I imagine he's got the Bose Mini connected to the audio out of the Samsung TV, not directly to the Apple TV. That's how we use our sound bars.
UE Boom got shunned by the reviewer, but nevertheless it has excellent sound, a standard micro USB charging port, is waterproof, has a microphone for speakerphone use, a 10-hour battery (really), and can be paired with a second UE Boom to obtain full stereo separation and increased loudness. UE Boom also comes in a variety of colors and patterns to fit with any decor (or personality ;-)
magman1979 wrote: »
Sorry, this is still illogical... You're essentially saying you'd be willing to buy a sub-par product over the superior product, just because of a corporate logo on the superior model. That completely defies rational reasoning. Almost every consumer electronics product made today, whether computers, home appliances, TV's, stereo amplifiers, coffee makers, have the corporate brand logo (and sometimes model number) emblazoned on the front of the product. As long as the product I want is made by a reputable brand, and provides the quality and benefits I'm looking for, I don't care if it has a brand logo.
BTW, MacBook Pro's have the illuminated ? logo on the back of the display, and I show it off proudly when in public. This is also corporate branding.
The UE Boom simply doesn't have the bass performance of the Bose. Otherwise, it is a good choice that offers are few advantages.
If that was directed at my comments, c'mon; that logo is hardly small! If only. Crazy, insane? That's a bit hyperbolic. I gave lengthy explanations of my thinking above and don't think any of it is insane. Are we looking at the same photo?! It covers just about half of the grille! Also, think about it. Why? I really can't think of another BT speaker that has this. Not one. Again, it's not as if this speaker blows everything else out of the water.
I'll give yet another example of brand mark overkill. I love Ralph Lauren polo shirts. I still remember with pain how one was stolen from my college dorm laundry and that was decades ago. J Crew and Gap are ok, but not nearly as well made as I am concerned-not even close. I pay a premium for them, not the logo. When RL came out with a Polo shirt with a very large polo pony on the chest, I said to myself that I would never wear that. And I won't. You could see it from a NYC block away. If I got one as a gift I would return it for store credit. Again, that's just me.
vmarks wrote: »
Sorry, what? No.
Does it use aptx as the codec for bluetooth? Suitable only for android. (Likely. Csr gives away the codec for free.)
Does it use AAC as the codec for bluetooth? Works for apple. (Unlikely. Apple gives it away but CSR and other Bluetooth chipset mfrs charge to put it in.)
Does it drop back to the lowest common denominator for Bluetooth audio (yes) - ick.
What is the frequency response? Measure it at all? Listen to wav files of pure frequencies being played (20,25,30,50,80,120hz, on up to 23000 hz?) you don't know where it gives up and can't reproduce highs or lows.
Did you take a look at the battery pack? Is it a custom unit from Bose or a part you can pick up at a batteries plus or Amazon? Points deducted for non-standard parts that may quickly become no longer available from Bose.
I'm glad you were happy with it. I don't think there's a world where it's a 4.5 out of 5 product, unless it has AAC as the Bluetooth audio codec
Don't be afraid to be critical.
carthusia wrote: »
To your last point, I anticipated that argument. I'm not against all corporate branding. Apple does not have an ? or "Apple" on the front of my MacBook, AppleTV, iPhone, or iPad.
IMHO the bass performance of all of these speakers is more of a distraction than an accurate representation of the original signal. Hard to listen to for long--unless you're high and dancing.
APTX and AAC are codecs for the audio transmission over BT.
WAV is a source audio file - you use this to see if the speaker can reproduce an uncompressed audio file accurately, knowing that the audio is getting compressed by the BT audio codec in transmission. I wouldn't do it for any files other than the ones of the frequencies.
It's not good to recommend spending 200 dollars without knowing where the speaker gives up and the bass drops off a cliff or the highs become whisper-quiet. This isn't audiophile nonsense, it's knowing the basics about whether a speaker will reproduce audio, the basic job it's being asked to do. If that doesn't matter, then what's the difference between this and a 70 dollar iHome or a 30 dollar ODM JENSEN or JVC product?
The specs on the box are lies. Wattage, frequency response that always cites 20Hz-20kHz, especially when they don't state +/- 3dB... the least the author can do is play the frequencies and tell us where the bass and the treble drop off, so we know how good or crappy the thing is. And this isn't even hard to do.
carthusia wrote: »
That's an icon, not a brand mark.
carthusia wrote: »
Apple does not have an ? […] on the front of my…
scottyltd wrote: »
or even better (static solution)
More money but boy it packs a punch!!
relic wrote: »
I just don't get the popularity with the Beats.