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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 68 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Snazzy presention w/good BT sound & performance

    Posted
    WyldeBlue
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    PROs: - Very solidly built w/substantial heft; quality of fit & finish belies its bargain-basement pricing - LED lighting is fun without being over-the-top...you can tailor the color schemes via companion Soundcore app (Flare remembers the last scheme selected): -- Party: all colors available for the various animation effects -- Energy: reds, oranges, purples, and blues -- Chill: reds, oranges and yellows -- Bedtime: light oranges and warm, even brownish earth-tones -- Spring: yellows, blues and greens -- Off: for battery savings and/or conservative or non-distracting use - LED effects available via the button on the top of the unit or Soundcore app: -- Static: cycles through the available colors (from the color schemes above) one color at a time to illuminate the entire base; colors change about every 5 seconds -- Fusion: basically a series of two closely related colors (red and orange, light blue and dark blue, light purple and violet, etc.) mixing and moving back and forth -- Pulse: colors change as they "race" around the circular base -- Music sync: the LEDs pulse & change colors/intensity in sync to the music -- Breathe: this scheme is available for "Chill" and "Bedtime" color schemes--LEDs slowly pulse in intensity/brightness - Hits the "360-degree" mark with sound radiating in all directions regardless of where you're sitting/listening - Bass boost ('Bass Up") available via app or directly on the unit with a dedicated button that illuminates to let you know the mode is active (nice!) - Bottom treated w/thick, anti-skid matting making it stable for slick surfaces and unlikely to move with slight/accidental bumps - Typical multi-function/single-button control scheme w/separate volume +/- buttons allow for direct volume control with play/pause, track skip forward and back, and Siri-type voice assistant activation (as well as call accept, hold, end, etc.—YES, you can take/make calls on the Flare!) - Sleep timer ("sleep mode") turns off the LEDs in 30 minutes - Soundcore app allows you tailor the EQ with Default (large V-shaped boost), Flat (slight boosts across all bands), Chill (mild bass and treble boosts), Voice (mild bass and treble boost with stronger mids), and custom (9-band slider EQ) settings, all with the option to add even more "Bass up" boost - You are greeted by a futuristic “power up” sound accompanied by some reassuring pings/beeps when Bluetooth is enabled and another when a device successfully connects…power down gets a similar “robot-turning-off” confirmation. Audio status indicators definitely contribute to the cool factor as well as being a nice usability touch--no hunting for LED colors/blinks to know what’s going on with my speaker - Sound quality is decent though the bass boost is pretty much a necessity to squeeze anything approaching "musical" or “engaging” performance out of this otherwise diminutive tube CONs: - Sound quality is indeed only "decent.” This is a small unit, about the height of my checkbook and little bigger around than a soda can (see included image). It’s capable, pretty good even…I'd liken it to a respectable PC speaker...just fine for a nightstand, desktop, portable console setup, dorm room, or even a workplace PC where a little LED zing wouldn’t be frowned upon. Just don't expect big "room filling" sound with any depth or heft, especially at higher volumes where the Flare started sounding hollow and even strained, especially without the ‘Bass Up’ feature activated - The outer covering is fabric rather than plastic or metal; it retained water and felt wet much longer than some competing waterproof speakers - Soundcore app is extensive but the playback controls are limited to volume and play/pause only (no FFW/REW, skip or other selection options)...song select/skip functions would have dramatically streamlined the user experience by keeping everything in one place app - App has a "user manual," but it's really just a wrapper for the support website--not a big deal, but it's always nice when the manual/FAQ is available offline - I get why the sleep mode is available within the "Bedtime" LED scheme--but what if I wanted to turn off the LEDs from within one of the other color schemes (you can’t)? The sleep timer also just turns off the LEDs, not the speaker itself - Supports only Bluetooth and analog playback--the mini-USB port only provides battery charging; you cannot use the Flare as a USB PC speaker - NOT designed to left plugged in (to ensure you have a constant supply of amplifier power)…the manual even cautions you, “Do not charge your speaker for extended periods.” - EQ interface is stylized to ‘look cool’ (I suppose), but the graphics are a bit misleading—the EQ curve is “mirrored” on