Huawei Sound wireless speaker From 189 €
There is a huge selection of Bluetooth speakers available to meet all kinds of needs. From JBL’s party speaker to more loyal Sonos offerings, if you’ve got $ 100-300 to spend, there are plenty of decent options out there.
However, Bluetooth speakers often have one common challenge, and that’s the bass. With that in mind, I really wanted to try out Huawei’s new Bluetooth speaker, the Sound.
The Huawei Sound is co-designed with Devialet, the French audio company that created the iconic Phantom wireless speaker.
Devialet’s design influence is evident when you take the sound out of the box. It is more compact than its predecessor at only 18 cm high and 15 cm in diameter. Having said that, it is also evident that there is a lot going on inside as the Sound weighs surprisingly over 2kg.
In the box there is only the speaker, a power cable and an adapter. There’s a musical heart beating inside, with one-channel bass so you can thread the cable to allow the speaker to sit low to the ground.
Discreetly hidden on the side of the Sound is a small flap that provides access to the 3.5mm jack which allows a wired connection into the speaker. You can use it to connect the output of a separate hi-fi system or smart home speaker with line out connection.
When powered on, the touch controls are illuminated. There are four, volume up and down, a mute button and a multi-function control. A small NFC wireless logo is also visible near the top speaker. If you have enabled NFC, using an Android phone, it will connect your phone to the speakerphone with just one click. I also found out that I can directly pair the speakerphone from my phone just by selecting it in the Bluetooth settings.
However, there is also a Huawei Android app, My AI Life, which provides access to additional features including audio streaming and various sound effects including the Devialet Space soundstage.
The speakerphone also allows wireless UPnP connections. This technology is especially useful if you are using Spotify, Deezer or SoundCloud as it allows you to stream music to the speaker through a high quality wireless connection.
The speakers inside include a woofer, three full-range speakers and two passive units.
Devialet’s influence is most evident when listening to a song full of bass and it’s wonderfully punchy, yet solid and I didn’t detect any distortion.
The sub-woofers are visible through grilles on the sides, and they give the effect of a musical heart beating inside the speaker, surging with the bass. At high notes, for example on classical and pop, the sound is also excellent, again with wonderful crisp clarity.
The music feels like it’s been given room to breathe, and the room fills with instruments seemingly separated in space.
The biggest downside is the lack of built-in Google Home or Amazon Alexa. This is probably due to Huawei’s struggles with the United States, but it’s annoying. However, my solution to this was to simply connect the sound to my Alexa, via Bluetooth as the audio output.
The exceptional sound that filled the room at this price was a nice surprise. It’s a small, reasonably priced package that really packs a punch.
Budget Nokia delivers a punch
Nokia, once the best-known phone maker, has launched its latest budget smartphone in Ireland.
The Nokia 5.4 features a large 6.39 inch HD + display, offering more room for gaming or browsing and an innovative circular camera array on the back, as well as a 16MP selfie camera on the front.
Despite its affordability, the 5.4 has a rear fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, face unlock, and NFC support for contactless payments.
Available in two beautiful colors, Polar Night and Dusk, the Nokia 5.4 is now on sale in Ireland starting at € 159 prepaid and € 179 Sim Free. For more information, click here.
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