If you’re in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker with decent sound quality and a reasonable price point, you literally have dozens of good options to choose from, especially if you’re also paying attention to the occasional deal and discount. But the Bose SoundWear easily stands out from the crowd by doing, well, precisely what the name suggests. 

That’s right, you’re looking at a Bluetooth speaker here that doesn’t just let you take your favourite music with you wherever you go. It also allows you to “wear” your “sound” around your neck for a surprisingly immersive audio experience that still keeps you very much connected to your surroundings. With a pair of patented 11-inch waveguides, as well as digital signal processing technology and some fairly powerful upward facing speakers, the SoundWear promises to “surround you in deep, rich sound”, which may seem like a hyperbolic proposition until you check out some of the glowing customer reviews on Amazon or over at Best Buy.
Normally priced at a far from affordable $299.99, the category-defying wireless wearable speaker is available at a massive 50 percent discount at the time of this writing in a number of places. Amazon, Walmart, and B&H Photo Video are some of the major US retailers that can cut the aforementioned list price in half with absolutely no strings attached, although curiously enough, both Best Buy and Bose itself continue to charge a whopping 300 bucks.

That suggests these killer deals might expire soon, so it’s probably a good idea to pull the trigger while you can if you’re intrigued by the concept of a relatively high-quality Bluetooth speaker you can wear around your neck. Unless perhaps a sequel is coming soon, in which case… you should still purchase the original model at a substantial $150 off. 

Keep in mind that this bad boy also comes with a robust battery life of up to 12 hours, a sweat and weather-resistant design that’s both flexible and durable (not to mention comfortable), and three buttons you can use to quickly make calls, play and pause tracks, as well as access your phone’s Siri or Google Assistant functionality. That’s a tremendous list of features for the new price tag of the Bose SoundWear “companion speaker.”