The Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth speaker is a cylindrical speaker which astounds despite its compact size. Its cylindrical design is trumpeted by its manufacturer as offering 360-degree omnidirectional sound. Battery-powered, its rechargeable lithium-ion battery renders it capable of 12 hours of continuous playback. It is both water and shock-resistant and is designed to be used outdoors.
For audiophiles, the Revolve has a dual passive radiator setup handling the lower end of the audio spectrum, while mids and trebles are handled by a downward facing transducer. The company claim this enables the speaker to create 360-degrees of sound. And from my experience – it is a killer feature.
You can control the speaker through buttons located on the top; including volume, playback, Bluetooth, auxiliary input and power. Many of these functions can also be controlled via the Bose Connect application available on the app store. Equipped with a microphone, it also works well as a speakerphone for taking calls.
Bose sells two versions of the Revolve; the SoundLink Revolve and a larger and more expensive Revolve Plus. While the unit charges via the ubiquitous Micro-USB a charging cradle that makes charging easier is an optional $30 additional accessory.
Both the Bose Soundlink Revolve and the Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus are available at the Bose showroom on Preah Monivong Blvd. The unit reviewed here is priced at $249.
JBL Charge 3
There is no dearth of capable portable Bluetooth speakers available to consumers. Offerings from JBL, Sony, and a plethora of others give the Bose Soundlink Revolve a run for its money.
JBL’s Charge series speakers is an excellent – and cheaper alternative – thanks to its superb battery life and bass response. The JBL Charge 3, priced at $149.99 and available at Aeon Mall, is perhaps the best alternative to the Revolve and thanks to its ability to function as a powerbank many may regard it as superior to the Bose offering.