the screen so that any boosts also look like cuts (see the included image). Not a big deal, but something to note for those just poking around the app to see what it can do - When I used the app, ‘Soundcore Flare’ appeared a second time under the list of connected Bluetooth devices in my phone. This may be a quirk of the app because the second instance always disappeared after I closed the app even though I was still connected and could play music Summary review: With features that approach or even rival some pricier competitors, the Flare is a capable unit among the crowded field of LED BT speakers. The LEDs themselves make for a fun addition to the listening experience though the effect that is FAR more subtle than the in-your-face light shows featured across the fronts of some competitor’s models. Box includes a mini-USB cable (always appreciated) and 100+ page instruction manual (the instructions are only 10 tiny pages long but are reproduced in multiple languages). The rubberized top has raised buttons for volume control at the 3 (vol +) and 9 (vol -) o’clock positions, a raised multi-function button in the center, and two illuminated controls at 12 and 6 o’clock for light effects and bass boost. An understated “soundcore” nameplate is centered near the bottom of the flared tube. Illuminated BT and power buttons are on the backside, as well as a waterproof, tethered rubber covering protecting the 3.5mm input and mini USB charging port. With True Wireless pairing, you can even set the speaker up for stereo reproduction (assuming you’ve got a second Soundcore Flare). The heft and solid construction are reassuring—if nothing else, this FEELS like a premium product and one that wouldn’t look cheesy if displayed on a desk or shelf. In use, the speaker is a bit of a mixed bag. The waterproof design is pretty compelling by itself (if you need it)…it makes the Flare safe for poolside or shower-side use. I can’t say for certain whether the tight-weave fabric covering will retain or repel beach sand—you may need a vacuum or brush as I would assume it's possible for fine granules to get stuck in the mesh. The manual insists you can submerge the speaker in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes (there's even an image on the box of the speaker splashing into the water). Water temps in our pool hover around 55 during the winter so I'll have to take Anker's word for it--but I did run the Flare under a faucet for more than 10 minutes and it never skipped a beat during BT playback. Battery capacity is claimed to be 12 hours. I never used it for more than 2-3 hours at a time, but at the end of a workday, there was always at least 50% battery capacity left after multiple listening sessions. The power indicator will flash if the battery needs juice; it takes about 3 hours for a full charge. Sadly, there’s no audible signal for battery power, even at startup--a missed opportunity given the great audible feedback already built into the unit. More unfortunately, you’re not supposed to leave the speaker on a constant charge (like I’m prone to do for my rechargeable devices) so you might have to figure some charging time into whatever attention you plan to give the speaker during use. If you’re still with me, you’re probably waiting for the bone-crusher—how does it sound? Well, it’s…pretty good. The Flare is not incredible, not even for its size; it won’t blow your socks off or rattle the windows. It will play very loud, but not very pleasantly so. If you take the size of the speaker into account and don’t expect more, you probably won’t be disappointed—you can rock out with it on your desk (thanks to its size, it will fit nicely there) or simply enjoy the ambience it provides in larger, open settings (like a beach or poolside). But it’s not going to be the center/life of the party unless your party is on the smallish/quieter side. I found it distorting noticeably at higher listening levels and the hollowness associated with the simple physics of tiny drivers trying to reproduce deep bass tones were quite clear at anything above moderate volumes. The EQ options in the companion app were interesting and certainly appreciated, but there’s not much you can do with even 9 bands of EQ to overcome the physical limitations of small drivers in a small enclosure. But I doubt anyone looking at a budget, smallish, LED Bluetooth speaker is necessarily looking to do some critical listening anyway. In those respects, this speaker is definitely a good buy for a budget-conscious consumer/gift-giver looking for a few fun/snazzy features in their BT speaker. The fact that the Flare can take a spilled drink as easily as a dip in the pool is definitely a nice addition to its roster of features, and certainly a selling point for those looking for an action-capable speaker you wouldn’t be afraid to take on the go as sure as you’d be comfortable leaving it on your desk at work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great 360 Speaker!

