Ravon Gembox W65 – Affordable, Quality Bluetooth Audio
I wouldn’t really describe myself as an audiophile but one thing is for sure, I enjoy my speakers. I have several sets of headphones, each for a different occasion as well as more than one set of speakers. The best thing about having Android 4.3 on my phone now is that I can leave Bluetooth on all the time and it isn’t really a concern to my battery life. Gone are the days where I have to worry about turning on Bluetooth just to listen to music (on 4.2.2 that could often be quite a chore). With that being said, there has been a hidden gem[box] hiding in my home waiting to be reviewed and today it will finally see its time to shine.
Ravon only makes one product and that is the Gembox W65 Bluetooth speaker. I really hope they will start building more products because I have been simply blown away by the quality to price of this speaker. Coming in at a total of $42.88 plus applicable tax at Walmart.com, if you’re in the market for a wireless speaker, I don’t think you can possibly go wrong.
The features listed on the box are as follows:
- Wirelessly stream your music up to 30 feet away with any Bluetooth device
- Line in for playing your music
- USB port for charging your iPad, iPhone, iPod, tablets, Smart phones, MP3 Players (5V, 2.1A)
- Removable rubber mat on flat top for placing your devices
- Audio power output 10W (RMS)
- Dimension: 10.3″W x 6.2″D x 3.4″H
Admittedly, I live in a pretty small apartment so I don’t think I could have ever gotten 30 feet away from the thing and still be home but as far as testing the range, I was never able to get far enough from it where it would stop working. When it comes to playing music from your devices, connecting is a breeze. There is a pairing button on the back and it doesn’t require a pin number, all you need to do is put it into discovery mode by holding down the button and then search for available devices on your phone or tablet. As you can tell by the description from the back of the box, they are eager to let you know that it is compatible with Apple products but let me assure you, it has taken everything I have been able to throw at it. It connects to my Android devices with a breeze, my Linux computer and even my Windows 8 computers had no trouble connecting to it and playing music. In the case that your mobile device has a low battery and you don’t want to drain it by using Bluetooth, there is an auxiliary line-in as well as a USB port on the back of the speaker so you can have a wired option instead. The 3.5 mm jack takes preference over the Bluetooth option, though so make sure you have that unplugged if you plan on using Bluetooth or you will run into troubles. As you can see from the photos and based on the description, you can tell that it is about the size of a loaf of bread which makes it very easy to stick it anywhere; I keep mine in the bathroom.
With all of that being said, I can’t think of any real drawbacks for this device, it sounds good even when it is turned up to full volume and that is pretty loud. It can easily be used in a small party to provide music that will be louder than the crowd. The only suggestion I might have for a future device would be an audio-out port in case you wanted to connect it to your full-size speaker system. I use the speaker every day to listen to music when I’m doing my daily chores (i.e. cooking, cleaning, etc) and it’s great to be able to change the song without having to walk over to the speaker because that’s where your phone is too. Obviously there are a lot of choices out there for Bluetooth speakers and by no means am I going to tell you that this will be better than the ones that cost upwards of $200 but it certainly holds its own and puts your money where its music is.
Do you know of any other quality, low-cost Bluetooth speakers? Tell us about them in the comment section below so that maybe they, too can get their 15 minutes of fame!
Available Online at: Walmart.com
Ravon Audio Website: Ravon-Audio.com
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