OontZ Angle 3 Ultra Review – A low-cost Bluetooth speaker

OontZ Angle 3 Ultra

OontZ Angle 3 Ultra Review - A low-cost Bluetooth speaker

 Ever since its inception in 1988, Cambridge Soundworks has gone through a fair share of ups and downs but still manages to roll out some impressive audio equipment. The founders had one simple goal; to provide cheap but high-quality speakers and market their products directly to customers!

Their maiden release proved a hit with the public, and this led to an expansion of the product range. However, a spate of challenges along the way saw the Company get acquired by Creative Labs in 1977 and a new Oontz site was established for online visitors.

Although the product line was dramatically reduced; the manufacturer still produces speakers, and one of their latest offerings to the market is the Cambridge Soundworks Oontz Angle 3 Ultra.

OontZ Angle 3 Ultra
96/100
our score
  • Up to 20 hours of battery life
  • Extensive connection range
  • Ultra portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Handles 14 watts of power
  • Fast and stable connection
  • Extra Features: AUX input, IPX6 Water-resistant, Alexa compatible

Last Updated: October 1, 2021

Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Speaker Review: Specs and Features

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.9 x 2.8 inches
  • Weight: 15oz
  • Drivers: 2x full-range woofers (7W each)
  • Enclosure Type: Ported (passive bass radiator)
  • Battery: Lithium-ion, rechargeable
  • Playtime: Up to 20hrs
  • Recharge Time: Up to 7hrs
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, AUX
  • Bluetooth Range: Up to 100 feet
  • Extra Features: AUX input, IPX6 Water-resistant, Alexa compatible

Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth Speaker Review

The name "Oontz" has become the major brand associate of Cambridge Soundworks. Its tradition has always been to produce great sound at a cost-effective price. This is what it sought to achieve with the release of the fourth generation Oontz Angle 3 Ultra.

The Bluetooth speaker does more than just that; it produces a sound good enough to rival more expensive models in the market without costing you an arm and a leg! So, what makes this speaker perform so well?

Let us figure that out as we take a closer look at the speaker in the following Oontz Angle 3 Ultra review.

Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Design and Construction

Overall, the Angle 3 Ultra may not be nominated for an innovative design award! If anything, it looks just like any other Bluetooth speaker in the market. However, whatever it lacks in style it makes up for in other ways; particularly in performance as you shall see.

That being said, the Oontz Angle Ultra 3 comes with a compact and lightweight build. It has a triangular design with sides measuring 6.5 x 2.9 x 2.8 inches. With a weight of only 15 ounces, the Angle 3 is pretty easy to carry around, ensuring that you can take wherever you want to go.

This makes it a good choice for people on the go! The angles and curves also mean that there aren’t any sharp corners, which allows the unit to play your music just as well when positioned horizontally as it does when placed vertically.

Generally, the contraction of this speaker is more than you can ask for from a speaker in the $30 range! The Oontz Angle 3 Ultra is made out of plastic but conveniently rubberized and reinforced. The rounded edges are covered with rubber to enhance their durability and feels nice in your hands.

However, the manufacturer doesn’t suggest that the unit is shockproof, so don’t go around dropping the Ultra 3 thinking that it can cope with the impact. This speaker is also water-resistant, but some confusion arises when it comes to the weather rating.

Looking at the specs, you’ll realize that the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra is quoted as being IPX5, IPX6, and IPX7. The mix-up comes about because the speaker is available in two versions; white and black.

The white version features an IPX6 waterproof rating, which makes it water-resistant but not necessarily waterproof. This is to say that it can handle water spray or a light shower but nothing beyond that

Meanwhile, the black version (which is the focus of our review) is rated as IPX7. This means you can submerge it to a depth of up to 3 meters for 30 minutes and it will come out unscathed. Furthermore, it is sand and dustproof, giving you the perfect opportunity to make your weekend getaways at the beach fun and lively.

Another differentiation between the white and black versions is that the white has a lower 4.2 Bluetooth rating compared to the 5.0 on the black version.

OontZ Angle 3 Ultra

You’ll be impressed by the battery performance on the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra. Although the manufacturer doesn’t provide info on the battery capacity, you’ll be able to squeeze up to 20 hours out of the Ultra at 50-60% volume.

At max volume, the hours reduce to 10 or less. This makes the speaker a great choice when you want a mini party with a few friends that will last into the night.

On the downside, the battery takes quite a bit of time to recharge. You will need around 8 hours to get it back to full capacity and the battery is charged using a micro USB charging cable. 

Inside the speaker cabinet, you will find two neodymium drivers, as well as a downward-facing passive bass radiator. These manage to give out an unexpected loud sound that remains distortion-free even at max volume.

The triangular make of the 3 Ultra allows for an even spread of sound while resulting in good stereo separation between the drivers and bass radiator.

Furthermore, a built-in mic on the unit ensures that you can receive your calls hands-free when the speaker is connected to your phone.

From the above review, it is clear that the build quality is pretty solid and will easily pass for outdoor use. The IPX7 rating enables you to take the device into the shower and swim with it at the beach without hassle.

There is also a possibility that the 3 Ultra will remain intact when you drop it, but you shouldn’t do this as an experiment!

Controls

The control features on the Oontz Angle Ultra 3 are extremely straight forward and easy to use. The design was aimed to get your phone connected and do most of the controlling from there. As such, there is no remote control included; your device takes its place.

On one side of the speaker, there is a power button to turn the speaker on and off, alongside a Bluetooth pairing button. These are rubber protected, which gives a smooth and nice feeling when you touch them.

Just above the Bluetooth button, you’ll notice a light that turns blue when Bluetooth is enabled. Furthermore, a small red light will start to flicker, informing you that the battery is running low.

This means the main controls are left to your phone, which needs to be paired to the device via Bluetooth to enable operations. Another useful battery-saving feature is that the speaker will automatically go off if the controls have been left untouched for a while!

Connectivity

As earlier noted, the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra is Bluetooth 5.0 enabled. This gives you a lightning-fast connection and the signal remains stable within the recommended range. The 3 Ultra offers a Bluetooth range of up to 100 feet, as long as there are no obstacles in the area.

However, you can get even more range depending on the phone you are using. The range significantly reduces indoors because of walls and similar obstacles, but you can manage a range of at least 30 feet through the walls.

OONTZ ANGLE 3 ULTRA

The speaker is also compatible with a range of devices thanks to the advanced antenna design included. This makes for limited compatibility issues, enabling you to connect to everything from a Samsung Galaxy S9, an iPhone 8, a MacBook Pro, an Apple tablet, a Hp laptop, a TV, and Siri to Alexa.

In case you want to connect to a device that’s not Bluetooth enabled, there is a 3.5mm socket made available to you.

Unfortunately, the Angle 3 Ultra does not support NFC pairing. Nevertheless, there is an interesting feature known as "daisy-chaining", which allows you to pair two Oontz Angle 3 Ultra speakers together. Once paired, you can choose either stereo mode (one speaker serves as the right channel while the other one is the left channel) or dual stereo mode (both units playing the same audio).

Extra Features

There are very few extras on the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra, which is expected considering the affordable price of the speaker. Included in the package are a 35mm audio cable and a micro USB charging cable that you can charge the battery with from your computer.

Don’t expect to find any carrying case, but you can buy one separately if you feel it’s necessary.

Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Sound Quality

Honestly, I was amazed by the hi quality sound offered by the Angle 3 Ultra; it certainly hits above its weight class. You won’t believe how much sound the tiny unit can produce. Overall, the sound is loud enough for outdoor use.

What I like about the speaker is that it functions without sound distortion, even when you turn up the volume. This is due to the integrated Digital Signal Processor (DSP), which serves as a volume limiter. The digital audio processor also eliminates frequencies to avoid distortion.

