Published on April 1st, 2015 | by Greg0
Peachtree deepblue2: Big, Bold, Bluetooth
When we last checked in with Peachtree, we were looking at their iNova, an audiophile speaker dock for iPhones and iPods, way back in 2011. Since then, the world has changed- and Peachtree has changed with it. Speaker docks aren’t a big business any more, and the 30-pin connector has given way to the new Lightning adapter. But Bluetooth has not only continued to grow, it’s been upgraded as well, and the Bluetooth 4.0 protocol included apt-X support for high-definition audio.
The original Peachtree deepblue Bluetooth speaker came out in 2013, and two years later, they’ve released an upgraded version that’s more than just a tweak. Instead, thanks partially to a hugely successful Indiegogo campaign that raised over $320K, the deepblue2 offers almost twice the power of the original (440 watts versus 240), and five total speakers combined to create one of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market today. Most decent Bluetooth speakers offer stereo sound, and the best included a discrete subwoofer as well- and fairly unique, there’s an optical digital input providing up to 24-bit/96kHz quality. A traditional 3.5mm minijack input allows you to plug in any device without Bluetooth wireless too. It’s not a portable unit- no batteries- but can be used on a kitchen counter or bedside table, office or library. But it’s big enough and offers enough power that we kept it as a primary system in our living room.
Let’s break down the specs a bit- a 6.5-inch central woofer hold the low-end down, with dual minispeakers, each a 3-inch midrange/woofer below a 1-inch tweeter. There are some thoughtful small features we appreciated- auto-dimming LEDs that prevent the speaker from being distracting in a dark room, a handle for easy moving, and a remote control. Peachtree also included some digital processing, allowing you to choose from five levels of bass response- that’s a bit of overkill, perhaps, but we could definitely hear the difference between them. The cabinet design also makes sense- it’s a bit too large to fit casually into your home entertainment system, but the angled sides point outwards, allowing the sound to cover a pretty broad swath rather than requiring you to sit at a specific distance or point to enjoy. For a single-component system, it also sounds much bigger, fairly similar to a 2.1 system in imaging and separation. It can certainly fill an entire room, and a large one at that- we couldn’t put the deepblue2 at maximum volume without feeling uncomfortable.
We loved the detail- music played crisply and with every bit of nuance in the original files, even background noises during movies and television episodes. With lossless WAV files, or high bitrate MP3s, there was plenty of definition. And underpinning everything was some of the best bass we’ve heard- and felt. The deepblue2 is a little too tall, could have been wider, and the it looks a little boring. We would’ve liked the inclusion of AirPlay as well. But overall, it’s a fantastic Bluetooth speaker if you want something loud and proud, and capable of bringing out the best in your music, with or without wires. It’s available now, online and in stores, for $400.