Soundcore Flare Portable tooth 360° Speaker by Anker, Amazing Speaker!

Awesome sound quality out of a portable speaker. Use it round the house and take it to gatherings or holidays.

Took this speaker to spain and used it every day by the pool.

After reading the reviews i was taking a chance at this price and to be honest speaking sounds distorted and muffled not great at all and deff not very loud. Either it’s faulty or that’s the way it is. My daughter has a beats pill and compared to that is so bad. I should of brought a more expensive one. Update i have now changed this to 5 starsa day or so after leaving this anker contacted me and sent me a new speaker out but what was even better they sent me a pro+ version that sounds great. It’s a bit bigger than the one i wanted but wow does it sound great. Obviously i can’t compare to the other has i’m sure it was faulty.

Key specs for Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life:

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  • 360° Sound: Dual drivers arranged back-to-back in combination with passive bass radiators deliver intense all-around sound.
  • BassUp Technology: Precision EQ adjustment and driver configuration injects low end power for heart-thumping beats.
  • Beat-Driven Light Show: A halo of LEDs react and phase in time with the beat-5 color themes and 5 illumination patterns can be customized via the Soundcore app.
  • Wireless Stereo: Connect 2 Flare speakers via a single device for seamless stereo sound* or double the volume.
  • Waterproof: IPX7-rated casing offers impermeable protection, even during complete submersion.

Comments from buyers

“PLEASED WITH THE SPEAKER, AMAZED BY ANKER CUSTOMER SUPPORT, Excelent product!!!, Incredible sound considering the size and cost.”

This is not going to replace the hifi in the lounge but anywhere else that you want music it is astoundingly good. I use this with an echo dot and bluetooth to the flare. It gives me music in the kitchen whilst i cook, music on the patio or anywhere i go within bluetooth range. It is very nicely made and feels substantial. The controls are easy to use and understand. The battery lasts ages at moderate volume levels and the low charge indicator gives warning in good time. Highly recommended for this application.

Lovely little speaker, good quality sound and build.

Nice, the sound is good and the lights are a bonus, bigger bonus if that you can turn them off.

Very happy with the soundcore flare. It is a great sound, build quality seems very good and it is aesthetically pleasing to look at. Also because it is 360% sound you can put it in the middle of the room and no matter where you are in the room you don’t lose anything.

Youtube video review (just re-add the periods)www youtube com/watch?v=xw7rur4wahakey features – 360° sound from x2 6w dual back-to-back drivers in combination with passive bass radiators – bluetooth 4. 2 giving up to 20m / 66ft range (depending on line of sight) – internal 4400 mah battery for up to 12hrs playback – led light function does impair times – 3. 5hr charge time via the 5v/2a micro usb input (yes. Micro usb) – built in microphone for hand free calls – auxiliary input – built-in controls for power on/off, play/pause, vol up/down, bluetooth control & led lights – true wireless stereo capabilities with pairing to another soundcore flare – speaker with audio connection act’s as left channel master, secondary speaker assumes right channel content – ipx7 waterproof rating – for up to 30 minutes at 1m depththe good (very good) – sleek new design that would fit with any environment – impressive audio with decent bass, regardless of seated location in the room – ability to pair with another flare speaker for true left/right stereo playback with louder audio and no sync or lag issues between the two – waterproof (submerge) – good for pool partiessometimes not so good – micro usb for some – soundcore app on ios can throw the odd ‘i’m not playing today’ mood swing – stability improvements likely going forward – flap for aux / charge ports has it’s trying momentsvery impressed with the speaker when compared to another from the same manufacturer. The true wireless stereo feature is good and fills a medium size room with ease on 50-60% volume. When used a few times with my media projector, i found it hard to tell where the audio was coming from as the coverage made it seem like it could have been in any location.

This is so unfair, i get to see this after purchasing 2 other anker speakers at almost the same price. I would definitely have gone for this and i am devastated that i am seeing this just now. I have no intention of returning my 2 soundcore boosts or any other of my anker speakers, but i definitely lust after this product. Heard it play at a party and i can say that you would have no regrets getting one of these.

