Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II - Nylon
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- Compact portable speaker for music anywhere
- Sound performance unlike any other mobile speaker
- Wirelessly connects to your Bluetooth devices
- Rechargeable battery plays up to eight hours
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Style:Nylon | Product Packaging:Standard Packaging You've got your music on your phone, and you're ready to play. Enjoy deeper, more powerful sound than you thought possible from a speaker this small. The SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II works wirelessly with Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices, or your tablet or laptop - and goes wherever you do for music when you want, where you want
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Yes, the sound is quite a bit fuller, yet better balanced with improvement on the mids and highs -- w/ crisper sound on the top end without beginning tinny, hissy or overly blaring. Another reviewer stated the treble was diminished on the SL II, but I'm hearing differently. From the big brassy sounds of 60s era Sinatra to the Edge's (from U2) guitar -- you actually get more of that nice shimmering mid-range and treble. The bass is solid and expansive without being exaggerated. There are times when it sounds and feels like I've got a dedicated floor standing subwoofer, and then I look over and I'm reminded that all that sound comes from something no bigger than a hardcover book. Some reviewers have said that they hear little or no difference between the Soundlinks I and II. So I'll add to points here:
--You will probably hear the difference in sound quality between Soundlink I and II if you play a wide variety different musical genres. I did.
--If you read the hundreds of Soundlink I reviews on Amazon, you will hear one consistent theme, the mid-range and highs on the Soundlink I sound muddy or muffled, especially compared with Big Jambox. While I hear the difference, the Soundlink I still provides me with a pleasant listening experience. If the Soundlink II did not exist, I'd be very happy with the Soundlink I. At the same time, the improvement in sound quality in the Sounndlink II will, I believe, address the concerns of those who did voice this concern.
I like the bi-fold cover, which now allows me to more easily carry the unit around the house while playing it. With the SL I, that the cover would be hanging awkwardly if you wanted to walk across the living room playing your music.
Battery indicator light now provides more information about battery status...going from green to yellow to red.
By the way, here's an important tip to anyone wanting to make an objective comparison between the Soundlink and any other portable speaker. Remember that the Soundlink has passive subwoofers that project backwards. Whether or not you are comparing it to something that does not have this feature, keep the Soundlink away from a wall, otherwise it would get that disproportionately boomy bass so that so many have complained about. I think this one little detail has inadvertently and , perhaps unfairly, negatively skewed a few Soundlink reviews. Personally, there are times when I like it close to wall because the music sounds more live that way...but it's a matter of taste.
All that being side, now that I've lived with the Soundlink for over a week, here are some further impressions:
--Big, well balanced sound in small form factor. Like a book, it's easy to carry.
--Bluetooth pairs easily
--Versatility. You can also connect via wire
--New bifold cover allows for easier carrying while playing music
--Minimalist design. I like the fact that there is no software baggage, remove controls, computerized voices to deal with.
--Gives me a break from having to wear my iPod earbuds all the time.
--Battery life not as long as others in this category
--No volume reading. While it is easy to adjust the volume, you cannot tell where the volume setting is relative to the highest and lowest settings.
--AC Adapter seems to be bigger than it needs to be.
--Distasteful, overly expensive covers.
Overall, the sound is better than some 2.1 systems with dedicated floor subwoofer I've heard. Also, while I admit I have not heard the Big Jambox, it's hard to imagine this would not turn some folks in that camp...particularly with the smaller, more portable SL form factor. When I was in my 20s, back in the component system heyday, I had Sherwood amplifier/receiver, turntable and cassette deck with...two giant speakers with 12 inch woofers. Today, I am carrying that same big sound around the house with from room to room, some times even playing the same music I used play. What a trip. Thanks Bose.
I read extensive reviews and answers to questions on Amazon, before deciding between the Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II and the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. Based on everything, I came away with the feeling that the Mini is as good and to some folks sounds better than its bigger older brother. I went ahead and purchased the SoundLink Mini.
Forward one day, and I just happened to be passing a Bose store and decided to try them out just for kicks. Boy - glad I did! They are night and day different! The mini definitely needs to be heard at lower volumes to enjoy... and when I say lower I mean lower than I would normally listen to music. The mini is definitely better then speakers in its class but in my opinion, the Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II stand in a class of their own.
The speakers, as one would expect, connected in less than a minute to each of my devices - iphone, ipad, mac. Really felt the beauty of the device when we watched a movie on Netflix and switched output between macbook pro speakers and the Bose soundlink II. The switch felt like moving from your home to a theater... I say this because I did not expect this from a portable speaker set.
The speakers are reasonably light but do not expect to carry it in your hand while dancing for a long time :)
How Hi the Fi is is a relative thing. It certainly isn't "shrill" or "boomy," but it produces discernible bass and treble. It somehow sounds like it "ought to sound" based on its appearance: Not too little, not to much; just right. It fills a niche in my multi-room audio ecosystem.
I have a variety of speakers in various locations, which are wirelessly connected over my home network via Apple AirPlay to an iTunes library hosted on an iMac desktop computer. Hence I can listen to that music library (which mostly consists of over 100 CDs ripped (losslessly) into that library, as well as Internet Radio stations) from various locations in my house. No two locations alike in sound quality, and my ear adjusts to that as the "price" for having the multi-room convenience (including remote control via Apple's "Remote" app on my iPod touch).
The SoundLink II doesn't fully mesh with that ecosystem, since it's not AirPlay compatible (Bose makes another product that is), but it extends the ecosystem. That's because iPhones, some iPods, and iPads (and other brands of portable devices) support Bluetooth short-range communication (within a room, vice within a house using WiFi). So in locations other than my in-house AirPlay locations (like the basement, the detached garage, my deck, my patio, or other rooms in the house), with the SoundLink and my iPod, I'm all set. I'm not interested in rocking a pool party (don't have a pool), but it plays loud enough for me (even outside). Battery life seems sufficient for my type of use, and it recharges quickly enough (several hours). The recharger/AC adapter is compact.
The SoundLink BlueTooth seems very reliable, and pairs quickly with my iPod touch or my iPad. With the SoundLink sitting on my nightstand or on the bed, and the iPad on my (supine) chest, streaming movie video and audio from its NetFlix app, it makes a great personal movie system. What's not to like? Dozing off to audio is nice too.
I ignored my audiophile pretensions and bought one. No regrets.