Alexa Enabled Bose Home Speaker
Product DescriptionThe Bose home speaker 500 fills any room with powerful sound. Inside the speaker, two custom drivers point in opposite directions to bounce sound off the walls, creating a soundstage wider than any other smart speaker. Built-in voice assistants, like Alexa and the Google Assistant, let you enjoy millions of songs, Internet radio stations, playlists, and more — hands free. All you have to do is say the words, and the music starts playing. When the musician’s playing loud, the Bose home speaker 500 will still hear you. Just under the top is a custom-designed eight-microphone array for superior voice pickup. But control doesn’t stop at just voice - Start and stop the music with the top controls, or manage it all from the Bose music app. When it comes to what you want to hear, there are plenty of options, too. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple airplay 2 compatibility, play your favorite music services, like Spotify, music, or Apple Music, or play anything from your phone or tablet. You can set up to six different presets for playlists, Internet radio stations, and more. And the color LCD display will show you what’s playing, like current song, station, playlist info, album art, and more.
- Fill any room with impressive wall to wall stereo sound from a single speaker
- Built in voice assistants, like Alexa and the Google Assistant, with superior voice pickup from a noise rejecting eight microphone Array
- With Wi Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple airplay 2 compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want
- Play integrated Wi Fi services like Spotify, music and audible or connect over Bluetooth to play anything from your phone or tablet
- Experience superior voice pickup from a custom designed eight microphone Array that hears you over loud music or across the room
- Control comes easy, with three different ways to manage what you hear: voice, tap the top controls, or the Bose music app
- Works with other Bose smart speakers and soundbars for a multi-room listening experience
- Use Bose SimpleSync technology to pair a member of the Bose Smart Home Family with a Bose SoundLink speaker for synchronized music playback
- Alexa speaks English and Spanish
Top ReviewsBose Quality, Alexa Cool, But Not Perfect
by Pierce (5 out of 5 stars)
September 20, 2018
Hack...I want to listen to Audible books on my BHS 500. I paired it with my Echo Spot. I tell the Spot to play my book. Bose plays it.
Okay, setup was relatively easy. The sound, as we expect from Bose, is extraordinary. The box itself is very cool looking, looks good where ever you put it.
Once connected to Alexa, I connected it to Amazon Music which is where I get most of my music. I subscribe and also have about 8,000 songs stored there. If you have other music sources/stations, they're pretty easy to connect as well.
I had one major disappointment and one minor. I listen to a lot of books, and was sad when Alexa said she could not play Audible books. I hope that will be remedied in a future firmware update.
Minor disappointment: Like so many new Alexa compatible devices, the wake word is Alexa. No other choices. So, this is Bose great, Alexa familiar, but just waiting for Bose to make it better.
I almost gave it a 4, but the sound is just too good.
Just okay and for the price you need more than just okay
by Jeffrey Wickert (3 out of 5 stars)
October 20, 2018
There is a lot to like about this speaker. The sound is great and the design is very attractive. Unfortunately, there are enough pieces that work as well as an Echo speaker. Asking it play to music, it often told me it wasn't authorized until a second attempt leading to an interesting argument.
I returned this and bought an extra Echo and the Echo Sub instead. This setup improved sound quality in my opinion. Also everything works better with the straight Echo setup.
I regret buying this device
by BBB (1 out of 5 stars)
February 28, 2019
This speaker looks great, and sounds great, when it works. Unfortunately, it doesn't work as advertised. It connects to Bluetooth just fine. But so do all Bose wireless speakers. The real selling point of this speaker was it's seamless connection to multiple music services. That capability is a disaster. I have reliable and fast wireless in my home. My Bose Speaker 500 was extremely difficult to connect to WiFi. Just setting up the speaker was extremely frustrating. It required multiple attempts to connect to the Bose Music app, and I mean I tried dozens of times. I unplugged the device multiple times. I reset to factory settings multiple times. I rebooted my WiFi multiple times. It finally connected after an hour. The app is horrible, the connection to the device is horrible. And I haven't even started to discuss how awful the music service playback works. It absolutely refuses to play SiriusXM. Nothing I do works. That was a primary reason I purchased this device, and at this point I've given up trying to connect to Sirius. It won't even play music from my Amazon Prime account, that should work easily through Alexa. No such luck for me. Other elements of Alexa work ok. It will tell me what the temperature is outside, so I've got that going for me. Of course, that's not why I spent $400. It's a complete waste of money. The Bluetooth connection works fine, but you could spend half this much money to get a good sounding speaker with that capability. Do not waste your money on this awful product.
