Fluance Fi50 Review

Connectivity


Pairing it with a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is a snap, as all that’s required is to flip the switch on the back to the on position – and then sniff out the Bluetooth connection through our phone to pair it. True to its claim, the Fluance Fi50 achieves a maximum range of 33 feet with its Bluetooth connection. Degradation becomes more pronounced as we move past the 50 feet mark indoors, where it has to deal with penetration through walls and such.

Performance


By default, the Fluance Fi50 and its aptX audio technology favors audio in the lower range, which becomes more profound as the bass is manually cranked up – that’s expected, of course. Heavy bass lovers won’t find any fault in this! Still, it never sounds like it’s straining to produce dynamic tones at the loudest setting, so it’s quite tolerable to the ear.

In helping to neutralize things a bit, adjusting the treble helps to clear things up a little bit more so that the lows don’t overpower the mids and highs. Depending on how you tune the Fluance Fi50, it has the potential to produce a very robust, neutral quality where all audio ranges are represented equally. And that’s a quality that helps it to be differentiated, as other speakers are tuned to a single specification by the manufacturer.

Battery


Actually, the only battery related thing with the Fluance Fi50 is its ability to charge various devices with its full-sized 2.1A USB port. From smartphones to tablets, just as long as rapid charging is supported by them, they’ll be able to charge in a relatively hasty manner. Like we said, though, this feature isn’t anything new or anything.

Conclusion


Although it doesn’t lay claim to a diversified features set, nor does it sport a design that’s attractive as others, we can’t argue the fact that the Fluance Fi50 dishes up a ton of value at $199.99. That alone, undercuts many of the in-home wireless Bluetooth speaker offerings from the competition, which can start easily at $500 a pop. Reminding ourselves about that, it makes the Fluance Fi50 far easier to pick up, since it’s not going to be a tough investment.

At the bare minimum, its solid construction in conjunction with its acceptable audio quality and power output makes the Fluance Fi50 something worth checking out. The savings alone is appreciated on so many levels, made more pronounced knowing that its audio quality is pretty poppy. Buy this for the savings and reasonable quality, but look elsewhere if you’re looking for something more attractive and bears a deeper roster of features.



Pros

  • Can’t complain about its $199.99 cost
  • Reasonable audio quality that favors audio in the lower range
  • Great Bluetooth connectivity range

Cons

  • Conventional looking design
  • Light set of features
  • Larger size makes it tough to fit into cabinets/shelves

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

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