Bluedio BS-3 Bluetooth Speaker Quick Review by mark2410
Thanks to Bluedio for the sample.
Brief: Smaller, better looking and cheaper.
Price: £28 or US$40
Specifications: Bluetooth version: V4.1, Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP, Bluetooth operating range: up to 32ft (no obstructions), Transducers: Φ52mm×2, Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz, Output power: 2*5W, Input voltage: ≤1V, Bluetooth music/talk time: up to 5 hours, Standby time: up to 1000 hours, Charging time: 3-4 hours for full charge, Speaker dimensions: Height: 3 in (7.6 cm), Width: 8.7 in (22 cm), Depth: 2.7 in (6.8 cm)
Accessories: Micro USB charging cable, Audio cable, User manual
Build Quality: Very good, very solid construction and zero jiggle on the buttons.
Aesthetics: I like it, it’s a more grown up look than it’s AS stablemates plus it comes in 4 colours. Black, gold, silver and white like I have here. Visually is very polite.
Battery Life: Excellent. Its spec says 5 hours but I got about 6 and a half so go figure. Oh and the standby time is crazy, quoting 1000 hours or about 42 days.
Sound: Highly pleasant and just plain old nice on the ear. It’s not tuned to be some chavvy bass cannon, with a great heap of bass that all sits on one note. This is much more maturely tuned and does its best to stay reasonably linear. Of course it can’t defy the laws of physics so the low end is mostly absent in the depths but its output is nice. It’s significantly more natural than you would normally expect in this sort of product. The bass is controlled and mature. The highs are similar though they do somewhat better in extension and prominence. However it’s really in the mids that the BS-3 is at its best. It’s no surprise that “full range” drivers of the size this has its always going to be the mids that do best. Of the vocals it tends to be girly vocals that do better than male. Male vocals and cellos can feel a little too light and lacking fullness, increasingly so if you crank the volume. The lower end can’t keep up with the upper mid-range / lower treble region. However I’d say you don’t really want to blast the volume out anyway, it’s more for melodic gentle listening I feel. All in all its looks and acoustics to me says pleasantly mature and pleasing.
Value: Stupid good. Right now it seems to have had a price cut and I’d be surprised if it stays there long. For smooth and mid centric gentle listening it is a steal. Bluedio have just totally undercut the rest of their range but for those buying it’s hard to find a reason against grabbing one of these.
Pro’s: Super great Value. Mature sounding balance. Looks good.
Con’s: I’m not sure it has any.