LOEWE SPEAKER 2GO
German brand Loewe may now be known for their upper-class televisions, but the company actually started off as a radio manufacturer. And with the Speaker 2go portable, Bluetooth-powered boom box, they’re making a return to their roots.
The silver edition of the Speaker 2go was easily the prettiest of the bunch. With a bisecting line in the middle, delicate front grill and anodized aluminum finish, the speakers look somewhat like an instrument case you may expect a skilled draughtsman to carry.
The speakers are designed to be portable and come equipped with a lithium-ion battery rated for up to eight hours of playback. While the entire package is nowhere near as big as the Sony SRS-BTX5000, it is deceptively heavy at 1.30kg.
At the back you’ll find both the 3.5mm port and the power adapter ports. Touch-sensitive buttons on the top of the device which light up when pressed, as well as to indicate the Speaker 2go’s current status. The location of the NFC tag is denoted by a circular, black mark. Establishing a Bluetooth connection via NFC was relatively hassle free, but a little on the slow side when compared to the rest.
Other innovative design aspects of the speakers include a hard on/off toggle switch. This can come in handy for those who want to be doubly sure that the speakers won’t accidentally power up while in the bag. Loewe also included a height-adjustable rubber foot at the bottom, which let the speakers tilt to 7.5-degrees for better sound projection. In terms of audio capabilities, the Speaker 2go matches the 40W power output of the Sony SRS-BTX500. Like the latter, Loewe also goes with a 2.1 driver configuration, with each of the three powered by individual Class D digital amplifiers. The star aspects of the speaker’s performance were its loud volume and strong bass. The low frequencies were extended and deep, albeit slightly loose. Good mids helped to round the sound profile out, though a lack of clear trebles reduced the impact of certain tracks such as Melt My Heart To Stone.
All things said, the Speaker 2go is an extremely good speaker in its own right, but ultimately coming in second to the SRS-BTX500 in terms of audio quality.
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The Loewe Speaker 2go comes with a USB in case you want to deplete its battery to charge your phone.
Thin slivers of rubber at the bottom of the device keep the speakers stable when it is pumping out sound.