Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal Fabric, 2nd generation Alexa

I had thought about getting 1 of these for the last 6 months finally took the plunge. Set up was quite tricky as the directions said i had to go to settings and turn off smart switch to enable it to connect it. However my phone didnt have smart switch. So spoke to a team member on libe chat. Refered me to live chat to an echo expert. Was begining to think i’d wasted my money. Decided to google my phone and smart switch. Where i found the answers on how to connect it. Once connected i havent looked back.

Bought an echo as my first foray into ‘clever’(?) speakers. Overall i’m quite impressed – i wanted a replacement for a defunct kitchen radio – i got that & a host of other useful features. The good stuff – playing live radio is simples – althou there is a small gotcha. Bluetooth linking to iphone was easy and sorts out offline radio like the excellent iplayer radio app. The ability to ask for some music and get an interesting selection provided is excellent – the music quality is very good – maybe not if you are audiophile who really can tell the difference between ‘warm vinyl’ & ‘cold digital’ but for the rest of us its good. Nb, i think you need amazon music to make this work. The ability to tell alexa to add stuff to your shopping list is very handy – you can do it as you remember so no more back of envelope lists that get left at home. Setting multiple timers whilst cooking is useful. The less good stuff – if you launch bbc radio direct, then you can’t control the volume with the alexa app. Like apps, everyone seems to have a alexa skill.

Alexa is a gimmick (see my review of the dot), but this is probably the nicest streaming speaker you can buy for the money. As a device to stream spotify or amazon music to, this is a great speaker. Plenty of volume to fill a room and a rich, full range sound. Bass is surprisingly good for such a small speaker, with none of the exaggerated thump of the sonos equivalent. Direct streaming (spotify and amazon music only) but you can also stream to it via bluetooth from your phone or tablet if you use other music services. For sound i thoroughly recommend this. You can spend far more on bluetooth speakers and get a lesser quality result.

Key specs for Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal Fabric:

  • Amazon Echo connects to Alexa-a cloud-based voice service-to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, check your calendar, weather, traffic and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
  • Just ask for a song, artist or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more. With multi-room music, you can play music on Echo devices in different rooms, available for Amazon Music, TuneIn and Spotify; Bluetooth not supported. Echo can also play audiobooks, radio stations, news briefings and more.
  • Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device, the Alexa App or Skype. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice.
  • New speaker with Dolby processing that fills the room with immersive, 360° omnidirectional audio, and delivers crisp vocals, deep bass, and clear highs at louder volumes.
  • With seven microphones, beam-forming technology and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction-even while music is playing.
  • Just ask Alexa to control your compatible smart lights, switches, TVs, thermostats and more
  • Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features and skills. Just ask Alexa to request an Uber, order a pizza, get train times, and more.

Comments from buyers

“Actually pretty fantastic!, Great addition to a smart home!, 2nd generation Alexa”

I was unsure whether i would really use an alexa device but i was pretty interested. Because of this i made the cunning decision to purchase this as a christmas present for my husband (of course i would have just as much use out of it)a few months down the line, i have to say that alexa has become a very welcome member of the family. The husband uses it for the digital radio function. The kids use it for music streaming function and the various other apps mean that alexa is carried around the house by everybody. She was the heart and soul of the party at christmas, she was taken outside in summer and she played some great chillout music and she is a constant companion to anybody doing house work. We are currently looking into purchasing some echo dots to put in the bedrooms and the kitchen, and we are also looking at doing the whole smart lighting and appliance thing. The verdict is: if you don’t have alexa in your home, do yourself a favour and purchase her today.

This is really a superb speaker. I’m very fussy about my speakers and will say it won’t compete for sound with sonos or hifi set up. However it is not supposed to. As a speaker to use in a kitchen etc. The sound is good for a speaker that size. I have mine hooked up to multi room with my hifi using an echo. It’s great for that adding sound at my level. I use it independently for when my kids are around as hifi too loud.

Well i gave it a few days before i left a review so here goes. I was really surprised how easy it was to set up once i had downloaded the amazon alexa app to my phone. The set up between my echo and our broadband hub just took a few moments and away we went. A first class piece of equipment well built and superb sounding speakers and we are really pleased with our purchase and we wish we had bought one before.

I have succumb to alexa through my partners christmas present to me. Firstly i have read a lot about setting up echo and it’s so easy i set mine up using my android phone. Secondly the sound simply it has superb sound it can easily fill a room i have now a bluetooth connection with my vintage hifi. Thirdly joined the music unlimited and now i can choose from millions of songs playlists albums anything. In all a fantastic product i like also i can still listen to my favourite radio stations. So many more alexa things added everyday you can have a lot of fun and i have.

It so cleaver and i can control my tv, fans and play all sorts of music with voice commands. People that say the speaker is bad – i am an audio professional and i tell you it is not bad at all. I have played some of the hardest techno through it and it holds up very well for a small speaker. It is mono though, but that’s great for me to test out mixes on a small, popular mono speaker. 1 problem though – why does alexa cut out (stop for a second) when i use my android phone?. Pressing a button or opening any app makes alexa pause.

I was undecided about this until i visited my friends who have one. I bought one the very next day i was so impressed. I’ve got amazon prime and music, which means i can ask her to play pretty much any song i love. The size of the unit is compact, but the sound from it is amazing. I keep it in my kitchen/family room and it’s a total hit with my 3 kids. They love asking her questions, playing games and she even helps with their homeworkthe voice recognition is great, especially with me being a geordie.

How we managed before alexa i dont know. The kids all her questions and are constantly learning from her. We use her to play whatever music we want to hear. Even to set a timer for dinner. There are sooo many functions and we are yet to discover all the different functions of her. Simply asking her to perform is so much easier than searching the internet or hunting for a cd. Can’t wait to try the wireless lighting/ heating devices and will be purchasing a couple of mini devices.

I got this along with a sony 4k tv and this alexa was added on. The european sector is still waiting for a full-featured alexa, however, i’ve connected this unit to my new tv with no problems at all, no skill needed to be installed, i’m a little frustrated with the calender, alexa can not setup repeated events, like birthdays?. Seriously, of all things, no repeated events?. I’m assured by amazon, all features will be available soon, they’re still in some process of setting the european market. All in all, i’m happy knowing it’ll all be as it should, one day.

I think that the amazon echo is fantastic. I required help to set it up, but once it was set up, i have had the time of my life with it. I have been able to add music to my library for it to play, and i have also been able to ask alexa to set up some alarms for me. I recommend this product to anyone who, like myself, is blind or visually-impaired – i am sure they would not regret purchasing an amazon echo.To me, alexa is a real friend.

Generally i like the echo and i think, in fairness, most of the issues i have are generic to smart speakers. Setting up was just a little tricky with the first one not seeing the external wifi for a while. Pairing was okish; i found some of the menu items hard to find at first. One issue i have is with the pairing; if one speaker gets turned off for some reason the pair doesn’t automatically reform when power is restored. More generically; when the internet is not working the speakers are totally dumb. Not everyone lives in a securely connected world, certainly not me. They ought to be able to do somethings e. Play music from a source on the same wifi but they simply become useless. Smart they may be in the modern definition of connected but smart in the sense of intelligent they are not. It’s very early days yet and i’m sure the connected devices in a few years will be much better but they really are thick as.

