I'll tell you that I'm a music nut, and I love this speaker.
Now, let me say that I've listened to, own, or have owned some very nice and not so nice bluetooth speakers. I love music and often try out speakers hoping for something better than what I have. Let me clarify that I don't buy $700-$1100 speakers, I'm talking about the $150-$300 speakers. I never found anything better than what I had, until this!
Let me start by saying this is a very stylish speaker. Generally people notice how it looks first, then notice the sound second. That is part of the problem having such a good looking speaker. I am not that way, I look at sound first, and looks after that, but since we are on the topic, let me say that this one is a bit darker gray than in the picture - and has a beautiful gold colored control panel and a really cool brown leather handle with gold fasteners. I'm guessing this is one of the most sought after speaker color combos.
This speaker has a real electrical cord that plugs into the back of the speaker, and it comes with not one, but two. It has a place for you to charge your phone using your phone's charging cable - a very nice touch to be able to charge while listening. And it has the much appreciated aux in jack, so you can plug in a 3.5mm standard mini plug from your satellite radio, ipod, etc.
Turning this on and pairing was something you won't need to read about. Press and hold the power button, press and hold the pair button until the bluetooth light flashes, connect, and you are good to go. It really is this simple.
This unit has a very long battery life though I haven't had enough time to test it - it is rated at like 30 hours or something. But if it gets 8 hours I'm good. So far, its holding up well. And you'll see there is a door on the bottom of the speaker, with special screws, so you can likely change the battery when that day sometime comes.
The build quality is nothing less than suitable for royalty. I'm not kidding. It is amazing, amazing, amazing. Solid. And it feels heavy, but in a good way. I felt like I was carrying a $100,000 violin or something, as it is balanced, elegant, precious yet sturdy, etc. Top shelf.
Where this speaker shines, above and beyond anything I've ever listened to, is the sound quality. There are two visible tweeters and a visible woofer. You'll feel the air pressure coming out of the hole in the back of the speaker, which is exhausting of the bass.
The highs are perfect, and the bass is something I've never heard from any speaker in this class. But the more amazing part is that no matter what I hook up to it, it makes it sound better than it does on other speakers. No kidding. Satellite, Ipod, streaming, etc. all sound equally amazing with this speaker, something I've never experienced before with any speaker.
I'm very critical of speakers, because I love my music. It might be Frank Sinatra, Beethoven, Aerosmith, Blake Shelton, or even some show tunes. All of these sound amazing on this speaker. I thought I knew what was a decent sound before, but I had no idea how great my music could sound on this truly amazing speaker.
It isn't as small as you might think, in particular as bluetooth speakers have tried to get smaller and better sounding - our baseline of what size these should be has shrunk. But make no mistake, this is worth every bit of space it takes up and you will not regret buying this speaker. Frankly it is as much a decoration as an amazing speaker! The long battery life and USB charging port are only a bonus.
Funny, I would have thought this speaker was a $700 speaker, based solely on sound. And I did blind sound tests. This was by far the best of the many speakers I own; I did this because I could not believe something so affordable could sound so amazing. It is true, it is really amazing.
Thanks for developing a speaker that looks and sounds great but is also affordable to those who really want the best sounding speaker available.
I only wish I could include more than 2 pics with this review, because seeing it is believing, but hearing it will be the main selling point to you.
Oh yes, the packaging is also top shelf, a box that is worth holding onto because this is something you'll want to pass down to someone in your family some day. It takes something really special for me to feel this way, and I'm very critical, but this has sold me.