Enjoy the powerful sound of this haute red Urbanears Ralis portable speaker. The 30-foot Bluetooth range lets you move away from your mobile device freely, while the carrying strap ensures easy carrying. This water-resistant Urbanears Ralis portable speaker has a rechargeable battery that offers up to 20 hours of listening time when fully charged.
Connect wirelessly from across the room
Pair this speaker with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, including phones, tablets and laptops.
Enjoy up to 20 hours of extended playback on a single charge.
To enable use at the beach or by the pool.
Carry the speaker wherever you go
Carrying strap helps minimize damage while you are out and about, whether you are heading on a trip or firing up the grill in the yard.
20W RMS system power
Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
50Hz - 20kHz frequency response
Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
Yes, it is about 6 lbs. But it's 6 lbs of minimalistic modern, well crafted engineering. Highs and lows do not distort at all no matter the volume I set it at. Bass is heavy, but not overpowering to not hear the rest of the music. I'm no audiophile by any means, but I love listening to everything from instrumental to Ferry Corsten and from John Denver to Dimmu Borgir and this speaker did NOT disappoint.
While I think it is a "portable" speaker, I doubt you'll throw it in a backpack and run off to a party with it. I see it used in a garage, backyard BBQ or a local event in your own house. That being said, I've used it outside and even my neighbors can hear the music clearly (sorry!).
The design is fairly plain or elegant. Take your pick. I love how all buttons are completely flush with the rest of the body. As a note, yes the handle is detachable if you prefer to never move it and want a straight cube look going.
Battery life is really great. 2 hour charge for 20 hours of your own music or doing a DJ battle? Uh, yes please.
Music is blasted to your ear holes from not only the front but also the back. You can set it on a table in the middle of a room and hear whatever your streaming to it perfectly.
Overall, I think this "little" guy is a great all around Bluetooth speaker to use on a variety of occasions and would recommend to anyone.
The Urbanears Ralis Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Mist Gray has incredible sound for its small size. It has a cloth woven handle for taking it on the go and the speaker is coated in a kind of protected rubberized plastic shell that has a waterproof rating of IPX2 (which means it not completely waterproof but can a take a spill very well). It only takes a 2 hour charge to produce 20 hrs of battery life. I got the cool color of Mist Grary (other colors are available as well) that looks very contemporary and fun.
• There is a power hatch on the back of the Ralis Bluetooth Speaker that houses the power cord, 3.5mm jack and a power bank connection (USB Type female A). To get to the power hatch just flip up it and choose whatever you need to do. It took me a little less than 2 hrs to fully reach charged up capacity using the included power chord. (It is has comes with 2nd power chord one for use in North America and one that is the same color as the unit with round connections).
• Plug in any USB Type A female connection in the power hatch to get that device charged. It is a power bank that allowed me to plug my smartphone for extra battery life. You could also use a tablet or other similar device charged through this USB Type A female connection. This comes incredibly handy when using Bluetooth on your smartphone to provide the music tracks. You can be hooked up to the speaker and charge your phone at the same time!
• Dual 5 watt tweeters plus a 10 watt woofer (and rear bass port) provide the sound that is made for easy listening music (or much harder music), parties and just hanging out. The spatial sound is of the Ralis Bluetooth speaker is quite good. It hard to tell where the music comes from because the great engineering done on this Bluetooth speaker. It really hits hard with the bass, has searing highs and great mid sounds that give the Ralis Speaker an overall pretty amazing sound. It also gets loud in a hurry filling the atmosphere with rich sounding music.
• The controls on top are: volume + and -, track < and > and lastly a play button. These buttons are sensitive to the touch that controls what you want to do volume and tracks. One of the cool features is that all of these options are flush with the Ralis Bluetooth speaker. This protects the button against accidental damage. On the bottom left side are the controls for power and Bluetooth.
• The Power button and Bluetooth button on the left side set up Bluetooth and battery life with indication lights. The battery lights are as follows: Green is full charge, Yellow is about half charge, Orange is almost empty and Red means you need a charge. To connect Bluetooth 5.0 is really simple. Turn on the power hold the Bluetooth button for 2 seconds and have your smartphone, tablet or computer ready to search for Bluetooth source. Mine connected extremely easy and fast. I had no trouble at all. The Bluetooth works up to 30ft so you don’t have to worry about your music dropping from your device.
• The whole Ralis Bluetooth speaker weighs in at around 6 lbs. This makes it rather heavy for its size but sturdy as well. It certainly isn’t flimsy in any way, shape or form. The dimensions are 7.24” Width x 7.68” Height x 5.43” Depth, so it is rather small compared with its weight. It is a solid piece of equipment.
