The goodie of the day, is the “NB-200” portable Bluetooth speaker by NYNE. With its space aged abstract looks, which could equate it something in Star Trek, is its technology up for the challenge?
While it came with a certain amount of charge, I plugged it in to a USB port to charge it for 2 hours. It then became time to pair and test, then pair and test again.
It was paired at first with 3 Bluetooth devices;
· Apple iPhone 4
· MacBook Air running Mountain Lion
· Android Tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich
Pairing was fast and seamless on all three devices. You aren’t going to buy a speaker for its rapid pairing though, are you ? No. You want to know what it will do for your auditory senses.
In looking through my iTunes library, I wanted to pick a range of songs in varying genres, to give the Turtle Shell, the best test. It was tested with varying genres including;
· Hard Rock; Crazy Nights by Kiss
· Rap; It’s Tricky by Run DMC
· Oldies; Run around Sue by Dion and the Belmonts
· Soft Rock; Desert Moon by Dennis DeYoung
· Comedy; I’m Starvin’ by John Pinette
There was also an additional test as I watched the sound intensive opening of “Saving Private Ryan” via DVD, but also a concert on Netflix. To describe it in a word; Awesome. The base sounds were low and the guitar riffs were hot. The rap sounds vibrated the room. This speaker is as pleasing to the ears as it is to the eye.
To test its durability, I took the included clamps and hooked it on to my bike. During my 20 mile ride, I took various dips, turns and bumps. Not once did it falter. The sound was constantly clear and crisp.
The last test was to see how it performed as a speaker phone. Perform, it did. On both ends, clarity was excellent. Sound and volume control could not be beat.
Over the last few years, many Bluetooth devices have appeared in this column, ranging from head sets, to headphones, speakers and speaker phones. Some have impressed, some, were forgettable. The NB-200 is a device made so the other ones can be forgotten.
So do you want one ? Well to to their Facebook page and enter the contest that ends on August 31.