Premium Design & Sound: Inside the Bose Home Speaker 500
are two custom drivers that point in opposite directions to bounce sound off the
walls for a wider stereo soundstage that places instruments and vocals where the
artist intended. It produces powerful, lifelike room-filling stereo sound without artificial
affects or distortion. You can adjust the speaker's Bass & Treble through the
Bose Music app on your Apple iOS or Android device. The Home Speaker 500 also looks as good as it sounds. A seamless, anodized aluminum body gives the
speaker a refined finish that's perfect for practically any room.
Multiroom Audio: The Bose Home Speaker 500 is part of a new family of
Smart Home speakers and soundbars from Bose that can be used to create a
wireless multiroom audio system over your home's WiFi network. You can start
with one Bose Home Speaker 500 and add more Bose Smart Home speakers and
soundbars to create a wireless multiroom audio system in your home.
- Compatible Multiroom Audio Sources: Internet radio, select online music services,
Bluetooth audio, and analog Aux inputs can be listened to on a single
speaker or multiple speakers.
- Number of Audio Zones: You can create up to 4 audio zones. Each
zone can be set to play the same audio source or set to play a different audio sources.
You can also group different zones together.
Note: The family of Bose Smart Home speakers and soundbars is not compatible with
the family Bose
Built-in WiFi: The Bose Home Speaker 500 offers built-in,
dual-band (2.4/5GHz) WiFi
(802.11 b/g/n) to wirelessly connect the speaker to your home network. The
Home Speaker 500's WiFi network connection can be setup initially from the
Bose Music app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device.
Note: The Bose Home Speaker 500 does not offer a wired Ethernet
connection to your network.
Bose Music App: The Bose Music app (for
Android OS 5.1+) lets you set up and control compatible Bose smart speakers
and soundbars from your Apple iOS or Android device. It works with one or
many of the new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars -
Bose Home Speaker 500,
Bose Soundbar 500, and
Bose Soundbar 700. Using the app, your mobile device acts as a remote for
the speaker. From the app, you can stream music, set and change presets, add
music services, explore internet radio stations, configure Alexa and manage
- Music Control: The Bose Music app lets you browse and play the
music you love from Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio,
TuneIn, and more from your Apple iOS or Android device. The Bose Music app
also makes it easy to set your favorite playlists or stations as
presets (up to 6 presets), so you can access them effortlessly.
- Multi-Room/Multi-Source: The Bose Music app lets you control one
or multiple Bose Home Speaker 500, Bose Soundbar 500, and Bose Soundbar 700
in your home. You can play the same music throughout your home or listen to
different music in different areas.
- Audio Settings: The Bose Music app can be used to control volume
level and adjust the speaker's Bass & Treble level.
- Multiple Users: The Bose Music app lets multiple users
personalize their experience and control their content. One person can
quickly access their Spotify playlist, while another easily listens to the
latest podcast. Now it's simple for the whole household to enjoy their
favorite music and more.
- Simple Setup: The Bose Music app also makes setup easy, walking
you through each step. Simply download the Bose Music app on your device,
plug in the speaker, and open the app to get started. The app will guide you
through setting up your account on the speaker, adding your account
information for your favorite music services, and adding Amazon Alexa to the
Built-In Alexa with 8 Microphone Array: The integration of Alexa with the Bose family of
Smart Speakers will support the vast majority of Alexa functionality; including
music playback, control of smart home devices, setting timers and alarms, and
general information requests. Just under the surface of the Bose Home Speaker
500's top-panel is a custom-designed, proprietary eight-microphone array that is precisely
positioned for accurate near-field and far-field voice pickup. You can rest
assured that the Bose Home 500 Speaker will hear you even when there is a lot of
noise in the background, your music is playing loud, or you are across the room.
- Music Control: Currently you can ask Alexa to play music from
Amazon Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, Deezer and TuneIn on a
specific speaker, a group of speakers, or all speakers. Once your
music is playing, you can also ask Alexa "what is playing", "turn
volume up or down", "skip to the
next track", "go to the previous track", or "stop music".
- Smart Home Skills: Various Alexa smart home device skills work
through the Bose Home Speaker 500, its built-in microphones and the
integration of Alexa. For example, you can ask Alexa - "set my smart
thermostat to 72 degrees" or "turn off the lights".
- News & Information: Use the Bose smart speaker to ask Alexa about
world & local news, traffic, weather, sports, and other topics or events.
- The use of a virtual assistant is optional; you can initiate music
from the Bose Music app and other sources without using Alexa. The option to
enable Alexa can be declined in setup and revisited at any time. You can also
remove Alexa from the speaker at any time via the settings menu of the Bose
Music app. And when Alexa is installed, the microphones may be turned off at any
time with the microphone off button on the speaker.
- The microphones on the Bose Home Speaker 500 may be
turned off with a single tap of the microphone off button on the top of the
speaker. This button completely cuts power to the microphones so Alexa will
not hear any commands. For security reasons, it is not possible to use a
voice command or the Bose Music app to turn the microphones on or off; only
a physical button press can control the microphones. When the microphones
are off, this button will always be backlit with a red LED light.