The soundcore flare is an excellent audio experience and for this alone, it is worth recommending, but it also adds a little fun to the proceedings. Vocals are distinct whilst, trebles and mids are very apparent and bass is pretty darn satisfactory. The speaker sits on a ring that has an adjustable light show. Adjustable using the speaker button or the soundcore app (firmware update needed) – 5 modes – party, energy, chill, bedtime and spring. Effectively you can choose from party beat-driven lighting through to night-time chill down lighting. This will be my summer speaker. This is a fantastic and loud speaker that i intend to take with me on my holidays. It’s small enough to fit in my beach bag. It’s good enough to really enjoy and appreciate musically and comes with a light show that adds to the overall fun factor. Let the party begin it is worth making a little attempt at describing the speaker.

I’m a big fan of anker’s speakers and this is the 3rd one i have bought over the years (the other two being the original soundcore then the soundcore 2). However, in recent months i’d found i’d abandoned my trusty ankers in favour of a tronsmart t6, just because it was a bit more rugged and suited to life outdoors at festivals and house parties etc – it is waterproof and nice and chunky so it can survive in a backpack without needing a case, and will survive a fall to the ground no problem. When i saw that anker has produced a new speaker and it was in a similar format with 360 degree sound, plus it was nice a similar rugged cylinder shape to the t6 (slightly shorter though, and marginally fatter at the base), i knew i had to give it a listen. What makes the flare stand out from the t6 and other speakers is the lights built into the base of the speaker, there’s a ring of led lights that will pulse and shine and generally do funky stuff in time to your music or just fade in and out. I’m a sucker for pretty lights and i’ve coveted my friends’ jbl pulse 2 speaker for some time. Firstly let me say this is not as good a light show as the pulse series, which have the lights all the way up the speaker, but then nor would you expect it to be at a fraction of the price. What you do get is a quite fun little show. Which looks good in a dark room but is a bit ineffective during the day as you’d expect. So, fancy lights aside how does it sound?.Well once again anker have come up trumps with another great sounding speaker.

We were at a friends house at the weekend for a bbq, and he had the music on. At first i though it was coming from a main system somewhere as the sound was just too good for it to be a bluetooth speaker. At the party progressed i soon discovered the source of the music was this little beauty. Asked about it and found it on here so it’s getting purchased as soon as i get paid. Later as night fell, the lights underneath added an extra touch of ‘flare’ which i presume is where these guys got the name from. I left well impressed (by the music, the food was meh :)). The party was on from about 2pm though to well after 10pm, i’m not sure how long it had been in before we arrived, but it showed no signs of letting up.

Extremely loud for the size. Does the job extremely well.

I wanted an every day speaker that doesn’t cost a tonne and this is perfect. The light show is a nice touch but in no way tries to make up for anything it’s lacking in sound quality – it’s simply a bonus feature.

Owning 30+ anker products, they are my go to when i am looking to buy new kit. Having seen the flare portable advertised i was very eager to get one as my soundcore boost is used on a daily basis. Unfortunately it’s a bit of a disappointment for me, which is the first time i think i have ever had to say that about an anker product. At when playing music at high volume, there is a distortion that causes the music to fade in and out which ruins the listening experience. I have tried multiple sources and songs, all of which have the same effect so off to be returned to amazon it goes. 30/05/2018 updatewhat a class act anker are. After seeing my review, they reached out to me and let me know they were shipping a replacement speaker out to me. Two days later and the new device was in my hands and it’s like a completely different speaker. The replacement works perfectly, no annoying fade issues at high volume and the sound quality at low volumes seems to be better too. It’s now exactly what i was hoping for so changing my review from 2 to 5 stars.

Gets really loud, and still sound clear, and for that price it’s worth it.

Could be louder, but really not an issue.

I bought this speaker to be used and abused, for holidays, parties and just general use at home. It feels solid and has waterproofing which is exactly what i was after. At moderate volume it sounds good. A decent amount of bass and clarity of vocals, it has everything you would expect at this price point. However when cranking up the volume, vocals become quite tinny and there is some distortion. It also does not get loud enough for my needs. Because of these two issues, i will be returning it. Updateanker promptly got in touch with me after leaving this review and resolved the issue by sending me a different model at no extra cost. First class customer service, i am over the moon.

Great sound quality or the price. Not as well rounded a sound as my bose.