As a huge apple fan, i have to admit that i came to the world of alexa as a huge sceptic. I hold my hands up that i was purposefully looking for fault and trying my best to not like alexa. Overall its a great product, it looks good and has a load and surprisingly decent speaker for the price.It’s no bang & olufson, but it is still impressivethe alexa ai does seem to be able to answer questions more often and to a higher standard but like all competitors can still be easily tricked but is mostly there. Where the echo/alexa falls down is how it handles third party software; while it is true that it can handle third party apps, it feels a bit convoluted and is a bit annoying that you have to ask alexa to use an app – it does feel easier to do things yourself sometimepros:good bit of kit at a great pricereally handy for controlling smart home elementsalexa will make a lot of small tasks in your life far easiergood speaker for the pricecons:using third party software is not the best and can be annoyingalexa still misses/misunderstands certain questionswould definitely recommend and cant wait to try the new model.

Very very happy with this purchasei purchased the echo on prime day along with the eufy lumos smart bulb-white bulb. It came to about £65 at the time. I wish i had bought two in hindsight as a gifti chose the echo rather than the dot purely because of reviews that the quality of speaker on the echo is better. A few friends of mine have the dot so i knew of the benchmark quality, and i can say that the echo is far better. It’s crisp and fills the room. I mostly use this for listening to audiobooks on audible and it’s fantastic. In the day i might have this sat in the living room where my friends and i can ask alexa to play various songs we call out. And in the evening i often move it (because i only have the one 🙁 ) into my room and ask alexa to play one of my audiobooks for a given time – e. ‘play the secret barrister on audible’ and ‘stop playing after 30 minutes’.

As a smart speaker the echo is good value for money, it gives good sound but wasn’t expensive. It is good for connecting to radio stations online and for playing via bluetooth from other devices. I have it on my desk and it is great when i am working to ask it to play a radio station for background music etc. The setup was not as easy as i had anticipated. Initially i tried my (wi-fi & bluetooth only) android tablet, but the app refused to proceed unless i turned off the phone connection on my tablet, which i couldn’t do, of course, because it didn’t have one. I then did the set-up for the echo using the alexa app on my (windows 10) laptop and it worked fine. Once the echo was set-up, control etc. , from my tablet, laptop, desktop has been easy/fine. Only a small niggle, and more with the alexa app rather than the echo. Once set-up the echo was set-up it has been great, very pleased with it.

Marshall – Acton Bluetooth Speaker – – Great sound quality!

Fantastic bluetooth speaker. Slightly more expensive than a lot of speakers, but the difference in sound and appearance is for all to see. Love this bluetooth speaker.

Great sound, great build quality, yet its very portable. I am really happy we bought this.

Visually appealing and the sound is out of the this world. If you like bass-heavy speakers, this is the one for you.

Clear sounds and goes very loud to be such a ‘small’ speaker. Perfect condition upon arrival.

It is very good looking and the sound effect is solid. I’m just little surprised that it is kinda big.

After buying and returning a bose soundlunk ii, which happens to buzz if you connect it via cable while charging. I decided to go for a non portable speaker. I can’t be happier, it has a much powerful and crisp sound than the bose, plus you cancontrol volume, bass and treble. I can’t recommend it enough:).

  • What you would expect from a Marshall product!
  • Goes really loud and has a great
  • Great sound quality!

My 20 year old son absolutely loves it. All his house mates (and brother) are really jealous. Goes really loud and has a great sound.

I had it for a few weeks now, it is very loud for it size, i was very surprised. The sound is clean and i must say i love the design.

Amazing sound quality and volume in such a small speaker, with the super appealing marshall aesthetic too.

Very good smooth sound plenty of power.

Features of Marshall – Acton Bluetooth Speaker – Black

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  • Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Custom control with 3 analogue interaction knobs
  • 3.5mm input & double ended cable
  • Classic Marshall design with a vintage-look
  • Well-balanced audio that boasts powerful sound. Frequency range 50 – 20,000 Hz

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Not only does it look great but sounds amazing too. I’d definitely recommend it.

Has both english and european plug so that comes in handy.

Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone, tablet or computer

Custom control with 3 analogue interaction knobs

3.5mm input & double ended cable

Classic Marshall design with a vintage-look

Sony GTK-XB60 High Power One Box Music System – Typical quality.

Great speaker, bought another so i can have one at each end of the room, would highly recommend.

Which pleased my 14 year old immenselyeasy to set up, brilliant light displays easy to control via phone or speaker1 very happy sonthank you.

I got a chance to try this speaker with its big brother, the xb90. The first thing to say is that linking them up wirelessly into a ‘party chain’ so that i streamed music through both speakers in separate rooms which was great. Perfect for a house party or to provide great sound in a larger venue. Though this is the little brother to the xb90 it still packs a powerful audio punch. The sound is great, even at high volume and the bass boost button adds even more to those lower tones. This has a built in battery that can last up to 14 rather than 16 hours but that still seems plenty to me. And the smaller size of it compared to the xb90 might make it a more practical (and considerably cheaper) option for many. It shares all the other great qualities of its sibling. Solid, rugged build quality. Horizontal or vertical standing. Here are the specifications for the Sony GTK-XB60 High Power One Box Music System:

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  • Extra Bass technology enhances deep, punchy bass sound
  • Up to 14 hour battery life to soundtrack your night
  • Create an ideal atmosphere with line, strobe and speaker lighting that change colour and sync with the beat
  • Flexible layout, with stereo sound in horizontal and vertical setting
  • Bluetooth for wireless music streaming via one touch listening via NFC and Wireless Party Chain to connect up to 10 2017 Extra Bass wireless party speakers together for synchronised sound and lighting

Bought for a house party, used with a few other smaller sony speakers. Used this to provide the base and the others to provide the sound. Took a while to work out how to link but once done very effective especially with the line out function still working.

Battery life is very good last for about 8 hours on a beach. Speaker design is very good also – don’t need to hide it in closed or under the bed. Bought it as a gift but now i want one.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Typical Sony quality.
  • Superb Sony Speaker
  • Excellent product Very loud

Bought this for my eldest son for his birthday. He seems to be pleased with it.

This is hands down the best bluetooth speaker out there. A few imperfections, but very nearly perfect. Reminds me of the old megabass boomboxes of the 80’s. Note that there are two volume controls, bluetooth volume from your phone, and another from the speaker. When both are maxed out then it does get muddy, but honestly you’re not going to listen to it that loud as you’ll soon have a headache. You can plug into line-in, but that won’t be nearly as loud. Probably not, but that’s not the intended purpose. This is truly portable, and sounds great replaying phone quality music.

Very loud and portable, marks very easily tho.

Review for sony gtk-xb60this is a fantastic speaker worthy of 6 stars (if i could). While it is hard to get excited about a speaker, i know, this one is worth it. The sound quality alone is so impressive from low volume to massively loud top end. The bass is punchy at high volumes (the extra bass) and literally hits you both hearing it and feeling it at your stomach while standing in front of it. There isn’t another speaker in the house that can achieve this. There is a button that mutes the beastly bass and tames it for any early morning or late evening listening pleasures, but generally i preferred it on. The overall sound quality is stunning and is uber clear but it does distort at the final top end volume, which is really really loud and not something you would probably have turned up often if at all. The sound manages to be both elegant and beastly depending what features you have set (extra bass) and i don’t have a speaker in the house that can compete. The closest is a quality wifi speaker which this speaker just bested with ease. When at near full volume it very much reminds me of nightclubs where the bass is enough to brutalise your ears.

This is a large speaker, the size of r2d2, and it comes with a correspondingly huge sound. I’d recommend downloading the application as you can control the sound and do things like turn off the lights (which are a bit weak. ) pairing by bluetooth worked straight away, as expected, and the sound from an ipod was loud and clear. I also plugged it into a record player using the supplied leads and got a room filling sound. Design wise it’s not great, and the lights are pathetic, but it’s a great speaker for parties or setting up outside during summer.