- There are certain Alexa skills that the Bose Home Speaker 500 does
not support; such as Alexa Calling & Messaging. Alexa is not
available in all languages and countries.
Online Music Services: The Bose Home Speaker 500 can play music directly from
streaming music services over WiFi, controlled either by the Bose Music app (for
Apple iOS and Android), or
Amazon Alexa through the built-in microphones. These music services can be
controlled from the Bose Music App (for Apple iOS and Android) and Alexa through
the built-in mics. Basic playback functions such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next
Track can be done from the unit's top-panel controls. Song/artist information
(including Album Art) will be displayed on the speaker's LCD screen.
TuneIn includes access to more than 100,000 free internet radio streams
from all corners of the globe. Just select the TuneIn logo from the main
Music menu and browse among the 100,000 stations neatly organized into
popular categories and select a station that appeals to your mood.
- Pandora: Pandora is
personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with
the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and
Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also
rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt
stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark stations and easily switch
- Spotify Connect: Spotify
Spotify Premium users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to
the speaker from within the Spotify app (Apple
Android). Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand
access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million
tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage,
and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album,
track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized
- SiriusXM: SiriusXM
Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free
music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. Subscription fees
- iHeart Radio:
iHeart Radio: is a free, all-in-one digital radio and music streaming
service that lets you listen to thousands of live stations from across the
country and allows you to create personalized custom stations featuring
songs from the artist you select and similar music.
- Amazon Music: Listen to over a million songs, thousands
of playlists, and ad-free personalized stations with
Music. Requires an
Amazon Prime membership (currently $10.99 per month or $99 per year).
You can also upload your personal music collection from iTunes or Google
Play Music to your music library on Amazon and then stream your music to the
Bose Smart Home speaker.
- Deezer: Deezer is an online
music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month.
Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated
collections by genre.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: With built-in Bluetooth, the Bose
Home Speaker 500 can wirelessly play back stored music, music apps, and other
audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop
computer. You can pair eight Bluetooth source devices to the speaker, but
only one can be actively connected and used for playback at a time. The unit's
top-panel controls can be used to control basic playback (such as Play/Pause &
Previous/Next track); Alexa cannot be used to control Bluetooth audio sources.
The speaker's front-panel LCD will also display song/artist info (no album art).
- Bluetooth audio streaming can be done without utilizing WiFi, the
Bose Music app, or Alexa.
- The Bose Home Speaker 500 does not support Bluetooth hands-free
communication for making or answering phone calls.
AirPlay 2 (future firmware update): Through a future
firmware update (no ETA), the Bose Home Speaker 500 will support AirPlay 2.
AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for
iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can
play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac
computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on the Bose Smart Home speaker system and other
compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You will also be able to ask
Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control
playback of your Apple Music on the Bose Home Speaker 500. You can choose to
play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same
audio in every room (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App
and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You can even watch videos and movies
from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer
with perfectly synced audio on the Bose Smart Home speaker system.
Note: AirPlay 2 does not support multiroom audio
distribution via Bose Smart Home. Multiroom audio distribution can only be
done with other AirPlay 2 compatible devices (sold separately).
Aux Input: In addition to wireless WiFi & Bluetooth
connectivity, the Bose Home Speaker 500 is fitted with a rear-panel 3.5mm
auxiliary input for connecting almost any portable audio device with a headphone
jack or audio output.
Top-Panel Controls: The Bose Home Speaker 500 features
capacitive touch controls on the top-panel for easy access to frequently used
controls such as Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Source Input
(Bluetooth/Aux), Presets (1-6), Mic On/Off, and Action (Alexa).
LCD Screen: The Bose Home Speaker 500's LCD screen shows
information about the content currently playing on the speaker; including album
name, artist name, music service information, radio station name, and location,
etc. There is an optional clock setting available in the Bose Music app, which
displays the time when the speaker is in standby mode. The display also shows
setup and diagnostic information. It will automatically dim based on the
brightness of the room, and will turn off if content is not playing.
Note: The LCD screen does not play video content and is not a
Clock & Alarm: In the settings menu of the Bose Music app, there is an
option to turn on a clock so that the Bose Home Speaker 500 will show the
current time on its LCD screen when it is in standby mode. You can also use
Alexa to ask for timers and alarms.
Note: Timers & alarms are only done through Alexa and the Alexa
app, not through the Bose Music app or controls on the Bose Home Speaker
AC Power w/ Network Standby: The Bose Home Speaker 500
operates off of standard household current using the supplied 57" AC power cord. The Bose Home Speaker 500
transitions to Network Standby when audio has stopped and you have not pressed
any buttons for 20 or more minutes. To wake the speaker from network standby,
simply tap any button on the speaker, play/resume audio using your mobile device
and the Bose Music app, or talk to Alexa.
- You can still access Alexa in Network Standby as long as it is set
up using the Bose Music app and the microphone is turned on.
- The Bose Home Speaker 500 is not battery powered.
Mounting Options: The Bose Home Speaker 500 has been
designed to simply sit on a flat table-top surface. There are no brackets,
threaded inserts, or keyhole slots provided to wall mount the speaker.