Google Assistant versus Amazon Alexa. Very similar to the format wars of yore — VHS versus Beta, HDR 10 versus Dolby Imaginative and prescient — it pits two tech ecosystems towards each other. Amazon Alexa is extra fashionable, however Google Assistant performs higher. However what for those who do not need to have to decide on between them? What if, as a substitute of a format struggle, you need peaceable coexistence? You get a sensible speaker that does each.

The wonderful Sonos One ( $179 at Amazon) was the primary such peace providing, however the Bose Dwelling Speaker 300 ($260, £250) is now right here to problem it. A voice-operated speaker with glorious microphone efficiency, the Bose has a 360-degree driver that makes it much less fussy about the place you place the speaker in a room. 

The Bose 300 is somewhat dear, and is not appropriate with the prevailing Bose SoundTouch vary, however its most important challenge is barely worse sound high quality than the competitors. The cheaper Sonos One and costlier Apple HomePod ( $299 at Walmart) and Google Dwelling Max ( $249 at Walmart) all sound higher than the Bose, with extra presence and higher bass response. 

For those who already personal a Bose Dwelling Speaker 500, then the 300 may be worthwhile for constructing out your whole-home system. In any other case the Sonos One is a better option for most individuals.

Sorry, Bose SoundTouch homeowners, no Dwelling for you

in 2013 Bose launched its first multiroom system, SoundTouch, which grew to include sound bars, a subwoofer, adaptors and tabletop audio system. It carried out effectively and little doubt remains to be loved by many Bose homeowners. Nevertheless it’s not right here to remain.

The SoundTouch vary is progressively being phased out in favor of the brand new Dwelling vary, all of which provide the selection of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, along with Bluetooth and the easy-to-use Dwelling app. At current, Bose Dwelling consists of three merchandise — Bose Dwelling Speaker 300 ($260), the Bose Dwelling Speaker 500 ($400), and the Bose Soundbar 700 ($800) — and none of them are appropriate with SoundTouch audio system. That is a marked distinction to Sonos, whose new voice audio system just like the Sonos One work effective in multiroom programs with older Sonos audio system. 

The one caveat to the shortage of intercompatibility is that the SoundTouch sub will work with the Soundbar 700.

Design

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Ever since SoundTouch got here out in 2013, Bose has been enjoying catch-up with Sonos and the launch of the Dwelling Speaker 300 is not any exception: It comes 18 months after the Sonos One. The 300 isn’t a easy clone although, and it does sufficient to distinguish itself via its refinement of the unique SoundTouch 10 ( $199 at Walmart). 

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The curvy 300 retains parts from the 10, such because the six shortcut buttons (now capacitive), and provides a 360-degree speaker and the mic array for the voice assistant. It dispenses with the show. 

The underside half of the black speaker is open and thru the grille you may see the downward-facing driver, which is dispersed through a collection of sound guides. When you might theoretically place this within the middle of the room, it is extra more likely to sit someplace on the aspect of your dwelling area or kitchen. If you wish to understand how far again you may have to push that toaster, the 300 is 6.three inches excessive, 5.6 inches extensive and four inches deep.

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