Bose has announced a series of new smart speakers and soundbars to challenge Sonos for the title of best Alexa-powered premium speakers. The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a $400 speaker that claims to have “the widest soundstage of any smart speaker available today.” The Bose Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700 are $550 and $800, respectively, are sleek home theater speakers that are “engineered to outperform every other product in [their] category.”
The Bose Home Speaker 500 is made of anodized aluminum and has an array of eight microphones for hands-free Alexa. A pair of speakers pointed in opposite directions are supposed to reflect sound off of surrounding walls for “wall-to-wall stereo sound”. A screen on the front appears to only be used to display album art. Buttons on top include 6 programmable preset buttons that can configure to access playlists, radio stations, and more.
The two new soundbars connect via HDMI ARC or optical TOSLink. They use Bose’s ADAPTiQ audio calibration system to optimize the speakers for each room’s sound characteristics. They too feature far-field microphones for hands-free Alexa.
Bose will also be selling a sub and satellite speakers to turn the soundbars into a surround sound setup. All of these new speakers will be available in October.