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Yamaha LSX-170 Bluetooth Hi-Fi Speaker Review – A beautifully designed speaker

Pros: Overall sound quality, design and looks, full 360 sound from the speaker
Cons: Lack of features, no handle to carry the speaker, no means of daisy-chaining, lacking accessories, price

Accessories: 4/10
Build Quality & Features: 6/10
Design & Looks: 9/10
Sound Quality: 9/10
Value: 6/10
My final Rating: 8/10

Purchase Date: March 2015
Purchase Price: £370-400

Yamaha LSX-170 - Night look

First of all, I would like to thank Yamaha for sending me out the speaker for review – I was very much intrigued to see how it would sound and more so how it would look like in-person, in its full glory.
The speaker can be bought from various different resellers for the price of £370-400. This review will be based off its MSRP of £400.
Full specs of the LSX-170 can be found on Yamaha’s website.

Here’s my video review on YouTube:

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XMI X-Mini MAX Duo Stereo Capsule Speaker Review

I’ve owned the XMI X-Mini II 2nd Generation Capsule for over 5 years now and was sent this Max Duo for review, to see how the new ceramic driver has improved and/or changed the sound.

Purchase information:
-The ceramic duo speaker on AmazonUK for around £35
-The single ceramic Xmini speaker on AmazonUK for around £26
-The older generation Xmini speaker for around £13

Here’s also the AmazonUSA link to the one I received.

Here are pictures of the X-Mini MAX Duo Stereo Capsule Speaker:

First of all the accessories that you get with the Max duo:
-Cable: Inputs are a 3.5mm jack and a USB port. Outputs are two mini USB connections

I found the accessories provided to be useful and perfect for the given price-point.

Build quality:
The capsule speaker has a great build quality, especially with the cool metal finish on the outside. I was sent the Purple one to review and I quite like how they applied the finish on the product.
The capsule has a 3.5mm jack that’s located underneath with a groove within the Xmini for the wire to sit in.
On the side of the capsule, you have a on/off switch, a LED indicator (blue when on and red when charging), an audio output for daisy-chaining other Xminis to it and finally an audio input via mini USB.
I should also mention the famous pivot design that expands the speaker to increase its bass presence. This is done by rotating the speaker from its base and opening up its woofer design.
The wire is actually very useful – it comes with a cable management to hold the wires together and has a volume rocker to adjust the volume of the Xmini’s.
Overall, the build quality is excellent and I couldn’t really fault it.

Battery life:
I was completely shocked to get over 120 hours (yes 1-2-0), of continuous playback. It took only 2hrs to charge too!

Sound quality:
This was the biggest one for me – and it didn’t fail to impress me.
The new ceramic driver really packs the same punch as the old generation, but gives a MUCH better mids and highs frequency response. The treble comparison between the old and new generation with the ceramic driver is night and day. HUGE difference in sound. An “untrained ear” could easily pick up the differences and those differences are very pleasant to the ear.
The new ceramic driver really brings music to life, whereas the older generation, despite being good for its era is outclassed in every domain by this new ceramic driver.
I can’t quite emphasize it enough – big improvement and top marks to XMI.

I really like the new speakers – granted they aren’t speakers I would have at home, as at their £35 price tag you could buy a Logitech PC sound system, but for on-the-go portability, nothing really beats these little speakers, in sound, build, design, and portability.
Highly suggested for anyone looking for a portable mini speaker on the go.

Hope you enjoyed my review!

Review of the TDK 3 Speaker Boombox

Pros: Design & looks, sound quality, functionalities, volume & clarity
Cons: Price, weight and size makes it barely portable, lack remote control, lack of Bluetooth functionality

Packaging & Accessories: 10/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Audio Quality: 8.5/10
Functionalities: 8.5/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 8/10

Purchase Date: September 2012
Purchase Price: £350

First and foremost, I would like to thank TDK for sending me out the 3 speaker boombox to review. I’m honoured to have had the opportunity to review this boombox, and it has been a joy listening to it and using it.
The boombox can be bought in quite a few countries, in the UK it can be bought from Amazon UK & AmazonUSA, and many other resellers to name a few, for around £350. Furthermore, for more information head over to TDK’s website.

The TDK 3 Speaker Boombox, is a powerful set of speakers, which in my opinion, is used for indoors use only, and not meant to be really portable, despite it having the option of having batteries inside it. I have been using it throughout my university final year as the best way of blasting music during our pre-drinks and whilst cooking with others in the kitchen.

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FREE-D Ditto 22W Bluetooth Vibration Speaker – A speaker that transforms your furniture into a speaker

First and foremost, I would like to thank the very kind gentlemen, Joemar, over from Eagle’s World for sending me the product for review. The FREE-D Ditto, can also be bought from their Amazon store for £180, and also can be bought internationally too.

Now unto the product itself – The Ditto is my first ever vibration speaker I have ever owned; they do it’s a first for everything, and a vibration speaker is a first for me! Now the technology behind a vibration speaker, has been around for a little while, but has never been successful, simply due to its reasonably higher cost for the performance given, in comparison to your ordinary, conventional dynamic speaker. An example of a dynamic, portable, speaker would be the X-mini, which took the world by storm with its small size, with a large sound. In other words it packed quite a punch and was affordable for the “masses”.

Will the Ditto change that? Well let’s see just that, in this review!

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Logitech X-540 Review – The best budget PC sound system

Pros: Brilliant price, 5.1 sound system, multi connections, control pad
Cons: Lacks mids and highs, but for the price, you can put that aside.

Audio Quality: 8.5/10
Design: 10/10
Quality: 10/10
Value: 10/10
My overall rating: 10/10

Purchase Date: January 2009
Purchase Price: £45

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