Swedish Audio Pro is best known for speakers for indoor use, usually with a Bluetooth connection but sometimes also smart speakers. With P5, they have aimed for a more durable and portable format for outdoor use.
When the company claims that the speaker weighs just over a pound and is easy to carry, I think they exaggerate a bit. When I weigh it myself, the scale stays at 729 grams. The format is like a smaller loaf of bread, roughly. The size and weight make it a speaker I would not pack or hang on the backpack when hiking, even if a carrying strap is included, but well in the car on the way to the beach or in the picnic basket.
The controls are simple, an on-off button and two volume buttons, as well as a pairing button. The pairing is unproblematic. You can connect two speakers for stereo sound, but the format and price make it feel like the typical use.
The sound is good for the format even in mono. It will be a bit more jarring than in larger speakers, of course, but both bass and treble are good without one or the other taking over. Especially bass gets slightly swaying and overridden in this speaker size, but here it feels detailed and clear. The sound is directed, you can set the speaker up or put it down to make the sound spread in different directions, but it sounds different depending on how you sit in relation to the speaker. I would say that the Audio Pro P5 has good sound for its size.
In addition to Bluetooth, you can use a standard 3.5 mm cord for audio source, and charging is via USB C. Battery life is stated to be 18 hours with 50 percent volume and 4 hours with 100 percent volume. If you sit with the speaker next to you indoors, 50 percent is enough, but outdoors in company, 70 percent volume is more appropriate. I think the battery life feels reasonable and sufficient.
A single small LED indicates whether the speaker is on or off. If the battery level starts to get low, it lights up red, but a more detailed battery bar would have been nice.
A rubber plug protects the contacts, and the speaker is rubber-coated and feels robust. It should withstand rain, but is not IP68-rated like some other outdoor speakers that can withstand being dropped into water.
In this size and price range we find, among others, Marshall Emberton and Sony’s SRS-XB33. Audio Pro’s contribution does well in the competition, even though it has no features that make it stand out above the alternatives, except possibly a slightly clearer sound image.
Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.
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