Which wireless speaker to choose

Which wireless speaker to choose

Until a few years ago, smart assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa were limited to in-house products like Echo Show or Google Home. Fortunately, the acknowledgments have changed and now many speakers have a built-in smart assistant. These speakers combine great audio output and smart functionality, and the Sonos One (Gen 2) is one of the new speakers in this category. Available for around $ 200, this one brings the quirks of a smart speaker. Another popular but slightly older speaker is the Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus. The highlight of this speaker is its lantern-shaped shape and, more importantly, its sound quality.

Sonos One Gen 2 vs Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus Which wireless speaker should you choose 1

However, as we all know, the heart of any speaker is its audio quality. So how does the new Sonos One (Gen 2) compare to the Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus? Do the smart speaker features make it a better speaker?

Well, that’s what we’re going to find in this article today, as we pit the two speakers against each other to see which one gives the right results.

How long is it going to be, let’s get started, okay?

Specifications that matter

PropertyBose Soundlink Revolve PlusSonos One (2nd generation)
PropertyBose Soundlink Revolve PlusSonos One (2nd generation)
Dimension7.25 x 4.13 x 4.13 inches6.3 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches
IP RatingIPX4N / A
Loading viaMicro USBPowered
Battery life16 hoursRequires continuous power
Integrated intelligent assistantNoYes

Portability and design

One of the first things about the Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus that grabs attention is its design. This one has an offset shape and is shaped like a mini lantern. It has a nifty handle at the top, which completes the look. Jokes aside, this handle makes it easier to take the speaker anywhere. Fortunately, the Soundlink Revolve Plus is not heavy and only weighs around 1.99 pounds.

Bose vs Soundlink Revolve Plus 3 portable smart speaker

Bose vs Soundlink Revolve Plus 3 portable smart speaker

he has an IPX4 rating, thus making it safe from splashing water and the like. However, if you are taking it to beach parties or pool parties, make sure you don’t drop it in the water. Nonetheless, it’s an omnidirectional speaker, making it an ideal choice for most backyard parties and barbecues. It’s strong, light and the ability to lift it like that makes the deal even smoother. There is also a built-in microphone for speakerphone calls.

The Sonos One looks pretty straightforward compared to the Soundlink Revolve Plus. It appears to be round. However, a closer look reveals a more square design. Speaker grilles flank the sides of the speaker and a thick cap tops the speaker. It weighs around 4.08 pounds.

Sonos One Gen 2 vs Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus Which wireless speaker should you choose 2

Sonos One Gen 2 vs Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus Which wireless speaker should you choose 2

Like the Bose speaker, here too the buttons are at the top. But unlike the hardware buttons on Bose speakers, the Sonos One contains tactile buttons. Keeping up with the pace, I would say.

However, what sets this speaker apart from most portable speakers is its Ethernet port. Yes, this speaker comes with one on the back. So if you can’t find a good Wi-Fi connection, this port can connect to the internet. Cool, right?

Battery vs powered

So how long do the two speakers last? As for the old Soundlink Revolve Plus, it achieves an average battery life of 16 hours. However, if you are taking it to a party, you might also want to bring the charging cable.

Fitbit Sense battery vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Fitbit Sense battery vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Unlike this, the Sonos One (Gen 2) is a wired speaker and requires continuous power. This ultimately minimizes its portability and ease of access. Unless you have a really long power strip plugged into the Sonos speaker, the closest you can get is the patio. Bummer? Well, I’ll leave it to you.

Integrated intelligent assistant

The One tries to fill the above flaw with its smart assistant integration. It supports both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can turn it into a smart speaker with all the intelligence intact.

Sonos One Gen 2 battery vs Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus

Sonos One Gen 2 battery vs Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus

One of the advantages of this speaker is its support for streaming services. It supports more than 50 services, such as Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play Music and Pandora, making it easy to listen to your favorite songs seamlessly. At the same time, it supports AirPlay 2, which means you can have it stream content from your Apple iPhone as well.

Obviously, you cannot activate both assistants at the same time. So, depending on which wizard you prefer, you can configure it. And like the Echo Show or the Echo Spot, you can issue voice commands to control other smart home products. Speaking of smart home devices, Alexa integration is better than Google Home. You will experience once you start using the two alternately.

Sound performance

Bose is no stranger when it comes to good audio delivery, and the Soundlink Revolve Plus is no exception. This omnidirectional speaker gets loud enough and can easily be used for backyard and indoor parties without turning up the volume to the max.

Sound performance

Sound performance

The audio is smooth audio output and has a hint of punchy bass. And even when the volume is turned up, the distortion is minimal. Well, that’s what everyone expects from a $ 250 speaker.

Likewise, the Sonos One (Gen 2) can get loud enough and fill the void at parties and meetings. Compared to its rivals like the Amazon Echo or the Google Home, it easily outperforms them in terms of volume and audio quality.

However, compared to conventional speakers and the Revolve Plus offers somewhat weaker bass, and that’s a huge disappointment for a speaker of this size. Also, if you turn up the volume, the notes will distort slightly.

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Old vs new

Overall, the Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus is a decidedly decent speaker. It has an original design, which sets it apart from others. While it offers excellent audio quality, the lack of some features like smart assistant integration and an IPX7 rating make it a bit outdated. And given all that, the Bose portable smart speaker turns out to be a better option.

On the other hand, the Sonos One (Gen 2) offers the advantage of smart assistants and music streaming capabilities in the home.

Audio streaming is great and its versatility is a huge plus. If only the power cable could be cut. But if portability isn’t an issue (and if you can stretch your budget), the Sonos Move is a better choice.


If you are looking for a truly wireless speaker, check out the article below to find the best speakers with long battery life.

Last updated on Dec 19, 2020

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