Bot­tom line

PCWorld (USA) - - Feature -

With Blue­tooth speak­ers be­com­ing more the norm, con­tend­ing with ca­bles can feel like a has­sle. For­tu­nately, the Peb­ble keeps the wires few and tidy. The two speak­ers are hard­wired to­gether, so all you need to do is plug the USB cord into one of your PC ports, and the 3.5mm in­put into your head­phone jack. Each of these ca­bles is at­tached to the back of the right speaker, so you don’t need to worry about los­ing them.

Peb­ble de­liv­ers sur­pris­ingly rich, immersive au­dio. Usb-pow­ered 2.0 speak­ers tend to suf­fer in sound qual­ity com­pared to their Ac-pow­ered coun­ter­parts, but that wasn’t the case here. Highs were crisp and clear, and the bass had plenty of pres­ence. The au­dio over­all had depth and de­tail no mat­ter what type of mu­sic I ran through the speak­ers. The tip­ping point for speak­ers this size is usu­ally at higher vol­umes, where dis­tor­tion be­comes an is­sue. But even when play­ing bot­tom-heavy gen­res like dub or dance mu­sic, the Peb­ble re­tained crys­tal clar­ity at high vol­ume. De­cent sound in sub-$30 stereo speak­ers is as rare as gold. The Peb­ble sets a new bar with its well-above-av­er­age au­dio. It’s not au­dio­phile qual­ity—noth­ing at this price point is—but it’s fuller and more bal­anced than you find in PC speak­ers that cost twice as much. The Peb­ble of­fers an in­ex­pen­sive au­dio up­grade that’s tough to re­sist.

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