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Comparing the Revolve and the Revolve Plus
7 February 2019
I am leaving this same review for both the Revolve and the Revolve plus, chiefly for anyone who can't decide between the 2.
Over the past week, I have performed extensive testing on both of these speakers with the latest 1.5 firmware as of 13/02/2019. I've read all the reviews, seen all the youtube videos, but I disagree with most of them. Here then, is my verdict on each of the speakers main areas:
Sound quality: The plus is slightly more balanced than the regular Revolve and wins this category. It does not, contrary to most peoples opinions have more bass. Maybe just a hair. What sets it apart is the upper mid range, which you will have to hunt about for music to really tell them apart and realise the plus is tonally more neutral. The plus sounds a bit more like a normal sized speaker, where as the regular sounds more like a small speaker which has been engineered to sound very big. The sound of the regular is much brither and more open than the Plus, although when you listen to the 2 side by side you realise this is because the regular is actually lacking those upper mids so it can sound a little thin. In other words the regular emphasizes much more of a gap between bass and treble. The lower mids/ upper lowers on the regular sound a little more crampt on the regular where as they sound less forced on the Plus. All this said, the regular is a lovely sounding speaker, so don't automatically jump for the plus.
Bluetooth: Yes, there is a difference, no matter what the specs say. The regular has a slightly shorter bluetooth range than the Plus and if you go near it or touch it when the range is nearing maximum, you will interferer with the signal and cause it to break up. This is particularly noticeable when connecting to Echo devices and engaging multi-room playback. The plus's bluetooth range is slightly more extended and causes a few less issues. Be aware though that with the plus when connecting to 2nd generation echo devices, you will hear a nasty delay when sending signals to multi-room playback. I have no idea why since the regular does not have this problem.
Looks: Not important to some I grant you, but that handle on the plus really annoys me. I actually think the regular looks a lot nicer in this regard, it's cute and small where as the Plus looks like it should produce a lot more sound for the size. It does not.
Bose app: Honestly, I hate this thing. I would love it if you could control the bass mids and treble with this, but you can't. All you can do of really any use is adjust the auto sleep timer, rename the speaker and turn off voice prompts. Since you can adjust most of those from the speaker itself, this is rather silly. Do not I repeat do not try and update the firmware with the app it will take you hours. Instead, plug either speaker into your computer via USB and do a google search for bose updater. It will take you to a page, check for the latest updates and perform it in about 5 minutes flat if you need one.
Battery: I'm sure this doesn't need mentioning, but the Plus has a bigger battery by at least 4 hours as compared to the regular.
Which should you buy? well as it happens, I kept the plus, but mainly because of the bluetooth issue in my particular situation and because I'm a sucker for good sound. Is it worth £100 more than the regular? absolutely not and if you're connecting with a phone or just want a really nice sounding speaker, get the regular. The plus honestly isn't worth the upgrade. £50 more, maybe, at a stretch. Bose need to come up with a bigger jump in sound quality next time. This is why 3 stars for the Plus as opposed to 4 for the regular as I think the regular wins on value.
If anyone ever fancies opening both of these up and checking the actual speaker sizes between the 2 I would love to know. Part of me is very suspicious that it's the same speaker inside both models.
Hope this has been helpful.