TDK Life on Record A33 Wireless Weatherproof Portable Speaker
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All products are imported from the USA. All electronic products must be used with a step down/up converter for Indian voltage compatibility.
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Point is, most of them sound like a bigger version of the iphone speaker.. small, thin sound, no bass etc..Uggh..
I was hesitant to buy for the money, but with Amazon returns, I was less worried.
IN Summary- This product is 99% the best portable and small speaker system I have ever heard. I have mixed music and television in Nashville for 21 years. I have 3K studio monitors in my protools studio. So trust me here is why you want to buy this.
1. NO EQ- Does not matter, this has the most unbelievable bass punch (Not overboard smothering like Bose) and yet smooth mids, and not the ear bleeding Highs in the 2-6k that some cheap speakers boost to make perceived loudness.
2. Both bluetooth and traditional input cable- HAs you covered for any device
3. Rechargeable Battery life- Follow instructions when charging - But I love being able to take this out on a deck party or wherever, 5-6 hours is decent and then recharge- you dont need a wheelbarrow of AA's that last 2 hours.
4.It's weight does prove that there is some girth thus the bass, but I can still put it in my laptop bag and fill a room with the sound-
CRAZY that this speaker can play this much sound. Do not hesitate to buy, you will forget about the price after the first day you spend with it! The 1% of CON- every once in awhile, the blue tooth loses connection and I have to reboot everything- the iphone (remove device pairing, reset the speaker etc..) I believe this is an solveable area with a firmware upgrade to the speaker.
Other consumers have expressed some concern over the A33's internal battery. If the battery tends to die and will no longer hold a charge after a relatively short time of usage, that's really unfortunate...in such cases, replacing the battery is the only thing I can think of to suggest. Hopefully TDK will address problems like this in the future. A "healthy" battery should allow for roughly six hours of playback. Six hours doesn't seem like much, these days. But I think it's important to take into consideration the amount of juice it takes to power this device...15W output is unusual for a speaker of this size, and is probably at least partially responsible for the great sound this speaker is capable of producing (as well as the relatively short-term total battery play time). Larger battery capacity usually means larger, more expensive battery/device, and less portability. There's always some tradeoff. Most portables in this general size range run at around 4W - 10W total output. Also, most of the others use either passive radiators or bass reflex ports to fatten up the bass output, and/or some sort of built-in equalization to give the illusion of "more bass." Apart from the A33, I'm not aware of any other small, battery-powered, portable speakers that include a built-in, dedicated, powered subwoofer...even larger speakers like the Bose Soundlink and Big Jambox don't include powered subs. Personally, I'm willing to accept the A33's limitations because the sound it produces is so superior to anything I've yet heard in a speaker of this size, and at such a reasonable price (I paid $119.99, by the way). Battery play time can be extended by using an external battery pack capable of supplying 12 Volts. I use the Anker Astro Pro 10000 mAh Multi-Voltage External Battery, but there are probably other options available. The Anker battery comes with a cable that fits into the A33's charging port (I had to fiddle around a bit before I could get the cable to fit just right, but it does work). Much of the time I'm content to simply leave the A33 plugged in.
I've owned the Jawbone Jambox (the original), the JBL Charge, the Klipsch iGroove sxt, the Altec Lansing InMotion Classic (iMT620), the Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2, and the Logitech Wireless Boombox. A friend owns the Bose Soundlink Mini, which I've been able to listen to/test at length on numerous occasions. I've heard and re-heard most of the popular portables in stores and elsewhere. None of the above, in my opinion, are capable of matching the high quality of sound produced by the TDK A33. My Klipsch dock probably comes closest, but battery power isn't an option, it has no Bluetooth capability, tends to distort at higher volume levels, and is too bulky to be easily portable. The Logitech Boombox comes close also, but is considerably larger, and lacks the tightly-defined, full bass of the TDK. Seriously, to my ears, the TDK adds a dimension of sound that's on an entirely different level. With my other speakers I constantly found myself scrambling to adjust the EQ on my music player (iPod Classic, laptop, or tablet) to get everything to sound "right." With the TDK A33, I seldom (if ever) feel the need to tweak the equalizer settings at all...it's that good.
My thanks to all who took the time to leave reviews here at Amazon...the customer feedback is always a big help to me when I'm researching products.
UPDATE, 8/1/2014: After purchasing this speaker I became aware of a number of other portables which feature powered subwoofers. These include the Creative Sound Blaster Roar, the Sony SRSX5, and the Loewe Speaker 2go. Although I'm perfectly satisfied with the performance of the TDK A33, some of these other options certainly seem worth checking out.
Glad I did, this thing is awesome. I will run this thing against and compare it to the 2 most popular units out there, the UE Boom and the Bose Soundlink color. Beats them both hands down, as the UE boom is not rechargeable, and the Bose is the cheapest speaker they make and while it's pretty good, if you turn it up it looses a lot.
I haven't had a need to turn this thing past 3.75 bars of the 5 bars of sound.
And for those people complaining about its too bassy or too much trebble, ADJUST THE SOUND SETTINGS ON YOUR PLAYBACK!
Also remember that no tracks, EVEN THE ONES FROM ITUNES have perfect sound leveling.
Hope this review helps, if anyone has any questions about what the unit can do message me and I'll test it out and try to answer them!