Bose SoundLink Air

7.2/10 AVG.
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  • Bose SoundLink Air
  • Bose SoundLink Air
  • Bose SoundLink Air

Specs / Features


Full lifelike sound from a small, lightweight system | Uses Apple AirPlay technology to stream music from your iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad or a computer running iTunes® | Attractive, compact design suits just about any room | Stream to multiple rooms with additional SoundLink Air systems networked to your computer

Full lifelike sound from a small, lightweight system | Uses Apple AirPlay technology to stream music from your iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad or a computer running iTunes® | Attractive, compact design suits just about any room | Stream to multiple rooms with additional SoundLink Air systems networked to your computer

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Specification

Brand Bose
Model 350160-1100
Size 23 x 30 cm (9.1 x 11.8 in)

Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)


Codec Moments

Great sound quality, easy to use when set-up, good looks

from Codec Moments

A sound investment for convenient, high quality audio from your phone or tablet around the home. Its stylish looks and simple functionality have made it a hit with everyone in this house!

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A sound investment for convenient, high quality audio from your phone or tablet around the home. Its stylish looks and simple functionality have made it a hit with everyone in this house!

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iLounge

Substantially indistinguishable audio quality

from iLounge

Overall, SoundLink Air is a hard speaker to recommend. Bose has substantially recycled the industrial design of an older product, incorporated the iffy AirPlay wireless streaming technology as its primary selling point, and charged princely sums for both the system and its optional battery pack....More

Overall, SoundLink Air is a hard speaker to recommend. Bose has substantially recycled the industrial design of an older product, incorporated the iffy AirPlay wireless streaming technology as its primary selling point, and charged princely sums for both the system and its optional battery pack. What you’re left with, then, is something that delivers the sonic experience of the already overpriced $250 SoundDock Series III at a further $100 premium for the wireless functionality, with a further $90 expenditure if you want portability. If that sounds appealing to you, we wouldn’t tell you to avoid SoundLink Air—it’s a fine system, and typically Bose in execution. There are just plenty of other options out there, many delivering equal or superior sound at better price points.

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UnleashThePhones

A pretty neat little sounddock

from UnleashThePhones

The Bose Soundlink Air is a pretty neat little sounddock that basically really catered to Airplay fans with iOS devices, though it does have the option for a line-in. It does a pretty good job for most music genres, with strong overall audio performance. But if you’re a fan of bass-heavy music, you’ll have to remember not to crank that volume up too high, or you’ll risk distortions....

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The Bose Soundlink Air is a pretty neat little sounddock that basically really catered to Airplay fans with iOS devices, though it does have the option for a line-in. It does a pretty good job for most music genres, with strong overall audio performance. But if you’re a fan of bass-heavy music, you’ll have to remember not to crank that volume up too high, or you’ll risk distortions.

It would have been nice if the rechargeable battery was included in the retail package, and the lack of a power button on the unit was mildly annoying to me, heh. But otherwise the Soundlink Air is a very decent Airplay speaker to consider and I had no connectivity issues like with the Libratone Live. But, for the aforementioned reasons, if you’re just looking for a ‘wireless‘ premium sounddock, I’d definitely recommend the Sounddock wireless instead.

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Tech Advisor

The SoundLink Air is easy to configure and sounds good in general use

from Tech Advisor

The SoundLink Air is easy to configure and sounds good in general use. I'm disappointed that the rechargeable battery isn't included, and I find the lack of an on-board power button bizarre. But if you like your music a little bass-heavy and won't need the absolute peak volume the speaker offers...More

The SoundLink Air is easy to configure and sounds good in general use. I'm disappointed that the rechargeable battery isn't included, and I find the lack of an on-board power button bizarre. But if you like your music a little bass-heavy and won't need the absolute peak volume the speaker offers (and the distortion that accompanies it), the SoundLink air is a fine AirPlay speaker to consider. Just keep in mind that if you want to use the SoundLink Air portably, buying a battery bumps the price up.

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Macworld

Offers good sound, but few features

from Macworld

Overall, SoundLink Air is a hard speaker to recommend. Bose has substantially recycled the industrial design of an older product, incorporated the iffy AirPlay wireless streaming technology as its primary selling point, and charged princely sums for both the system and its optional battery pack....More

Overall, SoundLink Air is a hard speaker to recommend. Bose has substantially recycled the industrial design of an older product, incorporated the iffy AirPlay wireless streaming technology as its primary selling point, and charged princely sums for both the system and its optional battery pack. What you’re left with, then, is something that delivers the sonic experience of the already overpriced $250 SoundDock Series III at a further $100 premium for the wireless functionality, with a further $90 expenditure if you want portability. If that sounds appealing to you, we wouldn’t tell you to avoid SoundLink Air—it’s a fine system, and typically Bose in execution. There are just plenty of other options out there, many delivering equal or superior sound at better price points.

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What Hi-Fi

Allows to create a basic multiroom system

from What Hi-Fi

Tonally it’s nicely balanced. Play some bass-heavy dance or rock tracks and the Bose does an admirable job of serving up some grunt, but there’s no danger of the bass sounding over-cooked. Vocals sound smooth and are given plenty of texture, while there’s decent clarity and separation of notes in the midrange.

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Tonally it’s nicely balanced. Play some bass-heavy dance or rock tracks and the Bose does an admirable job of serving up some grunt, but there’s no danger of the bass sounding over-cooked. Vocals sound smooth and are given plenty of texture, while there’s decent clarity and separation of notes in the midrange.

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PC Magazine

Offers strong overall audio performance

from PC Magazine

In the AirPlay realm, the best systems are usually a little pricier than the SoundLink Air—the Klipsch Gallery G-17 Air $179.99 at Amazon and Altec Lansing's inAir 5000 Wireless AirPlay Speaker are two fine examples of how good AirPlay can sound, but the higher price has a lot to do with wh...More

In the AirPlay realm, the best systems are usually a little pricier than the SoundLink Air—the Klipsch Gallery G-17 Air $179.99 at Amazon and Altec Lansing's inAir 5000 Wireless AirPlay Speaker are two fine examples of how good AirPlay can sound, but the higher price has a lot to do with why. The SoundLink Air is by no means a bad speaker system—if you don't listen to music with seriously deep, sub-bass content in the mix, you're unlikely to experience much in the way of distortion, even at top volumes. But if you're looking for a good wireless speaker system and you like hip hop, electronic, or modern rock, and you like to play your music loud, you're probably better off looking into other AirPlay or Bluetooth systems.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

140 from Amazon.com

140 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Bose SoundLink Air. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

7.2/10

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