The Home Speaker 300 is clearly designed after the Home Speaker 500, which is priced at $399.95, but downsizing means getting rid of the LCD that displays the album artwork. The Home Speaker 300 has the same playback controls on the top as the Home Speaker 500 with a price of $399.95, as well as several preset buttons that can be quickly listed with favorite playlists or Internet radio stations.
In addition to requesting music via voice commands via the built-in microphone, the Home Speaker 300 also supports AirPlay 2 and acts as a standard Bluetooth speaker. The thin LED strip on the front lets you know when the microphone is activated. Despite its small footprint, the Home Speaker 300 must be plugged in to work, and it has no built-in battery for wireless listening.
In addition to the release of the Home Speaker 300, Bose today introduced the Google Assistant to its existing Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 700 and Soundbar 500 speakers. Once the latest Bose Music app update is installed, you can choose Google Assistant as your preferred voice assistant instead of Alexa. Bose Home Speaker 300 will be pre-sold on June 4th and will be officially launched on June 20.