I like to listen to MP3s out on my deck, streamed from my phone. Previously I was using a single Bose Bluetooth speaker, and it sounded fine, but the lack of stereo separation bothered me. I thought “I’ll just go online and look for a two-speaker Bluetooth setup that would be true stereo. Surely there must be a bunch of those on the market.” Turns out, they’re almost as rare as unicorns.
After reading the reviews of these OontZ Angle 3 Pro dual speakers, I decided to give them a try. They’re a big improvement on the single Bose speaker. I can put one speaker on each side of the deck table and get real stereo. The set-up was much easier than I thought it would be – the booklet that comes with the speakers is very informative. Basically, all you have to do to set the speakers up in stereo is turn both of them on, hook one of them up to your phone (or whatever you’re playing music on) via Bluetooth, then hold a button down on that speaker for a few seconds until it finds and pairs with the other speaker. At that point, one speaker will say “Left Channel” and the other will say “Right Channel” and you’re good to go. If, for some reason, you wanted both speakers to play the same thing instead of being left/right channels, you just hold that button down again until it switches out of stereo mode. Once I had the speakers set up for stereo, they just default to that when I turn them on now.
Sound quality-wise, my only complaint is that the speakers could use more bass, but given their size I’m not surprised that they don’t sound like a massive sub-woofer. Initially, I thought the sound was a bit too mid-rangey, but the app I use to play MP3s (Musicolet) has a built-in equalizer, so I was able to tweak it until it sounded great (apart from wishing there was a bit more bass).
The stereo imaging is perfect. I tried setting one speaker on each arm of my living room couch and sitting dead center between them to listening to Roger Waters’ “Amused to Death”, which was recorded with binaural technology. The vocals sounded like they were coming from right in front of my face, while in the background thunder rumbled across the room and barking dogs sounded like they were outside. It was pretty amazing.
I saw a couple reviews that claimed that the maximum volume isn’t that loud – it’s plenty loud for me. I don’t even turn them up all the way out on the deck because I don’t want to irritate the neighbors.
There’s a app you can download that supposedly gives you more control over the speakers, but I so far they’re doing everything I want from them right out of the box, so I haven’t bothered with the app.
Battery life seems fine. I fully charged them when they first arrived last week, and have probably listened to a total of 10 hours or so of music since then, and they’re still going strong.
Overall, I’m very happy with these speakers. If Amazon allowed fractional ratings, I’d probably give them 4.5 stars, but I don’t mind rounding that up to a 5.