I must say the speaker handles both the high and bass sounds very well. The bass sounds coming from the speaker is better than what you get from other small speakers in the market, which tend to struggle. The 3 Ultra produces a thundering bass, that still manages to remain warm and clear.

The good sound dispersion offered by the speaker also ensures that the mids and highs sound good too. These are produced clearly and accurately to deliver excellent stereo sound. The two precision stereo drivers help to enhance clarity.

The feature proves useful when it comes to improving the clarity and sharpness of sounds at the top end. But as you’d expect from many speakers in its budget price range, the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra reproduces some frequencies better than the others.

This tends to make the unit perform unevenly across music genres. In this case, the low-frequency sounds got the short end of the stick. As such, the 3 Ultra sounds better at the top end and progressively suffers as you get to the lower sounds.

Luckily, the extended bass provides you with just enough oomph to make for a well-rounded sound experience. While it may not be able to handle music tracks with a prominent bass sound to your satisfaction, the Bluetooth speaker still impresses at this price level.

If you want more than what the Angle 3 Ultra is offering, the manufacturer suggests that you link up two Oontz Angle 3 Ultra speakers together. This way, you can have one speaker playing the right channel as the other one plays the left channel.

The result is a much better stereo effect with nice sound separation. Overall, the sound quality is more than decent with one speaker but you can take it to the next level when you link two Bluetooth speakers and place them a few feet apart.

Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Performance

I was quite happy with the performance I got from the Oontz Angle 3. The controls are very simple to use and it doesn’t take long to learn your way around them. Pairing the speaker with your device also takes a matter of seconds.

Once you turn on the speaker, it automatically goes to Bluetooth mode (which you can confirm from the Bluetooth indicator flashing blue) and all you have to do is search for the speaker on your phone, tablet, or laptop then pair the two devices.

Typically, the speaker will always try to pair with the last connected device. However, there is an exception when it comes to Amazon Echo or Echo Dot devices. This is because you have to order Alexa to connect to your home speaker for it to be paired.

If the pairing to your device is successful, the Bluetooth indicator turns solid blue. Meanwhile, the button will turn solid green when you connect the AUX 3 5mm audio cable, and the Bluetooth connection disabled. In short, the AUX function and Bluetooth connection can’t be on at the same time; one has to be off for the other to function.

Things get a little more complicated when it comes to pairing two Oontz Angle 3 Ultra speakers together, although you can avoid this by going through the simple instructions provided. The included manual provides a step-by-step guide to save you the trouble.

First, you have to turn on the two speakers then pair your phone/tablet/laptop with one of the speakers (this speaker becomes the main speaker). With the other speaker still in pairing mode (blue light flashing), long-press the play button on your main speaker for around 5 seconds until you see the dual stereo speaker indicator flashing white (this is the LED light just above the play button).

The main speaker will then say “dual pairing” and after a few seconds, you should hear “left channel” from the second speaker. At this point, the wireless dual stereo sound indicator should be solid white to tell you that the two Bluetooth speakers are successfully paired.

SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA

You can now play your music in stereo mode and enjoy a better stereo separation. Usually, the main speaker will act as the left channel as the other one becomes the second channel. But if you want the same sound output from both speakers, you’ll have to set them in dual stereo mode.

To do this, make sure that both speakers are in stereo mode and once they are paired together, long-press the “next track” button on the left channel speaker for around 5 seconds until the dual stereo indicator turns orange on both speakers.

I also like the inclusion of the speakerphone on the Angle 3 Ultra. This feature works well, ensuring that the person on the other end of the line gets you loud and clear when you are in a quiet or even moderately noisy environment.

However, if the environment is too noisy, the built-in mic tends to pick up much of the noise and your voice will be notably muffled!

Overall, the performance of the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra is better than I expected at this price range. The Angle 3 is easily better than more expensive brands you can find on sale.

OontZ Angle 3 Ultra: Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • IPX7 waterproof rating
  • Up to 20 hours of battery life
  • Clarity of the mids and highs
  • Extensive connection range
  • Loud sound for the size and good value for money
  • Durable and ergonomic design
  • Ultra portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Handles 14 watts of power
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Fast and stable connection, easy to operate

Cons

  • Exaggerated boomy bass
  • Slight sound distortion at maximum volumes
  • Doesn’t support NFC pairing

FAQ

Are OontZ Speakers Good?

Oontz speakers are good for several reasons. They are built to be lightweight and compact, making them the perfect unit to carry on the go. But what impresses the most is the affordable price considering the hi quality sound they offer. 

They are loud enough to be used outside and provide a high quality sound compared to more expensive models in the market. Not to mention extra features like water-resistance and a built-in mic that help to make the speakers more practical. 

What is the Best OontZ Speaker?

There are five different categories of the Oontz Bluetooth speaker. These include the Angle Solo, Angle 3, Angle 3 RainDance, Angle 3 Ultra, and Angle 3 Pro. Overall, the five Bluetooth speakers come with more or less the same design; the main difference being in the size.

They also offer the same categories of features but when you take a closer look at the specifications, the difference in sound quality becomes clear. The Angle 3 Ultra and Pro notably stand out from the crowd. This is because of the higher power handling capacity and longer battery life compared to their siblings. 

The Oontz Angle 3 Pro can handle 21W of power against the Ultra’s 14W but the Ultra turns the table with 20 hours of battery life compared to the Pro’s 15 hours. 

Considering that it will cost you almost twice the price of the Ultra to acquire the Pro, I’d say the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra offers the best value for the money of all Oontz speakers. 

How Loud is the OontZ Angle 3?

For a small speaker, the Oontz Angle 3 is louder than it looks! A glance at the specifications on the item reveals that the Angle 3 is 10 watts loud!

Is OontZ Angle 3 Ultra WaterProof?

Yes and No! There are two versions of the Angle 3 Ultra available- white and black. The white version features an IPX6 waterproof rating, which makes it water-resistant but not necessarily waterproof. This allows it to handle a splash of water or a light shower but nothing beyond that.

On the other hand, the black version is rated as IPX7, which means you can submerge it to a depth of 3 meters for up to 30 minutes and it will come out in one piece. Therefore, only the black Angle 3 Ultra is waterproof.

OontZ Angle 3 Ultra
96/100
our score
  • Up to 20 hours of battery life
  • Extensive connection range
  • Ultra portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Handles 14 watts of power
  • Fast and stable connection
  • Extra Features: AUX input, IPX6 Water-resistant, Alexa compatible

Conclusion

If you are looking to acquire a portable Bluetooth sound system on a budget, the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra portable speaker fits the profile almost perfectly! The unit is practical enough to be carried to the beach and be used outdoors, thanks to it being water and sand proof.

You can also take it with you on a hiking or camping trip, given its lightweight and compact design. Overall, it delivers a sound performance that you would not expect on a product below $40, ensuring that you get a great bang for the buck!

I would recommend it to any person looking for loud music in a compact and manageable package!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Bose cinemate 520 home theater system review

Bose CineMate 520 Home Theater System

Bose cinemate 520 home theater system review

Nothing immerses you more into a movie on your TV screen like a room-filling surround sound! This is exactly what you get from a high-quality home theater system.

There are hundreds of home theater brands in the market, but I must say the Bose CineMate 520 leaves a good impression, especially for people looking to enhance the audio quality in their homes. 

According to fans, the sound system is designed to complement your movie and TV watching experience, but hearsay aside, let us put the Bose CineMate 520 in the spotlight with a comprehensive review of this product. 

 Bose CineMate 520 Home Theater System
96/100
our score
  • Stylish design with a jet-black finish
  • Compact build with a small footprint
  • Multiple connectivity options
  • Universal remote control
  • Unlimited music streaming

Last Updated: October 1, 2021

Bose CineMate 520 home Theater System at a Glance: 

Specs and Features

  • Dimensions of the product: 16 x 20.19 x 21.5 inches
  • Weight of the product: 41.5 pounds
  • Stereo setup: 5.1
  • Wattage consumption: 50 Watts
  • Power Requirements- Acoustimass Module: 100 - 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz, 150 W
  • Power Requirements-Console: 100 - 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz, 60 W
  • Connectivity: HDMI, Bose Link, Stereo RCA, Digital Optical, Digital Coaxial
  • Warranty: 1-year for repairs or replacements

Bose CineMate 520 Review

The Bose CineMate 520 home theater system comes with several features that make it a worthy buy. 

