GOgroove BlueSYNC SRC Portable Bluetooth Speaker & Receiver w/ Rechargeable Battery, Hands-free Calling, and Playback Controls for Phones, Tablets, MP3 Players, & Laptops
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- Stream wireless music from the latest tablets, smartphones, laptops, iPad, iPhone and more
- Utilizes Bluetooth v2.1+EDR with A2DP and AVRCP for high-fidelity audio transmission and control
- Long lasting rechargeable battery for up to 6-8 hours of continuous audio feedback
- Compact and stylish design that travels easily for convenient, portable audio wherever you go
- On-board controls for pairing, volume, pause, play, next, previous, and answer or end a phone call
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GOgroove BlueSync SRC – The All-in-One Bluetooth Speaker & Receiver
Like to listen to your music wirelessly? The SRC can stream music from your tablet, phone, or iPod at up to 30ft away. Have an older non-Bluetooth media device? The SRC has an AUX-in port so you can play from virtually any MP3 device with a headphone jack. Want to take a conference call? The speaker also comes equipped with a microphone and the ability to stream calls, giving you a huge audio boost.
One of the SRC’s unique features is its ability to function as a Bluetooth receiver for larger, non-BT speaker systems. Use it to transform your home theater system into a wireless audio powerhouse! Worried you’ll miss a call while listening to music? The SRC is also designed to pause your music when paired with your phone, so you can easily take a call and resume your music when finished.
Easy to Use
Quick setup allows you to use it at the beach, while camping, during a meeting, and much more. With a convenient carry-bag and long-lasting battery, the SRC is built for an on-the-go lifestyle.
Smartphones Motorola Droid RAZR HD , MAXX HD , M , Atrix HD , Photon Q / Samsung Galaxy S4 , S3 , S2 , Note 2 & 1 , Nexus , ATIV S / Nokia Lumia 920 , 820 , 620 / HTC One , Droid DNA , 8X , One X , X+ / Apple iPhone 5 , 4S / LG Nexus 4 , Optimus G / Sony Xperia Z , ZL / BlackBerry Z10 , Q10
Tablets Google Nexus 7 & 10 / Nook HD / Acer Iconia / Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 , Note 8.0 , 10.1 , ATIV Smart PC / Microsoft Surface / Asus VivoTab RT , Transformer Pad / Apple iPad , iPad mini / Blackberry Playbook / Coby Kyros
MP3 Players Apple iPod touch , nano , classic , shuffle / Samsung Galaxy Player / SanDisk Sansa
Laptops Samsung Chromebook , ATIV / Apple Macbook Pro , Air / Dell Inspiron / Acer Aspire / Toshiba Satellite / HP / Asus
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It sounds great. Also easy to pair. Very attractive and the shape is easy to grasp and hold in the hand without dropping.
The LED indicator colors are as follows:
slow red = ON
rapid red = Pairing mode
blue = charging
Can be used while charging.
You won't be sorry with this product.
For me the killer feature is the fact that the rechargeable battery is removable and is a Lipoly Nokia phone battery that you can get for around $5 or so. While the opther units are nicer and might possibly be worth twice the price their useful life is shortened dramatically by nonremovable LiIon batteries. Under normal use you might get 2 years of use if you dont mess up the battery prematurely by full discharging or other bad battery habits. I havent had a full runtime yet on the Gogroove but even if the battery only runs for 2 hours instead of the 6 or 10 the others claim. You dont need to worry about ruining the battery or wearing it out because you can just pop in another new one. They are so small you could carry a few for a extended camping trip where the nonremovables would be done in a day. A big reason why I left the iPhone because battery management was a PITA. So the only other factor to decide would be how the unit holds up to use. So I'll check back in a few months with an update.
Pairing up is easy enough, after you figure it out. (user guide is good for identifying which buttons are which - that's all). It's a normal setup - charge the batteries first, to be sure. Then be sure BT is on in your phone or tablet, press and hold the pairing button on top for about 3 or 4 seconds and then select it on the phone or tablet when it shows up. The name "Bluesync SRC" showed up on my devices. It reconnects easily after everything has been turned off and then back on. As long as you don't have your device "forget" the speakers, it reconnected just like you'd expect for BT.
The reason for only 4 instead of 5 stars:
The buttons on top each serve dual purposes - or even 3 in one case. I'm not a fan of multipurpose buttons, especially when they're small and have colors that a large part of the population can't easily see (red on black background). It's surprising that designers don't pay attention to color blindness - maybe a lot of them don't notice because you have to have good vision to get into most design work, but there you go. Some estimates are as high as 1 in 10.
The color looks really nice and the red accent is sharp. Makes it look elegant. But, the functionality and usabiltiy of the buttons is really lacking. If there were some kind of standard button assignment among all devices, I guess I'd get used to the multi-function things, but so far it's just an inconvenience. When the power is on, there is illumination under the button panel that indicates the different operational states, but I'm not sure yet what they mean. I didnt' find anything in the user guide that explained what the different colors/combos mean. Plus, the text in the guide is pretty small.
Still though, this little thing is great. I can use it to wirelessly pipe tunes from my phone or tablet across the room or to the other side of the (small) house, if I connect the Aux out to my stereo. Or, I can use the speakers themselves in the car, at a picnic or pretty much wherever. This comes with a nice carry bag that will keep the smooth textured surfaces from getting too marred up while travelling, and since the bag is made of a double-walled mesh, it can presumably keep some of the elements out of the speakers if I'm using it at that picnic I mentioned. Also, there's a 3.5mm Aux input in case you have a device that doesn't have Bluetooth.
All in all, I'm very happy with it and can comfortably recommend it to my friends and family - or anybody else who's interested. It's got a lot of nice features, and the few drawbacks really amount to nothing much at all.
edit: 4/20/13 - I thought I'd revisit my review. Still very happy with it - I use this speaker every day now, for about an hour or so before leaving for work. The battery life is better than expected. With about 60 to 90 minutes per day, I get just about two weeks of battery life. It has a nice little indicator in the sound when the battery needs to be recharged. The first time I heard it, I had no idea what the odd sound was, but guessed correctly that it needed a charge.