The Beats Pill+ is a small wireless speaker, and if you’re expecting that it would be the same as the Pill and Pill 2.0, then think again. This time around, it is slightly larger (but still compact) as it uses bigger bass drivers. This is the first compact speaker by the well-known company that sounds bigger than it is. This is an impressive, and long-overdue upgrade.
The Beats Pill+ is a Long-Overdue Upgrade Many Are Waiting For
The Beats Pill+ is one of the most expensive choices that you can get for a compact wireless speaker. But does its performance justify its price tag? To put it bluntly short, not so much.
But before we dwell into its audio quality, let’s talk about its design. For its looks, it has a design that is similar to that of the Ministry of Sound Audio S Plus I. The Pill+ looks and feels great. It has a minimal design and is smart looking. But once you get to grab it, you will know about its heft. It weighs 750-grams and has a rubberized coating to make the device feel like it is made out of something other than bare plastic.
Since this is a Beats product, then you will immediately know that it’s not going to be cheap. Ultimately, the build quality is one to justify its overall price tag. But what about the audio quality?
Well, for starters, it is better than its predecessors. The Pill and Pill 2.0 has an array of tiny drivers. For the new model, it now adds a pair of larger bass drivers in the middle. This is to avoid the audio to become the tinny mess that was the sound coming out of the previous Pill models. For the most part, it does work.
The sound is able to disperse quite a bit. This is due to the “tweeter” drivers that are found on the further reaches of its front side. Audio is not too directional, and can scatter evenly across small to medium-sized rooms.
As for its tone, the company aims to make the speakers as loud as possible. This is not about the bass we’re talking about here, but it’s volume. The speaker actually sounds less “bassy” as compared to the SoundLink Mini. However, it has a very aggressive mid-range that will actually split the vocals out at listeners more than just about any other compact wireless speakers in its class.
The problem here is that there is a relatively narrow “sweet spot” for the volume on the Beats Pill+. Turn it down a smidgen and it will lose much of the weight of the bass. Turn it higher, on the other hand, and there’s that really aggressive mids. Therefore, although this new Pill model is better than its previous variants, it is still not quite good enough to justify that hefty price tag.