We have been talking about wireless (a bit too much, actually) of late. But there are those who prefer to just have a wire running out of their laptop or smartphone and be assured of uninterrupted music. However, I feel 2.1 speakers for computers might be becoming dated, thanks to the smaller, more capable, audio systems. Here I present an example of a device that could replace bulky speakers, at least for those on the move.
The Portronics ReSound portable system is small. In fact, it is as small as one of those old Ericsson mobilephones from the mid-1990s. You might call that large, but this is not a simple plug-and-play device. It has a line-in to play from a source, a full FM radio with scanner, plus the option to play from a micro-SD card or USB. There is a small LED panel to guide you between the sources and to make the device very mobile it comes with a rechargeable battery.
It is a sleekly designed with sleek looks and handy buttons. The LED panel has five buttons on the side that are capable of handling all the controls between themselves. The ports are all tucked away on the right side and not visible from the front. On the top is a small toggle to switch on the ReSound and then move to Music or FM. All very neat.
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Small audio systems seldom have good sound quality, unless it comes from a top-draw manufacturer. I am not saying Portronics is not a good company, but it certainly not in the league of a Bose or JBL, who I would trust my music with. That is why the audio quality of the ReSound was a big surprise. Be it classical music or hard rock, this small little system was capable of handling it well. There is a bit of reverberation in the top end of volume scale, but nothing that will affect the experience. Plus, the sound get a bit shrill when you are playing 320kbps files, not all of them though.
The FM is easy to use too. But I was not all that happy with the audio quality. Where I stay in Delhi the FM reception is near perfect. However, on this speaker there was a bit of static which was a bit of a put off. It is a good thing that there is hardly anything good to hear on Delhi’s FM channels.
Playing from the USB is simple. But you cannot choose between sources if they are both active. If there is audio in the line in, it gets preference over the storage devices. Thankfully, it plays both MP3 and MP4 files.
Should you buy it: If you are someone who likes music and would like to take it where you go, then this is the device for you. It gives you almost all choices, except playing over Bluetooth. The other big factor in favour of this device is the price tag of Rs 1,999, which makes it even more appealing.