Beacon Audio Phoenix

83
Engadget
Score
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Beacon Audio Phoenix review: our new favorite portable speaker

Summary

Our new favorite speaker in the not-tiny, but very-portable class.

from $155.36+
Pros
  • Excellent sound for its sizeSuperb battery lifeThoughtful design
Cons
  • Relatively short Bluetooth rangeHigh end cuts through too much at high volumeNo audio out
Beacon Audio Phoenix review: our new favorite portable speaker

We'll admit it: we're jaded. There is so much bad, middling and just okay stuff floating around in the portable speaker universe that we're tired of even thinking about it. We've had our distinct favorite -- the Tivoli iPal -- for almost 10 years now, and it takes a lot to knock it off its unglamorous, but distinctive, pedestal. And we predict that it will continue to stay there. But newcomer Beacon has a hot little number in a soft-touch red dress that we're willing to put right next to it on a slightly more diminutive pedestal. The $99, baseball-sized, Bluetooth-packing Phoenix has gotten under our collective skins, and we'd like to tell you why.

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Scores

Engadget

83
 

Breakdown

Audio quality
8.0
Design and form factor
8.0
Portability
8.0
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Specs

Phoenix

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
3.5mm stereo, Bluetooth
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Specs

Phoenix

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
3.5mm stereo, Bluetooth
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