Last fall, having sold our home but not having found a new one, my wife and I moved our family into an apartment. It was… challenging. And memorable. But mostly challenging.
A downsize that dramatic meant a bunch of everyday things got left out. For us, that meant most of the electronics around our entertainment center, which turned out to be a problem.
Just a few days after getting settled in, most of our goodies away in storage, my wife realized she had no good way to play music for herself or the kids around the apartment — not something we wanted to do without for the next few months.
So I made a quick run to Target (which, by the way, had a surprisingly nice demo area for sound equipment). The parameters of this purchase were pretty simple:
- Don’t spend a fortune
- Get good sound, even when loud.
I tried out several products, including stuff from the usual suspects of Sony, Bose, etc. But as I listened to each of them I kept coming back to the one brand I had never heard of before: Soundfreaq.
And after walking out of the Target with that little guy, it not only played a part in keeping us sane for the months in the apartment, it is now serving a vital role in our new home.
It sounds great. It completely fills a very large area with sound. The battery lasts for hours (I had it go five hours the other night but have never pushed it further than that).
Bluetooth does have its limitations, and if I’m busy and walking around with my phone the stream will inevitably start to stutter.
It also will tick down its volume a bit when it’s on battery, but you can still reach satisfying volumes.
But for around $85 it is one of the best tech purchases I’ve made. Completely satisfied, and if this thing broke tomorrow I’d be replacing it with another Sound Kick immediately.