Anker Soundcore Flare Portable 360º Speaker REVIEW

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been exploring different types of desk set-ups for my minimal, mobile-style desk. It’s a tricky thing when you are trying to keep things as small as possible. Looking around my desk right now, I have a desk lamp, a headphone stand with two sets of large wireless headphones on it, a cell phone stand for my iPhone, a small battery operated fan, a large 32-inch curved monitor (review coming soon), my MacBook Pro connected to a dock, and, last but not least, my favorite new speaker, the Soundcore Flare from Anker. For a while now, I have been considering downsizing my computer’s sound system to a single speaker, but I didn’t really think it was a feasible venture until I met this glorious 360º tower-style speaker. I never thought a single Bluetooth speaker could beat a powerful pair of wired speakers. The Flare speaker proved me wrong.

Details

The Soundcore Flare is an impressive speaker. It offers 360-degrees of sound through dual back-to-back drivers and thumping bass radiators. The speaker also utilizes BassUp Technology that helps to produce depth and clarity for your audio. A digital signal processor analyses and enhances your music’s bass frequencies. Through the use of the Soundcore for Flare app, you can use customizable EQ so that all your music (or any audio) sounds just the way you want it to. In addition to the incredible sound the Flare produces, the speaker also offers you a dancing light show at its base. Soundcore refers to it as a ‘halo of LEDs’. They phase, pulse, and shine with the rhythm of your music and with the use of the Soundcore for Flare app, you can control the style of your light show.

  • Drivers: 2 x 1.75″ Full Range + 2 x Passive Radiator
  • Output: 2 x 6W, THD (total harmonic distortion) <= 10%
  • Connectivity
  • Bluetooth Version 4.2
  • Supports A2DP, AVRCP, HFP profile, and SBC decoding
  • Auxiliary input port
  • Range: 20m / 66ft
  • Battery
  • Playtime: 12 hours
  • Charging time: 3.5 hours
  • Charging: Micro USB 5V / 2A
  • Weight: 18.7 ounces
  • Microphone: Integrated
  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 5.95 in
  • Waterproofing: IPX7

User Experience

The Flare comes in a well-branded box complete with full-color image and product information. Once you open the box you are greeted with your speaker, a quick start guide, and a Micro USB cable. This is a pretty standard package for Bluetooth speakers these days. Since it supports an auxiliary port, it would have been nice if a 3.5mm stereo mini cable was provided, but I’m not going to mark this amazing speaker negatively for not including it.

Conclusion

For several years now, I’ve really wanted the JBL Pulse speaker. This portable speaker caught my eye when I was in a store at one point and I just loved how the lights moved with the music so fluidly. Even though I’ve wanted that speaker for a long time, my new obsession is this Flare speaker from Soundcore by Anker. It’s truly a remarkable speaker and it’s much more cost-effective than some other LED-driven Bluetooth speakers. In fact, at $60, this speaker actually blows past other portable speakers in the same price range as far as sound quality goes and it has the added design feature of the lights. I don’t think you will find a better value out there if you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker that can go anywhere, this is a wonderful option for your needs.

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