Bose have the 360 degree speaker market covered with the Soundlink Revolve and Soundlink Revolve Plus. Today we’ll look at the big brother of the family, the Soundlink Revolve Plus (also styled as Soundlink Revolve+). The wireless speaker boasts 16 hours of battery life, water resistance and the ability to link with other Soundlink speakers. It will set you back $300 ($389 AUD, £279), while the smaller Revolve is priced at $200. The next size down is ultra portable and is design for sport, for that you can read the Bose Soundlink Micro review.
Larger speaker perfect for home use
The 900g speaker is 18.4cm tall, and the width and depth both measure 10.5cm. There’s a handle, which is handy for moving it around the house and garden. The size means it wouldn’t be super portable beyond that though. The speaker is loud enough to pump tunes throughout a large living room at a party and also sounds good at lower volumes.
IPX4 water resistance
The speaker has an IPX4 rating, which means it can survive being splashed. As you can see in the video earlier in the review, I dumped a glass of water on it and it kept on playing without any problems. It’s not designed to survive being dropped in the pool though. If you want something that can withstand a swim, we recently reviewed the Bose Soundlink Micro wireless speaker. The smaller Micro is rated to IPX7.
Fun, bass-driven audio
The Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus has a ‘fun’ sound that pushes the bass hard and also brings the treble forward. The drums, vocals and bass guitar are all emphasised. As a result it’s a sound that is suited to bass-driven styles such as hip hop and modern pop music. I wouldn’t say the speaker is particularly suited to guitar-based music due to the recessed mids. The profile is very similar to the Soundlink Micro in a larger format. The 360 degree sound means the Bluetooth speaker can be placed anywhere in the room and will provide even coverage though-out.
Bose built tough
The Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus is built tough. The rubber and metal speaker is designed in a way that means it’s not susceptible to being damaged easily. As you can see in the video, I dropped it repeatedly from a height of a foot or two and the speaker wasn’t left with any damage. It kept on playing throughout while I was giving it a thrashing.
The speaker ships with a 1m charging cable and a wall charger plug. That’s it for included accessories, although Bose also offer a $29 charging cradle (via Amazon). The cradle works with both the Revolve and Revolve Plus and you can play music while it sits on the charger.
Dual wireless speaker mode gets big sounds
Two speakers from the Soundlink range can be linked together in Party Mode via the Bose Connect app. After updating the Revolve Plus firmware via the app, I was able to connect it to a Soundlink Micro speaker. The update took about an hour to send over Bluetooth, so if you plan on having a party, it’s definitely worth doing that beforehand. The sound of the linked speakers was quite good, thanks to the ability to independently adjust the volume on each device. A single Soundlink speaker wouldn’t quite be enough for a loud party but pairing them up presented a louder and fuller sound.
The Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus verdict
$300 is a big outlay for a Bluetooth speaker. The Soundlink Revolve Plus has this premium pricing for several reasons: The tough chassis, water-resistance and 360 degree sound. If those things are important to you, then it’s worth the outlay. But if you don’t require those features, you could get tighter audio for the same price, for example with the V-Moda Remix (our review here).
Speaker dimensions/weight:18.4 cm H x 10.5 cm W x 10.5 cm D (0.9 kg)
Inputs and outputs: 3.5 mm auxiliary input, Micro-B USB port
Wireless range: Up to 9 m (30 ft)
Battery life: Up to 16 hours
Accessories: USB power supply, USB cable, AC power adapters
Bose Soundlink Revolve+
The Bose Soundlink Revolve+ is a pricey wireless speaker that's tough, water-resistant and provides bass-driven sound.