The Leeron Bluetooth speaker, well where should I start? I love listening to music in the afternoon after school ends, and just the entire evening. I used to grab the Lker One headphones I reviewed a while ago to partake. Does the arrival of this speaker change my behavior? Should you buy it? Read on to find out the answers on those questions.
Before I start with this review, I would like to thank Leeron for providing us with the Bluetooth speaker. Although they did provide the product, we assure you that they had no input on the outcome of this review.
Speaker type: Outdoor speaker (Waterproof; IPX7 rating)
Bluetooth version: 4.1
Effective distance: 10M
Built-in Amplifier power: 6W
Color: Green, blue and orange
Trumpet: Double diaphragm
Support: AUX input, TF card and Bluetooth
Power capacity: 1.800mAh lithium ion battery
Charging time: 3-4hours (2.1A input)
Noise Ratio: >75db
Product size: 186*64*65mm
This won’t be the longest review I’ve ever written, because there simply isn’t a whole lot to tell about this speaker. Let’s start off with the build quality before going to the most important part; sound quality.
As far as I’m concerned, the build quality of the speaker is great. Everything just feels solid while holding the speaker in your hand. I love the rubber on the outside of the speaker, it just gives you some extra grip while holding onto the speaker. And it may even provide some extra protection if you do end up accidentally dropping the speaker.
The only thing I’m a bit concerned about is the rubber flap at the back of the speaker. It feels solid for now, but those things tend to be pretty damn annoying in the long term. And without the flap it isn’t protected against water.
So, the design you ask? It look special. I personally wouldn’t buy a speaker looking like this. That said, you’ll get something different than all other speakers out there!
I’m not an audiophile, and I’m not going to try to sound like one. If you really need the best sound out there, then there’s no point reading this review really. If you could settle with average / a little above average sound quality. You came to the right place.
I’ve tested this speaker mainly over Bluetooth, as the speaker decides to be a mono speaker while using the AUX cable – strange huh? I hadn’t noticed this during the 1st day of using the speaker, but after a few days I started to notice a difference between when I played songs over Bluetooth compared to the music played over the AUX cable. Eventually I came to the conclusion that the speaker only delivers stereo sound while being used over Bluetooth. It isn’t what you would call a disaster. It’s a bit weird though…
There’s some disadvantage here though. Once you’re using Bluetooth the bitrate will be even lower than while using it with the AUX cable. Then again, it still sounds pretty good while using it with a Bluetooth connection. It does delivers some clear sound. On the downside the bass is really missing here, so there is that, then again bass is always missing when there is no integrated Sub. The speaker itself does sound average to slightly above average. If you really need the speaker to fully work over AUX or if you really need that bass, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but this speaker simply isn’t for you.
During the review period of about a week, I’ve charged the speaker 2 times. Leeron states that the speaker should be able to push out at least 16-18hrs of playback time. Whether this is over Bluetooth, AUX or TF card…decide for yourself. On average I’ve been able to push out about 7-8hrs of playback time with mixed usage (Bluetooth/AUX). This may vary for you guys, but 7-8hrs of playback time should be more than sufficient to survive the day. I couldn’t imagine that you’re playing music with this thing 8hrs in a row without some time to charge it up.
What about charging the speaker? The manufacturer states 3-4 hours for a full charge. It would be nice to know once the speaker is fully charged, but nothing actually happens to the red light in the power bank. I just charged it two times, throughout the night, which should be more than sufficient to fully charge the 1.800mAh battery which comes built into this speaker.
So to the buttons on top of the speaker. The following buttons can be found on the speaker: volume up, volume down, switch-mode and pause button. They all work perfectly fine, really.
The only thing I would’ve liked to see is the volume and the pause buttons working together with your Bluetooth device. If you click pause right now it simply cuts of the energy supply to the speaker. But in reality, whatever you play on your phone, it will continue to do so despite not coming out of the Leeron unit. The volume buttons on this thing also work completely separate from your device. While the sound gets louder while pushing on the volume up button, it doesn’t do anything good to the sound quality.
Here we go then. This answers my question as to whether I replaced my headphones with these speakers, and if you should buy these speakers?
Is this speaker is going to replace my headphones? No, they aren’t, and they can’t. While the sound quality is okay, my headphones simply provide some better sound quality. Plus it just starts annoying everyone around me while using these speakers late in the evening which is understandable.
It’s always difficult to answer the question whether you should or shouldn’t buy the speaker. It really comes down to your preferences. Do you need an okay sounding speaker, with an IPX7 rating for being water resistant, and pretty good battery life? If so this speaker should definitely be on your list. You can currently grab it from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk for $30 or £23.99 respectively which isn’t a bad price at all.