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Better than the old version, but still not outstanding.,
This review is from: Logitech UE 984-000298 Mobile Boombox Bluetooth Speaker and Speakerphone (Black Grill/Black) (Personal Computers)
The UE mobile boombox is a bit bigger than the old mobile boombox version from Logitech. The design is now more serious and i like the rubber coating more as the shiny plastic on the old one looked very cheap. The new version sounds better than the old one. The old one had most emphasis on treble, while bass was rather deficient. The new one has a more natural sound with better bass and not so sharp treble. It can play quite a bit louder without any distortion, but in reality a Soundmatters Foxl which is quite a bit more pocketable than this and still sounds better, the only problem with the FoxL is that it cannot play that loud.
If i wanted something small and not too expensive, I would also rather take the new JBL Flip over the UE Boombox. The Flip can play really loud, sound is quite different, the UE mobile boombox has more pronounced mids, while the JBL is rather treble-heavy with a tighter bass. The JBL sounds overall more expensive while costing exactly the same. I like the design of both UE mobile boombox and JBL Flip, but if i had to decide on sound quality alone, i would choose the Flip as both cost exactly the same.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2012 1:06:01 PM PST
Thanks for the review.. Do you know if the jbl flip distorts at high volumes. I would be almost it does at least a little as all speakers typically do.. but is the distortion to the point where its not really satisfying to listen to at the higher volumes?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 2:51:59 PM PST
So far i didn't notice any distortion even at highest settings. With very bassheavy stuff, or when bass is pushed stronger with EQ you can notice the bass-port to fart a little bit, but usually it shouldn't be a problem. The Flip plays much louder than the Boombox, if only it had a little bit more bass at low volume levels, it would be a killer speaker. It needs volume in order to really shine! But IMO a much better choice than this Logitech crap!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 2:57:38 PM PST
I am definately going to purchase the JBL flip. From what you say and also plenty of other trusted review websites, it sounds like this little speaker blows its competition out of the water.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:01:34 PM PST
The JBL is definitely one of the best ultraportable speakers around now. I only find its sound too much JBL-style, which means sharp treble, reduced mids, and in this case a little bit weak bass. Dunno what problem JBL has with treble, but most of their speakers are just too harsh, for example most of their On Tour series.
If treble was pushed back slightly, while at the same time bass boosted, the sound would be very grown-up. I played with various Iphone apps like MyTunes which uses SRS WOW, or Bongiovi DPS, and when fine tuned properly the JBL has pretty impressive sound for its size.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:04:30 PM PST
I know what you're saying about the treble being sharp.. my fathers car has a JBL system in it and the treble is very pronounced. I actually happen to enjoy the sharp treble.. I think it adds clarity and clearness to the music. I love bass tho too.. Its tough to find the perfect portable speaker!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:14:36 PM PST
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The problem with small speakers is that they are usually quite bass-shy to begin with. Now if the treble is pronounced more it will come even sharper due to the missing bass. It doesn't sound balanced anymore. Treble is not really a problem with small speakers, it is rather bass response where they usually fail completely, especially at lower volumes because the human ear is less responsive to low frequencies at low levels. It is a pity that so far only Bose seems to really adjust bass to the actual listening level i like this as i never have the impression as if something was missing when listening to the Sounddock Soundlink or Music Monitors. Let's hope that Bose will come up with another smaller portable speaker in near future, who knows?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:20:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 3:21:06 PM PST
I know.. I think bose has created a close to perfect BT speaker with the soundlink. The 4 drivers and 1 passive bass radiator creates a great middle balance for both bass, treble and loudness. I think if they used only 2 drivers, being slightly larger, and kept the passive bass radiator they could make a smaller sized soundlink.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:22:29 PM PST
Let me know how you liked the JBL Flip as soon as you got it.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:24:53 PM PST
Ok.. I hope I'm not expecting too much and then be disappointed when I hear it.. I think ill be happy if it produces at least 3/4 of what the soundlink can produce.. But I do not expect the bass to be as rich as the soundlink thats for sure
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 12:29:16 AM PST
If you really need something loud and small, you should try the Minirig form Pasce. It is made by a british audio-freak and you can get it from Amazon.co.uk or http://minirigs.co.uk/
It has no bluetooth and rather a simple design, but the reviews are all very positive, even Trustedreviews gave it all stars, have a look:
A reader of my blog wrote, that he had the Soundlink and was quite happy, but then he ordered the Minirig and was overwhelmed by the sound that was coming out of it. He decided to sell the Soundlink and buy a second Minirig instead. I really cannot imagine how it sounds, but he said it is very close to the Soundlink in loudness. You can also daisy chain them, or use them as stereo setup with a splitter-cable.