I own multiple anker speakers, so know their usual high standards and quality. Unfortunately, this speaker did not live up to them. The problem is at high volume, the sound keeps jumping up and down/in and out as if bass is too much for it to handle, blowing other sounds out. This causes a noticeable and constant jump in volume, making the speaker pretty unusable. I’ve tried it with multiple devices and songs, both over bluetooth and aux cable. All resulting in the same outcome. The speaker itself seems really well made and i like the lighting effects, so it’s a shame that i’m having to return it. Update————after returning the speaker, anker contacted me directly to apologies for the issue. They then arranged for replacement to be sent to me. Within a couple of days the new speaker has arrived, and it works so much better than the previous one.

My children all have anker speakers and knowing their quality it was an easy choice when choosing one for myself. I haven’t been disappointed either easy to use from the start great app installed to control the sound and light functions from my phone. Battery life is excellent and most important for me is the quality of the sound 1st class. I would recommend anker products without hesitation thank you.

Loved this speaker at first, good sound. Seemingly good build quality and loved the app to control it. Unfortunately after two days it developed the same fault as the previous review. At anything over 50% volume the music fades in and out. A real shame as everything else about the speaker is great but if you cant get the basics right then it’ll be returned to amazon. Update-so i figured out the fading and then normalizing of the sound only happens when not charging. . So its an issue with the battery or power management. The issue still persists when the unit is over 50% charged so definitely not a design choice. I must say i would give 5 stars to ankle customer support whom were in touch to offer a replacement within 6 hours of my original review being posted. Update 31/7/18-so the excellent anker support had a replacement unit out to me within 5 days.

Great bass, great audio quality, beautiful design, the light feature is great and works well, anker does it again.

Having owned a soundcore mini for a while i was excited about this larger unit. However i’m a bit disappointed with the sound quality. When the volume is turned up over 50% the sound fades in and out and you just can’t listen to it. Especially on bass rich tracks. Update 23/08/2018anker customer support contacted me and explained that the volume reduction happens when battery is low. Sure enough when speaker is fully charged the sound is great.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 42 reviews
Price
£69.99

One thought on “Soundcore Flare Portable tooth 360° Speaker by Anker, Amazing Speaker!

