Con­nec­tiv­ity

How do they play with other de­vices?

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT -

As you’d ex­pect, th­ese speak­ers all in­clude a 3.5mm au­dio socket for con­nect­ing to your Mac and – with one ex­cep­tion – they in­clude Blue­tooth so you can stream mu­sic from your iPhone or iPad.

Au­dio­engine is the odd man out here, as its A2+ speak­ers lack Blue­tooth (although they of­fer an op­tional wire­less adapter in­stead). The A2+ also in­cludes a con­nec­tor for a sub­woofer, as well as USB au­dio in­put, which some peo­ple may pre­fer over the 3.5mm line-in.

How­ever, the win­ner in terms of its range of fea­tures is Roth’s OLi POWA-5. Tucked around the back of the left-hand speaker you’ll find an ad­di­tional RCA stereo con­nec­tor, two dig­i­tal in­puts for use with a TV or set-top box, and a con­nec­tor for an op­tional sub-woofer. It even in­cludes two USB ports that you can use to charge your iPhone (but not an iPad, un­for­tu­nately). The only thing miss­ing is a head­phone socket – which, iron­i­cally, Cre­ative man­ages to in­clude with its much cheaper T30 Wire­less, clearly with an eye on the gam­ing mar­ket.

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