Bose SoundTouch Series II AirPlay Speakers
When Bose announced that they were quickly going to revamp their SoundTouch AirPlay speaker range at the end of last year, we were eagerly waiting to hear what the new range was going to bring.
They had already established the SoundTouch Series 1 as a quality multi-room speaker range that delivery quality sound and streaming over wifi or AirPlay as a challenger to the Sonos range. So what were the big changes going to be?
Updates & Changes
Interestingly, there weren’t a lot of changes on the hardware front. They kept the same speaker profiles: SoundTouch 30 as the main, large room filler, the SoundTouch 20 as the model made for smaller rooms and areas and the SoundTouch Portable with the built-in battery, allowing you to take it out with you around the house or perhaps a little further into the garden etc.
So not a lot of differences so far, but the the hardware was already very good.
They did, however, release a new colour option, meaning you can get the Series 2 speakers in either black or white. But that couldn’t be the extent of the changes, surely?
“So what were the big changes in this new, re-vamped range?” I hear you ask. Well, mainly the software and services.
That may not sound like a lot, but these control how useful the speakers are and how we interface with them.
Bose have made the setup process much simpler, adding some great new music streaming service options and have updated the control software apps to improve the end user experience.
These changes are incredibly welcome and really do take the original range to the higher level. It clearly has revolutionised the SoundTouch experience, but these advances are very good, none the less.
New Streaming Services
Bose have now included Deezer and Spotify for the Series II, which will please a lot of people. They still support Internet Radio too and you can still use the presets to setup 6 of your favourites to quickly access (you can’t set an AirPlay source or the AUX input as one of these 6 though, clearly).
Deezer is a great streaming service really works well on desktop, tablet and mobile devices so having support for it on the Series 2 range is great. A speaker is nothing without the right source material to play and enjoy on it. Therefore, this addition is a very welcome one. Spotify, again is a great stream service that, like Deezer, will give you access to some of the largest ranges of music available.
These, coupled with Pandora and iHeartRadio, really do make a great streaming line-up for the SoundTouch Series II range. Supporting LL these services really is a great step forward.
Bose SoundTouch 30 Series II AirPlay Speaker
This great-looking speaker is the top of range and is built to delivery a room-filling sound that really does satisfy. The unit is available in black or white and measures 24.7cm x 43.5cm x 18.1cm. It weighs in at 8.4kg and really does look at home in your lounge. It now features the much-improved easy setup via the smartphone or tablet app, to really make it a painless setup experience. In fact, most people use the app to control it instead of using the remote that is provided.
It still has the great OLED display, which provides source info (song & station info), and features a USB port, an Ethernet port and an AUx port (3.5mm). It still sports built-in wifi (802.11 b/g) and support MP3, WMA, AAC and Apple Lossless audio formats.
Bose SoundTouch 20 Series II AirPlay Speaker
The little brother of the SoundTouch 30, the Series 2 SoundTouch 20 still shares a lot of the features of the 30, but is meant for a smaller space. It looks great, sounds very good and, like the SoundTouch 30, benefits from the Series II treatment with the additional streaming services and apps.
It measures in at 18.8cm x 31.4cm x 10.4cm and weighs in at 3.18kg.
Bose SoundTouch Portable Series II AirPlay Speaker
Designed for use wherever in the house you are (and perhaps even on the patio) the portable unit is the smallest member of the range. It still delivers a sound that is very impressive for its size and as it comes with built-in batteries that gives you up to 2.5 hours of portable enjoyment, it really is a very nice option, especially now it has these great Series II features.
The SoundTouch Portable measures in at 14.7cm x 24.9cm x 6.4cm and weighs in at 1.4kg.
We hope you found this update useful and please let us know in the comments below if you own any of the original SoundTouch range or this newer version.