  1. I bought this speaker for the wife to use with her ipad. It was easy to connect via bluetooth, really good sound for the size and, overall, excellent value for money. Battery life seems good, continuous play for 5 hours with no problems. The range between the ipad and speaker seems really good too, we have had the speaker everywhere in the house and down the garden without losing connection. The instructions are a bit poor but the set up is so simple it is enough to know what each button does so this isn’t a problem either. I’m sure the sound quality won’t match the high end speakers on the market but we are very impressed with this speaker and now tempted to buy a second to see about getting stereo sound.
  2. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    I bought this speaker for the wife to use with her ipad. It was easy to connect via bluetooth, really good sound for the size and, overall, excellent value for money. Battery life seems good, continuous play for 5 hours with no problems. The range between the ipad and speaker seems really good too, we have had the speaker everywhere in the house and down the garden without losing connection. The instructions are a bit poor but the set up is so simple it is enough to know what each button does so this isn’t a problem either. I’m sure the sound quality won’t match the high end speakers on the market but we are very impressed with this speaker and now tempted to buy a second to see about getting stereo sound.
    • The sound quality on this is absolutely superb, and the configurable lighting is a nice extra. Haven’t tested the waterproof/resistant element of it. Battery life is pretty good; around 8 hours on a charge so far.
  3. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    The sound quality on this is absolutely superb, and the configurable lighting is a nice extra. Haven’t tested the waterproof/resistant element of it. Battery life is pretty good; around 8 hours on a charge so far.
    • I have lots of anker products ranging from charging cables to power packs and numerous speakers. The packaging of the product is superb as normal and the product itself is very attractive however i did notice that the sound was not as clear and there was distortion at higher volumes. There was also a problem initially connecting via bluetooth and the speaker would not pair. As mentioned in previous review there is also a lag when connected to blue tooth. Sounds wise it is clear and sharp however not as clear and loud as the previous sound cores.
  4. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    I have lots of anker products ranging from charging cables to power packs and numerous speakers. The packaging of the product is superb as normal and the product itself is very attractive however i did notice that the sound was not as clear and there was distortion at higher volumes. There was also a problem initially connecting via bluetooth and the speaker would not pair. As mentioned in previous review there is also a lag when connected to blue tooth. Sounds wise it is clear and sharp however not as clear and loud as the previous sound cores.
    • I absolutely love anker products, especially the speakers. I’ve had the soundore , the soundcore 2, both of which had great quality audio, of course the second one being even better. But this speaker is kind of a little disappointment, not in terms of audio quality, the quality is even better than the last speaker i had (soundcore 2), but in terms of control. For some reason, whenever i use the speaker via bluetooth, there’s a delay in audio output, something the past speakers didn’t have, and i’ve tried this both on my phone and my laptop, both have the same issue. Another thing is on the phone, sometimes the speaker doesn’t respond to volume changes, it shows it’s changing the volume on my phone, but the speaker ignores the command entirely.
      • I absolutely love anker products, especially the speakers. I’ve had the soundore , the soundcore 2, both of which had great quality audio, of course the second one being even better. But this speaker is kind of a little disappointment, not in terms of audio quality, the quality is even better than the last speaker i had (soundcore 2), but in terms of control. For some reason, whenever i use the speaker via bluetooth, there’s a delay in audio output, something the past speakers didn’t have, and i’ve tried this both on my phone and my laptop, both have the same issue. Another thing is on the phone, sometimes the speaker doesn’t respond to volume changes, it shows it’s changing the volume on my phone, but the speaker ignores the command entirely.
  5. I bought this after returning the bose soundlink revolve (a similar product, except for the price). The sound is clear and balanced, it’s actually more clear than the bose. The low-end is not as deep though, there isn’t much “rumbling”, and the bass boost button doesn’t do much. However, at least for this price, i prefer this, versus emphasized bass, that muddies everything. The 360 effect is great, this is the main reason i bought it. The light show is useless to me, so i am very glad that it can be turned off *and* it remembers the last setting when you power off and on. Some (minor) inconvenients:- mine at least smells like heated iron. This is since i unboxed it, and the smell is still there. I hope this doesn’t turn out to be a serious issue. – while charging, it produces a faint high pitched whine.
    • I bought this after returning the bose soundlink revolve (a similar product, except for the price). The sound is clear and balanced, it’s actually more clear than the bose. The low-end is not as deep though, there isn’t much “rumbling”, and the bass boost button doesn’t do much. However, at least for this price, i prefer this, versus emphasized bass, that muddies everything. The 360 effect is great, this is the main reason i bought it. The light show is useless to me, so i am very glad that it can be turned off *and* it remembers the last setting when you power off and on. Some (minor) inconvenients:- mine at least smells like heated iron. This is since i unboxed it, and the smell is still there. I hope this doesn’t turn out to be a serious issue. – while charging, it produces a faint high pitched whine.
  6. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    Purchased the speaker for the family summer holiday. I’ve had great experience with anker and was more than willing to buy another product. Overall packaging and presentation was good, have had no technical issues, it connected both natively and through anker’s own app. The only negative is that the bass sounds muddy even at moderate volumes which given my young families listenting habits it is not great. It has not put me off anker generally, but will think twice before buying a speaker from them again.
