iWalk Sound Angle
I saw this at another of the numerous Christmas in July events, strangely although it was connected I could hardly hear anything and it was not that noisy a room. However I was listening to something on my audio unit when I unpacked this and plugged the supplied 3.5mm lead in, I immediately had to turn the sound down 25% on my audio device to avoid being deafened, so nothing wrong with sound output on my unit.
This however is sold as a Bluetooth unit and as I had yet to read the manual that is why it was wire connected.
Apart from the sheer volume level the sound was good quality and well balanced.
So I then reached for my one and only ‘i’ device that has a good range of music that I enjoy on it. I linked it via Bluetooth and then spent a couple of frustrating minutes wondering why as soon as my choice was the iWalk that I heard nothing. I was being a total p%&t I had still left the 3.5mm lead attached and you have to disconnect the lead before using it with Bluetooth.
So while listening to some of my favourite music I then RTFM which of course answers all the things I had guessed at.
The unit being triangular has three connections at the base in the rear, Auxiliary input, Micro USB and on/off slider. The bottom edge of the front in the centre has an 8cm long pull out notch which can support your Smart Phone or Tablet to give top notch sound while watching movies.
It is 28cm from end to end, 10cm tall and 13cm deep. The 4.5cm speakers are at either end and now the only thing that I really needed the 12 sides of the fold out sheet for is identifying the buttons on the two ends of the front. To be fair they do have illustrations on the silvered buttons but as they are the same colour you need good eyesight to tell what they say.
The one on the left side also flashes red and blue while pairing so that is to pair the Bluetooth to the unit. On the right a single column of five chromed buttons, two then a small gap then the other three. The top two are volume up and down. The bottom three are back, play/pause and forward.
There is a 2.7cm round hole in the back that disappears into the bowels of the unit this is of course to facilitate the base sound which it does rather well.
The unit weights a tad over one kilo, the stated sound output is 7w (each of the two speakers are 3.5w). The normal 10 metre claim is made for Bluetooth but you are advised to do the initial pair at less than 5metres.
The internal battery is 2600mAh and as the Bluetooth is V2 it should work with all devices that have Bluetooth.
The stated battery time between charges can be nearly a whole day (23hours) at low volume and down to (8hours) at annoy the neighbour’s level.
This is a nice unit with good battery life, plenty of volume and good sound quality. It is available from the Lakeland site or Stores for £69.99 with free delivery.
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