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Archeer A320 2.1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

by November 15, 2016
  • Product Name: A320 2.1 Channel Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • Manufacturer: Archeer
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: November 15, 2016 07:00
  • MSRP: $ 79.99 (special limited time price)
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  • Output Power: 2*5Watts+15Watts = 25Watts
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: Bass≥75DdB; Treble≥80dB
  • Frequency Effects: 80 Hz-20 KHz
  • Battery Capacity: 5200mAh
  • Rated Voltage: 7.4V
  • Product Dimensions    9.8 x 3.1 x 5.2 inches
  • Item Weight    3.1 pounds

Pros

  • Great Bass
  • Easy Setup and connectivity
  • Beautiful look

Cons

  • No WiFi for HiFi sound
  • Needs rubber feet to prevent wear and tear

 

Everywhere you look people are bringing their music with them. And so the audiophile market follows the trend of portability with the ever increasing pressure for higher fidelity sound and longer battery life. Audio company Archeer has taken it one step further and introduced a portable speaker product that pleases the eyes as well as the ears. 

I received an email from Archeer to see if I would review their A320 2.1 Channel compact wireless home stereo system.  I have to be honest, without knowledge of the Archeer product line I wasn’t sure what to expect. I decided to do a blind test and just base my review without product knowledge, company history, or price point; just the company name and model number.

Archeer A320 box1.jpg     Archeer A320 box2.jpg

A few days later an Amazon box arrived at my door.  Inside the shipping box was the Archeer box with the A320 nestled inside.  While unpacking the box the first thing that struck me was the sheer beauty of the bamboo covering of the speaker.  The soft and warm look of wood is evident throughout my house so the A320 would be a perfect fit for any room in my home.

Archeerbag.JPG     Archeer A320 front.jpg

As I unpacked the rest of the box I found the AUX cord, carrying bag, and USB cord.  I thought Archeer had forgotten the power cord until I read the quick start guide and realized the A320 is actually a portable speaker system.

Build Quality

Looking over the unit, I liked the clean design of the inputs and controls. I could have done without the feel of the fabric wrapping, but that is a matter of personal preference over actual problems with the speaker.  Since it is in fact a portable device there is some concern that over time the material may wear.  I suppose only will tell but the soft dark gray, not quite black, textured material transitions nicely to the bamboo wood in the front and back of the unit.  The material does an adequate job of holding the speaker in place even during higher volumes.  Some consumers might opt for small rubber stick on feet attached to the bottom of the speaker to help decrease wear and tear on the fabric which the speaker rests on.  They will also serve to decouple the cabinet from the surface to reduce resonance.  I think it will be a good addition, and if I decide to keep this little gem, I’ll probably add them myself.

Archeer A320 bottom.JPG

The A320 is equipped with two 5 watt fullrange drivers and a 15 watt subwoofer.  Impressive for a portable speaker, but a subjective listening test will tell if the look of the speaker will match the output. The fully exposed drivers and sub surfaces might cause some sphincter contractions for people with young toddlers and curious fingers.  Not an issue in my house, but worth mentioning.

Archeer A320back.jpg     Archeer A320 bass port.jpg

On the back is the AUX port, DC in via micro USB to standard USB, charge light, and reset button. In addition, near the bottom of the back of the unit is the bass port. On the top of the unit are easy to understand universal symbols for power, play/pause, and volume up and down. In the middle of these buttons is a small led light that will show different functions of the speaker.

About the author:

Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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Recent Forum Posts:

kevinopar posts on May 27, 2017 12:09
Since the speaker is ported… If EQing can't be done at the audio source, one could possibly try stuffing the port with materials/objects of different density or porosity. I don't know if Archeer would recommend it though

I don't own the unit, but am thinking about purchasing one.
smunz posts on November 26, 2016 09:52
I measured the Archeer A320. The drivers are 1.5“ each and the woofer is 4.25”, but I'm checking with Archeer for comformation.

Tony
gene posts on November 23, 2016 00:10
KEW, post: 1159227, member: 41838
Where is the line drawn between a “preview” and a “review”?

I wouldn't mind an attractive portable speaker with good sound.

I appreciate that Tony did actually have the speaker and listen to it, but the absence of technical information is shocking!
I just finished reading this review and it doesn't even state the diameter of the drivers!!!

Back in the day, it was a sure thing that AH would disassemble a speaker (or give good reason why they didn't) giving pictures and info on the drivers and crossovers.
Even simply using a tape measure and stating the diameter of the driver with surround would be useful!

I had enough interest in this to do some leg work and attempt to flesh out the info provided here. Since I did the work, might as well share it.

Knowing the housing is 9.8“ long and using the photo below, I would guesstimate we are looking at a 3” “subwoofer” and 1.5“ ”full-range drivers“


It is rated at 5 stars for both bass extension and bass accuracy.

The Energy Take system uses 3” woofers in a ported cabinet and rolls off around 100Hz, so that is probably what we are looking at here.

That is not terrible, many competitors like the JBL flip use 40mm or 1.575" drivers!

At three stars for treble smoothness and midrange accuracy, I would guess the Flip which I own has better sound. I would like to get more bass, but not at the expense of the mid and high frequencies.

It's a $79 product! I thought he did mention the size of the drivers but I will ask him to add it in since he still has the product.
HTLuver posts on November 22, 2016 13:35
I went and bought this because of this review. I am very pleased with the product. I like my sound to be a little bass heavy and this does just that. One con is you can't play it while it charges.
KEW posts on November 19, 2016 15:07
Where is the line drawn between a “preview” and a “review”?

I wouldn't mind an attractive portable speaker with good sound.

I appreciate that Tony did actually have the speaker and listen to it, but the absence of technical information is shocking!
I just finished reading this review and it doesn't even state the diameter of the drivers!!!

Back in the day, it was a sure thing that AH would disassemble a speaker (or give good reason why they didn't) giving pictures and info on the drivers and crossovers.
Even simply using a tape measure and stating the diameter of the driver with surround would be useful!

I had enough interest in this to do some leg work and attempt to flesh out the info provided here. Since I did the work, might as well share it.

Knowing the housing is 9.8“ long and using the photo below, I would guesstimate we are looking at a 3” “subwoofer” and 1.5“ ”full-range drivers“


It is rated at 5 stars for both bass extension and bass accuracy.

The Energy Take system uses 3” woofers in a ported cabinet and rolls off around 100Hz, so that is probably what we are looking at here.

That is not terrible, many competitors like the JBL flip use 40mm or 1.575" drivers!

At three stars for treble smoothness and midrange accuracy, I would guess the Flip which I own has better sound. I would like to get more bass, but not at the expense of the mid and high frequencies.
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