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A better Bose Micro in my opinion. Micro is the key word.
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
I dont write reviews, but when something shows incredible value and would help others I try to take the time to do so.
Short version : this is a great speaker, an upgrade to the Bose micro in my opinion.
I own a few bluetooth speakers, with the Bose micro as one of my favorites. Its portable, sounds great and easy to travel with.
I have to admit tho, this is a great upgrade, an update so to speak to the Bose micro due to its USB-C charging port. I personally dont like the silicone material used on the Bose micro, and prefer the material on the Stormbox micro.
The big question, does it sound as good? Let me make this clear: sound is subjective. What sound profile I prefer might be different from what you like or dislike. Another thing to keep in mind that this is meant to be used as a personal speaker, and not meant for a big party room.
The Bose micro, compared to its other speakers in my opinion, has been subpar to their other speakers. I have the mini, the revolve and even the soundwear, but for some reason, the Bose micro sounds muffled.
The Stormbox micro, on the other hand sounds clear and robust, and if you didnt tell me, I'd think this was the Bose speaker in a blind test, given its sound profile similarly found in the other models.
There are bass ports located at the back, and hasn't distorted at high volumes.I mentioned the Bose micro sounding muffled, and with it laying flat on a table to utilize the bass ports makes it worse. On the other hand the Stormbox micro retains its clarity, almost similar to an omnidirectional speaker.
This isn't a JBL flip 4 or 5, but it's also not as heavy or as big. There lies its strength, portability without sacrificing sound quality. Tribit did an exceptional job, similar to what Cambridge Soundworks did with their speakers back in its day.
This is an exceptional speaker at an exceptional price.
*edited to include comment i posted*
just for reference, the other two speakers pictured are clockwise
JBL Clip 3
- this was a purchase for my son, who loves his flip 4. This one was somewhat of an accessory. Soundwise, its clear, but bass was nonexistent, especially disappointing coming from the JBL family, who are known for their bass heavy speakers.
-a buy on a whim, from bed bath and beyond, again for my kid. A toy to be sunk into the tub, but played pretty well for what it was. if you dont expect much, you wont be disappointed as much either. bass is lacking.
-Of course, the Bose micro is on the bottom right, which ive indicated my thoughts in the review. one bonus tho is that their native app, once installed, can turn on the speaker even when on standby via bluetooth. this is to be the same for the revolve, and the soundwear. sadly the soundlink mini 2 does not use the app.
- Dont. just hard pass. i have this one too, but man, not worth it. even for its mobility.
By the way, as of June 2020, there is a coupon floating around on the web, which makes this amazingly worth the price. i bought it full MSRP, but saw it afterwards. i cant get two unfortunately, Big boss declined. =)