But the main speaker disappoints
Portable speakers always fall short of their larger kin. No weakness of the platform is more obvious than the lack of bass these dinky gadgets can pump out. You can't listen to Tom Waits with a sound system like that. But WOWee claims to have the solution to our bass woes- and they'll be bringing it to CES 2011.
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The WOWee One "transforms any piece furniture, floor, flat surface or other material into a bass projector for any portable music device". It uses a standard speaker for mid and high frequencies, and a Gel Audio driver for that deep, rumbling bass. WOWee brags that the One can put out notes 3 octaves below the low-end cut-off of most portable speakers.
The One gives 20 hours of play per charge. It costs $80. WOWee is making pretty bold claims of this speaker, but no amount of marketing-speak will save this thing if it can't actually deliver satisfying bass. One review lauded the device for producing very loud notes, but also complained that they sounded tinny at high volume.
It appears that WOWee's Gel Audio system works well, vibrating the surfaces below it to produce richer sound. Hollow surfaces will give you better sound than absorbent ones. But the One's main speaker just isn't up to the task of driving real volume.
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Maybe we'll see Gel Audio make its way to a smartphone or a tablet- an innovation like that could provide a big boost to sound quality for a mobile device. But on a dedicated speaker, it seems to be a little underwhelming.