- Jan 31, 2005
- Reaction score
Just thought I would add my opinions with some references and my recent findings to help you make and informed decisionMany reviews here have praised this little gadget on Amazon so I would not like to repeat what has already been said. However I would like to add that this unit is entirely dependant on quality of the reproduction of the source equipment. I tried two different sources and my finding is as follows:
Samsung Galaxy S4
The NFC functionality worked flawlessly, a single tap and I was in business. I played an MP3 file on the Amazon cloud player which I had purchased a while back, the track was "Can't find my way home" from the album "Live at Madison Square Gardens" by Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton. It sounded good as it is, no issues. After the song was over I decided to check another portable device just to see if it would make a difference.
Apple iPad (4th Gen) with Retina Display
I paired the iPad with the BT unit as it does not have the NFC capability, again no issues in pairing and I was ready to listen to the same song again. Within the next 30 seconds after starting the song I could hear much better sonics, the sound was a lot cleaner, less edgy when it came to guitars, slightly better bass and finally when the vocals were rendered they sounded fuller, overall a more authoritative sound spectrum across the entire audio range, I started to enjoy the experience.
The two devices in question are on the very top of the chain when it comes to smartphones and tablets, however this experiment not only proved, to me at least, that the iPad has superior sonics compared to the Galaxy S4 via the blutooth. This means that the BT receiver will faithfully reveal the shortcomings of the source or on the other hand give you better quality sound as you upgrade to a better phone or tablet.
The experiment was done with the volume set on both units (ipad and the Galaxy S4) at approx 75%. This is necessary so as not to induce distortion in the output of both devices.
I'm still dithering whether to buy one myself, I want one but I don't honestly really need one. Best excuse is to read e-books on it in my case.
I've looked at loads and for me it comes down to the new Google Nexus 10, the 32Gb version. Why? Dunno really, just that when I compare specs that one pushes all the right buttons.
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