Fluance Ai61 review: Versatile, affordable, high-performing Bluetooth speakers – Jon L. Jacobi

Fluance makes good audio gear affordable. The Ai61 Bluetooth bookshelf speakers reviewed here cost $300, yet were competitive with my $400 Yamaha HS5 (5-inch) studio monitors while offering more versatile connectivity.

Design and specs

The Ai61 cabinets are somewhat larger than the typical bookshelf speaker, measuring 13.1 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches (HxWxD). That’s due to the hefty-for-its-class 6.5-inch woven composite woofers inside the cabinets. I had to tweak the Ai61’s EQ a bit (increasing bass) for taste, but said woofers had no trouble keeping up when I did. Note that there’s actually a recommended break-in period of 10 to 12 hours for the woofer’s butyl rubber outer ring—so don’t crank them right out of the box. Exactly what would happen, I can’t tell you, but there it is.

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