It offers a packed performance, highlighted by a room-filling surround sound, a universal remote control, as well as the ability to connect via Bluetooth and WiFi for seamless connectivity.

But you need to hear it to believe it! We take an in-depth look into what you can expect from the CineMate 520. 

Bose CineMate 520 Design and Build Quality

The CineMate 520 home theater system comprises a 5.1 stereo setup that includes five small speakers and an Acoustimass module to deliver a sound that fills the room. The smaller speakers feature four slim-profile Direct Series II speakers to go with a single wider center speaker. 

Each of the slim speakers measures 7.5 x 3.3 x 3.3" and weighs 2.28lbs whereas the center speaker measures 3.4 x 7.3 x 3.3" and tips the scale at 2.2 lbs. All these speakers are fitted with two transducers that are set at customized angles for a surround-sound experience. 

Overall, the CineMate 520 boasts a stylish design, highlighted by a subtle black color. The slim profile of the speakers allows them to be wall hung allowing for easy installation. The subwoofer is decently sized, which enables you to set it up almost anywhere in the living room with little hassle. 

Meanwhile, the control console is slim enough to sit right under your TV set. It features a brilliant shine that helps to add to the overall décor of the space. Included is a universal remote control that is designed to be grippy and ergonomic in your palm. 

All the elements in the CineMate 520 theater system have a sleek jet-black finish, which blends easily with your room’s color scheme. The matte effect on the exterior, as well as the narrow strip of shine, makes them attractive.

 Bose CineMate 520 Home Theater System

The five smaller speakers are wired, so if you want to mount them on the wall or a stand, you will have to purchase the mounts separately. Unfortunately, this is a cost you’ll have to bear in addition to the already costly system. 

Despite the relatively small design of the 520, it still manages to deliver a great sound that will be suitable for movies and gaming. The Cinemate 520 wireless adapter proves to be a key selling point for this system. 

The wireless adapter lets you stream tunes from your music playlist or library via Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, iHeartRadio, and similar internet platforms. The adapter is also powered by Bluetooth or WiFi and you get to control your listening experience using the included universal remote from Bose. 

The Bose CineMate 520 home theater system comes with an ADAPTIQ audio calibration system. When you are done setting up your speakers, you can use the ADAPTIQ headset to personalize the response of the system to your room. 

This enables the 520 to adapt to and accommodate different sizes of rooms, as well as the acoustic attributes of the room with all its contents. When it comes to connectivity, you will find all the inputs and outputs on the control console. 

This features four HDMI inputs that link the system to other devices in your home theater set up. Other inputs included are a digital coaxial audio input, an analog R-L audio input, and a digital optical audio input. 

Furthermore, there is a single HDMI output for the television. Generally, you won’t have a hard time setting up and firing up the system; the user manual included is not only comprehensive but also easy to understand.

This is just one of the benefits of investing in the Bose CineMate 520 home theater system!

Bose CineMate 520 Performance and Sound Quality

Bose is known to produce audio equipment with great sound quality, and the CineMate 520 is no exception. The five speakers of the system create a wonderful musical experience that fills up the entire room.

The volume at a high range has negligible distortion levels. No matter how high you turn up the volume, the music plays clearly with impressive quality. Your listening experience will easily reach a next level with the 520.

The highs and mids sound great while the bass is solid. Thanks to the wireless Acoustimass module, the overall quality of the audio is greatly enhanced for the ideal home theater experience. This produces an impactful bass for the needed surround sound in the room.

It makes for the ultimate party experience and will come in handy when you have friends or family coming over. While the subwoofer may not deliver a roof-shattering bass response, the sound is strong enough to impress most users. 

This is especially true if you choose to install the system in a small to medium-sized room. Another great thing about this speaker system is that the Acoustimass module connects wirelessly to make for convenient placement. 

You can position it anywhere you want in the room. Nonetheless, you will still have to plug in the power cable for it to work. 

The ADAPTIQ autocalibration system incorporated into the CineMate 520 makes for high-quality performance in the home theater room you choose to install the unit. 

 Bose CineMate 520 Home Theater System

The technology serves to automatically optimize the sound system’s settings in line with the unique shape, size, and furniture inside your space to deliver consistently impressive sound throughout all the corners of the room. 

Each speaker is built to have a small footprint yet deliver big sound for your listening pleasure. The Direct Series II speakers can be mounted on the wall as the Acoustimass module tucks away behind the couch. 

You can still place it at the end of the table and the impact will still be compelling. Just remember to set the subwoofer on level ground and make sure that it is sturdy enough to keep the unit from vibrating and moving when the music is booming. 

Bose CineMate 520 Review: Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • Stylish design with a jet-black finish
  • Compact build with a small footprint
  • ADAPTIQ autocalibration system
  • Wireless design and easy to install
  • Multiple connectivity options
  • High-quality 5.1 surround sound effect
  • No harmonic distortion at high volumes
  • Supports Dolby Digital sound
  • Universal remote control
  • Unlimited music streaming

Cons

  • Requires you to buy mounts separately
  • Slightly expensive
  • Takes time to connect wirelessly

 Bose CineMate 520 Home Theater System
96/100
our score
  • Stylish design with a jet-black finish
  • Compact build with a small footprint
  • Multiple connectivity options
  • Universal remote control
  • Unlimited music streaming

Conclusion

Overall, the Bose CineMate 520 is a good option for a home theater system! It has the design to enhance the look of your interior décor and the performance to keep the party going into the night. 

The system features a straightforward setup process that will have you enjoying the great sound quality in no time. If you like to watch movies or listen to music, this is the unit to make you feel right at home. 

Furthermore, included is a 1-year warranty when you buy the system that compels the manufacturer to repair or replace any defects free of charge. The only issue is that the CineMate 520 comes with a slightly hefty price tag. 

If you can find your way past the price, this is a nice unit to have in your home!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker Review

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker Review

Sony has been in the electronics industry for as long as I can remember! Despite being among the most reputable electronics manufacturers in the world, the company hasn’t exactly made its name from producing stellar speakers. 

Nevertheless, we’ve seen a couple of HiFi products coming out of Sony in recent years, albeit with a high price tag! So, the release of the SSCS3s was a welcome move by Sony for budget buyers. These speakers are very decent with the potential to transform your listening experience at home. 

But what should we expect from the Sony SSCS3 3-way floor-standing speakers? Let us find that out in the review below!

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker
94/100
our score
  • Room-filling sound
  • 2-year warranty for repairs or replacements
  • Stylish and portable design, solid wood cabinet
  • 0.75-inch Super tweeter with wide dispersion
  • Easy to install and move around
  • High-resolution audio
  • Good value for money

Last Updated: October 1, 2021

Sony SSC3 3-Way Speakers at a Glance: Specs and Features

  • Speaker type: passive, 3-way
  • Drivers: 2x 5.2” woofer, 1” tweeter, 0.75” super tweeter
  • Dimensions of the product: 14.2 x 11.6 x 40.2 inches
  • Weight of the product: 10 pounds for each
  • Frequency response range: 45 – 50,000 Hz (+/- 3dB)
  • Wattage consumption: 145 Watts peak power
  • Warranty: 2-year for repairs or replacements

Sony SSC3 3-Way Review

If you are looking for clean and crisp audio to grace your home audio experience, the Sony SSCS3 3-Way tower speakers may just be the way to go! This double unit speaker system is said to be versatile enough to offer you a real and unrivaled sound experience. 

