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Studio19 Solo E500X-EQ review: Portable speakers with powerful performance

Studio19 Solo E500X-EQI have at least a dozen portable wireless speakers kept across my small living room and a little cabinet for storing gadgets, and I have tried them all in bits. Each has a strength or two, but you hardly find a complete all-rounder to use in different scenarios. Some are good for their audio-listening experience with their signature sound quality, some others are compact and can be carried along on trips or poolside parties. But Studio 19 Solo E500X-EQ seems to have a fair bit of every attribute.These newly announced portable tube-shaped wireless speakers from Studio19, a London-based premium audio accessories maker, appears to be a notch above other portable wireless speakers that I have used so far. These are not too bulky, and can fit comfortably in any part of your room. Their aluminium built gives the speakers a premium look from all sides and the use of subtle white lights at the bottom accentuates that.It is true that portable speakers are only as good as the connectivity options it offers: These speakers cover most options. They have a separate AUX in and AUX out ports. The AUX in port makes them compatible with other devices, and the AUX out port allows them to redirect audio to other supported speakers. They also have HDMI ARC allowing them to double up as a sound bar when connected with a television. There also is a built-in Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.In terms of audio output, these compact low-rise speakers impress with their quality signature sound. They are is loud and clear and have ample bass to make you wonder how such a small unit could make such loud impressions. These speakers have three built-in graphic equalisers, along with three pre-set ones. The pre-set equalisers are tuned for movie, game and music genres. However, with built-in graphic equalisers, you can further finetune the output by manually changing bass, treble and voice frequencies. Though the speaker throws sound in all directions (360 degrees), the stereo effect is not noticeable until it is connected with another Solo speaker that then makes them work as a separate right and left channel units for stereo output.Though the Solo E500X-EQ are capable portable speakers, they have some downsides like the lack of FM and AM connectivity, which might not go so well with Indian consumers. The speakers have no remote control, so you need to manually operate them to change connectivity options, modes and switch on or off. The sound quality is exceptional with Bluetooth and HDMI (ARC), but the lack of premium codec support, such as apt-X and apt-X HD hinders its overall capabilities.Overall, the Solo E500X-EQ has a solid all-round performance with a premium outlook, signature audio output. The speakers are portable and have a built-in rechargeable battery of 8,800 mAh. But they are not compact enough to take anywhere. Priced at Rs 42,500, the speaker seems to be a bit overpriced, but if it is the experience that matters, this one is a perfect choice.
Source: Business Standard