In this portable speaker review, the GS team presents a detailed review of two excellent portable audio systems with wireless connectivity. The first speaker system is an F&D speaker and the second one is the product of House of Marley, one of the best names in the multimedia speaker market. Both the speaker are available around 4000 Rupees price. If you are looking for a premium multimedia portable speaker, I am sure you would find one of these two portable, stylish speakers worthy to consider.
→F&D W330X Bluetooth Speaker System Review in India
The next product that we are going to discuss will certainly blow your mind away. Some website readers recommended it to me during the research of the best Bluetooth speakers. At first, I was skeptical about the F&D W330X Bluetooth Speaker because it comes with a relatively affordable price tag of 3500 rupees. No other product in the market offers so many good features at this price. However, the first few hours with this speaker changed my mind and now I am totally convinced that it is a perfect solution for those looking for a cheap yet quality solution for their entertainment needs.
2.1 Audio Channel: Perhaps, the very first thing to mention here would be the 2.1 channel setup of this speaker system. You will get 14 watts of RMS output from each satellite driver while the output of sub-woofer is 28 Watts. The total RMS output of 56W (14W×2+28W×1) will give you an idea of how powerful this whole setup is. In my opinion, it is a near perfect speaker system for a medium size (hall) room.
The audio quality is as immersive as it can be. Imaging is great and the users will be able to locate the position of different instruments. The high power subwoofer creates extra deep bass levels. Frequency response range of 200-20000 Hz (drivers) and 30-100 Hz (subwoofer) is a clear proof of the audio quality of this device. On the back, you can even find bass and treble controls.
Moreover, the setup requires a potential difference of 220-240 Volts to work. Flexibility in operation voltage makes this sound system suitable for every Indian home.
F&D W330X Bluetooth Speaker Design – A Premium Design
F&D has designed this product in a noble way. The golden rims on the speaker units offer a premium feel. Pitch-black finish helps the whole setup to blend in the environment of your room.
The subwoofer features a volume control dial on the front, which glows in the dark situations and gives a nice appeal to the eyes. However, there are some major flaws in the design of this speaker system. Firstly, the control buttons and all connectivity ports are located on the back of the main control unit. Therefore, if the user has place the speaker system along a wall, it will be much harder for him to reach the control panel.
The cord that connects the satellite units measures only 1.5 meter in length, which stops the user from expanding the setup.
Connectivity Options of this 2.1-Channel Speaker
At the back of the sub-woofer, you can find an RCA In and RCA out panel that means this F&D speaker will support audio from most of the set-top boxes and DVD players. There is also a 3.5 mm Aux-in port using which one can physically connect a smartphone, a tablet, or even a laptop.
You will not have to worry for wire mess on its back since the speaker offers Bluetooth connectivity in a range of 30 feet. Pairing a device is easy, but I would advise you to go through the manual before doing anything. One big surprising feature is the presence of UBS port and microSD card slot, which makes this audio system one fine complete product in the market.
- Offers 2.1 audio channel
- Full range driver units
- Total RMS output of 56 Watts
- Subwoofer produces deep bass levels
- LED indicator
- Premium design and sturdy outer shell
- Super-easy setup
- Bass and treble controls
- Bluetooth connectivity, microSD card slot, and full-size USB port
- Short cords
- Track control buttons are positioned on the back
Verdict: You will be able to complete the product setup including connection with your home and personal gadgets easily. However, a day-to-day usage is a bit inconvenient since the control panel is placed at the back of this product. I agree to the placement of connectivity ports, but the control dialers should be at the front. If you keep it too close to a wall, then volume tuning and bass adjustments become difficult.
Now let us talk about the performance. If you can ignore the user interface issue everything else about this device is simply amazing. The F&D is a big brand leads in the market with the best selling audio systems at every price point.
On this sound system, you will enjoy all kinds of audio in natural quality. The gadget is a perfect example that budget limitation is not very important if a brand has the technology and intention.
|Dimenions||140x 138x 134 mm (Satellite) and 220x 243 x 230 mm (Sub-Woofer)|
|Connectivity||Aux-in, Bluetooth, microSD Card Slot and USB port|
→House of Marley Liberate Bluetooth Portable Audio System
Before we move on to the next product, let us talk about Bob Marley. Born in 1945, he has been regarded one of the most influential singers of all time. Marley’s career touched new heights during the 1970s. Unfortunately, in the year 1981, he had diagnosed with a serious disease and died later. Fans and music lover remember singer Marley for his vision of peace and unity.
This small introduction to Bob Marley’s life was necessary here. He may be dead, but his legacy survives in the form of the brand, House of Marley. This company focuses on electronic music products including speakers, headphones, and other audio systems. One of the most famous products of this brand is the Liberate Wireless Speaker. Priced at 3,999 rupees, it features a marvelous design and immersive audio quality.
An Outstanding Elegant Design that Impresses Everyone
House of Marley brand is known for its unique design language, which the product proves well because of the brilliant built quality. A metallic plate on the speaker mesh helps in guiding the audio waves. A special REWIND material, which is durable and feels soft in touch, covers the speaker to safeguard the original color for many years to come. One extraordinary feature of this fabric is that it is made of recycled materials, which is good in order to protect our environment.
Adding to the design of this portable wireless speaker is the brand name engraved on its real bamboo back panel. You can find another logo of the brand on the front that also acts as an indicator light. The speaker measures just 8.6 inches in width and is much easier to carry in a backpack.
House of Marley Liberate Wireless speaker Connectivity Features
Since this is a wireless audio system, it comes equipped with necessary Bluetooth connectivity but lacks NFC. A USB port is placed on the left side while the 3.5 mm aux-in port can be found on the right side. Both these connectivity ports come covered with a rubber flap for durability. Interestingly, the manufacturer has also provided an RCA panel on it. This allows a user to connect this speaker to a wide range of devices including set-top boxes. Moreover, inbuilt microphone enables it to receive calls.
How impressive is audio and sound production on this speaker? I am surprised as the speaker houses four driver units inside. These drivers are designed to generate stunning audio without consuming much power. I really love the performance of this device when it comes to vocals. Mid and high frequencies are produced accurately. The users can easily differentiate the placement of various musical instruments playing in the background. Although this speaker stuns everyone by its treble performance but it struggles considerably while generating low-level frequencies. I will hardly recommend it to bass lovers.
This House of Marley Speaker's Battery Life is Mediocre
When someone spends 4000 rupees on a portable speaker, he (she) expects a long battery life. However, this device disappoints everyone on this front. While other alternatives available in this price segment are offering minimum 10 hours of battery life, this product gives only 7-7:30 hours of power backup on a single charge. However, this difference is not big enough to stop you from buying this device.
- Four 1-inch driver units
- Low impedance level
- Produces full range audio
- Good at generating crisp and clear high frequencies
- Vocals are phenomenal
- Made for rugged usage
- Real Bamboo Back panel
- Equipped with RCA In ports
- Bluetooth and aux-in connectivity
- Can receive calls
- Highly portable
- Bass performance is really bad
- Battery life is good but not great
Verdict: The brand “House of Marley” has not compromised on the build quality, but failed to deliver in terms of Bass audio output and battery backup. Its outer shell is quite sturdy and has a great appeal too. Sound quality is amazing, but I would have appreciated better bass performance.
|Dimenions||1.75 x 2.90 x 8.6 inches|
|Connectivity||Aux-in, Bluetooth, and RCA|