What if you could have all the good looks and great protection of a Speck CandyShell case for iPhone 5S and significantly improve the sound? That’s what the Speck CandyShell Amped for iPhone 5S promises — and delivers. Until you examine it a bit more closely, the case looks like any other CandyShell case. It, however, is hiding a secret.
I see more people using Speck CandyShell cases these days than ever before. They love the bright colors, the fun appearance, and the military-grade drop protection. This new CandyShell offering adds a new trick without taking away from the things people already love, so I expect it will be quite popular. The Speck CandyShell Amped for iPhone 5S is a bit thicker than the standard CandyShell, but unless you are specifically looking for it you won’t even notice the difference. Once you start to listen to a phone wrapped in this case, you will immediately understand what has changed.
So while the CandyShell Amped promises to protect your iPhone, it also looks to make the sound coming off the phone louder and clearer. Does it work? I think so, but you can decide for yourself.
Speck CandyShell Amped for iPhone 5S Video Look
Features of the Speck CandyShell Amped for iPhone 5S
Sound is over 2x louder + clearer
- Exclusive Horn Design amplifies and equalizes the sound of your iPhone 5/5s for fuller, richer sound
- Sound power tested to ISO 3745:2021 acoustic sound quality standard
- CandyShell military-grade protection
No extra battery power required
- Acoustic amplification produced by horn shape
- Sound is redirected from phone speaker to side speaker grill
- No hassling with syncing, cables, or external speakers
Meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810G standards
- Dual-layer design provides uncompromising protection without the bulk
- Horn design adds a minimal 0.28” depth to iPhone for a sleek and slim profile
Unlike companies like HTC, Apple hasn’t really put any effort into improving the sound put out by the iPhone. It still has a single crappy speaker and I would be shocked if the electronics processing the audio had changed all that much since the first iPhone was delivered. Like Beats, Apple seems to be happy offering up great looking and stylish devices that don’t sound particularly good. Both companies (soon to be one company if rumors are correct) assume — correctly — that people will be okay with mediocre audio. I’m not, and I often use a headphone DAC/amplifier to improve things. The Speck CandyShell Amped is a non-electronic attempt to improve things a bit; they actually succeed. The case’s design does increase both the volume and the quality of the sound. Is it a world of difference? No, but then you can only do so much. Is it enough of a difference for me to recommend this case? Absolutely.
What I Like: Great look of a CandyShell case; Great protection of a CandyShell case; Does indeed increase the volume without electronics
What Needs Improvement: Only amiable in four colors at the time of this review; Improves sound but not as much as I hoped; A bit thicker than a standard CandyShell case; No screen protector included
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Speck CandyShell Amped for iPhone 5S