Anker Sound Core Boost 20 W BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH Bassup Technology : Almost on par with Bose Sounds Link Mini 2,but incompatible with Samsung TVs

I’m very fussy about audio quality & i had my reservations about whether i’d be happy with the depth of the tones, especially mid range & bass. It’s fair to say i’m quite hard to pleasewell, i’m very very pleased with my anker soundcore boost. How such a compact speaker can reproduce such great mid range & bass response is completely beyond comprehension. It sounds fantasticthe general quality is superb too; it’s heavy & really solid with a lovely tactile quality finish. I’ve played with the sonos & bose & to my ears this is better & much less expensive. Buy one; you won’t tegret it.

After having had the boost for a month or so i’ve concluded that, it is a surprisingly capable speaker. I did think for a while that it sounded muffled and muddy when compared to the cheaper doss soundbox, which is kind of true – but the counter to that is that the soundbox doesn’t have the same bass depth as the boost (listening to bauhaus and 80’s u2 the rich basslines just don’t sound right on the doss), and the stronger highs and upper mids that give it “clarity” cross over into sounding harsh and brittle on such songs too. The sound core boost definitely does put more effort into the bass than it does the upper ranges, which can make it sound a bit muffled – adding a few db of eq at the top can correct this though (maybe cutting a bit at around 200hz too). With these tweaks it’s surprising just how full a sound such a small box can make – sometimes when listening in bed at night i forget that i am not playing the music through my floor standers. Obviously at higher volumes it can’t really compete with a pair of full size speakers, but then again i wouldn’t try putting those in my suitcase when i went on holiday (certainly wouldn’t be taking much else if i did). I’ve listened to quite a variety of music on the boost now, and it works well for most of it. There’s enough bass to give rock and dance music some energy, whilst offering enough detail and dynamic range for ambient and acoustic tracks to breathe. It’s never uncomfortable to listen to or sounds unnatural, which can’t be said for any other portable speaker(s) i’ve owned. 20w produces enough volume that you could conceivably use it to fill a room at a party, though at maximum volume it does sound a bit harsh (the bass boost feature comes in handy at these levels though). It definitely can’t replace a proper hifi with well positioned stereo speakers for serious listening, but it would be a strange world if it could – for portability at a well below hifi price though, it ain’t half bad.

This is an excellent little speaker from anker. I will usually try products like this when they go in the lightning deals and deals page. So i can’t remember how much i originally paid, but i was so impressed, that i ended up buying a second one to use at work when they went on offer again. The quality of the speaker is brilliant for the price, as is the sound. At low to mid volumes, the bass is fantastic. Much deeper that the likes of ue wonderbooms. I seem to have become somewhat a bluetooth speaker collector recently, to see how much they have come on i guess. But this is my ‘first grab’ speaker for city breaks and around the house and garden. Unless i know i will be going to the beach or anywhere wet, in which case i’ll take my jbl charge 3. Though tbh, the sound quality from this and the charge 3 at mid volumes, isn’t miles apart.

Considering the relatively cheap price i was impressed with the sound quality because i compared it side by side to bose soundlink mini 2 and it was very close to the (over-rated and hugely overpriced bose soundlink mini 2),that speaker costs £150+ (not worth that price at all in 2018 ) but anker boost is £50 or less, which is a realistic price for that kind of performance. The design is very sleek and modern. However i wish if the ports where at back instead of side, some people keep the bluetooth constantly plugged in, with this model it looks ugly because cable has to be inserted at the side instead of back. The reason i returned mine was that it was not compatible with samsung qled tv (or according to reviews most samsung tvs),it just doesn’t work, and i wanted an all-purpose speaker so i had to return it.

  • Pretty good portable speaker
  • What an amazing device!
  • Much better than I expected!

Anker Sound Core Boost 20 W BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH Bassup Technology, IPX5 Waterproof, Can be Used As Extra Battery, 20 m Range, Excellent Sound & Bass for iPhone, Mobile Phone and Tablet

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  • Boost Your Bass: Enhance your audio at the press of a button with patented Anker BassUp technology. Make your music sing, with solid lows at any volume.
  • Superior Sound: Dual drivers and twin subwoofers deliver 20W of powerful, high-fidelity audio. Boasting room-filling sound-ideal for podcasts, through to parties.
  • Play and Charge: Listen for up to 12 hours / 250 songs, and power external devices with a USB port packing Anker’s trademark battery technology.
  • At Home, Anywhere: A classic, minimalist design complements virtually any interior. Portable build and IPX5 water-resistance means you can effortlessly enhance your music on-the-go.
  • What You Get: Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker, Micro USB charging cable, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.

