Ikea’s wireless speaker Eneby comes in two versions: Once large and stationary as Eneby 30 and once smaller and portable than Eneby 20, which shows amazing qualities in our test.
Ikea Eneby 20 in the test: Our verdict
Ikea’s debut in the field of Bluetooth speakers has largely been successful. The case is stable and corresponds to the minimalist design of Scandinavian furniture. Technically, everything fits, because the sound convinces with present and never too sharp heights, combined with a powerful middle section and a groovy bass. The level stability is impressive, although one should then rather resort to the larger Eneby 30 for a house party.
In two ways, the Eneby 20 is not quite what many a prospective buyer might expect. Point 1: The 2,600 mAh battery is not part of the scope of delivery, but must be ordered as an option. While this may be tolerated under the aspect of “modularity” or even could result in a praise, this does not apply to the price. That’s our point 2 at the same time: with and others you get a total of 70 euros for a portable Bluetooth speaker. This is no longer in the range of Chinese “price breakers”, which cost only slightly more than half in the size class. The Eneby 20 is not the counterpart to that, but rather comparable to the: Not in the lowest price category, but solid quality.
Conclusion: The Eneby 20 is a well-sounding and (with optional battery) mobile Bluetooth speaker with a neat finish and a well-designed case design that sets itself apart from many competitors. He is attractively priced, but he is not an Ikea-typical price hit – this domain has already been occupied by other providers in the wireless boxes. The Eneby 20 belongs more to the Bluetooth speaker middle class and delivers an impressively robust performance for a debut product.
Good to know
- Optionally available are one and one.
- The Eneby 20 has a midrange woofer and a tweeter: that means only mono instead of stereo. Sonically does not matter that much in the compact size class.
- The battery life of up to 10 hours is usable average. Some rival models sometimes offer significantly more – the stamina is always dependent on the selected volume.
- As for the power supply, breaks Ikea from the patterns of the competition: The Eneby 20 has instead of USB only one input for small appliance connection cable (“Achterkabel”), the necessary power supply is therefore in the box, which makes it somewhat difficult (1,5 kg without battery).
- A jack (3.5 mm) for external players is available.
- For example, if you want to use a digital assistant, you can pair an Amazon Echo Dot with Bluetooth – the first time through the Alexa app. Then Alexa listens via the echo microphone and plays music or weather reports on the Ikea Eneby 20. This coupling can be canceled or resumed at any time by voice command (“Alexa connect you with Ikea Eneby 20”).
Bluetooth speaker Ikea Eneby 20 - Review
Ikea's debut in the field of Bluetooth speakers has largely been successful. The case is stable and corresponds to the minimalist design of Scandinavian furniture. Technically, everything fits, because the sound convinces with present and never too sharp heights, combined with a powerful middle section and a groovy bass. The level stability is impressive, although one should then rather resort to the larger Eneby 30 for a house party.
- Powerful and fun sound that does not distort noticeably even at high volume.
- The Ikea Eneby 20 is not busy for hours with the assembly and a wordless instructions. This speaker is pre-assembled (except for the carrying handle) and can start playing immediately with music.
- Depending on the selected variant, the dark or light gray front cover made of fabric can be easily removed. So you have in a sense two speakers in one, because the look of the box turns in this way very quickly. We liked the minimalist appearance without cover.
- The sound of the speakers above and below restricted: The matte heights sometimes lead to a dull sound character ("pot"), even at low bass is no miracle to be expected. For the size class is absolutely fine, but premium manufacturers such as Bose or Beoplay show that these limits can be exceeded with technical effort a bit far. Our BT speaker reference Teufel Boomster (2017) does not stand a chance in the sound duel of both the Eneby 20 and the larger Eneby 30: more transparency, finer heights, a wider stage - but the Boomster costs much more as well.
- The only control is the knob on the top right of the front. He feels a bit shaky and does not seem stable.
- The sound can be influenced in ups and downs, but the operation is fumbling: you have to press the knob for 3 seconds until the light flashes, then you set the bass by turning. A click confirms and then continues to the height control, another click to adjust the volume. Anyone who finds out without them is a real checker. What has actually set, can not be read, just as many levels there are away from the neutral center at all. To get back to the factory settings, press the button for 10 seconds. At the same time, you also throw out all paired smartphones and computers.