Though you may favor to take heed to music or audio of any type utilizing headphones, there is a sure aspect of enjoyable in utilizing audio system. Other than the social side of it, there’s additionally a good bit of comfort to having the sound play out loud slightly than in simply your ears. Whereas wi-fi audio system was costly, new manufacturers and producers have made pricing aggressive and inexpensive. One such inexpensive choice is the brand new Boat Stone SpinX, which is priced at Rs. 2,699.
On the face of it, the Boat Stone SpinX comes throughout as slightly atypical, sporting a design beforehand made in style by a serious producer. Nevertheless, the speaker has a slightly fascinating function — wi-fi daisy chaining, which the corporate calls True Wi-fi. We have tried out the Boat Stone SpinX and all of its options, and right here is our evaluation.
Boat Stone SpinX design, specs, and battery life
As beforehand talked about, the Boat Stone SpinX incorporates a design that is slightly acquainted, having been made in style by the JBL Flip sequence. The cylindrical form of the speaker has quite a few advantages, together with ease of placement and storage, and the power to broadcast sound in all instructions.
The Boat Stone SpinX options rubber-finish plastic on the sides and a material cowl across the physique of the speaker. You additionally get 4 buttons that management the facility, quantity, and playback. A Micro-USB port for charging and an auxiliary enter (aux-in) socket are situated on the bottom.
The machine options two 6W drivers together with two bass radiators that flex a good bit relying on the extent of bass within the audio you play. It has a frequency response vary of 160-20,000Hz. For connectivity, you get to decide on between Bluetooth 4.2 and the wired auxiliary enter.
The speaker additionally options IPX6 mud and water resistance, which implies that it is anticipated to outlive unintentional spills or temporary publicity to rainfall. You need to use the speaker positioned both vertically or horizontally, though vertical placement will block one of many bass radiators and have an effect on the sound barely. It is accessible in three color choices on-line — black, blue, and gray.
The Boat Stone SpinX has a 2,000mAh battery powering it, with a claimed battery lifetime of eight hours on a full cost. We had been in a position to get a bit below seven hours with combined utilization on a single cost, which is common for a speaker on this worth vary and with this set of specs. Utilizing the ‘True Wi-fi’ performance (we’ll get to that within the subsequent part) does drain the battery barely faster, however the distinction is not vital.
Boat Stone SpinX efficiency
With its price ticket of Rs. 2,699, the Boat Stone SpinX guarantees higher worth in comparison with manufacturers equivalent to JBL and Sony. On paper, it is much like the JBL Flip 4, which is presently priced considerably increased at Rs 7,000, so there’s positively good purpose to contemplate this machine for its worth. Nevertheless, in relation to efficiency, there’s a marked distinction between the Boat Stone SpinX and JBL Flip 4. It simply does not ship the identical high quality of sound as higher-priced choices.
Whilst you do get robust sub-bass ranges and punchy sound normally, you may solely actually be entertained while you take heed to particular genres equivalent to home music . The low-end does have a tendency to often distort with this speaker, however that may be corrected by holding the amount anyplace under the 80 p.c mark.
Listening to Hold It Shut by Seven Lions, the Boat Stone SpinX demonstrated good highs with out sacrificing an excessive amount of within the low-end. Nevertheless, the vocals within the observe had been considerably misplaced to the bass and highs, and we had been left feeling like we did not hear the track as we had been meant to. The weak mid-range tended to point out in all tracks with vocals, and to an extent even once we used it whereas watching films and TV exhibits on a smartphone.
With Netsky’s The Whistle Track, the everyday bass you’d anticipate in a drum-and-bass observe equivalent to this was fulfilling to take heed to, and the few vocals did not are likely to matter a lot, even when that lack of high quality within the mid-range was audible as soon as once more. Nevertheless, we switched to utilizing the True Wi-fi mode at this level, and that appeared to make all of the distinction.
Whereas Boat markets this function as ‘True Wi-fi’, it is not fairly the identical as what we have grown to anticipate from this time period. Within the case of the Stone SpinX, it is basically a technique of daisy-chaining two audio system collectively with out utilizing wires, assuming that you’ve two Boat Stone SpinX models. The directions to attach the 2 audio system wirelessly are included within the field. The method itself takes simply a few minutes and is straightforward sufficient to execute.
The concept of daisy chaining has been round for some time, nevertheless it’s notably related right here as a result of the low worth of this speaker makes it cheap to truly purchase two models. At Rs. 2,699 apiece, you’d solely should spend a bit over Rs 5,000 for a pair, which remains to be considerably lower than the value of a single JBL Flip 4. Should you’re contemplating the Boat Stone SpinX, we would truly advocate that you just purchase two, as a result of this vastly enhances the sound high quality.
With two audio system related, the sound is louder, cleaner, and surprisingly better-sounding. Boat does state that you just get true stereo separation on this mode, however in our expertise, the impact wasn’t fairly as distinguished as with correct two-channel audio system. Whereas listening to a high-resolution model of Pink Floyd’s Cash did reveal stereo separation, we couldn’t hear a distinction within the sound between the 2 audio system in most different tracks that we streamed, together with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and The Who’s Baba O’Riley.
Nevertheless, we did understand an enchancment in audio high quality, because of the enchancment in imaging because of utilizing two audio system positioned a brief distance aside. With a distance of about 1m between the 2 audio system, the imaging was practically pretty much as good as we might anticipate from an everyday wired stereo setup.
Listening to Grandtheft’s All The Approach Up, all the frequency vary noticed an enchancment due to the addition of the additional speaker. There are fortuitously no latency points both, and the sound is correctly coordinated between the 2 audio system, thereby making certain a stronger, louder and extra interesting sound. The sub-bass noticed a major enchancment, as did the highs. Whereas the mid-range additionally noticed a small enchancment, this wasn’t fairly sufficient.
On the entire, it is honest to say that audio efficiency with a single Boat Stone SpinX speaker is common, as you’d anticipate for the value. Nevertheless, including a second speaker to the equation makes a much bigger influence than only a doubling impact. Should you consider it as a two-speaker setup for Rs 5,400, the Boat Stone SpinX is a superb product (or two) in your dwelling and out of doors listening wants.
As a single speaker, the Boat Stone SpinX is common at finest. There’s a particular concern with the mid-range, and the sonic signature is atypical on the entire. Nevertheless, it’s nicely priced, and could be value contemplating purely for its affordability due to what you get for that worth. But, we would advocate that you just take into account the concept of getting two of those, and in addition recommend that consumers with the next price range take into account shopping for two Stone SpinX audio system as an alternative of 1 from one other model.
The enhancement in efficiency is noticeable and vital, and the convenience of pairing two audio system makes the method hassle-free. It is positively value contemplating for this alone, and exhibits that Boat has what it takes to present manufacturers equivalent to JBL and Sony robust competitors.
Worth: Rs. 2,699
- IPX6 water resistance
- Sturdy bass and highs
- Wi-fi daisy chaining function works nicely
- Poor mid-range output
- Common sound imaging when utilizing a single speaker
Rankings (out of 5)
- Design: 4
- Audio high quality: 3
- Battery life: 3.5
- Worth for cash: 3.5
- Total : 3.5