Wayne_M
Lead Community Manager

Smart Speaker Firmware Update – June 2021

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On Tuesday, June 8th, 2021, a new OTA firmware update will be made available for Bose Smart Speakers and Soundbars for a small number of users. The full rollout will then follow for all users two weeks later, on Tuesday June 22nd.

 

Firmware Versions:
Soundbar 500/700 & Home Speaker 450/500: 11.0.16

Smart Soundbar 300: 4.0.16

Portable Home Speaker & Home Speaker 300: 8.0.16

 

Bug Fixes and Enhancements:

  • These speakers will now support Bluetooth AAC Playback 
  • New Spotify enhancements
    • Gapless Playback
      • Gapless Playback means your tracks will flow into the next song without pause (with the exception of Spotify ads, of course). This will now be on by default — so if you miss the gap, head over to Preferences (in the Spotify App or in a browser logged into your Spotify account) and turn it off.
    • Spotify Hifi support (Premium Subscription required)
      • Spotify HiFi is the popular music streaming service's long-anticipated entry into CD-quality streaming. Set to launch in 2021, it will allow Spotify Premium subscribers to 'upgrade' their membership so they can listen to higher-quality, lossless audio streams.
  • SimpleSync™ Enhancements
  • General Bug Fixes 
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Waveform
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Re: Smart Speaker Firmware Update – June 2021

Hi Wayne,

Tested my Soundbar 700 last night with Apple High-Resolution Lossless - via airplay from Iphone. I watched the data rate on my Amplify Router and it was spiking up to 42Mbps....

ALAC up to 24-bit/192kHz. It works fine - and I tested it using the Foo Fighters album "Wasting Light" which is in that spec.

 

Am I correct in saying the Soundbar 700 is delivering the Lossless OR is it down converting it?

Thanks

Shane

Wayne_M
Lead Community Manager

Re: Smart Speaker Firmware Update – June 2021

Hey @Waveform!

 

Sorry for the delay. I spoke to one of the engineers on this and the answer is we never downmix the audio - we decode it straight from the source and play it as high of quality as it comes in. 

 

Hope that answers your question!

 

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