I won the Flare as part of the 250 Giveaway winners. I was excited to see that my Flare arrived today! (Quick shipping on the part of Amazon.) I immediately set to testing it out.
First, I had to charge it. It comes with a cable but no charging cube. Not a problem for me as I just used the Anker PowerPort.
Meanwhile, I downloaded the soundcore app. I unplugged it mid charge because I couldn’t wait to get started! First, I turned it on. It made some interesting unexpected sounds for startup (and shutoff), a bit like a rocket in a cartoon. I would love to be able to change the sound scheme to something a bit more… dignified.
I started out with playing with the lighting effects. Nice preset colors. It’s disappointing that the music matched features flicker way too much and flash too quickly for classical music. There were two gentler modes that paid no heed to rhythm or dynamics. I think this is something Soundcore can fix appwise. Also would be nice to have the ability to create custom color sets.
Now on to the heart of the review: sound tests.
Vivaldi - Spring
Bach - Cello sonata 1
Mendelssohn - violin concerto in E
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker
Holst - St Paul Suite
Bruch- violin concerto
Dvorak - piano quintet and solo pieces from the Silhouettes
It performs extremely well on violin ranges, pretty well on cellos, but does a poor job on winds, violas and other midrange instruments. Adjusting the equalizer does not bring clarity to these sounds. These differences persisted across the preset sound settings and the adjusted custom equalizer settings. Piano concertos show the same thing: clear treble, okay bass and muffled mids.
In all, a bit underwhelming. I was expecting better sound. However, I did win it in a contest (virtually free) so I shouldn’t complain, right? For $62 though I wouldn’t buy it.