    Posted
    Bobert

    To start off I must apologize that I can only post one photo. I have multiples that I wanted to share, but I am only able to add one. If it changes, then I'll add more. :) So anyway to start off, the packaging when you first get it is not like the typical Anker style. It has changed and ks changed to the soundcore style, which is still nice. It is a soundcore product, so keep that in mind. But, you are not purchasing this for the box, so let's move on. I have the blue one and I must say that I really enjoy the shade of blue that it is. Very professional looking. The top has a very smooth rubber feel to it. The buttons are underneath and are not raised high but have small symbols that show where and what the buttons are. These are not easy to tell where they are without looking. Since this has lights, you want to use it in the dark, and it could be difficult to determine where the buttons are. Continuing down the device, the sides are fabric! Surprising in a waterproof speaker, but I really like this part. It is the number one part the I was surprised about. I love how this looks! Right at the bottom is the lights. Other reviewers have gone into depth about the ability to change the look, modes, and consistency in life time via the app, so I will not get caught up in this. But to glance over it, when you use this in the dark, it is very very cool! The lights are much brighter than I anticipated! The sound! It sounds amazing from all sides! (Given that it is a 360 speaker.) But it really does I could not tell a difference on any side of it. The app is a sweet addition to this speaker. I have had no problems with it. Not much to say that hasn't been said already. The cons, first as many people have stated, it is not USB-C. This is a bit of a downer, but not a deal breaker, just have to keep the cable around (or tons of the old cables that I have in a desk drawer). The second con for me would be the battery life. It is stated at 12 hours which is not bad, but with the Anker Soundcore 2 having a 24 hour battery life, it is a change. I can understand the drop due to the lights. So this is not horrible, will get you through most time that you will use it. In conclusion I would say if you are looking for a great sounding 360 speaker, and want the added lights, go with this one! You will not be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A small but capable speaker

    Posted
    Zunderwood
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    I’ve purchased a number of Anker products over the years, but never a speaker from them. As such, I don’t have any previous experience with their speaker products to offer a comparison. Upon unboxing the Soundcore Flare speaker, I sensed that it was a solid, well-built unit. Further, it’s IP67 rated, and the documentation indicates that it’s sufficiently waterproof that it can be dropped into water and still survive. Syncing the Flare to my phone took a few tries. During the Bluetooth pairing phase, my phone showed a Bluetooth symbol and a separate symbol that looked like headphones. I kept choosing the Bluetooth symbol, but it wouldn’t take it. After three tries, I selected the headphone symbol. That did the trick and It sync’d perfectly. Okay, full disclosure. I didn’t read the instructions before trying to pair the Flare to my phone because I’ve done this a hundred times with other Bluetooth devices. So, I take responsibility for the syncing problems. Still, this is the first time I’ve ever run into this problem. After downloading the Soundcore app to my phone (found on Google Play) and successfully pairing the phone and Flare, it was blasting out music in no time. It has lights on the bottom of the unit that can be synched to beat with the music – which I thought was a nice touch. The app also has different settings for how the color lights behave depending on your mood or what settings you might be in, like Party, Energy, Chill, Spring, and Bedtime. I always prefer more bass anytime I listen to music, and the Flare has a button on the top for enhanced bass. For me, the enhanced bass didn’t make much of a difference. The app does offer an equalizer option, so you can tweak the various ranges to be more to your liking. The equalizer also has pre-programmed equalizer settings to simplify the effort. At best, however, I felt that the sound was very middle-of-the-road even after a good amount of adjustment. I played with the volume quite a bit and turned it up close to its loudest setting, and it continued to sound crisp throughout. The speaker provided good coverage when used outside even with a whole lot of voice chatter from our guests. The Flare itself is small enough to carry around with you if you have a large purse or backpack. Oh, and the documentation alludes to 12 hours of battery use – enough for an extended social event. The speaker’s 360 coverage was outstanding, with the sound seeming just as clear no matter where I stood. Again, pretty darn good for such a small speaker. The app I downloaded from the Google Play was easy to use. It provides different options, including the equalizer (I previously mentioned this), different color themes, and the ability to pair 2 speakers together. Overall, I think this speaker is outstanding considering its small size and its equally small price point. I think the Soundcore Flare is a keeper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth speaker with a flair

    Posted
    iroast

    This speaker can be used with or without the App. However, the App will give you options like sound modes (e.g., Chill and Vocal), firmware updates and pairing a second Flare for dual stereo. Size: It quite portable @ 6" in height and flipping it upside down makes it fit perfectly into my car's cup holder :D Looks: The fabric sheath adds a bit of class and protects the speaker from finger prints. The controls and ports are on opposite sides of the speaker. The LED light adds flair to the speaker, it reacts to music and it can be customized (color schemes) by using the App. The foot is made out of an anti-slip material. Sound: Very loud and clear with good bass. Activate the bass up mode for a bit of boost to the bass. It has 2 6W drivers and 2 passive radiators. Supports A2DP, AVRCP, HFP profile, and SBC decoding. At max volume, it still sounds pretty good. Bluetooth: 4.2, which limits its range to about 66ft. Pairing: Look for Soundcore Flare Bluetooth ID. Pairing was easy and quick. If you have 2 Flares, you can use the App to set up stereo mode. Supposedly without any delays between them. I don't have two, but I do have a different Soundcore Bluetooth speaker. Using Android's ability to pair multiple Bluetooth devices, I was able to get music to play from the two speakers, but one has a slight delay (1s?). I'm seriously considering jumping on a 2nd one as soons as I see a good discount on it :D Notable features: Flare will automatically turn off if it is not connected to a device within 30 minutes. About 12 hrs of playtime @ 60% volume Nitpicks: Micro USB port for charging. USB Type-C would have been great, provided that Anker includes a USB Type-C cable :D Tip: If you have trouble pairing the Flare with your device again, try deleting the Flare Bluetooth profile from your device and try pairing again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool Factor, Stellar Sound!

