Bose Soundlink Mini
A Bluetooth wireless speaker is probably not what you imagine as a newlywed must-have. I think, however, that it is perfect for newlyweds and has many use. When watching movies on my computer or on the TV, I simply carry the speaker with me and place it right by where I’m sitting. By doing so, I don’t have to blast the sound from across the room and disturb my wife who is working at her desk nearby. Having a movable speaker also allows us to stream music from our computers in the living room to our bedroom. I’m weird and often like to sleep to noise, whether that is music or a sermon. Having said that, many Bluetooth wireless speakers exist, but the Bose Soundlink Mini is truly in a class of its own.
Bose Soundlink Mini
I think many people consider Bose to be synonymous with high-end audio, and it’s easy to see why. The sound from the Bose Soundlink Mini is crystal clear; keep in mind how small the speaker is and the fact that it’s wireless. In fact, the sound is even better than my old clunky, space-absorbing speakers that connect with wires. At the same time, the speaker does not sacrifice volume and when the volume is increased, the Bose Soundlink Mini can easily fill an apartment.
While sound quality is the most important quality, aesthetics and usability are important factors too. The Bose Soundlink Mini is very sleek, and you can tell it is made of high quality material. The buttons are user-friendly, and it’s very easy to connect via Bluebooth, especially to popular Apple devices, such as iPhones and iPads. Of course, if your computer does not have Bluetooth, you will need a Bluetoohh adpater; I recommend the Kinivo BTD-300. The speaker turns off by itself after being idle for 30 minutes to conserve battery, but it can go hours without recharging. A small feature I like about the Bose Soundlink Mini is that the AC adapter connects to a slim docking base (not shown in picture above) for charging the speaker rather than to the speaker directly.
At first, I bought the Logitech Z515 since it was half the price and came with a USB adapter, but my experience was mediocre at best. The sound was often static-filled and many times, the speaker would have trouble pairing via Bluetooth. Lack of small features, such as a mute button on the speaker, was also a bit annoying. At $199, the Bose Soundlink Mini is not cheap, but it blows the competition away, and I think it’s well worth the price tag.
The Main Point
A wireless Bluetooth speaker can be a great addition to your new household, and I highly recommend the Bose Soundlink Mini. The sound quality is top-notch, it looks fantastic, and the speaker is extremely user-friendly. The price is on the higher end, but it’s worth the extra cost. You’ll enjoy the new speaker so much, you may even find more use out of it than you think – jamming to tunes while cooking in the kitchen perhaps?
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