Soundcore Flare & Flare+ Bluetooth Speaker review

With Soundcore Flare and Flare+ we present two mid-priced, but high-quality Bluetooth speakers, which offer not only listening pleasure, but also visual entertainment. The speakers on the integrated light ring can be controlled by apps to activate synchronous colour motifs to the music, which then optically support the party sound or the meditation session. The manufacturer also promises 360-degree all-round sound, a stereo experience with two coupled speakers and maximum flexibility thanks to long battery life and waterproofing. As a bonus, Flare+ can also be used as a power bank to charge the smartphone.

Conclusion on Bluetooth speakers Soundcore Flare and Flare+

With the Flare series, Anker’s sub-brand Soundcore has launched several Bluetooth speakers with a good price-performance ratio and some fun factor on the market. Especially the slightly more expensive Soundcore Flare+ convinced with good conditions for stable 360 degree sound, enterprise-friendly dimensions and an outstanding battery life. As a special service, the Anker developers have come up with the second functionality of the Bluetooth speaker as a power bank. Both Bluetooth speakers score with protection class IPX7 and are therefore waterproof, i.e. suitable for pool parties. An integrated mood light function and the sophisticated soundcore app round off the good features of both Flare models.

Soundcore Flare – Overview of the Bluetooth Speaker

The 360-degree all-round sound of Soundcore Flare is produced by two passive drivers on both sides and two radiators for intensive bass. A digital signal processor analyzes the bass frequencies of the music in the BassUp function and amplifies them additionally, then the audio signal is reproduced by the neodymium drivers. An LED ring at the bottom of the device is suitable as a mood light or background light for karaoke evenings.

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Individualisation via soundcore app

The Bluetooth speakers of the Flare series can be controlled with the Soundcore app (Android|iOS). The app allows the personalization of each Soundcore device to preferred sound profiles for each music style, lighting etc. by means of equalizer control and driver configuration.

Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

With a range of 20 meters and a 12-hour battery life, the Bluetooth Speaker Soundcore Flare can be used both at home and on the move – the waterproof IPX7 rating makes the speaker pool- and rainproof. Not only does the Bluetooth box withstand splashing water, it can be immersed in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes and still continues to play.

Stereo Sound with Soundcore Speakers

By connecting two Soundcore Flare speakers, you can create twice the sound volume and a stereo sound. Boost mode doubles the volume and makes the party even wilder without distorting the music. A built-in microphone enables hands-free operation and multiple smartphones can be connected to the speaker at the same time.

Audiovisual synchronisation with LED light ring

In addition to the rich sound, five colour motifs give the Bluetooth speaker the function of a mood light: the different light patterns provide the right ambience for every activity from partying to meditation to a relaxed awakening. These five light patterns offer Soundcore Flare and Flare+:

  • Party
  • Energy
  • Relaxation
  • Spring
  • Bedtime
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Soundcore Flare+ Bluetooth Speaker – Special features compared to Flare

In direct comparison with the smaller and cheaper Flare variant, Soundcore Flare+ offers several additional features that justify the price difference of 50 euros: In the slightly larger case of the Flare+ there are two more powerful dual drivers and the passive radiators as well as two tweeters for an even more comprehensive 360 degree sound. The Flare+ variant also comes with Bluetooth 5.0 in contrast to Flares connectivity via Bluetooth 4.2. Soundcore Flare+ has a battery life of 20 hours instead of 12 hours and can be used not only as a Bluetooth speaker, but also as a power bank for the smartphone.

Soundcore Flare & Flare+ Bluetooth Speaker Installation & Update

The installation of the Bluetooth speakers of the Flare series is easy:

  • Connect Bluetooth speakers to your smartphone and download Soundcore app
  • Select and play music
  • Select light profiles

Advantages of Soundcore Flare & Flare+ Bluetooth Speakers

  • Sound quality from Anker
  • LED mood light with five colour motifs
  • 2 speakers can be coupled
  • waterproof according to IPX7
  • 360 degree sound
  • Aux input and hands-free function
  • Flare+ also serves as a power bench

Disadvantages of Soundcore Flare & Flare+ Bluetooth speakers

No connection of voice assistants (only with Soundcore Flare S+)

Soundcore Flare & Flare+ Bluetooth Speaker Technical data

  • Dimensions: 9,1 x 9,1 x 15,2 cm, Weight: 530 grams
  • Driver: 2 x 4.4 cm full range drivers + 2 x passive radiators
  • Power: 2 x 6W, THD (absolute harmonic distortion) <= 1 %
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth version 4.2, Supports A2DP, AVRCP, HFP profiles, and SBC decryption, Aux-In
  • Battery: 20 meters range, 12 hours playback time, charging time 3.5 hours, charging type Micro-USB 5V / 2A
  • Built-in microphone
  • Waterproof according to IPX7

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