There are hundreds portable Bluetooth speakers in the market. The Archeer A320S is different from the rest with not only its solid bass and crisp highs, but also with the extended battery AND the ability to pair two of them for true stereo playback! The A320S has great sound and design, long battery life, a built-in mic, and the ability to pair two of these together for true stereo sound, all completely wireless. The pairing process is a bit tricky to figure out, but once you do, it’s extremely easy to use. The price is good and the sound is great, buy these speakers, I guarantee you'll be impressed.
I was looking for a portable speaker that wouldn't look out of place in my lounge room when the battery wasn't needed. The Archer A320s' wood front (and back) looks great, and the entire unit is well constructed. I also really appreciate having a subtle LED indicator on the top so it doesn't light up the room at night (like so many other products).
I had no problems pairing over Bluetooth or playing music via the included 3.5mm AUX cable. Sound quality is decent, with lots of bass and plenty of volume for such a compact speaker. Would have liked to see a RCA input though.
Took 4-5 hours to charge, and I've never come close to running out of battery power. Two units can be combined for a stereo setup, but I'm not sure if it would add enough over just a single speaker.
Included Items: ------------------- The A320s package comes with the: *Speaker itself *3ft USB A to micro USB charging cable *3ft 3.5mm audio to 3.5mm audio cable for those with smartphones that still have a 3.5mm connector and don't want to waste battery via bluetooth *A grey drawstring polyester carry bag *6x small adhesive bumper pads to apply at the footing of your new speaker *An instruction manual.
Pros ------ Most importantly for me, the sound from the speaker is deep for the bass and surprisingly clear for the treble. The mids are a bit muddled out by the bass boost but since I love my bass, this was something that I actually expected. Comparing it to a Braven Balance that I already owned, this speaker has a deeper bass and projects a much louder volume when set at the 100 % speaker and 100% bluetooth (BT) volume. I didn't feel the bass was over exaggerated either didn't distract from voice commentary (though everyone's taste is different, so ymmv). The speaker does distort though when playing more bassy songs at 75% BT (@100% speaker volume) and louder volumes, but I would imagine that most portable speakers would have that trouble. The Braven Balanc also distorts on these songs. In an open field setting (like a park), the A320S speaker volume can over power conversations at a distance of ~5m away in front of the speaker, playing at 75% BT volume. Battery life appears to be outstanding and easily lasted 10 hours at 75% BT volume. I've played it for around 18hrs so far (subsequently at 50% volume) and still hasn't run out of charge. Though battery life is expected to degrade with more charge cycles (e.g. like your smartphones). Bluetooth pairing was easy, just long press the power button and switch on your phone BT and it'll detect it. After an initial handshake, every future connection was almost instant. Bluetooth connection is great, with no loss of sound quality over 5m going through 2 walls. In an open setting, BT connection only has issues when exceeding the 10m mark, or if there is no direct line of sight from around 8m onwards. Also, general aesthetics is beautiful and it is solidly built, tipping the scales at 3.33lb. On initial unboxing, the black fabric on my speaker had one pilling, but that was easily picked off. The wood grained front panel gives the speaker a touch of class and blends in well to any varnished bookshelf.
Cons ------- The speaker is not without some minor caveats. On my speaker, the lip of the black plastic vent at the back was lightly scratched. It seems like quality control still has room for improvement. But Archeer has included 6 small clear rubber sticker bumper pads to reduce further scratching when placed on rough surfaces though, so kudos to them.
Unlike other portable speakers which protect their speaker cones with metal mesh cover, the A320S cones have been designed to be fully exposed which means you can leave marks on the diaphragm with dirty or oily fingers, or damage the cones when you're grabbing the speaker through its carry bag as you can't tell where exactly the exposed speaker cones are. I guess a workaround is just to lift the carry bag by the draw strings.
If you're planning on leaving the speaker indoors, then the latter con is not a problem (except maybe dust on the speaker cones). But if you're buying the speaker for portability, like me, and want to bring it outdoors then just be aware.
Also its not waterproof. At least I don't think so. And I'm definitely not even going to try.
Summary Overall, very happy with the unit. I bought it for its price (flash sale), portability and for its bass response. The fact that it is capable of being a very loud speaker with long battery runtimes, makes it a perfect addition to those outdoors summer outings.