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We started yesterday with a giveaway of three Just Mobile products; now the summer holiday fun continues with a review and giveaway of some great new products from Qmadix.
I'll start my review of these portable Bluetooth speakers with a negative comment -- could Qmadix have come up with a shorter name? I'm just going to call these Q-i-sound speakers (US$149.95) for the rest of the review.
As seasoned TUAW readers know, we've reviewed a number of Bluetooth speakers from a variety of vendors lately. Many companies are going rectangular speakers make of a variety of materials and usually dropped into one case. The Q-i-sound Stereo Bluetooth Speakers have a totally unique design: the speakers are not only separate for optimum stereo sound, but there's no cable connecting the two. That means you can put the speakers anywhere up to 15 feet apart to get the best possible sound.
The two speakers have a weak magnetic latch that holds them together into an egg shape. That "egg" fits into an included zippered case. Charging is done from an included folding AC adapter or by connecting to a USB port, with an included USB to two-ended DC connector cable. Qmadix says full charging takes about takes about 4.5 hours; that charge is good for about 8 hours of continuous play time.
As you would expect from most contemporary Bluetooth speakers, the Q-i-sound speakers include a full-duplex microphone (in the left speaker) for conference calling and dialing with Siri. The speakers are lightweight -- only 4 ounces each -- and the compact size makes for a perfect traveling companion.
How was the sound quality? Like most Bluetooth speakers I've used, the Q-i-sound speakers lacked a good bass sound. However, the sound
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