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SoundCore Flare+

Design: The design of the Flare+ is very elegant and aesthetically pleasing. It’s subtle enough to blend into a room when not in use, but has enough presence and ‘wow factor’ thanks to the light show at the bottom to make it a great speaker for parties. There’s a fabric loop handle at the rear of the speaker which is great for swinging it over your wrist to carry when your hands are full. Overall I was very impressed with the design of the Flare+ and it definitely grew on me the more i used it. Build Quality: The Flare+ is incredibly well built. It weighs just enough to make it feel sturdy and high quality without being too heavy and sacrificing portability. its wrapped in a sort of soft mesh material which feels great and looks even better, and the ports and buttons around the back of the speaker are excellent. Features: One of the best features about the Flare+ is its IPx7 water-resistance. It means you won’t have to worry about your speaker getting ruined at a pool party because it can stand up to splashes and even full submersion at a depth of up to 1m. Bass boost is another feature that i absolutely love. It really does make a difference and I found myself leaving it on all the time for a greatly improved listening experience. The LED lights on the bottom of the Flare+ get reasonably bright and if you download the app on your phone there’s loads of different profiles you can enable to change the lights from party mode to a more calm and relaxing show. The battery life on the Flare+ is fantastic, with up to 20 hours on a charge. I only had to charge it a couple of times after moderate to intense use daily. The only downside is that it takes 4ish hours to charge via the micro USB connection, so you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got enough time to get it to full juice before you head out on a camping trip. It comes equipped with an AUX in port which is nice but pretty much standard on all bluetooth speakers, nevertheless it works great and is definitely essential to have. Another great feature the Flare+ has it the ability to pair multiple speakers together and have them play in synchrony. This is an awesome feature as it allows you to place them in key areas of a room to create your own surround sound music experience. It's perfect for parties, just have your friends bring their Flare speakers and you can create your own disco! Overall, the Flare+ is an excellent bluetooth speaker with incredible design & build quality. It comes packed with great features like waterproofing, extra bass, LED light show and much much more.

DOSS SoundBox XL

Design: The DOSS SoundBox XL is pretty basic when it comes to bluetooth speaker design. It’s your standard box shaped speaker with buttons on the top. Although the design is pretty unexciting, it makes up for it in other ways. Build quality: The SoundBox XL has a nice weight to it and is built well. It’s not the highest quality manufacturing by any stretch of the imagination, but it’ll get the job done. It feels sturdy enough to survive the occasional bump and drop however I would be cautious with it. Features: The SoundBox XL sounds great at medium and low volumes, however when you crank it all the way up I found you could hear a slight bit of distortion. The bass is fairly good and it gets loud enough to use it as a party speaker. The battery life is one of the most disappointing features at only 10 hours on a charge, I would have hoped for a little more as 15-20 is the sweet spot for bluetooth speakers. Overall the SoundBox XL is a fairly average bluetooth speaker with mediocre bass, sound quality, design and build quality.

BOOM 2

BOOM 2 Design: The BOOM 2 is well designed in the form of your standard tower design with oversized volume controls. I quite like the oversized controls, however some of them were difficult to press. The best part about the BOOM 2’s design is easily the colors and designs you can choose from! Build Quality: The BOOM 2 is made really well, and you can immediately tell when you first get your hands on it. The materials used are excellent, it has that nice weight to it bordering on too heavy but definitely something you can still throw in your bag and forget about. Overall we were really impressed with the build quality of the BOOM 2. Features: In terms of features, the BOOM 2 certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s IPX7 rated meaning it can be immersed in water up to 1m in depth for up to 30 minutes. This awesome because it means the BOOM 2 is pool party ready and you won’t have to worry about ruining your (very) expensive bluetooth speaker! The BOOM 2 boasts a 15 hour battery life which is a respectable duration however I would’ve liked to see them bring that up to 20 hours given the size profile of the BOOM 2. Charge time is really fast considering at only 2.5 hours, a great time. In terms of audio, the BOOM 2 sounds fantastic and packs a large amount of volume to it, more than enough to be party worthy! The only thing I can fault it on is the price tag. The BOOM 2 will set you back £170 which is a huge amount of money for a bluetooth speaker. Overall its a great speaker, however i’d wait for a sale before considering a purchase.

THE WINNER

Congratulations to SoundCore on building such an excellent bluetooth speaker! The Flare+ simply had to be crowned the winner because of its incredible design, build quality and features.

The price point of the SoundCore Flare+ is just unbeatable considering just how much speaker you get for your money! It has all the great features of high end bluetooth speakers including water proofing, 360 sound and excellent acoustics and volume. Not to mention the design and build quality is superb! It simply had to take the crown for this showdown.


RUNNER UP

The BOOM 2 put up a great fight but in the end it was just far too expensive. Although you definitely won't be disappointed with it, you can certainly get far more bang for your buck when it comes to bluetooth speaker pricing.

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