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The guys in the marketing department at Anker provide me with new products every now and then, which I can then present on my blog. This time, the revised version of the Soundcore Flare hit me - a Bluetooth speaker that provides all-round sound thanks to its design and impresses its surroundings with various LED light changes. The Soundcore Flare 2 is currently available for about 80 euros on Amazon.
Even if Anker offers me the products for free for the tests, I still attach great importance to neutral reporting. In earlier articles, Anker partially took up my criticism and reworked functions that I (or others) criticized with firmware updates.
For this reason, I see it as my duty to you and Anker not only to give superficial, technical data in the article and to provide a little information about the loudspeaker. You can read that very well in press releases. I would like to give you the points that highlight the product - and of course also express criticism. Without spoiling: I also have something to complain about with the Soundcore Flare 2. ;-)
Of course, the specifications also belong in an article about a product. For this reason we briefly deal with these here:
In terms of optics, the Flare 2 offers no surprises, because it is based on the previous model and, thanks to its 360 ° design, is perfect for all-round sound reinforcement. But it's best to use the photos to get an idea of how it looks. I find it successful and reserved, so that the loudspeaker can also be left in "optically sensitive areas".
The workmanship is neat and robust, because after all, the loudspeaker should withstand outdoor use just as well. I trust him to do that, because the control elements on the top are completely rubberized and also work reliably under water, as the manufacturer thankfully did not use touch controls.
If you want to have a bigger party with the SoundCore Flare 2, you will reach your limits. For this, Anker came up with the PartyCast function.
To use this, connect the first Flare 2 to the iPhone. Then press the Bluetooth button on the back for two seconds and repeat this process for the other Flare 2 models. In this way, up to 100 of these speakers can be used synchronously for playback. Restriction: PartyCast does not work with the old Flare 1 models, but only with Flare 2 boxes.
I admit it: I like it when the sound is a little more voluminous. The HomePod also has a pleasant sound to me, although many audiophiles describe it as "too bass-heavy".
However, the SoundCore Flare 2 loudspeakers offer an option for both camps: The BassUp feature amplifies the bass by a good 100% for those who want it, as Anker promises in the advertising. You can also choose from various equalizer settings via the SoundCore app. So there should be something for everyone in terms of sound.
I am also taken care of because BassUp makes a nice bass that sounds good on most types of music. If you want to listen to news or podcasts in between, you can deactivate the function at the touch of a button. And for classical music fans, the EQ presets in the Soundcore app offer the option of making the sound a little less bass-heavy or setting other tonal priorities.
I have to admit that I expected a rounder sound for the price of just under 80 euros. It's by no means bad, but unfortunately the SoundCore Flare 2 doesn't quite make it among my top speakers. It sounds a bit too average for that.
The bass is not bad, but the sound is not entirely round despite the BassUp being switched on. My old Bose Soundlink Mini II or the one I tested Tribit MaxSound Plus (which costs only 50 euros) have a more convincing sound.
But as I said: He easily plays in the good midfield and doesn't have to hide from many other boxes that I had in the test. In addition, the sound is a very subjective thing. If you still like the speaker so far, I would recommend giving it a try.
Please do not get it wrong: I find the operating concept of the loudspeaker itself understandable and simple, but it has a design flaw: The rubberized buttons on the top are completely black rubber and attached to a circle. As a result, you can only find the desired one of the four keys with a lot of light so that you can see the elevation of the icons on the keys - or you have to be a world champion in “sensing” because the symbols on the keys are only slightly raised.
I keep noticing how difficult it is for me to find the power button in the evening with normal room light. I can set the rest on the iPhone, so the power button is the only one I really need. So that I don't have to guess at this point, I have put a yellow dot on it, a few of which I still had on a sheet of paper in the drawer.
I have a hard time recommending the Flare 2 with all due fervor. The design is great, the play of light is also entertaining if you are into colorful LEDs, but the thing with the control panel and the not entirely convincing sound put the Flare 2 in the second row. The setting options that you have via the app are very good - you can use the equalizer to correct the weaknesses in the sound as you see fit.
For 40 or 50 euros the Soundcore Flare 2 might still be a tip, but for 80 euros I find it just too weak on the chest. If you still want to see it, come via this link to the product or via the following product box.
The right Soundcore app can be found here in the app store.
I find it surprising that the speaker is on Amazon an average rating of 4,5 stars comes. Maybe I see the operation and the sound too closely ... ;-)
What are your favorite speakers when it comes to bluetooth? I would like to hear a few insider tips from my readers in order to put together an up-to-date list of recommended Bluetooth speakers. It would be great if you guys join in and leave a comment here.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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