This was a gift for my son’s birthday. Looks and feels a substantial bit of kit.

Incredible sound with any style of music you decide to play. Apart from maybe a more easily said model name, there isn’t much negative feedback on this product.

99 on ‘deal of the day’ offer and for that much is worth every penny. Nice and solid build, heavy but easy to carry with handles both sides. Powerful and sound quality is ok for what you pay. I think is naive to compare the quality of the sound with bose (like some other guy did) – you get what you pay for. It is a descent speaker, perfect for garden parties and other small gatherings.

Expensive for what’s out there, but yet again sony impress on me the value of paying for quality. Bass is deep and meaningful. Not just loud but picks up the subtle interlocking bass tones in most modern music. Tried out with xx, gorillaz, some hip-hop, 90s nu rock and some led zep. As good as listening on good quality headphones for really picking out the details in the bass performance. Not as good on the rest of the range (slightly limp guitar solos, unimpressed by reproduction of voices) but that’s allowable as it would be expected to be used in conjunction with other speakers for full range performance. Used with an app so your controller is your phone or tablet or aux lead. Aesthetically it’s a compromise. It’s not meant for the home as a party speaker meaning it’s more suited for smaller events with its built in lights. I would have preferred more classical stylish lines but it’s not in any way displeasing to look at you may get tired of the flashing lights on.

 sony’s ‘(gtk-xb60) high power one box music system’ is a bit of a mouthful, but i’ve certainly been quite surprised with this, straight out of the box. I’ve only had the unit up and running since friday, so i intend to return and update this review, once i’ve had more time with it). It’s a sizeable / substantial piece of kit, but not so big that you can’t actually do anything with it. ) 22′ / 56cm x 10′ / 26cm x 10-11′ / 27cm (measuring the front, width / height, then the depth), with a fair amount of weight to it. The most immediate advantage of the design is that it can be orientated either upright (‘portrait’) or on it’s side (‘landscape’), and with the lift / carry handles that are integrated into the case design, you’re never left to scrabble around when trying to move it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the unit was shipped / delivered with a charge in the battery, so the unit was up in running almost immediately from getting it unpacked (there’s the usual multi-lingual instructions, warranty information and uk power cable in the box). On powering up, the unit defaults to looking for a bluetooth source (it’ll appear as ‘gtk-xb60’) and paired immediately with my phone.

Great sound and great product.

Even though it seems to distort the sound in the high range and extra base but if you lower the volume just a little and believe me its still loud enough and the sound is very very good , i bought 2 and linked them and the sound is again very good , the light show is great and there are apps out there that can help you up the settings to your own preferences all in all i think they are real value for money at the bonus price well worth the try . I`l definitely be buying the grandkids a couple that im sure they will be delighted with , hope this helps you in a little way .

This is a great speaker for a party, however the sound quality and clarity compared to a bose sound dock is some way off. The bass is great and the light show from the speaker is a great added feature and went down a treat at my daughters 5th birthday and nye party. However for those that like their sound quality, rather than quantity this is not the speaker for you. . I have however party chain linked this to my bose sound dock and the two combined provide a great balance of bass and treble. Battery makes this very flexible and i suspect it will be venturing out into the garden over the summer (with the bose linked to it).

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker – – Made 1000 times better when two are paired

The speaker has a superb sound for its size. I use it tethered to my phone by bluetooth and when i open my phone in the morning the speaker starts up mentions the battery state and is ready to play. If i don’t want it on i can easily turn off. The other great innovation is that after initiating bluetooth with a device, if you then activate the device and press the soundlink in the available connections, it turns on the soundlink speaker remotely.

First bluetooth speaker and am very impressed with the build quality and sound. Before purchasing was not sure was something i would use but am finding i am using all the time, shower, kitchen also using as radio speaker through my phone as better quality than my radio. Will definitely be using when go on holidays.

Very satisfied with product and delivery. Here are the specifications for the Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker –:

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  • Crisp, balanced sound and unmatched bass for its size
  • Waterproof from the inside out (IPX7), with soft, rugged exterior
  • Tear-resistant strap to take it wherever you go
  • Wireless Bluetooth pairing with up to 6 hours of play time from a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery , Wireless range up to 30 feet
  • Built-in speakerphone for taking calls out loud and voice access to your phone’s Siri or your Google Assistant

Get one, you’ll be glad you did.

It goes with me all around the house and in the garden. Ideal for outdoor activities. The battery has a long life so doesn’t need recharging often.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Its great and here’s why
  • The perfect size for a portable speaker without compromising sound
  • Can’t believe the fullness of sound in such tiny package

I love it so much i’ve dropped it off of my bag a lot of times had it drenched in water still works amazing,i take it everywhere i go strapped on my backpack.

Nice feel to it, heavy duty and you don’t have to worry about scratching or water damage, sound is brill, works perfect as a google home device as well, extremely happy.

Great product with top quality sound, easy to set up & a fabulous gift for men.

I cannot believe the sound off this for the size of it. I will be buying another one it is that good.

Seamless interfacing with nose connect is an added advantage. Definitely the best bluetooth speakers i had in recent times.

As an avid fan of the sonos around my house, i bought this for holiday etc. The sound for the size of the speaker is outstanding. We actually listened to one in the bose shop before buying this and it is amazing.

Love this, great sound, perfect.

This little unit packs a powerful and high quality punch. I bought solely on the reviews that i found on-line, and i am extremely pleased with the build quality – the fact that it’s waterproof ( although it doesn’t float on water) and if caught in the rain you know that the device won’t be ruined. Charging is quite fast via a micro usb cable (supplied) and the volume is adequate for my needs. The casing is a contoured and sleek silicone covering that protects it against bumps and the odd drops and i have every confidence that it will be reliable in the performance department for some time. I’ve now ordered a 2nd unit to take advantage of it’s ability to wirelessly pair together for full stereo sound – and i’m advised that there’s a bonus of increased volume when paired. This device has an ideal small footprint to discreetly hide in our conservatory whilst banging out fairytale in new york for the umpteenth time. I love it, i recommend it and well done bose.

I love these handy but strong speakers. Enjoying the music whille cleaning home, taking shower and gym time. Its amazing sound quality and quickly get connects to bluetooth.

Solid speaker in soft sturdy rubber package, deep portable sound for outdoors, don’t need to worry if dropped, good grip, connectivity is actually amazing, updates you on connect, battery left etc.

Just received my bose speaker very well packed downloaded bose app plugged usb lead in and paired it with my sony xperia phone and it sounds amazing. I already own a larger bose speaker for my tv so this is for my bedroom highly recommend this speaker bose are the best ive ever had love it.

I personally love bose equipment, but this one stands out for me as it one tough little speaker. I mainly use it outside in all weathers and it has stood up to everything so far. Long battery life and great quality sound.

It is small to fit in any bag, loud enough and good quality sound, water proof and great design. And worth it the moneythere isn’t an aux port, only bluetooth but it work very well.

Quality and volume of sound. Made 1000 times better when two are paired.

First class quality and sound.

Ultimate Ears 984-000666 ROLL 2 Bluetooth Speaker Ultraportable : The whole package has been thought out so that it is really easy to use all the features

Bought as a gift and enthusiastically received. I understand that it’s a great accessory for a walk, cycle ride or just to sit beside you while fishing. Excellent quality sound for such a small product.

