Bose SoundLink III - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

Bose SoundLink III

Bose SoundLink III

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The Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker III from Bose is one of the best-selling speakers of this well-renowned high-end sound equipment company, well known for its durability, sound and clarity. This is a Bl... Read full review
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Key features
  • Wireless
  • Curved edges and thin profile
  • Silicone button panel
  • Rechargeable battery plays up to 14 hours

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Physical Features
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No Cover
Dimensions Length x Width x Height
1.9 x 10 x 5.2 inches

3 lbs
Water Resistance

Speakers range from not being able to handle even a drop of water to being able to be fully submerged in water for several minutes. Do you plan to take your speaker outside? To the beach? To the pool? In the shower? Then you definitely need to verify the level of water resistance before purchasing. You can tell the water resistance by the IP rating—the higher the rating, the more resistant the speaker is to the elements. For reference, the first digit refers to dust protection and the second digit refers to water protection. It reads as: IP68. Anything higher than IP66 will be dust- and splash-proof, meaning it can handle some contact with water, but cannot be fully submerged or soaked.

Water Resistant IPX rating if applicable
Rugged Design Bluetooth speakers can be durable, rugged, shockproof, dustproof, armored, splash-proof, water resistant and waterproof - all of which can be overwhelming and confusing. In order for a speaker to be c ... Show more
Dustproof Dust is a difficult element to combat, since it accumulates naturally and you have very little control over its ability to clog up your speaker. Dust and electronics just don’t get along very well. A ... Show more

Battery life for Bluetooth speakers is measured in milliampere hours (mAh). Manufacturers will report the battery life of a speaker in the average number of hours it takes to empty from a full charge. Keep in mind this number is based on medium levels of usage. If you play the speaker on full volume, it will drain the battery faster. Some specialty features like using the speaker to charge your phone or casting an LED light show will also drain the battery faster. The manufacturer reported number is just an estimate, and may be slightly different based on your usage.

It’s also important to consider is the type of battery. Rechargeable lithium-ion (LI-ion) batters are ideal, but some speakers only take standard or rechargeable AA/AAA/C/D batteries. You may even find Bluetooth speakers that recharge via solar power—great for outdoor use!

Battery Life
14 hours
Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
3 hours
battery_charging_full Power Bank This refers to the speaker’s ability to act as a charging station for your device. In addition to input power (which charges the speaker), some speakers also come with output power, meaning it can cha ... Show more
Sound Quality
speaker_group Sound System A speaker’s sound system is described as either mono or stereo. Mono speakers play audio from a single channel, giving the impression that the sound is coming from one direction. Stereo uses two or mo ... Show more
speaker_group Number of Drivers To understand the inner-workings of a Bluetooth speaker, look first at the number and type of drivers. Drivers are the cones or horn-shaped objects inside the speaker box. The number of drivers tells ... Show more
wifi_tethering Subwoofer Having a separate speaker driver dedicated to the lower frequency tones gives your speaker a more robust, rounded out sound. It allows the other drivers to focus on the sounds that they’re best equipp ... Show more
Speaker Breakdown Use the speaker breakdown to better understand sound quality based on the makeup of the speaker. Manufacturers will often report additional details on the speaker drivers, such as the shape (cone or d ... Show more
Four drivers and two passive radiators
graphic_eq Frequency Range Measured in Hertz (Hz), frequency response range describes how high and low a speaker can play. The larger the range, the better the speaker will be at reproducing the audio being played. As a frame o ... Show more
45Hz - 22kHz
wifi_tethering Connectivity
Bluetooth Range If you can find it, you should always check the Bluetooth range of your speaker. You won’t realize it isn’t long enough until it stops working for you! Bluetooth range is important for a couple of rea ... Show more
30 ft
Hands-free Function If you plan on using your speaker to make and take calls, it needs to come equipped with a built-in microphone and speakerphone. To make a call, you can use voice-activated dialing or key in the numbe ... Show more
device_hub Connects to Multiple Devices In most cases, your Bluetooth speaker will connect to one device at a time and your device will connect to one Bluetooth speaker at a time. Some speakers come equipped with a feature that allows you t ... Show more
settings_input_composite Aux cable port While Bluetooth is a quick and easy way to connect your device to a speaker, at times you may want to use a hardwired connection instead. You would do this through a 3.5mm headphone or auxiliary jack. ... Show more
phonelink_ring Remote / app control Apart from the controls on the speaker itself, some Bluetooth speakers may come with a remote to turn the speaker on or off, activate Bluetooth scanning, turn volume up or down, or respond to calls. I ... Show more
speaker_group Connects to Other Speakers Generally speaking, Bluetooth speakers aren’t usually meant to connect to other Bluetooth speakers unless they come equipped with a hub or transmitter. In those situations, your device connects to the ... Show more
nfc NFC Near Field Communication (NFC) is a new technology that allows you to connect devices by simple tapping them together. To use it, your device (phone, tablet, computer, etc.) and your speaker must have ... Show more
AirPlay AirPlay is a feature for Apple products that offers another way to connect your devices to Bluetooth speakers. The speaker must come equipped with AirPlay in order for you to connect your Apple device ... Show more
radio FM Radio
Info at a Glance
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Release Date
February 2014
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
81 / 100
  • Connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device 
  • Sound performance unlike any other mobile speaker this size
  • Curved edges and thin profile for easy grab-and-go portability
  • Silicone button panel protects from dirt and dust; Rechargeable battery plays up to 14 hours
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Additional Features
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
Silicone case sold separately, wall charger
Attachments Hook, clip, strap, etc
1 Year Limited Warranty
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Questions about Bose SoundLink III