It has all the features to deliver the kind of experience you are looking for but what’s more endearing about the unit is that it is reasonably-priced considering the performance. In this review, we take an in-depth look at the Sony SSCS3 3-

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Speaker Design and Construction

As far as design is concerned, the Sony SSCS3 comes with a modern and sleek appearance that is ideal for a home entertainment system. It allows you to match the unit with other electronics, as well as furniture inside your home. 

The speaker system comprises of two floor standing speakers with dimensions of 14.2 x 11.6 x 40.2 to make for a small footprint. You’ll have an easy time placing them wherever you deem ideal in the living room. 

Each speaker weighs around 10lbs, which makes them conveniently portable and easy to set up or move around when you’re rearranging the house. 

The Sony SSCS3 stands out with its flashy design. The units have a rectangular shape and straight edges to go with a black finish. The slightly tapered faceplate edges ensure that edge diffraction is suppressed to allow for a natural and clear soundstage.

At the base of the speaker is the unmistakable “SONY” logo that can easily be made out from a distance. 

The speaker cabinets are made out of sturdy wood, designed in such a way to offer a natural resonance. Meanwhile, the bass reflex construction serves to deliver optimized low-frequency performance. 

At the base of the speakers, rubber feet not only provide the needed grip on a slippery floor upon installation but also isolate the speakers from the surface to limit floor vibration. This four-driver sound system is equipped with two 5-inch woofers, a 1-inch tweeter, as well as a 0.75-inch super tweeter.

The Sony SSCS3 floor-standing speaker unit can handle up to 145W at peak power while the integrated super tweeter uses a wide-dispersion design for high-frequency audio response-going up to 50kHz. 

For the woofer, the manufacturer uses mic-reinforced cones to allow for optimized bass response down to 45Hz. 

Furthermore, the speaker system’s crossover is built to limit signal loss! 

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker
Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker

The one thing I didn’t like about the design of the Sony SSCS3 is that the cones are exposed. While this may not necessarily be bad as far as sound production is concerned, most tower speakers usually feature a full-frontal grill cover to protect the delicate cones.

The exposed design raises the risk of children or visitors unintentionally poking at the cone, which can easily damage the speaker. 

On the bright side, you get a two-year warranty when you purchase the Sony SSCS3 3-Way floor-standing speakers, which is more than the 1 year mostly offered for most audio equipment!

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Speaker Performance and Sound Quality

It’s always a good thing for companies to roll out a product in a niche market that is not primarily their focus as this raises the competition and generally results in improved offerings all around. This is what the SSCS3 does to the class of budget-tier floor-standing speakers.

Overall, the speakers produce crisp and clear room-filling sound with balanced bass. The first thing that grabbed my attention straight out of the box is the ridiculously high-frequency response ceiling. Most loudspeakers don’t even get to half of the 50kHz that the SSCS3 can manage.

This is attributed to the interesting 3-way design, which features two tweeters and the proprietary High-Resolution Audio. 

The super tweeter enables high-frequency notes to be reproduced precisely across the room, no matter how expansive it is. 

The 145W peak power handling is amazing at this price level and should be more than enough to fill a medium to small-sized room. 

When it comes to the bass response, the speaker system has a low-frequency response floor of 45Hz, and given that there is no built-in subwoofer, you’d be wise to get a separate subwoofer if you plan to use the speakers predominantly for music. 

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker

I watched a couple of movie clips to test the performance of the SSCS3 and was particularly impressed by the high output level, as well as the lack of distortion at low bass. The audio quality remained clear and precise even when I turned the volume all the way up.

The bass is unbelievably tight for the price and I can compare it to something I’d expect from a $300 subwoofer. 

Also, I didn’t pick any sound distortion in the low notes. The implication is that conversations are clear and it is easy to make out who is talking when following your favorite movie. 

When it came to listening to my favorite playlist, the Sony SSCS3 produced a room-filling sound that spread across the living room. The system reproduces all the details in the tracks, including the musical instruments, positioning, as well as the depth of the soundstage.

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker

I liked the effect of the wide-dispersion mega tweeter, which allowed for natural sounds and vocals that shot straight to my heart. This is specifically built to deliver a high-frequency audio response of up to 50kHz, perfect for high-resolution and crystal-clear audio.

Meanwhile, the mica-reinforced drivers perfectly capture every note and melody. The SSCS3s make use of a foamed double-layer mica woofer diaphragms that are uniquely constructed. 

The upper layer manages to deliver supple sound quality whereas the bottom layer leverages stronger low weight to make for more powerful bass reproduction. 

On the downside, there is only so much that you can do with a pair of low-priced 5.25” woofers. When I turned up the ante, the highs, mids, and bass remained clear. However, there was notable compression of the bass at lower regions, particularly below 80Hz. 

The sound thins out and although it’s not bad, it just isn’t kickass!

This means the Sony SSCS3 is not the ideal choice if you want to crank up the volume and shake the walls of your house. 

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Speaker Review: Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • Room-filling sound
  • Stylish and portable design
  • Small footprint saves space in your living room
  • Solid wood cabinet
  • 0.75-inch Super tweeter with wide dispersion
  • Easy to install and move around
  • High-resolution audio
  • Affordably priced to offer good value for money

Cons

  • Exposed cones design
  • The bass thins out at frequencies below 80Hz

Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker
94/100
our score
  • Room-filling sound
  • Stylish and portable design
  • Small footprint saves space in your living room
  • Solid wood cabinet
  • 0.75-inch Super tweeter with wide dispersion
  • Easy to install and move around
  • High-resolution audio
  • Affordably priced to offer good value for money

Conclusion

Overall, the Sony SSCS3 3-way floor-standing speaker system is remarkably and decently priced. It produces high-quality sound with crisp and clear audio reproduction to fill the room. 

Its compact and lightweight design allows you to install it anywhere in your house. Whether you want it placed in the studio, living room, or entertainment room, the speakers will prove to be a worthwhile addition. 

The Sony SSCS3 will take your movie-watching experience to the next level, and the same is true for your music listening sessions. If you’re looking to buy a home entertainment audio system on a budget, this will be a nice unit to consider.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Audioengine A2+ Self Powered Speakers Review

Logitech Z313 Review

Audioengine A2+ Self Powered Speakers Review

The current selection of available budget speakers is not only getting cheaper but also smaller. But just how small can a speaker get and still sound good?

Well, there are a couple of models currently available in the market I can use to answer this question, but the one that impressed me the most is the Audioengine A2+ speaker!

According to most reviews,  these speakers deliver an unlikely performance that overshadows its minute appearance. In this Audioengine A2+ review, I will be reviewing the specifications to see what makes it so special!

Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered
92/100
our score
  • Quality build and finishing
  • Come in glossy red, glossy white, and matte black models
  • Space-saving size
  • The signal remained strong as far as 60 meters from the speakers
  • Numerous connectivity options
  • Excellent sound considering the size
  • 3-year warranty

Last Updated: October 1, 2021

Audioengine A2+ Powered Speakers System At A Glance:

Specs & Features

  • DIMENSIONS (EACH):6”(H) x 4”(W) x 5.25”(D)
  • WEIGHT (RIGHT SPEAKER):1.4Kg/3.15lbs
  • WEIGHT (LEFT SPEAKER):1.6Kg/3.55lbs
  • DRIVERS:2.75″ aramid fiber woofers, 3/4” silk dome tweeters
  • POWER OUTPUT:60W peak power total
  • INPUTS:3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA, USB, Bluetooth
  • OUTPUTS: RCA variable line-out
  • FREQ. RESPONSE:65Hz-22kHz ±2.0dB

Audioengine A2+ Review

Audioengine takes some time to roll out new products, especially the wireless versions of its speakers, which may take a couple of years to hit the market. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long for the A2+, the enhanced version of the A2 released a few years ago.