Incredible sound from such a small and relatively cheap speaker. I bought this to use inside my shower cubicle and it doesn’t disappoint. Took seconds to pair and work out how to use it. If you want a speaker that allows you to skip tracks then this isn’t for you, but if you’ve got your playlists preset then what are you waiting for?.

Good producttip: hold volume up and down at the same time for a few secs and the speaker will tell u the remaining battery.

Bought one for my daughter in august 2016 (23 months ago) it has been around the world with her. Australia, thailand, cambodia and new zealand and it still works perfectly. I asked her if she wanted a new one as she goes back to nz in a few weeks and she just asked “why?.Someone who doesn’t want something for free. So she loves her roll, it goes everywhere with her and works as perfectly today as the day she got it and it has done about 30,000 miles. . It has covered dozens of ad hoc parties that i’d rather not know about along with hiking, camping and long drives into the back of beyond. It just looks a little grubby, but that is hardly anybody else’s fault.

  • Outstanding Speaker for Size and Price
  • Excellent – if you don’t mind controlling music from your phone
  • Simply Amazing Sound

Ultimate Ears 984-000666 ROLL 2 Bluetooth Speaker Ultraportable with Floatie, Waterproof and Shockproof – Black/Orange

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  • Stretchy, attachable marine-grade bungee: Strap the wireless speaker to your bike, backpack, kayak or wherever else you want to take your music
  • Waterproof: You can submerge UE ROLL 2 outdoor speaker in water, waterproof for up to 30 minutes and a depth of 1 m
  • Lighter than a can of soda: Ultra-portable speaker and so light you will forget you are even carrying it
  • Go farther: 100 feet wireless bluetooth speaker range and nine hour rechargeable battery life go as long as you can

Ok you’re not gonna get any amazing bassy tones simply due to the size of this thing but everything else about it is brilliant. I couldn’t believe how loud it can go for such a small device.

Bought this for 60 quid and for that money, this is a travel speaker without rival. Hooked up to my ipod classic (which does not have bluetooth) it gives decent high end detail and surprisingly good bass which maintains control. It’s a stunning piece of kit.

I still cannot believe the sound that comes from such a small device. The whole package has been thought out so that it is really easy to use all the features. I was so impressed with the first one i bought that i ordered another so that they could be linked together using the double up facility. Now i am lost for words to describe just how good they are. People that i show them to can’t believe what they are hearing either.

Bought two, one for each of my twenty something boys (no, they won’t leave the parental home). They use them when having a shower and getting ready to go out. The quality is great, i know because they have it blasting out, but good feedback from both guysas well. I got them at a discount price as well. I also got my soundbar back.

Got it to listen to music at work when on down time. Its a loud environment but the speaker is loud enough that it can be heard if you are within 20 meters at least, maybe more but i didnt measure. The only downside is the battery life. I was under the impression you could get up to 10 hours, however after about 4 and a half it died. This was after a 10-12 hour overnight charge. Luckily you can still play it while it’s plugged in to the mains as long as it has a little juice in it to get it started so i did this, however myself or other may not always have access to socket so it might be worth picking up a cheap battery bank and keeping that along side it, which is what i may do if i find a decent waterproof one.

Believe the hype – portable, easy to use, looks good and the sound [in terms of quality and loudness] is really great. Just about to buy one of these for me dad as well, great portable bluetooth speaker.

Bought this for my son to improve the audio from his phone & laptop. Surprised at how loud and clear the output is from such a small speaker. Feels quite robust, and i’m sure my son will test that quality over time. More expensive than some other speakers, but for the size, bluetooth range and sound quality it’s worth paying a bit more.

Amazing speaker, great for vacation or to have it in your shower. Would buy another to have stereo. Cons: can’t skip songs, only change volume.

We were going to buy a sound system for our boat, but instead we bought a 2nd eu roll to pair up for better stereo sound. They are neat, funky colours and portable & give very good sound, especially if placed on a wooden surface. It is so handy to just control all your music from your iphone. The eu app is great for adjusting balance & bass too. Once charged from the usb the battery lasts about 7 hours.

Had this a few months now and thoroughly impressed. Great sound, long battery life, easy to use, robust and funky looking. It does indeed work in the pool (in the inflatable ring provided, i didn’t test the claim that it can survive for 30mins underwater). Genuinely great piece of kit and, inexpensive compared to many.

Honestly a little disappointed with it. When it works, it works great, however moving it around will cause some loosing signal at a certain distance. Getting it to connect to my computer and what is plays is also a little annoying as i have to close itunes and re-open it after connecting so that it’ll play what’s playing on itunes (this seems more of an itunes issue than the speaker though). It’s also annoying not to include a pause/skip/back buttons on the speaker too. Otherwise, it’s ok and the sound quality is decent though.

For a small size speaker (smaller than a hand span), the quality of sound is excellent. Have listened to all genres: current hits with fab bass, classical, choral, big band, jazz, piano and organ music (amazing) and quality is clear, surrounding and not tinny. It comes with a clip to attach to handle or curtains. Volume is high enough to fill a room with loudness without distortion. Quality good when volume is lower. It’s excellent for travel or time away from home speakers, in the garden/park etc.

So not one to write reviews, but this little beauty deserves it. I checked which reviews and this one had the highest rating of any protable / bluetooth speaker. This and the price tempted me to get one to try and wow. . Firstly the ‘setup’ is ridiculously easy. I purchased other more expensive bluetooth speakers and had problems. I was so impressed with one that i bought a second as i saw the option to pair them both via the mobile app. It’s a double wow for the second one in ease of use in getting them paired up and the sound from both of them in the room is great.

Easy to use and sync to your devices. Easy to charge and get decent life out of each charge. Utilised mostly in the shower and has taken well to being used in steamed up shower and to the occasional bit of water splash. It can be a pain to take over when someone else is using their device synced to it but aside from that i’d say its a good product. It can also be very loud and i don’t think i use even 40% of the volume capacity.

Where have you been my whole life. Haven’t tested the waterproof feature yet but bought next day delivery for a summer bbq and everyone was super impressed (including me).

I keep this in my room and i can still hear it in the kitchen which is some distance away. Good for personal use but i can see it being drowned out with a large number of guests.

The sound quality is amazing. It paired really quickly with iphone. It took ages to pair with ipad – hold down the on off button on ue together with volume down button, this returns it to factory settings then it immediately worked.

The sound is just how i wanted it – no strong bass or treble, but balance mid-range. It’s lighter and smaller, and more seemingly more hard-wearing than i anticipated. It’s predecessor with me was the jbl clip, which is also good product.

Amazon Certified Refurbished Echo – Brilliant little speaker

Loving itthis is the 2nd one as had issues with distorted sound on the first one i ordered, but had replacement straight away, and the replacement is brilliant. Was worried about getting a refurb but am now happy with the replacementi love listening to music and if you get amazon music it’s brilliant.

Excellent can’t believe i didn’t get one sooner.

She’s so clever and keeps me occupied sorting out her skills.

How did i survive without the amazon echo. It reminds me to take pills. I can shout out items for my shopping list as i think of them. We can get local news items and weather in an instant and we are finding more uses all the time.

Needed a speaker and couldn’t find one with a reasonable price and i saw this which was too hard to turn down. Very easy set up and one of the best speakers i’ve heard around this price point.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Alexa, buy me another Echo
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  • Refurbished? my Echo looks and works perfectly 😀

Bought this for my mother who is 90 and partially sighted. She was finding it difficult to work her radio/dvd player. This is perfect as she can just ask for whatever music she fancies and the weather too.

Fairly easy set up and a huge selection of skills to play with. Need more time to learn all of it.

