Cleer Audio just released a new portable Bluetooth speaker it's calling the Scene, and considering the price, it's about to cause one. (*6*)

Will it debut as one of the best Bluetooth speakers of 2022? Well, Cleer isn't far behind to introduce it, telling us that it sets a new standard in the category of crystal-clear hi-fi sound on the go, and we even have one in front of us on launch day. . Yeah, Cleer wanted to make a scene in our office. (*6*)

The company is also right to fly its own flag. Since 2012, the San Diego-based audio specialist has been collecting awards for its headphone jacks (the excellent Alpha ANC on-ear headphones and Goal II Active true wireless headphones received CES 2022 innovation awards, while Enduro ANC won a Red Dot Design Award in 2020, and that's just getting started.) Now, Cleer Scene promises sound "with an emphasis on clarity and definition, combined with tight bass that punches for an energetic and fast-paced listening experience." (*6*)

To achieve this, Cleer installed two 48mm neodymium dynamic speakers, combined with two passive radiators, under the stage box (which is slightly larger than my trusty JBL Flip 6, see below) in order to promote extra power without distortion. Listen with deep, room-filling bass. (*6*)

It's available in red or gray and can now be purchased in the UK and EU for €99/€119. Cleer tells us that the US price will be €79.99, but the US release date hasn't been finalized yet (*6*)

Analysis: Cleer somehow undermined the JBL Flip 6, and it's potentially an inspired decision

(*6*)With its solid foundation, Cleer's Scene won't topple at sunset (Image credit: Future)

We haven't put Cleer Scene through its paces yet (we want the full show, not just its best 16 bars), but for under $100, Cleer Scene is very competitive on paper, and initially the sound is appealing. (*6*)

It has an IPX7 waterproof rating, a 3,5mm aux input if you want to stay connected, 12 hours of playtime when fully charged, and thanks to its built-in "noise and echo canceling microphone," calls can be made. take on it. – which is more than can be said for my JBL Flip 6 without a microphone (MSRP: €129.99).(*6*)

We also love the overall design and aesthetic. It has a soft, sturdy base that adds traction, meaning it won't roll like the Flip sometimes can, and will allow the scene to be set (or take place, if you choose) on most surfaces. (*6*)

However, there are a few areas where the Cleer falls short on the spec sheet. The Cleer Stage supports Bluetooth 5.0 while the JBL Flip 6 uses a Bluetooth 5.1 chipset, the JBL is IP67 rated and therefore dustproof too, and while battery life is 12 hours is the same on both models, there doesn't seem to be app support for the scene, at least not via the Cleer+ app. The JBL Flip 6 is compatible with the JBL Portable app, which lets you check for software updates, adjust the equalization settings (with sliders for bass, mid, and treble), turn ringback tone on and off, and turn on the feature. PartyBoost on chain. other speakers and enhance the sound. (*6*)

Cleer audio scene held in a hand, on white background(*6*) The Cleer Audio stage is a bit bigger than my JBL Flip 6, and it looks good (Image credit: Future)

That said, for almost half the price of its closest JBL competitor, the Cleer Scene presents a compelling proposition, and let's not forget the company's talent in wireless speakers too, most notably with Cleer Audio Crescent. (*6*)

Will it become one of the best party speakers on the market as the holiday season approaches? We take care of that. Look at this place.(*6*)

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