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The brushed metal look coupled with sleek lines makes this product quite appeasing to the eye. The two 3W speakers are placed at reasonable distances apart and the non-slip rubber pads on the base are large enough to ensure your speaker won't skeet across the table when playing music at a high volume.
The speaker is loud, oh so loud. It's as loud as our previously-reviewed Braven BRV-X when in 'outdoor mode' and will make your ears ring when in close proximity at 100% volume. As seen with other high-quality speakers when played at full volume, there is no distortion of the speakers, no bass rattling the products frame and the only thing moving being my desk vibrating as each punchy bass beat hit in Flume's remix of Disclosure and Eliza Doolittle's song You & Me.
Bass is something that's lacking in every single product I have reviewed thus far. Sure, there may be hints of it, but there's always that disappointing feeling when you know the bass should be punching, but it's completely missing from the experience. Don't get me wrong, the Etekcity T12 won't break any windows, but when you're playing a song that's laden with bass, you can actually hear every single beat.
The buttons feel great, although the volume up/next button works the opposite way of most other devices, which is very confusing at first - volume is turned up by holding the button and songs are changed by a single press.
Blowing me away
As mentioned, this speaker is loud and it actually provides bass! This could be due to the small holes in the bottom of the product allowing the bass to resonate (think of it as slightly similar to the 'port' in a car subwoofer box), or it could be high-quality speakers, I'm not exactly sure.
It's obviously going to take quite a bit for me to get excited about a speaker in this day and age given I have reviewed so many, but straight from the get-go when I loaded up 'Don't Wanna Fight' by Alabama Shakes, I was completely blown away.
The clarity is better than all others and every bass drum punch is present and pops well. As mentioned previously, most other speakers will completely remove the bass experience in order to stop their speakers distorting. The bass in the T12 won't rattle your teeth, but it's certainly satisfying enough.
When listening to songs with maximum clarity is when most Bluetooth options start to suffer. Listening in to Duke Dumont's 'Won't Look Back' introduction reports fairly good clarity and midsection sounds, but there's a slight hissing in the background that wasn't obvious before. It seems the ultimate downfall of this product is a small hiss that's present when you're listening to the quietest of music or things like song introductions.
If you're looking for more of a heavy metal experience like 'The End of Heartache' by Killswitch Engage, it performs just as you would expect as seen with other speakers like the Braven Mira. It sounds good especially with the added bass inclusion.
The unit looks sleek, it's loud and bass is finally present. Coupled with slightly better clarity than other products, but with an added background hiss when listened to closely, this speaker is certainly the best I have reviewed to date.
Blasting it at full volume sees the speaker still hold its composure in both the bass and clarity market, meaning it's a product of high quality. If you're wanting to use this product for travel, home use, parties or BBQ's, I have absolutely no issue recommending it, especially at under $30.
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