Aussie accessory maker 3SIXT has released three Bluetooth IPX6 speakers that defy price/performance paradigms.
Top-of-the-range is the SoundTube looking very much like a UE Boom at three times the price. This $99.95 rugged IPX6 speaker has
- Two x 40mm, 6W drivers
- Up to eight hours playback on a 2,000mAh battery
- Frequency response is a surprising 180Hz-20KHz with the full range drivers kicking in at respectable bass levels
- 182 x 68 x 68mm x 420g.
- Also acts as a handsfree speakerphone.
The $79.95 SoundBrick continues the IPX6 rating. It has
- Two x 40mm 5W drivers
- 174.5 x 50 x 71mm x 380g
- 2,000mAh battery for up to eight hours and four-hour recharge time (faster if you use a 2+A charger)
The $49.95 SoundBlock like its bigger siblings is IPX6 water resistant. It has
- Tne 50mm, 5W driver
- 1500mAh battery for five hours playback
- 96.5 x 88 x 49.5mm x 240g.
GadgetGuy’s take – 3SIXT is good value and quite respectable
3SIXT is one of those brands that manages to offer good quality for reasonable prices. In doing so it produces no-frills products, e.g. no stereo pairing, party-up features, standard Bluetooth (no multi-point pairing and about a 10 metre oeprating distance).