When it comes to sound quality and design I can be pretty picky, Like the review of the Goodmans Base, It’s a huge block of power and quality, it’s bigger than any sound bar, but it may look ugly, but it’s packs one hell of a punch. I have reviewed many headphones and SteelSeries has always one overall, not because I am a fan of the franchise, they just brim quality.
Sond Audio Bluetooth Speaker, 16Watts of power, Bluetooth and NFC Connection to touch controls, but this one has an added feature I have not seen yet, 3D Sound.
So for me does it has the BASS to compete with the Bluetooth Jam Storm Wireless Speaker? Does it have the sound quality? The cutting edge? The loudness to do your neighbour’s head in, or it this just a speaker for general mobile use and lacks the punch I love? Let’s find out.
The Box shines quality, showing off the speaker in all its glory on its front cover, with a few of its features, include is NFC, Bass Enhance, 18 hours li-ion battery, touch control and 16W Bluetooth Speaker. Moving to the top of the box you will be able to view what systems this speaker will work with, which includes Android, iPhone, Computer, iPod and Tablets. Moving to the back of the box you get to read all the main specifications which include the following:
- Bluetooth 4 compatible
- NFC tap button
- Touch control
- Portable and wireless
- 5mm audio in
- Auxiliary cable included
- LED status indicator
- Volume +/-/pause
- 3D effect
- Micro USB connector
- Charging indicator
- 30º angled speakers
- 16w output
- Long-lasting Lithium-Ion Polymer battery
- Approximately 18 hours operation on full charge
- Base tube
- Dimensions: Height 8.5cm, Width 19.5cm Depth 9.5cm
When opening the box, you are greeted with the speaker itself, well packaged away for safety, meaning Mr Delivery Man has no chance of breaking your new luxury. You also get a basic user manual and Micro- USB to USB charger cable, with no plug adapter, strange, since this would mean, you would need a to either buy an adapter or have a PC to charge the speaker up.
Ok, lets move on to the sound, 16Watts does not scream LOUD, and I was right, the sound quality is fantastic, the audio quality is great and come through very well, when using the 3D effect you can instantly hear the difference, but even on max it nothing compared to the Jam Storm. The Bass is effective but again, it’s not BASS in the place, it’s just OK!
The design and quality is above the Jam Storm, Well designed, pleasing to look the eye, looks expensive. The Toucher buttons would, well, very responsive, the power button is a bit of an arse to get used to though, took me some time to turn the damn speaker off. I love the black and red colour choices used for the speaker, just looks very pleasant, and if you remove the front speaker grill you can see the speaker, nice touch if you like that, for me, ill be keeping the grill on.
I tested the speaker with a number of devices, my HTC One mobile phone was the first, wanted to listen to some new music I had just downloaded, so this was the perfect opportunity to test out the NFC connection. Took only a few second to connect and off we go, listening to some old school dance tracks, no issues there, I guess. Next I tested it with my PC and gaming, perfect opportunity to text Bluetooth and 3D sound for Gaming, again the speaker did not let me down, my PC was able to find it with ease, and it was connected with in seconds. Loading up a game, now which one, how about the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a True immersive open world RPG, this would be perfect.
The sound came through nice and clear, I was even able to hear where a person what speaking from, as in left or right hand side of the main character I was playing, not that is impressive for such a small device, you don’t think?
So the speaker works as expected, connects up well, sounds good, looks good, is there anything that lets the speaker down, well the bass was not all that, did not impress me and made me not want to use my term (Bass in the place) the loudness was also something that I groaned at, even though it was not loud enough to upset the neighbours to any degree.
I gave the Jam Storm Max marks because it was a great speaker and had everything I wanted from a speaker, this speaker lacks in some areas, which to me gives it a lower score, 4.5/5. The sound quality is good, its look expensive, I like the design and the colour choice, downfalls are as follows, lack of Bass, Loudness, and plug adapter.
If you want a speaker that brims quality, not too loud, not too much bass, then this is something for you, for me, it’s something I will use when the missus is in the house, otherwise ill be using the Jam Storm.
Buy the speaker from ebuyer.com http://www.ebuyer.com/662917-sond-audio-portable-nfc-speaker-bte50b00ny
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