The Good: Huge sound, decent looks, good connectivity
The Bad: Poor trebles, plasticky build quality, expensive for its features
The Bottom Line: For the audio perfectionist, the Boom Evolution may fail to impress. …
The Pros: Well-made, classy design, good comfort, superb audio clarity and depth
The Cons: No head strap cushioning, and no clip to stop the arms folding
The Bottom Line: Exceptional …
The Good: Decent design, wireless connectivity, good remote control, loud and bassy sound
The Bad: Lacklustre looks, plasticky parts, poor touch controls, sound quality degradation at high frequencies
The Bottom …
KitSound is one such outfit, and the Pocket Hive is the most portable speaker in the British firm’s range. It is unusually shaped — hexagonal, mimicking honeycomb — and competitively priced at a R.R.P. of £40.
The Liberate BT has Marley’s signature look, and at £99.99 it fits into the firm’s usual mid-range price point. But can it deliver the sound quality and usability to match?
The Good: Nice range of colours, decent sound, impressive battery life
The Bad: Poor build quality, confused remote, no music sync
The Bottom Line: The colours are pretty and the sound is …
The ECOXBT Bluetooth speaker is meant to be completely waterproof, but can it really be that protected from H2O and still produce good sound? Time to find out.
The Good: Shallow learning curve, good automation features, good looking.
The Bad: Slightly puzzling UI.
The Bottom Line: A great introduction to automation, with an occasional cause for initial confusion.
Braven’s claims of 12-hour battery life and mobile phone charging are certainly impressive; but can an open-air specialist make it in the crowded mainstream? I took the 705 for a test drive to find out…