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GOgroove BlueSync OR3 Portable
Bluetooth Speaker Review
Bluetooth MP3 Music Reviews Speakers Reviews Wireless — 23 July 2012
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Ever play catch with a Bluetooth speaker? Me neither — but you might be tempted to try just
that when you’re holding the BlueSync OR3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. That’s because it’s
got a rubberized grip that brings out the devil in you and makes you want to lob it at someone
— not totally outrageous since it’s great for use outdoors. Actually the sound quality of the
BlueSync OR3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker will surprise you, because it’s got a large driver
inside, coupled with a bass port and a resonating chamber that makes the sound being
emitted more fulfilling than you’d expect.
Now the size does make it less than ideal for your pocket, but who’s going to use it there? Just
put it on a corner of the picnic table and forget about maintenance, once you start playing the
music. The BlueSync OR3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker has the usual 30 foot range of a
Bluetooth-enabled tech and, while not waterproof, is both hefty and solidly constructed so as
to make its use outside perfectly OK.
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Now in the classic sense of the “cart before the horse,” I haven’t noted how its been powered
or synced to the device that is playing music through it. So I’ll back up.
Earlier, I took out the charging cable and plugged one end into the BlueSync OR3 Portable
Bluetooth Speaker and the other into a USB socket on my computer. Now that I come to think
of it, I can use the USB charger that’s in my car , so realistically the BlueSync OR3 Portable
Bluetooth Speaker can go pretty much anywhere you want it to. But back to charging —
expect to wait about 4 hours to fully charge the battery (which is a large one). The up-to-16
hours you get in return makes it worth it. Just keep in mind that the USB connection on the
BlueSync OR3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is NOT the standard USB expected — it’s a minijack like for headphones. So the included USB cable must be used, and if you can go to a
Radio Shack/related and buy another one, you’ll be safe if something should happen to the
cable.
There’s only three controls — make that touch-sensitive buttons — on the BlueSync OR3
Portable Bluetooth Speaker to deal with. You press the center button and hold it in until you
hear a series of tones. This indicates that it’s in “paring mode — ready to pair with a
Bluetooth-enabled device that can send audio . Then go to the device that will be streaming
to it (i.e., an iPhone) and select the orb from the choices presented in the Bluetooth menu.
That’s it. You can now play at will — or turn the BlueSync OR3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
off with the same center button until you want to turn it back on later (it remembers the last
“pairing” so no need to repeat).
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The buttons to the left/right side of the center double as Up/Down volume when held in, and
as forward/backward control over the audio being streamed when just pressed. The center
button, while turning the BlueSync OR3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker on and off, also works
when pressed briefly as the “Pause/Play” button.
Now I had mentioned earlier that there’s a large driver in the BlueSync OR3 Portable
Bluetooth Speaker. This makes for some impressively loud sound. This is aided by the shape,
which allows for the audio to resonate inside for a more “full” sound. Granted you won’t
mistake what you’re hearing for a pair of Klipsch speakers, but then you wouldn’t take
them from your home theater and place them on a picnic table, would you?
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I should also point out that the younger set can easily work the controls and, truth be told,
are just as inclined to roll it around while the music is playing as listen to it. Again, that’s OK
since the BlueSync OR3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker design is built to handle abuse much
better than a lot of other portable speakers could. But due to its weight, parental supervision is
always a must — and teenagers are NOT encouraged to see how high they can throw it while
Lady Gaga is playing.
Editor’s Rating:
Great
Bottom line: Accessory Power has a winner in that the BlueSync OR3 Portable Bluetooth
Speaker is portable where it counts, and provides a quality sound output when it’s wanted.
Bluetooth technology meets an “orb” that doesn’t portend to mystical proportions. It just
plays what you want to hear, sans wires, for a retail of $79.00.
Pros
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• Full-range 70mm driver
• Rubberized surface with blue accents
• Includes soft carry bag
Cons
• Monophonic
• The younger set will find it hard to grasp
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