Love 'em or hate 'em, Bose has been making music for years now, and it
like the company is planning on slowing down anytime
soon. While it has seemingly been quiet on the consumer electronics
front of late (after it got done with all of its Apple-related wares),
the outfit is introducing an all new system today that should catch the
attention of those who store all of their music on their PC, but wish
to listen to it elsewhere.
The simple-yet-effective SoundLink is a two-piece system that is
comprised of a USB dongle and a flat-faced stereo. But simply, users
just plug the USB dongle into their machine, and if you're within a
reasonable distance (not surprisingly, Bose doesn't mention exact
feet), it will stream it wirelessly to the speaker system.
The system even includes a built-in, rechargable battery that enables it
to accept streams and play back music away from an AC outlet for up to
three house at maximum volume or slightly more at reduced levels. The
SoundLink also features a proprietary acoustics package, which combines
the company's waveguide speaker technology and neodymium transducer.
There's even an infrared remote control tossed in to operate the volume
and power from afar, and it can even send signals to systems which can
accept IR in order to change the track, etc. If you've too far away,
there's a convenient 3.5mm aux jack that enables portable media
players and other audio sources to be connected directly. As with most
Bose units, this one too is priced steeply at $549.95, and it should
start shipping at the tail end of August.