A significant addition to iLuv’s line of award-winning mobile accessories and first introduced at this years International CES, the Syren Pro is a finely crafted Bluetooth speaker with an impressive 360-degree sound quality. The über-cool appearance is just part of the package, as it’s also weather and UV resistant and comes equipped a powerful 3” co-axial speaker, rechargeable battery for up to four hours of playtime and a convenient voice prompt not found on some speakers at triple the price. Additionally, the Syren Pro can connect with a second unit through its TrueWireless Stereo technology to create a fabulous stereo system and is compatible with most Bluetooth devices.
Set up was a breeze - first charging the portable speaker via the included AC adapter, powering on the device and then almost immediately pairing (for this review) with an iPhone to connect with iTunes or streaming music such as Pandora. The Syrene Pro can also be played while the AC adapter is still plugged in.
I did have a little difficulty locating the embossed controls at the top of the white version of the Syren Pro but does not take away from my overall impressions of this superb Bluetooth speaker. That’s because the sound quality is remarkable given its size, with its chamber-like styling delivering a superbly crisp tone with a rich, resonant bass. Furthermore, because it weighs less than five pounds, Syren Pro is easily transportable to an outdoor event such as a barbecue or pool party. I can only imagine how this speaker would sound with paired with another Syren Pro unit.
The Syren Pro comes in two colors – black and white – and for me, it appears black may have been a better unit to review since the top portion is silver-colored, rather than black on the white version and thus, far easier to see, at least for me. Speaking of the top portion, what you'll see are: a reverse, play/pause, forward, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and power on buttons. It's complemented with the very practical voice function alerts when powers on/off and when the Bluetooth speaker is in discovery mode or paired.
Conclusion: At a retail price of just $129.99, the Syren Pro is an absolute winner amongst comparable and higher priced Bluetooth speakers. It isn’t necessary to purchase another unit to take advantage of the TrueWireless Stereo function but an addition is certain to enhance the sound quality and attractiveness in one's home. While the control buttons were hard to see for me, the sound quality offsets this minor issue. Final comment, I love, iLuv’s Syren Pro and easily gets five stars for this review.