Once upon a time I had a pink boombox.
Much like every other child of the 80’s, I carried that thing everywhere. I blasted NKOTB and Debbie Gibson like nobody’s business. Some of my friends were lucky enough to have boom boxes with TWO cassette bays in them. That’s when you could put a little bit of scotch tape over the holes on the cassette and make mix tapes for your friends. Or not, because that was totally piracy and we didn’t do that. Ahem.
When everything started shifting to CD, it was like “oh man, what is this about? Now I have to buy these DISCS?!” but discs didn’t have to be rewound. And life was good. Unless, of course, you got a little too rough with your Discman while rocking out. Then it would just cease playing. Or skip. Or worse - get scratched. If you were lucky, you had a little blue sticker on there that guaranteed LIFETIME* replacement from The Wall.
Then, there was a brief foray into MiniDiscs. The only thing I have to say about MiniDiscs is that one time my car was broken into, and not only did the thief leave the MiniDiscs, but the player as well. They took my loose change and my really cool Hello Kitty hairbrush, but apparently my crazy MiniDisc player was just too much technology for them to handle. It was too much for the rest of the world to handle too, as it went the way of the ZIP Drive in the great techno-dump in the sky.
So now, we have Bluetooth. Coming from the age of adapters, wires, and things that just plain aren’t compatible, Bluetooth is somewhat akin to black magic. You turn it on, and Madonna bursts forth, out of the ether. (Ok, not actually Madonna, because I just saw her spread in Interview Magazine, and that was enough bursting forth for me, kthx.)
Last year, I reviewed a shower Bluetooth speaker, which is kind of awesome. However, sometimes I want to sing while dry. That’s where the Liztek Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker comes in.
With an unassuming profile (it weighs just 7.8 ounces and measures 6.5 x 1.9 x 2.25 inches), and budget price-tag of around $30 it doesn’t look like too much out of the box. Given my druthers (what does that EVEN MEAN) I would have preferred a pink one, but black makes it easily
shareable steal-able by the males in my family.
The speaker charges with a fairly common mini USB connection, which in this house is a definite plus. If it’s not a lightning connector or a mini USB, it’s not getting charged. Ever. There is a red light on the front of the speaker to indicate that it’s plugged in and charging. To be honest, I can’t tell you how long it took to fully charge, but it wasn’t more than a couple of hours. The light turns off when it’s juiced up and ready to go.
The Liztek speaker uses Bluetooth 3.0 technology, or optionally, a 3.5mm audio jack for those of you who might still be carrying around that Discman. In this case, I was pairing it with my iPhone 6, and it connected quickly and flawlessly after a loud voice told me I was going into “pairing mode.” Maybe that bit I could do without.
After the quick pairing, I was off and running with my Pandora stations for all the world (or at least my dining room) to hear. I chose some Bob Dylan,
because his velvet voice is the perfect test for any speaker just to irritate my husband, who is not a fan. The two 40mml total 3W acoustic drivers did not disappoint, the times they are a-changin, indeed.
Volume control was easily achieved via both my phone or the clearly marked arrows on the top of the speaker. I was pleasantly surprised by both how loud it could go, and the fact that it didn’t sound tinny or garbled.
Unfortunately, this is the place where I have to tell you that the actual call making and receiving sucks. It was tinny, distorted, and it pretty much echoed back every word I said. The person on the other end agreed, saying it was a pretty disappointing experience for them too. Although — silver lining, if you happen to need a quick way to get off the phone with your weird elderly aunt, this may be the trick.
Overall, for simple portable music listening, I would recommend this. There’s a time and a place for more swanky audio-ware, but there’s also room for a cute overachieving speaker like the Liztek PSS-60.
*Apparently this referred to their lifetime, not mine.
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