This will be my 3rd product from B&W. Anyone that is familiar with B&W's soundstage will not be disappointed with these. It's warm and balanced sound will not leave you feeling tired after a long period of listening. In fact, it might even put a little passion/love of music back into some of your old tracks. I have to admit that the bass doesn't resonate and thump like Bose speakers do. If that's what you are aiming for, then I'd suggest you go elsewhere because these will not go that low. What you will get with these is clear and vivid sound. Back in my younger days, all I cared about was bass, the more the better. But as I grew older, my musical taste expanded to other genres. If you are the type that likes to hear instruments and vocals, these are for you. Listening to Hotel California from the Hell Freezes Over album was superb. You can hear the golden voice of Don Henley and all the strings and percussions vividly. Even the clapping of the audience was very clear and made me feel like I was sitting in the crowd. The mids are pronounced and in front of the instruments. I normally use this in the living or bedroom and it sits a good 10 feet from me. At 60% volume, it fills up the room really well. Like most speakers, you will get the optimal sound if it's pointing right in front of you and a little elevated to eye level. I've actually had these playing lying flat with the sound pointing towards the ceiling. It gives it an omnidirectional effect. Of course, it's not as great as situated like I mentioned previously.
The speaker looks great with the honeycomb design and an all black color. The honeycomb is there to keep the sound from making that rattling sound you get on cheaper made units. It has rubber surrounding which keeps it from moving during playback. At 2lbs., it definitely gives it some heft. But it's compact and in my opinion, still very portable. I haven't had a chance to hit 18 hours of playback yet, so the jury's still out on that. But so far, it sounds like the advertised playback of 18 hours is believable. I know a lot of people complain that this won't charge your devices. To me, it doesn't matter as I have a portable charger that I can use if I need it. At the price of $350, they should have included some kind of carrying case/protective cover and an aux jack. Also, I wished the charging connector would have been a micro usb instead of the proprietary round plug like that found on laptops. I did like that they included 2 other plug adapters for overseas use. One thing I do have a gripe about are the buttons on the speaker itself. I wished it was lit so that I know what I am pushing in low light situations. Although I can control the volume using my phone, it would have been nice to have a dim light so I know where the buttons are.
I feel that these are the best bluetooth speakers you will find in the market at this time. The overall balance and warmth of the sound will make you fall in love with music again. Definitely adds a new dimension for your listening experience. For those that are giving this unit low ratings, I am not sure what your complaint really is. It's possible that they didn't give enough burn in time to this unit or was expecting bass heavy songs to come through. If you have ever owned any B&W products, you know that's not their style. Give these a try, you will not regret it.