Absolutely amazing little device. Was bought as refurbished and it was in immaculate condition. Other than it arriving in a plain box you would believe it was new. Simply download the alexa app and follow the setup instructions. If you’re going to use this for music i highly recommend paying for prime music as you can listen to anything whenever you wamt to. Well worth it in my opinion.

Firstly, i cannot fault (or tell the difference) between this and a new one. Though i believe the packaging is different. This comes in a plain box, which is no problem. The echo speaker was immaculate and sounds really great either connected to the internet or by bluetooth. My only reservations are down to the alexa operating system. Initial connection to my wifi network was troublesome. After having to go through the motions several times – and reseting – it eventually connected. I’m not sure if it was due to my internet hub. (i have my internet from bt, and there have been issues in the past.

Alexa has changed our lives for the better. I have premium spotify account which i linked up to alexa and she now provides music on request. It’s much better than any portable bluetooth speaker i had before, much better bass. I’ve also now hooked up a couple of lamps and alexa turns these on and off as requested.

Bought as refurbished, but looks and works like new.

Didn’t think i would love a product so much. The shopping list is a great boon, just tell alexa when you need something added and when you get to the store up pops your list on your phone. Also love her reading me my novels from my kindle whilst i’m doing the dreaded ironing. Of course playing music is great, the to do list is useful too, in fact i could go on all day about this product, how did i ever manage before i bought it.

What a great item very happy with it , how did i manage before without it.

I have an amazon echo in my living room, which i use all the time and have come to appreciate greatly, particularly the sound quality and alexa’s assistance :di had my older echo dot in my bedroom and enjoyed it’s use, however, the sound quality isn’t as good as that of the echo :/ further i couldn’t justify the near indulgence of the purchase of another echo for my bedroom, this, however, was completely changed by the opportunity to purchase a refurbished echo :d and at the price doesn’t feel like indulgence at all :dthe refurbished echo arrived today 🙂 and i must comment that, in terms of it’s cosmetic appearance, looks brand new, no scratches, scuffs or marks of any description :d indeed looking identical to my first echo on it’s arrival :d so shopping amazon’s own refurbished devices will hold no fear for me in the future, based on my current experience :dset-up was straightforward, given my prior experience with my first echos. The sound quality is well rounded and rich :d i streaming music from amazon prime and listening to talk & music internet radio. Though i am not an expert, i would comment that i haven’t heard better sound quality on a smart speaker at this price point. Overall, i am more than happy with my purchase :d i am looking forward to listening to tunes snuggled up in bed on those cold stormy winter’s nights :d.

Great device & ‘refubished’ as advertised is as new perfet condition. Great for listening to radio & music, asking questions & making calls. Only used for a couple of weeks & still learning new stuff about it.

Initially thought would a refurbished product be as aesthetically pleasing and more importantly sound the same as a new echo – my fears were allayed on receipt. I am now the proud owner of four echoes.

Love it still getting my head around using it but when you get into bed and forget to turn out the ceiling light you get alexa to do it for you.

The first ‘refurbished’ one i received had a very loud and annoying buzz from the speaker but this was very easily sorted through amazon returns. The second one works perfectly. The sound is so much better than the first generation echo – much clearer highs and loads of bass. I used to run my old echo through a bluetooth speaker to get better quality sound but no longer need to with this device. And looks wise it is also a load better than the earlier device. I am really really pleased with my new echo.

Couldn’t live without it now i’ve had one. With it being refurbished i expected the quality to not be as great, but was very shocked as looked brand new. The kids love talking to alexa asking her questions and putting songs on. It’s so easy to use you can do so much with it aswell.

Can see the difference between this warehouse one and the new one i purchased a few weeks ago. Same great sound and great control of hive & energenie. Have ended swapping to amazon family music unlimited and it is brilliant. Every track i request seems available.

I was close to throwing alexa out the window because i could not get it to connect to my wifi through my samsung s8. After a couple of hours online searching for answers i was giving up and then i tried to connect through my samsung galaxy tab s2 which worked easily. I know this is probably a mix of an android and amazon issue but please amazon, please make it easier to connect with the newer phones. Anyway, since setting up, i am very happy with alexa. I am learning new skills every day. The only glitches i have noticed are the occasional incorrect actions when she mishears me. An example is when i ask her to play one of my spotify play lists slow beat house and alexa always replies that there is no playlist called slow beach house. All in all, i love alexa and i highly recommend the echo.

Betron KBS08 Wireless Portable Travel Bluetooth Speaker Titanium, The best speaker for its size and price

I bought two of these as i was so impressed. You can choose between 7 colours for the outer casing. Small and compact this speaker packs a punch. If you put this on a wooden floor or table the bass is powerful enough to fill the room with quality sound. I would advise pealing off the plastic protective cover on the bottom of the speaker, otherwise when in full volume mode the speaker will move slowly along the floor. Once the plastic is peeled off it grips the surface well. I like the subtle lights along the side and the top which change colour when in use. This speaker also speaks to you to let you know that bluetooth is connected and disconnected. Whilst playing, if you get a phone call it will also start speaking the number of the person who is phoning you so you can recognise the number. You can connect to the speaker via bluetooth or using a 3.

I have a huawei p smart and cannot use this speaker to stream content while having the bluetooth on and either using data and wifi. I need to download content before it’ll play without buffering every 2 seconds and probably the reason the speaker had an sd port. The call functions do not work and if alarms on your phone go off when this is on, you need to switch them off on your phone. Which makes it inconvenient,, especially when you’re in the shower in the morningwhen i’ve answered the phone and tried to have a conversation with someone, they say they can’t hear me as it’s very faint, even if i hold the speaker to my mouth. I need to pick up the phone and speak to the person instead. This is very annoying and i wish i’d known about this before i bought this. Reading my phone manual states bluetooth speaker+streaming won’t work very well but nothing on bluetooth not being able to take phone calls etc. For this i’d thought the speaker troubleshoot would have something on it, but it doesn’t. The manual isn’t that great for instructions anyway. The flashing coloured lights this speaker uses are annoying, but easily removed.

Amazing speaker with great sound. Much better than expected for the brilliant price. The bluetooth works brilliantly and supports spotfiy well. The product arrived in good time and was well proctedted. The speaker itself i say a great size and very sturdy. It can fill a room with music and volume can ben controlled via phone and the device itself. I have also send this via the laptop as a speaker. It has been on two holidays with us and is great for the beach and hotel room. Would definitely my recommend and buy again.

Comments from buyers

“The best speaker for its size and price, Cant go wrong for the price :D, Great product in every waywould recommend!”

For the time that it worked, it worked very well. I can honestly say, i loved this little beast of a speaker. I liked the overall volume, the bass was so good it was actually a bit of an issue (i’ll get to that in a second) and the battery life was superb, much better than i initially expected. It has a very durable and well made feel about it, something you hold in your hands and think that if you threw this at someone they’d break a bone or something and considering the price is an amazing buy and i would probably buy it again considering the circumstances. The bass of the speaker (since it does not have any rubber grips or ‘feet’ to hold it) will make the speaker migrate to the closest way off any surface faster than i can say ‘what a tune’. I solved this by wadding up some tissue and wedging it against something like a bottle of water, not great but what can you do?. 😂but the main reason that i gave this otherwise amazing product 3 stars is the fact it stopped charging. I’ve tried 2 different cables along with the one supplied but to no avail.

