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The product feels fairly solid and heavy, although cheapened a little by the all-plastic feel. The included extras are great and the carry pouch is smooth and nice to touch - what else is there really to include in a speaker design?
The last speaker I reviewed was the Braven Mira hockey puck style offering. Coming in at an impressive $54 and with an IPX5 rating, its features are arguably more impressive - so how does the Goovy Duo compare in the sound department?
When turned up to full volume, there doesn't seem to by any issue of the products frame shaking nor the device skittering across the desk when pumping bass at 100%, there's also no distortion in the speakers when playing taxing music - showing yet another sign of a quality build structure and development process. When comparing it to the Mira, you'll see LUXA2's offering provide slightly less of a 'punch' when playing songs like Flume's remix of Disclosure and Eliza Doolittle's song You & Me, however, the basics in the sound quality and reach will likely impress you.
As for practicality, the charging sockets and AUX jacks are placed well alongside the Blutooth range being satisfactory. However, if there's a wall involved, you will need to basically forget it, unless you're placing the speakers back to back with only one wall in between.
This is a little upsetting as other Bluetooth offerings have been working fine in my house from great distances. If you're looking to break these speakers up, expect to keep them within a 5m vicinity just in case.
Various results have also come in with different phones, expect an iPhone 4s to struggle whereas my Samsung Galaxy S4 will provide Bluetooth signal just fine at larger distances. There was also one other major Bluetooth disconnection issue when you've reached the maximum range - upon returning to the speaker, sometimes your Bluetooth won't properly reconnect, unless you restart the connection process.
The buttons located on the product are sturdy and provide great feedback, expect no issues there whatsoever. The connection process is also fairly easy given you have the manual on hand - unfortunately it's quite hard to explain and write in my own words as it requires a few different steps, but you'll be pleasantly surprised once you've opened the manual and had a read. On the flip side, you'll become extremely frustrated if you're trying to operate it without any instructions whatsoever.
The 'Stereo surround' experience
Once again, I'll be comparing the quality to the Braven Mira as previously reviewed. The sound output is great on these little units and sitting on my desk at 100% sound through my Samsung Galaxy S4 and Spotify will make your ears ring after a while. The sound will not unfortunately carry outside if there's a breeze picking up, but this product isn't water-resistant or rated as dust proof, so I wouldn't suggest taking out outdoors either way.
When listening in to Duke Dumont's 'Wont Look Back' reports very similar results to the Braven Mira, however, the mid's and highs are a little more complete and the largest drawback being a distinct lack of bass drop and 'rumble' - likely due to the small structure and speaker size.
Moving onto the heavy metal side of things, 'The End of Heartache' by Killswitch Engage will provide you a better experience, alongside most likely waking up your neighborhood in the process, if you decide to crank it up to 100%.
Most of your general music is going to sound perfectly 'fine', but for me personally, I wouldn't replace my Logitech X-530 5.1 speakers in a home environment, but for travel and short-stays, the Groovy Duo will do just fine.
Once again, full volume music playback sees no distortion or vibration of the speaker frame, meaning LUXA2 has taken some time and put in effort to designing a solid product made of good materials.
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