The latest offering from Audioengine is a pair of bookshelf speakers masquerading as PC speakers. What differentiates them from classic bookshelf speakers is that they are powered, so there is no need to connect a separate receiver or amplifier. 

These wireless speakers come with a compact and classic design that will fit seamlessly on your PC desk. But just what can you expect from them in terms of performance?

Audioengine A2+ Design and Construction

The Audioengine A2+ wireless speakers come in glossy red, glossy white, and matte black models that can conveniently blend into your living room’s color schemes. This audio setup comprises of two compact speakers measuring 6 x 4 x 5.3 inches, which will easily fit on your PC desk, bookshelf, or counter without eating into your space. 

The only caveat is that while these are technically wireless speakers, you need to establish a connection from the left active speaker to the right passive speaker. So, despite the “wireless” tag, you’ll have to contend with some cabling, albeit just a little bit.

Having said that, the sleek-looking finish of the speaker’s enclosure is attractive, and so are the grill-free black drivers on the units. Each speaker features a 0.75” silk dome tweeter, as well as a 2.75” aramid woofer. 

Sector 9 Gullwing Sidewinder II Longboard Truck

At 3.5 pounds, the left active speaker is slightly heavier than the 3.2-pound right passive unit. The two combined deliver 69-watt peak power while handling a frequency range of between 65Hz and 22kHz. 

A speaker wire is included in the package allowing you to connect the left speaker to the right speaker. On the back panel of the active left speaker, you’ll find all the connections  including the power supply, an RCA input and output (subwoofer), as well as a 3.5mm aux input (the cable is also included). 

The manufacturer further included a micro USB input, ensuring that you get excellent connectivity on these speakers; especially when you consider that the unit can connect via Bluetooth. 

Speaking of which, the Bluetooth pairing button can be found on the back panel alongside the volume knob, which also doubles up as the power button. 

Sector 9 Gullwing Sidewi

Note that the volume knob is independent of paired sound sources. This means you can max out the volume of the speakers but the overall sound levels will be low if the master volume on your mobile device is turned down. 

This is unusual for most Bluetooth speakers I’ve tested, although it can help you to protect your speakers from unexpected loud bursts with another volume control. Still, I prefer integrated volume for this kind of setup. 

One thing you may not like about the design of the Audioengine A2; it is that the units are too short! You will need some type of elevation to tilt them upward for you to experience the true sound potential of the speakers. 

While there are various elegant ways to achieve this, I wish the manufacturer would save us the trouble by including some form of a kickstand for either speaker to align them with your ears and not your ribcage.

As a result of the wired connection needed between the left and right speakers, the Audioengine A2+ cannot offer multi-room functionality. 

Also, there is no app included, but I doubt this will be a deal-breaker given the simplicity and transparent sound performance the manufacturer seeks to achieve with this model. 

Audioengine A2+ Performance and Sound Quality

Audio quality is the most critical aspect in a speaker system, and the A2+ delivers exceptionally despite its minute frame. Compared to the majority of medium-sized speakers in the market, this unit can deliver some serious power!

The bass is slightly less than what medium-sized smart speakers offer, but the overall audio quality is much more impressive. The A2+ will struggle with sounds below 100Hz but they don’t have any audible DSP artifacts. 

Meanwhile, the treble and midrange sound is pretty good,  though there is a bump in the lower midrange. To solve this issue, you can get a suitable subwoofer, which Audioengine specially produces for the A2+ speakers. 

These speakers are best suited for small and confined spaces. When playing Rock or EDM, the music sounds almost perfect, despite the 3-5kHz range not being well pronounced. Female voices are crisp and there is no issue with the sibilance unless it’s in the recording. 

If you want more bass, you can always upgrade with a relevant sub to add some oomph into your stereo system. However, playing these speakers in larger rooms won’t do them justice. 

The sound is notably less prominent compared to bigger stereo sets, and this is something you expect from computer-oriented speakers. 

On the bright side, the Audioengine A2+ audio system offers a variety of ways you can connect to your mobile device. If you want to connect to your PC, the easiest option would be via the USB port on the back panel of the left speaker, as it doesn’t require an extra ADC in your signal chain.

As soon as you plug in the USB cable, your PC will recognize the speaker and you’ll be good to go. Alternatively, you can connect your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or radio wirelessly via Bluetooth. 

The system features Bluetooth 5, which offers further range, improved sound quality, and more battery life. Testing the Bluetooth connection using my smartphone, I noticed that the signal remained strong as far as 60 meters from the speakers. 

Remember the angling problem with the speakers we talked about earlier? Well, Audioengine sells DS1 desk stands to help you with positioning the speakers so that you find your sweet spot. To get to the sweet spot, you want to position your ears on or just below the axis of the tweeters. 

Audioengine A2+ Powered Speakers Review:

Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • Quality build and finishing
  • Nice color design
  • Space-saving size
  • Numerous connectivity options
  • Excellent sound considering the size
  • Comes with a 3-year warranty

Cons

  • The bass is a little wanting
  • Requires a DS1 stand to be bought separately
  • No subwoofer
  • Wire connection undermines portability
Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered
92/100
our score
  • Quality build and finishing
  • Come in glossy red, glossy white, and matte black models
  • Space-saving size
  • The signal remained strong as far as 60 meters from the speakers
  • Numerous connectivity options
  • Excellent sound considering the size
  • 3-year warranty

The Audioengine A2+ is a compact and well-designed speaker system that delivers a clean, accurate, and transparent sound signature. It offers more than you can get from higher-priced models and will be a great choice for those looking to save a few bucks. 

While you might need a few extras to get the most out of these speakers, the overall performance is more than satisfying for a casual listener. I’d recommend the Audioengine A2+ to college students or people living in confined apartments.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar Review

VIZIO SB3820

VIZIO
VIZIO SB3821-C6
 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar Review

If you want to take your indoor entertainment to the next level, a home theater system can prove to be a good investment. The only problem is that all the wiring and cabling makes for unnecessary clutter, and this is not something you want to deal with in a confined apartment. 

Luckily with the introduction of soundbars there are no longer issues with wiring and cabling. A soundbar comes with a minimalist design that saves you all the clutter while offering you the kind of sound quality upgrade you were looking for in a home theater. 

One of the best soundbar options you can get in the market is the VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar, and this review will tell you just why!

VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.0 at a Glance: Specs and Features

VIZIO SB3820
  • Dimensions of the product: 38 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Weight of the product: 5.7 pounds
  • Wattage consumption: 100 Watts
  • Frequency Range: 60 Hz to 19 kHz
  • Maximum Sound Range: 100dB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Built-in Features: Dolby Digital, DTS Studio SoundTM, DTS Tru Volume TM, DTS TruSurroundTM
  • Warranty: 1-year 

Last Updated: October 1, 2021

SB3821-C6 Review

While there are numerous soundbar models in the market, the VIZIO SB3821-C6 boasts a reputation of being among the best for those looking to buy on a budget. It’s been described as a high-performance affordable sound bar with amazing audio quality and enough punch to offer you a memorable sound experience. 

However, this could easily pass as hearsay without putting the SB3820-C6 to the test. That’s why in this review, I want to delve deeper into the features and specs of the sound bar to find out if the hype around it is legit. 

Whether you’re searching for an early Christmas present or looking to get a home audio system without breaking the bank, this VIZIO SB3820-C6 review will let you know if it’s worth investing in!

VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Design and Construction

VIZIO SB3820-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar Review

It seems like designing a sound bar is a relatively thoughtless process when you consider the overall simple look. Well, this is almost true for the VIZIO brand, looking at the design history of their products. 

I’ve noticed that the manufacturer tends to stick with a minimalistic and streamlined design, and this is exactly what you get on the SB3821-C6. 

Simplicity, after all, saves you the trouble of finding the right fit for your home decor. With dimensions of 38 x 3 x 3 inches, the VIZIO is among the larger soundbars in the market yet maintains a lightweight build at only 5.7lbs.