    • Purchased the speaker for the family summer holiday. I’ve had great experience with anker and was more than willing to buy another product. Overall packaging and presentation was good, have had no technical issues, it connected both natively and through anker’s own app. The only negative is that the bass sounds muddy even at moderate volumes which given my young families listenting habits it is not great. It has not put me off anker generally, but will think twice before buying a speaker from them again.
      • **update**brilliant customer service from anker. Contacted me about the faulty speaker and replaced it straight away. Pleasure to deal with and the new speaker works perfectly. Best customer service i’ve ever dealt with. Sounds very good for its size and price when fully charged or plugged in. However, mine seems to have a fault that whenever the battery is less than 40% the sound fades in and out and is impossible to listen to. I’m not sure if this is an intentional thing to prolong battery life, but in my opinion it would be much preferable if the sound was steady and loud and the battery just ran out sooner rather than this really annoying fading. Perhaps mine is just faulty, but i’ve seen a similar review elsewhere so suspect it’s a common issue.
  7. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    **update**brilliant customer service from anker. Contacted me about the faulty speaker and replaced it straight away. Pleasure to deal with and the new speaker works perfectly. Best customer service i’ve ever dealt with. Sounds very good for its size and price when fully charged or plugged in. However, mine seems to have a fault that whenever the battery is less than 40% the sound fades in and out and is impossible to listen to. I’m not sure if this is an intentional thing to prolong battery life, but in my opinion it would be much preferable if the sound was steady and loud and the battery just ran out sooner rather than this really annoying fading. Perhaps mine is just faulty, but i’ve seen a similar review elsewhere so suspect it’s a common issue.
    • Anker never stopped to amaze me with the quality of their products. The design has a nice touch, the sound is very good (you can have a house party with this speaker and it might get too loud), the battery of the speaker is beyond my expectations. Can’t wait to order the second one and try the pair system.
      • Anker never stopped to amaze me with the quality of their products. The design has a nice touch, the sound is very good (you can have a house party with this speaker and it might get too loud), the battery of the speaker is beyond my expectations. Can’t wait to order the second one and try the pair system.
  8. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    Unfortunately the first one of these i received was faulty, the audio stuttering after being paused. Contacted anker customer support, who couldn’t have been more helpful and who arranged for a replacement straightaway. Lots of follow up emails to check i’m happy with it. It has a quality feel to it, from the fabric finish to the weight in your hand and offers rich sounding bass, decent mid-range and treble and all set off with funky lights. I thought they were going to be something of a gimmick, but having used the speaker on late cool evenings at the beach and late evening bbqs i really like them. Very relaxing and quite absorbing.I’m sure there’s better sounding speakers out there, but for the price i paid (£49. 99) and the unique features i wouldn’t want a different speaker.
  9. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    Unfortunately the first one of these i received was faulty, the audio stuttering after being paused. Contacted anker customer support, who couldn’t have been more helpful and who arranged for a replacement straightaway. Lots of follow up emails to check i’m happy with it. It has a quality feel to it, from the fabric finish to the weight in your hand and offers rich sounding bass, decent mid-range and treble and all set off with funky lights. I thought they were going to be something of a gimmick, but having used the speaker on late cool evenings at the beach and late evening bbqs i really like them. Very relaxing and quite absorbing.I’m sure there’s better sounding speakers out there, but for the price i paid (£49. 99) and the unique features i wouldn’t want a different speaker.
  10. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    Once again another great speaker by anker. I have had multiple speakers from anker and honestly they just keep getting better. Whilst this speaker is light weight and portable, it still has a premium feel to it. The bluetooth connection pairs very fast, and is simple to do. The range of the bluetooth was quite impressive too, spanning the whole length of my garden. No more needing to leave your phone right next to your speaker. The ambient light is just that, i’m ambivalent towards it. I guess its on there to contend with other speakers and give it a little bit of wow factor. However, it only adds to aesthetics. I love the sound quality on this, it’s punchy and alert.
    • Once again another great speaker by anker. I have had multiple speakers from anker and honestly they just keep getting better. Whilst this speaker is light weight and portable, it still has a premium feel to it. The bluetooth connection pairs very fast, and is simple to do. The range of the bluetooth was quite impressive too, spanning the whole length of my garden. No more needing to leave your phone right next to your speaker. The ambient light is just that, i’m ambivalent towards it. I guess its on there to contend with other speakers and give it a little bit of wow factor. However, it only adds to aesthetics. I love the sound quality on this, it’s punchy and alert.
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    After a connection problem on the first speaker , anker sending me a replacement speaker and it works nicely ;).
  12. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    After a connection problem on the first speaker , anker sending me a replacement speaker and it works nicely ;).
    • Love it, the sound is amazing. And of course the quality is outstanding as all anker products. But there areal some missing stuff that kills it’s a little bit for me. The light and the sound is missing a lot of features as well but a firmware update can fix that.
  13. This review is from : Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker by Anker, with All-Round Sound, Enhanced Bass & Ambient LED Light, IPX7 Waterproof Rating and Long-Lasting Battery Life

    Love it, the sound is amazing. And of course the quality is outstanding as all anker products. But there areal some missing stuff that kills it’s a little bit for me. The light and the sound is missing a lot of features as well but a firmware update can fix that.

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