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Sony SRSX33 Powerful Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Blue)
Sony SRSX33 Powerful Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Blue)
Offered by Video & Audio Center
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6 used & new from $108.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of dynamic compression and distortion already at half volume, June 17, 2015
The X33 seems to have improved a lot compared to the X3. It is slightly smaller, volume control ist mirrored between iOS device and speaker now, which is really welcome as the old version changed the frequency spectrum a lot depending if the input level was low and speaker level high or vice versa.
The sound is more balanced now and still very full-bodied with nice treble extension. If listened at low levels it sounds quite comparable to the Bose Soundlink Mini just more refined with much better treble response and less boomy bass, although even deeper reaching than the Bose. The "sound" button increases stereo separation a lot, without adding and unwanted artefacts or changing frequencies as was the case with the X3. It is incredible how broad the X33 starts sounding with "sound" enabled. It is comparable to what Denon is doing with the Envaya Mini, but Sony pushes it more and broadens the sound to an incredible width. Most other portable speakers become mono-sounding boxes when directly compared to the Sony. You can leave "sound" on all the time, as it really improves the depth of sound a lot making the Sony sound more open.

Unfortunately the magic fades as soon as you increase volume to half, because dynamics gets lost quite a bit as compression is starting to kicking in, bass drums, drums and high dynamic peaks are ironed out and the bass is starting to become rather an artefact than real bass, the bigger problem is that some nasty distortion is becoming noticeable with many tracks as well. Forget any House or Hip-hop genre, as those will sound horrible. At maximum volume the X33 tries to retain more bass than the X3, but it fails as all dynamics has been lost and the songs sound chopped and forced. A JBL Charge 2 put beside makes the X33 sound funny, as the JBL still has all the punch and bass, while the X3 sounds rather like a special effect.

Battery life has not improved at all, at maximum volume the X33 will reduce volume to half after around 1:30 hours and then continue to play at half volume for about 2 hours. This was similar on the X3, so both are not really meant for being taken outside and cranked to the maximum.

If you keep the volume below half you will definitely enjoy the Sony as it is one of the best sounding units at this size. Just beware of turning volume higher.

Denon DSB100 Envaya Mini DSB100 Radio (Black)
Denon DSB100 Envaya Mini DSB100 Radio (Black)
Price: $149.00
2 used & new from $149.00

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a tip to improve battery life, April 28, 2015
For a full review of this speaker, please have a look at my blog, or just google oluvsgadgets. Here I only want to shed some light into the battery as there is a lot of myth about too short battery life of this speaker. Many claim to get only 5 hours at low levels, which simply is not true, they are definitely doing something wrong.

The Envaya Mini has 100 volume steps, at volume step 50/100 (with the iPhone maxed out) mine plays for more than 8:30h per charge. I get more than 9 hours at levels below, which is not very loud, but still adequate for background listening, so 10 hours are possible, just not at full volume but rather below half.
Many seem to keep the volume set on the speaker at maximum to have the whole volume range accessible from their streaming devices. If you do like that, you will cut the battery life by more than 40%. I did a test and let the Envaya Mini play at maximum but with the volume reduced on the iPhone to such a degree to get exactly the same loudness as if I was playing the speaker at 50/100. Played like this I only got 5:11h.

See? Just do it the right way and control volume from the speaker instead and you should improve your battery a lot.
Of course the louder you play, the faster the battery will die. At maximum volume you won't reach more than 2:30, which is still not bad, if you think that the Sony SRS-X3 will reduce its volume to half on its own before even reaching 2:30.
The Denon Envaya Mini is definitely not the "battery-king", like the Fugoo or the JBL Charge 2, but I owned much worse speakers as well, and I doubt the FoxL would play for longer if set to similar levels as the Envaya Mini. Full distortionfree volume on the FoxL is more like 60% of the Denon, just keep that in mind!

I hope this helps, let me know if you had success in the comments.
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UE MEGABOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Charcoal Black (984-000436)
UE MEGABOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Charcoal Black (984-000436)
Price: $299.99
5 used & new from $270.00

15 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rugged but lacking in overall sound quality, April 13, 2015
Neither is the Megaboom really loud, nor does it sound really good. The term "mega" is really pushing it a bit far I guess, as the performance of this speaker is below average if just sound quality alone is considered especially looking at the asked price. The sound is extremely colored with lots of honky upper bass, but no depth, and treble is non existent, especially if not one of the both drivers is not facing you directly, this makes the 360° claim a bit absurd, as most of the time you will have to get along with a rather dull sound.

