- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 7.4 x 7.6 cm ; 630 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 748 g
- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
- Item Model Number: SoundBox Pro
- ASIN: B07DMMG7QY
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 25 June 2018
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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DOSS SoundBox Pro Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker V4.2 20W Stereo Sound, Active Extra Bass, Wireless Stereo Paring, Multiple Colors Lights, Waterproof IPX5, 10 Hrs Battery Life for Phone,Computer, TV and Good Gift -Black
- Stereo Sound: Two full-range drivers and dual passive radiators produce 20W stereo sound with enhanced bass, tight mids and crystal clear highs without distortion at any volume.
- Active Extra Bass: Independent and dedicated circuits for lows and highs create a crisper, more defined sound with the robust bass response. Enjoy the bass filling each corner of your room.
- Wireless Stereo Pairing: Pair 2 Bluetooth speakers at the same time for true stereo sound, audio and lights both synch automatically to your device.
- Beat-Driven Light Show: Dazzling LED, color-changing lighting automatically synchs to music and flashes in time with the rhythm, included six colors and three illumination patterns.
- Bluetooth 4.2 Technology: Bluetooth 4.2 connects stably from up to 66 feet away, and is compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices. Moreover, this Bluetooth speaker supports Aux-In, TF card play and hands-free calls. With IPX5 Waterproof feature, you can rock out indoors or bring the party outside or on the go.
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DOSS SoundBox Pro
Rock with immersive true stere sound and beat-driven light show.
Dual full-range drivers and dual passive radiators deliver 20W stereo sound. Dual low and high-range circuits result in clear, strong sound with a uniquely powerful bass response.
True Wireless Stereo Paring
Pair 2 speakers to the same devices simultaneously for double volume and double light show. Immerse yourself in perfect Stereo Sound with an awesome light show.
Independent, dedicated circuits for lows and highs creates a crisper, more defined sound with a powerful bass response
Dazzling LED, color-changing lighting automatically synchs to music and flashes in time with the rhythm. Multi-colored lights match your mood, your music and your moment.
Bluetooth 4.2 ensure a stable connection up to 66 feet range, and compatibility with all Bluetooth-enabled devices. Enjoy your wireless and seamless music for up to 12 hours.
Smooth and Portable Design
Smooth surface, soft rubber base, portable design grab your hands, fit for your bag and IPX5 make it great for beach or poolside party or on the go.
To ensure the health and longivity of your battery: Please let your Soundbox Pro charge until the charging light turns off during its INITIAL CHARGE. If the charging indicator fast flashing in red is a battery protection signal only in pretty low battery situation. It is NOT a defective one. Please keep the speaker charging via your 5V/1A plug for a few minutes and Power On the speaker to activate the charging mode.
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I've used this little unit everyday/every other day for around a month now. My thoughts:
- First and foremost the sound quality is good for a portable bluetooth speaker. These units are never really going to be audiophile quality (especially in this price range) but the Soundbox Pro offers some of the best clarity for a portable bluetooth unit. If you listen to a lot of bass heavy music then this unit will serve you well even without the bass boost feature.
- Build quality is good. Nice feel to the buttons, the lighting feature doesn't look cheap, and the plastic casing has a nice tactile, almost rubberised feel to it which helps if you've got wet hands. Speaking of which...
- It's meant to be waterproof to a certain extent and while I haven't thrown it into a pool I've used it with dripping wet hands out of a shower and the unit wasn't affected at all.
- One of the best features is it's price. IMO It's arguably the best sub-$100 AUD portable bluetooth speaker available in 2018.
- Not a huge negative but some functions don't have the most intuitive way of being activated/deactivated via the on-unit buttons however the manual does a decent job of explaining which buttons need to be held down, pressed twice, etc.
- There is a definite 'best angle' in which the Soundbox Pro sounds the best from but that's to be expected with a front facing unit. Ideally you need to be in front of, and at least half a metre away from the speaker to get the best experience.
