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Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Better Bass, 24-Hour Playtime, 66ft Bluetooth Range, IPX5 Water Resistance & Built-in Mic — Dual-Driver Wireless Speaker for iPhone, Samsung etc
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- Upgraded Audio: Engineered to deliver the same build and clarity as the original SoundCore, with upgraded 2x 6W high-performance drivers.
- Bigger Bass: Anker's trademark BassUp technology provides a wide sound range, with deep lows.
- Incredible Battery Life: 24-hour / 500-song playtime powered by a built-in high capacity Li-ion battery and Anker's industry-leading power management technology.
- Play Everywhere: "Grab-and-go" portable design, plus IPX5 water-resistance and dustproof rating means you can listen effortlessly in any environment.
- What You Get: Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker, Micro USB charging cable, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.
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This item Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Better Bass, 24-Hour Playtime, 66ft Bluetooth Range, IPX5 Water Resistance & Built-in Mic — Dual-Driver Wireless Speaker for iPhone, Samsung etc
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|Item Dimensions||2.13 x 6.5 x 1.77 in||2.9 x 6.6 x 2.7 in||2.76 x 6.69 x 2.76 in||2.7 x 2.7 x 8.8 in||2.17 x 6.89 x 2.56 in||2.64 x 11.8 x 5.2 in|
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The Bluetooth Speaker with Enhanced Sound and Playtime
From ANKER, the Choice of 20 Million+ Happy Users
SoundCore 2 produces outstanding audio from an astonishingly compact speaker (165mm*54mm*45mm). Upgraded 2x 6W drivers blast out rich, clear sound.
Bring your music to life with proprietary Anker BassUp technology. Deeper bass ensures a wide, balanced audio range.
Play All Day
24h-hour / 500-song playtime means you can listen all day, and all night too.
Note: Playtime varies according to volume and audio content.
IPX5 water-resistant rating and dustproof engineering mean you can bring your beats anywhere - from the garden, to the beach. Upgraded materials provide smooth touch, and better grip.
Listen for up to 66ft with latest Bluetooth 4.2 technology, while an in-built microphone makes hands-free calling a breeze. No Bluetooth? No problem, an aux port allows you to plug in and play.
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The SoundCore 2 came in a white and light blue box with black and light blue text on the outside. Inside the box, wrapped in velvety plastic, was the speaker secured by cardboard on all but the top parts. With the speaker were the user guide, “Happy/Not Happy” card and an Anker-branded charging cable inside its own smaller box. Packaging was professional.
Pairing and Controls
Pairing the SoundCore 2 with an iPhone 7 Plus was a breeze. Shortly after turning the speaker on, “SoundCore 2” appeared on my phone. A couple of seconds after I tapped the name, paring was successful, confirmed by tone.
The controls are located at the top of the speaker. They include the power, - (minus), play, + (plus) and Bluetooth buttons. The + and – buttons are used for adjusting volume. The play button is a multi-function button that can be used to pause/resume playback, accept/reject/end calls as well as putting the current call on hold while accepting another call. Additionally, the play button can also be used to switch a call between speaker and mobile device.
On one of the sides are the auxiliary and micro USB charging ports.
When it comes to speakers, the most important factor for me is sound quality reproduction. Anker’s SoundCore 2 didn’t disappoint. Vocals by a basso vocalist were smooth. Middle frequencies produced by a flute and a clarinet were clear and pleasant. High frequencies from an acoustic guitar were crisp and very satisfying.
The sound of a bass drum was somewhere in between a “punch” and a “boom.” Applying an equalizer app got the bass drum closer to a boom but not quite there. This is an area where the speaker could use an improvement when it comes to sound quality reproduction.
The SoundCore 2 is loud. At maximum volume, it easily filled my 20-feet x 20-feet garage with sound. Bluetooth range was amazing. Without any obstruction in between the speaker and my phone, sound didn’t cutoff until both were about 100 feet apart, producing the best Bluetooth range of all speakers I’ve tested to date.
Phone calls were clear. The speaker has the ability to put an existing call on hold while answering another incoming call. I have yet to see this feature on other Bluetooth speakers. There is one feature that is common with most speakers I’ve tested but not present with the SoundCore 2 and that is the ability to call the last number dialed on the phone the speaker is paired with. This would normally be a double press of the play button but this action is assigned to skip to the next track. I found this to be surprising coming from an Anker product.
In addition to call the last number dialed, I was also surprised by the inability to go to the previous track. Unless I missed this in the user guide, this functionality is not present.
As already mentioned, the speaker has the ability to enable voice control software such as Siri on iOS devices. This is the second speaker I have tested to include this nice feature.
