I’m not entirely sure how to approach this review of the Lyrix SoundGlow Bluetooth candle speaker. Is it for romantics? In that case, I’m late for Valentine’s Day, and have never been much of a romantic anyway. Is it for people who want a nightlight that can also play music? In that case, I’d rather get a light that doesn’t flicker and can stay lit for more than six hours on a charge. Is it for music fans who want some ambient light to go along with their songs? In that case, you’ll also want a better speaker system.
So, I guess I’m also not entirely sure at whom the SoundGlow is aimed. But I’ve been using it for a while now, and can at least help you determine if it’s aimed at you.
The Soundglow is about 4-1/2″ tall by 4-1/4″ in diameter. The shell is split between a colored bottom (available in purple, light blue, a minty green and tan…the latter color looking more like the pewter shade shown above) and a white top that disperses the LED light at its center. The light itself is a yellowish-orange that’s pretty faithful to the color of a candle flame, and is surrounded by a mono 3W speaker that features a sealed chamber, passive radiator design with neodymium magnet.
Along half of the base are the full set of controls that provide the SoundGlow’s functionality. You’ve got 1/8″ stereo input for non-Bluetooth devices, the micro-USB charging port (the USB charging cable is included), an on/off switch for the music, an on/off switch for light, and three buttons for track/volume control. It’s all pretty easy to use, although the controls can be awkward to reach depending upon your placement of the SoundGlow.
Pairing the Bluetooth speaker is a simple matter of finding and selecting the SoundGlow on your iDevice. Once done, you can use your iDevice to control the music, so you won’t have to worry about reaching the controls on the back of the speaker. When fully charged, the SoundGlow provides up to six hours of continuous light and music, according the the website. I never tested it beyond a couple hours at a time.
After a few weeks of use, I didn’t find the audio or the candle effect to be all that enchanting. The SoundGlow provides more power than you’d expect from its size, but I wasn’t expecting a lot to begin with. You can get much better sound from similarly priced speakers, you just won’t get the candle effect with them. Unfortunately, you may not want it. The LED light flickers to simulate a candle flame, but the flickering is too harsh. It looks more like a light that’s shorting out than a candle gently shimmering in the breeze. If the SoundGlow is completely out of your line of sight, that’s fine; otherwise, it can be distracting.
There is one use I found for the SoundGlow that almost made it worth recommending. If I used it to play white noise from NatureSpace app while I rested near it with my eyes shut, I found it created a very relaxing atmosphere. That’s a pretty specific use, however, that many of you will have no desire to replicate.
The SoundGlow could be more fun if it was a bit smarter. If you could use an app to control the speed or intensity of the flickering, or even adjust the LED color, it would be easier to recommend. As it stands right now, I think you’re better off getting a better speaker system and a candle that doesn’t need to be recharged.
Provides: Bluetooth audio, LED candle simulation
Developer: Digital Treasures
Minimum Requirements: Audio device with Bluetooth or 1/8″ stereo output