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This review is from: AVES Aqua Portable Bluetooth Speaker w/ Noise-reduction Mic Handsfree Phone Kit in Black (Electronics)
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-Wireless music streaming
- Compatible Bluetooth 3.0+EDR with
A2DP/HSP/HFP/AVRCP Bluetooth devices
- Rechargeable lithium battery
- Noise reduction Mic
- Clean-sounding speakerphone
- Speaker output power 3W RMS
- Audio socket
- Operation range up to 33 ft (10m)
- Bluetooth lamp indicators
- Touch key panel
This is a decent portable Bluetooth speaker that offers a great degree of portability combined with reasonable (but not exceptional) sound quality. The speaker fits into the palm of my hand and comes with a soft protective pouch to store it in, making it easy to transport safely. Upon setting up I did initially experience some difficulty in pairing the device with my smart phone, despite following the clear and concise instructions to the tee, but now it has paired successfully the Bluetooth functionality works flawlessly with absolutely no lag whatsoever when streaming music.
As mentioned, the sound is reasonable thanks to a very capable speaker output of 3W RMS, which I have tried at full volume and it can belt out music at a decent volume ably filling a standard sized living room with minimal distortion. The sound isn't exceptional as the dynamic range is somewhat limited due to the small nature of the speaker; bass and trebles are sufficient without being extraordinary. This is also a mono unit which is slightly disappointing.
The most notable feature is of course the Bluetooth functionality which I am very impressed with, offering fully wireless music streaming as the speaker itself runs of a rechargeable lithium battery. The battery cannot be accessed as it is securely housed within the unit but despite the drawbacks of this (you cannot change the battery) I personally prefer this, as the lithium battery holds its charge well and AA batteries usually leave me wanting - I imagine Bluetooth streaming would be quite intensive on battery depletion. It is also worth noting that the device has excellent range - I have tried the speaker in a different room from the device from which the music is streaming and even on different floor in the house, always without a hitch.
The unit also has a 3.5mm connection meaning it is possible to connect a device that doesn't have Bluetooth using a double-ended 3.5mm jack. I have tried this input method with my Sony MP3 and it works as one would expect. The unit also has a micro USB slot, which is primarily used for connecting the charger (included).
Overall, an impressive portable speaker, despite a few minor shortcomings, that can also be used as a speaker phone for voice calls (on-board mic included - the speaker phone is simple to operate and sounds clear).