Bose’s latest Bluetooth speaker is a ruggedised rival to the Sonos Move 2

Woman in a field holding a Bose SoundLink Max
(Image credit: Bose)

With summer just around the corner, now could be the perfect time to draw up a list of portable Bluetooth speakers to audition. If you’re in the market for one, Bose has thrown its hat into the ring with a new addition to its SoundLink line.

The SoundLink Max sits at the top of the wireless speaker range, measuring over 26cm wide and weighing over 2kg.

It features Bose’s Articulated Array which sees three drivers lined up across the front of the speaker working in conjunction with two custom-designed passive radiators to help provide “a level of bass performance that defies the speaker size”.

As you’d expect for a speaker destined for the great outdoors, Bose has built the Sound Link Max to last – the powder-coated, silicone-wrapped steel enclosure is resistant to corrosion and UV light. The speaker also boasts an IP67 rating which means it’s both waterproof and dustproof.

A removable rope handle comes attached, while there’s also an optional rope carrying strap if you prefer to sling it over your shoulder.

Black Bose SoundLink Max on a white background

(Image credit: Bose)

The built-in rechargeable battery is good for 20 hours, which should be more than enough for the average summer soiree, and you can also use it to juice up a flagging smartphone or tablet via the speaker’s USB-C port.

The SoundLink Max supports Bluetooth 5.3, plus SBC and AAC codecs. Snapdragon Sound provides aptX Adaptive compatibility and improved connectivity with Android devices.

You’ve also got the option to tweak the adjustable EQ settings should you want to alter the speaker’s sonic balance through the Bose app.

The Bose Sound Link Max costs £399 / $399 and officially goes on sale on 4th June with pre-orders starting on the 14th May through the Bose website.


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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.