Anker Soundcore Rave Neo review: Fat, punchy bass for the dance floor

If you happen to’re searching for a speaker to encourage wholesale shuffling at your subsequent birthday celebration, then Anker’s $99 Soundcore Rave Neo is solely what you’re searching for. It’s loud with a decent, thumpy low finish that may advertise all types of rhythmic motion and ideas. (It had my roommate Bridget dancing in 0 seconds flat).

Audiophile, it’s no longer, however that’s no longer its gig and the Rave Neo renders the specified impact when in its part.

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Design and contours

The Soundcore Rave Neo is an upright, monophonic speaker that measures somewhat greater than 11 inches tall, about five.five inches at its thickest, and more or less 7 inches extensive. It weighs in at rather less than 7 kilos, however an easy-on-the-hands, fabric-covered strap makes for simple toting.

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Anker’s Soundcore Rave Neo considered from above. 

The controls for the Rave Neo are on best of the unit as you’ll see within the above product symbol. There’s the standard quantity up/down, Bluetooth pairing, and gear buttons, plus a toggle for the bass spice up. Additionally readily available is the hyperlink button for PartyCast, which can hyperlink the Rave Neo with as much as 100 of its ilk.

There’s a button to switch the patterns produced via the RGB LEDs circling the Four-inch woofer (there’s a 2-inch full-range driving force and passive radiator as neatly), and an overly bizarre icon (between the plus/minus) representing a multi-function play/pause/earlier/subsequent button. 

Anker features a “common” one-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words sort handbook for the Rave Neo, however it is usually a lot clearer and was once incomplete. For example, it didn’t quilt converting between the 3 EQ modes (executed by means of the Soundcore app) or the best way to invoke the Siri/Google telephone operate in any respect. I needed to peruse the Anker’s web page in regards to the first, and came upon the latter (tremendous lengthy press at the bizarre icon) via sheer success. 

The Rave Neo is score IPX7 for cover from water, which means you’ll submerge it within the kiddie pool (as much as one meter) for as much as 30 mins (you’ll learn extra about IP scores and what they imply on this tale). To that finish, the USB-C charging port, USB Kind-A charge-other-stuff port, and three.five mm stereo auxiliary enter are hidden underneath a captive rubber plug at the again of the unit.


The Soundcore Rave Neo may well be probably the most aptly named speaker I’ve run throughout. It’s designed for events, the place quantity and bass rely for greater than uber constancy. Considered (and listened to) from that point of view, it’s a just right speaker.

The Rave Neo’s easiest trick via a ways is its tight, pumping bass. Anker nailed it, and the segment of the mid-range it accentuates is the only perhaps to chop thru crowd noise, wind, and different ambient stuff.

As standard, I threw a lot of genres on the speaker, and I wasn’t inspired till I cranked it up and hit the EDM  (Digital Dance Song) and hip hop picks. At that time, it got here to existence.

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The EQ within the Soundcore APP (Android proven) helped spice up high-mid to treble frequencies that had been lacking from the Out of doors preset.

Using the EQ within the Soundcore app made an enormous distinction for quieter kinds of track, despite the fact that it couldn’t compensate totally because of an total slight lack of top of the range sparkle, rather vulnerable higher mid-range definition, and the absence of stereo separation. Quiet contemplation isn’t in reality the Rave Neo’s factor. That mentioned, with the default “out of doors” EQ environment, the portion of the mid-range that cuts thru crowds and different noise is undoubtedly there.  

I left the bass spice up engaged for probably the most section, and used the EQ to dial it again as vital.

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