Last year we gave the Solar Sound Bluetooth speakers a hands-on review, and over the last couple of weeks we have had the privilege to give Devotec’s Solar Sound 2 the same treatment.
The Solar Sound 2 may look pretty similar at first glance, but the new stereo speaker system has some enhanced features and improvements that may encourage you to upgrade. The main specs include a weight of 320g, measures 16.5×5.5×5.5cm, and the three buttons on the front that let you change the current track, alter the volume, and turn the device on.
Improvements in the latest model include a new matt finish, front facing mic for hands free communication, PowerBoost function, gold plated connectors and oxygen free copper cabling, a larger battery for longer music playback, and 40mm speakers and optimized bass-reflex speaker cabinets for improved sound.
Solar Sound 2 features improved technology, which includes a higher quality Bluetooth BC5 audio chip, and improved Bluetooth sound quality. We connected our iPhone 4 to the Solar Sound 2 with no problems, and playback sounded incredible.
You can really hear notable differences in Solar Sound 2, when compared to the previous version. It’s pretty cool how a small device can fill the room with such full sound, we used the device while in Disney over a weekend, and it was great to have easy access to portable audio via an iPhone while away. You also forget that the music was being streamed wirelessly via Bluetooth, the sound quality was impressive at all times.
With all this in mind we have not even raised the issue of power. While listening to music via computers and media players is cool, what about the power supply? You can power the device via USB, mains power, and solar power. The latest device includes improved solar charging performance for better battery life.
The back of the device contains a main power button, which you will want to turn off when not in use. The sound comes from the speakers on either end of the unit, and connections on the back include line in and out, and USB in.
You can expect 5-10 hours of music playback, which depends on the volume. You may never need to worry about this if you use the device smartly, and take advantage of the efficient charging system and solar panel.
We tested the device will an iPhone 4, and a couple of Blackberries, all handled music streaming with easy and paired with no problems. Most phones should work fine as long as they support Bluetooth and the A2DP profile.
If your looking for a high quality portable speaker that can charge by the sun, and play music via Bluetooth, your not going to find much better than the Solar Sound 2 at a $99.99/£69.99 price point.
This is one of the most flexible portable speakers we have seen, and one we highly recommend. You can see the full specs and features below.
Specifications and Features:
- Weight: 320g (not including pouch or accessories)
- Charging time: from 4 hours by AC/USB, about 12-24 hours from solar panel
- Includes protective case, AC/DC plug and charging cable
- Line out function for streaming music over bluetooth to a hi-fi
- Gold Plated audio connectors and silver coated, oxygen free copper speaker cabling
- Up to 10 hours continuous play time via Bluetooth® from the battery and and can even play from no battery on a sunny day!
- Large solar panel for charging the built in Lithium-Ion 1600mAh battery
- Small Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.5 x 5.5cm
- 2x 2W speakers for proper stereo sound
- Built in Mic for hands free communication when paired with a suitable phone
- Plug into any standard headphone jack with the included 3.5mm headphone retractable cable
- Wireless connectivity to any Bluetooth® phone or MP3 player supporting the A2DP and AVRCP profiles
- PowerBoost function
Visit devotecindustries.com to read more on the improvements vs. the original model, and to buy Solar Sound 2.