While most brands use a metal mesh covering on their sound bars, VIZIO chose to go with a breathable black fabric instead. This gives the SB3820-C6 a sleek and modern design that should blend easily into your living room.

The end caps of the sound bar are coated with aluminum and the same goes for the logo. For a larger unit, this soundbar takes very little space, allowing you to fit it into the home entertainment system with very little trouble. 

Its relatively lightweight design ensures that you can perform the installation without needing an extra pair of hands. 

This also saves you the trouble of removing and reinstalling when you want to redecorate your space . Overall, the build quality is decent with a fabric-covered front and top while the underside and rear feature nice quality plastic. 

The only problem is that the fabric covering can easily collect dust and get punctured. So, I recommend you install the unit higher above the ground. 

VIZIO SB3820

On the back panel, you’ll find two openings. The first one is used for the detachable power cable whereas the second one features a couple of control and connectivity inputs, including a Bluetooth input button, as well as two volume controls. 

You also get a subwoofer output, a digital optical cable input, auxiliary 3.5mm, coaxial cable digital audio input, RCA, and a USB port for unlimited connectivity. 

The VIZIO SB3821-C6 acts as a reliable alternative to an entire home surround system, which spares you the headache of fitting the extra five speakers in a small room and the complicated installation process. 

The sound is produced via two 2.72-inch full-range drivers and the manufacturer is so confident in the bass quality of the unit that they didn’t include an external subwoofer. 

Thanks to the integrated Dolby Digital and DTS TruSurround, all the sounds are produced clearly. 

This allows you to get the most out of family movie nights. The wireless sound bar can also be connected via Bluetooth to listen to your favorite playlist.

VIZIO SB3821-C6 Performance and Sound Quality

Sound quality is the biggest factor in a sound system; so how does the SB3821-C6 fair? Well, the up to 100dB that the sound bar can produce is a worthy mention. It manages to do this with a crisp clear sound and limited harmonic distortion. You’ll easily be able to distinguish between notes and chords when you listen to solo guitar performances on TV.

There is no vibration at higher pitches and you get to revel in your musical experience without the rattling sound associated with bass sounds. 

With a frequency range of 60 Hz to 19 kHz, I must say the VIZIO SB3821-C6 comes to its own in the midrange. Usually, this is where most dialogs in movies fall, making for unrivaled movie experiences. 

VIZIO SB382

You get to hear the whispers in movies clearly and distinguish who is talking, thanks to 2.0 audio. I like how the sound is evenly spread throughout the room; I didn’t have to focus my attention on the center when watching my favorite movie. This is not something I expected from a speaker at this price range. 

The VIZIO is powered by Dolby Digital, which is the standard of sound used for DVDs, cinemas, Blu-rays, as well as for streaming content. It offers great dimension to any audio tracks you listen through. 

The soundtracks are not only more defined but also make for an unrivaled live listening experience. 

Furthermore, the sound bar comes with built-in TruSurround. This is a virtual surround feature that allows the device to create an actual surround environment, helping to enhance your audio experience. 

The Bluetooth connection also allows you to stream as many music files as you want from a relevant Bluetooth device. You can play your favorite tunes remotely from any room in the house with a simple touch of a button. 

When it comes to bass boost, you’ll notice an obvious enhancement in lower end responses, albeit fairly limited. Overall, VIZIO’s bass boost modules prove to be reliable when you don’t want to beef up the bass with an external subwoofer. 

I like how the manufacturer integrated the LED displays on the relatively simplistic and minimalistic sound bar, helping to give it a touch of contemporary class. However, some people feel that it is unnecessary.

Another great thing about this device is that you can mount it pretty much anywhere.

VIZIO SB3821-C6 Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • Easy to install, simple yet stylish design
  • Great for watching movies and pretty affordable
  • Gets to 100dB of sound
  • Nice surround sound
  • Powered by Dolby Digital
  • Uninterrupted streaming via Bluetooth
  • Sufficient bass even without a sub
  • Wide frequency range

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a sub (for deep bass lovers)
  • Fabric covering can easily rip

Conclusion

For less than $100, the VIZIO SB3821-C6 is a versatile way to upgrade your home audio system. It provides up to 100dB of high-quality and distortion-free sound, which makes it a great alternative to complicated home theater systems or surround sound setup.

Overall, it will be a reliable acquisition if you’re looking for a soundbar to pair with your 42”+ flat-screen TV for movie watching. The Dolby DTS feature ensures that you get high-quality surround sound to provide you with unforgettable movie nights.

Not to mention that you get a 1-year warranty when you purchase the SB3821-C6 sound bar system!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review

Edifier R2000DB

Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review

The market for portable and wireless speakers is steadily increasing. This new range of speakers is proving to be a hit with music lovers; unfortunately, to the detriment of the old school wired speakers. 

Thanks to advancements in wireless technology, it is now simpler to achieve great sound without the clutter of cables. This allows for all the music you’ve stored on your phone, tablet, and other smart devices to be transferred to these speakers via Bluetooth connection.

This only takes a matter of seconds, making it simple and quick. The “plug-n-play” functionality seems to be the new way of doing things and the best part is that the speakers won’t cost you an arm and a leg, 

The Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf speaker system is a good example of the quality you can get from a wireless speaker configuration.

Edifier R2000DB


93/100
our score
  • High-quality Bluetooth compatibility
  • Exceptional reproduction for the price
  • Convenient sound-staging
  • Crystal-clear and extended high notes
  • Stylish and attractive design
  • Useful set of functions

Last Updated: October 1, 2021

Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers: 

 Specs and Features

  • Dimensions of the product: 9.5 x 11.25 x 7.5 inches
  • Weight of the product: 21.43 pounds
  • Wattage consumption: 120 Watts
  • Frequency Range: 55Hz-20KHz
  • Maximum Sound Range: over 85dB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, AUX, RCA, Coaxial cable

Edifier R2000DB Review

Finding the perfect speakers for your home entertainment can be a challenging endeavor! Most people end up buying units that merely fill the visual void on their bookshelves but leave a lot to be desired in terms of sound quality.

You don’t want to take this route! Rather, try to find something that is value for money.

Edifier was founded by a small group of enterprising music lovers.Their current product range includes a wide array of multimedia and home theatre systems, including portable bluetooth models.  The Edifier R2000DB bookshelf speakers easily embody the quality produced by the manufacturer. But just what can you expect from this audio system? The detailed review of the Edifier R2000DB below will provide you with all the information you require.

Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Design and Construction

Design-wise, the R2000DBs are not too different from the R1700bts, although the casings are notably larger and a little more rounded off. The striking all-black color scheme used on these speakers creates a sense of quality.

Both speakers look and feel like a first-class product, which is something we’ve come to expect from the Edifier brand. 

The casing is made out of a textured leather MDF that not only complements the look of the speakers but also breaks the monotony of the more industry-common glossy/matte finishes. 

The sides are glossy and feature a piano black finish that isn’t prone to fingerprints. This makes for easy cleaning. Looking at the physical aspects of the unit, the R2000DBs are a more dedicated bookshelf speaker compared to the brand’s lower models. 

Edifier R2000DB

There's nothing overly flashy or innovative about them, but that's what allows them to blend in with any PC setup and peripherals you may already have.

As for the build quality, it's, well, okay. The speakers are made of plastic, matte black for the most part – with a touch of glossy, especially on the subwoofer – and that's pretty much it.

Surprisingly enough, they don't feel as "plasticky" as they look.

The satellites measure 5.75 x 3.5 x 3.2 inches each and weigh a pound total thanks to the lightweight plastic construction. I like the slight tilt of the front panel and, while I'm at it, the whole black and silver color scheme that's going on there.

Each of the satellites features one two-inch full-range, seemingly aluminum driver, along with a pretty hefty rubber surround. Bonus points for making the drivers as small as possible; Logitech knew what it was doing here.