But there was always lots of hype around UE products, and the Megaboom seems to continue with this fashion.
Where the Megaboom really shines is ruggedness and maybe features, you can pair 2 for wireless stereo, you have can turn it off/on remotely through the app and other nice stuff, but I wouldn't choose it for listening to music.

If you want it really loud, check out the Riva Turbo X, which outclasses the Megaboom with a much more serious sound, better bass response and a more Hifi-like tuning while being louder at the same time. If you want a more refined sound at lower levels with much better stereo imaging that you can put inside your pocket, check out the Denon Envaya Mini, which makes the Megaboom sound really funny although it won't play near as loud as the Megaboom, this is rather a speaker to scream out loud without finesse. If you want to go diving with your speaker, or play american football with it, the Megaboom should do the trick, but anyone serious about music and quality of sound will make a big circle around the Megaboom and spend the 300 bucks somewhere else.
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Beolit 15 - Natural Champagne
Beolit 15 - Natural Champagne
Price: $599.00
5 used & new from $509.15

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but extremely good sounding (better than the old Beolit 12), March 4, 2015
I had some time in a cosy small B&O store to listen to the Beolit 15 extensively. I compared it to the old Beolit 12 and also to the Beoplay A2, which suddenly started sounding like a kitchen radio when played against the Beolit 15. I also did some binaural recordings and will post a video of my listening session soon.
The Beolit 15 looks just like the old one. Gone is the buggy Airplay-connection as the Beolit 15 comes with Bluetooth now, also Apt-X is supported for best quality. Soundwise the Beolit 15 is a big improvement over the old one. The bass has more punch, especially mid-bass is more aggressive now (probably thanks to the both passive radiators at the sides), but most important: sound is nearly non-directional. Especially treble response suffered quite a lot on the old one when not listened exactly from front. The new one has 2 tweeters at the front edges and one at the backside, this doesn't give you quite true 360° sound but pretty close, it sounds pretty good even completely from behind and manages to fill a large area with sound much better. Treble is not as harsh as on the A2, but clearer than on the Beolit 12. The Beolit 12 is quite a bit louder though, I would say sound 50%, but it doesn't sound that good at close to maximum, while the Beolit 15 sounds still the same at its top volume with hardly any bass-loss and no distortion at all. It is quite a bit louder than an Infinity One or a Bose Soundlink III for example but the Beolit 15 sounds much more powerful than those as it manages to keep all the bass at high levels as well.
I thought the mids to be slightly recessed, but overall sound was pretty good nevertheless, one of the best I have heard for a portable speaker. T
A Klipsch KMC-3 is definitely more powerful and louder, but it doesn't sound that good at normal listening levels, it misses the refinement of the Beolit 15, also keep in mind that the KMC-3 is larger and it needs extra batteries for portable use.
Of course I couldn't test battery life, but I doubt you will reach the claimed 24 hours under normal cirumstances. If you don't mind the larger size, but need something really good sounding for your home or garden, the Beolit 15 should do the trick. You hardly have to make any compromises on sound, it really sounds mature and full-bodied, just like a full-grown system. I already thought the A2 sounded good, but the Beolit gives the music this extra depth!
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Roland CS-10EM In-Ear Monitors
Roland CS-10EM In-Ear Monitors
Offered by JP-TRADE WS.INC
Price: $88.00
111 used & new from $81.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for ambience etc, not so good for music, February 18, 2015
The CS-10EM are great binaural microphones for beginners and casual nature recordings etc. The recording quality is good, although they are a bit hissy if you really want to record very low level sounds. There are quiter microphones available, but for street-noise etc, the CS-10EM should do the trick. They need plug-in power to work, so keep in mind to use a recorder which has the ability to provide plug-in power. I am using the CS-10EM with a Zoom H1 and they work well, only very loud noises may result in distortion and overdrive. It won't do to just lower the recording gain, as the SPL is probably too loud for the plug-in power to provide enough electricity. Without any additional battery power supply you probably won't be able to record loud rock-concerts etc.

