You probably have one of those puny Bluetooth speakers that sits in your drawer and occasionally gets taken out for vacations now and then. For the most part, it's a sad life for that little speaker sandwiched between your forgotten electronics, old vape, and various other crap that piles up in your junk drawer.
The biggest problem with most of these speakers is that they simply just don't bump enough sound for most little gatherings. Smaller BT speakers are suitable for a hotel room and a whole lot better than your laptop's speakers, but most of them collect a lot of dust.
Well, creatures of the night and early morning, there is a new sheriff in town, and its name is Ravebox. Yes, on first glance you might dismiss it like you would some glove dancer trying to get it on with you, but wait, there's a lot more to this Ravebox than just its flashing lights.
So let's start with the aesthetics of this new fangled boombox from the future and then go from there.
You can't help to chuckle a little when you see the LED disco light rear end of this thing; it looks like a sad little disco ball that ended up in the wrong place. The Ravebox, aside from "Rudolph the acid nosed reindeer" on its ass, looks pretty aggressive, and when you pick it up you feel like you are at Gold's Gym. This boombox of the future weighs a LOT.
So let's turn it on and see what happens, fingers crossed?
We, of course, waited until it got dark to kick off the light show and pair this bad boy up with our iPhone (which was super easy to do). The at home rave jam started off with some Bon Iver to get a feel for how it handled indietronica slow jams with a synced light show and then progressed to some more full on tuneage.
To start with, the bass on this thing is insane, and it gets very LOUD overall for a portable speaker. As proceeded to play everything from dubstep to house to jazz to techno, the Ravebox handled it all pretty well. This boombox from the future is not going to win any audiophile awards, but that's not the point here.
The Ravebox serves its purpose well, it gets thunderous and gives off a psychedelic light show that goes in sync with the music that's playing.
So let's start with all the pros first. The Ravebox sounds great, has 12 hours of battery life, can charge your phone or any other USB device, and it's loud enough to power a medium-sized room or campsite. The visuals are an added plus and make it all that much more fun if you are having a late night (early morning) party session and want to keep the LED vibe alive. If you don't want the "tripping the light fantastic" visuals, then you can simply turn them off and enjoy the tunes.
The cons are pretty minimal here, but there are some for sure. To start with this thing is not cheap, you are looking at an MSRP of over $400, but that will eventually come down most likely. Another downside is that the Ravebox itself is heavy and not something you are going to pack along in your suitcase, it's just not air travel-friendly unless you bring it on the plane and put it in the overhead.
Should you get one? If you are a festival maniac and love to have campsite parties, house raves or any other type of small gathering that requires some decent sound the Ravebox is a great buy. It's portable enough to get around for the most part, and the light show will most definitely give you some VERY memorable nights/mornings.
Rave on, RAVEBOX!