Last week I got notice of a sale on a Bluetooth speaker. It was on Musicians Friend Stupid Deal of the Day for $59.95 a discount from the usual $150.00 street price of the unit.
I use Bluetooth speakers for a lot of things. I find as I get older, I can set one of the little jewels next to me and enjoy movies, TV or music without blasting everyone else out of the room. Folks can even have a conversation while I'm lost in nether worlds electronic entertainment.
I just don't use the $150 range of speakers as mine are generally around $35 to $70. Having a need for another Bluetooth speaker I bit and made the purchase. Never heard of the manufacturer, NYNE and it only had two reviews, both 5 stars.
It was like candy at the checkout stand… I just couldn't help myself at that price. I not so patiently waited for my little speaker to arrive.
Problem was… when it arrived it was anything but little!
In fact, it's large enough to have a panel on the back to protect controls and input jacks. Not only that… it works with your smartphone so you can place and answer incoming calls with it.
And… did I mention you can charge your phone on its handy USB port?!
Whilst I rarely delve into pure consumer electronic reviews this Bluetooth wireless speaker, the NYNE Bass Pro, was an unexpected surprise when delivered as I was expecting a much simpler speaker with fewer features and a somewhat smaller footprint.
NYNE Bass Pro Back Panel with Aux In and Line Out Plus Battery Meter and USB Charger
From the Nyne website:
We've improved sound quality and added 67 feet to the Bluetooth syncing distance, for a total range of 100 feet. The Bass Pro is also IPX rated, so you don't have to worry about getting a little flour or splash from the kitchen sink on the speaker. To expand the dance floor, use the AUX-out connector to daisy chain, multiple speakers, syncing them for an even bigger sound!
The unit's back-lit control panel provides easy night viewing and the battery level indicator lets you track how much juice is left, but with the Bass Pro's 12-hour play time, that shouldn't be an issue. Of course, the Bass Pro still includes the great features of the Bass, like a built-in microphone, a hidden carrying handle for convenient portability, and 4 interchangeable worldwide plugs for international travel.
You'll notice some very nice features there like the purported 12-hour play time (haven't really tested that out yet) and expansion to 100 feet wireless range. The splash-proof technology is a nice touch too as I use mine mostly outdoors.
Pairing was automatic with my Samsung phone and Roku TV even though the small Bluetooth transmitter attached to the TV took some time to initially pair up but pair up it did and sound is nothing short of fantastic… particularly for the sale price of $150 off.
Usually I wouldn't review an item I got at such a drastic discount from the street price but in this case, I'm making an exception as I feel that I would still enjoy owning this speaker if purchased at full price.
The audio is full and bright for a portable speaker with lots of bass but not too much. Controls are large, well lit and easy to see.
Another reason I'm reviewing this unit is that it's out of stock on the main NYNE website but Musicians Friend still has new ones in stock.
This is one of the few consumer electronic items I would like to have everywhere I hang my hat, so I'm glad it's portable
And yes, it comes with a wall unit charger/power supply for recharging using house current instead of low output USB ports.
I'm listening to streaming music via the NYNE Bass Pro as I write this and still have no complaints. I do believe it's on the road to "can't do without" status.
Product Page at NYNE Website: https://nyne.com/product/bass-pro/ (out of stock)
Product page at Musicians Friend: https://www.musiciansfriend.com/consumer-electronics/nyne-bass-pro-wireless-bluetooth-speaker
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