Avantree SP850 Review

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Expert Rating

For some radios, portability and versatility is key. The Avantree SP850 checks both of those boxes as a contender as the best tabletop radio when it comes to one that fits in your pocket and can be used in different ways.

Why We Like It – Avantree SP850 Review

The Avantree SP850 is a high quality, portable FM radio with some great added functionality. It may look like a transistor radio, but it doubles as a bluetooth speaker, so you can listen to your favorite music — or FM radio — anywhere.

Pros
  • Super portable
  • Can be used as a wireless speaker
  • Auto scan and save FM channels
Cons
  • May be too digital for those who prefer analog radios
  • No support for AM radio

Performance

The Avantree SP850 performs in all the ways you want it to: it’s ultra portable, gets FM reception, and has good sound for a small radio. It outperforms by also working as a portable bluetooth speaker. You can easily switch between radio mode and using it as a wireless speaker for pretty much any device that can connect via bluetooth. For radio, it has an auto scan function to easily find your favorite stations and save them as well.

Design

The SP850 Portable FM Radio succeeds in its design to be much more than a radio. Even its pocket size emits quality sound. In fact, the radio has six equalizer modes to tailor the sound to the type of music you’re listening to.

It’s conveniently powered by a rechargeable battery, which makes it easy to take on the go. It also has inputs for a USB cable, micro USB, Micro SD card, and an SD card player (just put the radio into SD card mode).

Value

Bluetooth speakers don’t usually have radio and SD card functionality, so if you want those features, this is a great option. The sound quality won’t blow you away, but at the same time, the ones that do won’t fit in your pocket (looking at you, Soundance SDY019). This is more comparable to the Panasonic RF-2400D, which doesn’t have bluetooth and won’t fit in your pocket. For the price, you should definitely tune in.

Avantree SP850 Review Wrap Up

This Avantree has something for everyone. It’s a great family radio to take to the park, camping, or even the backyard. The fact that it fits in your pocket is more useful than you expect, and the radio overall has a quality build and good sound. While it isn’t the best for a full Mozart symphony (let’s leave that to the Sangean WR-11 Wood Cabinet radio), it’s a great portable radio and speaker all in one small device.

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Noah Staum

Noah has a special ability to discover stellar new products (read: spends hours online shopping), especially if they help people create, watch, listen to music, and improve quality of life. Based in Los Angeles, he’s worked with several global social apps and is the creator of nonormal.life and White Spot Studios.

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