OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 24, 2021 at 08:47 am
OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA Picture
5.7
Music
5.2
Videos/Movies
6.9
Podcasts
3.5
Voice Assistant
6.8
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
Yes
Voice Assistant
Yes
Battery Powered
Yes

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is a budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker and the upgraded version of the OontZ Angle 3. With this generation, OontZ has added voice assistant support for your smartphone's Google Assistant or Siri and increased its water resistance rating to IPX7. It also has a companion app with bass and treble sliders, and a long-lasting battery life of over 20 hours. However, it really struggles to reproduce low-bass, so your audio lacks thump and rumble. It also doesn't get very loud, although there aren't a lot of compression artifacts at max volume.

Our Verdict

5.7 Music

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is disappointing for music. While its neutral mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments are present and clear in your mixes, its sound profile almost completely lacks low-bass. Even though it can play stereo content, its soundstage is a bit uneven and it has narrow directivity, so your audio may not sound clear from all directions. On the upside, it has bass and treble sliders so you can customize its sound. Even though it can't get very loud, there aren't a lot of compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio sounds clean and pure at max volume.

Pros
  • Over 20 hours of continuous playtime.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Small and narrow directivity.
5.2 Videos/Movies

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is poor for movies. It really struggles to reproduce low-bass, so sound effects in your favorite movies lack thump and boom. While it can play stereo content, its directivity is narrow, so your audio may not sound as clear and immersive from all directions. It also has high latency on Android, which could disrupt your experience if you're streaming video. That said, even though it can't get very loud, there isn't a lot of compression at max volume. Its latency on iOS devices is lower, but note that some apps and devices compensate for latency differently.

Pros
  • Over 20 hours of continuous playtime.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Small and narrow directivity.
6.9 Podcasts

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is alright for podcasts. The speaker is portable, thanks to its battery-powered, Bluetooth design, and it has a balanced mid-range, so vocal-centric content is fairly clear and accurate. However, a dip in the treble range can make speech sound a little dark and veiled. You also won't be able to connect it to more than one device at a time or connect multiple units for multi-room use.

Pros
  • Over 20 hours of continuous playtime.
  • Well-built, portable design.
Cons
  • Doesn't support multi-device pairing.
  • Small and narrow directivity.
3.5 Voice Assistant

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is poor for voice assistant support. It doesn't have any built-in voice assistant capabilities, so it just uses the system on your paired smartphone. As part of our methodology, we use recorded voice commands to test the speaker. However, the speaker didn't respond to some of these commands, even when there isn't any ambient noise present. While it responded to a normal speaking voice, this isn't part of our testing process.

Pros
  • Over 20 hours of continuous playtime.
Cons
  • Small and narrow directivity.
6.8 Outdoors

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is fair for outdoor use. It's portable, has a long-lasting battery life, and is rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. While it doesn't get very loud, there aren't a lot of compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio should be relatively clear and pure. Unfortunately, the speaker lacks low-bass so genres like EDM and hip-hop lack thump and rumble. There are bass and treble sliders in the companion app to help you tweak its sound though.

Pros
  • Over 20 hours of continuous playtime.
  • IPX7 rating for water resistance.
  • Well-built, portable design.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't support multi-device pairing.
  • Small and narrow directivity.
  • 5.7 Music
  • 5.2 Videos/Movies
  • 6.9 Podcasts
  • 3.5 Voice Assistant
  • 6.8 Outdoors
  1. Updated Feb 24, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 22, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA has a very similar triangular look to the OontZ Angle 3, but is a bit wider. It's still small enough to fit in your hand, though. It also has a fine metal grille and rubberized buttons. It comes in two color variants: 'White' and 'Black'.

9.3
Design
Portability
Volume
51 in³ (830 cm³)
Weight
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is outstandingly portable. It's small, lightweight, and can be carried with one hand. It's also battery-powered, so you can easily take it outdoors.

7.3
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Decent
Water Resistance
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Yes (IP rating unspecified)
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
Unspecified

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA has a decent build quality. Just like the OontZ Angle 3, it's mostly made from less-than-premium feeling plastic, with a rubber coating on its buttons and a metal grille to help protect its drivers. It also has a higher IPX7 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.

7.9
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Good
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

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA has very good controls. They're located on the triangular side of the speaker and are easy to press. You can adjust the speaker's volume, play or pause audio, and skip your track forward or backward. The Bluetooth button allows you to pair devices as well as answer, end, or reject incoming calls. The power button also lets you activate voice assistant support when paired, and you can long-press the play button for dual mode if you have another unit and want to use them as a stereo pair. In addition to buttons, there's also a light indicator to let you know your current input and battery life.