The included earbuds are perfect for live-monitoring, you really hear what you will record which is great, as you can already hear any clipping, distortion or other unwanted effects during or before recording when you setup your recorder. But beware that the earbuds are very sensitive to feedback, keep the monitoring level low to get more or less the same loudness as you would hear in reality.
The microphones are quite sensitive to wind-noise, but much less than the internal microphones of the Zoom H1 for example. But there are foams included to be clipped on which work pretty good and manage to block some lighter wind, although they won't work with really stronger winds.

The frequency response of the mics is a bit uneven, there is some treble-boost while mids are slightly recessed, which makes them appear clear, but also sizzling quite a bit. High frequencies tend to sound a bit unnatural. For recording true-to-live music performances you might better look for some other (and probably much more expensive) solutions.
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Jabra SOLEMATE MAX Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speakers - Retail Packaging - Grey
Jabra SOLEMATE MAX Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speakers - Retail Packaging - Grey
Price: $292.22

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too heavy, too large, too little on sound, February 4, 2015
With the size and weight of the Solemate Max you would really expect some real punch... well there isn't. It sounds so flat as the large speaker-top which you could misuse as some dinner plate.
If you don't intend to crank the speaker to the maximum all the time, you are better off with some cheaper and smaller alternatives. In reality the sound is not bad, it is indeed tuned pretty neutral, but it is missing any serious bass and the sound is without salt and pepper! The JBL Charge 2, or even the much smaller Denon Envaya Mini wipes the floor with the Solemate Max soundwise, being hardly much bigger than the powerbrick of the Solemate.
I prepared a binaural sound comparison of the Solemate Max (to be heard with headphones) with some speakers I had at home, and the Solemate sounded worse than of all of them, despite being biggest and also more expensive than most. I linked to the video in the comments, if you are interested.

The Solemate Max can definitely play loud, but it is still not as loud as the Beats Pill XL, and the Solemate Max distorts heavily at the last 2-3 volume steps. If you turn it down to have have a clean and completely distortionfree sound, it will hardly be much louder than a Soundlink III or an Infinity One, which sounds much better overall, especially now as the price went down again to 249 making the Infinity cheaper than the Solemate.

I expected much more to tell the truth and I really wonder if anyone actually bought this for the originally asked 399, definitely not worth it. I wouldn't complain if it was 140, but 260 is still two times too expensive.
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Denon DSB100WT Envaya Mini DSB100 Radio (White)
Denon DSB100WT Envaya Mini DSB100 Radio (White)

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The portable mini-speaker for serious music enthusiast, January 29, 2015
I think the Envaya Mini is finally the speaker for all those who were always complaining about too much boomy bass with the Bose Soundlink Mini or too little with the UE Boom or all the other smaller portable speakers. The good thing is that the Envaya Mini doesn't try to pimp the sound in any way, you really get what was recorded, no artificial bass boost or treble, the frequency response is really pretty flat down to 80Hz, which is impressive for a speaker that small. It sounds so natural it really makes fun listening to it. It also manages some real stereo separation thanks to the clever DSP processing which also extends both low and high frequency response (the algorithms are probably from MaxxAudio) usually not that easily achievable from a speaker that small.

But caution: this is not a speaker for those who intend to make noise, it is not a screaming noise maker, other speakers like the UE Boom or JBL Flip manage to play quite a bit louder. The Denon nearly reaches the same loudness as the Bose Soundlink Mini, but remains much more unhurried thanks to no obvious dynamnic compression and missing any distortion, but there is of course some bass-loss at higher levels, nevertheless it sounds still restrained. It sounds full-bodied at low levels and still convincing at high levels.

