YUBZ Magnum Bluetooth Speakers

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Product: YUBZ Magnum Bluetooth Speakers
Provided By: YUBZ
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Introduction:

More and more devices have Stereo Bluetooth support and this makes products like Bluetooth stereo headphones and stereo speakers more popular.  We've look at a few stereo Bluetooth products in the past including the Jabra BT620s Headphones/Headset as well as the BlueAnt M1 Speakers.   Today we are looking at a product from YUBZ that has all the features of a Bluetooth hands-free kit and throws in some stereo audio capability as well.  The Magnum speakers work with non-Bluetooth devices as well.

 Yubz Box
Magnum Box

About YUBZ:

It was our own Jason "Fujitsu" Schneider that pointed out that YUBZ was more of an acronym that an actual name, and this prompted some more research into this company.  Before we go any farther, please keep in mind that YUBZ has nothing to do with the Ewok word Yubnub (meaning freedom).

The information below has been pulled from the About Us page, and you should really take a look at the page for their corporate artwork.  It's pretty classic.

YUBZ (Why You Busy?) is on a mission to design something unique and functional for busy people like you and me. Our goal is to help people enjoy every moment of their lives by making everyday necessities attractive, fun and useful. Life is too short, don't let everyday mundane routines bore your again!

YUBZ started working on novelty ideas back in the year 2000, our design team shares a common dedication to provide design, innovation and fun to daily products we often take for granted. Our goal is to enrich your lifestyle by pushing common products to evolve beyond its initial function.

YUBZ TALK
With mobile phone design and styles changing at breakneck pace these days, people have forgotten what it was like to have a real phone conversation with traditional handsets that were designed with comfort and health in mind. Luckily the YUBZ team has not forgotten, so by giving homage to this historical time proven design, the YUBZ headset was born - a unique product that comes in several models which can connect to mobile phones, Bluetooth paring with mobile phones, and USB ports for laptops (for internet based communication). Timeless, functional, comfortable and a pure joy to use!

We Care For Your Health:
Experts have sited frequent use of mobile phones can have various negative health effects to the brain. Using handsets like the YUBZ TALK can keep your head at a distance from your phone as well as having the benefit of additional comfort. Why take the risk? And why not have fun at the same time!

 


 

First Impressions:

I received a Press Release regarding the YUBZ Magnum speakers and was asked if I'd be interested in taking a look at these speakers.  I'm a self-confessed gadget junkie so I thought I'd take a look and when I received these I was actually pretty impressed.  The Magnum speakers arrive in a very nice package and the presentation is very professional.  

In The Box
In The Box

 

The package is oversized when compared to what is inside, but the finish of the Magnum speakers is actually very nice.  It appears that they are actually wrapped in a faux-leather aka pleather material that give them a very high quality appearance.  On the next page we'll cover what is included in the box before we get into testing.

 

Bundled Accessories:

In the box we find a whole lot more than just the speaker tube and a manual.  In addition to those essential items, we find a case for the speaker that has vented ends to allow the outward-firing speakers to broadcast the sound clearly.  Also included in the bundle are a shoulder strap/belt, USB cable for powering the speakers, an AC to USB transformer, and a 1/8" stereo audio cable for plugging these speakers into anything that has a standard headphone jack.  The bundle is not excessive, but is well rounded and offers everything you need.

Basic Bundle
Basic Bundle
Accessories
Accessories

 

The YUBZ Magnum speakers do not have an integrated battery - if you want these to be portable, you will need to provide four "AA" batteries that will provide you with up to 10 hours of listening enjoyment.  I've used these both plugged in and unplugged and the volume level seems consistent and battery life appears to be pretty accurate.

 

Features:

  • Bluetooth® wirelessly connects and listens to all music sources
  • Act as a hands-free speaker-phone device
  • Pre-programmed for all mobile and computer devices with Bluetooth® capability (version 2.0 or higher)
  • Transmission range up to 30 feet (approx. 10 meters)
  • Up to 10 hours battery life with 4xAA batteries (not included)
  • Optional AC-powered cable & adaptor included
  • Registered design

 


While the specs and certainly light on these speakers, it appears that they have two 2" drivers - one located in each end.  I don't expect any mind bending bass, but hopefully they sound better than a $20 iPod dock at Wal-Mart.

 Speakers Front
Speakers Front
Battery Door
Battery Door

 

Located near the bottom of these speakers are the jacks for the audio cable as well as the power cable.  When batteries are installed in these speakers, the weight of them keeps the Magnum from rolling around your desk and keeps the jacks visible and accessible.  This is a pretty decent idea, but if you don't have batteries in these and just have them lying on your desk, they don't seem to stay put very well.

On the next page we'll test these out and hear how they sound.


 

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.

pLeather Buttons
Leather Buttons


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.