Bayan Audio today announced the imminent arrival of their latest wireless speaker, the Bayan Audio Soundbook X3, which is said to deliver CD quality audio over bluetooth using the latest aptX audio codecs and TDMA noise rejection, hoping to convince late Christmas shoppers to add one final present under the tree.
For those familiar with the Bayan Audio Soundbook, which I reviewed a few months ago, this is the big brother. The Soundbook X3 comes with the same stylish design, a high-grade aluminum casing and the hardened nylon cover that flips back to form the stand for the speaker when in use. The cover also houses the FM antenna for the radio fans out there. Basically, all of the things that we liked about the original, in a slightly larger packaging (measures 242mm x 47mm x 130mm). The color options for the Soundbook X3 includes brushed silver/turquoise and charcoal/burnt orange.
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Inside the contemporary design of the Soundbook X3 they have included Bluetooth 4.0 technology with the latest aptX codecs, allowing the delivery of CD quality streaming from compatible devices. The use of the latest technology also means that the speaker can still deliver more than 10 hours of play time between charges, so you still have the portability feature of the speaker. Bayan Audio have also added NFC technology for easy connection of devices, and TDMA noise rejection to ensure a clearer and uninterrupted stream. Should you still want a wired connection, the Soundbook X3 comes with both Aux audio jack input and 3.5mm audio output should you want to connect an additional speaker or headphones. A power share port also allows you to charges your smartphone/player using the speaker.
The audio set up on the Soundbook X3 includes quadruple 1.5-inch long-throw drivers and a 3.25-inch passive bass radiator. Total power output is 20W. According to Bayan Audio themselves the speaker delivers; “a subtle balance between a smooth, defined bass, pronounced vocal range and detailed high crisp notes.” Based on the performance of the original Soundbook, I have high expectations for this one, and hope to be back with a hands on review in the near future.
The Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 will be available in December from amongst other Amazon.co.uk with a retail price of £249.99.
[source: Bayan Audio]