Anker Soundcore Rave Neo review: Fat, punchy bass for the dance floor

If you’re looking for speaker to a inspire wholesale shuffling at your next party, then Anker’s $99 Soundcore Rave Neo is just what you’re looking for. It’s loud with a tight, thumpy low end that will promote all sorts of rhythmic action and thoughts. (It had my roommate Bridget dancing in zero seconds flat).

Audiophile, it’s not, but that’s not its gig and the Rave Neo renders the desired effect when in its element.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best Bluetooth speakers, where you’ll find reviews of competing products, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping.

Design and features

The Soundcore Rave Neo is an upright, monophonic speaker that measures a little more than 11 inches tall, about 5.5 inches at its thickest, and roughly 7 inches wide. It weighs in at a little less than 3 pounds, but an easy-on-the-hands, fabric-covered strap makes for easy toting.



The controls for the Rave Neo are on top of the unit as you can see in the above product image. There’s the usual volume up/down, Bluetooth pairing, and power buttons, plus a toggle for the bass boost. Also on hand is the link button for PartyCast, which will link the Rave Neo with up to 100 of its ilk.

There’s a button to change the patterns produced by the RGB LEDs circling the 4-inch woofer (there’s a 2-inch full-range driver and passive radiator as well), and a very unusual icon (between the plus/minus) representing a multi-function play/pause/previous/next button. 

Anker includes a “universal” one-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words type manual for the Rave Neo, but it could be a lot clearer and was incomplete. For instance, it didn’t cover changing between the three EQ modes (done via the Soundcore app) or how to invoke the Siri/Google phone function at all. I had to peruse the Anker’s website about the first, and discovered the latter (super long press on the weird icon) by sheer luck. 

The Rave Neo is rating IPX7 for protection from water, meaning you can submerge it in the kiddie pool (up to one meter) for up to 30 minutes (you can read more about IP ratings and what they mean in this story). To that end, the USB-C charging port, USB Type-A charge-other-stuff port, and 3.5 mm stereo auxiliary input are hidden beneath a captive rubber plug on the back of the unit.


The Soundcore Rave Neo might be the most aptly named speaker I’ve run across. It’s designed for parties, where volume and bass count for more than uber fidelity. Viewed (and listened to) from that perspective, it’s a good speaker.