Cleer Scene Review Loud IPX7 Bluetooth Speaker

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Cleer's new Scene bluetooth speaker - rugged stylish looks, loud and ready to perform at the drop of a hat, no matter what life throws at it!

Scene is driven by twin 48mm full range dynamic drivers and side mounted passive radiators (4cm in diameter) which give the speaker extra bass oomph.

Scene features a large front-facing battery indicator led bar to easy tell when the battery is low. The Scene speaker is wrapped with rugged fabric and a plastic "Cleer" logo glued onto it. The Cleer Scene speaker enclosure sits on top of a thick rubber base pad designed to keep the speaker elevated and anchored on a desk, while dampening any unwanted resonance. 
On the rear side of the Cleer Scene speaker, there is a rubber faceplate housing two rubberized physical buttons sand a thick rubber cover, concealing the USB-C charging port and 3.5mm aux audio port. The rubber cover has a swiveling hinge, which allows you to move the rubber cover out of the way when charging without the charging cable bending the rubber cover backwards at an awkward angle. 
A swiveling hinged cover is important because bending the rubber cover eventually makes it wonky overtime, preventing it from sealing the port properly. The rear buttons have a hard press dome membrane actuation that prevents accidentally turning on the speaker whilst in a backpack.

On top of the Cleer Scene speaker, there are 4 plastic buttons (clicky and tactile) for controlling play/pause, track skipping, volume and calls (answer/end). The bluetooth 5.0 chip supports SBC and AAC codecs. Scene doesn't support multipoint and no absolute volume, which means you cannot control the volume of the speaker when connected to an audio source (e.g. smartphone). When reaching max volume, you will hear a beep.
When connected via audio cable, the Cleer Scene speaker is able to keep the bluetooth connection active, which makes the transition from wired to bluetooth (and viceversa) more convenient. The Cleer Scene speaker supports passthrough audio whilst charging, which means you can power the speaker via an external powerbank while listening to audio in bluetooth or wired mode.

As far as audio performance, you get the best sound performance from audio cable connection. Not only the audio resolution is higher, the volume output and bass is noticeably bigger than in bluetooth mode. 
The internal 2600mAh rechargeable battery takes 3 hours to charge (no quick charge support) and provides up to 12 hours at 75% volume and 6 hours at 100% volume. There is no charge-out from the USB-C port; hence the Scene speaker cannot be used as  a powerbank.Dimensions of Scene are 21cm long x 8.5cm deep x 7.5cm high. The weight is 740 grams

Potential deal breakers
  • No dust proof rating; hence not suitable for the beach or dusty outdoors 
  • No absolute bluetooth volume support
  • Bluetooth mode is noticeably quieter than wired mode 
  • Bluetooth status led stays lit up solid, although it's out of sight rear facing the speaker
  • No micro SD card slot
  • The USB-C port doesn't support powerbank mode for charging external devices
  • No mobile app support; hence no EQ
  • No quick charge
  • No multipoint 
  • Scene cannot be used when the battery if flat but you can listen to audio (in bluetooth and wired) whlist charging via a powerbank. From flat, you’ll need to charge the speaker for 15 minutes before playing.
  • Doesn't support TWS mode - Scene cannot be paired with other Scenes
Selling points for Scene
  • IPX7 water resistance under 1 meter immersion for 30 minutes
  • Built-in microphone for hands free conference calling
  • Will not roll off of a desk
  • Can be set upright on its side
  • Hinged rubber cover
  • Bluetooth AAC and SBC audio support
  • Audible beep tone for max volume
  • Big volume
  • 3.5mm audio port built-in
  • You can listen to audio (in bluetooth and wired) whilst charging via a powerbank
  • Large external battery indicator
  • Seamless switching between bluetooth and wired modes
 Accessories include a 1.2 meters Cleer branded USB-C cable. You can buy the Scene bluetooth speaker from Cleer Audio. Check out the review of Cleer Roam Sport earbuds, Cleer Enduro ANC headphones, and Cleer Alpha headphones.

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