• Now you can connect 2 of the Ralis Bluetooth speakers together. A 3rd Ralis Bluetooth speaker can also be connected via the 3.5mm jack. Pretty remarkable for this device!
I really enjoyed the Urbanears Ralis Portable Bluetooth Speaker. The sound is nothing short of incredible that comes out of such a small design. It easily fills up a room with rich sound. I played such artists as Daft Punk, Oasis, 311, Pink Floyd, Cake, U2 and the Arctic Monkeys and the Ralis Bluetooth speakers handled all those artists with no distortion, at loud volumes and the sound was clear and punchy! Whether you are playing rock, pop or classical the Urbanears Ralis is up to the task.
My first reaction when I took the Ralis speaker from Urbanears out of the box was, “dang this is heavy!” But in a good way, like I could drop it and it wouldn’t hurt it. Then I plugged it in and I couldn’t help but say “WOW” out-loud. I was expecting it to be pretty good for the price but I didn’t think it would be this good. Now, I’m not a professional audio engineer (that’s my brother) but I do know more than the average person and have a background in audio and video production. So with that, let’s get into this.
OVERALL and FIRST REACTION:
Like I said, I was really impressed with the performance of this speaker just right out of the box (after charging fully; ALWAYS charge your new devices fully before the first use!) with no adjustments or tweaks. I just pressed the bluetooth button, went into my bluetooth settings on my phone and found “Ralis” right away. They paired with ease and I hit play on whatever spotify had been playing last. I immediately noticed a very full body sound with crisp highs and thick punchy lows. As others have noted, it almost has TOO much low end but I’ll get into that more in the performance section. I did a quick look around the device and the buttons were very straight forward; play/pause, skip, volume etc. power and bluetooth are on the side and if you bother to read the instructions you’ll see that quick pressing the power button will give you a battery status. Green means you’re basically full, Yellow means you’re still good, Orange means charge it soon and Red means charge now. More on battery life later. On the back I noticed the woofer vent and a door that flips open for power in, USB power out and an AUX in. The strap is really nice and sturdy which pairs well with the overall design of the speaker being sleek, modern, simple, and BEEFY. Will you be tossing this in your purse or bag? No, probably not, but I did manage to technically get it in my large backpack, but there was little room for more items and the edges dug into my back. Let’s just say it won’t be going in your carry-on for a flight easily. But the nice square box shape makes it fit neatly in a trunk or tote or large bag without taking up useless space. And at 20 hours or so of playback, this is still very much a portable speaker. 6 pound weight makes it heavy but still portable.
Again, if you bother to read the manual you’ll notice it says the front grill is removable as well as the strap. I couldn’t get the strap off, but I tried for about 10 seconds and said “whatever, I don’t want it off anyway.” But the grill has two snaps on the bottom that you can push with something (I used a scissor blade) and the grill pops off. See photos for more.
The main event, the reason you bought this speaker; performance. If you want a speaker with LED lights that flash to the music or has a crazy design and “BASS BOOST” then you don’t want a performance speaker, you want a trendy speaker. This is a performance speaker. It does what a speaker should, sounds clean, good, and full. I mentioned it’s a bit heavy for a portable speaker but does that weight go to good use? HECK YEAH. Being a bit larger and heavier means Urbanears can throw in two 5W tweeters and a 10W woofer on a dedicated amp all it’s own into the Ralis as well as a frequency response of 50-20kHz. This gives it a very full sound and plenty of punch. Actually a bit too much really which some reviewers have knocked but with the tiniest bit of knowledge of how audio works, you can fix this easily. I was using my galaxy s9+ phone which has a 9 band EQ adjustment setting and when I played around a bit with the low ends I was able to get a really clean, full and punchy low end without muddying up the overall sound. If you don’t know how to adjust the EQ you probably won’t even notice the mud anyway and don’t need to worry about it. But if you are someone who takes their audio seriously, know you can tweak within your source and get a good sound out of this box speaker.
I noted about 16 levels of volume and hung around 5 or 6 indoors for a good but not overpowering sound. If you were outside or at a large party it still has room to really get loud. Remember, louder volumes will result in shorter battery life, but if you have power, plug it in and go all night. And with the “Blumlein technique,” you can put it in the middle of the room and have great sound everywhere. More on that in features.