- If you're an audiophile then you'll be disappointed with the sound quality from the Soundbox Pro...but if you're an audiophile you probably knew you weren't going to be blown away with the sound quality in this price range anyway.
Overall it's a great bluetooth speaker in this price range and I think it punches above it's weight in terms of sound quality, with better clarity and bass than units that are at least a third more expensive.
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In the box, you get; A USB to Micro USB charge cord, 3.5mm Male to Male headphone cable, and the Instruction Manual. Quite easy to follow, from opening the package, to getting started playing some tunes. Bluetooth was very simple and quick to pair, and the automatic pairing time, from off to on, is relatively quick. The startup tone is not overwhelming, nor is it overly loud. The light ring around the speaker grill is not too bright, and the ability to change the light mode, or just turn them off, is nice. I personally like the solid, but color fading mode.
On to the sound! Volume output speaks plenty. For 20w, it can fill even a loud area with music pretty easily. At full volume, there is little distortion. The highs are crisp, and the mid range is right where I like it. Not much for low frequency output, but the drivers are not physically big enough to move much for air, therefore not much bass can be output. I did seem to get a bit more depth out of it, just by carefully choosing the placement of the speaker in any given room. Corners, and window ledges seem to be friendly to it. The "Bass Boost" button on the top, seems to me like more of a "low pass filter". The higher frequency seems to be cut, to give the effect of more mid/low range. I don't hear any more bass produced, so I just chose to leave the feature off. Comparing the Soundbox Pro to the Soundbox Touch, I'd have to say the mid volume output of both of them is very similar. The Pro however, was able to drown out the Touch when I cranked them both up.
Now for the function I purchased the speakers to try! TWS (True Wireless Stereo), is a way that two of the speakers can be used at the same time, when linking the main speaker to a bluetooth enabled device. I used my iPhone 6. Paired to the first speaker I opened, turning the second speaker on, and holding the "Add" button on top of both. They linked to each other quick, and give you the indicator lights on top as to which is the left/right speaker. Both lights (if used) will sync, as will the volume and bass boost. I tested them as far as 25ft from each other, and they stayed in sync just fine. Having two of them, makes filling a room with music, that much easier.
You've done very well again, Doss!
I received 2 Doss Soundbox Pro speakers from Amazon on 8-2-2018.
Packaging was good and sturdy. Opening each speakers box you will find 2 clear, round
Tape stickers along the opening seam as is standard in most items today. A quick slice of a knife and your in. Inside you are greeted with a thick black plastic lid that covers a very well defined molded shell made of the same plastic and it holds the speaker very well.
The speaker is wrapped in a whitish colored almost rubberized plastic bag and is taped very well for and added layer of protection. You will also find a very well written instruction booklet. Chinese to English has been very well done. Very impressed with the packaging.
I ordered 2 Gray speakers and they are light gray. They have a slightly rubberized feel but not the kind that will wear off over time. The finish is flat without any shine so fingerprints should not be an issue.
The front grill is of a strong and thick metal that is softly rounded as it curves back into the edges of the speaker. Pressing on the grill finds it to be really resilient and even using multiple fingers at once to tap at the grill, there is a very solid sound of it being strongly connected to the speaker housing. Around the whole grill is a semi clear whitish plastic ring that allows the lighting effects to be seen. With the gray color speaker that I ordered you cannot even tell these rings are there as they blend in so well they actually look to be gray just like the speaker.
I feel that the grill will withstand a good rough handling with out the fear of denting it in.
The buttons on top are recessed and slightly lower into the main cabinet of the speaker, making them very easy to find in total darkness.
The cover covering the power input, auxiliary input, SD card input is a thick multi ringed seal with a recessed finger hole next to it within the speaker housing. When closed this plug lays flush to the speaker housing and there is no chance of it getting caught on something and it coming open. The plug cover is tethered to the speaker housing using a free floating thick strap of sorts that floats in and out of the speaker and is also covered up when it is closed.
