Soundfreaq is a company that focuses on one thing, and that one thing is sound. Recently I’ve enjoyed testing the Soundfreaq Double Spot speaker, priced around $120 without battery and $150 with battery. The Double Spot can fill an averages-sized room with high quality sound, driven from a Bluetooth connection or a line-in jack. The system has 10 watts total (5w each side).
The Double Spot has a front that looks like wood. Soundfreaq does a much nicer job than your folks old 1970’s station wagon’s fake wood. Another option is an all black model. Both have two speakers on the front that make it look beautiful. Soundfreaq is known to produce good sounding portable speakers and the Double Spot continues that tradition. The design, particularly the wood model, will be an interesting addition to nearly any room from bedroom to kitchen.
Soundfreaq gives the option for an internal battery and unplugged usage that Soundfreaq claims will give you 6 hours of music without plugging in, Bluetooth that will reach far enough for you to go to another part of the room and keep playing, and an 3.5mm input for an audio device to plug into (if for some reason your phone or tablet is not Bluetooth compatible).
The main reason you buy a portable speaker is because of the audio you’re going to play through it right? When it comes to audio quality this speaker is quite good. The music is crisp with a balanced amount of bass considering the portable size of the speaker. There are three eq settings on the back of the unit: warm, flat, and bright. Warm has a bit more bass, flat is right in the middle, and bright has an increase in high frequencies. They are subtle changes. Flat sounded fine for most music, warm enhanced some of the music we were listening to. There is also a switch to engage “UQ3” which Soundfreaq says increases stereo separation; and in practice it does just that—makes the stereo sound wider and added sparkle on the high frequencies.
Bluetooth paired quickly with a dedicated pairing button on top of the speaker. The play, previous, and next buttons worked fine with my phone. There’s also a convenient 1A USB charging port on the back to charge your phone while you play music. One feature I wish this unit had is a speakerphone to answer calls that ring while listening to music.
Compared to other products in the price range, the Soundfreaq Double Spot performed well. The Double Spot has added high end clarity compared to a UE Boom. Listening in a bedroom, kitchen, or outside using the batteries on the Double Spot, listeners will enjoy the clarity of music and a modest footprint stylish looking speaker system.