Geek Notes

Tiny wireless speakers

»The growth of the market for wireless speakers has slowly been enticing more traditional audio companies to cut their wires, too. And a recent offering from Klipsch shows that high-end audio companies know how to fit a lot of sound into tiny wireless speakers.

The new Klipsch speaker, called the Gig, weighs about 1.5 pounds and is the size of a burrito, but Klipsch has packed in four drivers, a bass and two tweeter speakers in the front and a second bass speaker in back. The result is a rich, dynamic sound that you don’t typically get from wireless speakers of this size. I found the bass strong but not overpowering, and the vocals were detailed and clear.

The $200 (Rs 12,426) Gig has a simple, sleek design in a black or white finish and a single, multifunctional button on top that controls playback, volume and pairing. A band wraps three-quarters around the length of the device and can be used as a kickstand, allowing the Gig to sit horizontally or vertically.

Pairing can be done via Bluetooth or near-field communication. A 3.5-millimeter jack is also included for a wired connection. When the Gig is turned on, it responds to touch commands with the sound of a strumming guitar, a feature I find preferable to the mechanical beeps and robotic voices typically heard from wireless speakers.

Klipsch says the speaker’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 12 hours of play time, which is pretty high by industry standards, and a speakerphone function allows users to receive calls or dial them by voice command. A USB power cord with an AC adapter is included, and two international AC adapters make the speaker a suitable travel companion abroad, although the cloth carrying bag is rather flimsy and won’t offer much protection. Klipsch may be a little late to the game, but by providing great sound and a smart design, the Gig is worth the wait.

Gregory Schmidt , NYT

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