Soundcore Motion Boom.

Another item from Soundcore, but this time it’s not an IEM! Let’s see how much boom this box has…

Disclaimer:
Soundcore have not paid or sponsored me for this review.
Lorna & Soundcore have been kind enough to ship this out to me.
The views and opinions in this review are my own honest and unbiased thoughts and experiences.
You can find the Soundcore Motion Boom by following the link below:

https://uk.soundcore.com/products/motion-boom

It currently retails for £94.99

Review equipment & software:
Soundcore Motion Boom.
Soundcore companion app.
iPhone XS Max.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.
Qobuz Studio Premier.
Apple Music.
SoundCloud Premium.

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Music:
Various albums, playlists and gapless DJ mixes, mostly in Hi Res.

What’s in the box:
Soundcore Motion Boom.
3ft USB A to USB type C cable.
Manual.

The packaging was a simple but sturdy affair.
The contents as you can see above are minimal, however, as like many brands, it’s good to see that they haven’t included a wall charger, which I know sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s better for the environment so that’s that.

Spec:

Build & finish:
As I’ve come to expect from any product from the Anker group, the Soundcore Motion Boom is built to a high standard. Everything is marked clearly and easy to understand without having a detrimental effect on aesthetics.
It is robust without looking ugly.
I already own a JBL Boombox that I love, but haven’t written a review of yet and it’s the epitome of rugged outdoor audio that retains stylish looks to match earth shattering and great audio.
It’s a lot to live up to in my opinion, yet this little boom box from Soundcore, although not as powerful, is built just as well as the JBL, so that earns Soundcore some serious kudos in my book.
Soundcore state a 24 hour battery run time which in my experience was precise.

Software & functionality:
I’ve already written about the Soundcore companion app in previous reviews so I won’t go in to great detail, however, I will say that the Motion Boom paired with my devices easily and retained a steady Bluetooth connection. The settings in the app are basic but offer everything you need to get the sound tailored to your liking.

The Motion Boom on first appearance is a pretty simple device with just a few buttons on the top and a small water tight port around the back.
But looks can be deceiving as is often the case these days.
We have a “Bass Up” button which does what it says. There’s also a corresponding control for this in the companion app.
There’s the obvious Bluetooth button which is used to pair the device.
In the centre we have volume up and down & buttons either side of a multi-function “Soundcore” button which handles play/pause, track skipping, in-call controls and Siri or other voice assistant activation.
To the right of the device we have the power on/off button and a “TWS” or True Wireless Stereo button.
The TWS button is used to pair the Motion Boom with a matching speaker, creating a stereo pair.

Around the back we open the waterproof “plug” to reveal a USB A for charging other devices & a USB type C to charge the Motion Boom.

Everything is laid out simply and is very straightforward to use.

Sound:
The Motion Boom obviously isn’t a high end hifi or “audiophile” product, so I won’t go into soundstage, or too much into definition, and bear in mind that this is from my experience of a single Motion Boom, a stereo pair may offer different results. But I will say this:
The bass is punchy and when the “bass-up” function is engaged it gets a decent boost, & has no problems reaching low.
Mids are quite present here and can make the sound a touch “boomy”, however using the EQ in the app can rectify this easily.
Highs are clear and not too bright.
The over all sound is lively and I found it suited more to EDM & Metal, though it plays other genres well enough.
Using it outdoors was a great experience and it projects into a decent sized garden well enough, without the need to have it at full volume.

Final thoughts:
At under £100 the Motion Boom is a capable and feature packed Bluetooth speaker/boom box that would be ideal for outdoor use, whether it be a picnic, bbq, beach day or similar.
Indoor use is also great and I can see it being the perfect speaker for use in a kitchen, the bathroom, maybe in the garage while you work on your latest project…
It packs a punch with a lively sound, is built to withstand the outdoors and has no connection issues.
It also benefits from it’s compact size, easily fitting into a medium or large back pack.




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Anker PowerCore Solar 20000 review on Appetite For Tech.

This is the second review to go out on Appetite For Tech.

Link to review:

https://appetitefortech.wordpress.com/2022/08/01/anker-powercore-solar-20000/

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Edifier Neobuds Pro true wireless IEMs.

