Soundfreaq Sound Kick SFQ-04
Manufacturer: Twine International LTD Part number: SFQ-04
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CNET editors' review
price range: $99.99
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 04/17/2012
The good: The Soundfreaq Sound Kick SFQ-04 is a compact, attractively designed portable Bluetooth speaker that sounds decent and plays loud for its size. It has a built-in rechargeable battery that delivers 7 hours of play time, and a USB port for charging smartphones and portable devices.
The bad: The speaker's sound is a little thin, and there isn't a speakerphone capability. Its retractable Xkick bass chamber converts into a stand that's nifty but a little wobbly. While portable, the Sound Kick is bigger than some other small Bluetooth speakers in the same price range.
The bottom line: The Soundfreaq Sound Kick portable Bluetooth speaker is a good value, with an attractive design and good performance for its size.
Very surprising sound (in a good way)
by dcb175 on May 5, 2012
Pros: Great sound quality, price, USB charging ability, easy Bluetooth pairing, volume level, built in kickstand
Cons: Larger than some of its competitors, slightly flimsy feeling
Summary: I was a bit surprised that CNET only gave this product 3.5 stars, so I wanted to provide another viewpoint. I have been shopping around for a portable Bluetooth ...
Summary: I was a bit surprised that CNET only gave this product 3.5 stars, so I wanted to provide another viewpoint. I have been shopping around for a portable Bluetooth speaker for vacations and the occasional small patio party for a while. I had auditioned (in store only) the usual suspects - the Jambone Jambox, Bose Soundlink, etc but hadn't quite found a great fit. After reading glowing reviews of the Jambox, I expected to (and wanted to) love it. It looked really cool, but the sound was so...flat. The Bose certainly sounded better, but it was $300, and I didn't think it sounded $300 good. Now, my expectations are probably too high for a small speaker, and it could have been the acoustics of the stores (both Best Buy and Target).
Enter the Soundfreaq. I had read a few reviews that were quite positive, so I decided to give it an audition. Problem was, I couldn't find it anywhere. Even the Soundfreaq was out of stock - it recommended looking in Target stores (although it is not listed on the Target website). After going to three Targets, I finally found one with a Soundfreaq and a functioning demo. I immediately found the sound to be clearer than both the Jambox (by a lot) and the Bose (by a little). If I were going in blind, I would have picked the Soundfreaq in a listening test. My wife agreed. I had to pinch myself that it was only $99 - half the price of the Jambox and a third the price of the Soundlink.
Now, I have no illusion that this could replace my main living room system of Mirage speakers and a higher end Yamaha receiver. It won't. Ever. However, it provides nice sound for our kitchen, and have officially assigned this to bedroom duty - it is significantly better than our existing clock radio/iPhone dock.
Ok, now for the review. As you can tell, I think the sound is best in class. However, it is larger than both the Jambox and Soundlink (I believe CNET said the Bose was larger, but it is not, although it is close). I will concede that the bass is deeper on the Bose - if you listen to a lot of hip hop, I would definitely audition the Bose (forget the Jambox). I don't listen to much any more, so this was not a huge deal for me. I would call the bass acceptable - on the positive it is not "rattle-y" if that makes sense. The mid and higher end of the sound spectrum is excellent, however. For my catalog of mostly acoustic and indie, this works great.
As mentioned, this is not quite as portable as the Jambox or Bose. Not a huge deal for me, but may be for some. I do like the built-in wrap around case on the Bose. This does not come with a case, although because it is all plastic, I think it would survive a backpack or carry-on just fine. What it does have is a bass module that pulls out and acts as a kickstand. It angles the sound very slightly up, and I believe this is part of the reason that the sound sounds bigger than its size would lead one to believe. The Soundfreaq is made of plastic, so it does not look as refined as the Bose, or as unique as the Jambox. If aesthetics are important to you, it's something to consider. That said, it still looks pretty slick, so I will not knock it too much.
The Bluetooth pairing was easy, and I have not had any dropped connections. It should be noted that my iPhone is generally in the same room, so I can't really comment on the range. As noted by CNET, the volume is capped when using battery power. In my opinion, it still gets loud enough to fill a smallish room with sound.
In summary, I am very happy with my purchase. I think I would have also been happy with the Bose (if I didn't stumble upon the Soundfreaq I would have likely ended up with it because I was so disillusioned with the others) but the price difference was so large I could not justify it.
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The best speaker in the $100 price range.
by donutme13 on January 8, 2014
Pros: Stylish design, clean and fairly loud sound, excellent battery life, USB port for charging, and 3.5mm aux in for non-Bluetooth capable devices.
Cons: The bass is better than other Bluetooth speakers in its price range but still isn't very strong, feeling lacking in electronic or other bass-heavy tracks, the stand system can be flimsy at times, no speaker-phone capability.
Summary: I picked up my Soundfreaq Sound Kick at Target when it was on sale for $79.99. I was actually going to pick up a Beats Pill, but when I ...
