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Bose Home Speaker 500

THE WIDEST SOUND OF ANY SMART SPEAKER

Overview

Wall-to-wall stereo icon

WALL-TO-WALL STEREO FROM A SINGLE SPEAKER

Voice assistants icon

VOICE ASSISTANTS BUILT IN

Voice pickup icon

SUPERIOR VOICE PICKUP

Control with voice, touch or app icon

CONTROL WITH VOICE, TOUCH OR APP

Preset buttons icon

SIX PRESET BUTTONS

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icon

WI-FI® AND BLUETOOTH® CONNECTIVITY

App icon

PERSONALISED BOSE MUSIC APP

Apple AirPlay 2 icon

APPLE AIRPLAY 2

THE WIDEST SOUND OF ANY SMART SPEAKER

It’s powerfully simple. Fill any room with wall-to-wall stereo sound, while built-in voice control puts millions of songs at the tip of your tongue.

Wall-to-wall stereo sound from a single speaker

Inside the Bose Home Speaker 500, two custom drivers point in opposite directions to bounce sound off the walls. The result? A wider soundstage than any other smart speaker, powerful enough to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance.

Angled view of Bose Home Speaker 500

Built-in voice control

Play. Pause. Shuffle. Or skip to your favourite song. You’ll have millions of playlists, albums and more at the tip of your tongue. With the Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, you can control your music, get information, manage your day and so much more*. So if you want to hear something, just ask. And future software updates will add new features.

Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa badges

* Voice commands and controls may vary.

Superior voice pickup

Turning the music up at a party? It’s not a problem for our voice pickup technology. Just under the surface is a custom-designed eight-microphone array, so the speaker still hears you, even when it gets loud. You can turn off voice access whenever you want, too. Just tap the microphone off button to cut power to all microphones and continue to access the other features of the speaker.

Top of the speaker showing controls

CONTROL COMES EASILY

Control doesn’t stop at just voice. You can tap the top controls to play, pause or skip tracks, or manage it all from the Bose Music app. And you can set up to six different presets for playlists, Internet radio stations and more, so your favourites are just a tap away.

Which one is right for you?

The Bose Home Speaker 300 is a compact smart speaker with 360° sound. And the Bose Home Speaker 500 is a larger speaker with stereo sound for the best acoustic performance, plus an LCD screen to show you what’s playing.

Bose Home Speaker 300

HOME SPEAKER 300

16.1 cm H x 14.2 cm W x 10.2 cm D (0.9 kg)

Bose Home Speaker 500

HOME SPEAKER 500

20.3 cm H x 17 cm W x 10.9 cm D (2.15 kg)

MUSIC. ANY WAY YOU WANT IT.

When it comes to what you want to hear, you have so many options. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want. Browse your favourite music services, like Spotify®, Amazon Music or Apple Music, or play anything from your phone or tablet. If you can get it on your device, you can hear it through the Bose Home Speaker 500. Music services may vary.

Spotify, Deezer, TuneIn
Smartphone displaying the Bose Music app

Take control of your listening experience

With the Bose Music app, you can easily browse through all your music in one place and seamlessly jump between stations, playlists and services. Plus, it’s another simple way to control the Bose Home Speaker 500. Setting up presets with the app is easy, so the music you love is just one touch away. And multiple users can personalise their experience and content.

Bose Music app logo
The seamless body of the Bose Home Speaker 500

Premium design, inside and out

The Bose Home Speaker 500 looks as good as it sounds. A seamless, anodised aluminium body gives the speaker a refined finish that’s perfect for any room.

Bose Portable Home Speaker, Bose Home Speaker 500, Bose Home Speaker 300, Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 with a smartphone

Meet the family

The Bose Home Speaker 500 is part of a Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars. And with built-in voice control, you have millions of songs at the tip of your tongue. Or you can manage everything from the Bose Music app. Bring all of your entertainment to life—music, movies and TV—in any room you want.

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Specs

Dimensions/weight

  • Speaker:20.3 cm H x 17 cm W x 10.9 cm D (2.15 kg)

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

  • Bose Home Speaker 500
  • Power cable
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clearest smart home speaker The Bose Home Speaker 500 is, by far, the clearest smart home speaker I have used. Recently, I've tried the Google Home, Google Home Max, Google Home Mini, Echo Show v2, Echo Dot, Apple Homepod, and Sonos Move - none of these come close to the audio quality I get from the Bose Home Speaker 500.
Date published: 2019-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCEPTIONAL BOSE QUALITY All AROUND! I Loved my Bose EARBUDS, Thought I'd Give the SMART Home Speaker a shot after hearing it at Costco. (Costco carries a special 450 model that doesn't include the LED screen which is very helpful--also allows for clock/time option.) HEARING IS BELIEVING--great sound quality but that's just the start. The ability to access either ALEXA or GOOGLE is truly Exceptional. I use both & can switch from one to the other. In sticking with Alexa however, I can work all my gadgets (turning lights++ on & off via voice command). I have 3 Alexa Echos, but with the 8 microphones on this BOSE 500, it truly hears your commands even above fairly loud blaring music. (I tried to whisper to a friend to go undetected by Bose 500, but it eerily responded in a whisper that if I whispered to Alexa, she would only whisper back!!!! Wuhhhhht?) SIX presets are a great touch. The APP is phenomenal. The setup is incredibly simple. Love the ability to update the software on regular basis. Obviously, I can't say enough about my new Bose Home Speaker 500! Keep up the great work!
Date published: 2019-10-15
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FAQs

How do I set up the Bose Home Speaker 500?

Simply download the Bose Music app on your device, plug in the speaker and open the app to get started. The app will guide you through setting up your account on the speaker, adding your account information for your favourite music services and choosing your voice assistant (where available).

