The market for high quality wireless speakers is relatively small. Consider the fact that Sonos and Jawbone have grabbed most of the headlines and buzz over the last few years with creative and attractive hardware design.
Relative newcomer Audyssey has made waves since last year with a uniquely designed set of speakers and an AirPlay dock. Their latest, simply dubbed Wireless Speakers, house Bluetooth connectivity and redesigned components for a thumping set of uniquely designed speaker boxes.
But do you really need a set of $ 299 (they will likely sell for $ 250 when they hit the street on 8/29) Bluetooth speakers?
It all depends on what your needs are, of course. Personally, I’m looking to replace my dated Razer Mako 2.1 speakers for something smaller and less cable dependent to power my TV and the occasional music streaming from any number of mobile devices.
With its updated components, the Wireless Speakers are freakishly loud and full of gusto (read: bass) given their small stature. To the untrained ear, they sound pretty amazing with nary a whisper of fuzz. Audio quality is smooth. Whether my phone was jacked in via the auxiliary port or connected over Bluetooth, audio quality was relatively the same, that is to say it sounded crisp and clear. Jumping from track to track over Bluetooth was fairly instantaneous, too.
Though the overall design allows them to be tucked away and barely noticeable, it’s a little annoying that the speakers are perched at a specific angle and height. In other words, you may have to move them around to find the sweet spot as opposed to where you might normally position other speakers. A nitpick, for sure, but worth noting, in my opinion.
You also can’t adjust volume as minutely as you might want to since you’re only connected over Bluetooth. Again, a tiny nitpick.
Would I recommend these or purchase them myself? Absolutely. They fit my particular needs quite nicely and sound surprisingly amazing. Whether or not they’d work for you is really your call. Though the price tag might seem high, the quality is there to back it up.
- Two 0.75-inch tweeters
- Two 3-inch woofers
- Two 4-inch passive bass radiators
- Bluetooth (A2DP)
- 3.5 mm (1/8″) audio input jack
- 3.5 mm (1/8″) headphone output jack