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Bose SoundLink Revolve and Revolve Plus ratchet up the sound qualityWhile they're expensive, Bose's new cylindrical wireless Bluetooth speakers deliver excellent sound for their compact size.
[MUSIC] These are the SoundLink Revolve and Revolve Plus, Bose's new cylindrical Bluetooth speakers that deliver 360-degree, omnidirectional sound. The smaller Revolve costs $200 while the bigger Revolve Plus, which features a built in handle for easy transport, costs $300. Bose's touting the speaker's ability to play for very loud for their size and push out a lot of bass without distorting. And I have to say I was impressed with both their design and sound. [MUSIC] At their respective sizes, they may be the best-sounding portable BlueTooth speakers. And they're both water and shock resistant with a threaded tripod mount on the bottom of the speaker that would allow you to Attach them to a wall for stand. As you might expect, the larger revolve plus plays louder, and has better bass response than its little brother, both of these speakers played much bigger than their size would indicate. And although they do have their sound imitations, they can certainly fill a small to medium size room with sound. It does help to plays the near wall, to get some reflections, which will improve their bass. Battery life for the Revolve is rated at 12 hours at moderate volume levels, while the Revolve Plus is rated up to 16 hours. As far as extra features go, these speakers have integrated microphones so that you can use them as speaker phones. And you can pair two of these speakers together using the Bose Connect app. And use them as a set of stereo speakers, or double them up to augment the sound in party mode. The speakers are charged via micro USB, but there's also an optional charging cradle you can buy for them for $30. Yes, they're pricey, but I did compare them to more modestly priced Bluetooth speakers, such UE Wonder Boom JBL Flip 4 and UE BOOM 2. And they clearly sounded better, with bigger sound and bigger bass. The Revolve Plus also had no trouble beating the UE MEGABOOM. I have more in-depth evaluations of their performance in my text reviews. But suffice to say, while you shouldn't expect them to blow away a good pair of wired bookshelf speakers, They do sound excellent for their compact sizes. I'm David Carlisle for Cnet.com. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]