Bose SoundWear Companion Wearable Ear-Free Speaker (Black)

Model: 771420-0010 UPC: 017817744171 Item: 170514

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Bose SoundWear Overview

Rethink portable audio with the Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker. This lightweight wearable speaker rests gently around your neck and delivers the big sound that made Bose famous: soaring highs, lush mids, and deep bass. The SoundWear features built-in Bluetooth so you can connect to your smartphone or tablet and enjoy your favorite tunes from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play, and more. The Bose SoundWear also features a built-in microphone that lets you take calls and control the voice controls on your smartphone.

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Hands Free; Ears Free

Sure, you want music with you at all times. But you don’t always want to slap on headphones and shut out everything else around you. You don’t have to. The new SoundWear Companion speaker was designed for you. This wearable speaker offers the best of both worlds—convenience and connection—in a way that allows you to be present with your music as well as your surroundings. It rests comfortably on your shoulders, with sound that is full and clear to you—yet minimizes the sound for others. And with legendary waveguide technology at its core, that performance is easy to trust.

Great Battery Life

Plays up to 12 hours. A quick 15-minute charge gives you up to 3 hours.

Sweat and Weather Resistant

Don’t worry about a little rain or a lot of sun. This wearable can take it.

Vibrations for Incoming Calls

Haptic alerts are a discreet way to notify you of incoming calls.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Wireless Bluetooth pairing made easier with voice prompts.

Wearable Tech - With a Familiar Twist 

With some wearables, it’s fashion before function. Not in this case. Every part of this speaker is meticulously engineered for better sound. But even a groundbreaking product can benefit from a proven technology—like Bose's waveguide technology. So they used two 11" waveguides to pump out what other wearable speakers don’t—deep, rich sound.

Surrounded in Sound; Aware of Your Surroundings

Put it on. Walk around. Take a call or ask Siri a question. This speaker gives you freedom from your devices and keeps you closer to your surroundings at the same time.

A Long History of Innovation

It’s interesting, when you look back on it. Stereo speakers that reproduced more sound from the back of the speaker than the front.

Compact, single-speaker stereo systems that replaced stacks of equipment.

Noise cancelling headphones that changed just about everything.

These are just a few of the breakthroughs Bose introduced in their long history of innovation. Until you tried one of these, you likely couldn’t know how much of a difference it would make.

Swappable, Stretchable, Durable

The speaker isn’t the only thing Bose obsessed over. The custom designed covers are acoustically transparent, so nothing gets in the way of the sound. Static free so your hair and clothing don’t cling to it. And four-way stretchable so it fits the speaker snugly. Your speaker includes a Black cover.

Bose Connect App

Control your SoundWear speaker’s Bluetooth connections and manage bass adjustments easily through the Bose Connect app. The app also provides product tips and lets you personalize your settings, so you can make them

Product highlights

  • Wearable Ear-Free Speaker
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 12 hours of music playback (15-min charge delivers up to 3 hours of playback)
  • Sweat and weather resistant
  • Comfortable fit
  • Built-in microphone for hands free calls and smartphone voice control
  • Easy to access controls
  • Dimensions ( W x H x D): 7.5" x 7" x 1.75"
  • Weight: 0.57 lbs
  • Warranty:  1 year – World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
  • World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support

Specifications

Specifications

  • Speaker (H x W x D): 7.5" x 7" x 1.75"
  • Inputs and outputs: Micro-B USB port
  • Bluetooth range: 30 feet
  • Battery charging time: Up to 3 hours
  • Battery life: Up to 12 hours per full charge

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • SoundWear Companion Wearable Ear-Free Speaker
  • Soundwear cover
  • USB charging cable

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Customer Reviews for Bose SoundWear Companion Wearable Ear-Free Speaker (Black)

