A speaker system doesn’t have to be streamlined or mundane in order to operate as it should. The 7 Sense Arc Star Floating speaker assays to prove that. Of course, as is the case with every speaker system, sound capacity, and effectiveness reign supreme.
Yet, 7 Sense shows that novelty and curiosity are certainly a fun ingredient to sprinkle into the mix. This magnetic floating speaker drool-worthy and imaginative, but is it practical enough for everyday use? Below, we’ll review what makes this speaker system shine in a crowded speaker market.
7 Sense Arc Star Floating Speaker Specs
Speaker type: Bluetooth
Batteries: 1 Lithium-Ion Battery (Included)
Average runtime: 8 hours
Size: 5.9 x 5.9 x 5 inches
Weight: 2 Pounds
Included in the box with the 7 Arc Star Floating speaker are the speaker component, the base, a power adapter, a USB charging device, and an easy set-up guide. You’ll start by giving your base unit a nice full charge. The speaker can be used as the device is charging, however, you may want to wait until you reach a full charge to connect to your Bluetooth devices.
The magnetic base is more than just a space to balance the floating speaker. It incorporates a port that charges the speaker sphere individually so that the ball will keep floating while playing your beloved tunes. Additionally, the port can also be used for charging numerous devices while you’re listening to music.
Think of it is as its own little charging hub. Say goodbye to pesky wires all over your work desk. Charging and setting up the device is rather simple.
As acknowledged above, setting up the 7 Arc Star Floating speaker is a breeze, even when it comes to facilitating the levitation function. Unlike similar floating speakers, 7 Sense wanted to make the technique of balancing the speaker as straightforward as possible. That is why they included four green indicator LEDs on top of the unit.
These lights flash and light up when the speaker is placed perfectly above the base. This allows you to know exactly when the orb is in the proper position for rotating and floating. Once the orb is properly placed, the forceful magnetic device is capable of not only levitating the speaker 10 millimeters above the base but of rotating the orb.
This grants the appearance of a planet or ‘Death Star’ rotating in orbit. Most floating speakers do not boast a rotation function.
It goes without saying that the floating orb was meant to simulate a certain ship from a major sci-fi franchise, yet even without a knowledge of a galaxy far-far-away, one can enjoy this floating speaker. Interestingly, the unit is fashioned so that both the sphere and base can run separately from one another.
This allows you to use it both o the go and when joined. The base can serve as a charging station for both the speaker system and any USB connected devices. In terms of overall aesthetics, the base was given a tidy dark gray finish that complements the oblique shape and metallic perimeters.
The top platform boasts faint grooves which make the unit look rather contemporary and polished. The USB charging port and cable are thoughtfully swaddled away on the one side of the base so that you can wipe out the presence of cables while still maintaining access.
The unit also comes equipped with a green LED ring that is built right into the heart of the sphere. This delivers a very pleasant and relaxing light that gleams as the unit levitates and rotates. The ring itself directs a nice green radiance in a dark setting, which can add a bit of sci-fi fun and reverie to any room.
This Bluetooth enabled speaker system is designed to offer 360 degrees of sound, as well as a plainer wireless connection. The lower half of the orb incorporates a dominant driver and has ingenious speaker vents cut all the way around the lower half. They are shaped specially to provide very clear consistent sound no matter where it is placed in a room.
You can be around 10 meters away from the unit before it disengages from a Bluetooth device. While it may not be a Bose or Sonos quality speaker, the 7 Arc Star Floating Speaker is absolutely well above average and does direct precise sound across a room despite its rotating design.
Most people will find that volume control and audio output is ample given the aesthetics of the device.
Battery and Charging
It goes without saying that any wireless speaker system that levitates and lights up is going to use a generous amount of power. This speaker employs a lithium-ion battery for use. When fully charged, the device can be continuously used for up to eight hours. An impressive amount of time given all that the device can do.
Charging the sphere itself requires the base station to be plugged in and for the charging disc to be in contact with the sphere. While this may seem unhandy to some, it does allow one to charge multiple devices at the same time as mentioned above. Once the sphere is charged, you do have the option of bringing it with you on the go without the base.
Pros and Cons of the 7 Sense Arc Star Floating Speaker:
- A generous 8 hours of playtime on a single charge
- Sphere has the ability to levitate/rotate
- Easy to set up and use
- Ability to use the sphere or base independently of one another
- Base doubles as a USB charging hub
- 360 degree sound output
- Clear and concise audio from anywhere in the room
- Bass and treble can sound tinnier than more expensive Bluetooth speakers
- Some users find the inability to turn off the light function to be annoying
If you’re looking to infuse a bit of sci-fi fun into your home while still garnering quality audio, the 7 Arc Star Floating Speaker could be right for you. Though it may not boast the sound quality of a Sonos speaker, the overall design, aesthetic, and functions make this little sphere well worth your purchase. Be sure to also check out our review of The Death Star Floating Speaker.
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