I have seen many cheap plug covers on speakers, especially ones from Japan or China but I must say the attention to the detail on this speaker truly shows. Very robust.
There are 4 soft rubber feet on the bottom that are glued in yet seem like they will last.
Also along with the booklet you will find a USB charging cable and a stereo to stereo jack adaptor that allows you to plug directly into a phone or other audio source that may not have Bluetooth output.
Typical fair with today’s equipment purchases.
They do not come with the wall box power adaptor so you must supply one of your own or plug them into your computer to charge. These will accept a 2 amp input so charging times may vary if your using an adaptor that’s only putting out 0.5 mAh!
I would have liked to see 2 amp wall adaptors added to the package here.
Over all I give the construction a # 10 here.
Turning on and first use.
I will admit I did not read any instructions at first use and powering up and linking both together wirelessly was easy as can be. Unlike some speakers on the market that allow paring of 2 or more, they will still have both left and right channels represented in both speakers but these actually make one speaker a left and one a right. You can tell what one is what by the little white light on top of the speaker right above the “ADD” button. If the one on the left is lit then that’s your left and if the right one is lit then that’s your right speaker.
Once you have them paired together one speaker is called a master and the other is the slave for lack of better definition. Each speaker will control the other weather it be changing the lights or the volume
But the master speaker will power off the other when you power it down. The slave speaker will not do this and it seems to be the only function that the master will do above the functions of the slave.
In the instruction booklet you will find that it says there are 7 colors and this is a misprint.
There are only 6 colors that include dark Green, Dark Blue, Red, Light Blue, Yellow, pinkish purple.
Please note that if you choose a steady light color and non flashing to the beat of the music your choices
Are only 3. Dark green, Dark Blue and Red. The other 3 colors are only available in the color changing mode that change every 5 seconds.
While the music is playing press and hold the “Extra Bass” button to change 3 options, On, Flash to the beat, Off.
While in the on or flash to the beat mode you may change the colors by pressing the “Mode” button
For about 2 seconds. Once you get to the light blue color, this setting will will let the speaker change to all 6 colors. Note. What ever color changes you make to one speaker, the other speaker will set itself to the exact same pattern. No need to fumble around setting both.
This function allows for an Equalizer setting of a deeper tone that I find to be better at lower volumes.
When you have them playing up loud I can’t tell much of a difference but it does take away from the sometimes Tinny sound of the small drivers in the speaker and giving you a deeper feel at lower volumes.
A play test.
I spent 5 hours inside a 20 foot by 40 foot workshop and played these at full volume on a Android and a Apple phone, switching between the two.
Using the Android with added Equalizer settings made these speakers very loud but still clear.
I did notice some slight heat buildup on the top of each speaker after a few hours. Apple having had no Equalizer mode selected cut this warming effect to half of what it was with the Android. There is a 20 watt amplifier inside these speakers and if you crank them up for a long time you are going to get some kind of warmth just like you would from an external amplifier like one you may put into a car for instance.
There are two 2 inch wide range drivers that have there center cones covered flat all the way out to there rubber flexible rims. This seems to be the norm for speaker drivers of this size.
In the center of the two drivers is a rectangular passive radiator as well as one in the back that is used to act as a sort of sub woofer. Using a flashlight and watching both the powered drivers and the bass reflex passive radiators they move quite well and produce very good sound with absolutely no rattling or distortion of any kind at any volume that I can find. Also note that while using the Android, with Equalizer enhancer the last 3 increments of volume increase did not show much of an increase in the volume of the speakers and in fact may have started pushing into the realm of very slight distortion but I am not sure.
The next day I spent a few hours outside and set the speakers up and spread them apart about 50 feet.
They played flawlessly and filled the area with sound.
At a separation of 60 feet and over they stopped pairing correctly and were out of phase at times and it was having a echo effect like being in a large stadium event. Moving them a bit closer together fixed this issue and 60 feet is there limit of separation anyways. “Not an issue” I just thought I would mention how they act when they are past there limit of separation.
