REVIEW: PIONEER BTS1 BLUETOOTH WIRELESS SPEAKER
Pioneer is one of the most revolutionary audio companies in the market, so with wireless speakers selling quickly, I couldn’t wait to try their XW-BTS1, a 10W portable Bluetooth speaker.
Available in either diamond white or glossy black, the Pioneer utilises A2DP Bluetooth technology which is compatible with most phones, tablets, and PCs. The device has volume and track controls and testing with my Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPad; it worked well, although I did have some Bluetooth clipping issues despite claiming to work up to 10 metres away. Also, if like my mum, you still have one of the original iPods without Bluetooth, there is the option to connect via the 3.5mm aux in socket.
Powered by 2 x 5W speakers, the BTS1 is not designed to shatter windows, so is best for a kitchen or a small bedroom setup. It offers good clarity at moderate volumes but I did find it struggled with particularly bass heavy tunes and I did get frustrated at times when I wanted just that little bit more power while dancing round the kitchen. It is designed to be portable and although heavy at 1kg, it is compact enough to be packed in a weekend bag and sturdy enough to withstand minor abuse whilst in transit. Be warned though, the BTS1 does not have an internal battery, so unless you buy some rechargeables, don’t forget to carry the charger- surprisingly Neanderthal from such innovators.
The Pioneer BTS1 is a cool looking speaker and would look great in any room. It is competitively priced amongst other budget wireless solutions at just under £70, but the lack of power and Bluetooth issues will need to be improved on to consider it amongst the best available on the market.
Pioneer XW-BTS1, Available in white or black, RRP £69.
For information and stockists, visit www.pioneer.eu