After getting thoroughly impressed with the Bose SoundLink Mini, and somewhat underwhelmed by the SoundDock Series 3, I took in the SoundLink 3 and gave it an audition.

In short: thumbs up!

The battery-powered portable SoundLink 3 houses four neodymium transducers and dual-opposing passive radiators, allowing the music to be impressively loud. It delivers the same awesome sonic capabilities as the Mini. Design-wise, it also follows closely to the Mini, with the same set of 6 buttons, though the Mini has a more solid aluminium frame.

The major differences: size, volume, and price. The larger SoundLink 3 fills the room with great fidelity across all frequencies, including the elusive subwoofer. I really like how the SoundLink 3 plays back audio without any loss of details over the air, even in quiet passages. This larger version may not be that suitable for near-range listening as the bass may be too overpowering.

If you really need portable speakers to fill up your living room with huge bass effortlessly, the SoundLink 3 would be an excellent choice. If you are on a budget and still want to enjoy the amazing Bose audio technology, the SoundLink Mini would still deliver, except its volume-limiting constraint. Compared to Creative Sound Blaster Roar, the Bose SoundLink series produces a more professional-sounding audio, but the Roar has better value and pumps far better bass than most other branded speakers.


  • 1.36kg
  • 127 x 254 x 51mm (HxWxD)
  • 14 hours listening
  • Bluetooth 3.0, A2DP
  • Stores 6 paired devices

The SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III retails for S$499 in Singapore, and is available at the Atlas Experience Showroom for your audition.

Reviewed by Chester Tan
Rating: 4 of 5

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