It’s powerfully simple. Fill any room with wall-to-wall stereo sound, while Alexa puts millions of songs at the tip of your tongue.
Wall-to-wall stereo sound from a single speaker
Inside the Bose Home Speaker 500, two custom drivers point in opposite directions to bounce sound off the walls. The result? A soundstage wider than any other smart speaker, powerful enough to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance.
MUSIC. ANY WAY YOU WANT IT.
When it comes to what you want to hear, you have so many options. Play your favorite music services over a home Wi-Fi network, like Spotify® or Amazon Music, at the touch of a button. Or, use a Bluetooth connection to play anything from a phone or tablet. And Apple AirPlay 2 is coming early 2019.
Meet the new Bose family
The Bose Home Speaker 500 is part of a new family of smart speakers and soundbars. They all work together, so you can add another whenever you want to enjoy more music in more rooms. And with Alexa voice control built in, you have millions of songs at the tip of your tongue. Or, you can manage everything from the Bose Music app. Bring all your entertainment to life — music, movies, and TV — in any room you want.
Simply download the Bose Music app on your device, plug in the speaker, and open the app to get started. The app will guide you through setting up your account on the speaker, adding your account information for your favorite music services, and adding Amazon Alexa to the product (where available).
Can the Bose Home Speaker 500 work in multi-room groups?
Yes. The Bose Home Speaker 500 can play in synchronized multi-room groups with additional Bose Home Speaker 500 units, or with the Bose Soundbar 500, or Bose Soundbar 700. However, you cannot play synchronized multi-room content across the Bose Home Speaker 500 and either Bose SoundTouch products or products from other manufacturers (including Amazon).
Is the Bose Home Speaker 500 compatible with Bose SoundTouch speakers?
No. The Bose Home Speaker 500 uses the new Bose Music app for setup, control, and music browsing, while Bose SoundTouch products use the SoundTouch app. The Bose Home Speaker 500 works in synchronized multi-room groups with any combination of additional Bose Home Speaker 500 units, the Bose Soundbar 500, or the Bose Soundbar 700, but it does not work together in multi-room groups with SoundTouch products.
What sources can I play music from?
The Bose Home Speaker 500 can play music directly from streaming music services over Wi-Fi®, controlled either by Amazon Alexa (where available) or using the Bose Music app. The Bose Home Speaker 500 also has Bluetooth® capability and a standard 3.5 mm auxiliary line-in jack. Additionally, you can play music on the Bose Home Speaker 500 from the Spotify® app on a smartphone, tablet, or computer using Spotify® Connect. And coming soon: Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility for streaming content like Apple Music from Apple devices.
Does the Bose Home Speaker 500 play Apple Music?
Yes. Apple Music can be accessed over Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility is coming soon.
How can I control the music playing on the speaker?
You can initiate and control content on the Bose Home Speaker 500 using the Bose Music app, the buttons on the speaker, or with your voice (via Amazon Alexa, where available). You can also control the speaker using Spotify® Connect (through the Spotify app). AirPlay 2 compatibility for added control from Apple devices is coming soon.
How do I turn off the microphones on the speaker?
The microphones on the Bose Home Speaker 500 may be turned off with a single tap of the microphone off button on the top of the product (on the lower left). This button completely cuts power to the microphones so Alexa will not hear any commands. For security reasons, it is not possible to use a voice command or the Bose Music app to turn the microphones on or off — only a physical button press can control the microphones. When the microphones are off, this button will always be backlit with a red LED light.
Can I still play music on the speaker when the microphones are turned off?
Yes. Although the Bose Home Speaker 500 has Alexa built in, you can also play music from non-Alexa sources, such as integrated Wi-Fi music services available through the Bose Music app and the preset buttons on the product. You can also use a Bluetooth or auxiliary connection. All of these non-Alexa sources are available independent of whether the microphones are turned off or whether Alexa is installed.
What is the color LCD display screen on the product for?
The LCD display shows information about the content currently playing on the speaker, including album art, track name, artist name, music service information, radio station name, and location, etc. There is an optional clock setting available in the Bose Music app, which displays the time when the speaker is in standby mode. The display also shows setup and diagnostic information. It does not play video content and is not a touch screen. It will automatically dim based on the brightness of the room, and will turn off if content is not playing.
What does the white bar of light above the LCD display on the product screen do?
The light bar, located just above the LCD display on the front of the product, shows animations to indicate Alexa behaviors (such as listening, responding, etc), status indications (starting up, downloading, and installing updates; Bluetooth connecting; button presses), and other states.
Can I use the Bose Home Speaker 500 as a clock or alarm?
Yes. In the settings menu of the Bose Music app, there is an option to turn on a clock so that the speaker will show the current time on its LCD display screen when it is in standby mode. You can also use Alexa (where available) to ask for timers and alarms.
Does the Bose Home Speaker 500 have a battery for portable use?
No. The speaker must be plugged into a wall outlet to function.
Does the Bose Home Speaker 500 have NFC built in?
Does the Bose Home Speaker 500 include or work with a remote control?
No. You can control the product from across the room through the use of Alexa voice control (where available), or from anywhere on your Wi-Fi network using the Bose Music app.
What app should I use to set up and control the Bose Home Speaker 500?
The Bose Music app is used to set up and control the speaker. Once you’ve set up the speaker with the app, you can also control the speaker with its buttons or with your voice (via Alexa, where available). Certain Alexa-related settings can be managed in Amazon’s Alexa app.
Can multiple people in my household share the Bose Home Speaker 500?
Yes. The new Bose Music app is personalized so that multiple users can each have the Bose Music app on their own device and control the speaker with their own music services and favorite content.
Do I have to use a virtual assistant?
No. The use of a virtual assistant is optional; you can initiate music from the Bose Music app and other sources without using Alexa. In countries where Alexa is available on the Bose Home Speaker 500, the option to add Alexa can be declined in setup and revisited at any time. You can also remove Alexa from the speaker at any time via the settings menu of the Bose Music app. And when Alexa is installed, the microphones may be turned off at any time with the microphone off button on the speaker.
What can I do with Alexa on the Bose Home Speaker 500?
It is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of supported features, because Alexa is constantly evolving — but the integration of Alexa with the new Bose family of smart products will support the vast majority of Alexa functionality, including music playback, control of smart home devices, setting timers and alarms, and general information requests.
Can I use Alexa to control smart home devices?
Yes. The various Alexa Skills’ smart home device control abilities work on the Bose Home Speaker 500: for instance, “Alexa, set my smart thermostat to 72 degrees” or “Alexa, turn off the lights”.
Can I play multi-room synchronized music on the Bose Home Speaker 500 and another Amazon Alexa product, like an Amazon Echo?
No. The Bose Home Speaker 500 can play in synchronized multi-room groups with additional Bose Home Speaker 500 units or with the Bose Soundbar 500 or Bose Soundbar 700, but cannot do so with non-Bose devices. However, between the Bose Home Speaker 500 and native Alexa products from Amazon, you can ask one device to play music on another device individually by name. For example, if you have an Amazon Echo Dot in the living room and a Bose Home Speaker 500 named “Kitchen” in the kitchen, you can ask the Echo Dot: “Alexa, play the Beatles in the Kitchen.” Or you can ask your Home Speaker 500 to play music on an Amazon Echo elsewhere in similar fashion.
It's powerfully simple. The Home Speaker 500 looks as good as it sounds. A seamless, anodized aluminum body gives the speaker a refined finish that's perfect for any room.