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Published on August 23rd, 2012 | by Greg

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Audyssey Wireless Speakers: Bluetooth Can Rock

A bit over a month ago, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from one of our fa­vorite au­dio com­pa­nies dropped by our of­fices and pre­sent­ed a de­mo of their lat­est mod­el. A short while lat­er, we re­ceived some of the first pro­duc­tion mod­els, and have been burn­ing them in, test­ing them out, and play­ing around with them. And we can hap­pi­ly re­port to be im­pressed with Blue­tooth au­dio per­for­mance, some­thing that doesn’t hap­pen very of­ten.

The Au­dyssey Wire­less Speak­ers are sim­ply named (a no­tice­able change from a com­pa­ny that be­gan with a line of prod­ucts named af­ter neigh­bor­hoods in New York and San Fran­cis­co). But they of­fer a com­pelling an­swer to au­dio-lovers who want wire­less with­out be­ing forced in­to the Ap­ple Air­play ecosys­tem. Fans won’t no­tice any big changes in sound be­tween the wired and the wire­less ver­sions, though the cos­met­ic changes (white with black trim, glossy with­out be­ing fin­ger­print mag­nets, in­stead of the black/red com­bi­na­tion) are love­ly. Plus, the ad­di­tion of wire­less adds a new di­men­sion in play­back, al­low­ing you to quick­ly con­nect your smart­phone, tablet, or lap­top to the speak­ers with­out hav­ing to fuss with ca­bles.

Pair­ing is easy and we didn’t no­tice any drops or re­con­nec­tion is­sues, as we have on some oth­er Blue­tooth de­vices. And, as men­tioned, per­for­mance is sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous­ly-re­viewed Au­dyssey Me­dia Speak­ers. Highs are crisp and tilt to­wards bright, mids are full and sol­id, bass is de­cent but not ex­cep­tion­al and they can strug­gle at times with some dis­tor­tion at both ends of the spec­trum, es­pe­cial­ly at high­er vol­umes. Sep­a­ra­tion and depth are good, thanks to Au­dyssey’s ex­cel­lent au­dio tech­nolo­gies, mak­ing mu­sic sound a bit rich­er and boomi­er. This pair can put out a fair bit of sound- enough to rock an apart­ment par­ty eas­i­ly- but this is a 2.0 sys­tem with no ded­i­cat­ed sub­woofer and fair­ly small. Per­fect as a book­shelf or back-to-school sys­tem, you can have your friends con­nect to the speak­ers from their de­vices, then con­trol the sound from the couch. There isn’t a re­mote, but we nev­er feel the need for one on a Blue­tooth sys­tem where your de­vice is typ­i­cal­ly the con­trol.

Wired users aren’t left out ei­ther- a ca­ble is in­clud­ed, and they have the typ­i­cal 3.5mm head­phone jack in­put. We test­ed these out with both An­droid and iOS de­vices, as well as Mac and PC lap­tops, and came away im­pressed with the over­all sound qual­i­ty for their size. Stylish and spiffy, any stu­dent will ap­pre­ci­ate a new way to lis­ten to tunes. Check out the pret­ty chal­leng­ing new Bloc Par­ty track “Oc­to­pus”, and see what we mean.

Avail­able now (to­day!) on­line and from lim­it­ed re­tail­ers. The price is def­i­nite­ly a bit steep at $299- a $50 price break would’ve put these in­to sol­id rec­om­mend ter­ri­to­ry. We missed the dig­i­tal op­ti­cal in­put, though few users prob­a­bly will, but at the same price, the Au­dyssey Dock Air feels like a bet­ter deal, and for those who don’t need wire­less, their ear­li­er wired mod­el is pret­ty great and less ex­pen­sive.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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