    Posted
    Janine
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    Anker’s SoundCore Flare Portable Bluetooth Speaker blew me away! Wow! Talk about amazing levels of sound coming from a relatively inexpensive, yet stylish, and compact audio device. A key aspect of this SoundCore speaker definitely worth highlighting, is the look of the device itself. The outer covering is a fabric type material, which screams quality to me. I really like the feel of this speaker. The grayish-black color is nice too, and that, along with the Flare’s compact size, should enable the speaker to blend in with nearly every decor. One of the most notable features of this SoundCore Flare is that the speaker unit is ‘fully waterproof’ (review instructions), so you can use it by a pool or bathtub, or even in a shower. The micro-usb charging port and plug for auxiliary cable (not included) are tucked behind a rubberized “door” which you want to make sure is snugly latched before exposure to water. Wireless pairing went smoothly. However, there were several times it appeared as though the speaker lost connection, and I had to check my settings. This interruption while listening to my music was rather inconvenient, but reconnecting via bluetooth was simple enough. The ‘on-the-top of the speaker’ controls, are pretty basic and straightforward, but that’s all they need to be - volume up/down, pause/accept&end call, lights on/off, and bass on/off. At the base of the speaker is the light ring, which can be set to ‘off’ or turned on for a colorful light display to beat in time with your music. Yes, there is a Soundcore app, which comes in handy for remotely operating this bluetooth speaker with the standard volume and pause controls, but also, for customizing the Light Effects and Wave Equalizer. Light effects include: Party, Energy, Chill, Bedtime, and Spring - and these can be further customized with the Glow/Breathe/M-Sync/Fusion functions. When using the Wave Equalizer you can add Extra Base, as well as, customize these settings with sliders for Bass/Midrange/Treble. I found audio quality via the speaker during mobile phone calls to be about average. But what most impressed me was the level of clarity and depth of 360 degree stereo sound, that this Anker SoundCore Flare was able to achieve. Truly great performance! Overall, I very much enjoyed my experience with this Anker SoundCore Flare Portable Bluetooth Speaker, and can assuredly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable Portable Wonder

    Posted
    jailoliv
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    PROS: - Compact and convenient design - Excellent base for its size - Loud - Good halo effects with the RGB lights - Waterproof - Can pair with a second Soundcore Flare speaker for stereo effects - Very good build quality CONS: - Halo lights on the bottom instead of top - Missing a bit of highs and lows To start, I can say that there are better portable speakers out there but not at this price point. I must admit that I was very skeptic as I usually am with Bluetooth speakers. Everybody makes them at all price levels and the sub-$100 ones are mostly useless for anybody who has average ears for music. Anker defies that with the Soundcore Flare. It is not the most amazing experience in the world but it certainly does not not sound cheap and to see the LED effects while listening to a good music sets it apart from many similar speakers. At fifty percent of the volume, it filled my bedroom with very acceptable sound quality but what I liked was that distortions were very mild at full volume. That is not an easy feat. Pairing with another Soundcore Flare is an option but unfortunately, I did not have another one to test. My expectation is that it would sound even better and it would be a good alternative for a patio without wiring. It would also be great around the swimming pool, especially considering that it is waterproof. The clean and minimalist app is very straight forward, which is a big plus for most people who want to enjoy their music without tweaking too much although the options for that is there too. It is nice to see that most people that downloaded it from Apple store are happy with it, so I can say that I am not the only one who had a good experience with it. Battery life is good enough for hours of listening and that is important when you don’t have anything to plug it to. It is also very portable and a good design. If I had to change anything on this device, it would be the lights. I would move them to the top instead of the bottom but it is definitely not a deal breaker. It is just a matter of preference, of course. Overall, this is a fantastic portable speaker for its price. Volume, audio quality and bass are superior to most speakers at the same category. I know that other audiophiles might not be totally satisfied but for anything better than this, you need to be willing to spend twice as much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not your average budget speaker

