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Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Review

True Score

82
79
9

Experts

91
1,076

Consumers

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Top analysts were impressed by the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, approving it for music, podcasts, and small outdoor parties. They liked its portable design, decent battery life, and excellent soundstage. However, they were disappointed that it didn’t doesn’t very loud.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2020, promising water-resistant qualities and RGB lighting parties and outdoor use. Featuring Bluetooth tech and a graphic EQ, this device is similar to some of the most popular speakers on the market. It has RGB lights to enhance the mood at any party. The device has an excellent soundscape, producing good stereo audio. Read to the end of this Anker Soundcore Flare 2 review and see how it measures up against the top-rated Bluetooth speakers today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Reviewers were impressed by the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, endorsing it for outdoor use, music, and podcasts. Testers at TechRadar lauded its portable 1.3-lb construction and submersible iPx7 design. Analysts at CNN loved its USB-powered and battery-powered design and the 8.2-hour battery life. This model has speakerphone functionality. Critics recorded a 60.8Hz to 13.7kHz frequency response range with a good 0.22 slope, although the treble and low-bass are under-emphasized. This unity supports stereo and has a good soundstage, boasting a directivity index of just 2.17 dB. Testers were happy with its dual-pairing Bluetooth 5.0 tech with a 159 ms iOS Bluetooth latency and 147 ms Android latency. However, with an 84.9 dB SPL at the highest volume, this speaker doesn’t get very loud, and the mediocre 3.81 dB DRC shows that the audio quality deteriorates at high volume settings. Check out the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom review for a louder device. The Flare 2 supports voice assistants via a smartphone, but the performance is erratic.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Supports voice assistants via a smartphone
  • Good battery life
  • RGB ambiance lighting
  • Excellent soundscape
  • App-based EQ with presets

Reason to Avoid

  • Outstanding mid-range sounds
  • Doesn’t get very loud
  • Sound compression at high volumes
  • So-so low-bass and treble
  • Poor voice control accuracy

Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life12 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time3.5 hrs
DepthDepth3.5"
HeightHeight6.3"
IPX RatingIPX RatingIPX7
Smart AppSmart AppSoundcore
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage20W
WidthWidth3.5"
Wireless RangeWireless Range20 m

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)8.2
Volume Output (dB)84.9
Low End Roll Off (Hz)93.773
High End Roll Off (Hz)10,093.191

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Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Review

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Market Context

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2020, promising water-resistant qualities and RGB lighting parties and outdoor use. Featuring…

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2020, promising water-resistant qualities and RGB lighting parties and outdoor use. Featuring Bluetooth tech and a graphic EQ, this device is similar to some of the most popular speakers on the market. It has RGB lights to enhance the mood at any party. The device has an excellent soundscape, producing good stereo audio. Read to the end of this Anker Soundcore Flare 2 review and see how it measures up against the top-rated Bluetooth speakers today.

Featuring a better 2.17 dB directivity index, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 has a better soundstage than the Anker Soundcore 3, which has a 6.83…

Featuring a better 2.17 dB directivity index, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 has a better soundstage than the Anker Soundcore 3, which has a 6.83 dB directivity index. However, the Anker Soundcore 3 is smaller and comes with a carrying strap, unlike the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. Our Anker Soundcore 3 review discusses the Soundcore 3 in detail.

With a 2.17 dB directivity index, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 has a better soundstage performance than the JBL Flip 5, which has a 3.29…

With a 2.17 dB directivity index, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 has a better soundstage performance than the JBL Flip 5, which has a 3.29 dB directivity index. While the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 supports stereo, the Flip 5 is a mono device. Additionally, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 has a graphic EQ and presets and supports voice assistant via a smartphone, unlike the Flip 5.

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 produces deeper extended low bass than the Sony SRS-XB23. It also boasts a 360-degree design, offering a better 2.17 dB…

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 produces deeper extended low bass than the Sony SRS-XB23. It also boasts a 360-degree design, offering a better 2.17 dB directivity index than the 3.98 dB index of the Sony device. However, the Sony speaker supports dual-device pairing, unlike the Anker Soundcore Flare 2.

Battery Life

12 hrs

24 hrs

12 hrs

12 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Charge Time

3.5 hrs

4 hrs

2.5 hrs

4 hrs

Depth

3.5"

2.36"

2.71"

Height

6.3"

2.24"

2.9"

IPX Rating

IPX7

IPX7

IPX7

Smart App

Soundcore

Soundcore

JBL Portable

Yes

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    64
    The Anker Flare 2 is fair for music. Out of the box, it offers a… Read More

    By:

    Ste Knight
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    A durable, sleek little Bluetooth speaker that can be beaten for sound but has good… Read More

    By:

    Christopher Null
  • Which?
    62.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Anker SoundCore Flare 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker designed to bring the party…. Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    Anker does it again with the Soundcore Flare 2. They impressed Matthew recently with their… Read More

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?
  • Best Buy Blog
    42.53

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    These days, everyone can use a wireless Bluetooth speaker. The audio from our smartphones and… Read More

    By:

    Andy Baryer
  • Consumer Reports
    46.86

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Unknown

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