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Great looking speaker but that's where it ends I'm afraid
on 28 December 2013
Firstly I would like to say the presentation of the ignite is bang on, starting from the packaging it is clearly a premium product. Furthermore once taking the speaker itself it has a reassuring heft to it adding to its quality feel- I must also say it is a very attractive product. Unfortunately as much as I liked the Ignite aesthetically as well as the work they put into its branding and overall presentation I found it was severely let down by its sound quality, which is a shame as I really wanted to like the ignite. However, due to this reason alone (being that it is a speaker) I could not recommend it especially when considering Its 89.99 price tag
The speaker lacks low end despite its passive radiator - the speaker desperately try's to hold on to its already small amount of bass at higher volumes essentially destroying the mid range leaving a nasty tinny noise. This also leads to a fair amount of distortion at mid to high volumes, while the speaker does reach relatively high volumes the distortion makes for an unpleasant listening experience.
Another issue I found with my unit was a constant mild buzzing when attached to a Bluetooth device I have had this on 3 devices I connected to it, a iPhone 5 and iPad 3rd gen and a windows PC and they all exhibited the same problem. The noise I would describe as akin to the noise a hard drive makes.
I fully appreciate all of the above could be a fault with my particular unit.
With this all considered I regretfully have to rate the ignite 2 out of 5. I think focusing less on trying to get bass and more on a more uniform sound would improve the product considerably- no one actually expects a tiny bluetooth speaker to produce much bass in the same sense they don't expect a phone or tablet to.