So once I ran this bad boy through some tests I noticed it can handle every type of sound really well with little or no adjustments. Full disclosure, I played everything through spotify assuming that if compressed streaming audio sounds good, anything better will as well. I started with some hard rock to test its ability to play heavy distortion, full bass and piercing cymbals clean and it passed very well. Switching over to classical guitar (no distortion to cover your butt) I was really impressed with that full body sound again. Lows were beefy and clean while the highs still sounded crisp and sharp. No distorting levels at high volume either. I finished with some Hendrix and heard that classic Hendrix mid range punch like Jimi should sound and then finally I gave the new Tool album a spin (if you like Tool you got to listen to that album. 13 years later and they didn’t miss a beat!) but I was very happy with the performance of a newer released album with a lot of full range sound. I mean, I TRIED to find faults with this thing, honestly I did, I ran it through all sorts of tests and just couldn’t come up with anything bad worth noting. It just works. I threw on a podcast quickly to test voice quality and there was no trouble hearing a well recorded voice. I even played some videos to see if there would be sync issues or stuttering and it played flawless. The bluetooth range is pretty good too but in my pocket I did notice the range was a bit shorter.
As far as battery, well, I charged it full when I got it 3 days ago. I haven’t charged it yet and my phone died before the speaker did. Oh hey, that’s ok, it just so happens this speaker has a USB power port so I plugged my phone in and kept going. The speaker charged my phone and kept going and I’m still in the “orange” battery life. I haven’t clocked it, but I would say it’s safe to say 20 hours playback time is a solid bet. Urbanears says 2 hours to fully charge, and I haven’t been able to test that yet, but I trust others who say it does indeed charge very fast. (I’m sure a lot of weight is in battery and amps, aka worth it).
I mentioned a few of the features briefly but I’ll try to go more in depth on them here. As I said, it obviously has Bluetooth connection (bluetooth 5.0) but a neat feature I don’t see often is it can connect up to two bluetooth sources at once (as well as a 3rd in the AUX). This means you can have a “DJ effect” according to Urbanears which I see being more of a fun (pronounced annoying) party game if you connect two people’s phones to the speaker and let them duel for playback time. The speaker will automatically switch to the connected device that is playing. More realistically I could see this being useful if you had your phone connected and also, say, a tablet or computer. If you want to let your friends play something you could hand them the tablet without handing over your phone, or if you want to save your phone battery, left it inside etc, you could just have a dedicated music device and still be able to take back control via your phone when needed. Hey, your party, your rules right?!
The AUX input is another option that allows you to directly connect any device with a standard “headphone jack” (3.5mm) if you don’t have bluetooth, want to save battery, or just like to have a direct source for the cleanest sound possible.
The “Blumlein technique.” What does it mean? Well simply put, it means this speaker will sound good in any direction. The woofer does have a bit more push out the back end but not very noticeable. I put the speaker in the middle of the room on the floor and walked around it and only BARELY noticed a little drop off at a direct 90 degree from the front or back (aka from the sides) but otherwise it sounds good in front, behind, at an angle, and everything in between. It was even shaking the floor with the bass.
Not sure if this is a “feature” but it did come with a standard US plug (black) as well as a European plug (Grey) (visible in photos). I assume this is due to being made by a Swedish company but it is nice to know if you are traveling overseas you’ll be ready to go...just have to figure out how to pack the speaker in a carry-on.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: (TL;DR)
If you’re looking for a high performance speaker you can take with you almost anywhere and not worry about battery life and are willing to throw down some extra cash then the Ralis from Urbanears is right for you. I realize it’s a little pricey compared to other portables, but I believe my review proves the price is well earned. If you like to host parties and need quiet dinner music or raging club music, this will work. Camping, sitting poolside, (it’s only rated IPX2 so don’t use it in the rain or right next to the pool. But a few small splashes will be ok) or just sitting in your house, this will provide clean, full sound anywhere in any situation.
As my grandpa would say, “It only cost a little extra to go first class” and this speaker is the first class option of standard portable speakers.
Bottom Line Up Front:
This Urbanears Ralis is an excellent sounding, mostly portable, premium Bluetooth speaker that should be on your short list.
Packaging and Initial Presentation:
The packaging is simple, sturdy, and effectively protects the speaker inside while it is in transit. There is nothing flashy about the exterior presentation, box art, and the box lacks any sort of crazy "call outs" or dubious marking claims concerning the speakers features or abilities. Upon unboxing the Ralis, the first thing I noticed was the "weight" of the speaker itself, as I pulled it out of the box. Although it may be on the "heavy" side, I feel this lends to the premium build quality and elegant aesthetic that the Urbanear is trying to appeal to with the Ralis. The metal bits in the strap handle and speaker grill cover are readily apparent, and are removable so you can customize the colors if you so desire (additional straps and grill covers must be purchased separately though). Interestingly, after you remove the speaker from the box, you find the simple instruction pamphlets and BOTH a 110v AND 220v power cables included - which is super useful if you find yourself traveling outside the United States (no need to spend money on another cable or voltage adapter).
