Review: WAVEstream Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
The WAVEstream Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is just one of many in a crowded field. Fortunately, it has a few features that help it stand out, including a good bass response and a surprisingly low price (presently just $23.99 on Amazon).
Measuring 8.5 inches (~21.6cm) long by 2 inches (~5.1cm) high, the WAVEsteam is about average for mid-sized units. Available colors are Midnight Black (reviewed here) and variations accented with Ocean Blue, Neon Red, or Hot Pink.
Naturally, the WAVEsteam uses the latest Bluetooth 3.0 technology, and should work with most Bluetooth-compatible devices. In my case it paired just fine with my Apple iPhone 6 Plus. It also has a Line In for those devices either without Bluetooth or where you don’t want to bother with a Bluetooth connection. In fact, at least for the time being, this is exactly how I’m using it with my computer.
Speaking of my computer, in my Sound Blaster Recon3D Control Panel tests, it passes the bass response feature trial without issue, which is not true of several other speakers I’ve tested. Thanks to its two 40MM drivers, overall sound gets quite loud while still remaining clear of noticeable distortion.
One thing I noticed when using the line out on my computer is that the speaker does not automatically power itself off, so that’s something you’ll have to keep an eye on (it does make a sound when the battery gets low to let you know, but by then it’s already too late). The tiny on/off switch in the back of unit is also harder to use than I’d like, although that’s probably not a deal breaker for most.
The package includes the unit itself, a standard Micro Mini USB charging cable, auxiliary cable cord (3.5mm audio cable), lithium ION rechargeable battery (easy to install and replace as needed and supporting up to 8 hours or so of playback), and a manual.
Here’s a quick look video at the speaker:
When using it over Bluetooth with your smartphone, it works like a speakerphone, accepting calls via the dedicated button on the top of the unit. Other buttons control volume levels and audio playback, the latter of which is also obviously only when connected via Bluetooth.
Although it won’t win any awards for it modest styling, the WAVEsteam sounds great for a great price. Backed by a full one year warranty, this is definitely something to consider when in the market for a good Bluetooth speaker.