Orange Amps’ transportable Bluetooth speaker shines by sticking to the fundamentals

Should you’re on the lookout for a conveyable Bluetooth speaker that places natural-sounding analog audio on the forefront, then you definitely’ll benefit from the Orange Box. So long as you don’t have too many different necessities, that’s. Orange has been making guitar amps because the Nineteen Sixties and it’s apparently not altering the components to compete in opposition to commonplace plastic Bluetooth audio system with all of the mod cons. I’ve personally come to benefit from the bohemian design and vivid orange exterior, which is a refreshing change from what you’d normally discover. You do should take care of shedding some helpful options and it’s much less rugged than another portables, however the audio high quality is a standout.


The {hardware} components and iconography from the corporate’s lengthy historical past of amps and audio system have been merged into this transportable battery powered model. The orange Tolex (vinyl) exterior, emblem badge, speaker mesh, wooden framing, dials, toggle switches, indicator lights and different particulars are an ideal match with the model’s present secure of merchandise. The mechanical ‘thunk’ of the on/off toggle is satisfying, whereas the domed orange energy gentle appears pleasantly retro.

Photograph by Jon Turi / Engadget

There are handbook quantity and EQ dials on the highest panel. The bass and treble begin out flat within the 12-o’clock place, letting you enhance or decrease these ranges as desired. The dial positions are just a little arduous to learn, although, until you’re standing instantly above them because the place dot on the dial is close to the underside. The Bluetooth management has a blue gentle that flashes when it’s in pairing mode and does double-duty as a pause/play management. You’ll additionally discover an orange overload indicator gentle, which might change into a standard sight for those who wish to play your music loudly, particularly with heavy bass.

Apart from that, there’s a 3.5mm minijack on the highest and an DC charging port on the again. You may cost the two,600mAh battery for as much as round 15-hours of playback or you possibly can simply run it whereas it’s plugged in. Subsequent to the domed energy indicator is a battery degree gentle that’s pink because it’s charging, inexperienced when it’s full and flashes pink if the battery is at 10 p.c or decrease, with nothing in between. Like several speaker, for those who’re planning an extended outing, you must maintain the ability cable useful. I examined the speaker at a comparatively excessive quantity for an hour, plus 10 hours at medium and two in a single day stretches powered off. This received me to the 10-percent warning and appears par for the course with reference to battery life.

The Orange Amps - Orange Box Bluetooth speaker seen on the stoop of a brownstone, showing the rear panel.

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Should you plan to journey together with your speaker, you might wish to take into account getting the $60 Gigbag carrying case since there’s no IP score or waterproofing for the machine. You’ll simply should belief Orange Amps’ construct high quality. Though we haven’t seen the bag in particular person, I count on it ought to no less than assist maintain the speaker dry and clear once you’re not utilizing it. There’s a shoulder strap possibility as properly, and whereas the Orange Field is transportable, it’s nonetheless over 6.5 kilos. You could possibly at all times avoid wasting cash although, because it does match right into a backpack simply sufficient.


One of the best half concerning the Orange Field is its heat and vivid output. There’s each digital Class D and A/B analog amps that ship crisp and punchy front-facing sound from the 4-inch sub and twin 2-inch excessive frequency drivers. There’s a comparatively huge frequency vary from 35Hz to 20kHz and aptX assist is a large plus, particularly when you have entry to hi-res streaming. Most types of music sound good on the Orange Field, however the speaker actually shines with songs which have reside instrumentation or something that may profit from an analog contact. Some varieties of fashionable digital music did not come throughout fairly as properly right here, so it is value testing your varieties of tunes earlier than shopping for.

The 50-watt speaker places out sufficient quantity to work properly as a private boombox within the park or round the home. It’s pretty loud for its measurement and might deal with small out of doors get togethers properly for those who simply want background music. The output has respectable bass that does reverberate by way of its case, particularly for those who’re close to to it. Though when testing on a big windy rooftop space, it didn’t mission as a lot for those who’re 15-20 ft away.

I didn’t discover any distortion when pushing it to the max, however that overload gentle is a refined trace to at all times test your ranges. You’ll see the sunshine flashing very often for those who get pleasure from loud music. It’s solely when you may have the overload gentle on always that you possibly can get distortion and doubtlessly harm the drivers. If that does occur, you do benefit from contacting a licensed restore heart as an alternative of getting to chop your losses.


Some options that many have grown used to utilizing aren’t accessible on the Orange Field and for those who simply need one thing to play tunes, it’s not a giant deal. Nevertheless, there’s no app for the speaker and it doesn’t assist multipoint or pairing with a second Orange Field for extra sound. It gained’t fall asleep even for those who’ve disconnected Bluetooth, so the battery might slowly drain for those who go away it on all evening with out charging. And for those who’re used to watching the battery ranges, will probably be a little bit of a thriller till you’re at 10 p.c energy. Plus, since there’s no USB charging, you will wish to maintain observe of the ability cable that got here with the machine.

On the plus aspect, there’s clearly the analog amps on board and aptX assist sweetens the deal. The Bluetooth 5.0 vary is pretty much as good or higher than another audio system on this class. Additionally, for those who want a tiny DJ monitor, there’s no processing delay when utilizing the three.5mm enter jack, so you possibly can combine by ear if wanted. For eco-conscious shoppers, the approved service facilities and substitute components on provide till 2030 means you possibly can truly restore the speaker if one thing occurs to it. It’s a correct piece of apparatus that you must have the ability to get pleasure from for a very long time.

The Orange Amps - Orange Box Bluetooth speaker seen indoors on a round table with a green plant behind it.

Photograph by Jon Turi / Engadget


Whereas I wouldn’t fairly name it an audiophile speaker, it’s actually for analog or Orange Amp lovers. I do know the design isn’t new because the Orange Amps model has hardly modified because the ‘60s, however for me it looks like a refreshing change of tempo. I can think about numerous individuals with these turntables in baggage instances hooking up the speaker (though ensure you have good needles individuals). Positive, it is a bit chunky, you shouldn’t go away it out on the porch within the rain and also you’ll have to maintain observe of the precise charging cable, however that’s doable.

It’s arduous to say if the sound or model will enchantment to everybody, nevertheless it’s nice to have another choice accessible, particularly one which’s constructed and bought by a model with a legacy. At $299 the Orange Field isn’t terribly costly and it feels much less disposable than most of the merchandise on the market. The Orange Box, its $60 Gigbag carrying case and the marginally bigger non-portable sibling the Orange Box-L ($345) are all at the moment accessible from the Orange Amps web site. Oh, and you too can get them in black if that’s your desire. I do know Furry Vince Noir would.


  • Type: Orange peel Tolex, acoustically clear grille

  • Drivers: 1 x 4-inch bass driver, 2 x 2-inch excessive frequency drivers

  • Amplifiers: 1 x 30-watt sub, 2 x 10-watt full vary

  • Frequency Vary: 35Hz – 20kHz

  • Weight: 3 KG / 6.62 LBS

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm aux enter

  • Codecs: aptX, AAC, SBC

  • Battery: 2,600mAh, 3 hours to full cost, 15-hour runtime

  • Extras: Vegan-leather carry strap, 3.5mm aux cable, 19.5V energy provide

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