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Fluance Fi20 Bluetooth speaker review: Stylish good looks and rich sound unfortunately marred by boomy bass

Wireless portable speakers have become an essential product category in the audio marketplace. Lots of us want to play our music anywhere and share it with family and friends, and there are many, many companies offering speakers that let us do just that.

Fluance, a Canadian company that specializes in low-cost, high-performance speakers and turntables, has joined the party with its new Fi20 portable Bluetooth speaker. Its unique design makes a bold visual statement, so I was eager to see if its sound quality measured up.


The Fluance Fi20 looks unlike any other portable Bluetooth speaker I’ve seen. Its triangular cabinet is available in your choice of three wood veneers—black ash, natural walnut, or bamboo—and it stands relatively tall, measuring 12 x 6 x  5.5 inches (HxWxD) and weighing in at three pounds. An integrated synthetic-leather handle lets you carry it around with ease.

fluance fi20 back Fluance

The slender back panel includes (top to bottom) the carrying handle, a Bluetooth reset button, 3.5mm stereo aux input, and AC power connector.

A single 3-inch linen-fiber driver fires straight up into a conical reflector, called an acoustic diffusor, that spreads the sound in a 360-degree omnidirectional pattern through a grille. The acoustically tuned cabinet is ported—a design commonly called “bass reflex”—which, along with built-in DSP (digital signal processing), results in a specified frequency response from 70Hz to 20kHz (no tolerance given). The built-in class-D power amp provides 15 watts of continuous average output.

To fulfill its wireless function, the Fi20 supports Bluetooth 4.0 and the aptX profile. (It also includes a 3.5mm aux input.) As a portable speaker, the 11V/2200mAh lithium-ion battery provides up to 24 hours of play time at moderate volume after 3.5 hours of charging. It is not waterproof, so don’t toss it into the pool.

Other features include the ability to act as a speakerphone. Also, the diffusor above the speaker driver is LED-illuminated, providing a warm-white accent light (3000K according to the specs) when you turn it on.

With only one full-range driver, the Fi20 produces a monophonic sound. It can accept a stereo signal via Bluetooth or the aux input, but the left and right channels are mixed into one for playback. Unfortunately, you can’t link two Fi20s to create a stereo pair.

fluance fi20 driver Flurance

A 3-inch full-range driver fires upward into a conical “acoustic diffusor” that spreads the sound out in an omnidirectional pattern.

User Interface

All controls and the status indicator are located on the triangular, angled top surface of the Fi20, along with the speakerphone mic. Aside from the power on/off button, all controls are touch-sensitive.

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