APIE Classic Sound Cannon Review – USB, FM Radio and MicroSD Compatible

The APIE Classic Sound Cannon Bluetooth speaker is a feature rich portable speaker that’s designed to keep you entertained no matter where you are.

An 8-10 hour battery life per charge and 4 audio playback options makes this one of the most versatile and feature rich Bluetooth speaker you can buy under £30 at the moment.

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APIE Sound Cannon Box Contents

The Sound Cannon comes with the bare essentials, these include:

  • The APIE Sound Cannon Bluetooth speaker
  • The USB charging cable
  • The user manual and setup instructions
  • A 3.5mm audio cable

APIE Sound Cannon – Design

The APIE Classic Sound Cannon features a unique mix of retro-inspired design and modern aesthetic touches. The result is a highly attractive boom box that is also lightweight and compact, being an ideal choice for outdoor use during camping trips, days on the beach, etc.

At 9.4 x 5.5 x 2.7 inches, this wireless speaker is not particularly small but it does have a robust appearance that causes a positive first impression. This APIE Sound Cannon has a rectangular shape, with the upper part of the body functioning as a practical handle which is quite flexible but not flimsy.

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The body has a stylish brushed finish and rounded edges, as well as rubberised feet for better stability. The combination of a matte black finish with red accents along the front grille and the handle contributes to the speaker’s fresh and eye-catching design.

The uncomplicated design is also evident in the placement of the controls, which are unobtrusively located on the upper part of the handle. A blue LED light located on the underside of the handle signals that the speaker is on with a cool futuristic effect, and the grille is fitted with a digital display that shows the selected radio station or connection type in use.

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APIE Sound Cannon – Audio

3D surround sound comes as standard in the APIE Classic Sound Cannon. This Bluetooth speaker comes with a cone-shaped metallic transducer, which drives sound seamlessly through low and high frequencies while preventing distortion.

Total sound output is 10 watts and sensitivity rating is 80db, which are more than enough to fill small and medium-sized rooms with crisp and clear sound.

Audio performance in an outdoor setting is also above average, since bass notes are enhanced thanks to APIE’s set of two passive radiators. There’s a fair amount of bass but it won’t be shaking your walls anytime soon.

APIE Sound Cannon – Connection and Playback

Bluetooth connectivity is supported out of the box thanks to the speaker’s 3.0 + EDR profile, which ensures a quick and reliable wireless connection and fast data transfers. A voice notification lets you know when Bluetooth mode is enabled, which is a nice touch.

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Pairing is achieved within seconds – at least when tested on an iPad and iPhone. This APIE Sound Cannon allows you to play music straight off a MicroSD card or USB stick by simply inserting them into the slots located at the back of the unit, there’s even a built in FM tuner for those days when you want to catch up with your local radio stations.

I’ve tried and tested quite a few Bluetooth speakers in my time and these features are always welcomed in my opinion, it pretty much turns the speaker into a portable media player. You can pick up a USB nano flash drive or a MicroSD card pretty cheap these days and store hundreds of songs on it.

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APIE Sound Cannon – Battery Life

The APIE Classic Sound Cannon comes with a 2000mAh lithium battery, which can keep the speaker going for up to 10 hours depending on volume levels, with 10 hours being the norm if music is played at 80%. A full charge takes approximately 3 hours via USB port (micro USB cable included).

APIE Sound Cannon Specs

Dimensions 9.4 x 5.5 x 2.7 inches
Speaker 10W (2x5W)
Playback Time Up to 10 Hours
Battery Capacity 2000mAh
Battery Charge Time 3 Hours
Bluetooth Version v3.0 + EDR
NFC Yes
Call Handling Yes
Micro SD Compatible Yes

Verdict

The APIE Sound Cannon Classic Bluetooth speaker has proven to be a truly versatile and budget friendly device, the built-in FM radio, USB and MicroSD functions are very useful features that I’m sure most audio enthusiasts will appreciate.

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  • Design
  • Build Quality
  • Battery Life
  • Audio Quality
  • Price

Summary

The APIE Classic Sound Cannon packs a host of user friendly features into a lightweight and portable device that's sure to rival other well known brands within the same price bracket.

4.7

One Response

  1. Mr J. Taylor November 26, 2016

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