Not just shining!

When choosing a speaker, “how much bass you can get” is an important point. Even though it’s a Bluetooth/wireless speaker with mobility, if the bass is hollow, the original charm of the song will be halved, so it’s natural to check the presence or absence of a subwoofer or passive radiator.

But product specs don’t tell the whole story. Of course, this is an important criterion for judgment, but in fact, the volume of bass can be guessed to some extent from the appearance of the speaker. You can see the tendency to emphasize bass by whether or not it has a glittering mechanism, or if it is “Paripi specification”. The logic is that the LEDs blink according to the beat, and the bass should be solid if you call it a beat.

In writing this article, I picked up three “Paripi specification” wireless speakers , Sony “ SRS- XP500”, Tribit “ StormBox Blast ”, and JBL “ PartyBox 110 ”, and listened carefully. It’s a pity that people don’t like it because of its flashy appearance, but I want to tell you about its ability.
Sony “SRS-XP500”
First, take out the Sony “SRS-XP500” from a large box that can hold a hand. The trapezoidal/cylindrical body is clearly over 10 kg, and it seems that it can not be moved easily unless it is an adult male. Although it’s a live environment (I’m worried about the reflected sound), assuming a rough/anywhere use case, I decided to put it vertically on the floor and listen to it.
After pairing with Apple “iPhone 13 Pro”, play Vulfpeck’s “Disco Ulyssess”. Cory Wong’s cutting guitar has a good sharpness, and the sound of each string is moderately loosened and refreshing. However, when the bass part begins, the atmosphere changes completely. Is this the power of the 140mm x 140mm rectangular woofer “X-Balanced Speaker Unit”?

There is a button called “MEGA BASS” on the top of the main unit, and you can toggle the bass enhancement mode by pressing this. I was confused because I suddenly listened in the bass enhancement mode, so when I turned it off, I realized that the bass was not simply boosted. While maintaining the balance of the whole song and the clarity of the mid-high range, the volume of the low range is increased. “LIVE SOUND”, which can be turned on and off with the “Sony Music Center” app, is also easy to use as it has the effect of naturally expanding the sound field.

If you use the app, you can choose from 10 lighting patterns (you can also turn off the light), and you can connect with LDAC if you use an Android smartphone. Low frequencies are much sharper when connected to LDAC, so if you are particular about sound quality, you should prepare an LDAC compatible terminal. There are two φ6.3mm input terminals on the back, and you can connect microphones and guitars, so it should come in handy at various events.

Tribit “StormBox Blast”
As a general rule, the larger the diameter of the speaker unit, the better the bass reproduction. The situation is the same with wireless speakers, and for that reason, many of the “paripi specification” speakers have large-diameter woofers, and the size of the housing is increased to accommodate them. However, increasing the size and weight of the housing is in a trade-off relationship with mobility. Party venues aren’t always big boxes.

This “StormBox Blast” is a wireless speaker that seems to be conscious of such needs. The unit consists of two φ101mm woofers, two φ31mm tweeters, and passive radiators on both sides of the body.
Let’s talk a little bit about the manufacturer, Tribit. The Shenzhen-based brand, which specializes in wireless audio, made a name for itself with the StormBox Pro, a portable speaker that delivers a rich bass that’s hard to imagine for its size. A 2.1ch speaker with two full-range speakers and a 3-inch diameter subwoofer packed into the limited space of an 18cm-high cylinder will convey a sense of concentration. “StormBox Blast” is a “paripi specification” speaker that is an extension of that design.

If you listen to it, you can understand the volume of the low range that exceeds the size. “Disco Ulysses”, which I also listened to on the Sony “SRS-XP500”, has a nice bass drive. It can be said that it is a low range that increases the volume while leaving a crunchy core. The effect of Tribit’s unique low-frequency boost technology “XBass” gives the impression that the low-frequency is lifted in a well-balanced manner. Perhaps because of the high output of 90W at maximum, there is room for the whole, and there is also good cohesion, so you won’t get tired of listening. The weight of about 5.4 kg that can be carried with one hand and the toughness of IPX7 compliant dustproof and waterproof are also high scores.

If there is a point to be worried about, is it the blinking pattern of the LED? There are two types available, but both of them have a high brightness, which gives them a sexy (club-like/suspicious) atmosphere at night. Still, the unity of the sound and the high mobility are excellent, so it will be a suitable party speaker for those who turn off the light without being pretentious.

JBL “PartyBox 110”
This “PartyBox 110” is the “PartyBox 110” wireless speaker released by JBL, a speaker brand that bears its name. I’ve heard research results from the Hebrew University that people’s faces are determined by their names, but I wonder if the same can be said for speakers.
As with the previous two products, I tried playing Vulfpeck’s “Disco Ulyssess” repeatedly, and it actually lives up to its name. It’s glaring and gut-wrenching bass, and it’s reminiscent of the kind of party you see in American dramas (like those poolside nights).

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