I’ve never owned a bt speaker before, other than the original amazon echo, so i didn’t know what to expect in terms of sound and projection. After some good reviews, i thought i’d give it a go, and it’s quite astounding just how big this thing sounds, when it’s barely any bigger than a can of lager. When i have the volume on the speaker at 50% and the volume on the source device (laptop, phone etc) also at 50%, it fills the room. If i then add the bass up option, it makes the floor vibrate like i’m blasting music through a huge system, and i need to turn it down if i don’t want my neighbours banging on the doorthe bass up adds depth and also volume, and whilst some reviews on youtube have suggested this option sounds good for electronic and hip hop and less so for rock/metal and guitar based music, i have to disagree. I have a wide range of music and i think it has a very transparent and natural enough sound that everything i play through it sounds as it should, and it all sounds great with and without the bass function. Certainly compared to the echo speaker, which has a bit of a soft mid-range, meaning guitars and vocals can get a bit lost. Everything sounds great though the sound core boost. Battery life seems impressive so far. I used it for about 5 hours straight out of the box without a charge or power, and it still had 2 of the 4 lights lit up. I imagine using the aux input would reduce power usage, so it’s great to have that option.

Sound quality: i had compared it with aukey eclipse & sony xbs30. Aukey had a slightly louder sound but missed the tighter bass of anker. On the other hand, sony had a boomy bass but missed out the highs & mids. Anker has tight bass but not too boomy and right amount of highs and mids makes the music enjoyable, could have a bit louder, not that it’s not loud my roommates have complained thrice battery life does not seem to be as promised since i keep the ‘bass up’ almost 70% of the time on, i believe it lasts upwards of 9hrs compared to the promised 12hrs. I don’t think these speakers come with the daisy chain feature which allows you to add more speakers, not that i need it but would be a value add there are no separate controls for traversing music, but it allows you to go to the next song by pressing the ‘play’ button twice. It remembers the last connected device and connects automatically.

Overall good look and sound, haven’t had it long enough to comment on the battery. Positives: good size, relatively light with surprisingly full sound and bass 6that will make your desk vibrate. That’s cause it has a very bass heavy tuning unfortunately at the expense of the mid-highs and highs. It’s almost that feeling of blocked ears after a long flight. Switching off the bass up unfortunately doesn’t fix it. Some eq on the media player can improve things but the highs are then harsh and unatural. If you’re looking for natural, flat frequency response this isn’t it. It’s a shame cause with better tuning they could have been perfect. Overall good sound for the size and price but i will be looking out for something better.

Having previously bought an anker soundcore and not being quite satisfied with it, i decided to try the soundcore boost – and i’m glad i did. This is so different it’s astounding. I’m not saying that the original soundcore is no good, for its size and price it is very good indeed and impressive but it wasn’t loud enough for my purposes and the bass not full enough. Also, it kept dropping the signal randomly for a second or two, which was quite annoying. None of these problems with the soundcore boost. The sound is rich and full with good deep bass and loads of volume and, so far, no dropouts. The bass boost is impressive giving a depth and strength of bass that has no right to be coming from such a small unit. It’s a bit bigger and heavier than the soundcore but not by a great deal – it’s still very portable. It also has useful additional functions like the ability to charge other usb devices from its battery, nfc pairing and it being waterproof to ipx5. On the down side, its battery life is only quoted as 12 hours which is half that quoted for the soundcore but i’m never likely to need even a full 12 hours so not an issue for me.

This speaker has good bass and packs a punch for its sizepros:it works flawlessly with my andriod phone, my ipod touch, and i recently discovered you can also use it with the fire tv stick. With all these devices it works flawlessly. The battery life is also very good. I only need to charge it every few days even with heavy use and it is quick to charge. Cons:i ran into several issues when i tried to use it with my windows 10 computer and i don’t know if that is due to my computer’s bluetooth setup being incompatible with it. It had trouble maintaining the bluetooth connection and some video programs would freeze and not play the sound. Just to note that i also tried other battery-powered bluetooth speakers, like the sony srs-xb30, for example, and ran into similar issues with windows 10. My mains powered edifier speakers work seamlessly via bluetooth with the same computer. Overall, i think this speaker was built as a mobile speaker for andriod or apple devices hence i rate it highly for the sound quality and functionality despite the problems i encountered with windows 10. I recommend it for a mobile device.

Some notable things to praise are its excellent sound quality, particularly in terms of bass but not to the detriment of the overall soundstage. Given its compact and portable nature, the sound quality and volume it attains are surprising. The material used for the top and bottom is plastic which feels soft to the touch, and doesn’t pick up fingerprints. Mine came with some odd markings on the surface but i managed to clean them. The sides are not easy to clean though. Overall, the build quality is greatnote that the central 3 buttons (volume up, down, and play/pause) are very ‘clicky’ and satisfying, but that the power and bassup buttons don’t have a satisfying click. Perhaps this is designed as such, but i cannot fathom why. There’s no way to know exactly what volume the speaker is set at, although there is an auditory signal when at maximum volume. The power on and off sounds are nice and subtle. Bluetooth pairing works well, and can pair to multiple devices.

