Such overnight creatitude! And here I am just hoping before they’re sold out someone will mention whether or not AR product is still good or not. What is this "Glendale " of which they speak? Doth it suck? Or not?
These speakers are an abomination! Sent screaming up from the bowels of Hell. No light? Batteries? This exactly what Satan would want us to spend our Holy dollars on!
I would feel safer ripping off the tag on my mattress and laughing at fate, then purchasing these.
But, If someone wants to gift some to me…That’s fine.
Know what I’m sayin’?
Did anybody else buy these and try them, and find that they “stutter” while having very low audio quality?
In my trial, the two speakers paired correctly (to each other for stereo), and then paired correctly to a phone via Bluetooth, but then proceeded to have low bit-rate audio (as in poor quality) and then stop playing the audio signal every few seconds (as in the speakers go silent for a second, while the song keeps going on the phone as if nothing is going wrong).
What this means is the speakers can’t even play a song, even at low quality, without stuttering every 6 seconds or so. This is pretty bad, and I’d argue unusable (bad audio quality is one thing, but not even being able to maintain the bad audio quality to play even part of a song straight through is pretty unacceptable). I’m wondering, is this why they were refurbished in the first place? Did I get a dud pair or are other peoples’ speakers doing this?
Instead of looking forward to receiving these, I’m kind of dreading it now!
Does the stuttering problem go away when using only 1 speaker at a time? And is the sound quality any better when using the aux-in instead of Bluetooth? Curious if the speakers are irredeemably bad, or if it’s maybe just a pairing problem.
@lemonswithsalt The stuttering problem does not go away for playing on 1 speaker at a time via bluetooth. When plug in with the aux-in jack, the audio quality and stuttering is OK, but then the speakers (intentionally) go to Mono mode for the left speaker and don’t broadcast any sound out of the right speaker(!)
From the manual: “If you’re using a single speaker, the white Status light turns on while you’re using the Aux In input. If you’re using two, the blue Status light comes on and the stereo link with the other speaker is turned off while you’re using the Aux In input.”
LOL! What an anti-feature.
Using a 1/8" splitter cable (one eighth-inch jack to each Aux In input of each speaker) resulted in even worse audio quality than the bluetooth. I could run individual channels out of a powered mixer to each speaker, but having to use pro-audio gear to get around these shortcomings seems a little over-the-top.
Yeah it seems like yours is a dud unfortunately. Mine arrived today & everything is fine so far. Just curious, have you tried making a solo Bluetooth connection to just the other speaker? (to whichever one was the right speaker previously). If that one doesn’t stutter by itself, you can try to make that your left speaker now. And try to pair in stereo again.
Wow, you’re right, it’s forced mono via the aux-in >< What I did try that works (though not exactly elegant)… I plugged in a 1/8 to RCA cable into my phone’s headphone jack. Then touched the right RCA split to the right speaker’s aux-in cable. And the left RCA to the left speaker’s cable. Monoprice has RCA to 1/8 adapters for about $.40 each. So put those on the RCA ends of the cable & you can plug them directly into the speakers! adapter:
One of the two speakers has a defective switch. Meh! says go to AR, AR does not respond to specific problem but spits back their return policy. Snarky reply from Amanda. Careful Meh! You don’t stand behind - you don’t get my money AND I post this all on my FB page so my 1,000 plus friends can be warned. Shame on you AND AR.