Pi­o­neer XW-BTS7

Pi­o­neer XW-BTS7

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - by IanChee

When you are shop­ping for speak­ers, no doubt you've no­ticed quite a num­ber of them with a spe­cial­ized dock at the top for the lat­est gen­er­a­tion iPhone or iPod touch. If you are an owner of Ap­ple's mo­bile de­vices, this is a con­ve­nience pro­vided by many man­u­fac­tur­ers which you will en­joy. One such man­u­fac­turer is Pi­o­neer, with its lat­est prod­uct in the line, the XW-BTS7.

The Pi­o­neer XW-BTS7 is a beau­ti­ful look­ing prod­uct. It sports a wooden look that comes in two color vari­a­tions: Brown and Light Oak. It's com­pact and light­weight too, which makes the fact that it doesn't have an in­ter­nal recharge­able bat­tery a real shame. That said, it still has Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity as well as NFC, in ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tional 3.5mm audio port and a USB port.

On the top, you will find the Light­ning con­nec­tor dock, as well as five but­tons for its var­i­ous func­tions right at the cen­ter. Next to it is the NFC icon, so you would know where to tap your NFC-en­abled de­vice for pair­ing. There is a re­mov­able speaker cover at the front, be­hind which you will find the two 15W driv­ers and the IR re­ceiver in the mid­dle. The IR re­ceiver is, ob­vi­ously, for the re­mote con­trol that comes with the XW-BTS7, which ap­pears to have more con­trol func­tions than the unit it­self. The back is where you plug in the power, USB de­vices and the 3.5mm audio cable. We say USB de­vices but they are, un­for­tu­nately, only for other iPhones and iPods.

As for per­for­mance, it varies slightly de­pend­ing on what you are us­ing to play your tracks. Gen­er­ally, the bass is un­able to keep up when play­ing bassheavy club-es­que tracks, and are a lit­tle on the weak side some of the time. The mids and highs are great at low to mod­er­ate vol­ume lev­els, but dis­tor­tion is quite ev­i­dent when you at­tempt to blast the speak­ers. The Light­ning con­nec­tor seems to be the op­tion for you to use, as tracks played via an iPhone or iPod touch con­nected here sounds the best, with other meth­ods of con­nec­tiv­ity suf­fer­ing a drop in sound clar­ity.

The Pi­o­neer XW-BTS7 is made for iOS de­vices, in phys­i­cal form and in per­for­mance. Then again, this is ex­pected of speak­ers with a dock to per­form best with the docked de­vice. While it's a shame that it can­not be as por­ta­ble as many would hope, it would serve as a beau­ti­ful ad­di­tion to a liv­ing space.

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