Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Review

Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Review

The Bluetooth speaker Anker Soundcore Flare 2 comes with a remarkable range of functions. We put the waterproof speaker with the two LED rings to the test. Is the 360-degree sound convincing?

PROS:

  • Balanced sound
  • Good quality
  • Very loud if necessary
  • LED lighting

CONS:

  • Details at high levels
  • Line-in input is missing

Convincing package

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 LED lighting is a nice touch, but thankfully not the main argument this speaker throws into the ring. Water protection, good, powerful sound, successful quality at an acceptable price – the overall package is right here!

The best Bluetooth speakers in comparison

We put Bluetooth speakers through their paces at regular intervals. The results then flow into this comparison, in which we compare the best models again for a detailed comparison of the Bluetooth speakers.

Do you think Bluetooth speakers are only slightly different from each other? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! Some models look like mini televisions, modeled after a guitar amplifier that floats freely in space or that you can go diving with. The test model also dances in several categories simultaneously. In our opinion, the top features of the Anker speaker are:

  • Waterproof according to IPX7
  • Two built-in LED rings light up to match the music
  • 360-degree surround sound with bass boost
  • Battery life of up to 12 hours
  • USB Type-C interface
  • The output power of 20 watts

Design and processing of Anker Soundcore Flare 2

At first glance, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 hardly differs from the still available Soundcore Flare+, which we have tested for you here. The news anchor is a little better equipped but smaller than this. The main difference to its predecessor, the Anker Soundcore Flare, is the additional LED ring on the top. In this way, the old and new versions can be directly distinguished.

There is nothing wrong with the processing of the 585-gram wireless speaker. Despite the LED gimmicks, the part is knitted very robustly. We like the nylon sheathing and the non-slip, rubberized base. However, a lot of dirt accumulates here over time.

The only interface available to you is a water-resistant USB-C port for charging. It’s a shame – the Flare+ offers a practical line-in input in addition to a USB input. Moreover, the music only reaches the test device via Bluetooth, i.e., wirelessly, since there is no SD slot.

Anker installs 24 mini LEDs at the top and bottom of the speaker. These lights up, sometimes more, sometimes less appropriately to the music being played. You can use a button built into the device to click through different modes. If it bothers you, a long press on the button deactivates the light.

LED show and app

It is operated with the help of additional buttons on the top of the speaker and the back. The pressure points are good, but unfortunately, the keys themselves are not illuminated. For example, you can use the accompanying Soundcore app to update the speaker’s firmware, which was the case with us immediately after commissioning (version 1.37).

You can also influence the sound using the equalizer and fine-tune the lighting. It’s funny that the app offers the function “What’s next?” a kind of spin-the-bottle mode. The speaker plays dramatic music, lets all the colors circulate, and stops at an LED segment.

You can use the app to connect up to 100 Soundcore speakers of the same type. Of course, “normal” stereo operation is also possible with another Flare 2. Unfortunately, Flare 1 and Flare 2 cannot be induced to interact. The Flare 2 also does not work with the Flare+.

Hearing test,the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 sounds so good. In short, very mature. Of course, an all-enveloping “360-degree sound” cannot come from such a small speaker. But the fact that the Flare 2’s sound doesn’t degrade even once we wander around is pleasing.

This also applies to the maximum volume. It’s impressive how powerful even such a small speaker can play, about as high as an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

About 75 percent of the maximum achievable volume, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 scales back the bass and significantly reduces the bandwidth. In other words, the sound gets louder, but the quality decreases. Protection, so it doesn’t start to rattle.

If clipping sets in earlier, a look at the back of the device will help. The manufacturer installs a bass button here. We had it permanently activated in the test. However, pressure on it can help to reduce the rumbling. But that should rarely be necessary because the anchor speaker is not a bass miracle.

Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Review
Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Review

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