Fluance i30 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker System Arrives for Review


When I conducted my review on the Fluance XL7F floor standing loudspeakers, I was surprised to see a few people post to the blog and then email me privately about conducting a review on Fluance’s Fi30 Bluetooth wireless speaker system.   I contacted the folks at Fluance to see if they would be open to the idea and they happily obliged.

Well, my Fi30 demo unit has arrived and my first impressions of the wireless speaker are very positive and fall in line with the quality of the XL7F and the Fluance wide dispersion bipolar surrounds.  In other words, the quality exceeds what you would normally expect at this price point.

For only $149, the Fi30 is a steal.  The system has dual 3-inch, full range drivers comprise of a woven glass fiber composite with butyl rubber surrounds.  Power handling is modest at only 6wpc continuous with a frequency response of 65Hz – 20kHz.  As I’ve repeated in several reviews, I’m not alarmed when I don’t see speakers going down into the nether depths.  I’d rather the design stay true to the performance characteristics and capability of the drivers as opposed to trying to do everything and ultimately making a muddy mess of the music.  I felt that Fluance did a wonderful job in this arena with the XL7Fs and is continuing that trend here.

A cross sectional view of the Fluance Fi30’s MDF cabinet structure

The cabinet is a dual ported design and made of MDF.  That’s not something you’d normally find at this price point.  It’s not cheap plastic.  Bluetooth connectivity is 21. +EDR (enhanced data rate) with the aptX codec, which promises to deliver CD-quality sound over Bluetooth.

If you don’t have Bluetooth connectivity on your phone or if you want to connect the Fluance Fi30 to your television (to use as a soundbar) or connect other devices to it, you have the option of a 3.5mm auxiliary input and you also get a USB input that will deliver 2.1A of power to charge your mobile device.

What’s very unusual—and I mean this as a complement—is that Fluance unabashedly publishes the
frequency response of the Fi30 right on its site (also copied below for your convenience).

Other than a power switch located on the rear of the unit and a reset pairing button, there are no physical controls on the Fi30.  At 8.3lbs, the unit is light enough to carry from room to room and it’s curved design not only fits nicely into just about any decor, but it makes it very easy to hold in your hands too.
Speaking of decor, the Fi30 comes in three different finishes—piano black, glacier white, and bamboo.  The color options should make it extremely easy to fit the Fi30 into just about any home environment.
Stay tuned for our full review of the Fi30.  If our experience with Fluance’s Bluetooth portable offering is anything like their floor standing speakers, then any consumer looking for a value-oriented Bluetooth wireless speaker may have just found their no-brainer go to solution.