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Can you tell me the top ten Bluetooth speaker, and also I have a bose sound link III can you tell me of Bose is better or JLB xtreme is better.
Related: Bose SoundLink III, JBL Xtreme, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 349 days ago

Unfortunately the top-ten bluetooth speakers would be a list formed solely on opinion. Every device has its unique pros, and cons. It helps to know what attribute about the bluetooth speaker you require - what is the best speaker for other people may not be the best for you! For example, narrow your search to the top ten loudest bluetooth speakers, or the top ten bluetooth speakers with great bass, etc.

As for whether the Bose SoundLink III is better than the JBL Xtreme, it also depends. They both essentially have a large power output, and have great sound quality.

 The Bose SoundLink III weighs 3 pounds, has four drivers, two passive radiators, and a frequency range of 45Hz-22kHz. The JBL Xtreme is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), has a rather large design, weighs 4.6 pounds, is equipped with a power bank, two 63mm woofers, and two 35mm tweeters, with a power output of 40W, and a frequency range of 70Hz-20kHz.

I think if you want something for days at the pool then the JBL Xtreme would be the wiser choice since its water resistant, but if you want something for more of a home use, then the Bose SoundLink III would be a fine choice..

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Which speaker is better between Bose Soundlink III and JBL Xtreme ? Which has the better Wattage and Bass ?
Related: JBL Xtreme, Bose SoundLink III, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 456 days ago

It is hard to say which one is outright better since they both have their pros, and cons. As far as bass, and wattage goes the JBL Xtreme has 2x 63mm woofers, 2x 35mm tweeters, and has a power output of 40 watts (20W-low, 20W-high). The Bose SoundLink III has 4-drivers, and two passive radiators, but unfortunately do not provide information when it comes to how many watts it is. Bose SoundLink III uses AC (alternating current) instead of DC (direct current), so in order to find the watts one would need to know the rms-current, and rms-voltage to calculate the power. They both have 4-drivers, which make them similar in that aspect, but you’ll find the Bose SoundLink III can hit 90 db, while the JBL Xtreme only hits 80 db. This means the sound can go louder on the Bose SoundLink III. The Bose SoundLink III has a frequency range of 45hz-22khz, and the JBL Xtreme has a range of 70Hz-20kHz. This means that the Bose SoundLink III can have the potential for juicier bass because it can go to a lower frequency that is well into the sub-bass range. So you'll find the Bose SoundLink III is more powerful, and has better bass.

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Which Portable speaker is louder: Bose SoundLink III or VaVa Voom? Thank you!
Related: Bose SoundLink III, VAVA Voom 21, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 465 days ago

When it comes to which is louder between these two speakers, you will find the Bose SoundLink III can get louder than the VAVA Voom 21. The Bose SoundLink III shows a potential of over 90 dB(decibels), while the VAVA Voom 21 goes to about 78 dB. They both have great sound quality. The VAVA Voom 21 has two 5W drivers, two passive radiators, and a 10W subwoofer(which gives it a great sounding bass). The Bose SoundLink III has four drivers, and two passive radiators.

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I’m looking for a speaker loud enough to be played in the street(I’m a vendor and need the music to be loud)
I did have beats pill Plus and liked that even on max volume it worked for at least 10 hours. And the sound quality with the bass was good. I had UE boom , the sound was good as well, but the battery lasted 3 hours max on high levels of sound.
Now I’m looking for some speaker maybe not that expensive, but loud and with long battery life (all day)
Wireless connection is a must as well
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I want a bluetooth speaker which has awesome bass.I have a budget of 2000 INR
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