grille and polished chrome trim. The Standard model features dark gray nylon cover, black aluminum grille and brushed chrome trim.
I carefully unpacked the mobile speaker and power supply. When opened, the cover forms a stand for the speaker. No sound is heard from the speaker unless the cover is opened. When you close the cover, magnets hold it in place. When closed, the cover protects the speaker. Also, if you close the cover while audio is playing, the speaker turns itself off.
When using the SoundLink II indoors, the tonal quality may vary depending on where the speaker in placed in a room. As per my assessment, the speaker is designed to sound best when placed on a shelf, desk, or tabletop that is 24 to 48 inches high. For best bass response, the speaker should be placed near a wall; bass response decreases as the speaker is placed closer to the centre of a room. When operating the speaker, always use the cover as a stand. Do not lay the speaker on its back. Sound is emitted from both the front and rear of the unit.
I spent quite a few hours listening to the SoundLink II and was pleasantly surprised with the overall package, including its sound quality. I paired the SoundLink Speaker II with my Dell laptop and the entire experience was seamless and hassle-free. I also successfully connected it to my better half’s iPhone 4. Of course, the user manual was of great assistance.
From both the devices, I was able to enjoy clear, full sound on this small speaker. Bass response was good and tight for a small speaker. The overall sound was impressive. It also never distorted, even at high volumes, and could easily fill a large living room.
My assessment: The SoundLink II is an excellent Bluetooth speaker. It connects easily, looks great, and has very good sound quality. If you are looking for a premium Bluetooth speaker, you can take a good look at this Bose innovation.
Estimated street price: Rs 23,513