WIRED Sound system boasts slick sound, look
Global charging hub works great
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.