I used to a sales associate at a retail electronics store where speakers, headphones, and other sound systems were my specialty. I have a full Bowers & Wilkins sound system at home, but for college I purchased this speaker because based off what I could, tell it seemed to draw attention and have a decent sound quality. This speaker actually surprised me in sound quality, it's currently playing as I'm writing this and the speaker is surprisingly crisp, though this is common in tower speakers. The bass on it is not as bad as I expected it to be, if you crank the volume up and play the right songs, you can get it to woof a decent amount. But there is only one port in the back for all four speakers. Otherwise the bass is just right for regular music listening, adds the right tone when needed, but isn't overpowering in the slightest. The blue LED's definitely draw attention, thought when the lighting isn't right they just look tacky. But in the dark they look pretty cool. (Yes, they can be turned off, there is a switch on the back next to the power switch.) The voice on the speaker that tells you " Power On" and narrates each button you press is a little annoying, but that's just me being picky. It certainly doesn't affect the quality of the speaker. The USB Charging feature is not a "docking" feature as it may appear in the image, it's simply a USB port that you can plug your cable into to charge, it doesn't have an iPod function or play music thru the USB port in any way. It's not often, but once in a while I will experience some connectivity issues with the speaker where it will intermittently drop in volume to barely being audible, and then after a few moments (perhaps 20 secs) it will resume where it was. (no this is not because my volume was on and I was receiving notifications, as this is usually the case with many speakers). Other than that connecting to the speaker is quick and easy and is just like connecting to any other BT speaker. The only thing you really need to set up is screwing the base plate to the bottom of the speaker, then plug it in and you're good to go. It was also nice that they included an AUX cord with the speaker. The remote was neat in that it has functions on it you can't access on the actual speaker (only on the remote) such as Mute and Pair and use it to scan for the FM channel. However I only got to use mine for a day because my roommate accidentally threw it into a cup of liquid. (I'll just leave it at that) I mostly use the Aux mode due to how easy it is to just plug and play, but I still use the BT function often and there is realistically no noticeable drop in quality between the two modes. I have noticed that their provided AUX cord has deteriorated somewhat in the few weeks I've had it, just to where if it's not in the right position sometimes it won't play, but this isn't a big deal, at least they provided one. Decent AUX cords can be found for under $20. I haven't used it for the FM mode due to the fact that in the rocky mountainous area I'm located in not having great radio signal. Also, as this speaker claims, it can get plenty loud. Just this speaker alone can get loud enough for a noise complaint (not that I know from experience).
I was looking for durable SHIELDED speakers. I set this speakers right next to CRT screen and the give off no image distortion. Great sound even at high volume.
I haven't opened this yet, as it's a Christmas present for my husband. Unfortunately, the surprise is ruined because Overstock didn't deliver this in a plain brown box, but in a box with the name and an image of the product inside. Since the holidays are approaching, I wish Overstock had been more discreet when they shipped this product. If my husband hadn't been home when this was delivered, anyone walking by our house could have seen that it's a sound bar and it probably would've been snatched off our porch. Please be more discreet, Overstock!
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