Despite the fact that I have just acquired the brand new Bose Soundlink Revolve and relocate my Beats Pill+ to my living room, I am still in need of a waterproof Bluetooth speaker on the go for shower and travels. Here comes with the AEC BQ615 Pro LED Mini-Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker shipped to my house and big shout to Banggood for hooking up and sponsoring this review.
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The unboxing experience cannot be easier. Simply slide open the outer packaging wrap and flip open the box. You should be able to find the four items below:
- 1 x AEC BQ-615 Pro Bluetooth Speaker
- 1 x Micro-USB Charging Cable
- 1 x 3.5mm Male-to-Male Stereo Audio Cable
- 1 x User Manual
Advertised features and specifications
Below are the features and specifications being listed on product page:
- Bluetooth 3.0 with transmission distance up to 10m
- 40mm driver unit with 360° surround sound effect and frequency up to 20kHz
- 2000mAh battery with working time up to 8 hours
- Waterproof design that could protect the speaker from splashes
- 80-piece LED light with 6 preset flashing modes to switch by one button
- Built-in high clear microphone for picking up phone calls
- TF card support up to 32GB
- Supports input from 3.5mm audio cable
- Built-in FM radio
- Built-in NFC support
- Portable form factor
My first impression to the AEC LED Speaker is that it appears to be a budget alternative to the JBL Pulse Wireless Bluetooth Speaker as they look literally alike in terms of design, form factor and features, especially the signature programmable LED light that juices up the desktop music experience.
The build quality is okay for its price tag. Both ends and the port panel are covered with rubber rings that help add friction against any surface. The dense metal mesh feels solid to hold the speaker and LED modules intact against any external impacts.
But how does the AEC speaker hold up against advertised and with the mid-high tier speakers that I own? I have been playing around with the speaker throughout the week and here is how I think about it.
First off is the sound output quality. The customer reviews have been awesome on this department and I can definitely echo with them. The delivery is clear and crispy for highs and mids. For day-to-day music and podcast streaming, the AEC speaker is performing perfectly okay. However its disadvantage falls to the base. It is not as punchy as you would expect from the signature of the $200 Bose Revolve. The surround sound is decently good to fill up a bedroom but again, don’t compare with high-end ones that could cost your 10 times higher.
The volume is quite loud considering the portable form factor which is more than sufficient to be audible in a shower. But it starts jigging a bit when the volume level is reaching 90% plus so I do not recommend turning the volume to real up high that could sound unpleasant to many.
As it is completely subjective for one’s liking and rating on audio quality, I have put up two short sample video to showcase how the speaker performs over pop music and podcasts for your own judgment:
Due to the fact that the speaker could only support Bluetooth 3.0, it is not the most power-efficient speaker nor it can hold up strong connection through long distance to connected devices. However, the stability of Bluetooth connectivity has been decent throughout tests with reasonable ranges in the living room.
What’s not working as advertised
Nonetheless, I have come to small issues with a few functionalities as there are couple things that are not working as advertised with my review unit.
First is the FM radio. I was able to turn on the FM radio with the dedicated button. However it is stuck with one single channel which there is no signal for it, at least at my home location. But your mileage may vary.
Second is NFC. I have tested with the latest OnePlus 5 with built-in NFC connectivity but I have no luck to pair up the devices to get music through even I put the device on top of the NFC logo on the speaker for multiple times to initiate pairing.
Overall speaking, the AEC BQ615 Pro LED Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker is not a bad option if you are on budget. Not only that it looks good with the LED lighting when playing music through the speaker, but the speaker also sounds great for its price.
But is it a direct replacement for the JBL LED Speaker? Not 100% in terms of more premium design and sound quality but it gets the best job done for around 10% of the price which is a very affordable option if you simply want to get a feel and look of the high-end speakers.
So what do you think about AEC BQ615 Pro LED Mini Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker? Let me know in the comments and stay tuned with more speaker reviews coming very soon.
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