The 808 NRG GLO is my 2nd Bluetooth speaker from the New York-based brand. The NGR GLO is a lot cheaper than the 808 LXS but it has its own unique features. Let’s check it out.
Design & Features
The 808 NRG GLO has the same cylinder shape as found on many other portable speakers, however, it doesn’t have the grille on the body. Instead, the driver is placed on top of the speaker.
The 808 speaker features a simple design with just 2 buttons (Power and Glow) on the front and 2 ports (microUSB and AUX-in) on the back. It weighs less than 1 lbs and it totally can fit inside your big pant pocket.
The most prominent feature of the NRG GLO speaker is, of course, the LED light ring. Pressing the Glow button on the bottom will change among 5 modes, which are party, solid, chase, breath and low. I prefer setting it at party mode because the light will be adjusted continuously in response to your beats. The LED light won’t be able to give you a stunning light show as seen on the Divoom Aurabox or JBL Pulse 2, but this is still an interesting additional feature.
The battery life of the speaker is quite long. The rechargeable battery will provide enough power to enjoy music for up to 12 hours.
Similar to the 808 LXS, the 808 NRG GLO manages to deliver a pretty good performance. The sound coming from the speaker is not something excellent but it is not terrible as well. Check out the sound test below.
As there is only one driver on top, the sound isn’t projected directly to our ears. You will need some surfaces like the walls so the sound could be reflected on. Otherwise, the sound could be pretty small when you use the speaker outdoors. Even when you use in your small room, you probably need to crank up the volume level on your phone to nearly maximum.
Having said that, the sonic characteristics of the speaker are more than acceptable. I didn’t expect such a clean sound with little distortion from such a small package. The sub-bass is almost non-existent but the low-mids are there and you will still feel the warmth when playing music. The highs are also recessed, so you have no chance to enjoy a crisp and bright treble here. Fortunately, the mids are more present, that will help you listen to the voice and most instruments clearly.
The sub-bass is almost non-existent but the low-mids are there and you will still feel the warmth when playing music. The highs are also recessed, so you have no chance to enjoy a crisp and bright treble here. Fortunately, the mids are more present, that will help you listen to the voice and most instruments clearly.
- Low price
- Nice glowing LED light
- Portable design
- Clean sound
- Good battery life
- Not loud enough for outdoor use
- Some audio limitations
The 808 NRG GLO is a good Bluetooth speaker with a portable design and acceptable sound. I recommend the product if you just use it indoors.