Soul S-Storm Max Bluetooth speaker review: a lifestyle speaker


Ever since Soul Nation launched a decade ago with a line of headphones branded Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, it has been an unapologetic lifestyle brand that makes some pretty good audio products. The $ 90 Soul S-Storm Max Bluetooth 5.0 speaker fits perfectly in that tradition.

The S-Storm MAX is a solid speaker with some cool features that might interest more serious listeners, plus a couple that are just for fun.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best Bluetooth speakers, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

In the frame

The speaker is an 8 x 3-inch cylinder (WxD) that weighs 1.5 pounds. A USB-Aa-USB-C charging cable and 3.5mm auxiliary cable are provided in the box, and the manufacturer places a cord attached to the speaker with a serial number tag wrapped around the cord. Take a photo of that series before taking the speaker out of the house; it will not survive for long. There is also a Soul branded carabiner.

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The S-Storm MAX features color-changing rings of lights at each end of the speaker.

Characteristics

Soul touts the IP66 rating to water and dust. That means the speaker is impervious to harmful dust ingress and can survive being sprayed with a stream of water, but it is not intended to be fully submerged. Do not carry it on a pool float unless you are very sure you will never drop it. You can read all about IP codes in this other story.

Each end of the cylinder features an LED ambient light ring. The lights can be set to turn on and off to the beat of the music. They are also available to glow red, purple, blue, teal, green, or cool green. You can either turn the lights off completely or have them rotate through all the colors.

Soul promises excellent battery life – 15 hours of music playback on one charge. A full charge takes approximately four hours.

Audio performance

The speaker pumps out 20 watts and there is a passive radiator at each end of the cylinder. If you want to buy two S-Storm Max speakers, you can pair them with Soul’s TWS (true wireless stereo) mode for stereo sound.

The Bluetooth 5.0 connection supports AVRCP, A2DP and HFP profiles. There is an impedance of 3 ohms and a sensitivity of -90dbm. The speaker offers a 33-foot Bluetooth range.


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