I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Soundfreaq. I received a Soundfreaq Sound Platform 2 to facilitate my review.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. Growing up I took years of piano lessons (which I still love to play when I get the chance) and sang in both my high school and college chorus groups. When I wasn’t playing or singing, I was listening. And to this day hearing a certain song will trigger memories of fun events with friends and family.
It wasn’t as easy to listen to music when I was a kid (I sound like an old granny talking about walking to school, in the snow, uphill both ways). Cassette tapes weren’t exactly convenient or high-tech. It’s funny, as the kids queue up music on their phones, I tease them now about how you actually had to listen to the whole tape or use the fast forward button just to find the one song on the album you actually liked.
Technology has come a long way, hasn’t it?
Now that I’m married with a family, I’m glad that they love music, too. We listen to the radio in the car, as well as to downloaded and streaming music and shows at home or on the go through our phones and laptops. It’s great to have so many choices but much of what we have to choose from makes listening a solo activity.
Cue the Soundfreaq Sound Platform 2. It is a portable speaker that allows you to play music wherever you are. Just connect to it through the Bluetooth setting on your phone or PC and you’ll have crystal clear sound you can share with friends and family. Ever say “Hey, have you heard this song before?” and then had to crowd around the tiny speakers in your phone, or split a pair of headphones? No more!
The Bluetooth feature is one of my favorites. Most other speaker systems that I have seen require you to dock your phone. This means no longer being able to use it to text, take or make a call, or tweet requests for new songs to add to our playlist. But with the Soundfreaq Sound Platform 2 my phone stays right with me. Though if the battery is running low, the system does have a small pull-out tray on the front where you can rest your phone, then slide a USB cord through to the back and charge your phone while music continues to play.
Since I don’t have to dock the phone to use the speaker, that means I can control which songs we listen to and at what volume right from my wireless device. (A little Carly Rae Jepsen, anyone? Bubbles loves to dance to this song.) You can also stream audio from Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, Netflix and more. The Soundfreaq Sound Platform 2 also lets you listen to FM digital radio, even device-free. There’s even an all-in-one remote app that you can download from the Google Play store or App Store.
All these bells, whistles and features are great, but the main question you have to ask of any speaker is how does it sound. It sounds great, to be honest. The system has large speaker drivers; enhanced, deep bass; an acoustically-tuned dual-port chamber; and tone control. Austin had a good time testing it’s limits, playing a variety of music from his phone and cranking it up. Anything that brings teenagers out to spend time as a family gets high marks in my book.
The Soundfreaq Sound Platform 2 is going to be a great addition to our home’s music scene. It’s also moved on to our potential gift-giving list. I think one of these would be great for Ashley at college. You can get an optional battery pack for them, making them truly wireless. Wouldn’t that be awesome for taking out on the lawn to study or hang with friends? I know I would have loved to have one during my college days.
It’s also something I’m considering for my parents. Music is important to them, as well (I have very early memories of listening to music on my Dad’s record player). My folks are not all that advanced when it comes to new technology, but the Soundfreaq Sound Platform 2 is so easy to use they’d be able to learn it in a second. It would be used frequently, I believe, while working in the garden, outside during campfires, while entertaining friends, and more.