Performance Impressions & Portability
Having used and owned more than 15+ Bluetooth speakers of all sizes, shapes, and price ranges - the Ralis easily holds its own with the the other "high end" speakers on the market - at least according to my ears. I am by no means an audio engineer, or "sound field" expert, but I am very impressed with the level of clarity, volume, and punch that the Ralis puts out. I used the Ralis quite extensively to entertain guests at an outdoor BBQ party, to listen to music while I cut my grass and trimmed my hedges, and even to play spooky music for Halloween. The Ralis worked and sounded flawlessly every single time. The only minor sound related observations I noticed was related to how the "sound field" was effected when listening/moving around it in a 360 degree styled environment. This was only made noticeable when I had the speaker in central location (like the middle of a room) and I was walking around to take care of things for guests or do lawn work, etc as I previously mentioned.
The Bluetooth paired with my phone with no issues or drop outs, It actually drew more than its fair share of compliments from my guests asking what brand and type of speaker I playing music on. Interestingly, not many were overly familiar with Urbanears (which of course now they are). If there is one area I think the Ralis could use some "fine" tuning - is in its' portability. Honestly, while the build quality is excellent, and I have no qualms about it durability - it still "feels" heavy and bigger than what a "portable" speaker should be in my opinion. It is more than portable enough to put into a gym bag or normal sized backpack, its' eight or nine pounds of weight and cube/brick like shape don't exactly lend to the hiking/travel lightly/carry things in my hands to my friends house crowds. While the carry strap seems sturdy, I worry about how long it will look "new" since I know when I am outside or doing things with my hands - they inevitably get dirty - which is probably going to get dirty real quick...Its nothing a cleaning or strap replacement can't fix I imagine....
+ All in all, I would not hesitate to recommend this speaker to anyone. The Ralis deserves to be on everyone's short list - so long as if they are looking for a top notch Bluetooth speaker that is "mostly" portable. I figure they had to give up a lot of potential portability due to the inclusion of the premium components, charging capabilities, and internal circuitry to make it sound as great as it does.
+ The little door that covers/hides the charging ports/inputs is arguably the "cheapest" feeling part of the design. The door works, but I can't help but feel it really lessens the "premium" build feeling that the rest of the design exhibits.
+ It's nice to have the ability to charge another device with the built in power bank/usb port, but the size of Ralis makes me feel that your probably somewhere or someplace that you have access to a wall outlet that will charge whatever device you have faster regardless.
+ I also wonder what will happen if you accidentally leave this thing outside...IPX2 water-resistance is better than nothing, but it would be a shame to see how far you can push that before it hits that limit. If you absolutely value portability over sound quality and other features, then perhaps there may be other speakers that fit your needs a little better.
+ Only time will tell how the strap holds up to regular use, especially the lighter colored ones (like this grey one) - particularly if used outdoors.
Listening to music on this thing is amazing. It has crisp sound without distortion, no matter how high the volume (and it can get super loud). It has a strong bass, hassle free set up, awesome long battery life, and extremely sleek and stylish looking. It screams high quality right as you take it out the box. The only very slight downside is it's a bit heavy for it's size but, only because it's built so well. The included handle makes it easy to bring with you on the go. Definitely worth every penny.
While I didn't know much about the brand Urbanears before acquiring the Ralis Speaker. It has been a great choice so far. It has high quality sound and plenty of bass( an equalizer in music player helps really hit the sweet spot). Seems to have a rear firing speaker and subwoofer port and 2 front firing speakers to get an omnidirectional sound. Try turning the speaker to find that perfect center stage, front row seat sound.
For the volume Guys and Gals, this speaker doesn't pop or distort at higher/max volumes...at all...zero! While it gets very loud in home and would be great outside. It may not get loud enough for some who want to host a large party crowd. Although, the manual mentions you can link 2 for stereo and up to 3 with plugging the 3rd into auxiliary.
Battery life seems to be accurate. This speaker should be able to get that 20 hours of use on a charge. It can also top off your phone. While it's 5v and 2a. The cable I used did charge my phone slowly. My phone has fast charging, but the cable is usb-c on both ends, so had to use a data transfer cable that was usb-a and usb-c at the other end. But it will charge a current gen phone.
As for the only things I wish it had and it might be able to be added if this speaker can be updated(?) maybe not. The track skip button does not double for fast forward. It only skips to the next track or previous track. And because the audio is so good. I would like to see Urbanears make an app for this speaker like the one they have for their WiFi speakers. But price and sound quality still earned the 5 stars in my opinion.
