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SHARP GX-BT180(BK) Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Wireless Stereo Sound, Splashproof Rechargeable Compact Speaker with Call Answering, Google & Siri Compatible – Black

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If you want to listen to music on the move with a certain hi-fi appeal and at a reasonable price, the Sharp GX-BT60 is the your preferred choice. Especially when you own two and use them as a stereo pair if necessary. If your desire is to have the maximum of dynamic and bass out of a mobile speaker, the Tribit Stormbox Micro would probably be the better choice. Technical specs Sharp GX-BT60:

When it comes to sound input, the speaker supports wireless streaming via Bluetooth, as well as wired connections with both USB and aux-in. You can also pair two PS-949s in Duo Mode to enable left and right channel stereo sound from a single Bluetooth source. Along the top of the speaker are play/pause and volume controls, while the right side carries the power, skip, mode (Bluetooth or AUX input), and EQ controls. The EQ button jumps between Standard listening, Bass Boost, and a Movies setting for using the GX-BT480 as a soundbar, which emphasizes the dialogue and ensures the bass doesn’t overpower the voices on your TV. Since a ´pair´ button is missing, you first have to consult the user manual. This is anyways required due to keys bearing multiple features and easily leading to misunderstanding. Sound quality of the Sharp GX-BT60 The smallest Sharp Bluetooth is entering a quite though competition of rounded mobile Bluetooth speakers, which are particularly popular for outdoor activities. It stands out with a particularly long battery life – the manufacturer promises 13 hours – and a housing that is just 4 centimeters high. It’s not quite as round as the competition, and it looks a bit more decent with its metal grill.Because Sharp had the three party speakers lined up in its listening room, I was able to listen to them all in succession. For this reason, I can say the PS-949 is the loudest of the three speakers. Volume controls between the speaker and source device sync up over wireless play, as you'd expect. But connecting over the 3.5mm cable will keep them separate – and in our tests seemed to cap the volume at around half the max output. Given the noise the speaker is capable of, though, this likely won't be an issue. Finally, the speaker comes with a 13-hour battery for when you want to take it out and about. This also doubles as a USB charger for a phone or tablet, so you shouldn’t need to worry about your phone dying as you stream from Spotify. Sound Quality Even more so when two Sharps are coupled to form a stereo pair and placed in some sort of stereo triangle on the table. This arrangement sounds as ambient as a pair of small desktop speakers and offered a surprising transparency to any computer. What´s the alternative?

For smaller gatherings, you may want to consider the smaller GX-BT280, which doesn’t attempt quite the same excessive volume, or the JBL Charge 3, which manages the balance between sound, features and price a bit more successfully. However, if you want a hefty speaker that can shake the walls – even if you lose some of the precision in the process – the GX-BT480 gets the job done. Where on the PS-919 and PS-929 you had to manually adjust the flashing LED and strobe light buttons, you can now access these controls through an app on a smartphone or tablet.The GX-BT480 comes with an IP65 ‘splash-proof’ rating, making it resistant to splashes, water from a nozzle (say a hose or water gun), or dust on a hot summer’s day. You won’t want to take it in the pool with you, but it should be well-suited to the beach or pool-side parties if that’s what you need.

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