• Loewe Speaker 2go review

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

  • Loewe Speaker 2go review
  • Loewe Speaker 2go review
  • Loewe Speaker 2go review
  • Loewe Speaker 2go review
  • Loewe Speaker 2go review
  • Loewe Speaker 2go review

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

  • Loewe Speaker 2go review

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

  • Loewe Speaker 2go review

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

  • Loewe Speaker 2go review

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

  • Loewe Speaker 2go review

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

  • Loewe Speaker 2go review

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

Loewe is known for making high-end kit that isn’t exactly concerned with budget. Expensive tellies, pricey speakers – chances are you won't be plumping for Loewe unless you’ve got some serious cash to spend. A thrifty Loewe fan is about as rare as an invite to a pimps 'n' ice cream party.  

Not so with the Speaker 2go Bluetooth speaker. At S$599 it really is the cheapest way to buy a piece of premium portable sound.

Solid as a rock

Loewe Speaker 2go review

Loewe Speaker 2go review

You only need to pick up the Speaker 2go to know it’s from good stock. Its aluminium build makes it feel solid and reassuringly weighty, but not so much that it’s a bother for any but the weediest of arms to carry around. It’s a minimalist design, but a striking one - all clean lines and a nicely machined grille, with just a smattering of buttons and an NFC tag along the top for easy pairing.

Ports around the back include an aux-in for hardwiring devices and a USB input, though this is for charging your phone or tablet rather than playing music from it. It’s still a useful feature to include on a portable speaker, although it obviously has an impact on the otherwise eight-hour battery life.

Feeling Blue…tooth

Loewe Speaker 2go review

Loewe Speaker 2go review

Loewe has done away with the AirPlay found in its pricier AirSpeaker and opted purely for Bluetooth instead – a clever choice since the Speaker 2go is more likely to be used away from home, when Wi-Fi might be hard to come by.

The Bluetooth onboard is of the aptX variety, so compatible phones, tablets and computers are able to wirelessly send tunes to it in close to CD quality, and you can connect up to five devices at once. We found it to be stable in playback, easy to connect and the NFC pairing is a nice touch for those with devices that play nice with it.

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Look, no hands

Loewe Speaker 2go review

Loewe Speaker 2go review

It’s not all about music, though; the Speaker 2go also doubles up as a speakerphone so you’re able to take hands-free calls. It offers echo-cancellation for improved clarity, and a voice-optimised microphone that sits along the top.

From our experience, it’ll do for the odd call that interrupts your music, but we wouldn’t go out of our way to use it – it sounds a little on the muffled side on anything less than a perfect line, and unless you're close to the speaker, your mum won't be able to hear what you're saying no matter how loudly you bawl at her. Still, it's no deal-breaker. 

Verdict

Loewe Speaker 2go review

Loewe Speaker 2go review

Loewe has done a grand job of pouring all the premium quality and attention to detail of its larger, pricier products into the Speaker 2go. It looks the part, feels well made and is quite the looker to pull out of your bag on your next camping trip, festival or BBQ. 

It manages to dodge any tubbiness in the bass and steers clear of brightness in the treble to make for a well-judged, well-rounded listen – not something wireless speakers are often that good at. 

Its speakerphone feature may well be best avoided, and it doesn’t quite have the same dynamic punch, clarity and subtlety of rivals such as the Philips Fidelio P9 or Ultimate Ears Boom, but it’s a thoroughly likeable, listenable sound, and at S$599 that makes it a pretty tasty buy.

Stuff says... 

Loewe Speaker 2go review

A beautifully built speaker with a powerful, well balanced sound that just lacks the out-and-out clarity and subtlety the very best around 
Loewe Speaker 2go review

Loewe Speaker 2go review

S$599
Good Stuff 
Sexy, portable design
Sounds powerful, fun and well-balanced
Charges your smartphone
Bad Stuff 
Lacks that last bit of clarity
Speakerphone isn't great