I added some photos just for size reference with the closest contenders like the Soundlink Mini and the JBL Charge with the difference that the Denon is slimmer but longer (which of course all adds to an improved stereo imaging). In contrast to those the Denon is water resistant and supports both AptX for high quality bluetooth streaming as well as NFC for quick pairing (both of no avail for Apple users though). You can control track-changes with the play-button with double or triple press, and speakerphone is included as well, besides the Denon connect to 2 streaming devices simultaneously.
The only weak point i would like to mention is the battery life which could be a bit of a letdown for some. At lower levels you might come close to the rated 10 hours, but at high levels you will have to be satisfied with 5-6 hours only, which is still not a bad thing though. At max. volume it played around 2-3 hours without reducing volume on its own (like the Sony SRS-X3 etc) just turning off when the battery became empty. Charging is accomplished with a standard micro-USB connection, a dedicated charger is not included though, instead you get a nice carrying bag which is also acoustically transparent and can be used with the speaker playing inside.
If you want to know more details I have prepared a very detailed review on my blog "oluvsgadgets" with lots of comparison videos and binaural audio recordings as well as frequency response measurements, just google it as amazon doesn't allow linking to external sites.

The Denon Envaya Mini deserves all possible stars unlike many other larger or more expensive speakers that don't even come close in overall performance but are still raved over by so many. The next speakers that really outperform the Denon Envaya Mini are those being much larger and costing twice as much like the Infinity One, Soundlink III etc.
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NudeAudio Super-M Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; Black; IPX-5 Waterproof and Sand Proof Rating; High Quality Hand Free Phone Audio; Apple MacBook, iPhone 5, 6 and Samsung Galaxy, Android Compatible; 100% Money Back Guarantee
NudeAudio Super-M Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; Black; IPX-5 Waterproof and Sand Proof Rating; High Quality Hand Free Phone Audio; Apple MacBook, iPhone 5, 6 and Samsung Galaxy, Android Compatible; 100% Money Back Guarantee
Offered by Brand Hut
Price: Click here to see our price
5 used & new from $90.00

9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Piece of garbage, December 1, 2014
After all the hype the disappointment was big, when I received the Super M. I expected at least some audio boost compared to all the cheaper offerings, but any speaker priced close to this has better sound than the Super M.
To speak of bass is really an exaggeration as there is nothing below 120Hz. A Mini Jambox sounds better than this, although not as loud. The Super M can play quite loud for its size, but still far away from the loudness of a JBL Flip 2 for example, which sounds just more powerful and refined. The Super M has muffled mids and reminds me of a cheap transistor radio.

The form factor would have been perfect, I really like the design and the size, but I can get better sound for less than half the price. A TDK A12 is smaller has maybe slightly weaker bass, but sounds clearer at the same time and can be paired to another one for true wireless stereo.

Besides build quality seems to be pretty poor. The rubber ring already started to peel off when I took the Super M out of the box, finally the whole ring became loose.

I wouldn't reccomend this to anyone, as neither sound nor build quality really justify the high price!

In the comments I linked to a video which demonstrates the audio quality of the Super M compared to the TDK A12 which costs less than half and to the Fugoo, which costs twice as much. I was expecting performance at least close to the Fugoo which is the minimum I am willing to accept for bass performance to make music still sound satisfying.
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Bowers & Wilkins T7 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Bowers & Wilkins T7 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Price: $349.99
4 used & new from $309.99

48 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not even worth half of the asked price, November 4, 2014
My expectations for the T7 were extremely high when it was announced. My hope was that the highly regarded audiophile brand B&W finally managed to build a perfect portable speaker. The specs were promising, so I directly ordered one from the B&W store to have a listen.
To spoil all the suspense I already contacted B&W for a return label, because the T7 is one of the most disappointing speakers I have heard during the last years.

It is not bad sounding per se, but you can meanwhile get better performance for less than half the price.
Maybe it took B&W so long to design this speaker with their questionable "Micro Matrix" which doesn't seem to be of any use, so that they forgot to look at what the competition has to offer in the meantime.
I have heard nearly all available portable speakers from many different companies, but the T7 seems to be just another one of those without improving on any of the aspects where portable speakers suffer from which rely solely on full-range drivers combined with passive radiators. I cannot discern any of the claimed "technological tricks [...] to make sure that T7 packs an amazing sonic punch" because in reality the T7 sounds just as average as all the other units costing a fraction of the asked price here.
For fun I compared the T7 to the Creative Soundblaster Roar, which is a nice speaker, but nothing to write home about. Both do not have a very deep bass-extension, and while the T7 might have had slightly deeper reaching bass, the Soundblaster sounded better in the end, especially when listened off-axis, where the T7 started to suffer from colored mids and muffled treble.
The T7 sounds pretty anemic and tinny compared to many other similar speakers I know and highly regard. The Bose Soundlink III might not be a speaker with the flattest frequency response, but it is so much more fun to listen to, while with the T7 I am getting the impression as if I was hearing a kitchen radio. The Infinity One sounds even better and after the recent price drop it is 100$ cheaper than the T7. Funnily also much smaller speakers like the Bose Soundlink Mini or the JBL Charge 2 manage to outperform the T7 in sound, the T7 just has an edge in overall loudness, but the last 1/3 of its volume is hardly usable at all as it dials the already recessed bass back nearly completely which results in an obtrusive harsh sound and dominating mids. There is no distortion and dynamic compression is hardly noticable, but I would be embarrassed to crank the T7 outdoors at some beach-party and let others hear how ugly it sounds at maximum volume.