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    J0A0A7
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    Overall the Soundcore Flare Speaker has exceeded my expectations for a budget Bluetooth speaker. The best way to describe it's like a cross between a JBL Flip 4 and a Pulse 3 speaker. It's a curved, cylindrical speaker with a rubber grippy base that gives it a good grip on smooth surfaces. The sound coming out of this is crisp, loud with a nice punchy bass to it. I actually prefer the sound of the Soundcore Flare over the UE Boom 3. The bass is much more noticeable over the Boom 3. I tested with different genres of music from classic rock, old-school hip-hop and some of the current hip-hop music. No matter what genre of music you're into it sounds awesome.Vocals come through clear and loud. It's a well-balanced sound with the option to tone down the bass if you prefer. As for the light show is good it has bright colorful LEDs with 4 different light show patterns. You also have the option to pick from 5 color themes that range from Party mode to bedtime mode. The light shows range from pulse or synchronized with the music which has been my favorite so far. Battery life is rated at 12 hrs but with the volume being at 50% and the LEDs turned off. With everything on and the LEDs expect battery life to be around the 6-8 hr range. Anker does have an app called the Sound Core app that can be used to control the light show, managed volume, turned off bass boost and equalizer settings. From there you can also upgrade the firmware. If you have 2 Sound Flare speakers you can pair both together for a louder stereo sound. As for any shortcomings the only thing I would of like to seen is USB Type C charging instead of Micro USB. Instead of having to carry 2 cables I could of just use the cable from my phone to charge the device. I don't consider this a deal break more of a minor inconvenience. Now the IPX7 ratings makes up for it which means no worries from the elements even if goes for a dive in the pool. Overall Anker budget offering is a very solid product that competes with the heavy hitters like UE and JBL around $100 price range and below. Don't let the price fool you there's nothing budget about this speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Great and Portable Speaker !

    Posted
    RupinJ

    SoundCore Flare has a soft touch material and appears to be very sturdy. The big volume control buttons on the top are easy to use with Bluetooth, power and charging port on the side. The charging port and Aux port have a small cover that seals tight and prevents water from entering into this device. Also, I think the fabric finish has some internal lining that makes the speaker waterproof. It easily fits in your hand and the finish makes it a non-slippery grip. The lighting on the bottom can pulse to the beats of the song and change colors. You can also control different types for lighting by pressing the light button on the top of the speaker. The light is bright enough to add a little oomph to your dance parties. The sound quality is impressive and clear. I have not tried pairing it for phone calls yet. You can easily pair it with any Bluetooth supporting device (Phone, TV, etc) and the bass up technology will add a little more beat to the overall music. Unfortunately micro USB port is there for charging but a cable is provided for charging so that saves the hassle of buying micro USB cable. Hopefully Anker will soon stop using micro USB in its devices and will move to USB-C ports. SoundCore Flare gets quickly charged and has a great battery life. I have not experienced any overheating issues while charging or using the device. You can also downalod the soundcore app to control the LED light show and use some of the presets for sound variations. I would definitely take this on my next vacation to the beach.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little speaker

    Posted
    Mukman
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    This Soundcore Flare portable Bluetooth speaker is a great value. Sound is remarkable for the size and price point. Paired up easily. App download was also very simple. The app gives you the ability to tweak the sound and light settings and also play/pause the music. When I messed with the EQ the sound seemed to get much worse; lost all bass etc. I ended up putting it back to the normal default setting which sounds the best anyway. Lights are fun and there are many lighting choices (Party Chill Energy, Bedtime and Spring) All of which you can refine even further to color choices and how the lights react. This has become a trend with many Bluetooth speakers. Not real important to me, just give me great sound and simple operation. The outside has a nice feel, very similar to old speaker coverings of the past. Love the fact that it is waterproof as well. You can also buy a second speaker and sync it for stereo use, and at this price I might just do that. Battery life is great as well. Ran for at least 10 hours before re-charge and it was not fully dead yet. There are 5 buttons on top; Play, Vol +, Vol -, Lights, Bass. Only the play and Bass buttons light up. I would prefer they all did. Pros: Sound Portable size Waterproof Price Battery Life Cons: Non back lit Play Vol+, Vol- buttons Bottom line, worth every penny. Best i have tested for a $60 speaker

