Boom­box re­views

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In a re­view spe­cial, we go hands-on with five boom­boxes of dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes. No, they don’t all sound the same

The first thing you no­tice about the Log­itech UE Mo­bile Boom­box is its size, an as­pect that seems com­pletely at odds with the sound it lets out. This colour­ful de­vice is light­weight and seems just a lit­tle big­ger than the clenched fist of a fairly burly man. The de­sign is min­i­mal­is­tic yet state-of-the-art, and the de­vice’s tough rub­berised body makes it the per­fect choice for those liv­ing a life on the go. We dropped it on the floor twice, and the boom­box did not have even the slight­est crackle to show for it.

The UE Mo­bile Boom­box is ca­pa­ble of be­ing paired with eight dif­fer­ent de­vices through Blue­tooth, a fac­tor that makes it an ideal in-house pos­ses­sion. The mu­sic play­back can also be switched be­tween two de­vices. To test the sound, we opted for Queen’s Bo­hemian Rhap­sody. The bass was quite whole­some for a de­vice this minia­ture, and Fred­die’s vo­cals seemed clear in­deed. How­ever, the stereo ef­fect – some­thing that the song re­ally cap­i­talises on – failed to find ad­e­quate ex­pres­sion in the de­vice, prob­a­bly be­cause its driv­ers are cramped so close to­gether. But be be warned, the mu­sic starts get­ting a lit­tle jar­ring be­yond level-7. The price is steep, but the sound jus­ti­fies it to an ex­tent.

SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB

SONY SRS-BTV5

LG LA8600

JBL RUM­BLE

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