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808 HEX XS Bluetooth Speaker Review

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Headphone Amplifier Final Thoughts

There is no doubt that at the 50 dollar price point this little music box represents great value for the money. A lower cost wireless speaker such as the 808 HEX XS is more likely to find use outdoors at a picnic or the beach as there is less concern over getting the unit wet or dirty when compared to a Bose Speaker costing almost ten times as much.

808AudioXS_ortho1808 Audio XS Conclusion

The 808 Audio XS is a fully functional and cost effective Bluetooth speaker for casual portable audio listening. Its audio performance is comparable to wireless speakers that cost upwards of $100. As of this writing, the 808 HEX XS Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is available online for $49.99 (Amazon).

Battery life and Bluetooth streaming range are acceptable but not great. The 808 HEX XS should easily last for an afternoon outing with music at a modest level, but it does not live up to the 12 hours of battery life specified by the manufacturer.

The enclosure has a quality feel with a glossy metal finish and hex speaker baffle. The holes of the speaker grill are small enough to prevent damage to the speaker while allowing small particles such as sand to be shaken or vacuumed out.

808 Audio gets extra points for has including thoughtful extras with the 808 HEX XS such as the audio and USB cables.

The 808 HEX XS is the perfect speaker to throw in a backpack for an afternoon of outdoor activity without the worry of wear and tear on your expensive audio gear. The audio quality is exceptional at this price point, and the Bluetooth and battery performance are both at the top end of competitive performance specifications.

Pros:

+ Really good sound
+ Compact and portable design
+ Attractive enclosure
+ Exceptional battery life
+ Good value

Cons:

– No local Mute function
– Gloss finish attracts fingerprints
– Not the best battery life

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.00
  • Appearance: 8.50
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 8.50
  • Value: 9.50

Final Score: 8.7 out of 10.


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1 comment

  1. raj ind

    I couldnt find sound output anywhere here, should be there value for money, in RMS or PMPO

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