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Another Fantastic Bose Product
What's not to love! I love music. Music playing all the time. Music over tv. I have many different Bose earphones ands speakers. Even my auto has Bose. I love them all. And this is no different.
I love to listen to music loud. I find that I do not need to turn this up as loud as I normally do with earbuds because it hangs around my neck. I get all the sound I want!
When I am out walking and excersizing I like this better as I can still "hear" the other people and vehicles coming up behind me yet I am still in my own world.
The battery life on this is incredible and the fact that I can buy a skin to the change the color on the soundwear speaker means I will never tire of it ( as if) and be able to color co ordinate it if the mood or whim strikes me!
I wanted to like this. I did. And I do. But I didn't want to love this....and I do!!
Bose hit another one out of the park!
If there is a CON to this it is that I wear this SO much during work outs and yard work that I have perspired on it and I wonder how to get the perspiration out of the cover and if it will eventually hurt the unit itself.
Bose says a little sweat or a lot of sun are ok on this little unit. I want to share it with my friends and family, but will need to purchase that separate cover first before I do just because. Then again, I may never let it out of my hands again!!
No bother! I still won't be without this amazing unit!!
October 2, 2017
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Fantastic for Motorbikes!!!
I ride a fairly "naked" Harley (FSXB Breakout) and was looking for a speaker that replaces a normal sound system which people normally get installed in large bikes, like RoadKing, or StreetGlide. Headphones on bikes are illegal in FL, so a speaker is the only legal and safe way to enjoy music. Tried different BT speakers that I mounted on the bike frame, but most of them were difficult to hear when riding over 50 mph due to wind noise. This Bose is different: with the helmet on and even at high speeds it is still very easy to hear and I average 8-9 hours on one battery charge. Tested them recently on my 7-hour ride from Mobil AL to Daytona Beach, FL. Definitely recommend for the bikers!
August 11, 2018
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Not what I expected
Got this yesterday.
I was impressed by the quality, but unfortunately doesn't have a good purpose. It's great to use near people you're okay with being highly aware you're listening to music. It's not a private or very discreet listening device - in fact, it's disruptive.
It's intended to bridge the gap between listening to great music near your ears without shutting out the rest of the world, which was its intended purpose and it was executed well. I thought that it'd also be nearly inaudible to those nearby while pumping a beam of sound waves only your ears could hear, but that's not the case.

Long story short, this does its job of keeping outside ambience listenable, however it does not keep your music private.
This doesn't mean I wouldn't buy this if I could though. I just can't use this the way I had hoped - on a bus full of people without being completely isolated from the world.
September 28, 2017
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SoundWear Delivers
So I've been using the Bose SoundWear Companion for about 3 weeks now and I have to say I'm impressed. I wasn't quite sure what to expect as this really is a new design in a listening device. After all is said and done this is a product that I would recommend to others.

The good:

Sound quality - is very good. The sound is full and crisp. It is important to note that the sound isn't as immersive as pair of earbuds or cans and as such it takes some getting used to. It is what you'd expect though, somewhere between good external speakers and earbuds/cans. The sound defintely grew on me the more I wore speaker. I was leary of the speakers being able to produce a deeper bass sound but I've actually had to turn down the bass setting in the Bose Connect app to keep the sound balanced.

Durability - seems solid. I obviously haven't dropped them on purpose to see how they would hold up but they feel well built. They flex easily and do not give any indication that they would snap at all. I wrestled with them taking the cloth cover off to get a look under the hood and they flexed about without any issue. The cover itself stretches just enough so it fits quite snug but can still be removed and spot cleaned or replaced with another color.

Ease of Use/Compatibility/Setup - This is an area where less is more. If you have another Bose product you are already familiar with the Bose Connect app that has evolved to "just work". If you've not used the Connect app, you download the app and it will provide a product tour in lieu of a written or online manual, although you can still get instructions online and there is aa quick start guide included in the box. After going through the product overview the Connect app with help you pair the speaker with your bluetooth device. Boom, done. You really don't need to open the Connect app after that as your music will play through your music player of choice. I'm currently listening on a Nexus 5x using amazon Music and everything works perfectly. As far as ease of use, if you've previously used any in ear/can speakers with controls on the device than you are good to go. Nothing new to learn and again less is more when it works and it does.

Appearance/design - is classic Bose. Clean, black, sleek, and functional. The cover is soft cloth on top and soft stretched leather(pleather maybe) on the back where they rest on your neck. The Bose moniker on the top center of the device but it is subtle and unassuming.

The not as good(Nothing is really "bad")

The charging port. This would be my biggest complaint but I'm not sure that I have a solution other than what the folks at Bose came up with. The port is located under the cover after you pull the zipper back just a little bit to access it. This seems to be the best option as it keeps the port and the speaker covered. The downside with this though is that in low light and even just in general it can be difficult to get the charging plug in easy. This isn't a huge issue as battery life is very good but it is an issue. I can see this being less of an issue when USB C becomes more ubiquitous.

While this speaker provides for the listener to be aware of their surroundings, it does mean that others are going to hear your music. I had hoped it would be more subtle but I've found that at a comfortable listening level for me, my family in the same room can hear the music. If you are in a room with a door closed or an office with a door closed you are going to be ok. I don't think it would be serviceable for public transportation or a cubicle setup.

The sound takes some getting used to compared with other mediums. The sound also does change some based on how you are sitting or walking as your shoulders shrug and relax. It isn't significant but it is there. I have adapted comfortably to both of these within a few hours of use.

