OontZ Angle 3 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 07, 2021 at 08:07 am
OontZ Angle 3 Picture
5.3
Music
4.8
Videos/Movies
6.9
Podcasts
2.4
Voice Assistant
6.5
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
Yes
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
Yes

The OontZ Angle 3 is a small, budget-friendly speaker that you can take with you on-the-go. It can easily fit in one hand and you can also place it horizontally or vertically, depending on your needs. Thanks to its IPX5 rating for water resistance, it feels sturdy despite its plastic build. It even offers around 16 hours of playback time, which is excellent. However, it has an uneven sound profile that really lacks bass. It doesn't get very loud and it has high audio latency on iOS and Android.

Our Verdict

5.3 Music

The OontZ Angle 3 is disappointing for music. It has an uneven sound profile that doesn't produce a lot of low-bass, which is a bit disappointing for fans of EDM and hip-hop, and it doesn't have any EQs to help tweak its sound. It also has a narrow soundstage, so it doesn't sound very immersive. While it doesn't get very loud, it doesn't have a lot of compression artifacts at max volume.

Pros
  • Good dynamics performance.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • No EQ.
4.8 Videos/Movies

The OontZ Angle 3 is poor for videos and movies. Its uneven sound profile really struggles to produce low-bass, so sound effects lack thump, rumble, and body. It also has high audio latency on both iOS and Android, so your audio may be out of sync with your video. On the upside, while it can't get very loud, there aren't a lot of compression artifacts at max volume.

Pros
  • Good dynamics performance.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • High audio latency.
  • No EQ.
6.9 Podcasts

The OontZ Angle 3 is okay for podcasts. It has an uneven sound profile, which makes vocals sound harsh and honky, and it has a narrow soundstage, so audio is perceived as coming from one direction. While it can't be paired with multiple devices at once, you can still connect two speakers together to make left and right channels. It's also very portable and can be carried with one hand.

Pros
  • Good dynamics performance.
  • Small, portable design.
Cons
  • No EQ.
  • No multi-device pairing.
2.4 Voice Assistant

The OontZ Angle 3 doesn't have voice assistant support.

6.5 Outdoors

The OontZ Angle 3 is alright for outdoor use. Although we don't test for it, this speaker has an IPX5 rating for water resistance. It's decently built and sturdy too. It fits in one hand, which makes it easy to take with you on-the-go, and its battery lasts up to 16 hours on a single charge. Unfortunately, it has an uneven sound profile that lacks bass. It also doesn't have an EQ to help tweak its sound. It doesn't get very loud, but there isn't a lot of compression at max volume.

Pros
  • Good dynamics performance.
  • Excellent battery performance.
  • Small, portable design.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • No EQ.
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • 5.3 Music
  • 4.8 Videos/Movies
  • 6.9 Podcasts
  • 2.4 Voice Assistant
  • 6.5 Outdoors

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The OontZ Angle 3 has a triangular design. It easily fits in your hand and doesn't take up too much space. You can position it horizontally or vertically if you prefer, and it also comes in several color variants to better match your style.

9.4
Design
Portability
Volume
41 in³ (675 cm³)
Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This speaker is outstandingly portable. It's small and lightweight. You can easily carry it with one hand, and it uses a battery, so you don't have to have it wired to an outlet for it to work.

7.2
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Decent
Water Resistance
Waterproof (IPx5)
Dust Resistance
Yes (IP rating unspecified)
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
No

This speaker has a decent build quality. Even though it's made of plastic, it feels sturdy. The drivers are protected by a metal grille, and the buttons are covered by a rubber coating. There's also a rubber flap to cover the USB-C and AUX ports. It has an IPX5 rating for water resistance too, but we don't currently test for this. For a better-built speaker, check out the JBL GO 3.

7.6
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Good
Feedback
Decent
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
Yes (Physical)
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

This speaker has good controls. The buttons are found on the triangular side of the speaker, but some of them, such as the power button, can be a little hard to press. The volume controls also allow you to skip tracks forward and backward by holding down the buttons for two seconds. However, there's no audio feedback for the volume level. You're also able to take calls using this speaker, thanks to the small pinhole microphone located on its top side.

Design
In The Box

  • OontZ Angle 3 speaker
  • USB-C charging cable
  • User manual

Sound
4.4
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.40
Std. Err.
3.97 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
169.5 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
13.9 kHz

The frequency response accuracy of the OontZ Angle 3 is poor. When placed horizontally, it has an uneven sound profile that lacks a lot of bass. Vocals and lead instruments also sound honky and harsh, while sibilants such as cymbals are bright and sharp. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with any sound enhancement features. If you're looking for a portable speaker with a more balanced sound profile, check out the Sony SRS-XB01 or the Kove Commuter 2.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.4
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
6.73 dB
Stereo
Yes

This speaker has a mediocre soundstage. Even though it's a stereo speaker system, its directivity is small and narrow. There's also a large peak in the treble range, which results in an uneven soundstage. If you want a small speaker with a better soundstage performance, check out the JBL JR POP.

7.8
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
88.7 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
0.41 dB

The OontZ Angle 3 has good dynamics. While it doesn't get very loud, it has very few compression artifacts at max volume. Your audio should sound fairly pure, even at a higher volume.

Active Features
8.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
16.0 hrs
Charge Time
4.0 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
USB-C

The battery performance of this speaker is excellent. Although it's advertised to last up to 14 hours when set to 2/3rd volume, we measured 16 hours. The speaker turns off after 15 minutes if you don't have any audio playing, and if it's not plugged in and charging. Otherwise, when connected to some devices, the speaker stays on until you turn it off. Note that battery life can vary according to your usage, so your experience may be different.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone

This speaker doesn't have voice assistant support. For a speaker that supports voice assistants from your smartphone, check out the Anker Soundcore 2 or the DOSS SoundBox Plus.