The build quality is definitely nice, the design is a matter of personal taste, I just think it would have been better off without all this Micro Matrix nonsense, and it would be smaller as well. There is neither speakerphone nor charging of external devices, although the battery seems pretty solid. You will need the proprietary charger when travelling and there is no pouch or protecting bag included, thus making the T7 lass then optimal for portable use as the materials are either shiny or seem prone to scratches with exception of the rubber surrounding, which on the other hand becomes dirty pretty fast.

I wouldn't reccommend the T7 to anyone looking for an affordabel nice sounding portable speaker. You can get equivalent performance for much less, or even better sound from smaller speakers that are really portable. There is nothing "premium" nor "audiophile" about the T7. I wouldn't complain if B&W priced it reasonably, but as it is now this seems like a total rip-off!

PS. within the comments I added a very quick and dirty binaural audio recording of both the B&W T7 and the JBL Charge 2 I made the same day when I got the T7. As it was late and I didn't want to wake up my family I had to record this in my messy cellar, although room acoustics is pretty bad there. If listening with headphones you should be hearing more or less what I was hearing and how the speakers perform in real life. Without headphones binaural audio recordings won't work, so please use headphones.
When my time allows it I will try to prepare further binaural recordings comparing the T7 with the B&O A2 also wearing a live head-cam, but so far please enjoy this first test.
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BeoPlay A2 - Green
BeoPlay A2 - Green
Price: $399.00
9 used & new from $339.15

63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be the benchmark, but has some issues, November 2, 2014
This review is from: BeoPlay A2 - Green (Electronics)
The Beoplay A2 is definitely the answer to all the existing portable speakers on the market right now, and B&O didn't just copy existing concepts with average results (like B&W did with the T7), but created something completely new and unique.
Design is a matter of taste. I really like it. It is elegant and funky at the same time, easy to carry thanks to the leather-strap.
Unfotunately it doesn't stand very stable as the depth of the speaker is so narrow. Outside on a lawn or on a bumpy surface it won't stand at all. You can try putting it flat on the ground, but you will cover half of the drivers like that because the A2 is an omnidirectional speaker, which means you will get 360° sound if it is standing how it should. Half of the sound is emited to the back. It doesn't rely just on some full-range speakers and passive radiators, but it has also tweeters included and indeed treble performance is one of the best I have heard. Regardless from which angle you listen, if standing vertically or horizontally, even when standing directly on the floor it never sounds dull or muffled. The B&W T7 for example already suffers with sound coloration and treble roll off when you move your head slightly to the side.

One of the most impressive facts of the A2 is bass response. The speaker is about the size of the Soundlink III, but flatter, more rounded and lighter as well, but this thing plays down below 50Hz and most improtant it is not an artifically boosted bass like on most Bose speakers, but rather flat bass response, at least up to medium levels. Bass is never boomy or bloated, you can even put the A2 inside a corner which will result in a heavy bodied sound nearly resembling that of a grown up system. When standing completely free bass can sometimes remain a bit recessed, but regardless how the A2 is positioned, it never sounds neither anemic, nor does the bass ever distract from the rest of the music, even if you are listening from within a room mode.
Bass reduction starts at above half volume, but the speaker still manages a rather full-bodied sound at max. volume unlike some of the competiton like the B&W T7, which can play louder, but dials bass back nearly completely which results in a hurting unbalanced sound.

