EPOS | Sennheiser SP 30 Review

Sennheiser SP 30 remains one of the more reliable compact speakerphones out there.

The SP 30 initially came out around March 2019. To be fair, it deserves its ancestors’ (SP10 and SP 20) popularity as one of the finest compact speakerphones. It is the obvious premium choice for people, who are familiar with the Sennheiser’s reputation for acoustic perfection and for whom having clear calls is of paramount importance.

It has all the necessary capabilities and specifications to be the right choice for small conference meetings, personal offices, or home conversations.

Sennheiser (now releasing its compact speakerphones under the name EPOS) managed to put an excellent speakerphone with the SP 30. Indeed, the overall audio of this device is superb.

At a Glance

The SP 30 is an excellent premium-ranked speakerphone for small to medium-sized conference rooms. It behaves as a rock-solid speakerphone both in the conference room and in the home office. The SP 30 has been tested in both of these scenarios and ultimately, it did well in both.

As far as conference capacity goes, the device can accommodate a meeting of 8 participants (physically surrounding the microphone).

The speakerphone is wireless and can be paired with another device via Bluetooth. It can also be connected using a USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A adaptor.

There are two more variations of the SP 30 which we will discuss altogether in this article. The three models are actually named SP 30, SP 30+, and SP30T. For the rest of the article, we will refer to all three models as SP 30.

The three variations SP 30, SP 30+ and SP 30T do not really differ in any specifications, other than the compatibility and connectivity capabilities. So all of them look the same and deliver the same excellent audio quality.

Take a look at the Connectivity and Compatibility section for further details about the differences between the three models.

Note that the three models SP30 are optimized to be connected with a PC or a Mac. For tablets or smartphones, SP30’s performance is device-dependent.

Design

The SP 30 is a pocket-sized device that is lightweight and takes little space on the desk. It comes with a carrying pouch, of course having the iconic Sennheiser logo across or the new EPOS logo (can be found on the market in both variations).

The SP 30 has a disk shape like many other compact speakerphones. At the same time, it retains the distinct Sennheiser design elements. Overall, it is a beautifully-looking device.

The SP 30 can hardly seem intimidating, even to new users. Learning to use it is a rather straightforward procedure. With its total of 7 buttons and supporting LED indicator lights, this speakerphone is a breeze to use.

Moreover, the buttons work with the lights in order to facilitate the user experience. For example, the Mute icon at the center of the speaker lights up in red whenever this button is pressed.

This way, users will always know when the call is muted and will not worry about any unpleasant surprises.

When in standby mode, the LED dots display how much battery there’s left. During a call, the same displays the call’s volume level.

It is not hard to tell that the materials used for the Sennheiser SP 30 are relatively good. The device is built solidly and it certainly doesn’t feel cheap.

On the other hand, the SP 30 has a retractable cable, just like its older brothers SP20 and SP10. This is always a welcomed feature to have as it significantly reduces the cable clutter on the desk.

The Sennheiser SP 30 has rubber bottom feet to prevent it from slipping and for stabilizing it. However, keep in mind that the speakerphone is not wall-mountable.

Audio Performance

It certainly does turn the tables in the audio department. Because when it comes to two-way audio, the SP 30 is every bit as good as devices such as Jabra’s Speak 710.

When tested, the speakerphone managed to deliver what is a ‘live’ conversation quality. And as a bonus, it even exceeded expectations for playing music.

But since the SP 30 is mainly intended for calls, the on-call quality will be discussed first. So, how is this ‘live’ conversation quality achieved?

First and foremost, the Sennheiser HD audio system must be mentioned. This is a sophisticated acoustic system that is optimized for detecting and extracting the human voice in its entire richness.

It is complemented by the echo cancellation feature. In effect, it eliminates any repeating sounds that obstruct the flow of the conversation.

Furthermore, the SP 30 has two built-in omnidirectional microphones. Omnidirectional means that it is able to pick up voices from any direction.

It must be said Sennheiser has executed the omnidirectional microphones way better on the SP 30 in comparison with say – Jabra on their Speak 710.

As mentioned, the SP30 is also enhanced for music. The music sounds really crisp and clear on it. Most speakerphones targeted at business people are generally not very good for playing music.

But after all, Sennheiser has been a go-to brand for generations of audiophiles. It doesn’t come as a surprise that they have covered the ‘music’ aspect.

Connectivity & Compatibility

As already mentioned the SP 30 models are optimized to pair with a PC or a Mac. Connecting with a tablet or a smartphone is device-dependent. All three are UC optimized, too.

Regarding connectivity, the three SP 30s can connect to another device via its USB-C cable or using Bluetooth.

So far, enough for the things in common. Now, what are the differences?

The SP 30+ and the SP 30T models additionally include a USB dongle to pair with one more device via Bluetooth. So the SP 30 can pair with up to 2 devices via Bluetooth and the USB cable. While SP 30+ and the SP 30T can pair with up to 3 devices using its additional USB dongle.

The SP 30 and the SP30+ are Skype for Business certified and are suitable for UC platforms. If you need a Teams certified device, then your choice is the SP 30T model.

Battery

According to Sennheiser themselves, the SP 30 should be able to endure a talk time of up to 18 hours. Comparing it with other similar products, for example, Jabra Speak 710, this is a spectacular achievement. Most other compact speakerphones endure between 10 and 15 hours.

Fairly speaking, this particular claim was not properly tested in practice. But a company as reputed as Sennheiser would not afford to make empty claims about its products.

Something that, however, did not go untested was the charging time. It takes almost 3 and a half hours to fully charge the SP 30. This is a good result, too. It scores fairly well within the category, as the average time is actually around 3 hours.

Overall, 18 hours of talk time to 3 hours of charging time should be a well-sounding ratio for even the heavier users. Especially having in mind that the speakerphone can be charged with the USB at the same time it is being used.

Warranty

When bought brand new, the SP 30 comes with a 2-year warranty (this applies only to authorized resellers).