This time around Edifier send me their pro True Wireless IEM. Let’s see what I make of them…

Disclaimer:
Edifier have not paid or sponsored me for this review.
Kathryn and Edifier have been kind enough to ship these out to me.
The views and opinions in this review are my own honest and unbiased thoughts and experiences.
You can find the Edifier NeoBuds Pro by following the link below:

https://mall.edifier.com/products/neobuds-pro

They currently retail for $109.99

Review equipment & software:
Edifier NeoBuds Pro.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.
IPhone XS Max.
Qobuz Studio Premier.
Apple Music ( Includes the app for Android )

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Music:
Various lossless music on Apple Music and Qobuz Studio Premier.

What’s in the box:

Edifier NeoBuds Pro True Wireless IEM’s.
Charging case.
USB Type C fast charging cable.
Storage bag.
7 Pairs of “Antibacterial” ear tips in various sizes.

As with other products I have received from Edifier, STAX, & Airpulse, the contents were well packaged and neatly presented.
This isn’t something that all consumers care about, however I like when a brand goes the extra mile for the customer! It says a lot about said brand and their consideration of the end user.

Spec:
Bluetooth version: V5.0 
Bluetooth protocol: A2DP、AVRCP、HFP 
Audio Decoding: LHDC、LDAC、AAC、SBC 
Effective distance: 10m 
Playback time: 5h+15h (ANC ON) / 6h+18h (ANC OFF)
Charging time: 1h+1h (Fast charging Supported) 
Input: 5V⎓60mA (Earbuds) 5V⎓1A (Charging Case) 
Frequency response: 20Hz-40KHz 
Sound pressure level: 94±3dBSPL(A) 
Impedance: 24Ω

Build & finish:
Edifier have produced an excellent product.
The IEM’s and charging case are built to a high standard and the accessories are all equally well constructed.
The soft pouch is a really nice addition and something I’d like to see other True Wireless brands take note of.
The magnets in the charging case hold the IEM’s in place very securely, so they pass the shaky shaky casey test with ease!
The one complaint that I do have however, is the lack of wireless charging.
At this point in the game I’d expect it as standard so I’d like to think this is something Edifier will look at in the next iteration.

Software & functionality:
Edifier offers a companion app which is available on iOS & Android.
Initial bluetooth pairing is straightforward on both operating systems and remains stable once connected.
The app itself is relatively user friendly and offers plenty of options from EQ settings to mapping the touch controls to your preference.
I did notice something interesting here which I’ve not yet seen from other brands and that is ”Game” mode. However, as I don’t currently game on my smart phones or tablets I can’t comment on this.
The built in ANC ( active noise cancelling ) is exceptional and is one of the better examples I’ve tried out to date.

Comfort:
Once you find the right fit, the NeoBuds Pro are a lightweight and comfortable IEM.
They stay in place during vigorous shaking of ones head and thus I would imagine being suitable for gym use.
The ear tips are super soft and comfortable.
I was able to wear the NeoBuds Pro for up to four hours with no discomfort or fatigue.

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Sound:
When listened to with the EQ off, the NeoBuds Pro sound pretty flat, if a little bit toward the bright side.
The soundstage is wide and spacious with plenty of depth.
When the EQ is engaged the bass hits hard, if you want it to and dips low.
Midrange is full bodied, yet not overwhelming or harsh.
The highs are crisp and fast paced with plenty of sparkle.

Final thoughts:
At $109.99 / £91.67, I think the NeoBuds Pro are a fantastic deal and have a lot to offer that you would normally find in a more expensive True Wireless IEM.
Wireless charging is unfortunately missing here, but that shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for most consumers.
They come with plenty of accessories and a nice soft carry pouch which isn’t something that I’ve seen with other True Wireless IEM’s. Not yet anyway.

If this is your first pair of True Wireless and you’re after something that won’t break the bank, but offers stellar sound quality, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better candidate than the NeoBuds Pro!

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Soundcore Frame review is now live.
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Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro True Wireless IEM.

Another Soundcore review! This time we have the Liberty 3 Pro. Let’s see what I think?

Disclaimer:
Soundcore has not paid or sponsored me for this review.
This is an unbiased review and the views and opinions in this publication are my own.
I’d like to thank Lorna & Soundcore for kindly sending these True Wireless IEMs out to The Audiophile Cafe for review.

