A great traveling companion for audiophiles.
In the past 5 years, I’ve reviewed a lot of products and one of the most frequent items I see are Bluetooth speakers. I’ve reviewed waterproof speakers, tiny speakers, humongous ones, and even character-based speakers like my Groot Bluetooth Speaker from InfoThink. It seems that no matter where you look, Bluetooth speakers continue to dominate the market. There have been many speakers that have impressed my audiophile heart, but I’ve never come across a single brand of speakers that have blown me away like the Soundcore speakers from Anker have. To date, we have reviewed three items from Anker’s Soundcore line – the Flare 360 speaker, the Mini 2 pocket speaker, and the Spirit X earphones. All of these items have been brilliant examples of sound amplification tools and today, I’m excited to introduce you to one more piece from Soundcore – the Motion Q.
Designed for 360-degree sound sharing, the Motion Q is a portable Bluetooth speaker that utilizes the most modern technologies available. It has back-to-back full-range drivers and dual passive radiators for a full, even sound. In addition to the powerful hardware included, Motion Q utilizes BassUp technology, which analyzes and enhances your music’s bass frequencies in real time. Motion Q was created as a waterproof speaker and even billed as a speaker you can ‘drop in the ocean’. It’s rated IPX7 and can withstand being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
- Drivers: 1.75″ Full Range x 2 + Passive Radiator x 2
- Output: 8W x 2 , THD (total harmonic distortion) <= 1%
- Bluetooth Version 4.2
- Supports A2DP, AVRCP, HFP profile, and SBC decoding
- Aux port available
- Range: 20m / 66ft
- Playtime: 10 hours
- Charging time: 3.5 hours
- Charging: Micro USB 5V / 1A
- Waterproof: Rated IPX7
- Integrated Microphone (for speakerphone)
- Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 4.3 in
- Weight: 14.7 ounces
For a couple of weeks, I have used this tiny, but powerful speaker as my exclusive listening device on my desk at home. During the time that I was testing it, this smaller profile device replaced its larger cousin, the Flare 360 speaker. I have used it for a variety of media types including streaming video and music. I never noticed a difference between locally stored media (music from iTunes) and audio that was streaming from a music service (usually Pandora, but I also used Spotify). The Motion Q was very consistent as far as its sound quality was concerned.
Since I’ve been using the speaker, I’ve only had to charge it once. I didn’t do a ‘real’ battery test on it, but I was using it for approximately 3 hours per day and only had to charge it after a week of use. I really like how simple the interface is with the Motion Q. The controls are located on the top of the barrel and with the symbols being raised above the surface slightly, it’s easy to determine which one you are selecting without having to look.
One small issue I had with the speaker had to do with how it connects to devices. When you start it up for the first time, it enters Bluetooth pairing mode like most devices do. I paired it to my iPhone 7 the first time. So, I just tapped on the ‘Soundcore Motion Q’ item in my Bluetooth list. The speaker connected immediately and I started playing some music. About an hour or so into that listening session, I decided to pair the speaker to my MacBook Pro. I don’t currently have external speakers connected and given my limited desk space, I really like to use Bluetooth speakers to supplement the computer’s audio output. I wasn’t able to connect the speaker to the laptop until I set it into pairing mode again. This effectively disconnected or ignored the previous Bluetooth connection with the phone and made it possible for me to start a new connection with the computer. This really isn’t an uncommon function for Bluetooth devices, but a bit of a hassle. I prefer having the ability to be connected to more than one device at one time.
The speaker does not have its own volume amplification and when you adjust the volume on the Motion Q, you are using the connected device’s volume control. Again, this isn’t an uncommon function, but something I wanted to call attention to.
The Motion Q speaker is a great all-around speaker with a small footprint. It’s light enough to transport place to place and looks stylish enough to sit in a corporate office. The Motion Q is a great sound companion for any audiophile.