YUBZ Magnum Bluetooth Speakers - Testing the Magnum and Final Thoughts

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YUBZ Magnum Bluetooth Speakers
Closer Look and Features
Testing the Magnum and Final Thoughts
 

Testing:

The YUBZ Magnum stereo speakers are very simple to use and shouldn't be complicated for most users at all.  Wired connectivity and power is simply taken care of on the bottom as I mentioned previously.  It really can't get much easier.  The standard 3.5mm headphone jack is great for plugging in your iPod, Zune or other media player as well as a computer that lacks Bluetooth connectivity.

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In terms of controlling volume, wireless connectivity and features like AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile) that enable you to skip to the next song, skip back to the second song, play/pause music and more.  My Nokia E71, HTC Touch Pro and my Lenovo Thinkpad T61 support A2DP and AVRCP profiles and these speakers gain bonus points as I can control progress through my playlist from these speakers.

 

General Usage:

The first thing you'll want to do is drop a set of four "AA" batteries in the Magnum so that you can enjoy unplugged wireless audio freedom.  This should be good for 6-7 hours at high volume or up to 10 hours at medium volume level.  The Magnum speakers have a very low-power standby mode and I've actually left these powered on for a few days and they still worked fine when I started playing music from my Laptop.

Pairing is a simple process that involves holding the On/Off button for 5 seconds (from the off position) until the Bluetooth light starts to blink red/blue.  At this point, you can search for available Bluetooth devices from your phone, PDA or computer.  All the machines I've hooked the Magnum to didn't ask for a password and pairing was completed very quickly.

 

Testing:

There are no specifications on the speakers themselves so it's hard to determine how impressive these should be.  In reality, they work pretty well, but definitely have a "tinny" sound when compared to the much larger BlueAnt M1 speakers.   To be fair, the M1 speakers are just that - speakers.  Also they are large enough you wouldn't want to throw them in a backpack for a weekend camping trip.  The Magnum speakers are small enough that you could easily carry them around in your backpack, or on your belt with the included stylish fanny pack.  Another thing to keep in mind is that the Magnum speakers also included a microphone and work as a hands-free device for your favorite phone.  I tested this out by making several calls and no one complained, but when I asked about call quality they all said that there was quite a bit of noise on the call and that I sounded "far away".  The microphone isn't the best - by a long shot, but it does get the job done in a pinch.

 

 

Conclusion:

The YUBZ Magnum speakers can be found online for ~$100 and for that price they are worth considering if you really need Bluetooth speakers with a microphone.  They don't have the best audio quality and the microphone is mediocre at best.  The battery life is very good though and it is nice to be able to drop an extra set of batteries in your bag for uninterrupted audio enjoyment.  That being said, "enjoyment" might be a strong word.  While these speakers aren't bad by any stretch, they equal the audio quality of a set of laptop speakers - although the do go much louder without distortion.  There are certainly better choices out there, but if you need a small set of speakers that take "AA" batteries and enable you to share your music with a few friends, they'll get the job done.

 

Pros:

  • Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP profiles supported
  • Good range - 10m
  • Supports wired and wireless connections
  • Good battery life

 

Cons:

  • Mediocre audio quality on mic and speakers
  • Audio distorts at louder volume
  • "Fanny Pack" ensures you won't be busy...

  BCCRating

 

These speakers are handy, but really don't' stand out it any way.  Ultimately they are a mediocre set of speakers that have a mediocre microphone.  Range and battery life is good, but quality is not wonderful.  It's not bad, for a low-priced set of speakers, but these aren't that cheap.  If you could grab this set for $60 - $70, they'd be a great deal, but at $100 +, you're money is probably best suited on a different set of speakers.

I'd like to thank YUBZ for sending these speakers over for a review.  If they drop the price, they'd have something that I could recommend.  If you have any questions or comments, please post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.