BOSE SOUNDLINK II: Listen to the music

Feb 14 2013, 09:04 IST
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SummaryYet another Bose audio innovation that connects easily, looks great, and has a very good sound quality.

In the late eighties, well-known poet and lyricist Gulzar directed a TV serial on Mirza Ghalib, one of the most admired poets in the history of Urdu and Persian writings, with the same title.

The formerís style marks a sensitivity that is best reflected through his writings and treatment of films. A major highlight of the biographical television drama series were the Ghalib nazms or ghazals in the voice of Jagjit Singh. Be it Aah Ko Chahiye or Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi, the late singer sang the ghazals in his beautiful, deep voice.

Recently, I revived the magic of Mirza Ghalib at home on a Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II. Truth be told, only a Bose system can do justice to the soulful voice of Jagjit Singh and beautiful narration of Ghalibís letter in Gulzarís voice. Bose has made and excellent portable speaker. On this R23,513-a-piece device, you can enjoy your music wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other Bluetooth enabled device anywhere you choose.

Personally I believe that techies at the Massachusetts-based audio equipment firm (Bose) come up with better sound through research. They strive to reproduce the musical sounds as closely as possible to those of the original performance. This means that they genuinely avoid flashy sounds such as those associated with accentuated bass and/or treble frequencies. While those sounds may be initially attractive to the novice, they are not real and are not enduring.

Back to the SoundLink II. This is an update to what was already a popular Bluetooth speaker. It works wirelessly with your Bluetooth phone, tablet or laptop. Thereís nothing to hook up or dock. You can play music files or stream music from your system or internet. And the rechargeable battery keeps the music playing for hours.

The SoundLink II is about 5 inches high, 9.6 inches wide and 2 inches deep. Itís surprisingly compact, yet feels very durable and well-built. Its compact size makes it nice, not only for travel, but also for placing the speaker in tight spaces. The device is available in two variants: LX model features dark brown leather cover, silver aluminium grille and polished chrome trim. The Standard model features dark gray nylon cover, black aluminum grille and brushed chrome trim.

I carefully unpacked the mobile speaker and power supply. When opened, the cover forms a stand for the speaker. No sound is heard from the speaker unless the cover is opened.

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