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7 people found this helpful
on 5 September 2014
Hm... As I write this I'm debating whether to send the item back, taking them up on their 30 day satisfaction guarantee.
Firstly, the positives: The sound is alright for what it is via Bluetooth. Easy to connect. Handy having a built-in microphone. Finally, the FM radio sounds pretty good: clear, picks up and tunes into stations easily.
The negatives: The instructions are appalling. I was beginning to think there was NO FM radio at all, as the instructions don't actually tell you how to get to it. Anyway, for anyone who wants to know, you press and hold the play-pause/stop button to access the line-in audio mode, then press and hold the same button again until it emits a deep beep tone. To tune it, you use the left and right skip buttons.
As other reviews have mentioned, the 'ENTER TO BLUETOOTH, WAITING FOR PAIRING' booming out at you at full volume is deeply annoying and, for me, might be the deal-breaker. Another problem is that the red light stays on when you charge it, giving no indication of when it's fully charged. The final big disappointment is the quality of audio via line-in mode. If you want to watch movies, you have to use line-in as Bluetooth has an obvious lag, making speech out of sync with lip movement. But as soon as you switch mode, there's a constant high-pitched whine. Not good. Quite distracting when watching movies. Also, you can only use the mini-usb to connect to audio, you can't use a 3.5 male to male audio lead via the earphone socket. Which means you have to use the lead required which is a mini USB, splitting at the end into a USB to charge and a 3.5 jack to connect to your device. This lead is very short.
An alright speaker, but flawed. I wouldn't recommend it. Alas, I think I was seduced by how it looks.