Every so often a new product comes along that promises to change the way we think about traditional gadgets. A new personal speaker from Bose promises just that. Called the Bose SoundWear, this speaker has some unique properties; primarily that you don’t put it on a surface near you, you wear it.
What is Bose SoundWear?
Bose calls SoundWear a “companion speaker”. It’s a U-shaped speaker that wraps around your neck and directs sound primarily to you. Bose says the speaker, “rests comfortably on your shoulders, with sound that is full and clear to you—yet minimizes the sound for others.”
SoundWear works with Android or iPhone.
How to set up Bose SoundWear
The set up process is very easy and works at the first time.You turn on the power, then push the Bluetooth button. You’ll get a message that says, “ready to connect”. Then head to your phone or device’s Bluetooth menu. Look for the Bose SoundWear device in your list, then tap to connect.
Once they’re hooked up to your phone, you place them around your neck, and let the music play.
Bose SoundWear – Fit and feel
The unit is pretty light and it’s shaped in such a way that it stays put as you walk around. Laying back it’s comfortable too whether reclining on the sofa or laying in bed. The neckband narrows enough that it doesn’t feel like you’re laying on something hard or obtrusive.
The band stays in place even when leaning forward and moving around, so it’s wouldn’t be annoying for gardening, cooking or working in your shop.
Stretchable & flexible
The Bose SoundWear isn’t what you call rigid or hard. It’s quite flexible and can be bent, pulled apart and widened, and twisted, without feeling like you’ll snap it. The interchangeable cover is soft, and the zipper and seams are not noticeable while it’s being worn.
SoundWear – Listening experience &sound quality
Wearing a speaker around your neck is a completely new sensation.
It’s a weird feeling, but not unpleasant. Just unique. You’re hearing speaker sound, but all around your head. It makes you think that if I was wearing a space helmet and it had Bose speakers inside, that this is what it would sound like.
Not surprisingly, the sound quality is outstanding. It’s crisp and clear. The vocals cut through well and there’s no raspiness or hollowness. The bass is actually good too. You can feel it around you and the reverberations inside your personal sound bubble are fun.
Can I use Bose SoundWear as a speaker?
In theory, you could take these off, set them down and use them as a speaker but they’re not designed for that.