It seems to me like this wouldn’t be very high risk, and could easily be added in software (the signal should all be present in the bluetooth signal). They might be concerned about confusion in controls, but it shouldn’t be a big deal. I think stereo should be the default behaviour for two, but even if they leave it normal and just give an option to enable stereo in the app would be fine.
Ideally, stereo would be an option in the app for any even set of speakers. And they could indicate which are which by having the left ones pulse out of time with the right ones. But I don’t know how often that would be useful for many people.
Also I don’t understand that. Sure Partycast is a nice goodie and a nice marketing plus, but in reality, how many are using that compared to ppl who has 2 x flare 2 and just want to hear stereo? Anker is killing stereo sound for a few percent Partycast users?
At least build a stereo switch to choose Partycast or stereo sound.
Not understand that. I will return now my 2* flare 2 and go back to my 2* Anker 1 with stereo sound!
In my opinion, this degrades the user experience for PartyCast as well as Stereo pairing. I would rather not have Stereo pairing than add confusion for users. Also, a recipe for lot of tickets for Soundcore Support.
May be a good option for stereo pairing being added to Flare 2 or other PartyCast speakers is via a dedicated button as mentioned above in posts. That also implies, it will not be available for Flare 2, unless it is somehow implemented in the Soundcore App. Again, makes Flare 2 dependent on the App. So better option is a dedicated button.
@Florian_Becker Flare 2 has its own advantages and can be connected to over 100 Flare 2s, USB-C input. May be if users plan on getting only 2 speakers of a kind, earlier Soundcore speakers (or may be future versions with a dedicated button for Stereo pairing & PartyCast - if it happens) would be a good idea (make sure to get the speakers of same make, model)
With PartyCast, Soundcore plans to add this to different variations of speakers … not just the SAME model, make (here we go… one more difference for me to list … yaay ) … so you can get different speakers and have. Lot of us have been having a lot of Soundcore speakers, being unable to pair to each other because of this limitation on Stereo
@Florian_Becker Indeed, it is a personal choice, as mentioned above, if users are going only for couple of speakers, earlier Soundcore speakers might be better idea. There is a market for both the Stereo paired & PartyCast speakers,
We can only go with what has been told on this thread by Soundcore Team, as this is being “planned”, it is the Design and Engineering team who implement it. Unless the Engineering team says it, no one can comment this as Super Easy and not a qualified statement as we don’t know the challenges.
We are doing a constructive / creative criticism in this thread by pointing out the difference (may be called as limitations too! ) as well in the previous threads (see here , here , here , many more ) we members are fans as well as tough critics of these companies.
Eventually, we want Anker & Soundcore to have great products with ease of use, and have them grow even more!
PartyCast could be improved a lot with Wifi Capability (i know there are challenges ) instead of bluetooth !
I would just make stereo pairing the default for two speakers, switch it to partycast for additional speakers, and give the user options to do more within the app (like set specific speakers to right / left channels). That would give the app a real reason to exist. Right now there isn’t much content there.
Yes, I am here since 2017 (ANKER’s forum)
and mostly all criticisms were very constructive.
There may be different opinions, but we are all experienced enough
to distinguish between a meaningless comment and a “real” opinion.
The worse thing is to say “I hate this or that company”.
“Hate” is a very crude and harsh expression, should never been used when publishing any critics .
I dont need such a party cast, I prefer stereo pairing.
In dont need the “lights” of the flare, so I keep those OFF.
But If others like and need, its OK.
Agreed, constructive criticism is exactly what I am aiming for here. I am using my two for party cast right now, and it covers more space but otherwise doesn’t sound better than one. I think stereo would be ideal in this scenario. So I want party cast as an option, plus an even better choice as the default. Not so much to ask.
I don’t believe that to be the case. In the Linus Tech Tips video, where 100 were connected, it was mentioned that the primary needed to be in range of all other speakers.
I expect that after the initial setup of PartyCast mode, the primary is simply broadcasting, and all other speakers are just streaming from it.
The most likely reason you don’t get stereo, is that the primary doesn’t know how many speakers are connected, and the secondaries don’t know either.
Also, as you can connect any PartyCast enabled speakers together, you aren’t going to necessarily have 2 identical speakers working together. I guess it was just easier to keep things as simple as possible: single channel and light-sync only. Although I should mention that the light syncing is a bit off when running a Rave Neo with a Flare 2 as primary.