Charging is simple and is achieved via use of the supplied USB cable. A very slight warmth may be felt on the bottom center of the speaker while it is charging but this is to be expected.
There is a small red light beside the charging hole under the waterproof flap and this light will be red while charging and go off when it’s done.
But please note. If your playing them while you are charging them the red light doesn’t seem to go out once fully charged. To see if you truly have a full charge just turn the power to the speaker off, if the light goes off then it is fully charged. Charging time is around 4 hours from a discharged battery so keep that in mind while charging.
There is no need to unplug the unit once the battery is fully charged. As with all devices that use lithium batteries they have on board smart charging that shuts off the charging once the battery is full.
I might add that the batteries in these speakers are a large 2200 mAh so plenty of play time here while unplugged.
I have yet to play these until they go dead but the company boasts up to 12 hours depending.
I would guess this to be at half volume.
The right here and now.
Thus far I give these speakers a 9.7 rating
The sound for something this size is great.
The construction is excellent.
The ease of use is excellent.
The use of a standard USB cord to charge is Cool.
The lighting effects is an excellent plus.
The play time is excellent.
The IPX5 waterproof rating = IPX-5 offers protection from a 6.3mm spray of water (12.5 liters per minute) in any direction for at least 3 minutes.
And these speakers are firmware upgradable * see bottom of this review for update info.
A minus 0.1 is for the length of the charge cord.
I would have liked to see at least a 6 foot cord for these so one might place them on a nightstand or end table and be able to keep them plugged in.
A minus 0.2 is given because they did not come with a 2 amp wall plug adapter. I feel this is maybe a wise choice by the company to keep costs down and they feel that people most likely have at least 10 old ones in a drawer someplace saved from old electronics, but what if they don’t? Now your stuck having to go out and buy a charger or two. Maybe they can offer them as an extra through Amazon if you need them.
Now the cost factor.
Look at what your getting here and I might add that you do yourself a favor and buy 2 of these so you may have the full effect of the linking system.
You don’t need to tho as 1 of these is a great performer at a cost of around $50.00 at the time of this review.
So for $100.00 “shipped” through Amazon, I think this is an excellent value and quality product and I look forward to the rest of my summer testing them out and enjoying them
As I do not have all the microphones and equipment as some other reviewers do, I’m interested in seeing other reviews on this product in the near future.
Just before the writing of this review I discovered a flaw in the ability for an Android phone to properly cause the lighting to flash to the beat of the music.
My work around was to lower the volume of the speaker itself but 5 to 6 clicks lower then the maximum and compensate by turning the Android phones volume up. This made the lighting effect work.
This was not an issue while using the Apple phone because adjusting the volume on the speaker actually adjusts the phones volume. While using an Apple product you will also notice that an indicator at the top right of your screen will show a small picture of a set of headphones along with a small Battery indicator showing you the level of battery power that the speaker has left. You don’t have this with Android.
My communications with the Doss company kept the employees at work until 11:30 pm on a Friday night
writing a patch and update to this issue. They got it published and placed on the web for download and instructed me how to do it after providing the link that I am also providing in this review.
Just load a micro SD card with the patch file and place the SD card into the slot in the speaker. Then turn on the speaker and let it do it’s own thing.
It will find the file and load it and update the firmware all automatically. The two white lights above the “ADD” button will flash slowly 5 times and then you’ll hear a soft click sound and the speaker will then shut off. From there you remove the SD card and repeat the steps in your second speaker if you have 2. Then put the SD card back on your computer and erase the file. If you don’t and you ever go to use this card again within your speakers with it loaded with music, it will first see that update file and try to reload it and end up not playing your music and you’ll not know why. So do the task of deleting the file once you have used it.
I have not taken a phone call over these speakers so I cannot comment on its function at this time.
This company truly cares about making a quality product that performs well while keeping the price in a place where average people like me can afford.
A firmware update is available via Doss but I could not post the link in this review as per Amazon rules.