Beacon Audio Phoenix review: our new favorite portable speaker
Our new favorite speaker in the not-tiny, but very-portable class.
- Excellent sound for its sizeSuperb battery lifeThoughtful design
- Relatively short Bluetooth rangeHigh end cuts through too much at high volumeNo audio out
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.