While it has been possible to get bluetooth adapters for earlier Bose iPod speaker docks for wireless streaming, they have now taken the full step to wireless only with their new Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker.
A lot of their speaker dock competitors have placed their bets on Apple AirPlay technology over the recent year, upgrading their older systems or launching brand new AirPlay speakers into the market to take advantage of the explosion in Apple iDevices in the global market. The only problem with AirPlay is that it is built for Apple devices, and whilst you can use it with for example Android platform, it is not as straight forward as with bluetooth (it is also more costly for production).
Bose have obviously looked at the overall benefit of each technology and the overall mobile market, coming to the conclusion that bluetooth works best for what they are trying to achieve with their new Bose Wireless Mobile Speaker, which does not have a physical docking station, but includes an auxiliary input for those without bluetooth device.
To make it a truly mobile speaker they have kept the size fairly small and portable, including a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can provide up to 8 hours of play between charges (2-3 hours to fully charge). It also looks like Bose have taken some design hints from Apple and their iPad 2, as the Bose Wireless Mobile Speaker comes with a built-in cover that also unfolds into a stand for the speaker, not unlike the Apple smartcover. The standard cover that comes with the speaker is in grey nylon, but you can buy additional covers in other colors if you want to.
According to Bose the inside of the Wireless Mobile Speaker includes unique, innovative technologies that deliver a bass-filled sound without having to rely on heavy woofers and large ports. Instead they use specialised passive radiators to handle the low frequencies. Having spent a good few hours over recent weeks listening to the speaker, and comparing it with for example a popular, and cheaper, bluetooth speaker in the Jawbone Jambox, it is clear that you get a lot more sound from the Bose Soundlink. Yes, it is more expensive, but the difference in sound shines through, providing a more well balanced sound picture and, in my opinion, a more powerful bass as well.
The system is available from amongst other the following UK retailers.
Compare with other wireless bluetooth speakers here.