The Best-Sounding Speaker You Can Fit in Your Pocket
As portable Bluetooth speakers get smaller, physics often dictates that something has to go. Instead of making any sacrifices, Soundfreaq built the Pocket Kick with thinner drivers and fit two 1-inch units to deliver true stereo sound.
The result is a slick, ultraportable speaker that delivers better fidelity than the competition (and its trim appearance looks better than most of it, too). Part of the Pocket Kick’s aesthetic appeal is in its simplicity. It comes in black, platinum, or gold — no flashy neon or customizable wrappers. Hard metal grilles sandwich the drivers and offer added durability — the metal withstood several weeks of travel without showing any wear (though it’s not water resistant). It delivers on other features, too: It plays for 10 hours on a full charge and includes a speakerphone for good measure. And yes, it fit easily in our back pocket, though at 5.9 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches, it sticks out a bit.
The 9.6-ounce unit fights above its weight class when it comes to sound quality. It deftly reproduces a range of music, especially sounds in the mid and treble tones. On Spoon’s “Outlier,” the snare popped just as you’d want it to, while Britt Daniel’s gruff voice and distorted guitar balanced in the midranges. But not everything will sound great; the lithe strings of a Mendelssohn piece sounded weak, as it does on most portable Bluetooth speakers. But, taking advantage of two-channel sound, the Pocket Kick handled Jimmy Page’s swirling chords on “What Is and What Should Never Be” — creating good separation between the right and left channels that no single-driver speaker we’ve heard could match.