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple Look, Quality Sound

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    1ShadowFox1
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    Plain and Simple...this speaker is an AMAZING value. This is my second favorite bluetooth speaker I have ever owned. That being said, my favorite bluetooth speaker isn't as portable and currently sells for $599 so any comparison between the two wouldn't be fair. As soon as I received this speaker I plugged it in to charge and have been using it pretty heavily the last few days. The battery is still on its initial charge, which is huge for a bluetooth speaker. If the battery doesn't last, it loses a lot of it's usefulness. I am several hours in and have no signs of the battery giving up yet. The design and appearance of this speaker is very simple, which is a nice touch. I'm not a huge fan of "Look at me!" aesthetics, and appreciate the adult appearance of this speaker. The power and bluetooth connection buttons are on the back, along with sound controls on the top. The buttons have a soft feel, which feels like quality. The most important quality of a speaker is the sound. This speaker delivers! Unlike other speakers I use, this speaker doesn't belong in a corner. Put it in the middle of the room! It's not quite true 360* sound, but it is darn close and will fill any room with music with a quality sound and will lift any gathering into a party. This speaker also has the ability to pair with another Soundcore Speaker and create a stereo. I only have one, but I am looking into getting another to elevate this listening experience. I have noticed the speaker struggling a little bit with heavy bass when turned up, but not bad. Again, for the price point, this speaker greatly exceeds my expectations. I would definitely recommend this speaker for any one or any occasion short of a concert. I cant wait for summer so I can put this out by the pool and party!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Crisp, clean music

    Posted
    Cipher469
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    There is a lot to like about the Flare before you even use it. It looks good, it charges comparatively quickly, and it paired in seconds to my Echo Show! Then, if the listening experience doesn’t amaze you, possibly you aren’t really listening. The 360-degree speaker puts out sound that is so crisp and clean you can hear the music as if it were live in an auditorium with excellent acoustics. Walk around it, and you will find no diminishing of sound quality. From the start, the Flair exceeded my expectations. If you particularly like to hear prominent bass notes, the speaker has a BassUp Mode to give it a boost. If you want bass that will shake the walls, this won’t do it for you; however, if you simply want more bass accent, it works just fine. Battery time is advertised as up to 12 hours. I can’t attest to that, but I can say I have had it in play for several hours on a full charge on more than one occasion, and it is still hasn’t needed a recharge. To add to the very attractive physical appearance, the Flare has a multi-colored lighted base. It can be turned off, on with a solid color, or displaying changing colors. Also, this function can be customized to your taste, using the Soundcore app. Bear in mind use of the light is going to use battery power, thus shortening listening time. That said and given the battery power, if you want to add to the ambiance, let the lights dance! Other nice features are: 1. It is water resistance up to 3 feet. 2. Two Flairs can be paired together so the music can be enjoyed in a wide area setting or simply enhancing listening in a smaller setting. 3. There is a built-in microphone to enable phone call response. 4. It comes at a very low price compared to many other brands with high quality sound. I love the Flair and would definitely recommend it. Heck, for the price, buy two.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1 for a small Room, 2 for a bigger room.

    Posted
    Trobadour
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    ---SETUP--- The setup of the Soundcore was simple. Turn it on the first time (comes with enough charge, though it’s recommended that you fully charge it) and it automatically goes into bluetooth search mode. Your device should find it quickly and you can pair it. ---FEATURES--- One of the best features is that it is has an IPX7 rating. What that means is that this speaker is waterproof and can be fully submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes in a depth of 30 meters. I threw mine in a tub full of water and left it there for a good 25 minutes because I forgot about it. I went to take it out and the speaker is just fine. May be linked wirelessly to other speakers with the same feature to create a louder sound. ---PERFORMANCE--- The performance of this speaker is on par with other speakers of similar price. It is loud enough for a small room or to have it by the pool area. During a party, though, one speaker alone might be drowned out by chatter. This speaker has the ability to pair up to multiple speakers of the same brand for a fuller sound, though I wasn’t able to test this as I only have the one. ---EXPECTATIONS--- The product meets my expectations. You’ll find that having a full waterproof bluetooth speaker comes in handy more often that not. This is my third fully waterproof speaker and I always keep one in the shower area, one in the pool area, and one in the kitchen sink area. ---VALUE--- The price for the speaker in terms of value is approachable for its power. If you plan on getting two, you can take advantage of the multi-speaker link system. ---APPROVAL--- I highly recommend this product for people who will keep the speaker near water and close to them. Unless you’re buying multiple, I wouldn’t recommend just 1 for a party. Otherwise, though, it is a pretty good speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good Design, Terrible Quality, Ok Sound.

