting the Soundlink Revolve instead since there is actually no difference in the sound power and quality. One big difference between the two is the longevity of the playing time once fully charged aside from its size. . . .”
I hope this little review is helpful.
5 Stars By Merford on 2017-06-12
Awesome sound. Used for the music at our outdoor wedding ceremony. All 120 people could hear the music just fine.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-12-21
It is amazing that the so small speaker can play music so well.
4 Stars By Michael Wall on 2017-12-23
Sound is good from all sides
Sound is good from all sides. Occasionally will lose pairing and will announce randomly that its ready to pair with a device.
5 Stars By K. on 2017-12-23
Great sound for such a small speaker
5 Stars By Juan Ignacio Contreras on 2017-12-22
Amazing product. Auto off doesn't work when paired with ...
Amazing product. Auto off doesn't work when paired with alexa devices I'm afraid that this could reduce the life of the device.
5 Stars By BC Momma on 2017-12-21
5 Stars By Jan Gottschalk on 2017-09-10
Very robust. Deep, full sound!