Design
In The Box

  • OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA speaker
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • 3.5mm audio cable
  • User manual

Sound
5.0
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.45
Std. Err.
2.77 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
153.2 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
13.9 kHz

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA's frequency response accuracy is poor. When placed horizontally, it really struggles to reproduce low-bass, so genres like EDM and hip-hop lack significant thump and rumble. That said, the mid-range is fairly neutral so vocal-centric content like podcasts or audiobooks sound clear and accurate, although a bit dark and veiled. Luckily, they have bass and treble sliders so that you can tweak it to your liking.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.5
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
6.55 dB
Stereo
Yes

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA has a just okay soundstage. While this speaker can play stereo content without downmixing it, its directivity is small and narrow, so audio may not sound clear from all angles. There's also a peak in the treble range, which results in an uneven soundstage. If you want a speaker with a more 360-degree sound, consider the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes instead.

7.1
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
86.1 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.18 dB

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA has a satisfactory dynamics performance. It doesn't get as loud as the OontZ Angle 3, but there are minimal compression artifacts, so your audio should sound fairly pure, even at a high volume.

Active Features
8.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
20.6 hrs
Charge Time
5.2 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
USB-C

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA's battery performance is great. It lasts over 20 hours on a single charge, which is on-par for its advertised battery life. That said, its advertised charge time is seven hours and while we measured less than that, it's still quite a long recharge time compared to the OontZ Angle 3. That said, battery life can vary according to usage, so your experience may differ. On the upside, it shuts off after 30 minutes without audio to conserve battery life.

1.7
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
Siri
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No
Far-Field Performance
Bad
Ambient Noise Performance
Bad

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA has a bad voice assistant performance. It doesn't have any built-in voice assistant capabilities, so it just uses the voice assistants from your paired smartphone. As part of our methodology, we use recorded voice commands to test the speaker. However, it had some difficulty registering these commands, even when there isn't any ambient noise present. It can register commands from a normal speaking voice, but this isn't part of our testing process.

7.6
Active Features
App
App Name
Oontz
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Bass/Treble
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
No

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA's companion app is good. It can be used on iOS or Android, and it gives you access to bass and treble sliders if you want to adjust the speaker's sound. You can also connect two units to create a stereo pair, or link multiple units to cover a large space with the same audio.

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

This speaker only has an AUX port, so you can connect your smartphone or laptop to the speaker while using a wired connection. While it also has a USB-C port, it's only for charging the speaker.

7.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Bluetooth iOS Latency
126 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
170 ms
Bluetooth Range
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA has decent Bluetooth connectivity. It doesn't support multi-device pairing, so you won't be able to connect it to more than one device at a time. While its latency on Android devices is a bit high for streaming video, it performs better with iOS devices. That said, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so 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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the White variant and you can see its label here. That said, Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ also 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, they must be of the same model and generation.

If you come across another variant of this speaker, please let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Speakers

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is a budget-friendly wireless speaker. It's the upgraded variant of the OontZ Angle 3 and has a more neutral sound profile, supports your smartphone's voice assistant, comes with a companion app with bass and treble sliders, and has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. However, like many small speakers, it really struggles to reproduce low-bass or get loud. Check out our recommendations for the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, the best shower speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers under $50.

Anker Soundcore 2

The Anker Soundcore 2 is a better speaker than the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA. The Anker feels better-built, has a better-balanced sound profile, and charges up in less time. It also has lower latency on Android devices, although some apps and devices compensate for this differently. However, the OontZ can get louder with fewer compression artifacts, and it has a companion app with bass and treble sliders to help customize its sound.

JBL FLIP 5

The JBL FLIP 5 and the OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA have different strengths and depending on your needs, you may prefer one over the other. The JBL is better-built, has a more neutral sound profile, and supports multi-device pairing. However, the OontZ is a stereo speaker and it can get louder with fewer compression artifacts. It also has a significantly longer-lasting battery life and supports your smartphone's Google Assistant or Siri voice assistant. It also has bass and treble sliders.

OontZ Angle 3

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 OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA and the JBL GO 3 have different strengths and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The OontZ can play stereo content, and it can get louder. It also has a longer-lasting battery life and it supports voice assistants. Its companion app allows you to customize its sound to your liking via the bass and treble sliders too. However, the JBL has a more neutral sound profile, feels better-built, and it has lower latency on iOS and Android, although some apps and devices compensate for this differently.

Limitless Innovations TikiTunes

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is a better speaker than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. The OontZ has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, and thanks to its bass and treble adjustments, it has more sound customization features. It can play stereo content without downmixing it, it gets louder, and it has longer battery life. You can also use it with voice assistants from your paired smartphone. However, the TikiTunes has better directivity, so sound is clearer from all angles.

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