Its not a big sound, obviously, the unit is only the size of an aerosol lidbut its a nice sound, and the bass is present and balanced. With careful siting you may even get a small thump out of itits a weighty device, and seems very sturdy and engineered. It feels more expensive than it is in the hand. Lights up nicely too :-)at this price it has to be a 5 star rating.

The sound is clear its quite powerful considering its size its heavy-ish due to the (steel ring around it?). Battery life is good also, all around well worth it. Put it on a wodden surface and it acts as a speaker box which sounds even better than it already does. Inputs are weird though, as it it uses a usb connector for charging and it uses the same connecter as a aux audio in and not the 3. 5 mm female earphone connector on speaker – (the connector is the same as a samsung phone charger connector or ps4 controller usb cable) not normally used as an audio in but hey, it works. Grab one of these kb-s08 speakers its worth it.

This speaker is a solid weighty product designed and manufactured to the highest quality with a finish without blemish. The sound quality for its size is commensurate or better than some speakers of a larger nature. Sadly i returned this item due to it not having the bluetooth range that i was looking for. It stated ten meters but after five meters it lost its connectivity. Overall though a great solid product and recommended and if kept close by to your proposed bluetooth tie up then you can expect great sounds and satisfaction.

If you’re expecting something with the room shaking audio of bose soundlink or taotronics 20w speaker you’ll be disappointed but for something that’s less than a tenth the price of bose you get a tiny, lightweight speaker that is solidly built, doesn’t have the tinny pitch of many small speakers and has the best sound of any of its size and price rivals. For anyone who wants a speaker they can pop in a bag for travel or listen round the house it’s ideal and it does get pretty loud without distortion.

This beast arrived yesterday, so not had a great deal of time to road test it. However, very impressed so far. The sound quality for a relatively small device is terrific. Pairing the speaker with my phone was extremely quick and straightforward and it came charged up and ready to go out of the box. It looks and feels robust although not exactly light. It’s not ‘heavy’ but i guess not as light as you might expect. One thing that may not be for everyone is the lighting effect round the edge of the speaker which changes colour as you play music. (my wife likes it, i can take it or leave it. ) anyway, in a family full of critics we’d had the speaker paired with 3 different i-phones (1 at a time) within 10 minutes of me trying it out.

MAJORITY Ben Nevis Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer Surround Sound, Good Quality Sound System

On opening the box i found that there were some small scratches on the soundbar and a large scratch on the subwoofer which was annoying considering it is brand new. I have decided not to return the system as it was very cheap and the hassle is not worth it. I set up my system using an optical cable which was easy and positioned the soundbar in front of my 55′ tv and positioned the subwoofer behind my chair. I set about watching the blues brothers on amazon prime and the sound delivered by the soundbar and subwoofer is truly impressive. The bass is excellent and works very well with the music and action. Apart from the scratches, the only other disappointments are that the remote control which is quite small and very flimsy and the display is behind the speaker material and so it is difficult to tell what setting it is on. For the money it is an excellent soundbar and subwoofer and combined with the 3-year warranty too it is unbeatable. Recommended but not with its problems.

Only issues i had was pealable plastic was under some of the feet etc so it’s difficult to remove. Bright red display is a little annoying.

Very fast delivery, sound quality and volume for the price are very good, easy to install and connect but when connected via bluetooth or an optical cable it keeps going out of sync. Have to pause what is being watched and then switch off the sound bar and switch it on again. Its really aggravating and spoils an otherwise very good product. Update: customer services very good and quickly arranged a replacement that i am currently waiting on for delivery. Will update when re-installed.

Key specs for Ben Nevis Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer Surround Sound, 150W Wireless Bluetooth Device Streaming, Remote Control, AUX in, FM radio, Wall Mountable, Optical Compatible, RCA cable included (Black):

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  • VIRTUAL SURROUND SOUND: The wireless connection between the 2.1 sound bar and freestanding sub woofer allows you to place the sub woofer in any location in the room. Keep your room tidy and also fill the room with sharp cinematic sound! Surround yourself with HD patented sound with 150W of high-quality surround sound to enjoy your favourite films, television, FM radio and audio.
  • 4.0 BLUETOOTH WIRELESS CONNECTION: Connect Bluetooth devices such as your smart phone or tablet to the sound bar in a simple 3 step set-up. Begin streaming from your favourite music apps including Spotify and Apple Music, apps or radio stations.
  • CONNECTIVITY: Connect your device to the Ben Nevis via the AUX 3.5mm Line-In connection for those devices without Bluetooth. Also insert a USB stick via the USB port to begin playing your own MP3 files. Use the supplied RCA cable to quickly set up the sound bar to your television, or use the optical input port to connect to your television via an optical cable (not included).
  • REMOTE CONTROL: With the easy to use remote, you can change the treble and bass settings at the click of a button whilst also selecting a music mode that heightens music, movies or dialog to be played at its best.
  • WARRANTY: Majority offer full technical support for every item, as well as including a comprehensive 36 month warranty (registration required).

Comments from buyers

“Fantastic soundbar & subwoofer in this range, Fantastic Soundbar., Fantastic product, excellent value”

Seems pretty good for the money. The quality of the product is good. Easy to set up – although i am still trying to find the best position for the subwoofer to combat interference and get a sound that i am happy with. I like it though and it has certainly improved the sound from my sony bravia tv – even with the subwoofer teething issue.

Great delivery time, looked good, easy setup i brought the optical lead as well. The reason i could only award one star was it only lasted a maximum of five minutes before the soundbar stopped working. Completely dead the subwoofer still showed it was receiving power. I’m now gong to wait before i get a different soundbar but have lost faith in this brand. Plus didn’t have time to test the product and it’s capabilities.

I’m not up to date with music gear any more so i just compare my mates £600 one to my £60 one. Yeah his sounds twice as good and is twice as loud, but its also 10 times the price. I just want more volume with good enough sound quality to enjoy it loud and that’s what i got.

I had initially bought the snowdon but felt it lacked punch and base so returned it and got the ben nevis instead & wow. I was a bit worried initially as there weren’t many reviews but this system is awesome 👏 have tried the aux and bt and fm.

Great product super easy to install but the remote is rubbish . Real shame as this lets the product down. You have to be careful of the subwoofer location and the bt connection, but thats not a huge issue. Real shame the remove is so cheap.

Not bad for the offer price but if i had to pay the full price i think 🤔 it’s probably not quite worth it, sounds great but bass isn’t as good as stated, only has 10 settings for bass and actually does distort slightly unlike the description insists, other than that, nice and loud, great sound for the price and great options 😊.

A fantastic sound bar that was delivered promptly. I was a bit apprehensive about the quality given that it’s a relatively lesser known brand. But it arrived promptly and packaging was impressive. The build quality of the actual product was surprisingly good. Once connected to my lg tv using an optical cable, i was very impressed with the sound quality. The sound was crisp and the music was clear. I must admit i am not an audio expert but even ar sufficiently loud volume test it was very pleasant and without any distortion. I could not notice any connection drop in the subwoofer but could be because it was only placed next to the main soundbar. Only two minor criticism is that display on the soundbar is a bit difficult to read as it’s behind the mash and the remote is also bit flimsy. But other than that i can’t fault it on build quality and sound quality.

We are really pleased with this soundbar. We have it connected to the tv via an optical cable, and then also use the bluetooth function for listening to music. Great sound with great bass and options to adjust bass/treble. We had some initial issues with the remote control but the seller kindly sent us out another one and now it’s working fine. We haven’t had any problems with connectivity between the soundbar and subwoofer, but then we have them sitting fairly close to each other. Overall this appears to be an excellent product for the price.

