We’ve looked at a number of bluetooth speakers over the last couple of years and they’ve all had their benefits – waterproofing, small size or battery life.
Over the last two months I’ve been using the iClever IC-BT208 Bluetooth wireless speaker. At most of a kilogram the BTS08 strains the limits of what I’d call portable but with a large 4000mAh battery two 10W subwoofers and wide range diaphragm the weight is explained. It’s heavy in a bag but that weight is there for a reason.
So how does it sound? Pretty good. It’s a little more bassy than I’d expected which was a pleasant surprise as its not something you usually get in a portable speaker. It also goes louder than any bluetooth speaker I’ve used in the past and there isn’t any significant distortion until you max out the volume completely.
Price: ± $50 or around £40
Included microUSB charge cable and 3.5mm audio cable
iClever was formed in 2010 as a consumer electronics manufacturer and designs, makes and sells a range of products including chargers, FM transmitters, tablets and bluetooth devices. We’ve previously reviewed and recommended their six port USB charger and bluetooth keyboard and a small speaker.
The BTS08 is a a solid brick shaped speaker with a black top and base surrounded by a red grill. On the top are four integrated touch controls – play/pause, volume up/skip, volume down/skip back and a multifunction button used for bluetooth pairing and to control it in phone mode. On the back are a physical on/off switch, a microUSB charging port and a 3.5mm audio input.
The whole unit rests on four rubber feet.
- Bluetooth and 3.5mm audio jack input
- Speakerphone mode
- Physical on/off switch
- Recyclable packaging
- Indoor use advised, not waterproof – will not withstand inclement weather
Environment & People
At just under $50 the speaker isn’t aimed at the lower end of the bluetooth market but it’s a decent size and pushes the limits of quality for the bluetooth protocol. If you’re looking for something replaceable this wouldn’t be a good choice but it’s aimed well at the permanent single room solution.
Product dimensions: 22.5 x 7.1 x 9.0 cm
Item Weight: 812g
Colour: Red and black
Materials: ABS Plastic
Speakers: 2 X 10W
Input: Bluetooth or 3.5mm Aux in
Bluetooth version: 4.2 with A2DP, HFP, HSP and AVRCP
Charging: microUSB DC 5v
Battery: Non-removable rechargeable 4000mAh
Charge time: 3 hours
Work time: 12 hours quoted. I found it lasting between 10 and 11.
Warranty: 18 months from purchase
A phone or other device that can provide the music stream either over bluetooth channel or via the 3.5mm connector.
Reviewing bluetooth speakers is a fairly straightforward process – decent looks and design? Check. Decent battery life? Check. Decent sound quality? Check. The IC-BTS08 hits every requirement that you ask of it and does it loudly. If you’re after a decent bluetooth speaker that is portable and goes very loud when you need it to for a reasonable price it’s a good choice. Recommended.
The review is based on the iClever IC-BTS08 Wireless Speaker kindly provided by iClever. This article was first published on the 30th January 2017.