Can someone recommend a speaker (preferably bluetooth) for use with the Playbook
I'm looking for a quality speaker at a "reasonable" price - currently i play my Playbook music via the Blackberry Gateway through my amplifier/speakers which is part of my television set up but i'm looking for a seperate speaker for just playing tunes wirelessly. I need the sound to be capable of filling a room. As I have the BB gateway the speaker doesnt necessarily have to have bluetooth capability but would be handy. I've tried my friends B&W Zeppelin and that sounds great but i dont want to pay that price ! Having spent about about £600 recently on an amp/speakers setup for the tv, i'm only looking to spend about £150 on this speaker. Any decent soundbars for that price ? - Have listened to a couple in store but only the very expensive ones (£400plus) seemed to sound any good, all the £200 ones I listened to sounded tinny. Any suggestions please
- 02-07-13, 06:09 AM #2
Unless you are looking for a single piece system, you can actually go for pretty much any stereo system and hook up a Bluetooth Gateway.
If going 2.1 isn't a problem you could check out these THX certified speakers from Logitech
Also you could check out the manual for your amplifier, if its one of those Home A/V Receivers from Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha etc, you might find a feature, that would let you attach a couple speakers to get a different source played on them, in that case you would just have to get some bookshelf speakers.
- 02-07-13, 08:04 AM #3
Check out the Jambox by Jawbone. It's bluetooth, pairs effortlessly with the PB and can really fill a room. Plus, it's incredibly portable - about the same size as a medium-sized power brick, but much lighter. Also doubles as a bluetooth speakerphone.
Definitely worth a look - you can get them from eBay for under $150, so...
thanks guys, that jambox looks ideal size wise for what i want, and £130 in Argos, good reviews on the net too
hmmm read a few more reviews, maybe not so good for what i want, will keep looking
cheers anyway :-)
Last edited by felix001; 02-07-13 at 10:17 AM.
maybe i'll check one out, see if i can demo one - ive noticed in Currys that there are different model numbers - the JBE05AUK, JBE03AUK, and JBE056AUK but they seem to be the same spec - only difference seems to be they are different colours - would those codes be related to the different colours or are the models different spec - it doesnt seem to say.
Also regards to sound, my music choice is heavy rock and some dance music so good bass is a must - difficult to tell until i listen to one but the size of these makes me wonder if they can project that bass into a big room without distortion?
Also re the playbook, and the fact that the volume control is disabled when connected via bluetooth, there's no way to turn the volume up or down with these is there unless youre sitting right next to the speaker ? I have a blackberry phone that i can use to play my tunes (which the volume control does work with via bluetooth) so its not a deal breaker
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02-07-13, 09:42 PM #8
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02-07-13, 10:30 PM #9
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Aside from echoing the Music Gateway solution, I am very pleased with the Bose Soundlink. It's not as bulky as the Large Jambox, so it can be packed and carried more easily. Sometime last year, Rolling Stone had a brief article comparing the Soundlink and the Jambox. It was hard to choose between the two, so it all came down to need and preference. The Jambox lasted longer on a full charge, 12 hours versus 8. It also has speakerphone capabilities while the Soundlink does not. However, while the Jambox sounded a bit brighter, it distorted at loud volumes. The Soundlink had no distortion at maximum levels. I have not yet heard the new Soundlink II, but it reportedly has improved sound, especially with extended bass response. Still, having auditioned both, I went with the Soundlink over the Jambox. Some of my friends preferred and purchased the Jambox but others, having heard my Soundlink, bought it for themselves. All I can say is listen to both and then decide if either one will be your best portable solution.
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02-07-13, 11:03 PM #10
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I know a friend who has a wireless Sonos Play 3 speaker for his iPad. Similar to the Bose Soundlink in quality and price. Sounds fantastic. I haven't gone wireless on my PlayBook. I plug it into my Bose Companion 2 speakers and they sound awesome. Not portable though.
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02-08-13, 08:41 AM #15
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I won a pair of Qmadix stereo bluetooth speakers last year on a CrackBerry contest and they are amazing! My only complaint is, the speakers or the playbook decide to "unpair " occasionally and must be repair -ed. I like the ability to stage the speakers for maximum effect while we party around the fire. One of my friends, in a moment of drunken genius, suggested putting the speakers in 5 gallon buckets; voila! I'm redneck "bose"ing now!
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- 02-08-13, 02:49 PM #19
I am a huge blackberry fan, and I lovely Playbook. I recommend you the Zooka Speaker Carbon audio. They have a great sound, very stylish, microphone, audio out and of course Bluetooth. the sound is very good. Maybe I shouldn't mention it but you can buy them here Accessories for your Smartphone and Tablet PC | okkio.co.uk.everything for your tablet pc and your smartphone.
Free delivery in the UK. They cost 69 pounds.
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