Lastly, the design of fitting around the neck isn't for everyone. It again takes some getting used to. I can't see any other setup being more comfortable than the ay Bose has it setup. It can rest near your collarbone which may be an issue for some people. If you find the zipper is resting uncomfortably, make sure you tuck it into the flap where it rests when pulled up all the way and it will be more comfortable. I had my 6 and 9 year old kids try the speaker on as well and they both said it was comfortable and they enjoyed wearing and listening to it. Keep in mind too that the speaker isn't designed for active workouts as it will bounce around. Walking, sitting, and trotting to another room in the house or out to check the mail is fine though.

To finish where I started I will reiterate that I'm quite happy with the SoundWear Companion and would recommend them without reservation.
October 11, 2017
Originally posted at
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Another great product from Bose
I own QC35 and QC30 and now the soundwear. I can’t get enough of the speaker.
QC30 are my daily headphones that I love, but Soundwear speaker is something that I can listen to music and safely walk my dogs and be aware of my surroundings. Now we need a hard travel case for it :-)
Everybody at Bose should be proud of what they do for us. Keep up the good job Bose!
Thank you
October 22, 2017
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Great sound, quality and fit!
I got it as a gift. Initially I thought it was going to be another gadget in the closet and when I paired it with my cellphone and started playing my music I fell in love with it. My daughter liked it so much that she kept it for herself.
August 18, 2018
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A cool piece of sound echnology!
Just received SoundWear as a gift. First off as a gift the packaging was very high end giving one the initial impression that this is a high quality item!

They are great to listen to music (Pandora) while doing other pc work and monitoring for incoming calls. The sound quality is great and your voice over the phone is also high quality, so nice for business calls when working at your desk

The only item I would fault is the placement of the control buttons. Being placed on the outside edge of the Soundware makes keyboard 'strokes' like pushing two buttons at once (mute a phone call) very difficult. If the buttons were on the inside edge of the Soundware it would be so much easier. Not a deal breaker however.

But another great BOSE product either way!
December 3, 2017
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Life style changer
I received this product for my birthday and have worn it continuously for the past 3 days! I am totally immersed in the sound quality and the overall ease/use/sound quality! I’ve worn it to the car wash and the guys (all nd gals) who were standing around waiting for their cars to be done all came over and asked questions about the product and my overall experience. Had to rant and rave my total pleasure!

Man I tell ya, Bose out did themselves on this one!

I would be remiss if I didn’t add that I own 901’s down to 201’s, computer speakers, Wave Radio’s etc, and this is by far my (so far) my Favorite item from Bose!!!

Hey look, buy the system, with the return policy of Bose it’s simple to return. What do you have to lose?
January 15, 2018
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Incredible Sound
Received the Bose SoundWear Speakers 27SEP2017.
Came extremely well packaged however every product we have ever received from Bose came extremely well packaged. First impression is solid, well built, and interesting.

I Touched the ON button and the system voice announced a 50% battery. Without touching any other buttons, to my knowledge, a voice announced, "connected to Dave's iPhone". I use my iPhone for music in our vehicle, my iPhone was still connected to a music service and the SoundWear picked up the music and began playing music with incredible deep rich sound.
I have the QuietControl 30 headphones, I assumed the controls were similar so I used the SoundWear controls in the same manner and the system worked flawlessly.

I’ve enjoyed using the SoundWear Companion for the last week. You get a long play time before having to recharge the unit.

Pros:
Simple, easy to use, and stylish.
Beautiful deep rich sound.
Listen to music or talk on the phone while remaining connected to the sounds in your surrounding environment.
Light default in sound to notify you when you receive a message or email.
Lightweight, you won't know you're wearing the SoundWear Companion.
Solid quality construction.
Simple to adjust to your own personal comfort.
You can form the SoundWear to your shoulders or set it down on a solid surface and listen to your music.
Provides a very noticeable vibration when receiving a phone call.
Long lasting power so you can enjoy even more of your favorite music.
Cons:
Depending on your listening volume people around you will be able to listen to your music or phone calls etc.
October 2, 2017
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Great sound and features
I own many bose speakers and headphones but I bought these because I need to be able to hear my elderly mother when at home without disturbing her. I can enjoy music, podcasts, audio books etc with good sound while still being able to hear her if she needs me.
January 3, 2018
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Jessie L on Dec 12, 2018
My husband is an audiophile, techie and Bose aficionado. Purchasing this as a birthday present and hoping it works for him. He usually wears headphones to listen to lectures and this may provide him more flexibility and comfort.
Joi C on Mar 21, 2018
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Jessie L on Dec 12, 2018
I want to listen to music without being shunned away from the surrounding environment
Teodorico D on Apr 18, 2018
My husband is an audiophile, techie and Bose aficionado. Purchasing this as a birthday present and hoping it works for him. He usually wears headphones to listen to lectures and this may provide him more flexibility and comfort.
Joi C on Mar 21, 2018
I want to listen to music without being shunned away from the surrounding environment
Teodorico D on Apr 18, 2018
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