Yidsun came up with a couple of small portable Bluetooth stereo speakers that are sure to grab the attention of people that want to enjoy their music - but can't stand those weak laptop speakers or wires across the desk.
I had the Yidsun SPK-796 (black) and the Yidsun SPK-800 (white) here for review and enjoyment. Both these devices support connecting to an audio source via Bluetooth 2.0 or cable (3.5mm adapter, supplied).
Both devices output 2x 2W and support Bluetooth A2DP (stereo) and AVRCP (Media Player Remote Control). They also support the Handsfree profile - meaning that you can use those devices to take voice calls if paired to a mobile phone.
When paired to a mobile phone the speakers will automatically mute the sound source when a call is answered, switching to the handsfree operation. You can accept or terminate a call from the control buttons on top of those devices.
Operation is quite simple in both cases, with touch sensitive buttons on top of each device, and a single LED that changes colours and blinking speed to indicate operation mode.
Using those controls you can pause a song, advance to next track, rewind to previous track, answer calls, and increase/decrease volume.
The devices are pretty similar in size - SPK-800 (white) 45mm x 45mm x 148mm and SPK-796 (black) 50mm x 50mm x 160mm and weight about the same: 165g and 209g respectively.
The main point of difference is the power source: the SPK-800 (white) is powered by USB or four AAA batteries, while the SPK-796 (black) is powered by an internal rechargeable battery with charging time of four hours.
With full batteries you can expect about four hours of music time and 250 hours stand by for the SPK-800 with AAA batteries, while the SPK-796 will give you the same four hours of music time but 200 hours standby with the internal batteries.
Pairing the devices is very easy and you only have to turn it on for the first time for them automatically enter pairing mode, or press the main multifunction button to force these to start looking for other Bluetooth devices.
I tested both devices with my smartphone and with a Windows Vista Media Center. In both cases performance was very good and sound quality acceptable. Perfect for use in the office (if you have no problems with music around) or those adhoc parties and picnics.
Looking around the Yidsun website it seems like an interesting supplier of other consumer electronics - including Wi-Fi Internet radio with built-in stereo speakers and other similar products.
- Very easy to use.
- Touch panel is really cool for a gadget.
- Sound quality is good.
- Be prepared to have an extra set of AAA batteries or a USB charger handy.