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Really Solid Wireless Speakers

  • Feb 18, 2012
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This is a very convenient and well made wireless speaker. It can be used with virtually any device that can be paired up via Bluetooth, but I find them particularly convenient for use with small portable devices such as iPhone and iPad. It can also be used with your computer, either through the included wireless adapter, or via computer's own Bluetooth transmitter. I was able to connect this speaker to my iPhone 3G, my iPad and my HP laptop PC. The pairing was smoothest with iPhone and iPad, while with the laptop it took some time for all the appropriate device drivers to be installed. Even so, the computer was not able to recognize it as a speaker and it never showed up within the sound item of the control panel. I had more luck with the included USB Bluetooth adapter.

Even though the distance over which it can receive signal is supposed to be 50 ft, the actual experience will depend on the kind of physical environment in which you find yourself. If you are in a house will be able to receive wireless signal more or less smoothly from the neighboring rooms, but if you find yourself at the opposite side of the house with several rooms in between you and the speaker, then the signal will be very choppy at best. If, on the other hand, you find yourself outdoors or anywhere else where there is clear line of sight between your device and the speaker, you could potentially get away with being considerably farther than 50 ft. Another issue with Bluetooth are the potential interferences from other wireless devices.

Switching between different devices is a bit of a hassle, but not so much that it would make it frustrating. If the convenience of use is a major consideration, then I would recommend leaving it paired up with one device that you are most likely to use on a continuing basis. In my opinion, this is an ideal external speaker for the use with an iPad - it is very portable yet powerful enough to boost iPad's audio output.

The sound quality is pretty good, on par with most external PC speakers of this size. The maximum volume is fairly high, especially considering that the speaker can be powered by AAA batteries.

The speaker is well designed and solidly built. It can be inconspicuously placed in all sorts of environments.

The speaker comes with a carrying case, which will prevent scratching when you take them with you.

One issue that I had with this speaker is that it's not possible to control the volume directly from your device, but have to use the volume control buttons on the speaker itself. This almost negates the whole idea of having wireless speaker.

Overall, this is a solid and very practical wireless speaker that is particularly well suited for an iPhone or an iPad.

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Z515 Wireless Rechargeable Speaker for Notebook, iPad or iPhone
  • Rich, full stereo sound with dual 2" drivers and plenty of bass
  • 50' range
  • 10-hour rechargeable battery
  • Simple setup; plug adapter into USB port or easily pair with iPad or iPhone
  • Standard 3.5mm stereo jack
  • Compact, portable design
  • 122Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • PC and Mac compatible
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