Summary: I picked up my Soundfreaq Sound Kick at Target when it was on sale for $79.99. I was actually going to pick up a Beats Pill, but when I tested out the demo of the Soundfreaq in the store, I was genuinely impressed with the sound quality; furthermore, I think it's safe to say my wallet was happy with the $79.99 price tag versus the $199.99 one on the Beats Pill.
When I brought the speaker home and tested it with my iPad, I was very pleased with the quality of the sound for a speaker in the $100 range. The sound was full, though like most Bluetooth speakers, more emphasized in the mid-range and treble. The bass wasn't very powerful, but better than most speakers in the same price range I have tried. The speaker can also get fairly loud, complete with a UQ3 audio enhancer that, when turned on, can lessen distortion at loud volumes effectively.
The style of the speaker is rather nice in my opinion. It feels very solidly built, and I enjoy the design aesthetics. I also like the various color options for the speaker (I got mine in Twilight which is white with a purple and blue speaker grill). My only gripe is the stand mechanism, which pops out in the back to angle the speaker upwards and enhance bass. It's necessary to be enabled for the speaker to function, and it can be a little bit flimsy at times, causing the speaker to rock. Other than that, I have no problems with the design.
Other noteworthy features are the USB port for charging (it only charges either when the speaker is plugged in or when the volume is below 75% when running on battery), the 3.5mm auxillary input, and the 7 hour lithium ion battery. The speaker uses a proprietary charging cable and cannot charge via USB, so if you need to bring a charger, you'll need to bring the AC adapter unfortunately.
In conclusion, I think this speaker is fantastic for its price, with only a few minor complaints.
Excellent sound, portable, with many great features.
by Gotchko on August 7, 2013
Pros: USB port can also charge devices with AC power connected. Auxiliary port available. Good sound quality and relatively loud, EQ button, Android & iPhone app available to control via phone, Bluetooth enabled.
Cons: Not very strong bass. If it get knocked on it's back from the tilted "on" position, it tends to shut close and turn off. When running on battery, max volume is decreased(Con) to prolong battery life(Pro).
Sounds great for the price!
by Electronix101 on July 18, 2013
Pros: Very loud for its size, USB port for charging your device, AUX jack capable, and portable.
Cons: USB port is only useful to charge, not to play music. Does not come with a carrying case, nor does it have speakerphone capability.
Summary: Loud and proud. I was in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker to use at the gym; I ended up going through most of the portable speakers at Best ...
Summary: Loud and proud. I was in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker to use at the gym; I ended up going through most of the portable speakers at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target before I stumbled across this one. I played the Jawbone Big Jambox, BOSE SoundLink and a couple others side-by-side with the Soundfreaq Sound Kick, and could not justify spending over $200 for any of the others after hearing this one.
Again, my purpose for purchasing this speaker was for use in an open floor-plan gym environment. I wanted something that played loud enough to hear from across the room, but doesn't sound distorted. This speaker has great clarity, even at its maximum volume. If you rummage through the preset sound settings, you can get some decent bass out of it, as well. If it helps anyone: My friends and I listen to a lot of rock and Dubstep while working out, and the bass from this little speaker is sufficient enough to impress. The fact that it can also charge your device via USB (unlike the BOSE or Jawbone) is a major plus, too.
If you just want a speaker you can stick around the house, or to take with you somewhere to amplify the noise from your smartphone, this is a great option.
Target on Sale for 79.99.
by feflee on May 10, 2013
Pros: Portable Great Sound After reading the previous review I was sold. was able to get it in white with a blue/green colored speaker panel. Love it. sound is amazing and I plugged in my subwoofer to this little unit and the sound is incredible.
Cons: NONE at all.
Summary: It does not disappointLove Love Love this speaker. I hope it last many years.
Summary: It does not disappointLove Love Love this speaker. I hope it last many years.
- Manufacturer: Twine International LTD
- Part number: SFQ-04
- Description: Stream Bluetooth wireless with any A2DP compatible device UQ3 spatial sound enhancement for balanced audio Enjoy long hour of AC-free listening with a built-in rechargeable battery Universal charging of mobile devices with a USB power port Standard 3.5 mm line-in jack accepts input from any device with a standard headphone jack
- Product type Speakers
- Speaker type Portable Bluetooth speaker
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.5 in x 1.7 in x 4.2 in
- Weight 1.6 lbs
- Color Black
- Additional Features Charge mobile devices,
Up to 7 hours of playback,
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Amplification type Active
- Audio amplifier Integrated
- Connectivity Wireless
- Wireless technology Bluetooth
- Transmission range 33 ft
- Interface type Bluetooth
- Controls Volume,
- Connector type 1 x Audio line-in ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ),
1 x DC power input,
1 x DC power output ( 4 pin USB Type A (power only) )
Compatibility | Accessories
- MP3 | Smartphone | Tablet compatibility Bluetooth devices,
- Included accessories Power adapter
- Power device Power adapter - External
- Run time (up to) 7 hour(s)
- Type Speaker battery - Rechargeable
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