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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent BT speaker, with limited TV capabilities, 4 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Goodmans GDSB04BT50 50W 2.1 Speaker Bar Theatre System (Electronics)
I took a gamble and bought this without reading any reviews. As I couldn't find any, so thought I'd do a good deed and write one.

Another reason I bought this was it fit exactly into the space in my bedroom that I wanted to mount it in. Otherwise, I would have chosen a better option and paid the extra.

As a Bluetooth speaker this performs pretty well. It sounds great for the money. The only obvious downsides, and these apply whatever mode the unit is in, is the volume change increment is not very refined. For example, from no volume at all, one press of Vol+ provides a nice volume for the 5 x 3 metre bedroom I use this in. Another press is loud but still ok, and another press I think my neighbours (who share the wall this is mounted on) might be disturbed. But setting it to a level where I can watch TV but my wife wants to sleep, isn't really achievable.
And, in it's lowest setting, my unit seems to auto-power down, a power saving feature, every 5 minutes.

One criticism of the BT capabilities, is it doesn't appear to have memory of any more devices than the last one that was attached. Fine if you intend to use this with the same BT device all or most of the time, but inconvenient if not. BT pairing, thankfully, isn't the long drawn out process that it used to be, but most devices like this do usually remember 8 or so previously paired devices.
Another feature you might expect to find that is also not on this unit, is the ability to pause/play, skip between tracks etc, in BT mode. No provision exists for this in this product. Not really a criticism, just something to be aware of.
A few tests I did seem to indicate that this unit is probably unsuitable for such things as watching video on a device, while the audio track is played through the speaker via Bluetooth, as the audio track seems to experience delay symptomatic of some of the earlier BT profiles. This, of course, doesn't affect wired connection, but again, something to be aware of depending upon how you intend to use a device like this.

As a TV speaker, this is an upgrade from built in TV speakers, but don't expect any virtual surround field processing, fancy DSP logic or even any type of version of something like Dolby Pro-logic. This is just stereo TV speakers. If you think of it in that way, then you'll avoid some disappointment. This isn't cinema surround, and doesn't ever claim to be, but many people viewing similar products on the market might just assume it is.

And the "Theatre" description in the title here, correct at time of writing, seems to imply this too. When reviewing my review, they might look into this and consider revising it to avoid disappointment.

All physical inputs are analogue. But that's to be expected as there's no 5.1 type processing. And both R/L RCA phono lead and 3.5 jack lead are included. Not of any quality, but they'll get you running and let you decide if you want to upgrade these.

Build quality seems fine. The brackets and fixings for the wall couldn't really be any better and the small remote has everything you need on it. Including bass/treble and pre-sets for music, voice and movie.

Overall not bad if you don't expect too much. But I can feel an upgrade coming already. And this will likely become speakers for my PC instead. The speakers are the best part of the whole thing, which are adequate and perform well for the price.
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