This is the Voonex Sound ArcWave Speaker. It’s portable enough to be brought with you almost anywhere yet powerful enough to be used in almost every environment. With clear audio a simple yet, clean design, long-lasting battery life, and water resistance capabilities all at an affordable price. The ArcWave might just be the best Bluetooth speaker under 100 dollars. So is it worth buying or should you opt? for something else? And after you get it what can you expect?
Well, for starters the ArcWave is a compact design. Measuring about nine by four by four inches, and weighing in at about three pounds. It’s small and light enough to easily take with you almost anywhere. I really like that the design is clean and modern making it fit with most spaces. So, it could work well at my desk or on my nightstand.
The build is solid and sturdy. Both the top and bottom have a rubber texture making the buttons easy to push and they feel nice and natural. You’ll also notice small rubber feet on the bottom of the speaker which keep it in place and give it some grip. This is surprisingly something a lot of cheaper speakers seem to struggle with.
Now, I personally think it’s important to have good waterproofing on a Bluetooth speaker. Especially, if you’re planning on bringing a poolside or to the beach. The Arc Wave does have IPX5 waterproofing which is good but not great. It’ll be safe in most situations but it’s nothing you can fully submerge in the water for an extended period of time. So as long as, you’re not taking it underwater it’ll be fine, but if you need something that can be completely waterproof. Normally, the JBL speakers are great for this. But you do want to specifically look for one with an IPX7 rating.
I like that the buttons are large enough that they’re easy and comfortable to use. There are only six buttons meaning that many of them serve multiple functions which can get somewhat confusing at first. While many of these are intuitive like pushing the play pause button to answer or end a phone call or using the volume buttons to skip to the next or previous song. However, long pushes and short pushes can get confusing. Though with that said, I do personally prefer fewer buttons on my device. So, this is a trade-off I can get behind.
I found it super easy to pair the speaker with my phone. With a touch of the phone assist button, you can quickly connect the ArcWave to your phone, iPad, computer, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. The Bluetooth 5.0 provides solid connections and according to the manufacturer, it has a wireless range of up to 100-feet.
I found it worked well enough between floors, and it also has an integrated mic so when paired with your phone you can conveniently take calls and access your phone’s voice assistant while using the speaker. If for whatever reason you don’t like to use Bluetooth, there’s also the option to use the speaker with an SD card, or you can connect the speaker to a PC or TV with a 3.5-millimeter audio jack which is a nice bonus, but to be honest I just use the Bluetooth connection.
As for sound, you’ll be surprised how much sound is packed into this little compact speaker. It uses a Max DSP audio chip that delivers 60-watts split across 230-watt high power speakers which is a fancy way of saying that this little speaker can get loud like surprisingly loud. You can use it for parties with no problem, and that’s where the speaker really shines for me.
It’s got an amazing combination of high volume and crisp audio which to me is the most important aspect of any speaker. You get crisp pies, clear mids, and deep lows at pretty much any volume level. I did notice that, if i accidentally pushed the speaker too much it would power down and then power right back up when I lowered the volume.
Now that’s a bit annoying, but it is a nice protective feature to have that can help prevent accidental blowouts of the speaker which is good to have. The vocal sounded good with natural and detailed sound coming through clearly. There’s also a bass boost mode if you enjoy your music with that added depth of bass. For me, I found the regular mode well balanced and this was my favorite for regular daily use.
If you decide to get two ArcWave speakers you can use them paired to different devices in separate rooms, or you can use tws pairing to connect them together and get stereo sound for parties, or even as an extra stereo speaker for your TV, computer, or projector.
It has a powerful 6600 milliamp-hour lithium battery that provides the speaker with all the power it needs for up to 15 hours of continuous play. I did find on higher volumes the speaker averages about eight hours, but charging the battery is done via a USB-C fast charge system. And a complete charge only takes about 3 hours.
In terms of performance, it even rivaled more expensive speakers the likes of JBL and Ultimate Ears, but that’s just my opinion.
So, Is The Voonex Sound ArcWave Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Worth The Buy?
Definitely, there are plenty of cheaper Bluetooth speakers out there, but for the money, the ArcWave is by far one of the best I’ve ever tested, and it truly exceeded my expectations.