Bose recently announced its newest smart speaker, the Home Speaker 300, which is essentially a smaller and cheaper version of the company’s first smart speaker, the Home Speaker 500, which was released this past summer. The new smaller speaker will cost $260, which is $140 cheaper than the Home Speaker 500, and it will be available for preorder on June 4, with an expected ship date of June 20.
The Home Speaker 300 lets you decide which virtual assistant you want to talk to; you can choose between Alexa or Google Assistant, but not both simultaneously. Sonos just announced that its line of smart speakers — the Sonos One and Sonos Beam — can do the exact same thing. Bose’s new speaker will also be able to play in a multiroom setup, but only with Bose’s other smart speakers and soundbars, or with other speakers that support AirPlay 2. (Sonos speakers also now support AirPlay 2).
The main compromise, aside from the obvious sound differences you get between a big speaker to a small speaker, is that the Home Speaker 300 doesn’t come with a front-facing LCD screen. On the Home Speaker 500, this screen is able to show things like the song and album title, as well as the album artwork, and that feature makes it unique. Without the screen, the Home Speaker 300, looks and works very similarly to a Sonos One ($199).
In that respect, the Home Speaker 300 is essentially a more expensive alternative to the Sonos One, which has already been out for well over a year. That said, if you already own a Bose speaker or soundbar — specifically a Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700 — the Home Speaker 300 is a seamless (and fairly inexpensive) addition to a multiroom sound system. And if you’re a fan of bass, Bose has always been known to bring it no matter the speaker size.
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