There are quite a lot of Bluetooth accessories for smartphones and tablets, even though it looks like nobody cares about this wireless technology anymore (everybody’s like Wifi N this, Wifi N that), however there’s really a lack of good Bluetooth headphones and speakers. And I’m not talking about the mono Bluetooth headsets or cheap “stereo” speakers that may or may not use the mono Bluetooth technology and have a very bad sound with distorted mid ranges and lacking bass.
Soundfreaq SFQ-01 Bluetooth Audio System
No, I’m taking about real great devices, which will sound just as good when streaming music through Bluetooth as they will when playing it through the 3.5 mm audio jack. The breakthrough is actually already there when it comes to headphones, as there are quite a few great stereo headphones like the Nokia BH series and the Plantronics Backbeat 903.
Back to the Future
And now it seems like the desktop speakers niche is advancing, too. One of the most interesting and high quality Bluetooth audio systems is the SFQ-01 from Soundfreaq, which is quite impressive and would make for an excellent choice if you like listening to high fidelity music and also want to have all your stuff in one central location – your smartphone or tablet, most likely. So, what’s hiding behind the name?
I’m now officially Sound Freaq
The Soundfreaq SFQ-01 Sound Platform is a stylish looking stereo speaker system that will look great on any office or home desk. It is a monolithic block with a glossy finish, measuring 30x15x15 cm, so you know it won’t take a lot of space for the looks, either. On the front panel, you can find the controls for the bass, treble, UQ3 spatial effects in the form of three analog regulators, as well as controls for the playback, volume, Bluetooth pairing and source, this time as touch sensitive buttons a la the iPhone/iPad home button.
Inside the small box are two 4 ohm, 2.75 inch full range drivers, that are arranged in a special Dual Chamber port configuration for the most performance, and thanks to the proprietary UQ3 spatial enhancement sound processor, even at this relatively small distance between them, the whole package will provide a pretty good stereo experience.
Sound Freaq Bluetooth Speaker
Obviously, the most appealing thing about the SFQ-01 is its support for Bluetooth audio streaming that is using the A2DP protocol for the audio and controls, making it compatible with most devices on the market, except for the iPhone/iPad, which always had problems with A2DP playback and need the custom Soundfreaq app to work properly (though the play/pause button does work without it). What’s interesting is that the audio system supports multiple device pairings at the same time, and you can select the music source using the button on the housing – otherwise, it works on a first come, first served basis.
Sound Freaq Demo Unit
But the SFQ-01 Sound Platform is not only a wireless streaming platform – it also has a dock that supports Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad, all models, so if you have one, you can listen to music while charging the device, as well. There’s also a basic IR remote hidden behind a door, which lets you control the audio system, which in turn controls your player (pretty weird, right? :-), or you can just use it to control the volume and switch channels on the integrated FM radio.
The Soundfreaq SFQ-01 is a great Bluetooth audio system, with a very good sound quality, especially considering the Bluetooth part. I wouldn’t recommend it for serious music listeners, but it would certainly satisfy most people who just want to relax to some music when they get home or in their office at work.
Suggested Retail Price is Php9,950.00
This Gadget is available at the following stores:
- Beyond The Box
- Digital Hub
- Digital Walker
- Gadgets In Style
- Gui – Davao
- iCenter – Davao
- Mobile 1
- Power Hub – Davao
- Power Mac Center
- Xsite Mobile
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