Au­dio Pro Ad­don C5

FOR De­tailed and ex­pres­sive sound; app is easy to use AGAINST Noth­ing

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Au­dio Pro has an en­vi­able re­cent his­tory of pro­duc­ing af­ford­able one-box Blue­tooth speak­ers, so the op­tion of a multi-room set-up makes per­fect sense. The Ad­don C5 is, in ef­fect, an Ad­don T5 with in­ter­net and multi-room ca­pac­ity. From the front it looks iden­ti­cal, with its fa­mil­iar con­fig­u­ra­tion of a 10cm woofer strad­dled by 18mm tweet­ers. On top, the Ad­don C5 has a large cir­cu­lar vol­ume con­trol flanked by sets of four smaller but­tons: for power-on, play/pause, in­put se­lec­tion and Blue­tooth pair­ing to its left, and pre-sets to its right.

In­puts on the Au­dio Pro’s be­hind are re­served for more per­ma­nent fix­tures – the power cord, eth­er­net ca­ble and RCA – along­side out­puts for sub-woofer and USB de­vice charg­ing. There’s also a tog­gle switch for op­ti­mised play­back de­pend­ing on whether you’re us­ing wi-fi.

Of course, a multi-room speaker can­not be judged with­out its app. The Au­dio Pro’s one is sim­ply laid out, with no real search­ing re­quired to find ma­jor stream­ing ser­vices and NAS drives.

This range of speak­ers has al­ways been blessed by its mu­si­cal­ity, but as part of a multi-room sys­tem, the range of tasks

“The C5 is blessed by its mu­si­cal­ity”

the Ad­don C5 per­forms is wider: talk ra­dio and pod­casts, per­haps even an up­grade to TV speak­ers. It’s good to know that the C5’s mu­si­cal tal­ents – its ex­pres­sive dy­nam­ics and low-end sta­bil­ity – are en­tirely trans­fer­able.

Turn­ing the Ad­don range into a mul­ti­room sys­tem may have been a no-brainer – but Au­dio Pro has done it es­pe­cially well.

The C5 has the fa­mil­iar look of the Ad­don range

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