0
Active Features
App
App Name
No App
iOS
No
Android
No
EQ
No
Stereo Pair Mode
No
Party Mode
No
Multi-Room
No

Unlike the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA, this speaker doesn't have a companion app. However, you can still connect two speakers to create a left and right channel via Bluetooth. If you want a speaker with a graphic EQ for sound customization, check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
No

This speaker only supports a 3.5mm AUX jack, which allows you to connect a device such as a smartphone or a laptop to it. It also has a USB-C port, but this is only to charge the speaker.

6.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
Unspecified
Bluetooth iOS Latency
262 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
218 ms
Bluetooth Range
249.3 ft (76.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

The OontZ Angle 3 has alright Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, you won't be able to pair it with more than one device at a time. It also has high latency on both iOS and Android, so it isn't ideal if you like to watch movies or play video games. However, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, and your experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

This speaker isn't Wi-Fi compatible.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The OontZ Angle 3 comes in several color variants: 'Black', 'Blue', 'Red', 'Orange', 'Red-Coke' (which has the Coca-Cola label on it), and 'White'. We tested the Blue variant, and you can see its label here. It should be noted that this speaker is also called the Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 3rd Gen. This speaker is also called the 4th Gen in some of the brand's advertising text, which is very confusing.

Also, Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ makes a few similarly designed and named speakers with slightly different specs.

  OontZ Angle Solo OontZ Angle 3 Oontz Angle 3 Shower - PLUS Edition OontZ Angle 3 RainDance OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA OontZ Angle 3 Pro Edition
Supports two speakers playing together

No

Yes*

Yes*

Yes*  Yes*  Yes*
Advertised Battery Life Up to 10 hours Up to 14 hours Up to 14 hours  Up to 14 hours Up to 20 hours   Up to 15 hours
IP Rating (Dust and Water Resistance) IPX5   IPX5  IPX7  IPX7  IPX7  IPX7
Supports OontZ App

 No

 

No
 

No

No  Yes  Yes

*To pair speakers together, they must be of the same model and generation.

If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The OontZ Angle 3 3rd Gen is a budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker with a triangular design. It's small enough to carry in your hand and its battery lasts around 16 hours. You can also place it horizontally or vertically if you prefer. However, it doesn't get very loud, and it has an uneven sound profile that lacks thumpy low-bass.

Anker Soundcore 2

The OontZ Angle 3 and the Anker Soundcore 2 are similarly-performing speakers, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Anker supports voice assistants from your paired smartphone, but it doesn't have the best performance. Its sound profile is better-balanced, though both speakers struggle to produce low-bass. However, the Oontz can get louder, and it has less compression at max volume.

OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is a somewhat better speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. The ULTRA has an IPX7 rating, although we don't currently test for this, and it has a better-balanced sound profile. It also supports your smartphone's Google Assistant or Siri voice assistant, and it has bass and treble sliders so that you can tweak its sound to your liking. However, the Angle 3 has better dynamics and battery performance.

JBL GO 3

The JBL GO 3 is a better speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. The JBL is better-built, and it has lower latency with iOS and Android devices. While both speakers struggle to reproduce low-bass, the JBL has a better-balanced sound profile. However, the OontZ gets louder, and it has longer battery life.

Anker Soundcore Flare 2

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a better speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. The Anker is better-built, and it supports voice assistants, unlike the OontZ. Its default sound profile is more neutral and its graphic EQ offers more sound customization. Also, it has a better soundstage. However, the OontZ gets louder, and it has less compression at max volume. Also, its battery life is longer.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. The Ultimate Ears is better-built and has a more even sound profile that can produce low-bass. It has a better soundstage and its battery charges up in less time too. It can even be paired with up to two devices at a time. However, the OontZ can get slightly louder with fewer compression artifacts.

Sonos Move

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. The Sonos is better-built, with a more even sound profile that can produce thumpier low-bass. It also supports Wi-Fi as well as voice assistants and has an app with bass and treble adjustments so you can tweak its sound to better suit your needs. However, the OontZ has a longer-lasting battery life and while it doesn't get as loud as the Sonos, it has fewer compression artifacts at max volume.

Bose SoundLink Micro

The Bose SoundLink Micro is a better overall speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. The Bose is better-built and can be submerged in water. It's also able to deliver more bass, its soundstage is wider, and you can connect it to your smartphone if you want to use voice assistant. However, the OontZ has a better battery life and can get louder with fewer compression artifacts.

Sony SRS-XB01

The OontZ Angle 3 and the Sony SRS-XB01 are very similar speakers, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The OontZ gets louder and has longer battery life. Also, it can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, unlike the Sony. However, the Sony supports voice assistants, and it also has a more balanced sound profile.

Bose SoundLink Revolve

The Bose SoundLink Revolve is a better speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. The Bose is better-built and its sound profile is more even. You can also connect your voice assistant to it, and it has an app so that you can access stereo pair or party mode. However, the OontZ performs better at max volume.

Kove Commuter 2

The Kove Commuter 2 is a better speaker for most uses than the OontZ Angle 3. The Kove's sound profile is more balanced and neutral, and it has a better soundstage performance. However, the OontZ gets slightly louder with less compression at max volume, and it has longer battery life.

JBL JR POP

The OontZ Angle 3 and the JBL JR POP are small speakers that perform similarly, so you may prefer one over the other. The JBL is smaller, designed for kids, and also has a better soundstage performance. However, the OontZ gets louder, and it has longer battery life.

DOSS SoundBox Plus

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the OontZ Angle 3 or the DOSS SoundBox Plus. The DOSS has a better-balanced sound profile, and it supports voice assistants, unlike the OontZ. However, the OontZ is better-built, and it gets louder and has longer battery life.

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