Anker SoundCore Flare Plus Review

Anker SoundCore Flare Plus Review

Although Anker SoundCore Flare Plus has made a name for itself with its charging technology products (power bank, chargers, etc.), the Chinese company has been penetrating the field of Bluetooth speakers for several years. It can boast some popular products there. With the SoundCore Flare Plus, a jukebox was released for use in leisure time, acting like the “big brother” to the Anker SoundCore Flare and is supposed to attract attention, especially due to its larger dimensions.

In addition to strong protection against water and dirt, the manufacturer also advertises with a modern look, long battery life, and easy operation – and of course with a spatial and sonorous 360° sound. All of these are enough reasons to take a closer look at the device and find out whether the Bluetooth speaker delivers what it promises.

PROS:

  • Great price
  • Impressive bass and sound scale
  • The light show feels like a ‘free’ extra
  • Water resistance plus a home-friendly look

CONS:

  • Not the most refined mids
  • Default light mode is too hyperactive

Table of contents

  • Technical details
  • The technical data
  • Scope of delivery and processing
  • Design and handling
  • Sound quality
  • Conclusion

Technical details

Let’s start with the type of connection, which is Bluetooth. Here, Anker uses the current 5.0 technology, which has decent performance with a minimum of 20 meters. Even one or two walls between the playback device and the loudspeaker are not a problem.

So, if you want to listen to music in the garden, for example, but prefer to leave the playback device in the apartment, you don’t have to expect breaks or other problems here. The battery life is around 20 hours, but this is only achieved when the LEDs on the bottom are switched off. If the play of light is used, the runtime is reduced to ten to twelve hours, still a good performance.

Two 50-millimeter drivers were installed, which provide a lot of power and distribute the 360° sound well in the room. If you have two SoundCore Flare (Plus) products, you can even combine them to create stereo sound.

Another plus point

The in-house “BassUP” technology can be activated at the touch of a button, which makes the bass even more powerful and dominant. The large “Plus” model can even be used as a power bank and charge the smartphone while playing.

The technical data

  • Frequency range: no
  • Speaker type: Wireless speaker
  • Connection type: Bluetooth 5.0 technology, 3.5 mm jack
  • Bluetooth range: 20 meters
  • Remote control: Yes (top speaker)
  • Integrated microphone: no
  • Nominal impedance: no
  • Sensitivity: no
  • Weight: approx. 644 grams
  • Dimensions: 91 x 91 x 152 millimeters
  • Driver size: 50 millimeters
  • Degree of protection: IPX7
  • Battery life: about 20 hours
  • Loading time: about 4 hours

Scope of delivery and processing

The scope of delivery is very tight and only contains the essentials. In addition to the Anker SoundCore Flare Plus, the package includes a charging cable and a few pieces of paper. It must, of course, be pointed out that more is not needed.

Nevertheless, a transport bag would have been useful; after all, the Bluetooth speaker was specially designed for mobile use and should be used at home, in the park, at the pool, or with friends. Moreover, if you carelessly throw the loudspeaker into a backpack, you have to reckon with unsightly scratches on the outside – personal responsibility is important here.

The fabric cover cuts a good figure and convinces with a good feeling, and appears to be quite robust. Also practical is the rubber coating on the floor, which guarantees a stable footing even on slippery and wet surfaces. We also like the connections hidden under a flap, including a USB port (for installing updates and the like), a micro-USB port (for charging the battery), and a 3.5-millimeter connection. So, there is the possibility of connecting playback devices in analog form – however, such a cable is not included in the scope of delivery.

Design and handling of Anker SoundCore Flare Plus

Of course, the taste is always subjective, but if you are looking for a black and gray loudspeaker for mobile use, you will get a representative that looks quite classic – if it weren’t for the LED lights on the underside. These can change color and consider the beat of the song being played. If you don’t want to use this feature (and like to extend the battery life), you can easily switch off the LED lights with a single button push.

Operation is very simple; the buttons for controlling the BassUp function, the volume, and the multifunction button are located on the top and have good resistance, guaranteeing pleasant use. In addition, there are two more buttons on the side above the three inputs, which switch the speaker on and off and operate the Bluetooth. The latter works as usual and enables coupling with different playback devices within a few seconds.

Sound quality

The SoundCore Flare Plus was not designed for audiophile music lovers. But in its price range, the device can deliver a good performance; the highs are quite clear and do not initially show any weaknesses even at higher volumes, with an available drone already distorting the highs from around 80% of the total volume. The same applies to the mids, accentuated at normal volume, and are not drowned out by the bass or the treble.

Speaking of bass

With normal settings, this is quite weak and recedes into the background, which will not be noticed negatively with pop music, hits, and similar genres. However, the situation is different for pieces of music with more bass emphasis, although the “BassUp” function should be activated here. Then the bass is a bit more dynamic and powerful but pushes itself too much into the foreground for our taste. However, if you like this, you will get decent performance here if the volume is not too high.

Conclusion

The Anker SoundCore Flare Plus cannot keep up with the battleships from Bose, Ultimate Ears, and Co in terms of sound. However, it does not have to be because it is noticeably cheaper and does not see itself as a direct competitor. The 360° sound is also perfectly okay, although it could be better balanced. Higher volumes are also a problem, so it is not suitable for larger parties.

After all, the device offers some useful additional functions, and the LED lights on the bottom are a nice gimmick that will surely please many people. If you don’t like this, you can switch off the lights – or go straight to another model. Overall, the Bluetooth speaker doesn’t have any major weaknesses.

 

Anker SoundCore Flare Plus Review
Anker SoundCore Flare Plus Review

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