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Bose Home Speaker 500 vs HomePod

Bose Home Speaker 500 vs HomePod

The Bose smart speaker sports an anodized aluminum body and is smaller than your average coffee machine.

While smart speakers are a dime a dozen these days, there aren't many options at higher price points - so it'll be interesting to see if Bose can win over audiophiles with its new range. While there were a ton of smart speakers already on the market, there were few that cost upwards of $349; virtually none of those had the kind of chic trash-can aesthetic that Apple had designed, less like a traditional speaker and more like something you want to keep on your kitchen counter.

There's also the Soundbar 500 and the Soundbar 700 which are meant to be paired with your TV for music and home theater audio.

Amazon obviously doesn't make high-end smart speakers powered by Alexa that are capable of competing directly with something like the HomePod or the Google Home Max, and so the new Bose Home Speaker 500 could be a solid alternative.

The Home Speaker 500 is claimed to have the widest soundstage available in any smart speaker, according to Bose. However, even with all these new entries, there was still a noticeable absence left by one of the biggest names in home audio: Bose. And when touch control is preferred, or the phone is out of reach, there are buttons for basic functionality located right on top. Each crushes the limitations of spaciousness from a single enclosure, combining size-defying performance with superior voice pickup and the power of Amazon Alexa now, other voice assistants to follow, and AirPlay 2 for simple streaming from Apple devices added in early 2019.

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The larger and pricier Soundbar 700 (38.5 x 2.25 x 4.25 inches) has four forward-facing drivers, and uses Phaseguide technology to "direct beams of multi-directional sound".

Both soundbars feature Bose's custom low-profile transducers, an HDMI audio return channel, automatic Adaptiq sound tuning for easy setup, and support for full 5.1 surround sound through the addition of a wireless subwoofer.

Bose's Soundbar 500 is thinner than the Soundbar 700 but features the same Bose DSP and QuietPort technology as its counterpart. The Soundbar 500 and 700 will retail for $549.95 and $799.95, respectively.

All will be sold at Bose retail stores, Bose.co.uk, and authorised Bose dealers with an expected release in October.

Like the Soundbar 700, the Soundbar 500 is a workhorse - letting you switch seamlessly from audio for video to music.

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