While it seems counter-intuitive, with full-range drivers – and without dedicated tweeters – the small driver size is an advantage. That way, the cone breakup usually occurs higher in the frequency range, where human hearing isn't as sensitive.

Also, I didn't expect that I'd like the grilles so much. The mesh-like material hits the perfect balance between protecting the driver and retaining an open design that doesn't cause any disturbances.

Edifier R2000DB

This is evident from the rear-facing bass port, controls, as well as a larger footprint than your usual PC speakers. 

This also means the speakers come with a more seamless look with unbroken lines. The only problem with the design is that when you want to tweak the settings; the rear placement of the controls makes it a bit inconvenient. 

Edifier has also retained the strong metal prong system found on the R1700BT, which allows for easy and smooth attachment. The mesh covers enhance this resemblance, although I prefer how they look without the covers. 

The speakers feature a 5” full-range driver with a matte black cone and nicely rounded metallic edges. Just above them is the eagle-eye tweeter with a notably shiny finish. At the base of the speakers, you will find the metallic Edifier logos, with a receiver LED above the logo of the right speaker. 

Measuring 9.5 x 11.25 x 7.5 inches, the speakers are fairly large, and this is something you’ll want to consider if you live in a small space. The two units barely fit on the desk when I placed them on either side of my PC. 

They also come with the 10-degree angling, as seen on the R1700B,  to ensure that the woofer and tweeter align with your ears. 

This helps to deliver the strongest sound performance while rubber feet on the four corners help prevent vibrations when the music is booming. 

Overall, I would say the design of the R2000DB is best suited for TV and bookshelf usage!

Edifier R2000DB Performance and Sound Quality

Comparing the R2000DB to the R1700BT, you’ll notice a clear improvement of sound quality. Edifier corrected most of the customer complaints while fine-tuning the strengths of the R1700BT. This includes a new driver setup that features a 5-inch 36W full-range driver, paired with a 24W 25mm tweeter.

The result is that you get a mighty 120W power output total from both speakers, which is just about twice what the R1700BT offers. Aside from boosting the maximum volume, the increased power also offers a greater frequency response of between 55Hz and 20kHz; Edifier’s estimate. 

However, the bass will realistically go deeper than the 55Hz while sounding stronger around 50Hz, which is unlike other speakers that barely reach the company’s specified frequency response. The unit is designed with a built-in amplifier that delivers an >85dB to noise ratio, just as on other Edifier models.

While the full range driver produces no discernible noise, I noted a constant hiss coming from the twitters. This hiss also increases when you increase the treble dial, which is also common with the R1700BT. This proved to be a bother, especially when listening in calm and quiet environments. 

I like the sound-staging on these speakers and this is thanks to the 10-degree elevation meant to angle the drivers in line with your ears, as well as the DSP, which adds a little bit of extra space and separation. 

One area where the R2000s excel is stereo imaging. The speakers have a large sweet spot so you’ll get a good stereo effect in more than one listening position, and they have no trouble filling a fairly large room.

Unless you are a choosy audiophile, I doubt you’ll dislike the sound of the Edifier R2000DB Bluetooth bookshelf speakers. It is well balanced and subtly adjusted to offer each speaker a unique flare. 

Edifier R2000DB

The bass is a lot tighter compared to the R1700BT, which could be due to the rear-facing port on the speakers. This means you have to be more sensitive when setting up the speakers to ensure that you don’t place them against any solid surface.

With the right positioning, the low-end sound presence is enough to give you the quality you desire. Elsewhere, the treble sounds quite similar to R1700BT through the use of an identical eagle-eye tweeter. 

The 25mm high-frequency driver produces crystal-clear and extended high notes while bringing out a lot of detail. However, it can be a little bit thin sometimes. Furthermore, the Bluetooth audio has largely been improved to a fine quality. 

While some Bluetooth streamers come with extreme frequency distortion, the R2000DB from Edifier doesn’t, allowing you to stream lots of content via Bluetooth from a smartphone seamlessly. 

Edifier R2000DB: Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • High-quality Bluetooth compatibility
  • Stylish and attractive design
  • Exceptional reproduction for the price
  • Convenient sound-staging
  • Loud and powerful sound
  • Wide frequency coverage

Cons

  • A little bulky
  • Not up to audiophile quality

Conclusion

Edifier R2000DB


93/100
our score
  • High-quality Bluetooth compatibility
  • Exceptional reproduction for the price
  • Convenient sound-staging
  • Crystal-clear and extended high notes
  • Stylish and attractive design
  • Useful set of functions

The Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf speakers is an impressive set that offers decent sound quality. The speakers are easy to look at, sound pleasantly, and feature a useful set of functions.

Although it might be a little bit too bulky to fit on your desk, this unit impresses with balanced sound reproduction. The bass is not as deep as that of Aego, but it should be enough for listeners looking for all-around audio quality.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Logitech Z313 Review

Logitech Z313 Review

Logitech Z313 Review – 2.1 PC Speakers On A Budget

I get that there are PC users who have made peace with the underwhelming performance of their no-name $15 speakers.

As lousy as it may be, any speaker is still better than no speaker, right?

Well, at the risk of sounding like a total stuck-up audiophile, you're wrong. Think about the games that you're playing, the movies you're watching, the YouTube videos, and your favorite music playlist. All these things demand to be heard loud and clear – and with a little bass, too.

And as much as you'd hate to admit it, your little $15 speakers aren't cut out for the job.

It's time to start looking into pocket-friendly speaker system alternatives – and what better place to start than my Logitech Z313 review?

Logitech Z313


86/100
our score
  • D25 watts of power is enough for room-filling volumes
  • Compact and easy to blend in with existing PC peripherals
  • Compatible with major operating systems and all devices with a 3.5-mm port
  • Has a dedicated headphone jack and plug-and-play installation 
  • Pretty decent sound separation and clarity throughout the range
  • Clean and bright bass is excellent for listening to music
  • Long cables and a control pod for maximum setup flexibility 

Last Updated: October 1, 2021

Logitech Z313 Speaker System At A Glance: Specs & Features

  • Speaker System Type PC multimedia speaker system
  • Speaker System Configuration 2.1-channel system
  • Satellite Dimensions 5.7 x 3.5 x 3.2 inches
  • Subwoofer Dimensions 9 x 6 x 8.66 inches
  • Weight (Satellites) 1 pound total
  • Weight (Subwoofer) 5 pounds
  • Power (RMS/Peak) 25/50 watts
  • Frequency Response Range 48 Hz – 20 kHz
  • System Requirements Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 and onward
  • PC sound card and 3.5 mm audio output jack
  • Warranty 2-year limited warranty

Logitech Z313 Review

The thing is, not everyone needs – or can afford – to spend thousands of dollars on audio equipment. And if all you want is a quick and easy way to boost your sound quality a little, the Logitech Z313 could be it.

Like I said earlier, we're here to take a much closer look at a 2.1 speaker system that's not only ridiculously cheap but insanely popular, too. And more importantly, we're here to help you figure out whether it's the right alternative to the $15 no-name speakers that you're currently using.

I mean, sure, considering the price tag, it's pretty evident that there are going to be certain flaws to this system's performance. You get what you pay for, as they say.

What I want to see, though, is how big of a difference this little system can make in terms of audio quality. 

Logitech Z313: Design & Construction

I don't know if it's the fact that I've tested so many models throughout the years or what, but it was shockingly easy for me to identify the signature Logitech vibe. Even if they didn't have the logo on the front panel, I'm confident that I would still be able to look at them, and say:

Yup, these were designed by Logitech.

And that's a good thing. The speakers Logitech designs have a recognizable "flavor" to them. The blocky subwoofer looks a bit outdated, while the satellites strive to achieve a futuristic vibe – albeit only semi-successfully – with their gentle curves and exposed drivers.

