Updated: December 14, 2015 9:21:05 pm
American personal audio brand, Altec Lansing is back in India. Having parterned with Konark group’s Trade Bazaar Hometech, Altec Lansing has introduced its range of everything proof Bluetooth speakers, priced between Rs 3,000 and Rs 14,000. The company claims that these are rugged speakers that can handle anything- dust, water, snow and shock.
The Life Jacket 2 is the top model in the everything proof speaker range. It offers a complete package and can be even used as a power bank to charge smartphones. It even floats on water. Other features include speakerphone with caller id, voice confirmation, AUX in jack, accepts voice commands and NFC. It is compatible with any Bluetooth device.
Price: Rs 14,000
How is the audio quality?
It is loud. Very loud when compared to other Bluetooth speakers. But is loud essentially better? Not always. It lacks the punch, especially on the bass. Indian consumers have got an affinity towards more bass. The Life Jacket 2 might disappoint bass lovers. Having said that Bluetooth speakers are not essentially made to deliver much bass.
At high volumes, the audio clarity goes for a toss. Everything sounds cluttered. At low volumes, the speaker sounds much better. Overall, the audio quality is average but exceptionally loud.
How tough is it?
You can totally rely on the Life Jacket 2. It is one of the toughest portable speakers I have used. I have purposely dropped it on several occasions and even took it with me to shower. Nothing bothers the speaker. So, on the build quality, you can be sure about it.
How is the battery life?
The battery life is good. It should easily last you for over 10 hours. Another good feature is that it doesn’t take much time to get fully charged.
Do you need an ‘everything proof’ speaker?
If you don’t travel much, go on treks or visit the beaches, then you are simply wasting money on the Life Jacket 2. This speaker is custom build for the adventurous and careless types. If you don’t attach this speaker on a mountain bike or take it to the sea then what is the point of buying an ‘everything proof’ speaker?
In outdoor conditions, the way audio is perceived is different. In hills or beaches, the first priority is that the speaker has to be loud. And this is where the Life Jacket 2 earns its brownie points. Also, while outdoors, the expectation of bass from a Bluetooth speaker is less compared to when indoors.
The Altec Lansing Life Jacket 2 is not a speaker to buy and place it on a table in your living room. It is designed for adventure junkies only. If you are not one then don’t buy.
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