I picked up a SoundCore Rave last week at Walmart and wanted to post my first impressions as I’m interested to see what others who have this speaker think of it. I haven’t found any reviews of it online nor in these community forums. I had been looking for a larger sized speaker to use outdoors that could really put out great sound and felt the Rave got it right on several fronts. First is size. It’s big but at around 20lbs it’s not so heavy you can’t easily carry it a short distance or strap it to a cart or wagon to take where you need it. From a price perspective $200 is cheap compared to the competition which is over $400 for the JBL versions. Given that I was excited to try it out.
Once the speaker was unboxed it immediately connected to my iPhone and has nice confirmation tones when you turn it on and when it connects so you know it’s ready to go. The speaker looks great and has nice rubber footings so you can set it upright or horizontal as desired. The lights are a nice touch and have several options through the Anker app to adjust them. The app is great and immediately updated the firmware on my speaker. The one thing I did notice is there are no settings to adjust the sound on the app but maybe that will come in the future.
So I have quite a few Anker products and really like the brand for quality and price and this speaker is no exception however I have not owned any Anker speakers prior to this but I’ve owned lots of other Bluetooth speakers going back many years. Currently I have a JBL Charge 3 and an Ion Audio party speaker along with my house having Sonos and Echo speakers scattered around. I really like loud music so with dual 5.25 speakers I had high hopes for this speaker. After turning it on and starting to play music I felt something was lacking. When the Bass boost button turned off the speaker sounds anemic to the point I can’t imagine not having it on. With it on there is more bass but it’s not what I would call low end bass nor punchy bass. It sounds like it adds more mid tone base. When you play a song with good bass you are left waiting for the speaker to really start pumping. In short, the speaker just doesn’t sound good in my opinion. While it has bass and treble it’s not punchy, not warm, and really just doesn’t sound good. The other thing I noticed is there is no sound stage at all. Standing back 10-15 feet I can close my eyes and point directly at the speaker. They put the two tweeters right next to each other in the middle so there is no separation at all and you can tell when you listen to it. Hopefully they can work on the sound signature with future firmware updates but as it stands right now it’s nowhere close enough to sounding good for a speaker in 2019. Speakers have improved so much over the last five years I can honestly say I have never had a speaker before I didn’t like the sound of and that is going back many years to having some Logitech Bluetooth speakers which sounded great many years ago. If Anker can get their speakers sounding like JBL, Klipsch, Sony or really any of them this would be a fantastic speaker as everything else about the speaker is excellent for the price point.