Should also mention for those who don't want a boring basic speaker or light show of a speaker sitting on the shelf. This one has a nice adult style. The surfaces have a grippy almost fine sandpaper texture(its not smooth). The base has sold rubber feet. And the front speaker grill is removable! If you buy 2, get another color and then swap the grills for a bit of variety. And the handle is also removable.
If you are looking for a high fidelity Bluetooth speaker test this speaker out. It looks great, has a bit of quality heft and feels like it will last a while(will update if issues arise). Can also juice your phone if you are going out on extended stay where you will be away from power. Just make sure you have a usb-A charge cable.
Easy setup with loads of area-filling and clean sound from this not so little portable Bluetooth speaker.
Who wants this? Anyone looking for a workhorse BT speaker for home, work or play.
Urbanears is well known to me from their very nice earbuds and other personal sound products I have tested in the past.
This Rålis addition to their lineup is a premium offering at its pricepoint, and they deserve praise for a job well done.
The sound? While NO BT speaker is "audiophile" equipment, this Urbanears Rålis is as good as I have heard from this kind of speaker. And it SHOULD sound great at that pricepoint, right?
Operation is quite simple. If you've ever used a modern device with standard symbols to play, pause, skip tracks, adjust volume and pressing a power button, you're pretty much an expert already. There are not many instructions because not much instruction is needed.
The manual makes it clear as to the function of each port, button and function.
• Charges in under two hours
• IPX2 rating means it is resistant to splashes, so do be careful
• "Multidirectional sound" provides pleasing expanded spatial effect for environment filling audio. It works! https://www.aearibbonmics.com/what-is-blumlein-technique/
• up to 20-hour use per charge (I never exhausted the battery, which lasted over 20 hours in my brief uses)
• Aux input can receive output from a wired device, even while charging
• Equipped with the latest Bluetooth (BT) 5.0 technology
• Can simultaneously connect to TWO BT devices to share sound outputs from both through this one speaker - add an AUX input for THREE shared sound sources
• Can charge mobile device through USB connector (a little bonus)
• Was received with both US two-prong cord and international plug with two round pins
• Nice, not overpowering bass response
Choose from FOUR colors. Rålis is built with a pleasing, grainy texture.
Expect a solid feel from its over six-pound heft. As can be seen from the images online, it's quite stylish!
No demerits in my review as I can find nothing not to like here.
Here, it's a hit and recommended to you.
This sample was provided in exchange for my HONEST, no-holds-barred review.
First of all, this speaker delivers quite a bit of bass for it's size. Some may feel it's too "bassy." It's a ported design, with the port located on the back bottom corner. Bass is delivered by a rear-firing 10w woofer and there are two 5w tweeters, one in front and one in rear. This gives the Ralis multi-directional sound. For just 20w total, the speaker sounds really nice and can get fairly loud, but not extremely loud.
+ Solid bass response for this size speaker
+ 20 hour battery that is fully charged in 2 hours
+ Connect 2 devices at once using internal battery, 3 devices via AC
+ Overall sound is really good for a speaker this size
+ Uses latest Bluetooth 5.0 for stable connection
+ USB port in back for charging other devices
+ Volume level remains the same when using AC or internal battery
- Speaker is on the heavy side for portable use
- Only IPX2 rated, which is very limited to light drops
- Top buttons flush mounted and would benefit from being illuminated
- Plain looking design
- Start button must be pushed to see battery level (light color)
- Uses standard AC cord and cannot be charged via USB
Overall, the Ralis is a great speaker with a few little things that hold it back from being 5 stars. This wouldn't be the best option for on the go use due to it's blocky design, weight and very limited IPX rating. I would categorize this speaker as more of a bedroom speaker that can be grabbed and taken on something like a picnic, BBQ or other gathering. As of this writing of this review, the Ralis is currently on sale for 25% off for all colors, so I would definitely recommend this speaker for somebody wanting a quality made speaker with great sound.
PS4 controller in pic to show size comparison.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, usability, reliability and sound. Editors have mixed opinions about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 91/100 = Excellent quality.
PCMagRating, 4 out of 54.0Tim Gideon on June 5, 2019
The wireless Urbanears Ralis speaker delivers excellent value for its price, with bass depth that rivals some much more expensive models.Full Review
techhive.comRating, 4 out of 54.0Scott Wilkinson on August 30, 2019
Urbanears Rålis Bluetooth speaker review: Rich, smooth sound emanates from this big, heavy speaker
This portable Bluetooth speaker consistently sounds good from any direction.Full Review
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