(SPOT.ph) When it comes to engineering audio devices renowned for their high-quality sound, few brands have Bose’s reputation. Bose was founded in 1964 by Amar Bose who, as a teenager during the World War II years, ran a successful radio-repair service out of his family’s home. After high school, Bose enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he would later become a professor and develop speaker technology designed to reproduce the realism of a live performance. It was also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where Bose hired his first employee Sherwin Greenblatt, a student of his who would go on to become the company president from 1985 to 2001. According to Greenblatt, he and Bose would work on their audio tech ideas together at night after finishing their teaching duties at MIT.
The foundation of Bose’s technology is a field known as psychoacoustics or the study of how sound is perceived. That’s why Bose’s line of devices places particular significance on how audio is perceived by the human ear and not just how it’s measured on a meter. "Well, if it isn’t audible, what are you doing that’s worthwhile here except achieving some particular engineering goal?" Bose once said in a lecture. The first product ever sold by the company was the Bose 2201 speaker, which was released in 1966. It consisted of 22 internal speakers—many of them facing away from the listener—and was designed to be placed in the corner of a room, using walls to maximize audio reach. Though the 2201 was a failure in the market, having been discontinued after a few years, it paved the way for the now-legendary 901 model and all devices after it.
Today, Bose makes not just speakers, but also headphones, wireless earbuds, soundbars, and even wearable speakers known for their topnotch sound. Their signature sound quality—made possible by a range of patents, of which the brand is notoriously protective—puts particular focus on mid-range frequency in order to create a fuller and more balanced sound.
From their smallest wearables to their most heavy-duty sound systems, Bose is an investment brand through and through—you don’t want to be dropping five figures on one of their models without giving it some thought first. So if you’ve got your eye on a new speaker, a pair of headphones, wireless earbuds, or what have you, allow us to help you make the right choice. Below, we list our picks for the best devices that Bose has in every audio-tech category.
These are the best Bose speakers, headphones, earbuds and more you can buy in the Philippines:
Wireless Headphones: SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II (P14,500)
For a reliable pair of wireless headphones, we’d suggest the SoundLink Around-Ear model, which was released in 2015. You may find that many of Bose’s available products are a couple of years old—not exactly old, relatively speaking, but damn near ancient by the tech world’s standards. However, Bose tends to stick to an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy, prioritizing sound innovation over flashy tech. So if you ask us, these headphones are still a great model in 2022, especially if your priority is sound over features like noise cancellation. What you get here is a lightweight pair of headphones that sits around the ears rather than directly on them and promises up to 15 hours of playback time as well as up to two hours after a 15-minute charge. Sound-wise, the headphones provide immersive audio that, according to the brand, sound as good as wired headphones whether for music or for hands-free calls.
Noise-Canceling Headphones: QuietComfort 45 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (P21,500)
If top-notch noise-cancellation is what you’re after, the QuietComfort 45 headphones are your best bet. Though released just recently in late 2021, these headphones look fairly similar to some of Bose’s older models, with all the major upgrades being inside, particularly with the devices Active Noise-Cancellation. According to Sound Guys, the pair is excellent when it comes to “dulling noises in the mids and highs that most headsets don’t attenuate terribly well.” And with balanced weight distribution on the build, cushioned ear pads, and up to 24 hours of playback time on a single charge, you’ll be tuning out the world all day long with no fuss. But should you ever need to be aware of your surroundings, you can switch on Aware Mode, which picks up the sounds from your environment and seamlessly integrates them with your music.
Wireless Earbuds: QuietComfort Earbuds (P19,500)
As with most mainstream tech companies, Bose is on the wireless-earbuds train, too. Their QuietComfort buds, released in late 2020, provide crisp, dynamic sound quality that’s true-to-production, and oh-so pleasant with that in-ear fit. You also get great Active Noise-Cancellation (ANC) comparable to popular models like the Apple AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds. It works to reduce droning sounds and ambient noise around you—you can even adjust the ANC (it goes from level 1 to 10) depending on what your surroundings require or what your personal preferences may be. A drawback for some here may be the device’s rather bulky charging case—even the buds themselves protrude quite a bit compared to other models in their class—but the upside is a secure and comfortable fit. In terms of battery life, you get up to six hours on a full charge with an additional two charges on the case.
Sport Earphones: SoundSport Wireless Headphones (P7,900)
In case you’re looking for a personal-audio device made specifically for physical activities, Bose’s SoundSport earphones are a good pick—and unlike every other device on this list, it’s only in the four-digits range. Though not true-wireless earbuds—they’ve got a wire holding the two buds together, which is made to sit around the back of your neck—you still get good Bluetooth connectivity with a 10-meter range as well as a mic with playback-control buttons built in. Plus, you get up to six hours of battery life on a full charge—more than enough for your daily workout routine—and killer sound with just enough bass boost to get your heart thumping without compromising the quality of your music.
Portable Speaker: SoundLink Mini II Special Edition Bluetooth Speaker (P15,900)
Though nearly seven years old at this point, Bose’s SoundLink Mini II is a classic and still one of the best-sounding wireless speakers on the market. Though its age shows a lack of now-common features like waterproofing and extensive battery life—it should be noted that you do get a full 12 hours, but other speakers in this price range are known to provide more—the audio just doesn’t lie. Despite the compact size, the speaker provides powerful and high-quality sound output that lets the highs and bass notes make a big impact without compromising audio balance. Your tunes stay sharp and clear even at a high volume. It’s simple, easy-to-use, and sounds incredible.
Home Speaker: SoundLink Revolve II Bluetooth Speaker (P14,990)
Though small enough to pack with you on a road trip, the SoundLink Revolve II is a great pick for at-home use, too. Thanks to its 360-degree sound, it’s the perfect device to place in the center of the room for instant good vibes. You can also opt to position the speaker near a wall and let the audio radiate around the room, creating an immersive listening experience. You’ll get deep, loud, and crystal-clear sound that can blast for up to 12 hours on a full charge. Plus, the Revolve II can be paired with other speakers of its model to create a stereo sound experience—perfect for parties—and with up to two devices at once in case you ever need to change your audio source in a flash.
Soundbar: Smart Soundbar 300 (P29,900)
Soundbars offer an easier upgrade path to high-quality sound in case you’d rather not mess around with more complicated multi-speaker sound systems. They’re also a great option for your home as their sleek build won’t ruin your interior design—they look great next to a flat-screen TV. Our pick from Bose’s lineup is the Smart Soundbar 300. Made specifically to provide clear and spacious dialogue, it’s a great device to connect to your television, especially if you’re always streaming new series or marathoning your favorite movies. The soundbar also has a built-in voice assistant for hands-free controls.
Wearable Speaker: Frames Soprano (P17,900)
Though not as common as headphones and earphones, wearable speakers are a growing trend in the audio industry and Bose has dipped its toes into the technology a few times, most notably with their open-ear audio sunglasses. Not only can you look cool and mysterious in public, but you can also be listening to your fave tunes discreetly while still being aware of your surroundings. The Soprano frames promise both a luxurious look and sun protection—all while delivering high-quality sound for up to 5.5 hours. They can also be used for hands-free calls while on the go.
Bose audio devices are available online and at their stores in SM City North EDSA, Trinoma Mall, SM Megamall, Shangri-La Plaza, Power Plant Mall, Glorietta 3, Greenbelt 5, SM Aura Premier, and SM Mall of Asia.
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