When choosing to buy portable speakers, I often avoid products that are too small and too cheap – because with the speakers, the 2 sentences are true "Of my cheap" and "The bigger the better" usually right. This is also the reason why for a long time I avoided Anker Soundcore products, when these products are usually small in size (from which the capacity is not high) and often target the cheap segment.
But everything has changed, when the market began to appear big Soundcore products, with high-end design and sound prospects much higher. One of those products is the one Soundcore Model Zero.
The box of this product is huge! Honestly, I don't like the box layout of this loudspeaker very much, half 'technology' half a flower and a wolf '!
Hi-res hardware quality products of Japan Audio Association set out. After trying many of these Hi-res branded products, I concluded that it was … useless, the sound quality still had to go through the actual experience.
The more 'weighty' advertisement comes from the speaker membrane of the Model Zero provided by Scanspeak. This is one of the world's most famous audio equipment manufacturers from Denmark, operating since 1970! Quite a lot of big speakers have used components from this company.
On the other hand, we introduce another point like BassUp technology (essentially EQ to increase bass), 10 hours of playing time and IPX5 waterproof standard. With IPX5 waterproof standard, this speaker is also suitable for taking out outdoors, not encapsulated in indoor listening.
In the box we have a large cord and charging dock (attached) with 2 transducers for different markets. The speaker uses a round-head charging standard, not a USB cable, perhaps because the battery requires a large source. This can become a disadvantage for those who like the compact, bring a charger for many different technology products.
The first feeling about the design of that Model Zero was that it was very large, because inside there were two woofer membranes (woofer), two loudspeakers for the middle and high range (tweeter) and two passive vibrating membranes.
The outer surface of the Model Zero is covered with a black braided fabric, the body is solidly reinforced so when you click on you don't find any 'subsidence' point!
Above, we have a section that is cut off and looks quite similar to the Harman / Kardon Studio 5, which is used to carry like a market basket. The speaker is quite heavy (almost 2kg) so carrying it should probably only be done in a short time, unless the user wants to use the speaker to do hand training.
The control button is located just under the 'handheld ring' of the speaker, including a stop / play button, Bluetooth on / off, volume control and a BassUp button. The company has added a Model Zero + version, with touch controls instead of physical buttons like the one I have here.
The plug ports are covered by a rubber door to ensure IPX5 water resistance.
We have 2 plug ports for charging and listening to 3.5mm music. One point except here is the 3.5mm cordless carrier in the box, so whoever uses this speaker will have to buy it separately.
Because of the rounded design, the underside of the speaker is integrated with rubber to prevent it from being easily rolled.
With the Model Zero, we have a control software on the smartphone. This software has a pretty nice interface and above all, it is not as error-free as Sennheiser's software for couples Momentum True Wireless!
Here we can adjust the function of the volume up and down button (hold down to continue to increase or decrease the song), adjust the volume, turn on the music off timer and select Equalizer (audio equalizer).
Soundcore software interface for Model Zero
The point I feel most hated in these small speakers is the problem of capacity. Due to the use of small diaphragms, as well as battery limitations, these speakers often have a low volume, some are so weak that they cannot be used indoors, not to take out outdoors.
Model Zero with 4-speaker system for capacity up to 60W should avoid this problem. In the room of 20m2, I only set the volume to about 1/3 to be enough to listen, and when going to open spaces, increase to 1/2 or more.
Model One has switched to Bluetooth 5.0 standard, so latency is minimized. If you pay close attention, you still see images that deviate from the sound, but only a little and don't affect the video viewing experience too much. The Bluetooth 5.0 standard also helps keep the speaker very stable with the source, unless you put two things too far apart or blocked by other electronic devices.
All parts such as design, finishing, latency are well done by the company, although there are small but acceptable hotels, and this sentence can also be used to describe the sound quality of the speakers. The overall sound quality of the Model Zero is very seasoned, in which every sound strip has a certain refinement so as not to be merged into a negative "lump".
The bass has more volume than the average right before the BassUp has been turned on, and we can turn it into a lot (bass-heavy) when turning this feature on. But the bass expression of the Model Zero is very different from the eXtra Bass speakers from Sony. The car Sony XB41 For mid-bass drums, try to show a healthy performance, whereas the Model Zero gives a slow pace, but has a much better depth.
This is very clear in the text Too hip to retire in the Whiplash album, with each double-bass sound reaching the sub-bass, the user can feel it with the chest, not just at the usual strings. I rate this as a nice bass, especially in the Model Zero segment.
The middle range of the Model Zero is also praiseworthy in its expression, while retaining its neutrality despite standing on the deep bass above. Tiffi voice in the song Seaside adventures clean, full with both a slightly mixed voice, so sure, enough 'fly' (airy)! The middle part is well controlled, so the brightness for soprano (soprano) is still high and still not dazzling.
The point where speakers can do better is the mid-range band position. The singer's voice feels like it comes from the same point as the sound components in the background. Pair Apple HomePod doing this very well, when bringing the singer voice high, completely separate from the background feels like they are singing opposite the listener! However, the comparison is not really fair, because Model Zero is much cheaper than Apple HomePod.
Finally, the high band (treble), the sound strip that I can describe with a single word: Smooth. The high volume of sound is not lacking, so it does not create a feeling of heavy sound and excessive bass. When rising, this sound gradually fades away so it is much sweeter than bright, with the advantage of not creating harsh scare, otherwise it does not turn it into a prominent component in the overall sound quality.
Before peeling the box Model ZeroI do not have much hope because I have never really been impressed by the quality of Anker 's Soundcore speakers. But when used, I was really surprised by the quality of the finish, the design, and above all, the ability to play music.
In future products, I want Anker to integrate NFC fast connection, RGB color change, increase the amount of time to play music or 'weird' features like the ability to turn into an instrument like the one Sony eXtra Bass XB41 to help these products become more attractive to users.