Adin S7BT Vibration Speaker Review (Bluetooth + 3.5mm)
Chances are that being on a technology site means you are interested in the latest gadgets and devices… and more than likely in your pocket, bag or nearby is a smartphone or tablet which stores some media, or is cable of streaming content from YouTube etc. It’s also probably true that the device in question doesn’t have the best speaker quality and that’s where Adin look to provide a solution with today’s review product. The S7BT is a compact speaker with Bluetooth and 3.5mm connectivity which is designed to offer an enhanced audio experience when on the move. And not only that, it uses vibration/induction from any nearby hard surface to produce its sound…
Packaging and Bundle
Adin package the speaker in a box which is very plain on the front, sides and top. The back and base however provide us with key specifications and feature information. Inside the speaker is surrounded by foam, wrapped in plastic and separated from the bundled items which are a mains adapter/charger, short manual and 3.5mm audio cable.
The S7BT measures 80x80x85mm and is primarily an aluminium device with the top surface being plastic. This top surface houses a control pod which allows us to play/pause, skip forwards and backwards and accept/end calls. There is also a microphone to the side for voice calls.
Flipping the 0.41KG speaker over we find a rubber base which uses a tacky material to maximise the stability on each surface and on the back of the device we can see a power input and LED, on switch and 3.5mm audio in/out. Adin rate the S7BT for 26W RMS, 160Hz – 16kHz frequency response and it features Bluetooth CSR 2.1 as well as a 15v, 1000mAh rechargeable battery.
User Experience / Conclusion and Rating
Setup of the S7BT is very easy, for 3.5mm use we just connect our device to the speaker using the bundled cable and move the power switch to the left. A LED band round the top of the speaker lights up red and we then control our music from the phone/source.
For Bluetooth audio we move the on switch to the right and then enable BT on our device before selecting "Vibro 26w" and pairing. This time the LED ring lights blue on the speaker and we are ready to go by controlling the audio from our phone/tablet etc or via the controls on the top of the speaker. A push of play/pause does what we would expect. The green phone icon answers or ends a call and tapping the side moves us back or forward a track. Holding down the side function enables a second function, volume up or down. All very intuitive.
We found the speaker took around 2 hours to charge and at medium volume had about 3.5 hours of playback available. Decent enough. We also liked the build quality of this speaker as the aluminimum finish adds some quality with the unit feeling pretty weighty and solid. This isn’t a device which will break easily when dropped.
For performance we found that the speaker wasn’t particularly keen on us moving about too fast with our phone and streaming stability depended very much on the devices connected. For example our Nokia handset worked further away from the speaker than our HTC which was stable out to about 6m.
Playback quality was very much dependant on the surface used… and that was actually part of the fun of this device. Because it sends audio down through the base, using the surface to vibrate and project audio we spent quite some time walking round finding out how each nearby surface worked… desks, tables, doors, chairs and boxes all worked. As did Pringles tubs and windows but our best experience was using a bookshelf where the wood base took the vibrations and the sides/back bounced the audio out. Quality in the bookshelf was more than acceptable although there is some distortion when both the speaker and connected device are set for maximum volume.
At £39.99 the build quality of this device is good and given its ease of use and decent audio quality it is an ideal step up from the sub-standard audio experience on most smartphones and tablets.
|Where to buy…|
|Dabs.com – £39.99|