Soundfreaq SFQ-02RB Review

Soundfreaq SFQ-02RBAmazon Rating: 4.3/5
Amazon Reviews: 55
Price: $149
Dimensions In Inches (Length x Height x Width): 13 x 3.6 x 4.4
Weight (Ounces): 49.6
Minimum Frequency Response: 50
Maximum Frequency Response: 10000
Dock For Apple Devices: Yes
Remote Control Device Provided: Yes
Controllable With Phone/Tablet: Yes
No. Of Frequency Drivers: 4

First Impressions

The Soundfreaq SFQ-02RB is another speaker that has a dock for affixing your Apple products to. On the outset, it looks great but upon a closer look, you can see that it is made almost entirely of plastic except the top area where the texture is matte and the sides where a glossy surface can be seen. To be fair though, there are very few portable speakers that are made out of heavier material to account for the weight issue. Despite that however, the Soundfreaq still weighs close to 50 ounces, which is rather significant. It has a lengthy size too (at about 13 inches) , meaning it won’t fit easily into small bags or backpacks.

Soundfreaq SFQ-02RB panel and remote control

The buttons for controlling the volume, pause/play and whatnot are placed neatly on the bottom platform which protrudes slightly outwards. The middle portion of the platform consists of a thin slot that functions as an Apple dock. You can connect the speaker to a PC or laptop via a USB charge port if you wish. The speaker itself can be controlled via your iPod or iPhone once the Bluetooth has connected or you could also do so with a remote control that’s provided as part of the entire package.

This remote control can be hidden from sight or be carried about in ease when not in use by inserting it into an entrenched slot made specifically for it.

Soundfreaq hidden remote

Sound Quality

There’s a specific UQ3 feature that comes with the Soundfreaq SFQ-02RB that supposedly makes the audio quality better but even then, I can’t help but feel that something lacking with the sound. The specifications of this speaker seem decent enough, what with 4 frequency drivers and all but the music that it produces doesn’t have the kick that you would expect from a $150 speaker. The sound’s simply weak and the bass is worse. It almost feels as if there’s a muffler within the front of the speaker where the sound comes out of, which filters the clarity and boom of the song.

Design & Features

In exchange for that however, the Soundfreaq SFQ-02RB has a great design and a multitude of features that you wouldn’t normally find in bluetooth speakers. It comes equipped with an antenna for the radio, a remote control and a wall charger. There are enough buttons to navigate your way around its settings and there’s also an Apple dock. If your device does not have bluetooth enabled, you can just plug it in via an aux-in port, which is pretty convenient. The battery life is decent and can last about 6 hours at full blast. Recharging it is as simple as plugging it into a power socket with the wall charger or attaching it to a power source via a USB cable.

Verdict

The Soundfreaq could have done a whole lot better, that’s for sure. It has almost everything you’ll ever need for a portable speaker, with an important exception being the sound quality that it produces. If they could release a newer and improved model on that particular aspect, there’s no doubt that it’ll sell really well at a very reasonable price of $150. At the moment though, you can definitely find better alternatives to this bluetooth speaker.