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Etekcity RoverBeats T16 Wireless Mobile Speaker Review

By: Chris Smith | Portable Speakers in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: May 9, 2015 4:17 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Etekcity

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The aluminium exterior looks quite nice (almost like a car piston in my opinion) alongside the frame, speaker mesh, base and carry case all feeling extremely well constructed. As good as the T12 did look, the exterior felt a little cheap, however, this one is certainly better in the looks department.




I thought the dual-speaker T12 was loud, but now I've been proven otherwise as this single speaker T16 seems to even topple that! 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 generally lacks heavily in all similar audio options, leaving you hanging for more and mostly removing your need for them within a home environment (because why not just use PC speakers), however, the T16 also offers bass just as the T12. The T16 doesn't rattle your windows and doors, but it provides that punch that you're always longing for - whether it be heavy metal, techno or deep house.


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. The on and off is also a switch which is great though and I much prefer this over a button style, but it is purely personal preference at this point.


The anti-slip bottom works as intended as the speaker won't vibrate across my desk even at 100% unlike many models I have tested previously. When within the case there is no dampening of noise nor movement either, but there is a limited amount of bass punch as the material soaks up some of the vibration through the desk or whatever surface you have it sitting on.



Blowing me away


The speaker is loud and it actually provides bass! It's slightly less punchy than the T12, but you should expect this in a smaller frame with only one driver.




Once again, playing 'Don't Wanna Fight' by Alabama Shakes, I was completely blown away. This speaker performs probably 5% less than the T12. Why is this so amazing? Not only is it one single 3W speaker, it's going to cost you less than $25 posted depending on where you live.



There's a little background hiss when the intro or outro is going slow and quiet thanks to the Bluetooth connection, but besides this, the clarity is top notch.


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 mid section sounds. What's unusual is the background hiss is gone when listening to this song, but it was present in the T12. This is certainly a positive and just a passing comment.



If you're looking for more of a heavy metal experience like 'The End of Heartache' by Killswitch Engage 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 product looks great, it's loud, has punch and is ridiculously cheap. The buttons feel good and the small background hiss is only present on small occasions.




There has been a few times where the speaker has paused for quarter of a second when playing music, however, I would suggest sending the product in for warranty if this issue happens to you. It could just be my Galaxy S4 playing up, but it's something to keep in mind as a possibility. It's quite easy to connect to your phone as there are voice commands which tell you exactly what's happening with the process, alongside a handy LED coupled with a description as to exactly what each color means.



What's Hot


Sturdy and sleek: It's well built, the aluminium structure helps performance, and it looks great.




Sound projection: It's extremely loud and will have no issue filling the ears of all those at an outside BBQ.


Sound quality even when at full speed ahead: Even when jacked up to 100%, this speaker will provide you with clarity in its sound as seen at 20%. The speakers won't distort and the product won't jump all over the table.


Bass, finally!: Finally a product with a hint of bass. I didn't think it was possible, but it's finally here. If you're looking for a speaker that packs a punch, then this one is for you.


The price: For under $20 it's better than anything I've tested sub-$100 yet, by far (bar the T12).


What's Not


Buttons confusing: The next song/volume up buttons work the opposite way to most other products, which is confusing at first.


Charging cable: Why use mini-USB when micro-USB is far more widely used?




Slight hiss on occasion: Some songs have a slight hiss in the background when connected through Bluetooth (see the above tested songs for explanation).



Final Thoughts


This speaker sounds great, looks great and is build with strong materials. It's one of the best two speakers I've reviewed yet, and even though it's not waterproof, it sounds much better than speakers I've reviewed up to $140. The only thing that comes close is its brother, the Etekcity RoverBeats T12.




The T16 provides basically anything you would want in a Bluetooth accessory. It doesn't come with waterproofing and it's certainly not going to replace your home speakers, but after 30 minutes of listening at 100% volume, my ears are ringing and I'm not too worried about it at all.


The aluminium exterior also means you can easily clean the product with a damp cloth should anything happen whilst travelling. It's a real shame that it comes with a mini-USB connection and not a micro-USB, this is quite annoying given you're likely to have a micro-USB laying around in order to charge many other products.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (audio quality)95%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging80%
Value for Money99%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: It's just as good as the T12, but for some slightly different reasons. It looks great, sounds great, and the price is amazing, but the charging connection method sucks.

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