    Posted
    CrysisComplex
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    I'm just going to jump into it, This Soundcore was not a good experience with me at all. While yes I like the design and the nice colored LEDs it comes at a big price in which I don't think they are worth the sales price. The Soundcore speakers are nicely designed. They also feel nice in the hand to hold from the material they use. When they work they 360 sound spreads around evenly. The Bass is strong and you can even increase the tone but in my opinion, it's still not strong enough. The good news here is that the speakers are waterproof according to the packaging, I wasn't able to get this far to test due to the issues I had with the speakers. The Color LEDs are pretty and give the speakers personality. there is an app you can change certain settings of the speaker colors for iOS and Android. The Soundcore flare has an AUX port on the back next to the charging port which I am thankful for in this day in age of Bluetooth. Now on to my problems. Charging the speaker and using it at the same time causes the speaker some issues in the speaker itself. Static sound starts off low letting you forget the issue but it gets LOUDER over time. Even worst if you have the color LEDs on you will hear an annoying buzzing sound kick up to unbearable levels. This isn't an issue for people who just want this speaker to take on the go and only charge it when it's not in use. It seems to work fine only when not charging and playing. After having this issue I no longer use the speaker and put them back in the box. I like the Soundcore speaker but there are too many other BT speaker manufactures today that can get this basic concept right and Anker cannot. many others that are worth your money even on sale.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Soundcore is the next-gen speaker

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    DPNHTECH

    Back a few years ago, I got the Soundcore mini (1st) and I loved this speaker still do I wouldn't of thought Anker's audio products wouldn't of been made into a audio brand ranging from headphones to speakers they've been known to me and few as a power bank company for years but then I noticed when I was in the store one day that they had a brand new speaker line that seemed to stand out not just for the price but also the look As I pointed out in my video I love my new Soundcore Flare but didn't find much for the app but the lights were a nice touch if you want to impress your friends at a party or get-together. I would of loved if they had Alexa built-in like I saw their sister companies ROAV did with one of their products who knows maybe it's a simple firmware fix they could give to all of us with this speaker When I was comparing this speaker for it's sound it was tough since they both sound terrific. I'm a big Edifier audio fan and love my Edifier MP280 Bluetooth speaker both speakers are great and have the same price point depending on what you want. I would go with the Soundflare for a more desktop or table experience while saving the Edifier MP280 for a bike or backpack trip since that speaker has a metal carabiner

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy 5 Stars

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    Tbeetles
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    This has quickly become my favorite portable Bluetooth speaker, of which I own several. There are 4 things I really look for in a speaker - 1) Durability and Portability 2) Sound Quality 3) Battery Life 4) Fringe stuff like lights and apps 1) Its size is perfect for a speaker that you want to be highly portable, about the size of holding a 16 ounce can. , but it has a nice durable heft to it, unlike many other speakers that make you worried it will blow away if someone sneezes. It also has a nice rubber grip on the bottom ( see picture ) that I really like, it grips the surface really well as to not go flying off the table if someone bumps it. You can tell its quality just by holding it. Id bet that I could knock this in a pool and it still work after. 2) The sound, is amazing for something of this size. I've had speakers far larger, output less sound. The 360 degrees of output really fills up a room , and includes a surprising amount of bass for its size. It just makes a good crisp sound, that has a nice rich feel to it. 3) I ran this on battery for nearly 12 hours before it ran out of battery. 4) So the light show on this is amazing - I for one find it to be a novelty and not a reason I would decide to buy a speaker, but it has a better light show than much more expensive bluetooth speakers. The app is very simple easy to use, you can modify the light show, as well as change volume settings. Overall this is easily one of my favorite bluetooth speakers, its durable, sounds great, and highly portable. A+ for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid BT speaker

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    badradio
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    There are a ton of BT speakers on the market. I chose this one to review as it seemed a decent size with a RBG strip on the bottom part. The product comes with a short micro usb cable and instructons only. Currently I have it plugged into my Xbox One X, so I can run the light show on my desk. Has a couple pre-programmed functions and one that goes with the beat of the music. First trhing I used it for was a call from my One Plus 6T and worked really well! Person whom I called could hear me great. Options for bass boost on top of the unit is available too. The negative would be when I tried to connect with my PC via BT, actually showed me what a blue screen on Win 10 looks like for the first time! I know right? Eventually I got it to connect but was not good, cutting out constantly. Assuming it was my PC's bt chip sucks as the connection with my phone is steller. Overall I recommend this speaker. I like it on my desk as a neat light show with occasional calls and playing music on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome speaker for a great price

