Beyerdynamic SPACE Bluetooth speakerphone review

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REVIEW – I really don’t like using the speakerphone on my iPhone, because I don’t like how others sound when THEY’RE using a speakerphone. I don’t want to sound like I’m “in a cave” or distant. Maybe the Beyerdynamic SPACE speakerphone will put those concerns to rest for me.

What is it?

I know Beyerdynamic for their headphones, but not for speakerphones. The SPACE is a rechargeable Bluetooth speakerphone featuring four microphones for 360 degree coverage. It’s available in Nordic Grey, Charcoal and Aquamarine.

What’s in the box?

  • Beyerdynamic SPACE Bluetooth speakerphone
  • USB-C cable and USB-A adapter
  • Drawstring bag
  • Instructions

Hardware specs

  • Loudspeaker type: 1.5″ full range speaker with two passive radiators
  • Maximum loudspeaker output: 5W RMS
  • Sound pressure level: 73.8 dbA (pink noise), SPL max = 81 dB @ 1kHz
  • Microphone type: 4x MEMS
  • Microphone frequency range: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Loudspeaker frequency range: 90 Hz – 10kHz (-10dB)
  • Supported profiles: HFP, A2DP
  • Transmission: Bluetooth and USB-C
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Battery technology: Lithium-Ion
  • Battery life: 20 hours
  • Charge connector: USB-C
  • Charging time: 2.5 hrs (5V/1.5A)
  • Firmware updates possible: Yes
  • Voice control assistant: Activation and control of Siri, Google Assistant, etc. is possible via the Beyerdynamic SPACE
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 132 x 132 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 354 g

Design and features

The Beyerdynamic SPACE Bluetooth speakerphone measures just over 5 inches across, covered in a nice fabric cover. On the top are eight touch sensitive icons arranged around a ring. The ring glows blue near the Bluetooth icon when paired.

I found a USB-A adapter in the package, and I discovered it fits neatly into a slot on the back. Also, note the tripod thread. Four rubbery feet help keep the SPACE from sliding around.

On one edge are the lock slot, USB-C charging port, and the power button.

When powered up, you can press the battery icon to check the battery level. Green means full. The ring will turn yellow when the battery is between 25%-62.5% full, and red when between 0% and 25%.

Performance

The first surprise I got was on power up of the Beyerdynamic SPACE Bluetooth speakerphone was the startup greeting sound is startling, like something from an action movie. It conveys power, for sure.

Compared to other speakerphones I’ve tested, the SPACE sounds more like a music Bluetooth speaker first, and a speakerphone second. The two passive radiators give this little speaker a lot of “boom” in such a tiny space. I would not be disappointed listening to music from this wee speaker.

But how do I sound to the caller on the other end? In informal tests, I discovered the SPACE did better than the iPhone’s built-in microphone for echo cancellation. After a few seconds, the SPACE appeared to learn, and background echoes became less obvious.

The four microphones also played a part. There’s no “bad seat” if you’re speaking into the SPACE. You will be heard. With the iPhone’s built-in microphone. I sounded more distant versus facing the microphone at the bottom.

Listen for yourself!

What I like

  • Excellent sound incoming and outgoing
  • USB-C rechargeable
  • Your choice of colors

What I’d change

  • Nothing

Final thoughts

I have yet to find a small Bluetooth speakerphone that has impressed me. The Beyerdynamic SPACE speakerphone is the first to do so. I’m definitely putting this one to use.

Price: $179
Where to buy: Beyerdyamic online store and Amazon
Source: The sample of this product was provided by Beyerdynamic.

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