Portable Speaker Review: Cyber Snipa Sonar Portable Mini Speaker Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Very portable, good bass, full and loud sound.
What's Not: Sound louder and fuller indoors noticeably than outdoors.
Portable min speakers have become more popular thanks to the ever advancing abilities of smartphones to play music, video and games. The built-in audio systems on current smartphones and tablets are decent but lack the depth, quality and volume that bigger speakers offer. Some smartphones such as upcoming HTC device with Beats audio promise to have greater audio experience built into the phones and tablets, but for now, if you want to hear fuller, louder and better quality audio, Cyber Snipa Sonar Portable Mini Speaker (PMS) does the trick. The Sonar PMS offers one of the best sounds we've heard on a mini speaker thanks to its unique design, and it's highly portable.
The Cyber Snipa Sonar Portable Mini Speaker has a very interesting design that enhances both the audio experience and its portability. The Sonar mini speaker stands on four rubberized feet, and the wave-like sides allow wires to extend from the bottom of the speaker to connect to other speakers, audio source (your smartphone or tablet) and charging outlet. On the front of three of these four feet, you will find clickable buttons for power on/off, volume up and volume down controls. The side ports include a 3.5mm audio input/output port and a Mini USB audio input/output as well as charging port in one. The speaker comes with an audio input/output plug with a short wire. You can plug your smartphone or tablet directly to the speaker using this plug, or you can connect several Sonar PMS systems together for bigger and fuller sound using this plug.
The crown jewel of the Sonar mini speaker is the patented Vacuum-Bass chamber that works as an effective resonator for audio coming through the speaker. The Vacuum-Bass resonator is collapse-able. Turn the large knob on top clockwise to close the resonator and counter-clockwise to open it. The Sonar mini speaker also comes with rechargeable Lithium battery and an USB/audio combo cable for charging the speaker.
Sound Quality and Volume
We?ve tested several portable mini speakers including the Scoshe boomCan speaker, the Sonar 3W speaker stood out with fuller sound, louder volume and better audio quality when working with several smartphones and tablets. Both mini speakers give smartphone and tablet audio a boost in volume and depth, but there are some subtle differences while working with different device between the boomCan and the Sonar speakers. We tested the speaker with the iPhone 4 and iPad 2, both produced full and loud audio with a nice bass boost. We tested several other devices as well and here are some of the details from our tests:
When working with the HTC Sensation:
The HTC Sensation has excellent built-in audio and the Sonar PMS enhances it nicely. The volume was loud yet doesn?t have distortions, music, movie and game sound are all very clear. The Vacuum-Bass noticeably adds a good level of fullness to the audio in various music genres but stands out in full sound FX in action movies. If you own an HTC Sensation, the Sonar mini speaker is a good choice.
When working with the Samsung Galaxy S II:
Similar with the HTC Sensation, the Samsung Galaxy S II has good audio and outputs good quality audio for the Sonar speaker to amplify. The audio sounds loud and clear, and has spacious quality when playing music and movies.
When working with the Sony Tablet S:
The Sony Tablet S has one of the loudest and most powerful built-in audio drivers and software we?ve seen. Combine that with the Sonar Portable Mini Speaker, music tracks, movies and game sounds fill the room with full sound that has very nice bass. It doesn?t have some distortions we experienced with the Schoche speaker.
When working with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer:
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer doesn?t have the best built-in audio and the speaker volume is low on the unit. The Sonar PMS certainly helps in the audio department with louder volume and better sound, but it doesn?t fill the room like with the Sony Tablet S still.
What?s in the box
The Cyber Snipa Sonar Portable Mini Speaker comes with a carry pouch, an USB charging/audio input/output combo cable and a printed instruction guide. The Sonar PMS measures 2.55 x 2.55 x 1.65 and weighs 3.4 ounces. The built-in battery lasts about 4 hours of continuous use and takes about 2 hours to charge it over USB.
The Cyber Snipa Sonar Portable Mini Speaker is ideal for travelers who want a bigger sound when they play movies and music in their hotel rooms or while sitting on the beach. The speaker is ultra portable yet provides very loud and full sound. It works with any smartphone, tablet or MP3 player with a standard 3.5mm audio out and the battery life is long enough for a field trip or a night?s party. The speaker sounds loudest indoors with four walls than outdoors as you can imagine, and it?s very affordable with options to connect several of them to produce even bigger sound.