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    jgbrn

    Anker’s new Soundcore line of speakers and headphones have caught my attention, but one of the most intriguing products I’ve seen is the Soundcore Flare. I initially just liked how it looked, but after reading the specs, I had to give it a shot. On first glance, the speaker is really sleek. It looks and feels like something that should be expected in a speaker at a much higher price point. The speaker is IPX7 waterproof, so you can definitely bring it to the pool without being worried about water damage. Pairing was exactly what you’d expect if you’ve ever used a Bluetooth speaker or headphones. The Soundcore Flare has a companion app that allows you to manage light modes, volume, EQ settings, and update the firmware of the speaker. The amount of control you can have over how the speaker looks and sounds is fantastic. Lastly, sound. This speaker sounds AMAZING. Very unexpected from a speaker at this price point. I’m no audiophile, but the deep bass, balanced treble, and 360-degree audio make for a very pleasant listening experience. It’s possible to pair two of these together for full stereo sound, so I’m already tempted to invest in another Soundcore Flare. If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker that sounds great at a very affordable price point, I’d highly recommend the Soundcore Flare.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    ok sound, nice form factor

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    Bappy
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    this Bluetooth speaker looks very similar to one I have from a high end speaker, now mainstream brand. The unit looks like a small lantern (unfortunately without a handle) wrapped in a black fabric. As for the sound, at this price point it isn't bad, but not the best either. As with every other speaker of this type you can download the companion application for the unit, which can control sound profiles (really needed) to be able to squeeze out the best sound. The unit comes with the usual controls and LED indicators, On top are some of the controls including a single play/pause button that serves multiple functions, volume up and down buttons and a light control button. This unit has a LED ring that illuminates various colors while playing music, I'm sure the target demo for this speaker would love the lighting effects. As I mentioned before the sound leaves a little to be desired, there is enough volume, just not enough detail. Pros: - price - form factor - downloadable mobile app Cons: - given it looks like a lantern a handle would be useful - thin sound, especially without the aid of an app with an equalizer function (thankfully the Soundcore app provides one). - fabric that covers the speaker not the best for keeping clean.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product for price

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    ResidentGeek

    What a nice product. What a surprise. I am a big Sonos user - so everything in terms of streaming music seemingly gets compared to one of the Sonos products. Now I know this is a bluetooth portable speaker - and the Sonos is not - so let’s just leave that alone. This is another free product from Anker via their PowerUser program. I have reviewed quite a few of their wireless chargers - but never one of their bluetooth speakers. Soundcore is Anker’s audio brand and while they sell budget friendly offerings - they are still pretty good. I played a range of songs through this speaker - and while it won’t win any awards from the audiophile world it is great at what it is - something I would take to the beach with me and not worry about it getting soaked. The speaker is decent size, easy to set up, and waterproof (IPX7.) I have yet to test it’s waterproof claim, but I will. The interesting (yet not totally needed feature for me) is the ambient LED lighting. It’s cool - and will make for some fun conversations if this thing made its debut at a party - but that is it. Anker is also touting a mobile app for tuning this speaker. I haven’t put too much time in to playing with the app - but it seemed pretty basic. You can control the LED light and also set different playback EQ modes. All in all - this a fine speaker for its price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big sound and great looks

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    JKinSYR
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    Impressive sound and really nice to look at. This speaker can bump out some serious sound and I'm loving every second of it. This unit has the accompanying LED lightshow at the base which is a very nice look whether it's day time or in a dark room. Anker went the extra mile with this speaker to make it look sweet and offer a good value for the quality. The speaker is encased in an Amazon Echo like cloth textured speaker for the 360 degree speaker. The speaker paired really quickly and easily to my iPhone device. The bluetooth has great range and remained connected from a good 25 feet away. This speaker also has buttons on top that are easy to press and navigate. Control the LED lights on/off, volume and skip function. I feel like this is a great speak that can fit in many different situations. I think this speaker would be nice in a living room, office, kitchen, dorm room, or bonus room. The speaker is compact and really fits into any room easily and will look good. Will definitely not be a distraction, but will be a very nice addition to the landscape. Enjoy this device, and I'll be sure to suggest this to anyone else as it's a great value.

    I would recommend this to a friend