We have speaker docks all over the house because we like listening to music as we work during the day and now that Apple changed their dock connector half of the speakers we have need an adaptor to work and I hate how complicated that makes everything.
I like simple.
We have a few Bluetooth speakers and those are my favorite because I don’t have to mess with finding connectors or plugging anything in. The only downside to those is they are pricey. Fortunately, there’s a more affordable solution on the market now.
The Soundfreaq Sound Kick Wireless Bluetooth speaker is new to the market and it’s going to be a hot holiday gift item this Christmas.
At only $100 this is less expensive than other competing models from companies such as Jawbone ($129-300) and Bose ($300). I have to admit I was skeptical about whether it would produce a sound worth listening to. It absolutely does!
The Sound Kick has an innovative design with the XKICK™ chamber. Basically what this means is that you have a compact speaker with a chamber that you pull out on the back to give it fuller sound. It works! This speaker sounds fuller and has more bass than just about anything else its size (in any price range) but it is more directional than some of the others. It also turns the speaker off when you collapse the chamber.
While sound is obviously the most important feature of any speaker, this one delivers in many other ways as well. Across the top of the speaker is an entire array of buttons to make life easier (there is even a pairing button!). All buttons worked perfectly to control the music on our iPad. The only things to note are that the volume controls are independent of the device and they are very touch sensitive (my son couldn’t figure out why the track kept changing every time he held it).
Another very nice feature is that it has a 5V 500ma USB port on the back. While this means that we’ll probably have to keep a few cables around, I can charge almost any device (except an iPad) with its 2200ma LiON battery and I don’t have to go fumbling around to plug things in behind my desk but you will have to use the standard 3.5mm Aux In if you don’t want to use Bluetooth.
The speaker touts a 7 hour battery which I believe to be accurate. It also has an equalizer button which toggles between Soundfreaq’s preset UQ3 settings.
Probably the one feature that I wish it had was the capability to be a speakerphone like Jawbone’s Jambox. When a call comes in while streaming music to the speaker, it simply pauses the music, you take the call on your phone and then it resumes streaming when you hand up. This probably works for most people but I love having a good speakerphone for conference calls and when I am sitting on hold.
- Sound Kick is available nationwide at Target, Radio Shack, Walmart, and Sears stores.
- Sound Kick is available online on Target.com, Soundfreaq.com, Bestbuy.com, Staples.com, Kohls.com.
- Sound Kick w/case option is available on Amazon.com.
- Sound Kick Chromatics and Sound Kick Ghost available only at Target.com and Soundfreaq.com.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Soundfreaq and received a product sample to facilitate my review.