They currently retail at £139.99 and you can find them by following this link:
https://uk.soundcore.com/products/a3952011?ref=naviMenu

Review equipment and software:
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.
iPhone XS Max.
Qobuz Studio Premier.
Apple Music for Android.

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Music:
Various albums on Apple Music and Qobuz Studio Premier.

What’s in this box:
Liberty 3 Pro Noise Isolating Earbuds.
One charging case.
Ear tips in 4 sizes.
Ear-Wings in 4 sizes.
USB-C charging cable.
Kindly enclosed letter from my contact.
Sweeties.

All beautifully presented and in this particular case, a lovely letter and some sweets were included!

Spec:
Codec TechnologyCodec Technology.
Multipoint Connection.
Golden sound via 10.6mm coaxial dual driver technology (ACAA 2.0) and personalized active noise. cancelling (HearID ANC).
LDAC, AAC, SBCLDAC, AAC, SBC.
Batterys 8/32 hours.
Charge for 15 minutes, listen for 3 hours.
6 microphones with AI-uplink noise reduction.
HearID personalized sound, 3D surround sound, IPX4 waterproof.
Commute, work from home, business calls, workout.

Build & finish:
As I have expected from Soundcore, the L3 Pro’s are outstanding.
From the packaging to the accessories and on to the IEMs and charger themselves,
everything is well presented and finished to a high standard.
The IEMs stay put when trying to shake them out of the charging case.
They would not budge an mm when putting them through the head-shaking test.
So far, I’m impressed!
The charging case is also built extremely well, looks stylish and premium with a pebble-like design and is a nice fit in the pocket.
All of the accessories included do not escape from being top-notch. They also are designed and manufactured in a luxury finish.

Software & functionality:
Like other high-end Soundcore devices, the L3P benefit from utilizing Soundcore’s companion app, available on both iOS & Android.
An update was required at the time to accommodate the new IEMs and all went smoothly.
The software is intuitive and straightforward to use and offers us a generous amount of settings and tweaks.
The pairing was a breeze on both platforms & remained stable at all times.
Soundcore has developed a fantastic active noise cancelling system that in my mind equals Apple’s AirPods Pro. Take note that up until now, no other ANC system has managed this, not in my opinion anyway.
The settings for the ANC system are abundant but as earlier stated, easy to understand and use

Comfort:
I found the L3Ps to be luxurious and comfortable in my ears.
Wearing them for 2 or more hours was a fab experience with no discomfort or fatigue.
They’re one of those IEMs that disappear once you have them in your ears and the supplied “hooks” ensure that they stay where you want them to at all times.
The ear tips are smooth to the touch and have no burs or rough edges anywhere to be seen.

Sound:
Seeing as these have been reviewed by numerous professionals in the audio trade in one way or another, I thought I would don my ex-club & EDM DJ & Radio tech hat.
The soundstage is wide and super focused with exceptional separation of instruments and vocals.
Soundcore has managed to create a tonality that is rich yet neutral.
The bass is tight and controlled and hits hard when needed. It also reaches low, yet does so without losing any clarity.
The midrange is sharp and detailed with a smooth and natural foundation.
finally, we have the highs, which are crisp and clinically precise without sounding too bright or harsh in any way.
What we end up with is a detailed yet lively listening experience which works well with any genre of music.
Is the sound quality what I would consider “Audiophile”?
Absolutely. And for the first time since I’ve been working as a reviewer, I would say these are the first pair of True Wireless IEMs with built-in ANC that have managed this.

Final thoughts:
At $174.91 the Liberty 3 Pro’s are an astonishing pair of True Wireless IEMs that boast a full suite of functions in tandem with audiophile-level sound quality. They pull this off while performing way past their price point.
The Audiophile Cafe awards the L3P a 5-star award couldn’t recommend them enough!
Whether you’re a professional, enthusiast or novice you won’t go wrong picking these.

Thanks:
A massive thank you to Lorna and Soundcore for sending these out and for being so very patient with me.
And of course, thank you to all of my readers! Please don’t forget to follow, like, subscribe and share.

Sending you all my warmest regards.
Paul.




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