JUST A SMALL BLUE TOOTH
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.
GG SIMMTRONICS XCONNECT BTS-Q1; ` 2,999