We have a house full of cell phones and the kids are endlessly using them for everything from keeping in touch with us to listening to their favorite music. They also love sharing songs with each other, and us, which can be a pain. It’s not ideal to try and listen to a song my son wants to share with me using only his smartphone’s speaker. Which is why we’ve been having a blast with the new portable wireless speaker by Soundfreaq — the Sound Kick.
This is the first Bluetooth speaker we have owned and it is getting tons of use!
Right out of the box, I was able to effortlessly pair the Sound Kick with the kids’ phones. To do this, you pull out the rear X-Kick Chamber, turn on the speaker with the power button, then press the “pair” button on the top of the speaker. A blue light on the front will blink while the unit is searching for your device. Once they are paired, the light will turn solid and you’re ready to listen to some tunes!
The Sound Kick has some pretty neat features. Having never owned a portable wireless speaker like this before, I’m not sure if they are common to this type of device or not. Nevertheless, I find them extremely useful!
Sound Kick Features that rock!
Sound Kick has a rechargeable internal battery! Plug the speaker into the wall with the included AC wall adapter and when it’s full, the indicator light will turn green. Then you can unplug and go. Depending on use, the speaker is able to go up to 7 hours in between charges.
I mentioned the X-Kick Chamber earlier, this part of the speaker is in the rear of the device. When you want to take the Sound Kick with you on the go, the chamber easily pushes back, almost flush, with the rear of the speaker. When you want to listen to music, just pop it out again, the speaker won’t play music without the X-Kick Chamber being popped out.
The Sound Kick not only plays music from your smartphone, it can also charge it! There’s a universal USB port in the rear near the X-Kick Chamber that is ideal for resue charging or just keeping your phone’s battery up while listening. While you can charge when your speaker is on battery power, you can only do so when the volume is set at 70% or lower.
There’s even an AUX IN port for use with any device that uses a headphone jack, a 3.5 cable is included in the box. Also, for those who like immersive stereo sound, there is a UQ3 button that allows you to turn this feature on and off. I can notice a subtle difference in the quality of sound with UQ3 turned on, I like it!
The Sound Kick will wirelessly stream audio from any Bluetooth enabled device, not just your phone — that includes laptops, iPads, iPods, MP3 players and any other A2DP compatible device.
But the best feature, for me, is seeing how much joy it brings to my son.
I love that kid! And here’s what else I love about Sound Kick!
That and the awesome sound quality! The Sound Kick can seriously jam! While it isn’t knock-your-socks-off loud, it is able to deliver some sweet sounding bass! I never notice any sort of vibration sound that you sometimes get with cheaply made speakers.
The device itself is plastic but doesn’t look or feel cheap at all. I like how lightweight it is and appreciate the fact that the bottom of the main speaker and the X-Kick Chamber have rubber strips to keep the speaker from scratching any surface I set it on. It’s pretty sturdy when resting slightly tilted, as designed, on the X-Kick Chamber. The tilt helps the sound travel up to ear level nicely.
The clean simple lines look attractive and it’s just about the right size for home or office use at around 10 1/2 inches long. The touch sensitive buttons are super responsive and I like that I can control the volume, pause, skip forward/back and song selection using either the speaker or my phone.
All in all, I love this Sound Kick speaker and even think it would make a really nice gift for a teenager, it’s the perfect size for a kid’s dresser or desk and they’ll love using it with Youtube videos and movies from their laptop or tunes, games and apps from their phone, at least mine do!
Where to buy and how to stay in touch!
The Soundfreaq Sound Kick Speaker can be found Target, Sears, Walmart and Radio Shack. Or, find it online at Amazon.com, Target.com, Soundfreaq.com, Staples.com, Kohls.com and Bestbuy.com. It retails for an affordable $99.99 and is available in several different colors including the awesome new “Chromomatics” Collection in colorful Sunset, Ocean and Twilight – So pretty! To keep up to date with all the Soundfreaq news, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.