If you are on the lookout for a speaker to inspire wholesale shuffling at your next social gathering, then Anker’s $99 Soundcore Rave Neo is just what you are hunting for. It is loud with a limited, thumpy low finish that will market all sorts of rhythmic motion and ideas. (It experienced my roommate Bridget dancing in zero seconds flat).
Audiophile, it is not, but that’s not its gig and the Rave Neo renders the wished-for effect when in its aspect.
This assessment is aspect of TechHive’s protection of the most effective Bluetooth speakers, where you are going to obtain critiques of competing products, additionally a buyer’s manual to the features you must take into consideration when buying.
Style and design and attributes
The Soundcore Rave Neo is an upright, monophonic speaker that actions a little a lot more than 11 inches tall, about 5.5 inches at its thickest, and approximately 7 inches vast. It weighs in at a minor significantly less than 7 lbs ., but an simple-on-the-palms, material-lined strap will make for effortless toting.
The controls for the Rave Neo are on leading of the unit as you can see in the earlier mentioned product graphic. There is the regular volume up/down, Bluetooth pairing, and ability buttons, in addition a toggle for the bass raise. Also on hand is the backlink button for PartyCast, which will connection the Rave Neo with up to 100 of its ilk.
There’s a button to transform the styles generated by the RGB LEDs circling the 4-inch woofer (there is a 2-inch comprehensive-selection driver and passive radiator as nicely), and a extremely unusual icon (amongst the additionally/minus) symbolizing a multi-perform perform/pause/preceding/next button.
Anker involves a “universal” just one-photo-is-worthy of-a-thousand-words and phrases type manual for the Rave Neo, but it could be a lot clearer and was incomplete. For occasion, it didn’t protect transforming involving the a few EQ modes (done via the Soundcore application) or how to invoke the Siri/Google cellular phone operate at all. I experienced to peruse the Anker’s web site about the initial, and uncovered the latter (tremendous very long push on the odd icon) by sheer luck.
The Rave Neo is rating IPX7 for protection from drinking water, indicating you can submerge it in the kiddie pool (up to 1 meter) for up to 30 minutes (you can read through a lot more about IP scores and what they indicate in this story). To that conclusion, the USB-C charging port, USB Style-A demand-other-things port, and 3.5 mm stereo auxiliary enter are concealed beneath a captive rubber plug on the again of the unit.
The Soundcore Rave Neo could be the most aptly named speaker I have operate throughout. It’s created for functions, wherever quantity and bass depend for additional than uber fidelity. Seen (and listened to) from that perspective, it’s a good speaker.
The Rave Neo’s greatest trick by considerably is its limited, pumping bass. Anker nailed it, and the segment of the mid-array it accentuates is the a single most likely to reduce as a result of group sounds, wind, and other ambient stuff.
As usual, I threw a assortment of genres at the speaker, and I was not impressed until I cranked it up and strike the EDM (Digital Dance Songs) and hip hop selections. At that issue, it arrived to life.
Utilizing the EQ in the Soundcore application created a massive variation for quieter kinds of tunes, while it couldn’t compensate absolutely because of to an over-all slight absence of significant-close sparkle, relatively weak higher mid-range definition, and the absence of stereo separation. Quiet contemplation is not really the Rave Neo’s detail. That claimed, with the default “outdoor” EQ setting, the portion of the mid-range that cuts by means of crowds and other noise is absolutely there.
I still left the bass improve engaged for the most section, and used the EQ to dial it again as required.
Battery everyday living was just around the claimed 18 hrs at the decreased volumes I utilised, but will decrease as things gets louder. If you’re going to party challenging for that extended, you will require an AC outlet.
Anker also despatched me a smaller Soundcore Flare 360 speaker ($69) to exam the PartyCast characteristic that it and the Rave Neo share. The Flare 360 has a lot far better significant-frequency efficiency and stereo separation, but weaker bass. The pairing was far a lot more fulfilling sonically than either speaker on its personal.
Notice that PartyCast linking was quick, but that no sound issued from the Flare 360 right until I boosted the quantity on the Rave Neo. The absence of emanations consternated me for a good fifty percent hour.
A wonderful outdoor or social gathering speaker
As it will most likely be employed less than situations wherever the relative deficiency of sparkle and upper-selection definition will not make a difference, the Soundcore Rave Neo is on stage for its mission: loud, throbbing, dance songs shipping. Get it for that. And if you want a nicer sonic knowledge, pair it with the Soundcore Flare 2.