Bose is a well-known title in audio system internationally and the Soundlink Flex is their newest providing within the space of moveable Bluetooth audio system.
Priced at $250, the unit comes with a USB C cable and a fast setup information. The total consumer guide isn’t included however might be simply accessed through the Bose Join app or discovered on-line right here
I do know most individuals don’t settle all the way down to learn the guide as soon as they’ve purchased one thing, nevertheless it’s price looking by this one, as this speaker has a number of tips up it’s metaphorical sleeve.
Setup on this gadget was astonishingly straightforward, obtain and set up the app, then drag down on the display screen within the app to activate it whereas concurrently urgent the ability button on the speaker. Okay the pairing in your gadget then you definately’re achieved. The setup course of within the app then enables you to ‘nickname’ the gadget. You may select your personal or there’s a ‘shock me’ button that auto generates a reputation every time you press it – meet Sparkle Storm.
Different names I used to be proven included: Puma, Ninja, Fathom, Sparkle Movement, Onyx, Nyx, Midnight, Sonar, Huge Maceo, Mambo Mama, Osiris, Skillet Bou, Ripper, Past C, The Genius, Taler, Domino, Pigment Pete, Lazy Lestor, Increase Shakalaka, Raptor Strike, Right here Comes Treble, Deep House High-quality, and Heavy Steel Poet.
You then get supplied a tour on the app to help you get probably the most out of your Soundlink Flex, and this speaker has lots of options to indicate you. It has, amongst different issues,
- Place IQ – which detects the gadget’s orientation and auto adjusts its EQ to go well with.
- It helps each iOS and Android and thus additionally has Google assistant/Siri capabilities.
- On startup it tells you what the battery degree is and which units it’s related to.
- An IP67 score, that means the speaker is water and mud proof and likewise floats.
- The power to resist drops and crushing shocks.
- The aptitude to sync with different Bose audio system.
- It could act as a speaker cellphone and has an inbuilt microphone.
- It helps 12 languages apart from English.
- A loop you should utilize to hold the speaker from a finger, carabiner or twine for simple portability.
The Soundlink Flex may maintain as much as 8 units in its reminiscence, although it could solely join to 2 at a time and play audio from solely one among them at a time. When the speaker is first turned on it can auto hook up with the 2 most just lately used units, supplied they’re in vary (inside 9 metres) and are turned on. To modify between the related gadget’s audio streams you may merely press pause on one and press play on one other (although do remember that whenever you swap units the speaker will use the quantity setting of the related gadget). You can too swap units on the speaker itself – a press of the Bluetooth button lists the related units, then a second press inside 3 seconds will swap to the subsequent gadget on the checklist, merely repeat till you could have the gadget you need related.
Answering a cellphone name utilizing the Soundlink Flex as a speakerphone will pause playback on whichever gadget is casting – not provided that it’s your cellphone which is streaming, and if the caller is a identified contact the speaker may even announce who is asking. In your cellphone you’ll additionally see an additional possibility when you’re on a name if the speaker is related, the speaker reveals as a 3rd possibility on the cellphone/speakerphone button and you may swap between them while on a name.
An vital measure of a speaker is its frequency vary. The human ear can sometimes hear between 20Hz and 20kHz (about 10 octaves), although realistically something below 30Hz will likely be extra felt than heard. For a speaker to be thought of to have good bass copy it must be able to hitting 50Hz or decrease.
The frequency vary on this speaker was arduous to seek out – Bose doesn’t checklist it anyplace that I might see – nonetheless, I discovered this web site – https://www.rtings.com/ the place they’ve achieved any and each check conceivable, and so they have listed the Soundlink Flex as having a spread between 60.8Hz and 15.6kHz, with a max quantity of 87.5dB
The sound copy of this gadget, significantly given its measurement, is notable. The most effective outcomes have been obtained with the speaker set to a mid to low quantity, the sound was effectively balanced and crisp with no distortion. The mid vary sound copy is superb, that means spoken audio resembling podcasts or audiobooks is rather well produced by this speaker.
I discovered that working the speaker at excessive quantity did change the sound stability – the treble grew to become fairly ahead however the bass extra recessed. This modification in stability was achieved, presumably, to scale back distortion within the bass sound copy – nonetheless the bass can get noticeably misplaced relative to the treble at greater volumes.
Having mentioned that, and given the dimensions of the speaker, the bass sound copy is fairly spectacular, a bit punchy maybe – however the higher bass vary is fairly good even when it doesn’t have the true deep bass thump to it.
The Soundlink Flex produces a a lot deeper richer sound than most pill or cellphone audio system are able to and it additionally has a really low Bluetooth latency. So if you’re utilizing the speaker to boost a film performed on a pill for instance, the sound will likely be fully in sync with the visible.
The play button is the central button with 3 dots on it. To play or pause music you utilize a single press of this button. Double press will skip to the subsequent music, triple press will return to the earlier music. A single press on this button may reply or cling up a name, and an extended press and maintain will activate the voice managed assistant in your cellular gadget.
The ‘+’ and ‘-’ buttons regulate the speaker quantity, although you can too do that utilizing the quantity management on the related gadget. The Bluetooth button permits you to swap gadget pairings or join a brand new gadget, and there’s additionally an auto-off timer set to set off after 20 minutes of inactivity.
Bose recommends permitting as much as 4 hours to completely cost the battery and states that with typical use the battery ought to final for as much as 12 hours of playback. They’ve famous nonetheless that the battery efficiency might range relying on the quantity and kind of content material performed.
I had just a few points with this speaker, one of many foremost ones was that in case your gadget is related however not presently sending audio to the speaker you might be unable to play audio on it, it’s primarily muted as a result of it’s related to the speaker.
It additionally felt like the quantity management buttons have been the unsuitable manner round – the button to decrease the quantity is on the left and the rise quantity is on the best. I went to extend the quantity a number of instances solely to seek out I’d really turned it down.
There’s no noise indicator “energy off” or beep to point when the gadget is off, which is a bit dangerous to my thoughts as a ten second press of the ability button will manufacturing facility reset the gadget. When you press and maintain, unsure in case your gadget is off or not, you might unintentionally reset it. Plus a noise indicator is a extremely great tool when it comes to accessibility – significantly for individuals with a imaginative and prescient impairment who might not have the ability to see the ability indicator mild go off.
You can also’t change the EQ settings on the speaker in any respect, there usually are not even any preset choices to decide on between.
In conclusion, the Soundlink Flex suits within the hand properly, and it’s surprisingly heavy for one thing of its measurement. It has a effectively engineered design making it aesthetically pleasing in addition to able to producing high quality sound.
It looks like this speaker has been arrange with the purpose of having the ability to play as many various genres of music and varieties of sound as potential – relatively than designing it for a particular sort of music. I believe Bose has completely achieved this purpose, however whenever you got down to generalise you find yourself with one thing which is fairly good at most issues, however not one thing you attain for whenever you’re in search of one thing tremendous top quality. That being mentioned, if you’re after tremendous top quality sound copy, whilst you may attain for a Bose product you in all probability received’t be grabbing a conveyable handheld Bluetooth speaker. These items are designed to offer enjoyable music on the go and the Bose Soundlink Flex does an incredible job at precisely that. No matter your jam is, from classical to pop, drum & bass to Norwegian demise metallic, this speaker has you coated.
You should buy a Bose Soundlink Flex from all the standard on-line and in individual retailers.