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Modern Or Retro?: A NYNE NB-230 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Boombox Review
May 22, 2013
The NYNE NB-230 portable Bluetooth speaker with hidden carrying handle, made in China, is touted as being a radical re-imaging of the boombox which uses advanced acoustic engineering to produce quality in-home audio while providing portability. Connect any device with a 3.5mm stereo aux-out port or A2DP compatibility within 33 feet away. The boombox measures 13.38" wide by 6.23" deep by 5.12" tall and weighs 3.8 lbs / 1.714 kg. Power is either supplied by an AC adapter or 6 C batteries (not included) for up to 4 hours play time. A built in microphone with advanced noise-cancellation enables clear wireless hands-free calling and conferencing. Dual 3" full range drivers, passive radiator subwoofer, and NYNE Audio and digital signal processing produces clean best-in-class wireless stereo sound.
The NYNE NB-230 portable Bluetooth speaker comes with an AC adapter, 3.5mm aux-in cable, user manual, quick user guide, and warranty card. Once removed from the packaging, set up is as simple as plugging the speaker in, sliding the rear power switch to the on position, pressing the front power button, and pairing your device by holding the answer button until the power indicator light starts flashing red and blue.
The NYNE NB-230 portable Bluetooth speaker reminds me of the bulky boomboxes of the 1980s. They were big and loud; sporting flashy knobs, buttons, and trim. While this modernized version of a boombox lacks the flashy visual appeal, it retains the bulk and volume. Of the three listed traits, its the bulky size I miss the least. The Logitech mini boombox has similar features in a much smaller device, if far more portable, and lasts longer on battery power.
The no frills speakerphone capabilities utilizes a microphone on the right side of the unit in addition to the speakers. Callers on the other end can hear okay in a quiet setting, although the audio is a little flat on their end. The NYNE NB-230 portable Bluetooth speaker can adjusting the volume, answering/rejecting calls, hanging up, or redialing the last called number.
Audio can be played from one device at a time. When the NYNE NB-230 portable Bluetooth speaker is connected by bluetooth and the auxiliary port, the source button can be pressed to select one or the other. Audio played on the boombox sounds decent and is loud, although the base is noticeably shallow.
Overall, the NYNE NB-230 portable Bluetooth speaker feels cheap, provides shallow base, and seems unnecessarily bulky. If you're looking for a basic portable speaker with no frills, the NYNE NB-230 portable Bluetooth speaker may be worth considering. However, I find this Bluetooth speaker quite uninteresting and forgettable. I would suggest looking for a truly modernized portable Bluetooth speaker system.
PROS: Loud sound Class II V3.0 compliant A2DP Bluetooth 3.5mm stereo aux-in port 33 ft operating range 2 year limited warranty
CONS: Flat sounding speaker phone Limited bass Big and bulky
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