Great bass, although my actual tv speaker sounds great, this is used with my pc. It will need some further adjustment like from realteks audio manager, using an eq e. G but otherwise it is a great piece of kit. Wish it turned off after a certain amount of time of no noise but thats minor.

I tried setting this up the easiest way i thought, so i had an optic cable, simple right?that didn’t work for some reason. I could play music on my phone through it, but no sound from the tv. So i switched to the old school aux, haven’t used that bad boy since the days of ps1. That didn’t work either, for some reason, it wouldn’t play the sound through my television. So, as a last resort, i went with the headphone jack, which surprise surprise, is always on the wrong side to literally every tv i’ve ever owned. So now i’ve got an upside-down sound bar which is finally working, and come on at a hell of a volume. My neighbour hates any noise, and it made me laugh, because the sub speaker literally points down at the floor, so i know she’s down there thinking of ways to end my life. She’s a miserable old hag. Now it’s working – through the headphone jack ☹️ – it actually sounds pretty good.

So far everything seems good, bought this to use with my pc and it’s more than loud enough and quality seems ok. The cables that come with it are very short though and as others have said the display on the bar is very hard to read unless you’re quite close and looking at it straight on. I’m sure if you’re heavily into audio you wouldn’t be satisfied with this but for the average person who just wants some better audio for their tv or pc then i can’t see any reason you’d pay more than this.

I’ve wanted a soundbar for a while, but never quite found the right one. I was a little sceptical due to the varied reviews, but at this price point, it was worth a punt. Let me tell you, this is an amazing device. Took about 2 minutes to get it up and running, hardest part was moving the tv out to get to the plug sockets ha ha. Bluetooth connected fast, no issues at all. I’ve got fabulous treble and higher pitches from the soundbar, the bass from the subwoofer is amazing. I’ve had to turn the bass down to find a pleasing spot.

Very good sound for the price. I connected my mobile and play my music through the sound bar.

Fantastic sound for a small price. Bought to replace a more expensive sony ht-ct80 2. 1 that failed after 4 months. This has a far better sound as well ‘bargain’.

Sound is good, is not the best sound ever i have beats pill +, it’s definitely louder. For the money you pay they are amazing. If you want a cheap but decent sound bar go for this one. Like people said connection between subwoofer and sound bar is rubbish but who cares i have it right next to sound bar and it sounds great.

Bought this to replace the an old surround sound system that i was using with my vinyl player, the old system just had too many wires. The only wires with this are the two power cables (for the sound-bar and subwoofer) and my line in cable from my vinyl player, very happy. Great sound quality, was quite surprised at how good the sound quality was considering the price. Within five minuets of opening the box i had it set up and listening to my vinyl collection. The remote control is fine enough, like a lot of sound-bars the remote is small thin, almost flimsy looking, thats the only thing i would prefer when buying products like this is to have then invest a little more time in the designing and the quality of the remote. The remote comes with a optional double sided velcro strip which is suggested to be used to secure it to the speaker for safekeeping, i have mine stuck on my side table so the remote is always just a hands reach away. You get a three year warranty if you register your product, it is literally a matter of choosing your product and entering your name and email address.

The soundbar sounds fine, and it is well made. 5mm aux cable causes a big hum when connected to an audio device. Tried a decent cable and all is well. Such a shame to ruin a good product with rubbish accessories.

Very good,well built sound bar & bass speaker, for the price( bought in the sale)good sound,decimate upgrade from my standard tv. Remote control is good but very small & i don’t think it will be long before the back of the sofa claims another victim?. Delivery was next day with prime. My only niggle with the whole package is that it should come with an optical lead as standard, as the supplied lead is pretty useless. So if you are going to buy one,do yourself a favour and get an optical cable at the same time & you will save yourself a lot of grief.

I have only used the line in so can’t comment on the bluetooth but it has just the right balance of sound throughout the range. The only negative, and this is just a very minor niggle, is that there is a slight hiss when you have nothing playing. It’s not a game changer and i will still give this 5 stars as everything else is great.

I like this sound bar i know it’s got mixed reviews and that nearly put me off but for the small price i thought i’ll risk it and i’m glad i did it’s very easy to set up it takes about 10 min and looks a good size too it looks the part and works perfectly the sub is on the opposite side of the room and picks up signal every time it’s loud enough to enjoy a movie and listen to music on its quite powerful and fills the room with sound it’s got plenty of ways to connect to it too bluetooth/aux/usb and optical cable so it very good for all rangers of devices which is fantastic for the little price of £59. 98 the only reason it’s getting 4 stars is the screen has been put behind the metal mesh covering the display so you can’t see what it says who ever came up with that idea wants firing lol it was not a well thought out discussion that fore sure but it’s perfect in every other way i’m pleasantly surprised with this top buy i would definitely recommend.

Got this on offer and have to say it was well worth the money. 1 surround system and loved the sound it produced. I was downscaling and looking for something easy and with less wires. This produces good sound and eliminates a tangle of speaker wires behind the tv. Because it’s virtual surround sound – it isn’t quite as good as true 5. 1, but i never expected it to be. It is, however, a perfectly reasonable compromise.

Sony SRS-XB10 Compact Portable Wireless Speaker : Should you buy?? Ye why not ;)

I like that this speaker is compact, lightweight and pairs instantly with my iphone 8. I am disappointed with the sound quality: i think it has too much bass, and the high pitched sounds are muffled. Its like there is a towel on top of the speaker that does not allow the sound to go through. Unfortunately, it is not possible to change any sound settings in the speaker.

Really easy to set up and use but quick setup instructions don’t tell you how to pair a second device. Need to download full instructions that tell you to press and hold the on/off until you hear a beep and the pairing light starts rapid flash. You can then pair a new device.

Sony SRS-XB10 Compact Portable Wireless Speaker with Extra Bass, Blue

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  • Bring dance music to life with EXTRA BASS – get things going with EXTRA BASS; a passive radiator works with the monaural speaker giving bass a boost, despite the compact size
  • Any time, any place – the SRS-XB10 is compact and wireless so it’s easy to move; with a long battery life and a water-resistant surface, you’re free to pick it up and put it anywhere
  • Water-resistant design – whether you’re listening to tunes indoors or outdoors, relax knowing the wireless speaker is IPX5 water-resistant
  • Up to 16 hours of battery life – listen for longer with up to 16 hours of battery life. Easy bluetooth connectivity with NFC one-touch
  • Add an extra speaker for stereo sound – simply connect two wireless speakers for stereo sound. Input and Output Terminals: Stereo Mini Jack. Maximum Communication Range(bluetooth): 10 m

Love this – great sound from a mini speaker and the sound very clear too on a highest volume. I love sony products, my tv, dvd players, hi fi, digital camera. All bought from sony and no disappointments so far.

Maybe should have checked the dimensions of the product prior to buying, but i’m glad i didn’t because it’s turned out to be a brilliant speaker & i probably wouldn’t have gone for it had i known how small it was. But, great sound quality & i’m very happy with the product.

One of the best small speakers i’ve heard, and i have got ones much more expensive. Powerful and natural, at a great price.

Good deep sounds, very natural and lasts very long before recharge. Only issue is how i can’t connect two devices at once.

Excellent sound quality for the size and price. We use it in a kitchen while we work, where the restaurant we work has loud music, and when we use it we can only listen the music we want to play. We have tried other brands as well, but the specific one has the best sound quality.

My new fav – i take this everywhere – parents have even purchased one. Great sound very handy great charge. I now use it with my projector for movies it’s great.

