The latest product to arrive at PR HQ for review is the Cygnett SoundWave Bluetooth speaker and dock, and I have been getting hands on with the set up all week. With the option of powering the speaker via the mains power adaptor or with 8 AA batteries the SoundWave is being presented as the perfect all round, all activity speaker.
The first thing I noticed and was impressed by, is that Cygnett have kept packaging to a minimum, the small box offers ample protection and every bit of space is used. This also deceptively hides the actual size of the speaker, which took me by surprise, it is so common to open boxes and find loads of excess packing materials and air gaps and so was a refreshing change to see a box fit for purpose.
Inside the box was the speaker itself, the mains adaptor, the universal dock and instruction manual.
Setting up the speaker couldn’t be any easier, simply decide on your power source, and then to pair the Bluetooth, depress the Connect button for 3 seconds. With your own Bluetooth device in pairing mode, look for and accept SoundWave, a process that takes seconds and does not involve any passwords or codes. With a 10-metre range on the Bluetooth connection, you are free to mingle at your party without having to hover around the speaker all night.
The included stand is a nice feature and is adjustable between 11-25mm allowing it to accept a huge range of phones, tablets and iPods. Adjustment is simply made by depressing the lock button and sliding the stand to the desired width.
I used an iPad mini and iPhone in the stand and both were held securely and without concern, although prior to use I was worried the iPad may overbalance, but my fears were unfounded.
Your chosen device can be charged whilst sat in the stand by simply passing your charging wire down through the pedestal and pressing the wire into the base of the stand.
There is an option to connect the speaker to an external device via a 3.5mm audio-in port but you will find that the only way to control the volume is via the connected device. When paired with the Bluetooth connection volume is adjustable both at the source device and with the volume buttons on the top of at speaker itself, allowing a happy medium to be found.
There are no complaints about the sound quality from this speaker, it is not a unit that will shake the fillings from your teeth with thumping bass, but it does offer clear and precise resonance and is plenty loud enough for any social occasion. You will find the unit is bigger than most Bluetooth speakers on the market, this is to accommodate the 2 integral drivers with passive radiators.
One issue I do have with the matt black SoundWave speaker and dock I reviewed, is that it is highly prone to picking up greasy fingerprints and marks and maybe Cygnett should have included a cleaning cloth. In the picture below you can see the finger marks that happened within minutes of unpacking the speaker. The SoundWave is also available in white and although I haven’t been hands on with the white model, I think it is safe to assume with a gloss finish, fingerprints will not be a problem.
However for a Bluetooth speaker that retails for under $100 you can’t go far wrong with the SoundWave. For your money you are getting a great sounding, well made and robust speaker that can be used effortlessly at home or just as easily at the beach or park. With simple Bluetooth connection to many devices including Notebooks, Ultrabooks, Samsung and Apple products why not let all the party guests throw their own favorite tunes into the mix?
You can find more pictures of the SoundWave I reviewed below.