I’d never been interested in reviewing budget Bluetooth speakers because a majority of them are rubbish. I was not impressed with the Archeer brand when I checked out their product category. Most of them look cheap and I even found a Sennheiser Momentum headphones’ clone.
Therefore, my expectation bar was quite low when I tested the Archeer A320 Bluetooth Home Speaker. Is this another worthless product or a great value? Let’s find out in the review.
Disclosure: The post actually originates from a request of TechWalls’ reader and the manufacturer was kind enough to send me the sample. This review is 100% honest and it is based on my own experience after testing the speaker in the last 2 weeks.
Design & Features
The Archeer 320 has a stunning design that doesn’t look like any other Bluetooth speaker I’ve ever used. I didn’t expect such the budget speaker would use such high-quality materials. The front baffle is made of real bamboo with a smooth finish. So, you can feel like you are using a not only budget-friendly but also an eco-friendly product. It feels great when you touch it and makes the speaker have a more retro look. There is no grille on the front, so all the drivers and subwoofer are revealed.
They also use bamboo on the rear panel. Here you can find an AUX port, a reset hole, a LED battery indicator, and a microUSB charging port. Besides, there is a port underneath which is created to extend the bass response to a lower frequency.
The sides of the Archeer speaker are covered in dark fabric. This obviously makes the speaker even more stylish but I don’t know how durable it is because the fabric could fray easily during everyday’s use. There are even no feet on the bottom to protect the fabric. So, to keep the good look, I’d recommend you to keep it in one place. This is not a portable Bluetooth speaker to carry around by any means.
All the buttons are placed on top and they are actually just some rubber pieces. They even created a hole for the LED power indicator. I don’t really like the implementation as it makes the speaker look cheap. It doesn’t live up to the rest of the design.
The speaker is powered by a 5200 mAh rechargeable battery and it is rated at 11 hours of playtime. The real battery life seems to be shorter as I often have to recharge it after 7 hours. There were some complaints about the charging port but it seems like it was fixed in the new version. The port feels sturdy and I don’t think it would be broken anytime soon.
Honestly, I thought the sound of the Archeer A320 would be as terrible as other Chinese Bluetooth speakers at the price range. However, I was totally wrong.
I compared it to the much more expensive Creative iRoar speaker, you can check out the sound test in the video below.
As compared to the iRoar, the Archeer produces a much more colored and enjoyable sound. It features a V-shaped sound with more prominent lows and highs and recessed mids. The vocals sound less harsh, so your music experience will be less painful and you can enjoy music longer. I believe pop or EDM music listeners will love the speaker. The bass is amazingly deep while the treble is clear enough, so you wouldn’t hear a muddy sound.
Having said that, if you listen to faster tracks, the speaker probably can’t meet your demands since the bass a little boomy. So, this is not suitable for rock music. Besides, it also didn’t perform well when I played some classical tracks. Since the mids are less present, the speaker can’t show off the details and texture of the vocal and instruments.
Notably, the Archeer is quite big but it is not as loud as the smaller iRoar. When I paired it to my iPhone, I often had to crank up the volume to maximum. The 25W speaker is not as powerful as I expected. Besides, it makes some weird noises when the bass is getting deeper, you can hear the distorted sound clearly in the sound test. The speaker can produce a great bass but it starts showing limitations in rendering sub-bass response. The subwoofer will need some improvements in the next generation.
- Beautiful retro design
- Good battery life
- Impressive bass response
- Affordable price
- Not a portable speaker
- The fabric is not so durable
- Not really powerful
All in all, the Archeer A320 is a very capable Bluetooth speaker. It is great if you want a wireless speaker to use at home. The design can blend into your furniture easily, the sound is great and it doesn’t cost a fortune. We totally recommend the product.
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