I have been using a SCOTT Bluetooth Portable Speaker BT700 for about 1.5 year and I am quite satisfied with its performance, sound quality and the base output. It costed me around $30 at that time and I felt that was quite a good deal.
Recently, before the Easter holiday, I found a real good deal on Amazon for BÖHM SoundBlock Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for around $50 only (original price $140). The customer reviews are good and it has quite a good rating. I personally really like the outlook of this speaker. The size is also optimal for my desk. Simply say this speaker is something that I have been looking for.
From placing the order, transshipment and delivery, it took about a week in total which is quite fast actually from the US to Hong Kong. So I have been using it for a few days already and here are some of my preliminary impression to it. Just a little disclaimer: I am not an expert on AV products. I just give my very best to tell you how I feel about this speaker.
Inside the box, there are not many things you can find. Beside the SoundBlock speaker itself, you can only have the micro-USB charging cable, audio cable, and an instruction manual.
I personally really love the design. It is sleek, clean and minimal. The build quality is solid and a little bit heavy if you hold it on hand. I like how the front panel is designed – it is just like a ripple – so I believe the sound waves can be emitted with a wider angle which basically I can still hear quite clearly even I turn it to a certain angle away from my ears. The casing is made of plastic. But it is neither slippery, nor will you feel cheap with the cool black rubber frosted surface.
On the top of the speaker, there are six control buttons. You can play/pause, skin forward/backward, increase/reduce volume, and also pick/hang up phone calls. There is also a LED indicator telling you if it is charging (red) or connected with a certain device (flashing blue).
At the back you can find the logo of BÖHM. Below that, there is a power switch which you can turn the speaker on or off very easily. There are also two ports, Micro-USB and 3.5mm jack, for charging and audio output respectively.
Unfortunately, you cannot press and hold on any of the buttons to have additional function, say keep on increasing the volume. Another downside is that there is no microphone like some other speakers do, which allows user to answer phone calls and chat over it without having their phone nearby.
Yet, the meat and potatoes are the performance and sound quality. It is quite difficult to describe in layman term. But I did try to listen to different music style, recorded or live, and also podcasts. The clarity and depth are all well done. The volume range is wide that can be loud enough to fill up a flat but I did notice sound distortion when you turn the volume real high. On another hand, the output is equally clear at minimum volume that it can be set. So overall speaking, the output is crisp, loud and clear, no specific biased to base or high pitch.
The bluetooth connectivity has been very stable. It also supports displaying bluetooth battery on my iPhone which is definitely a bonus for me. But I am not very worried about the juice as it can easily last for 9-10 hours at least as claimed. I only charged it once and I did not notice any change on the bluetooth battery icon – it still shows full battery level. So battery life can be assured.
Overall speaking, $50 for such a quality bluetooth speaker is indeed a good deal. Of course, there numerous other choices in the market that could be comparable and competitive to this BÖHM SoundBlock Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. But I do recommend you check it out and compare with similar product. It may not be the best but definitely a value for money.
Here is an unboxing video that I took and I also put some demos in the last part of this video:
Here is the full product description:
The SoundBlock Features two 40mm, 6-watt (total) drivers and a large speaker cavity for excellent sound, this tiny but powerful speaker can fill any room with rich audio. It’s Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity allows you to wirelessly play and control your music from Bluetooth devices and take calls hand-free directly through the speaker. To keep the music playing a built-in rechargeable battery lasts for up to 10 hours per charge.
The SoundBlock measures approximately 6 x 2 x 1.6 inches. Use it at home, take it on vacation, enjoy it while camping, or set it up any other place you want to play your favorite music.
The Bohm SoundBlock pairs instantly with Bluetooth devices like smartphones, Tablets, and computers, letting you send your favorite songs wirelessly to the speaker. Change tracks and adjust volume from your Bluetooth device, or use the control buttons located on the speaker. Check the speakers battery status on your iPhone. When the battery is low, the speaker will give you an audible warning. The SoundBlock has a transmission range of about 33 feet and automatically connects to the last device it was connected to.
– New Bluetooth 3.0 Technology
– Built-in rechargeable battery supports up to 8-10 hours playback
– Two 40MM drivers deliver deep, rich sound
– Built-in Microphone for Taking Calls
– Wirelessly Control Your Music through the Bluetooth Function
– Line In input gives you a wired listening option
– Audible Low Battery alerts
Bohm SoundBlock has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and I personally will give the same rating too. If you are also interested in this speaker, you can still get it on Amazon for $49.95 (Shipping, duties and taxes excluded). Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
Chan Xin is a tech geek, an iOS specialist, You can follow @chanxin on Twitter.