Archeer A320S review: Still loud, and now in stereo

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Archeer A320S

The bass on these little speakers is wonderful, it booms out and makes things shake…

TA-ratings-85The Archeer A320S is the latest version of the A320 Bluetooth speaker that I reviewed earlier this year. This time Archeer is bringing True Wireless Stereo to the table. I gave the A320 rave reviews in my first review. How will the latest iteration of this great little speaker fare when put to the test. Read on for the full review of the Archeer A320S.

Specifications

  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Driver output: 15W + 5W x 2
  • Battery capacity: 4400mAh x 2
  • Playtime: 20 hour 50% volume
  • Charge time: 6.5 hours
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs
  • Subwoofer: High-output

What’s In The Box

  • Archeer A320S
  • Carrying bag
  • USB charging cable
  • 3.5mm audio cable
  • Users manual

Design

From the outside, the Archeer A320S has not changed at all from the previous version. It has the same natural bamboo front and rear with the sides covered in a fine weave burlap. I still like the look of the A320S, but I have noticed that dust likes to cling to the burlap fabric. I have found using a lint roller is the best way to keep the speakers clean.

There are two tweeters as well as a subwoofer on the front of the A320S, the rear of the unit houses an aux port, reset button,  led charging light, charging port, and a bass vent. On the top of the unit, you will find the power button, mic, volume and a play/pause button.

Archeer A320S

A pair of Archeer A320S’

Ease Of Use

Setup of the Archeer A320S is simple, turn the speaker on, select it from your Bluetooth list, and you’re connected. To connect two speakers first turn on the paired speaker, then the second speaker. Next press and hold the volume +and- on both units, the two indicators on the speakers will flash fast and then turn solid blue. You will hear a tone confirming the speakers are paired, very easy. Next time you turn them on they automatically connect to your phone and to each other. No need to go through all those steps a second time.

When two of the A320S speakers are paired, one is the right channel, and the other is the left channel. Archeer calls this True Wireless Stereo or TWS. The speaker you turn on first is assigned to the left channel. To power the speakers on or off, simply hold the power button for about two seconds. When turning the speakers on you have to press the power button on each unit, but when turning them off, you only have to power down one speaker. The other speaker that is paired automatically turns off.

Sound

Just as with the original, the Archeer A320S has some big sound. And when you pair the two of them together it gets even bigger! The bass on these little speakers is wonderful, it booms out and makes things shake at high volumes. Even when the volume is low, the bass sounds great, very mellow and full. There is a bass vent on the back that definitely enhances the bass response of the A320S. So turn it up and shake the house or turn it down, quiet as a mouse. Either way, the bass sounds amazing.

There are also two tweeters on the A320S that handle the highs and midrange. They do a good job with the vocals, but there is a bit of muddiness to the midrange. It is by no means a deal breaker, but I wish the midrange was just a bit brighter. The volume of the A320S can get very loud; you can turn it up almost all the way before any hint of distortion comes into play. As loud as these speakers get, I don’t think most people will turn them up that high.

As I mentioned previously, the Archeer A320S have True Wireless Stereo, or TWS, when two speakers are paired. One speaker handles the right channel and the other the left. This is great when you have the speakers within 10-20 feet of each other, but if you space them further apart, you start to notice a problem. I placed the speakers in a large room approximately 40 feet apart. When I stood in the middle of the room, everything sounded great. It was awesome actually, like being enveloped in sound from all sides.

The problem arose when I moved close to one speaker. This speaker drowned out the other speaker only allowing me to hear one channel. This was only a problem with songs like early Beatles that rely heavily on left and right channels, it sounded odd. It was only a problem some of the time, most of the time the TWS performed admirably.

Reception/Call Quality

Bluetooth reception of the Archeer A320S remains exemplary. If I put the speaker down in a park and walked away from it until it lost the signal…someone would take off with my A320S before I could get back to it. Yup, Bluetooth reception is great.

This time around Archeer has incorporated the ability to take calls on the A320S. I did try this, and the person I was talking to sounded great on my side of the call.  However, they said that I sounded very distant and they could barely make out what I was saying. I was speaking as loudly as I could directly into the mic, but they still said I sounded faint. Best to leave the A320S to what it does best, playing music.

Battery Life

The Archeer A320S has a claimed battery life of 20 hours. This doubles the time of the previous A320. I did not run a nonstop 20-hour long test, but I did use them over four days for a total of 21 hours before they needed recharging. The test was done under normal operating conditions and at various volume levels. Your results may vary depending on use.

Price/Value

The Archeer A320S is usually available for purchase on Amazon at a regular price of $229.99USD. Currently, you can purchase the A320S for $99.99USD on Amazon. Regular price may be a bit high, but the sale price is excellent for a stylish little speaker that puts out some huge sound.

Wrap Up

If you need a small speaker that looks great and can go from a whisper to a roar all while sounding surprisingly great, then you should check out the Archeer A320S. It’s great if you want to have quiet background music playing in your office, or even if you want to throw a loud, wild rave for your whole neighborhood. The battery life is great, bass is superb and the design will get you noticed for sure. The Archeer A320S is a great speaker at a great sale price.

*We were sent a sample of the Archeer A320S for the purposes of this review.

Archeer A320S

$229.99USD
Archeer A320S
8.5

Design

9/10

    Ease of Use

    10/10

      Sound

      9/10

        Reception/Call Quality

        7/10

          Battery Life

          8/10

            Price/Value

            8/10

              Nailed it

              • Great bass response
              • New feature pair two and get louder
              • Small size, great for desks
              • Great looks, nice materials

              Needs work

              • Call quality is lacking
              • Slight muddiness of mids
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