Logitech Z313 Review

There's nothing overly flashy or innovative about them, but that's what allows them to blend in with any PC setup and peripherals you may already have.

As for the build quality, it's, well, okay. The speakers are made of plastic, matte black for the most part – with a touch of glossy, especially on the subwoofer – and that's pretty much it.

Surprisingly enough, they don't feel as "plasticky" as they look.

The satellites measure 5.75 x 3.5 x 3.2 inches each and weigh a pound total thanks to the lightweight plastic construction. I like the slight tilt of the front panel and, while I'm at it, the whole black and silver color scheme that's going on there.

Each of the satellites features one two-inch full-range, seemingly aluminum driver, along with a pretty hefty rubber surround. Bonus points for making the drivers as small as possible; Logitech knew what it was doing here.

While it seems counter-intuitive, with full-range drivers – and without dedicated tweeters – the small driver size is an advantage. That way, the cone breakup usually occurs higher in the frequency range, where human hearing isn't as sensitive.

Also, I didn't expect that I'd like the grilles so much. The mesh-like material hits the perfect balance between protecting the driver and retaining an open design that doesn't cause any disturbances.

Speaker System set up

As for the generic-looking black cube that is the Logitech Z313's subwoofer, you'll notice that it doesn't follow the same design language as the satellites. Still, as geometrical-looking, as it is, it fits in rather nicely.

The composite board cabinet measures 9 x 6 x 8.66 inches, and while the 5-pound weight doesn't seem like much, it does make it five times heavier than the two small satellites combined. Overall, it's small enough to fit into tight spaces – and you know that a compact design is always a plus in my book.

The down-firing design of this subwoofer means that the four-inch woofer driver sits on the bottom of the cabinet. The only thing that you'll find on the front panel is the oh-so-tiny port; my guess is that it measures around an inch or so.

All the wiring – and none of the controls – leads to the subwoofer's back panel, including the power cord, the speaker output port for the satellites, and the control pod cable.

I like that Logitech opted for a standardized speaker plug here – as opposed to something proprietary – and that all the wires are long enough for most desk setups and applications.

Last but not least, the control pod deserves mention, too – and you can see, right off the bat, that this is the cheapest-feeling component of the Logitech Z313.

That's a real shame considering how crucial it is for the rest of the system, especially since there are no controls on the subwoofer's back panel or the satellites – and Bluetooth connectivity isn't an option, either.

Anyway, this little control pod is in charge of turning the subwoofer on and controlling the volume, and you also plug in your headphones into it.

Logitech Z313

I would've preferred a "control center" that feels a little more solid – but oh well, it is what it is. Having a control pod means that you don’t have to reach for the speakers for every minor sound adjustment, though, and that’s always a plus.

Logitech Z313: Performance & Sound Quality

One thing before we talk about the actual sound – and especially bass – delivery:

This speaker system is ridiculously easy to set up. Logitech deserves some serious bonus points for making this system as user friendly as possible.

There are no proprietary cables, no complicated wiring in the back, none of that confusing stuff. Plus, they're compatible with major operating systems, like Windows and Mac. I'm not even mad that they can't connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth; that's how much I appreciate the easy setup.

You can have them playing your favorite music in a matter of seconds – straight out of the box!

The entire system is rated at 25 watts RMS, split up among the three units; the subwoofer alone gets 15 watts of power, while the satellites get 5 watts each.

I know that it doesn't sound like a lot at first glance. But how much power do you genuinely need from a set of computer speakers, realistically speaking?

Speaker System 3

Anyhow, I put this Logitech speaker to the test with different music genres, and, well, with all three speaker units working in unison, it sounds pretty good across the range, bass and all.

It sounds much better than I would expect for the money is what I'm saying.

For starters, the audio delivery of the satellites is spot-on. Seriously, it’s mind-blowing how good they sound, especially with their wattage and size in mind:

The separation and clarity are excellent throughout the range – which, by the way, goes from 48 Hz to 20 kHz – and so is the surrounding sound effect.

Even more so, the subwoofer's low-end reproduction is surprisingly refreshing. There's nothing overly "modulated" about it, and it pushes out bright, clean-sounding bass, even if you mostly listen to bass-heavy music.

And yes, they can reach room-filling volume levels. Still, I wouldn't recommend pushing them over the 70-percent mark – not unless you're ready to deal with distortions.

At "normal" volumes, though, the sound is crystal clear.

One complaint here is that, other than the volume dial on the control pod, you have no way to modify the bass. For example, the default settings are suitable for music, but watching a movie is a whole different story:

As small as it is, the subwoofer can overpower the sound system in action-packed movie scenes.

I tried to address this by turning the volume down, but it only rendered the dialogue almost inaudible.

Also, I would suggest that you keep the subwoofer close – but with the port facing away – and as far from walls as possible. It tends to produce a "booming" effect – and not in a good way – and the little port is known to rattle from time to time.

Smart placement can take care of this to a degree, though.

Logitech Z313 Review: Weighing The Pros & Cons 

Pros

  • Cheap 2.1-channel PC multimedia speakers
  • Wired control pod has a power button and volume dial
  • Compatible with major operating systems and devices with a 3.5-mm port
  • Control pod has a dedicated headphone jack
  • The cables are long enough for setup flexibility
  • Excellent audio quality across the range and with different music genres
  • Bright and clean-sounding bass and plug-and-play design for easy setup

Cons

  • The control pod feels flimsy
  • Doesn't support Bluetooth connectivity
  • The subwoofer port can rattle at times
  • No way to modify bass levels
  • Experiences distortion at higher volumes
  • Bass can be overwhelming for movie watching

Logitech Z313 Speaker System – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Logitech Z313 work with TV?

A: I have good news for you – yes, you can hook up the Logitech Z313 with your TV for a much-needed boost in sound quality and bass.

If your TV comes with a headphone jack – check both the front and back panels of your TV for the included audio inputs – the process of connecting your Logitech Z313 speakers will be super simple. And by simple, I mean:

Plug the 3.5-mm pin into the TV's headphone jack, and you're good to go.

If it doesn't have one – and features red and white audio out ports, instead – you'll have to get an RCA-to-3.5mm-female adapter cable, and hook up the RCA end to the matching red and white audio-outs on the TV, first.

Q: How do I set up my Z313?

A: Like I already mentioned, this is pretty much a plug-and-play system, which makes the setup surprisingly straightforward. Not only does it already come with color-coded audio cables but features a 3.5-mm pin, too, which makes the Logitech Z313 compatible with any device that has a headphone jack for audio input.

As far as setup goes, all there is to do is connect the two satellite speakers to the port located on the back of the subwoofer, plug in the 3.5-mm pin into the desired device – be it your desktop PC, laptop, or TV – and plug it into a power outlet.

All that's left now is to hit that power button on the included control pod – you'll see an LED light come on when you do – and that's it. Your speakers are ready to play some music.


Conclusion

Z313 Review – 2.1 PC Speakers On A Budget


86/100
our score
  • D25 watts of power is enough for room-filling volumes
  • Compact and easy to blend in with existing PC peripherals
  • Compatible with major operating systems and all devices with a 3.5-mm port
  • Has a dedicated headphone jack and plug-and-play installation 
  • Pretty decent sound separation and clarity throughout the range
  • Clean and bright bass is excellent for listening to music
  • Long cables and a control pod for maximum setup flexibility 

It was a bit hard for me to go all critical and nit-picky in this Logitech Z313 review. Don't get me wrong; this speaker system's far from perfect, and I did my best to point out the potential downsides.

But to tell you the truth, considering the price point that we're talking about here, the Z313 packs quite a punch. Most other sound systems in this price range would show signs of budget cuts in either their construction or their performance – but not these small Logitech speakers.

Even more so, I believe that you'd be hard-pressed to find a better pocket-friendly deal when it comes to PC speakers.

If you'd like to know what else is out there, though, you should try your luck with the best computer speakers under $50.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide!