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Theater Solutions B83GR Review

True Score

48
49
1

Experts

56
0

Consumers

Expert Rankings

Product testers were pleased with the Theater Solutions B83GR and recommended it for podcasts. They liked its rainproof construction, unique rock-inspired design, and loud output. However, they were disappointed by its bass-biased sound profile, poor soundstage, and so-so battery life.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Theater Solutions B83GR is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, promising a distinctive rock-themed design for outdoor use. It has a waterproof, rainproof construction that stands up to the elements. You can find speakers with similar attributes on our list of the best-ranked speakers today. This device connects via Bluetooth, featuring a 229.7-foot range. This device has a decent Bluetooth latency and gets loud. Explore the specs of the Theater Solutions B83GR below and check out other top Bluetooth speakers today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Professional reviewers liked the Theater Solutions B83GR, endorsing it for podcasts. Experts at RTINGS liked its waterproof construction. Reviewers at Find This Best loved the loud SPL output that reached 87.9 dB with a minor 1.25 dB DRC sound deterioration rate at the highest volume during testing. However, if you need a louder speaker, see our SOUNDBOKS Go review. Critics had misgivings about this device’s relatively narrow 116.5Hz to 10.5Hz frequency response range and the high 5.63 dB standard error, resulting in an uneven sound profile. It doesn’t have an EQ and produces weak low bass that is unsuitable for music and movie enthusiasts. Testing revealed a 6.5-hour battery life, 126 ms iOS Bluetooth latency, and 102 ms Android Bluetooth latency. Check out the Sony XP700 review for lower latency. However, analysts were disappointed that it doesn’t have speakerphone or voice assistant functions. It has a 6.70 dB directivity index, resulting in poor soundstage performance, and it downgrades stereo to mono.

Reason to Buy

  • Rainproof construction
  • Unique rock-inspired aesthetics
  • Speaker gets fairly loud and maintains good sound quality at high volume settings

Reason to Avoid

  • Doesn’t support voice assistants and lacks speakerphone functions
  • Direction soundstage performance
  • So-so 6.5-hour battery life
  • Lacks EQ
  • Downgrades stereo to mono

Theater Solutions B83GR Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life6.5 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In Microphonen/a
Charge TimeCharge Time6.3 hrs
SizeSize12" (w) x 10" (h) x 10.4" (d)
Smart AppSmart Appn/a
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage300W
Wireless RangeWireless Rangen/a

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)6.5
Volume Output (dB)87.9
Low End Roll Off (Hz)119.865
High End Roll Off (Hz)9,112.803

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Product Comparison

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Market Context

The Theater Solutions B83GR is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, promising a distinctive rock-themed design for outdoor use. It has a waterproof,…

The Theater Solutions B83GR is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2021, promising a distinctive rock-themed design for outdoor use. It has a waterproof, rainproof construction that stands up to the elements. You can find speakers with similar attributes on our list of the best-ranked speakers today. This device connects via Bluetooth, featuring a 229.7-foot range. This device has a decent Bluetooth latency and gets loud. Explore the specs of the Theater Solutions B83GR below and check out other top Bluetooth speakers today.

Featuring app-based EQ presets and a low 3.33 dB frequency response standard error, the TREBLAB HD-Max is easier to customize and delivers more balanced music…

Featuring app-based EQ presets and a low 3.33 dB frequency response standard error, the TREBLAB HD-Max is easier to customize and delivers more balanced music than the Theater Solutions B83GR, which lacks EQ presets and has a 5.63 dB standard error. It features a 93.2 dB maximum SPL, getting louder than the 87.9 dB maximum SPL of the Theater Solutions B83GR. Explore our TREBLAB HD-Max review for details about the TREBLAB.

Featuring a carrying strap and compact 0.9-lb construction, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is more portable than the 6.2-lb B83GR, which doesn’t have a strap….

Featuring a carrying strap and compact 0.9-lb construction, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is more portable than the 6.2-lb B83GR, which doesn’t have a strap. The WONDERBOOM also has a better 12.9-hour battery life, beating the 6.5-hour runtime of the B83GR. However, the B83GR has a better 102 ms Android Bluetooth latency than the 174 ms latency of the WONDERBOOM wireless speaker. See our Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 review for details about the Ultimate Ears device.

Featuring an in-ceiling design, the Theater Solutions TS65W speakers are very different from the Theater Solutions B83GR portable speakers. While the TS65W speakers come in…

Featuring an in-ceiling design, the Theater Solutions TS65W speakers are very different from the Theater Solutions B83GR portable speakers. While the TS65W speakers come in a pair and support stereo, the Theater Solutions B83GR is a single speaker that downgrades stereo to mono.

Battery Life

6.5 hrs

20+ hrs

13 hrs

Built In Microphone

n/a

Yes

n/a

Charge Time

6.3 hrs

5 hrs

2.6 hrs

Size

12" (w) x 10" (h) x 10.4" (d)

4.72" (w) x 4.72" (h) x 12.4" (d)

4.1" (h) x 3.8" (w) x 3.8" (d)

Smart App

n/a

n/a

n/a

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

300W

50W

100W

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

49

*.75

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Customer Score

56

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

48

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Score

    47
    The Theater Solutions B83GR performs poorly for music. It has an uneven sound profile. Its… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios

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