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OPPO Sonica Wi-Fi Speaker Review

 

MSRP: $299

 

| February 24, 2017 |

| Richard De Jong, Editor |

 

OPPO Digital, a company that has earned a well-deserved reputation for their videophile quality Blu-ray players (and more recently, their first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player), has entered into the increasingly crowded wireless speaker market with its Sonica Wi-Fi Speaker.

 

OPPO already has plenty of street cred with their high-end, audiophile quality, planar magnetic headphones and their hi-res portable headphone amplifier and DAC. The new Sonica Wi-Fi speaker upholds that impressive legacy by delivering remarkable sonic performance in a stylish compact package.

OPPO Sonica Speaker connection iconsOf course, the designers have built in all of the connectivity capabilities (Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth, USB and dlna) that any smartphone wielding, tablet toting millennial could desire.

 

All you need to do is plug in the speaker to an electrical outlet, download the Sonica app and stream away.

 

You can sprinkle speakers throughout your abode and with the app, you can play the same song in all the speakers or a different tune in each.

 

A single Sonica speaker can comfortably fill a small-sized room (around 150 to 200 square feet). For more oomph in a bigger space, you could add a second unit. You can also configure the pair into Left and Right speakers for a stereo effect. Or if this mighty mite doesn’t offer enough clout, OPPO is promising an “early 2017” release of its larger sibling, the Sonica Grand.

 

Performance

 

I always look forward to reviewing audio components because of the opportunity granted to listen to a wide range of my favorite music. And the performance of the OPPO Sonica speaker does not disappoint.

 

I was definitely impressed with its audio quality and how well it renders all types of music from the sonorous “Crux Fidelis” Gregorian Chant to the angelic Aaron Neville to the nostalgic Nino Rota to the marvelous Maria Callas to tympanic Talking Heads.

 

At first, looking at its size, I’ll admit that I was a bit trepidatious about this single Sonica speaker’s ability to fill a room with sound, especially its ability to reproduce that deep bass which provides a solid foundation for the higher registers.

 

In an example that is rather far-flung from today’s Hip-Hop world, the “Nyen-Seng” track by the throat-singing Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery presents a real deep bass test for the Sonica speaker, which it passes with soul stirring spirit.

 

OPPO Sonica Speaker Bass Radiators

 

With the added support furnished by Sonica’s two complementary bass radiators, the substantial 3.5” bass woofer definitely can generate a full bodied sound without a hint of rattle.

 

For the high resolution audiophile, the Sonica speaker is capable of decoding audio files up to 24-bit / 192 kHz from formats such as FLAC, WAV, and Apple Lossless. For added versatility, you can integrate OPPO’s Sonica DAC into your Sonica speaker system.

 

Features

 

The OPPO designers have packed a bevy of features in the Sonica speaker’s compact (301mm {11.85”} [L] x 147mm {5.79”} [W] x 135mm {5.31”} [H]) but stout structure (2.4 kg [5.3 lb]) .

 

With the aforementioned 3.5” long displacement bass driver and the two 2.5” wideband drivers with Neodymium magnets, the speaker is set up in a traditional 2.1 speaker alignment.

OPPO Sonica Speaker Cut-away

Two 15W amplifiers are bridged to drive the bass woofer and two bass radiators for a combined total of 30W. A separate 10W amplifier is powering each of the 2.5" wideband drivers that comprise the stereo pair.

 

The speaker, which is curved for wider sound dispersion, is solidly constructed inside and out to minimize any sonic distortions.

 

The speaker grille is a meshed matte black fabric. OPPO offers two color options for the cabinet, either a matte sheen black or silver.

 

On the top are two indicator lights, a rocker Volume control and a Mute button.

 

OPPO Sonica Speaker

 

Conclusion

 

With the Sonica Wi-Fi High Fidelity speaker, OPPO Digital reaffirms its reputation of creating audiophile products. With a bevy of connectivity options, this compact curved beauty delivers full-bodied audio quality. And as a bonus, it can decode and playback high resolution audio files.

 

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