Bose on Friday introduced its SoundLink wireless music system, a one-piece portable speaker system resembling the popular SoundDock that allows users to play music from a computer wirelessly.
In an age where the home computer is the primary media repository, a device like this makes sense. According to Bost, setup is easy, and no software or existing Wi-Fi connection is required -- just plug the included USB key into your computer, select music -- locally, or from iTunes, Pandora, Last.fm, and so forth -- and the audio will stream to the SoundLink via a long-range wireless link.
The company says it works through most walls and floors.
A rechargeable lithium-ion battery is included with the device (it's charged by the system's AC power supply), which lasts up to three hours when played at full volume, "or for longer periods at more moderate listening levels," Bose says.
It also comes with an infrared remote control. The unit itself has volume buttons as well as an auxiliary input for an iPod, MP3 player, CD player, etc.
Inside, you'll find the usual Bose engineering, such as a proprietary acoustics package that "combines exclusive Bose waveguide speaker technology and neodymium transducers," if you're into that kind of thing.
Like Johnny Cash, the SoundLink comes in one color: Gloss Black, and will be available beginning August 27, 2009, for a hefty $549.95. What recession?