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BlitzWolf® F1 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless 1800mah Aux-in Hands Free Calls Supported Pocket Speaker, Bluetooth Pocket Speaker, Black& Red

Rating:
4/5,
  1. Army-Firedawg
    Outstanding price/quality speaker that delivers a super fun sound throughout
    Written by Army-Firedawg
    Published Mar 20, 2016
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Long battery life, incredible build quality, built in microphone
    Cons - signal can be hit and miss sometimes, needs direct line of sight, tapping volume buttons shift songs.
        I must first thank BlitzWolf for sending me out this unit in exchange for my unbiased, professional review. Throughout the week I’ve had with this little unit I must say I’ve sincerely enjoyed myself and am quite surprised with the quality of it per the price charged. But how about we find out what makes me come to this conclusion shall we?
      
     I'm a 25 year old firefighter currently for the U.S. Army North Carolina National Guard. I was formerly a civilian firefighter in Kentucky with the Millard Fire Department before I enlisted and moved to my current location in Charlotte, North Carolina. My current goal is to begin my career again in the civilian fire service, and yes, I am the cliché of wanting to do that since as far as I can remember.
         My interests/hobbies are powerlifting, fishing and relaxing to audio products and reviewing them to help other decide on what products would work for them. On that note over the years I've really came to an understanding of what it is I like and look for in audio products.
         What I look for is a relaxing, warm and sensual sound that just drifts me away in the emotion experience of the music being performed. Yes, accuracy is still important but I will happily sacrifice that if I'm presented with a clean warm sound that can wisp me away into an experience that makes me yearn for more.
         My ideal signature are that of respectably forward mids and upper bass range with the bass being controlled but with some slight decay. I like my treble to have great extension and detail reveal but I don't like artificial treble in order to achieve that. Examples of products that have given me chills and keep giving me the yearning for more feels are the Bowers & Wilkins P7, Oppo PM-1/2, Empire Ears Hermes VI, Audeze LCD-XC, Meze Headphones 99 Classics & Stax SR009.
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    The Opening Experience
     
        Ah the initial handshake as to introduce a product to the customer, the handshake if you will. So was my handshake deliver firm and demanding of respect or was is limp and timid and fearful? Well, it was respectful I will say that. The outer box was very plain and uneventful but it was nice feeling, upon opening you’re greeted with a nicely packaged and positioned speaker inside a generalized foam cutout. For a product of this price I really can’t expect too much more so it is what it is.
     
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    Construction
     
        One of the things that I believe gets pushed under the carpet, yes sound quality I will agree is the most important factor, but what good is the best sounding piece on Earth if you can only hear it once?
        In respect to the $35 BlitzWolf F1, I must say it’s build is outstanding. It’s made of a large amount of aluminum with rubber finishing the edges and buttons. This alone shines way past my personal JBL Flip that’s 4x more expensive at $100 (at time of purchase) or worlds beyond the ever popular Beats Pill that’s $200.
        The overall weight is extremely light but yet solid feeling in one's hands. Fortunately I’ve yet to drop it from an excessive height but if that were to happen I feel very little worry about the status of the speaker.
     
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    Features
     
        Other than the sound quality I feel the other most looked for thing in a portable speakers are the optional functionalities it may or may not possess. As for the F1 they're plentiful and abundant.
        There volume buttons double as a skip button which is cool and also incredibly irritating. For when you want to increase/decrease the volume you MUST hold the volume for if you tap it you’ll forward or previous the track.
        Naturally this device is bluetooth enabled which makes it an ideal speaker for me to use when out fishing for its volume is great and ITS BATTERY LIFE!!!! This things battery is like a Duracell bunny, it just keeps going and going. I’m getting around 10 or so hours of constant listening (at comfortable volume [about 40-55%]) which is awesome, BUT going back to the BT; the range is quite disappointing. The standard for BT range is roughly 32’, which is fine but the F1 may get 32’ in absolute prime conditions but from practice I’m getting around 15-20’ with frequent spotty interruptions in the signal.
        Most impressively is the microphone that’s equipped on this speaker which is most often reserved for speakers of much higher price. What’s more surprising is that the quality of the mic is actually respectable
        Lastly there’s a really cool tone that sound when it powers on, syncs and powers off. Unlike the standard tone that isn’t flattering at all the F1 has a really catchy tune that sounds pretty upbeat and gets me slightly excited to listen to it; pretty interesting how a sound can do that.
     
    Sound
     
        Ah, and here we are, what everyone wants to hear about. So how well does this $35 portable speaker sound? When I first began playing music from it I really didn’t expect too awful much. But in all honesty, this little booger has some punch to it. The volume gets pretty loud and projects very nicely on all sides so room position doesn’t have to play much of a role. Overall tonality of it I learned to be a little on the brighter side with a notable V shape sound. The beat to the music shown musch greatly than the artist's voice thus making the F1 sound really fun and perfect for get togethers, SMALL parties etc…
        I could go into the individual aspects of the sound but I feel if I were to do that people may get the wrong idea of this speaker. Does it has its flaws in the sound? Of course. Is it an “audiophile” level speaker? Goodness no. But it does provide really good sound especially with respect to how inexpensive it is, and for that I’ve honestly no complaints in the sound aspect.
     
    Conclusion
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        So to sum up my thoughts on the BlitzWolf F1 bluetooth speaker, I think it’s a really fun and very portable speaker that has a lot to offer rather you’re of the budget, gift giving, or curious mindset. The build quality is outstanding for its price point and the sound would satisfy pretty much anyone. Unfortunately the range and reliability of the signal can be in question sometimes but hey, ya can’t get everything for so little.

     
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