The Listening Experience
One of the first things you'll notice when using the LUXA2 GroovyW speaker is that when it's docked onto the Wireless Charging Station, the charging station lets off an incredibly loud beep. This beep is to acknowledge that the speaker (or whatever other Qi-enabled device you've plonked onto it) has been noticed, and is now charging. The noise is incredibly loud, something I wish I could disable with a switch or button on the Wireless Charging Station.
I used the GroovyW speaker in three different rooms and areas to get a feel for how it would sound. I played some music in my office, in the living area with my wife and daughters, and outside amongst friends. I found the best usage to be outside with friends, because I could have it up loud and it filled the area we were sitting and standing around with quite a lot of great-sounding music. But even in the dining and living areas, it filled them up with whatever music I chose, perfectly. In my office, the same thing applies, it sounded great - even better than I could reposition it anywhere in the room thanks to it being wireless.
When I used it outside, amongst friends and a camp fire, the sound coming out of the LUXA2 GroovyW speaker was more than loud enough. Thanks to its portability, I was able to place it away from the fire, and allowing it to play tunes to everyone around the warmth of the fire. Before that, it was being used on a table and filling the outdoor area with enough oomph that everyone walked away surprised at what the speaker was capable of.
What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts
For those who want to sum up the entire review in a few points, the What's Hot and What's Not part of my review will help you. Skip right to this bit if you want a quick read, or if you want to find out what I found to be the most notable parts, we're going to jump into that right now.
LUXA2 Continues Its Beautiful Design Work: LUXA2 have some truly beautiful devices, and the GroovyW continues down that path. From the black-and-silver theme, right down to the beautiful use of blue on the touch-capable buttons on top, it's a work of art. This is one of the best, if not the best-looking mobile speaker, I've had the pleasure of reviewing so far.
Great Sound From a Portable Speaker: The amount of sound that propels out of the GroovyW speaker is great, it is enough to tune in your lounge room to keep it under control, but if you want to unleash it, it's great at that too. I had it at around 90% in an outside environment, with the GroovyW handling it without a problem. There was enough sound being pumped out to the eight people I was hanging around with, that it was like having a small stereo setup.
Wireless Wins Again: Being able to take a portable speaker around might not sound like much when you're sitting there and reading this review, but when it's in your hands and you can move it around, you really come to enjoy the freedom. Not only that, but it charges wirelessly, which is yet another great point. Normally portable speakers will be powered by a microUSB port on the device that would have you plugging something into it to power it, but not here. And for LUXA2 to include the Wireless Charging Station in the box? Even better.
Wireless Charging Station Charges Other Devices, Too: Thanks to the Wireless Charging Station taking in any Qi-based device, you can charge other devices on its wireless charging goodness. I was able to charge both my Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet thanks to this compatibility.
Loud Beep From Wireless Charging Station: The very, very audible beep that the Wireless Charging Station emits when you dock either the GroovyW, or another Qi-based device onto it. I wish there was a way to disable it, because it is a very big point that goes against the product. This beep is simply too loud, especially when it is late at night and everyone is sleeping, and all you've done is put your GroovyW speaker on charge, and there's a gigantic beep that comes from it.
LUXA2 does it again. It has redefined what mobile audio products can be, and at a price of around $120, LUXA2 is quite competitive. If you're in the market for a new mobile speaker, this should be the one that is square on your radar. You're effectively getting two devices here, a wireless charger, and a kick-ass speaker that is capable of being charged wirelessly with the Wireless Charging Station included in the box.
It's a great deal, with a speaker that looks gorgeous. I have my GroovyW sitting in my kitchen now, as my wife uses it to listen to music. But when I want some portable audio, all I have to do is take it off of its dock and use it. If I want to leave the house, I can take the speaker and one of LUXA2's portable batteries, and I have an all-night session of audio in front of me.
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