BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS ARE usually a single-box solution to the problem of getting sound to fill a room from your smartphone, tablet or laptop PC. However, the X30 is one of the few Bluetooth speakers that is actually a stereo pair.
Featuring the latest Bluetooth (4.0 and aptX) and NFC (Near Field Communications) connectivity technology, the X30 speakers measure 112 x 175 x 145mm (WxHxD) and weigh 1.5kg each. They are connected to each other by a supplied 3m Blue Aura twin-shielded Quick Connect cable. One of the speakers houses the connectors and also the 25W per channel Class D amplifier, which has a quoted frequency range of 55Hz-22KHz.
In addition to the Bluetooth connectivity, the X30s can be connected either via an optical digital input or a pair of RCA analogue inputs, all of which are accessible from the back panel. A sub-woofer output is also included and for users wanting to wirelessly ‘daisy chain’ speaker systems together, there’s a USB socket for the Blue Aura WAS1 wireless system.
Looking good The X30s are finished in either Graphite or Sahara faux leather and can also be wall mounted using an optional bracket. An angled desktop stand is available. The remote control is used to turn the X30s on, adjust the volume and select the input source.
Having enabled NFC and the S Beam facilities on my Samsung Galaxy SIII, I power up the X30s with the supplied remote control and tap the X30 box with my phone. I then get a message onscreen confirming I wish to pair the device – job done!
The X30 certainly has plenty of volume and my first job is to turn it down using the remote control! As expected, the stereo separation is excellent and the sound is full, spacious and open, although the midrange is a little peaky with vocals sounding edgy at times. I also find that I can move around the room and still get a good sound and stereo image. The X30s are an effective way of getting sound from a Bluetooth device at the price.