Portable speakers tend to be feeble at the best of times. Add in the further complication of Bluetooth and they're all too likely to sound like an in-ear bud trapped inside a tin can.
But not Yamaha's NX-B02. Sick of listening to weedy speakers on company picnics, the chaps at Yamaha HQ have crafted a sound block with 10W of what they modestly refer to as "unsurpassed audio excellence".
Given Bluetooth's shaky reputation as an audiophile medium we're intrigued to hear what sort of job Yamaha's done with it, but we've high hopes for the aforementioned grunt factor. The patented 'Charged Capacitor Amplifier', while sounding uncannily like it should be strapped to a DeLorean in Back to the Future, is credited with producing bass deeper than Barry White reading Nietzsche.
Batteries make it truly portable, but if you just can't let go of wires there's an AC adaptor and the option to plug in via a standard 3.5mm jack. Now if the gods could just hurry along with some warmer weather, we'd take it out for a spin.
Yamaha NX-B02 Bluetooth Speaker
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