SOUNDS LIKE BOOM

iTouch BoomPlay Neo

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Ammar Uzair Amin­ud­din

While we've said this in other re­views in the past, it's a stark re­minder that the cur­rent mar­ket is flooded with all sorts of por­ta­ble speak­ers. They come in all shapes, sizes and price. The iTouch BoomPlay Neo is one of the many por­ta­ble speak­ers that match price with per­for­mance. While it's made in China, we guar­an­tee that such con­cerns are mis­placed when it comes to the BoomPlay Neo. In fact, we were re­ally sur­prised by its per­for­mance and this is the prod­uct that we're go­ing to re­view for this month is­sue. So, with­out fur­ther ado, let's take a closer look.

From the de­sign as­pect, the BoomPlay Neo is a com­bi­na­tion of so­lid­ity and ver­sa­til­ity. It looks sturdy, and its chas­sis is partly cov­ered with a high qual­ity wooden ma­te­rial that is coated with a seven layer var­nish. The frontal speaker houses two 2.25-inch mid-range sound driv­ers, which is cov­ered with a metal grill. Porta­bil­ity is a chief fac­tor in the BoomPlay Neo's de­sign, as there's also an alu­minum han­dle for those who like to lis­ten to their mu­sic on-the-go.

The BoomPlay Neo has quite a few fea­tures on it. For starters, it has a su­pe­rior tem­pered glass, one-touch me­dia panel, which gives the user ac­cess to the speaker's func­tions, such as power, vol­ume con­trol, and even Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. There's even an NFC sen­sor un­der­neath the speaker too. The BoomPlay Neo also has a mas­sive 4,400mAh bat­tery, mean­ing that this speaker is ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing users with many hours of play­back.

To test out the speak­ers, we paired the BoomPlay Neo with one of our smart de­vices. Now, while the speak­ers have Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, it's im­por­tant to note that the BoomPlay Neo is only equipped with Blue­tooth v3.0. Once both de­vices are con­nected, we were able to stream the mu­sic wire­lessly. Also, at this point, test­ing out the speaker's qual­ity through a wire­less or wired con­nec­tion would have made next to no dif­fer­ence, so we went ahead and tested it wire­lessly. The speaker's au­dio per­for­mance was sur­pris­ingly good; it was crisp and clear for the ma­jor­ity of our songs, which are fo­cused within the mid-pitch and high-pitch scale. This clar­ity was also achieved, thanks to its built-in HD Dig­i­tal Sig­nal Pro­ces­sor. The bass also in­di­cated to us that the speaker's low-pitches were deep and punchy due to the in­te­grated 5-inch Su­per­Bass sub­woofer.

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