CES 2013: Bem Speaker Trio makes wireless audio easy (review)

CES 2013: Bem Speaker Trio makes wireless audio easy (review)

Summary: It looks tacky to run audio cables all over the house, but with the Bem Speaker Trio you can easily provide audio all over. The Bem Speaker Trio performed well during a recent New Year's party and is a good mobile solution.

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TOPICS: Mobility, Reviews, CES
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  • Inside the retail package

    Now that media is playing through the three speakers you can move them around the room, house, or office as you see fit. The base and speaker are covered in soft touch material so there are no unsightly fingerprints or glare and the speakers do not slide around on a table. Your audio source needs to be within 25 feet or so of the base platform, but the speakers can then be placed up to 120 feet away. I have a tri-level single family house and put on in the rec room downstairs, one in the living room in the mid level and one in the kitchen in the mid level and they all three played well. Sound started breaking up a bit as I took the kitchen one and went to the edge of my house away from the base platform to the dining room (something like 40 feet away through two structurall walls) so the 120 feet distance seems a bit optimistic for a typical house with walls and other wireless signals. The speakers connect to the base station through a 2.4 GHz connection.

    I kept the speakers playing music for the entire time of my New Year's party and the stated battery life of about 6 hours seems to be accurate. It was very convenient to control the volume level of each speaker (there are touch sensitive buttons on one side) and be able to pick one up and move it around to a more convenient place to enjoy the output. The bottom of the speaker lights up in white when turned on to give it a nice effect and help you find the black speaker when you place it somewhere to enjoy. Audio quality wasn't as good as I have heard from some other single Bluetooth speakers, but given the wide wireless range I was quite impressed. These speakers are very convenient and rather than having to run cables all over the house and go through a crazy setup process it was dead simple to charge them up and drop them in different locations for the party. You can purchase the Bem Speaker Trio for $299.99.

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  • Speakers on the charging platform

  • Top of the speakers and bottom of the charging platform

Topics: Mobility, Reviews, CES

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