Is the Bose Home Speaker 500 compatible with Bose SoundTouch speakers?

No. The Bose Home Speaker 500 uses the new Bose Music app for setup, control and music browsing, while Bose SoundTouch products use the SoundTouch app.

What sources can I play music from?

The Bose Home Speaker 500 can play music directly from streaming music services over Wi-Fi®, controlled either by Amazon Alexa (where available) or using the Bose Music app. The Bose Home Speaker 500 also has Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay 2 capabilities and a standard 3.5-mm auxiliary line-in jack. Additionally, you can play music on the Bose Home Speaker 500 from the Spotify® app on a smartphone, tablet or computer using Spotify® Connect.

Does the Bose Home Speaker 500 play Apple Music?

Yes. Apple Music can be accessed over Bluetooth or Apple AirPlay 2.

What music services can I access from the Bose Home Speaker 500?

The Bose Home Speaker 500 can play music directly over Wi-Fi from Spotify, Pandora®, TuneIn, iHeartRadio™, Amazon Music, SiriusXM and Deezer. Alexa access on the Bose Home Speaker 500 allows voice control of Spotify, Pandora®, TuneIn, iHeartRadio™, Amazon Music, SiriusXM, Deezer and Audible. Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility allows access to Apple Music. Other services may be accessed by playing from a device using a Bluetooth connection. Music and voice services may vary.

How can I control the music playing on the speaker?

You can initiate and control content on the Bose Home Speaker 500 using the Bose Music app, the buttons on the speaker or your voice (via Amazon Alexa, where available). You can also control the speaker using Spotify® Connect (through the Spotify app) or Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility for added control from Apple devices.

How do I turn off the microphones on the speaker?

The microphones on the Bose Home Speaker 500 can be turned off with a single tap of the microphone off button on the top of the product (on the lower left). This button completely cuts power to the microphones so the Google Assistant and Alexa will not hear any commands. For security reasons, it is not possible to use a voice command or the Bose Music app to turn the microphones on or off. Only physically tapping the button can control the microphones. When the microphones are off, this button will always be backlit with a red LED light.

Can I still play music on the speaker when the microphones are turned off?

Yes. Although the Bose Home Speaker 500 has the Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, you can also play music from integrated Wi-Fi music services available through the Bose Music app and the preset buttons on the product. You can also use a Bluetooth or auxiliary connection. All of these sources are available independent of whether the microphones are turned off or whether voice control is set up.

What is the colour LCD display screen on the product for?

The LCD display shows information about the content currently playing on the speaker, including album art, track name, artist name, music service information, radio station name, location and more. There is an optional clock setting available in the Bose Music app, which displays the time when the speaker is in standby mode. The display also shows setup and diagnostic information. It does not play video content and is not a touch screen. It will automatically dim based on the brightness of the room and will turn off if content is not playing.

What does the white bar of light above the LCD display on the product screen do?

The light bar, located just above the LCD display on the front of the product, shows animations to indicate the Google Assistant and Alexa behaviours (such as listening, responding etc.), status indications (starting up, downloading and installing updates; connecting to Bluetooth®; button presses) and other states.

Can I use the Bose Home Speaker 500 as a clock or alarm?

Yes. In the settings menu of the Bose Music app, there is an option to turn on a clock so that the speaker will show the current time on its LCD display screen when it is in standby mode. You can also use the Google Assistant or Alexa (where available) to ask for timers and alarms.

Does the Bose Home Speaker 500 have a battery for portable use?

No. The speaker must be plugged into a wall socket to function.

Does the Bose Home Speaker 500 have NFC built in?

No.

Does the Bose Home Speaker 500 include or work with a remote control?

No. You can control the product from across the room through the use of the Google Assistant or Alexa voice control (where available), or from anywhere on your Wi-Fi network using the Bose Music app.

What app should I use to set up and control the Bose Home Speaker 500?

The Bose Music app is used to set up and control the speaker. Once you’ve set up the speaker with the app, you can also control the speaker with its buttons or with your voice (via the Google Assistant and Alexa, where available). Certain voice control-related settings can be managed in the Google Assistant or Alexa app.

Can multiple people in my household share the Bose Home Speaker 500?

Yes. The new Bose Music app is personalised so that multiple users can each have the Bose Music app on their own device and control the speaker with their own music services and favourite content.

Do I have to use a voice assistant?

No. The use of a voice assistant is optional; you can initiate music from the Bose Music app and other sources without using voice control. In countries where the Google Assistant and Alexa are available on the Bose Home Speaker 500, the option to add voice control can be declined during setup and revisited at any time. You can also remove voice control from the speaker at any time via the settings menu of the Bose Music app. And when the Google Assistant or Alexa is installed, the microphones may be turned off at any time with the microphone off button on the speaker.

What can I do with my voice assistant on the Bose Home Speaker 500?

It is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of supported features, because the Google Assistant and Alexa are constantly evolving. However, the integration of voice control with the new Bose family of smart products supports the vast majority of functionality, including music playback, control of smart home devices, setting timers and alarms and general information requests. Give it a try; just say “Hey Google” or “Alexa”, and ask a question.

Can I use my voice assistant to control smart home devices?

Yes. There are various Google Actions and Alexa Skills for smart home device control that work on the Bose Home Speaker 500: for instance, “Hey Google, set my smart thermostat to 22 degrees” or “Alexa, turn off the lights”.

What Google Assistant features are not supported?

The following features are not supported at this time but will become available in future automatic software updates:

Chromecast capabilities, but Google Assistant voice control of Chromecast-enabled TVs is supported.

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THE WIDEST SOUND OF ANY SMART SPEAKER

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