Realme is perhaps finest recognized for its smartphones, however the firm has entered quite a few product segments since its debut in 2018. The corporate now sells televisions and streaming units, earphones, wearables, laptops and tablets, and good dwelling merchandise in India. Not too long ago, Realme additionally entered the Bluetooth speaker section, providing inexpensive fashions with options that you do not usually see on merchandise in the identical value vary. The product I am reviewing right here, the Realme Cobble Bluetooth Speaker, guarantees all that and extra.

Priced at Rs. 1,799 in India, the Realme Cobble Bluetooth Speaker affords so much that you simply usually would not see at this value stage, together with 5W sound output, USB Kind-C charging, and customisability via the Realme Hyperlink app. Is that this the very best transportable wi-fi speaker you should buy proper now on a good price range? Discover out on this evaluate.

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The Realme Cobble Bluetooth Speaker helps the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs

 

Realme Hyperlink app assist for the Cobble Bluetooth speaker

The title ‘Cobble’ is a reference to cobblestone which was once a prevalent constructing materials for streets, pavements, and even buildings. This speaker is oval-shaped and has a big grille over the top-firing driver. A Realme brand is painted within the centre of the grille and I acquired a black unit for this evaluate. The Cobble can be out there in blue, with an attention-grabbing camouflage sample on the grille as a substitute of a Realme brand.

The Realme Cobble is neither very tall nor very huge, and it sits fairly stably on any floor due to small rubber ft on the backside. One facet of the speaker has a set strap for simple dealing with, and the alternative facet has a rubber flap that covers the USB Kind-C port. The Realme Cobble speaker is IPX5 rated for water resistance, and may subsequently be capable of deal with a number of splashes of water.

The entrance has two buttons; one is for energy, and the opposite is a multi-function button. The latter could be configured to regulate playback and different capabilities. Totally different button-press combos could be customised via the Realme Hyperlink app, and the speaker mechanically goes into pairing mode when it is not linked to any supply system. There’s additionally a microphone and an indicator gentle on the entrance.

The Realme Cobble Bluetooth speaker has a single 5W driver. It makes use of Bluetooth 5 for connectivity with assist for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. Included within the gross sales bundle is a USB Kind-C charging cable. The speaker weighs simply 200g, making it handy to hold round.

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The underside of the Realme Cobble has 4 rubber ‘ft’ for grip and stability on a flat floor

 

The Realme Hyperlink app can be utilized to customize button behaviour, toggle the auto power-off characteristic to save lots of energy when the speaker is idle for quarter-hour, activate the low-latency sport mode, and change between equaliser presets. The app additionally shows the battery stage of the speaker, and can be utilized to arrange stereo pairing if in case you have a second Realme Cobble speaker. These are fairly good options for an inexpensive wi-fi speaker, and most others on this value vary haven’t got such performance.

Battery life is suitable for a Bluetooth speaker of this measurement and value. The 1,500mAh battery within the Realme Cobble was capable of energy it for round eight hours on a single cost with the amount at reasonable ranges for music, plus occasional telephone calls. This was near the 9 hours of playback time Realme claims for the Cobble.

Fairly loud and good sound on the Realme Cobble Bluetooth speaker

Most wi-fi audio system priced under Rs. 2,000 aren’t very giant, and are geared in the direction of a private or small-radius listening expertise. The Realme Cobble is simply that. Nonetheless, it’s fairly loud for its value and measurement with the amount turned up, and sounds first rate even at across the 80 p.c quantity stage.

The highest-firing speaker driver signifies that the sound spreads pretty effectively across the system, and this permits it for use in nearly any place together with hanging by its strap. Though it vibrates so much in typical use, the rubber ft hold it steady when positioned on any flat floor, and I discovered the multi-function button simple to achieve after I used this speaker at my work desk.

When listening to Eternal Days by Nu:Logic with the amount turned up, the Realme Cobble Bluetooth speaker made for an fulfilling expertise, with sound that was clear and cohesive for a tool of this measurement and value. The Cobble was capable of sustain with the altering tempo and drive of this observe, however that mentioned, the low-end did not sound as spectacular as I had hoped for – the bass sounded a bit flat and missing in thump.

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The Realme Cobble is IPX5 water-resistant, and has a USB Kind-C port for charging

 

Altering the equaliser preset via the app did enhance the rumble and assault a bit, however on the flipside, I discovered that the mid-range and highs suffered a bit consequently. I switched again to the ‘Balanced’ EQ preset and listened to the a lot slower and extra refined The Woman From Again Then by Kings of Comfort. Norwegian singer Erlend Nye’s soulful vocals sounded calming and exact, as did the highs of the jazzy piano and saxophone riff on the finish of the observe.

I used to be most snug listening to music on this speaker at across the 60 p.c quantity stage with it positioned about two ft away from me. The Cobble can deal with playback as much as the 80 p.c quantity mark earlier than music begins to sound a bit harsh and distorted. At its highest cheap quantity stage, the Realme Cobble will get loud sufficient and produces adequate sound to work in a fairly sized bed room. After all you’ll be able to carry it with you from room to room, and even use it outdoor.

The Realme Cobble Bluetooth speaker is finest used for music, but it surely works effectively sufficient for infrequent dialogue-heavy video content material too. It additionally has a microphone to allow hands-free use for telephone calls, and name efficiency was acceptable. Though the microphone picked up my voice decently sufficient, I wasn’t capable of hear callers very effectively. I typically wanted to select the speaker up and produce it nearer to listen to clearly, even at excessive volumes.

Verdict

Realme’s first Bluetooth speaker in India is spectacular for quite a few causes, however what stands out most is the worth on provide right here. At Rs. 1,799, it is a superb compact wi-fi speaker with a pleasant design, customisability via an app, IPX5 water resistance, and first rate sound.

Though not as bass-happy as many may hope for, the Realme Cobble Bluetooth speaker affords a clear, exact, and fairly loud sound for its value. There’s little or no to complain about with the Realme Cobble Bluetooth speaker, and it has fairly simply develop into considered one of my prime picks on this section.


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