Fabriq has a new Alexa-enabled wireless speaker and we had the chance to check it out. Find out what we thought about the Fabriq Chorus here!
Smart speakers are a dime a dozen these days. Every day, a new company seems to be coming out with a new speaker that packs in more features. Fabriq is the latest company to throw their hat in the ring with a new Alexa-enabled speaker called the Chorus. The question is: should you actually care about a new speaker from a manufacturer you’ve probably never heard of? The answer may surprise you.
- Audio: 65 – 18,000 Hz +/- 3dB 2 x 2″ Precision active drivers and a 2″ passive radiator. 8W of power.
- Dimensions: 3.15” x 3.15” x 6.3” (80 x 80 x 160mm)
- Weight: 540g
- Battery Life: Up to 6 hours, 7.4V (2200mAh Capacity)
- Compatibility: iOS & Android
- Connectivity: WI-FI: 802.11b/g/n – 2.4 GHz Bluetooth: v2.1 + EDR
The Fabriq Chorus is an alternative in every sense of the word. This speaker isn’t just some chunk of metal that sticks out like a sore thumb on your tabletop. The speaker is coated with a fabric (I see what they did there…) with one of a few designs on it. My review unit is a nice shade of blue with an abstract looking design on it. It’s a small touch that really gives this line of speakers an identity that goes unmatched.
The sound itself was quite good. The 8W speaker does a pretty good job of filling spaces both large and small with sound. It gets really loud which impressed me a lot because some of the other speakers I’ve tried out have been a bit on the quiet side even at high volume. The Fabriq Chorus does an adequate job even in a room full of talking people. The quality didn’t deteriorate even at higher volumes in my testing, so that was a plus.
The quality of the audio itself is somewhat of a mixed bag. Some of the songs I listened to sounded amazing on the Chorus while others sounded as if certain instruments were non-existent or as though the music was muffled. The bass on the speaker isn’t the best either so if you’re hoping to thump along to some songs, you’re probably not going to get that here. It did do a really good job with softer songs. I suspect that the fabric covering may make a bit of a difference in how the speaker sounds, but I’m just speculating there. I will also note that where you are in relation to the speaker made a big difference in the quality. The closer you are to the front the better it tended to be. It’s not a multi-directional speaker so that’s something to be expected. It still sounds good, but music buffs might be turned off by the little nuances.
The microphone in the speaker was really responsive and didn’t have much of an issue hearing its awake word even if the room was full of sound. That’s a big plus when time is of the essence and you want a quick weather update or something of the like. The Chorus also works with various streaming services like Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio to name a few. I was annoyed that I couldn’t use my favourite equalizers in Spotify, though. The speaker doesn’t come with any equalizers so how it sounds is how it sounds and there’s no changing it in any way.
A big advantage that this speaker has over a lot of the other ones out there is that it contains a rechargeable battery inside that lasts up to 6 hours. This means you’re not tethered to an outlet or a USB port if you’d like to listen to your music. The LED ring on the bottom of the speaker even turns red to let you know when the battery is low. The LED ring itself is pretty informative turning blue when using Bluetooth and white when using Alexa in addition to the red battery low indicator. It’s a simple thing, but it helps out a lot.
At $99.99 USD, the Fabriq Chorus is a great choice for people looking to purchase a good wireless speaker or Alexa device at an affordable price. The speaker sounds good under most circumstances and it is loud enough to use reliably at parties and things of that nature. While Fabriq may not be the first name you think of when looking for a wireless speaker or Alexa device, the Chorus shows that they definitely deserve some consideration.