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Anker Sound Core Boost 20 W BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH Bassup Technology, IPX5 Waterproof, Can be Used As Extra Battery, 20 m Range, Excellent Sound & Bass for iPhone, Mobile Phone and Tablet
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  1. Been on charge for about 2 hours won’t hold any charge at all. Will play music whilst on charge but only if it’s not loud.
    • Been on charge for about 2 hours won’t hold any charge at all. Will play music whilst on charge but only if it’s not loud.
  2. This review is from : Anker Sound Core Boost 20 W BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH Bassup Technology, IPX5 Waterproof, Can be Used As Extra Battery, 20 m Range, Excellent Sound & Bass for iPhone, Mobile Phone and Tablet

    After some use the battery life is almost non existent i have to use it while its on charge now.
    • After some use the battery life is almost non existent i have to use it while its on charge now.
      • Incredible sound quality for the size and price. Since playing it with friends, two of them have gone and bought one of their own as they were so impressed by it.
  3. This review is from : Anker Sound Core Boost 20 W BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH Bassup Technology, IPX5 Waterproof, Can be Used As Extra Battery, 20 m Range, Excellent Sound & Bass for iPhone, Mobile Phone and Tablet

    Incredible sound quality for the size and price. Since playing it with friends, two of them have gone and bought one of their own as they were so impressed by it.
    • I don’t know much about the ins and outs of the specs for these things, but i have a large living room and this fills it. The bass is amazing and for such a small, robust speaker, it totally rocks.
  4. This review is from : Anker Sound Core Boost 20 W BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH Bassup Technology, IPX5 Waterproof, Can be Used As Extra Battery, 20 m Range, Excellent Sound & Bass for iPhone, Mobile Phone and Tablet

    I don’t know much about the ins and outs of the specs for these things, but i have a large living room and this fills it. The bass is amazing and for such a small, robust speaker, it totally rocks.
    • Well made bluetooth speaker with great sound quality, good volume and long bluetooth range. We use one for fitness classes and it fills the studio with punchy, clear sound. Not only that but if you are streaming the music on the phone, it will keep your phone charge up at the same time. After a number of different tries (often at a lower price), i have learnt my lesson and every pound is well spent on this beauty,.
      • Well made bluetooth speaker with great sound quality, good volume and long bluetooth range. We use one for fitness classes and it fills the studio with punchy, clear sound. Not only that but if you are streaming the music on the phone, it will keep your phone charge up at the same time. After a number of different tries (often at a lower price), i have learnt my lesson and every pound is well spent on this beauty,.
  5. I was very very happy with the product. Nice sound quality and a surprising bass for this kind of devices. Good construction and connections. After exactly one year something went wrong (i think was the bass reflex) and the sound started to be horrible with distorsión and vibrations in the lower frequencies, but i contacted anker and in only 2 days i had my replacement. Great product and really good customer service.
  6. This review is from : Anker Sound Core Boost 20 W BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH Bassup Technology, IPX5 Waterproof, Can be Used As Extra Battery, 20 m Range, Excellent Sound & Bass for iPhone, Mobile Phone and Tablet

    I was very very happy with the product. Nice sound quality and a surprising bass for this kind of devices. Good construction and connections. After exactly one year something went wrong (i think was the bass reflex) and the sound started to be horrible with distorsión and vibrations in the lower frequencies, but i contacted anker and in only 2 days i had my replacement. Great product and really good customer service.
    • Great sound, durable, bass rules, battery life awesome. The only complaint is the spaceship sound on powering up and down. I like to listen to music at night to fall asleep and its obnoxious to have that sound happen if it shuts off. Still very happy with it overall.
      • Great sound, durable, bass rules, battery life awesome. The only complaint is the spaceship sound on powering up and down. I like to listen to music at night to fall asleep and its obnoxious to have that sound happen if it shuts off. Still very happy with it overall.
  7. Sound quality amazing but, lost connection with iphone and i couldn’t fix it. Returned without any problem.
    • Sound quality amazing but, lost connection with iphone and i couldn’t fix it. Returned without any problem.
      • I received this product for free from anker to make up for an issue i was experiencing with the soundcore 2. Their customer service team is one of the best i have ever dealt with and this product is definitely worth all of the high scoring reviews on here. The sound quality is great and a definite upgrade over the older models and seems to be a lot more durable as well. My only issue with this product is the battery life which is advertised as 12 hours but only lasts up to 9 hours or so in reality. Other speakers out there do seem to advertise better battery life for similar specs at a higher price but if that is not an issue for you i would 100% recommend this speaker.
  8. This review is from : Anker Sound Core Boost 20 W BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH Bassup Technology, IPX5 Waterproof, Can be Used As Extra Battery, 20 m Range, Excellent Sound & Bass for iPhone, Mobile Phone and Tablet

    I received this product for free from anker to make up for an issue i was experiencing with the soundcore 2. Their customer service team is one of the best i have ever dealt with and this product is definitely worth all of the high scoring reviews on here. The sound quality is great and a definite upgrade over the older models and seems to be a lot more durable as well. My only issue with this product is the battery life which is advertised as 12 hours but only lasts up to 9 hours or so in reality. Other speakers out there do seem to advertise better battery life for similar specs at a higher price but if that is not an issue for you i would 100% recommend this speaker.

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