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Bose Adds The SoundLink Max To Its Bluetooth Speaker Product Line

At $399, Bose SoundLink Max is a rugged portable Bluetooth Speaker that is ready for your summer of adventures in 2024.

Bose SoundLink Max Portable Bluetooth Speaker Carry in-hand Blue

Summer 2024 is coming up fast and it’s time to dust off those portable Bluetooth speakers for those outdoor activities. With that in mind, Bose has announced a new addition to its SoundLink speaker lineup with the SoundLink Max ($399). This portable speaker is designed to provide a long battery life, rugged durability, and great sound for its size. 

Bose SoundLink Max in Black Front

Core Features

Speaker Design: The SoundLink Max has a powder-coated (in Black or Blue Dusk), silicone-wrapped steel enclosure. Built to withstand bumps, drops, and bangs, it won’t peel or flake and is resistant to corrosion and UV light. An IP67 rating protects against water, dust, rust, and shocks. This means you can listen to it by a pool, on a boat, at the beach, or in the park.

Driver Complement: The SoundLink Max incorporates the Bose Articulated Array with three transducers across the front of the speaker to deliver a spacious stereo experience that goes beyond the speaker itself. Custom-designed passive radiators are included to provide a level of bass performance that defies the speaker size.

Audio Processing: Using technology from Bose soundbars and additional proprietary digital signal processing, distortion is minimized, supporting a more natural sound listening experience with distinct instruments, clear vocals, and the beat of your music, no matter where the speaker is placed. 

Tech Note: For added audio personalization, the SoundLink Max features Adjustable EQ settings (bass, mid-range, treble) that are available in the Bose app.

Compact and Light Weight: The SoundLink Max is very compact, measuring 10.42″ wide, 4.73″ high, and 4.13″ deep, and weighing just under five pounds. The speaker is easy to carry around with its removable rope handle. An optional rope-carrying strap is also available if you want to throw the speaker over your shoulder for hands-free transport. There are four optional color handle accessories for customization.

Battery Life: The SoundLink Max provides up to 20 hours of battery life. Also, there is a USB-C port for charging compatible mobile devices.

Wireless Connectivity: The SoundLink Max incorporates Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC and AAC codec support. For high-resolution audio, Snapdragon Sound with the latest Qualcomm aptX Adaptive codec automatically adapts up to lossless quality. Snapdragon Sound technology provides easy wireless connectivity with premium Android devices. Google Fast Pair is also supported for Android devices.

Wired Connectivity: A 3.5mm AUX input provides wired playback from compatible turntables and MP3 or CD players. A shortcut button on the speaker can be used for AUX switching or customized to enable a wireless Spotify Tap

Tech Note: If connecting a turntable, the turntable needs to have a built-in phono preamp, or an external phono preamp needs to be connected between the turntable and the SoundLink Max

Bose SoundLink Max Portable Bluetooth Speaker Blue Outdoors in Grass

Specifications

  • Microphones: No Microphone
  • Sound Options: Stereo, SimpleSync, Full Range Speakers
  • Audio cable included: No
  • Water Resistant: IP67
  • Product Material: Aluminum, Fabric, Nylon, Plastic, Silicone, Steel
  • Battery Life: 20 hours
  • Battery Charge Time: 5 hours
  • Charging Interface(s): USB-C In/Out
  • Bluetooth Version: 5.3
  • Bluetooth Range: 30 feet
  • Bose App: Yes
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 4.73 x 10.42 x 4.13 inches
  • Weight: 4.9 lbs

Comparison

Bose Portable Speakers 2024
MaxRevolve+ IIRevolve II FlexMicro Mini II SE 
Price$399$299$219$149$119$199
MicrophoneBuilt-inBuilt-in Built-in Built-in Built-in 
SpeakerphoneYesYesYesYesYes
Party ModeYesYesYesYes
Stereo ModeBuilt-in Stereo SpeakersYes (when paired with another soundlink speaker)Yes (when paired with another soundlink speaker)Yes (when paired with another soundlink speaker)Yes (when paired with another sound link speaker)
Noise Control TypeEcho ReductionEcho ReductionEcho ReductionEcho Reduction
Water ResistanceIP67IP55IP55IP67IP67
Product MaterialAluminum
Fabric
Nylon
Plastic
Silicone
Steel
Aluminum
Fabric
Plastic
Silicone
Metal
Aluminum 
Plastic
Silicone
Aluminum
Fabric
Nylon
Plastic
Silicone
Steel
Metal
Plastic
Silicone
Steel
Aluminum
Plastic
Steel
Metal
Silicone
Battery Life20 hours17 hours13 hours12 hours6 hours12 hours
Battery Charge Time5 hours4 hours4 hours4 hours4 hours4 hours
Charging Interface(s)USB-C In/OutUSB Micro B Port USB Micro B Port USB C PortUSB Micro Port
USB Port
Wireless ConnectivityBluetoothBluetooth
NFC Connectivity
Bluetooth
NFC Connectivity
BluetoothBluetoothBluetooth
Bluetooth Version5.34.24.24.24.23.0
Bluetooth Range30 ft30 ft30 ft30 ft30 ft30 ft
Bose AppYesYesYesYesYes
Dimensions (HWD)4.73 x 10.42 x 4.13 inches7.25 x 4.13 x 4.13 inches5.97 x 3.24 x 3.24 inches3.56 x 7.93 x 2.06 inches3.87 x 3.87 x 1.37 inches2 x 7.06 x 2.31 inches 
Weight4.9 lbs2 lbs1.46 lbs1.3 lbs0.68 lbs1.44 lbs

What’s in the Box

  • Bose SoundLink Max Portable Speaker
  • USB-C (C to C) cable
  • USB-C power supply (US only. Not available in all regions)
  • Safety sheet
Bose SoundLink Max in Dusk Blue Top

Initial Thoughts

The emphasis of the Bose SoundLink Max is to combine “better” audio quality with portability. The speaker complement includes passive radiators for more rounded sound delivery. Connection flexibility is also emphasized with wired line-in and wireless Bluetooth with Multipoint and aptX Adaptive. 

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However, with a $399 price tag, there are things missing that may not justify the price. For example, Wi-Fi and Airplay 2 aren’t included, and there is no speakerphone capability (which would be convenient with its Bluetooth multi-point connectivity. 

Bose SoundLink Max in Dusk Blue Front Angle

Pricing & Availability

The Bose SoundLink Max is available now for $399 at Bose and Amazon in Blue Dusk or Black.

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