Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Jimmy Ja­cob

Upon link­ing the XConnect BTS-Q1 speaker to my cell­phone for the first time, I ex­pected a sound that would at least hold a can­dle to my UE Mo­bile Boom­box. Dis­ap­point­ment fol­lowed. Quite un­like my ex­pe­ri­ence with the UE prod­uct (which has two driv­ers for pro­vid­ing a pass­able stereo ef­fect), the sound from the sin­gle-driver XConnect seemed al­most claus­tro­pho­bic. But then, it was an im­proper com­par­i­son with a de­vice that cost thrice as much. Like pit­ting David against Go­liath, armed with only a smaller price tag for a sling­shot.

A sec­ond look at the XConnect brought out a more favourable opin­ion. For one, con­nect­ing the de­vice to my smart­phone was easy as pie. I turned on the switch at the bot­tom of the XConnect, and it ea­gerly came to life in the midst of flash­ing green lights and cheer­ful elec­tronic sounds even as the phone de­light­fully an­nounced ‘Blue­tooth con­nected’. The first track I tried on it was ‘Bro­ken Mir­rors’ by Rise Against. The sound was fairly loud but the bass lacked punch, and at times, it was hard mak­ing out the gui­tar riffs from the vo­cals. The re­sults ob­tained from the lighter tunes, such as ‘All I Want is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar, were far more sat­is­fy­ing. The XConnect is com­pat­i­ble with all kinds of Blue­tooth-en­abled de­vices, and can make group con­fer­ence calls seem like a breeze. Just don’t ex­pect it to bring the roof down on you.


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