X-MINI XOUNDBAR

This wire­less speaker is re­ally com­pact and sounds great

T3 India - - State Of The Art - WORDS KU­NAL GAN­GAR

Here at T3, we’ve been seen our fair share of Blue­tooth wire­less speak­ers in dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes and the lat­est to visit our HQ is X-mini’s Xoundbar. Ir­re­spec­tive how you try to pro­nounce the prod­uct’s name, it’s a per­fect ex­am­ple of chota packet, bada dhamaka!

The Xoundbar is tiny with a width of just 4.67-inches and height of 1.8-inches. It weighs just 128g and can be eas­ily slipped into a pocket or a small purse. The un­clut­tered de­sign fea­tures mesh grille on the front and back with a sil­ver fin­ish on the sides. The LED in­di­ca­tor light and mi­croUSB port are at the back whereas the phys­i­cal con­trols are on the top. The speak­ers are IPX4 cer­ti­fied that pro­tects the speaker from oc­ca­sional splashes, which is good enough to lis­ten by the pool.

The Xoundbar is equipped with two full-range 36mm au­dio driv­ers with the loudspeaker out­put rated at 6W. X-mini also al­lows the Xoundbar to be con­nected to an­other Xoundbar for an im­proved stereo sound ex­pe­ri­ence.

Loud­ness is one thing but what about the au­dio qual­ity? The Xoundbar at 50-75 per­cent sounds pretty good while try­ing to give a bal­anced out­put but the speaker strug­gles when the vol­ume is cranked to the max­i­mum. That said, au­dio doesn’t sound bad at 100 per­cent and if needed, the Xoundbar is ca­pa­ble of fill­ing up a medium-sized room of 125-150 sq. ft with ease. Bass is nonex­is­tent, which is un­der­stand­able for a speaker of this size. The de­sign also does not make the Xoundbar wob­ble when mu­sic is played at high vol­ume. It has up to 5 hours of bat­tery life and takes up to 2.5 hours to charge.

If we were to nit­pick, the ab­sence of vol­ume keys is the only thing that we dis­like. Long press­ing the fast for­ward/rewind keys al­lows to de­crease or in­crease the vol­ume and more of­ten than not, the speak­ers skips to the next track or rewinds to the start of the track if you mis­tak­enly for­get to long press the but­ton.

Xoundbar is of­fi­cially priced at`4,990 but at the time of go­ing to press, the speaker is re­tail­ing un­der `3,000, which is a re­ally good price for the speaker that is com­pact and of­fers de­cent au­dio qual­ity play­back.

PRICE `4,990 URL x-mini.com DI­MEN­SIONS 118.8x21.5x45.8mm WEIGHT 128g IPX RAT­ING IPX4 LOUDSPEAKER 3W x 2 FRE­QUENCY RE­SPONSE 160Hz – 16kHz SIGNALTO-NOISE ă GE BLUE­TOOTH v4.2 BAT­TERY CA­PAC­ITY 700mAh

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