Coda Wireless Speaker review – Unexpected aural glory

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Wireless speakers are among my favourite guilty pleasures.

I own three and they are incredibly useful. Having a braai and need something to play music at a respectable volume? No problem. No radio in the car and can’t be fussed with installing a sound system? Bam!

The three wireless speakers I own are rather robust so when I received this tiny Coda Wireless Speaker from iFrogz I was not expecting much to be honest.

After wrestling the speaker out of its packaging and reading the instructions to find out which of the three buttons on the Coda I had to press to switch it on (it’s the play button by the way) I the device greeted me verbally.

No really; the Coda says “Power On” when you switch it on in a manner that made think this is what HAL 9000 would have sounded like with a female voice.

A quick and simple pairing with my mobile via Bluetooth and I started listening to music.

Don’t be fooled by its one tiny speaker, the Coda is loud.

What I discovered is that despite its small form factor, this little thing kicks like an angry cat that does not want its belly scratched.

There is enough low end to warm the overall tone enough to make you believe you’re listening to music through a hi-fi system and the high-end doesn’t sound like it’s being played through a tin can.

In fact the Coda is about as loud as the Logitech UE Roll 2 wireless speaker for a third of the price and at half the size.

In fact I’ve been using the Coda in my car as a hands-free kit/media player but you could use it to listen to music at a respectable volume while camping, having a picnic.

The key is that this little speaker is mobile. The adhesive tape on the bottom of the speaker makes it easy to place on something like a car dashboard and you can reuse it.

The one gripe I have about this speaker is that the control buttons are inaccessible if you have the speaker attached to your dashboard or desk. Yes, you can use your smartphone to control your music but sometimes it would be easier to just hit pause on the speaker itself.

The battery inside will last you just under four hours and charging it back up to 100% will take you an average time of one and a half hours via the micro USB port.

Charging the Coda is done through a USB cable.

On base of the speaker you’ll find a play button (which doubles as the power button) as well as a button to skip a track or go back.

At R299 the Coda Wireless Speaker is cheap, and the sound quality is incredibly surprising for both its size and price.

If you’ve been looking for a great portable wireless speaker I couldn’t recommend this piece of kit more.


Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.