Amkette & F&D wireless speakers: Freedom from wires

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: Oct 24 2013, 14:57pm hrs
If you havent noticed, we are using more wireless these days. After the mobile phones and notebook computers which made messy wires redundant, consumers have developed a liking for portable wireless speakers. They get easily connected to a laptop, mobile phone or a tablet by means of Bluetooth technology and as long as you keep the receiver within its defined range, the speaker will run and produce impressive sound. Wireless speakers have appealing looks, are easy to afford and most important, they have really made our lives much more comfortable and sophisticated. It is always prestigious to show these cool accessories off to our friends and colleagues, isnt it

With the proliferation of portable audio devices all around us, domestic device makers too have jumped into the arena; they have introduced newer models at regular intervals and tasted considerable success in the market. Recently, two companiesAmkette and Fenda Audiosent across their latest wireless speakers to us for a product evaluation. So, those who hate wires and often find it hard to entangle them can now breathe a sigh of relief. Being wireless, Trubeats Metal from Amkette and the Swan portable speaker from Fenda Audio are pretty good looking and convenient to handle. You can also take them outside the home and use them even while travelling or sitting in a park. Besides, they are pretty light in weight and extremely small in size. Let us check them out individually.

Amkette Trubeats Metal

Trubeats Metal, as the name suggests, is built with a metal alloy drum to produce the loudest sound from possibly the smallest space. It measures 57 x 62 mm in dimensions and weighs just 315g. Designed to deliver a power packed heavy bass sound, the Bluetooth enabled portable device also has a built in mic that delivers loud sound for both party and calls.

Inside the speakers cool-looking retail box, you will find the Metal, charging cable (mini USB), mesh carry case, audio cable for a wired connection to an audio source, as well as a set of booklets. The Metal could very well be the most beautiful speaker available in its class. It resembles a miniature metal drum and anyone will struggle to not find it beautiful. The metal construction feels really solid and ready to handle plenty of daily use.

The audio controls of the Metal are located at the bottom. They include power on/off, next track, previous track, status LED indicator, play/pause track, pick/drop call. Theres also a AUX port and mini USB charging port. All of them are fairly large and easy to operate. Its battery has a playback time of eight hours. In my experience, using the device at average volume, I found it to easily reach and even exceed its playback rating. Furthermore, the speaker can also fulfill hands-free calling duties, thanks to a built-in microphone.

In the test-run, I paired the speaker with a mobile phone, laptop and even a tablet. Pairing was relatively easy. And the sound that emanates from this Amkette device is very impressive. Their latest creation is powerful enough easily fill a large room with pleasantly rich, powerful sound. At full volume, it is all but certain to get you a call from your neighboursthe output is so powerful that it feels uncanny coming out of a speaker this size. You almost get a theatrical experience with it. I am pretty sure that those who are addicted to music will definitely savour the experience of tuning into their favourite tracks through this wireless Bluetooth speaker.

F&D Swan

There are some gadgets that are silent performers, while there are some which regularly assume the centre of conversations. Fenda Audio, a fast-growing gadgets firm, has introduced a new Bluetooth speaker thats clearly the latter. The Swan portable speaker, thanks to its rather good looks and high-performance features, cannot escape any conversation.

Out of the box, Swan is a pocket-sized beauty made for professionals and entertainment lovers. It boasts of the most attractive design in its segment. Egg-shaped and measuring simply 83 mm by 80mm, its open type design lets it breathe light and more importantly, helps create a 360 degree sound field.

The Swan works on Bluetooth 4.0 and bears a high-capacity Lithium-ion battery. It offers clear sound and seamless connections. The device is capable of establishing a connection with two Bluetooth devices at once. When at work, Swan is a pleasure to have around, thanks to its hands-free calling capabilities. Moreover, by pairing up with your phone and laptop at the same time and being touch-friendly, it promises to be a busy professionals smart partner during presentations.

While at leisure, Swan eases into convenient mode, bringing music to your drawing room with its wide transmission range. At gaming too, it gives that extra edge by pairing with your phone or tablet. Theres more, for busy bees on the gothis Bluetooth gizmo makes a perfect fit for the car too, by reading aloud messages and receiving calls apart from playing music. Once plugged out of its mini USB recharge slot, the speaker has a battery life of around five hours.

The Swan offers incredible design, solid build, powerful sound, as well as a number of handy additional features. It is priced at R3,990, therefore making the speaker an even more attractive proposition.

TRUBEATS METAL

* Speaker: 40 mm magnetically shielded

* Loudspeaker output: 3W

* Frequency response: 180Hz-20KHz

* S/N ratio: >80dB

* Bluetooth version: 2.1 Class 2

* Profiles supported: A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.4, HSP, HFP

* Range: Upto 10 metres

* Playback time: 8 hours

Estimated street price: Rs 2,995

F&D SWAN

* Dimensions: 83 x 83 x 80 mm (W x D x H)

* Frequency response: 60Hz~20KHz

* Output power (RMS): 2W

* Speakers: 2-inch full range neodymium driver

* USB power cable: micro USB versus USB cable

* Power: Rechargeable Li-ion battery