• Durable and rugged construction
• Good sound reproduction
• Comprehensive user guide in 9 languages
• Amazing Bluetooth range
• Advanced phone call answering features
• Ability to enable voice activated software (Siri with iOS)
• Anker-branded charging cable
• Can’t go to previous track
• Can’t call the last number dialed
• No auxiliary cable
Despite the minor quirks mentioned in my review, the pros far outweigh the cons making the SoundCore 2 an excellent choice for a Bluetooth speaker in the $46 (price at the time of review) range. Similar speakers I’ve tested are the Meidong 2110 and the Meidong QQChocolate Medium. While these two speakers are more accurate in terms of sound quality reproduction, they are not as loud as the SoundCore 2. If volume is more important, you can’t go wrong with the SoundCore 2. However, if sound quality reproduction is more important, take a look at the Meidong speakers. I had to switch between all three speakers while writing this review to make sure that my conclusions are as accurate as possible.
Please - just take my money again!
As an existing owner of the original Anker SoundCore, I was extremely excited when I saw that the SoundCore 2 was released. Most manufacturers would put a “2” at the end, extend some battery life, maybe change a design, and call it done (and probably charge a bit more, too). Anker has improved upon the original model in the water-proofing, the battery life, range, sound quality/bass response, and a few other little tweaks that make the new model a worthwhile upgrade.
Typical Anker - Everything you need (Instructions, How to get help, Charge cable, Speaker) and nothing you don’t. Minimalist isn’t the right word, but extremely efficient is a great description. The speaker is safely packed, and shipped from Amazon in a quite quick fashion.
Initial use - Anker ships their products around 70-80% charged, best I can tell, so I was able to begin using this unit immediately. Turning it on with no other devices paired immediately put it into pairing mode. A quick search on my iPhone 6 showed the device, paired, and began showing the ~75% battery life in just a few seconds. Subsequent pairings to other devices have been equally as simple, using the “Bluetooth” button on the top of the device. Additionally, this version has a discreet light on the top near the power button instead of a light through the front grill. A different sound also greets you than what i’ve become accustomed to. I’ll get to audio quality and controls in a moment, but after first use, I did decide to top everything off. There is a tab on the side concealing the Aux and Charge ports, which is part of the waterproofing. The tab is connected to the speaker, so there is no worry of losing it. Charging to peak took under 2 hours.
Audio Quality - They’ve turned it up a notch. Bass is pretty responsive for this size (and another speaker larger than this that I have, of another brand), and the mids are clear. The highs don’t get tinny with volume, and it does have the range to ‘blast’ a good bit. You seriously have to hear it to believe it.
Range - I was able to walk 53 feet away with my phone in direct line of sight before any distortion was heard. I stopped walking and it stopped distorting. At 74 feet it completely disconnected.
Battery - I’ve timed around 25.5 hours of playback at a reasonable volume. Needless to say, my phone doesn’t last that long, nor do my ears. I view this as about a weekends worth of charge, at worst.
Water Proofing - Yeah, I dunked it in the river behind my house… Still works! This is going to be perfect for the pool/beach/etc.
Look/Feel - Weight wise, it’s about the same weight as the SoundCore 1. It’s a bit larger, but only just. The rubberized coating seems more seamless, which is indicative of the water proofing. The logo is a bit smaller. Admittedly, I walked out of my house today with the SoundCore 1 and didn’t realize it wasn’t the 2nd gen until I got to the porch and turned it on.
Is this worth the upgrade? If you’ve got an excuse to give away the old one, or need the water proofing/additional battery life, sure. If not, then hang on to the first gen because it’s still one heck of a little speaker. That being said, the 2nd gen is perfect for a ‘first’ portable bluetooth speaker, and i’ve not seen anything that can compare to the sound quality.
Midrange/Vocals : 4.5/5
High Frequency : 4.5/5
Low Frequency: 3/5 (put it closer for reasonable effect)
Distortion @ Max Volume: 4.5/5
Bluetooth Video delay: 4.5/5 within 8 feet (2/5 > 10 feet)
Bluetooth Pairing after Powering On: 5/5
Bluetooth Range : 5/5
Audio Cleanliness without Adding Equalizer or Flavor: 4.5/5
Battery Life: 5/5
Water Immersion: 0/5 (Big No)
Water Protection: 3/5 (IPX5)
Sound getting suppressed as other reviews have stated might be due to Streaming Apps like Spotify. Works fine when playing directly.
Overall Rating of Bluetooth Speaker: 5/5 (considering the price & performance)
+ 66ft bluetooth Range
+ Sound clarity
+ 24 hour battery life
+ Build quality
- Low Volume
- Unable to pair to multiple devices at once