My teenage son was just saying he’d like a portable Bluetooth speaker for Xmas. He wouldn’t give me any other criteria, and I’ve got the fear looking at the selection on Amazon.
Would a teenager like this?
@tartanknickers Probably not, can you guess where/when he might want to use it? The speaker for sale here is probably only okay for quiet background noise with a couple friends, or for individual listening to podcasts/audiobooks. If he has an expensive phone, it’ll probably be a little louder than the built-in speaker. If he has a cheap phone, it’s almost definitely louder, but otherwise of comparable quality (tinny, lacking bass and definition).
If your budget is $20 or less, just buy the one from Meh. They’re all basically the same crappy speaker in this price range.
Note that Amazon reviews for the item on sale here today cannot be trusted, as the same make and model are given for at least two, possibly three, entirely different speakers, and the other ones seem to be slightly nicer $30-$50 items.
I say get this deal!
And give your son a five way aux splitter too, and a separate Bluetooth receiver.
He can use this speaker by itself, or use his plus four of his friends if they all want to play music together
@psantora@tartanknickers In this case they’re probably right, but my opinion is that Fakespot is a waste of time. It’s often inaccurate, giving an A or B rating to products that are clearly loaded with marketing copy reviews, but beyond that, if you’re basing your buying decision on Amazon reviews, you’ve already made the wrong choice.
If Amazon really wanted to provide helpful information for buyers, they wouldn’t allow completely different items to occupy a single listing, and they’d tell you what percentage of orders for a given item or from a given seller result in a return/refund.
After reading the first few comments, it annoys me when people correlated watts to loudness.
Watts versus how loud a speaker is is not linear. For example, a 10 watt speaker can be twice as loud as a 1 watt speaker and a 100 watt speaker may only be twice as loud as a 10 watt speaker.
The efficiency of a small speaker is usually better than a large speaker. It’s not surprising that 1 watt of power into a 3" mid-range speaker will be louder then the same 1 watt put into a 15" woofer.
3 watts put into such a small speaker can produce many decibels of sound to satisfy 95% of the population.
@cengland0 Amen to that. Are you old enough to remember when horn speakers like the Klipschorns were being upstaged by acoustic suspension designs from the likes of AR and Advent? The horns could put out far more volume than the others, while running on only a fraction of the wattage.
@cengland0 I don’t even know how to respond to your statement. I agree all measurements are complete bullshit as long as not industry defined. And they always will be as long as we have 90 year old Congress men who know nothing about tech and have to lean on the financing departments of tech Giants to write laws for them.
You want a definition you have to define it. And even then quality it. And even then most consumers won’t understand anything more than higher is better
@cengland0@unksol I believe generally accepted for efficiency is db SPL @ 1 meter with 1 watt. reference not AES, but what I thought and has been that way for at least 50+ years that I’m aware of. Perhaps that makes me one of THEM
@Brasssong it’s just you. It’s a random emoji on a speaker that you are reading into.
And if you want to get into that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jolson#Performing_in_blackface
If you actually read through that and trust Wikipedia he was probably a net positive and caused almost no harm. His performances advanced African and Jewish and minority Americans from what I can see. Although did trend to real stereotypes.
Is that the best thing? No. But watch any comedian. We can laugh at our different cultures. And learn somethings