WIRED Sound sys­tem boasts slick sound, look

Global charg­ing hub works great

SundayXtra - - LIFE / TECH -

I get my hands and ears on a seem­ingly end­less num­ber of por­ta­ble sound sys­tems. Some look bet­ter than they sound, and oth­ers sound bet­ter than they look.

How­ever, the SoundScene 20w por­ta­ble speaker from Bayan Au­dio doesn’t fall into ei­ther cat­e­gory, be­cause it looks great and sounds flat- out amaz­ing.

The por­ta­ble Blue­tooth speak­ers have crys­tal-clear sound, lots of bass and an IPX5 weath­er­proof de­sign with sil­i­cone rub­ber caps. The multi-use speaker makes a great ad­di­tion to any backyard or liv­ing room.

They are pow­ered by an in­ter­nal USB recharge­able bat­tery for up to eight hours of sound, or with the in­cluded AC adapter. You can con­trol the vol­ume on each speaker in­di­vid­u­ally.

The speak­ers can easily be built into a sys­tem with­out need­ing any hard­ware. In­side is a ra­dio fre­quency that links up to eight speak­ers with the press of a but­ton.

This gives you a great choice for po­si­tion­ing the speak­ers, which can be as far as 30 me­tres from the main trans­mit­ting speaker. I didn’t have them that far apart, but no mat­ter where they were, in­side or out­side, the sound was great.

The sound is de­liv­ered in a 270-de­gree range from the con­tem­po­rary-look­ing sil­ver/grey speaker. There’s also a 3.5-mil­lime­tre aux­il­iary port for a di­rect con­nec­tion.

DE­TAILS: US$199 per speaker; bayanau­diousa.com. THE Ven­tev global charg­ing hub 300 is ad­ver­tised to work in more than 150 coun­tries, so the odds are it will work where you are or wher­ever you are go­ing.

It’s de­signed with four dif­fer­ent ACprong con­fig­u­ra­tions to keep you con­nected around the globe, but what makes it a must-have for trav­el­ling is the pair of USB ports.

The de­sign al­lows it to go in most any AC wall out­let around the world and then charge your por­ta­ble elec­tronic gad­gets with your own USB ca­bles.

The USB ports give you 2.1 amps of out­put power, en­abling them to charge most any­thing, in­clud­ing tablets.

DE­TAILS: US$34.99; tessco.com.

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