This is a great speaker with superb sound quality. It’s built well and looks as though it will take some knocks and bumps. Sounds great at high volume with no distortion, sounds great at lower volumes too. I bought this purely for our hols and it hasn’t let me down. Easy to set up bluetooth, i have it connected to my iphone 6, flawless. Been using it for best part of week now with no problems. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for this type of speaker.

This speaker is awesome, so much bass, power and volume from such a small device, definitely recommend. Had up and running within seconds.

Very easy to set up and use and the battery lasts for a long time. Sound quality is good and for the size, and it has a decent amount of bass. Although i note where you position the speaker can change the sound quality quite a bit.

I bought a new kindle fire as my old one was playing up but with the volume at maximum i could hardly hear my music when i was in the shower so i bought this speaker after reading a review in pc mag. I am thoroughly satisfied with it. The sound quality is excellent and pairing it to my kindle was very easy.

Deep bass, crisp sound really portable, and giving a better sound than most 20 watt to 40 watt same competition speakers on amazon. Sadly i returned mine because it was giving a bit distort the sound. And i am one of those sound quality nurds. However, if i have to buy again it will be this product.

I have two of these now and took them on holiday ,nice to able to hook them up in stereo i. Have one for the left channel and have the other for the right channel, and they link together wirelessly. Battery life is excellent, and sound qaulity is very good for such a small speaker.

The quality of sound from this speaker is exceptional. You can even feel it vibrating if you touch it. The controls are so very easy to use and bluetooths itself up without any fuss.

Quite basey and clear considering their size. Easy to pair with a second one. Would recommend for £30-40. But maybe not any more expensive.

The sound quality from such a small unit is incredible. Very loud and incredibly easy to use. Has a jack input as well as the bluetooth connection.

Really impressive full, clear sound given its size and the build quality is great. Pairing it with a bluetooth device is super easy too. Plus i also read that you can add an extra one and have stereo sound.

Perfect as i expecteddelivered on timeexcellent sound box with very very good quality and base that you cant believe is coming out of that little thing .

Got this for my 17 year old who is really into music. Really worth paying a bit more than the cheaper speakers (which i also have) to get a much better sound. He’s really impressed with it after a few weeks.

Present for my brother and he really likes it. The sound is very good for such a small speaker.

Amazon Certified Refurbished Echo : Brilliant – five star purchase

Gutted amazon had an offer for new echo just after i bought this, cheaper than this which wasn’t heavily discounted unlike the dot that i bought. But it works well and seems no different to my other echo in terms of quality of sound. No marks or defects that be seen.

Excellent can’t believe i didn’t get one sooner.

Absolutely amazing little device. Was bought as refurbished and it was in immaculate condition. Other than it arriving in a plain box you would believe it was new. Simply download the alexa app and follow the setup instructions. If you’re going to use this for music i highly recommend paying for prime music as you can listen to anything whenever you wamt to. Well worth it in my opinion.

How did i survive without the amazon echo. It reminds me to take pills. I can shout out items for my shopping list as i think of them. We can get local news items and weather in an instant and we are finding more uses all the time.

By far the best smart speaker on the market pound for pound. I paid £55, and for that you can’t grumble. Quality is surprisingly good considering how much smaller it is than the previous gen. Maybe not quite as loud sounding, and to my ears not quite as clear but definitely warmer sounding. The only thing i miss is the rotating wheel on top for volume, i really miss this feature and wish it would come back.

Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo (2nd generation), Charcoal Fabric : Love it still getting my head around using it but when you get into bed and forget to turn out the ceiling light you get alexa to do it for you.

I have an amazon echo in my living room, which i use all the time and have come to appreciate greatly, particularly the sound quality and alexa’s assistance :di had my older echo dot in my bedroom and enjoyed it’s use, however, the sound quality isn’t as good as that of the echo :/ further i couldn’t justify the near indulgence of the purchase of another echo for my bedroom, this, however, was completely changed by the opportunity to purchase a refurbished echo :d and at the price doesn’t feel like indulgence at all :dthe refurbished echo arrived today 🙂 and i must comment that, in terms of it’s cosmetic appearance, looks brand new, no scratches, scuffs or marks of any description :d indeed looking identical to my first echo on it’s arrival :d so shopping amazon’s own refurbished devices will hold no fear for me in the future, based on my current experience :dset-up was straightforward, given my prior experience with my first echos. The sound quality is well rounded and rich :d i streaming music from amazon prime and listening to talk & music internet radio. Though i am not an expert, i would comment that i haven’t heard better sound quality on a smart speaker at this price point. Overall, i am more than happy with my purchase :d i am looking forward to listening to tunes snuggled up in bed on those cold stormy winter’s nights :d.

Firstly, i cannot fault (or tell the difference) between this and a new one. Though i believe the packaging is different. This comes in a plain box, which is no problem. The echo speaker was immaculate and sounds really great either connected to the internet or by bluetooth. My only reservations are down to the alexa operating system. Initial connection to my wifi network was troublesome. After having to go through the motions several times – and reseting – it eventually connected. I’m not sure if it was due to my internet hub. (i have my internet from bt, and there have been issues in the past.

Really pleased with the refurbished echo 2 nd generation, not only looks good on sideboard, it performs excellent would recommend.

Didn’t think i would love a product so much. The shopping list is a great boon, just tell alexa when you need something added and when you get to the store up pops your list on your phone. Also love her reading me my novels from my kindle whilst i’m doing the dreaded ironing. Of course playing music is great, the to do list is useful too, in fact i could go on all day about this product, how did i ever manage before i bought it.

Couldn’t live without it now i’ve had one. With it being refurbished i expected the quality to not be as great, but was very shocked as looked brand new. The kids love talking to alexa asking her questions and putting songs on. It’s so easy to use you can do so much with it aswell.

Why pay full price when refurb does just as well and still has a years guarantee, thank you.

Loving itthis is the 2nd one as had issues with distorted sound on the first one i ordered, but had replacement straight away, and the replacement is brilliant. Was worried about getting a refurb but am now happy with the replacementi love listening to music and if you get amazon music it’s brilliant.

Alexa has changed our lives for the better. I have premium spotify account which i linked up to alexa and she now provides music on request. It’s much better than any portable bluetooth speaker i had before, much better bass. I’ve also now hooked up a couple of lamps and alexa turns these on and off as requested.

Awesome product which is so easy to use, even the wife could set it up and use it. Unfortunately the first one went faulty after only 2 days but amazon replaced it free of charge on less than 48hrs so no complaints there – these things happen i guess.

Fairly easy set up and a huge selection of skills to play with. Need more time to learn all of it.

Initially thought would a refurbished product be as aesthetically pleasing and more importantly sound the same as a new echo – my fears were allayed on receipt. I am now the proud owner of four echoes.

Looks good, impressed with the voice recognition and a not bad sound.

Very easy to set up and we are now enjoying challenging alexa to find all our favourite music. Came beautifully packaged and is just like new.

This is my third echo having 2 dots in other rooms and needed one to replace my speakers in the lounge and cautiously opted to go for a refurbished one. It’s quite literally as good as new. Arguably the packaging is actually better than that provided with a new one. Sound is fantastic, better than the speakers it’s replacing and looks great in the lounge too.

Needed a speaker and couldn’t find one with a reasonable price and i saw this which was too hard to turn down. Very easy set up and one of the best speakers i’ve heard around this price point.

As a professor in technology, you have to admit google are behind both design and sound quait when it comes to the devices are selling, my only critical would be the microphones need to be either samples or made more so you are talking to it and not having to speak from above. Maybe a centred hidden microphone would resolve the issue.