The amount of wireless speakers is growing so fast that even we find it hard to keep up. When the spectacular Sharp speaker showed up we did, on the other hand, take notice. The odd design and the strong blue light was impossible to ignore. It needs to be tested.
Because there is nothing that says great sound can only come from a square box, it is permissible to use your imagination when designing a speaker. And it can safely be said that Sharp has done just that. The speaker, that uses Bluetooth to stream music wirelessly from your mobile phone, looks like a cylinder that someone has pressed together in the middle. It does not run on batteries, but is supposed to be placed on the kitchen counter or on a shelf, and when you turn it on it shows it's first party trick.
It emits a loud swooshing sound and starts the show with the speakers sliding apart, and two bright LEDs in the middle lights up.
Quite fun. Pairing it with your mobile - or tablet - is even more fun. It includes: two small NFC "tags", as Sharp calls them. They can be as far away from the speaker as 30 feet and they act like little near field satellites and makes it easier to pair the speaker with mobiles. One can for example be put on the shelf, another at the entrance door. Then pair them by just swiping the mobile over the tag.
You can also connect a USB cable or standard 3.5-mm mini jack if it is not practical to stream music wirelessly. Then you can get better sound as well, the USB port supports PCM audio (same as CD) when you connect the mobile with the cable.
Unbalanced And Unrefined Sound
GX-BT7 has the bass drivers on the side, so make sure that the speaker isn´t too close to the side wall. Then you´ll get too much bass. There is, moreover, both bass and treble adjustment, and something Sharp calls E Sound which will provide better sound in one speaker. To compensate for placement close to the wall, probably.
The blue light pumping in time with the music can not be turned off, not the startup sound either, but you can lower the sound of the music. Either from the mobile or from the remote control.
After a little fine tuning of the bass and treble, I got a decent result. The soundstage need some extra fullness in the bass, but no matter how much one dials up or down the midrange lags compared with the overall sound. It sounds rough, almost distorted, even if you´re not playing violently loud.
Although the strings of Beethoven sounded fairly good, it simply drowned much of the pianos timbres and made it sound muddy. This sounded all the better with Jimi Hendrix, and Dave Matthews, where I managed to get more dynamics out of the speaker.
But, the Sharp GX-BT7 fails to engage me. The sound is too unbalanced for it to enjoy, there are not details or no hint of subtlety in the sound and I think Sharp's speaker design promises more than it keeps. GX-BT7 is useful as a secondary speaker somewhere where you do not value sound quality, but rather the user experience.
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- IN ThE bOX
- 2.1 channel Bluetooth® speaker system
- One touch pairing via Bluetooth® compatibility
- Dual active subwoofer
- Auto sliding speakers open to reveal music-synching LED lights
- 20W RMS output power
- 2 free NFC tags
- Stand for iPad® and remote included
|ARNIS Sound Technology:||Yes|
|Audio Music Port Input:||Yes|
|iPod / iPhone / iPad:||Yes (Via USB)|
|NFC Feature:||Yes (2 Free NFC Tags)|
|Output Power (TOTAL):||20W|
|Power Source:||AC 100-240W, 50/60Hz|
|USB File Format:||MP3, WMA|
|Watts Per Channel:||5W (10W sub)|
|Unit Dimensions (w x h x d):||17-9/16" x 6-1/8" x 6-1/16"|
|Unit Weight:||6 lbs.|
|Carton Dimension:||19-1/4" x 8" x 9-39/64”|
|Carton Weight:||8.8 lbs.|
|Carton Weight:||Gun Metal|
|Parts:||1 year limited|
|Labor:||1 year limited|
Remote control x 1
Stand for iPad x 1
NFC tag x 2
Velcro tape (hook type) x 2
Velcro tape (loop type) x 3