The Beoplay A2 is one of the few speakers which manages to create a bit of stereo separation. The front/back drivers are mounted at the opposite sides, so will not only get a left/right effect, but also front/back, the speaker fills the room much better than any other comparable speaker I have tried. It sounds more airy more open and reminds me a bit of the Fugoo, but the Beoplay A2 sounds much more serious, more like a fullsized system.

The sound is not flat, it has some coloration, I can hear that some lower treble frequencies are missing, but it nevertheless doesn't sound unpleasant or bad (unlike some competition like the B&W T7 for example, this is going to become a running gag I guess). The Beoplay is really a pleasure to listen to, I have thrown everything at it, from Jazz, Funk, to House, Electronica, it always sounded great, with some exceptions though. The Beoplay suffers from some distortion with particular dance tracks, particularly TR-909 or 808 electronic kick-drums type of sounds. With House you will hear distortion creeping in already below half volume. It begins from one volume step to the other and doesn't become worse at higher volume steps anymore. It is this one step, where everything seems to break apart, it doesn't slowly become worse what as expected. Problem is that those kick-drum sounds are not only limited to House and Dance music, many genres use those sounds now, Smoothjazz, Pop etc. As soon as you try listening to a song which is prone to these problems, the song will become unlistenable at slightly higher levels (it is exactly volume step 15 from 32). I prepared a demo recording which demonstrates this effect on a House-track, you can find the link in the comments. I am starting with a lower volumestep and I am increasing the volume from my Iphone, until you can hear that from a certain step the distortion suddenly jumps in.
I noticed this problem with many of my favorite tracks. I wouldn't complain if it was just hearable at highest levels, but you will already hear it at half volume which can ruin the listening pleasure. Also the type of dynamic compression applied to reach higher levels is not very musical on the Beoplay A2. If you like House etc, the A2 will sound strange compressing all peaks away resulting in a mushy dynamic response. Even a JBL Charge 2 will sound more punchy with more drive. The JBL Charge 2 has an overall lower maximum volume, but I was surprised to hear the differences being not as pronounced as I thought. The A2 is claimed to be a 60Watts speaker (I really wonder where or when the 180W max. can be heard). The JBL Charge has 14W according to its specs, but manages a more convincing performance in the end (let alone the Infinity One).

Another issue I have is battery life. No way I can get 24 hours out of it at usable loudness settings. After the first charge I only got some hours of playing time, while I was using the speaker outdoors at higher volumes, when the A2 suddently reduced its volume to half. The next day I got only 3 hours, so I decided to make a test and let the fully charged speaker play at maximum volume. It turned down volume to half after exactly 50 minutes, then it continued to play for another 50 minutes with half volume to finally turn off on its own, thus resulting in 1:40 playing time, while only 50 minutes were really loud (although "loud" is relative, as a TDK A33 will play even louder). 50 minutes is ridiculous, therefore I did another test the next day and let the speaker play at exactly the volume step below where distortion starts (this is 2 steps below half volume). It played for nearly 13 hours like that until the red LED flashed up, then it continued to play for another 2 hours, resulting in about 15 hours playing time.
15 hours are not bad, but it seems as if higher levels were draining the battery too much. If you are expecting to use the speaker at some outdoor event, beach-party or whatever where higher levels are needed, you should bring the current generator with you. I know that many similar speakers like the Infinity One for example can play for 8 hours or even more at maximum volume. As I intended to use the A2 at higher levels as well (I mean I already have a JBL Charge 2 which sounds pretty darn good too and is not that much softer than the A2), I am quite disappointed with the performance because I have to deal with both distortion and a too short battery life.
These are the reason why I decided to send back the A2 again and probably go for the Infintiy One instead. The Infinity One doesn't sound as refinded, the bass doesn't reach that deep and interestingly the back drivers do not produce any treble, otherwise the Infinity One could also be called "omnidirectional" more or less.
Both are definitely great speakers and the current top-models, I have yet to hear a better one (no, the B&W T7 doesn't even come close, except regarding price). I would probably choose the A2 for lower listening levels and for acoustic music, while I would choose the Infinity One for higher levels and dance music. Especially now with the additional 50$ discount for the Infinity One you could even get an extra JBL Charge 2 for the price of a Beoplay A2...
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