I hope you're patient! Doesn't do what I expected
by Oldcaywest (3 out of 5 stars)
November 1, 2018
Numerous issues setting this new speaker up with the Apps. After an hour of trying to find the "My Bose" link (which the instructions refer to in the 1st step to begin the setup process,) I ended up reinstalling the Bose Music App. I still haven't found that particular link but somehow managed to get it up , connected and playing music through the App.
Two hours later I am still setting it up and having a very hard time getting a support video on "Group Speakers" to play. I finally got it to play only to discover when I clicked on the "Group Speakers" button as instructed to connect a speaker group, it was whited out and says "Grouping not Available"! That's what I bought this for! I only have one other Echo "Plus" Gen 2 speaker which from what I've read should work on a multi-room speaker setup. There is this notice on Amazon's page for this item..."Currently, stereo pairing, speaker groups, and multi-room music only support music playback over your wireless network, and do not support Bluetooth, 3.5mm AUX in, or TV/video connections." Aren't I trying to play this over my wireless network through Alexa? I'm confused. I was going to buy the Echo Sub system with 2 Echo+ for my mini-system but now I have no reason to believe that will work as a multi-room system either if this one doesn't. I'll continue to figure this out but if this just ends up being a $400.00 Echo like the product it will be going back. What a disappointment so far. As for sound that is the only reason it's getting a 3. It does not have the bass response I expected at all but the overall sound is as described by Bose as "The widest sound of any smart speaker." It has wonderful sound as a standalone but I really wanted it to act as a bit more of a subwoofer with all the talk about how wonderful the bass was.
Finally Great Sound in Small Package
by Roger C. Mathus (5 out of 5 stars)
September 24, 2018
The new Bose Home 500 offers the best sound I have heard in small speaker and Alexa is a fine addition. My Bose is next to an Apple Home and I like the Bose sound much better. The Bose also displays album covers and other information. I easily activated Tune-in Radio, Spotify and Amazon music APPS.
Wi-Fi is Impossible to set up
by Paul J Paradis (1 out of 5 stars)
December 7, 2018
Downloaded the manual.
Tried following the instructions on Wi-Fi set up but Bose App does not correspond to the manual's instructions.
Been working this all day.
No Spotify voice integration
by Jed (2 out of 5 stars)
October 15, 2018
It sounds great but you can't says Alexa play whatever from Spotify. You have to use the bose app to play from Spotify. Dealbreaker for me, since I want voice control
by James (2 out of 5 stars)
November 10, 2018
Outstanding sound when operated independently from other Echo products. Doesn't "play" well with other Echo devices; if you tell it to play a channel everywhere, it lags a few seconds behind the other devices.
We returned it and got the Echo Plus / Sub woofer combo - better sync and sounds comparable for much less money.
This item did not work
by Syed Shah (1 out of 5 stars)
February 6, 2019
I received the order and the product would not work via blue tooth. For example, I would play a song on Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Prime Music, it would play through the speaker, however after 30 seconds to a minute, the music started skipping. To remedy this, I took it to my parent's house (different wifi / diff location), and the same thing. The specific item I received skipped 100% of the time I tried to use it.
Great sound in a small package. Alexa is awesome!
by S. Woods (5 out of 5 stars)
December 1, 2018
I purchased the Home Speaker 500 the day it released. I was immediately impressed with the sound quality. Setup with the "Bose Music" app was easy enough. Alexa has stopped responding twice since purchase but I simply unplug the power cord and plug it back in and everything works fine. Hope to see this fixed in the next software update. I've seen several complaints that people can't pair it with other Alexa devices but Bose has made it pretty clear that it will only pair with other Bose Home Speaker devices. I have mine setup with Spotify premium and voice commands through Alexa work perfectly with Spotify. I've also setup the device through Alexa to control my Wemo light switches and my Nest thermostat and love the functionality. I connected my TV through the AUX port and the sound is great for movies. Overall I would highly recommend the Bose Home Speaker 500.
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