When you think of having a party in your
small lawn or on your rooftop, you automatically think of music and lighting
being your top priorities (after food obviously). Getting a big speaker system
or fancy lights is not always the most feasible or practical option. At such
times you require a compact sound system and some lights which can be setup
easily without worrying too much about the positive and negative terminals. If
you have found yourself in such a situation repeatedly then Ambrane's BT-6000
just might be the perfect solution for you. This little Bluetooth speaker also
acts as an LED lamp with 5 different colours and three brightness modes.
Within the box you get the speaker a 3.5mm Aux
cable, a USB to micro USB cable and a manual. All of these come in full white.
Below the speaker your get four rubber grips to hold the speaker in place. A
hook is also tucked in here which we think is a very neat addition. You can pop
this hook open and hang the speaker to act just like a normal light lamp. A
large portion of the side projects the light except for a strip at the bottom
which houses the Ambrane branding, ports for connectivity and 5 buttons. The
buttons allow you to play/pause media or to accept calls, and switch to the
next or previous track which can also be used to control the volume by pressing
and holding. Lastly you have a button to toggle between the various
connectivity modes and a button to freeze the lighting in the current stage so
that you don't accidently change it by tapping the top. On the right of the
buttons is a blue indicator which glows when the speaker is in the Bluetooth
mode. You also get a slot to put a
microSD card, a micro USB port for charging and an aux in as well. On the side
of these posts is an indicator that glows red while the speaker is charging and
shuts off once the speaker is completely charged. The top houses the speaker
grille which is also touch sensitive. Tapping the top once switches on the light
in the dim mode, two more taps will result in two different brightness options.
If you press and hold for a few seconds then the yellow light turns into red. Any
taps thereafter lead to different colours including blue, green, purple and
pink. On top of this you even have an alternative and dynamic mode. Pressing
and holding the top again will bring back the yellow light. At its brightest
the speaker can project enough light to light a big room. The only hiccup here
is that the top sometimes does not register the touch.
The speaker has a total output of 3W. In
terms of the sound quality the BT-6000 delivered excellently. The bass response
really left us surprised. In our test we could clearly hear as low as almost 50HZ
from this little fellow. The sound level is high enough to make this a great
choice for playing background music at a gathering of 7-8 people or to enjoy
movies and videos with a few of your friends. Overall the speaker tends to favor
the low end frequencies slightly more and will leave some enthusiasts wanting
to hear some more clarity in the mid ranges.
The 1200mAh rechargeable battery inside
this Bluetooth speaker lasted for about 6.5 hours of non-stop playback in our
test. We connected the speaker to our PC using the charging cable. The BT-6000
took a surprisingly long time of about five hours to charge completely. But
when we used a normal wall charger the speaker was fully charged within the
official 3 hours time limit. We tested the speaker using all the available
modes of connection and it worked flawlessly. These modes included playing
media files directly from a microSD card, using the 3.5mm cable and via
Bluetooth. The ability to change the tracks using the buttons on the speaker is
limited to the microSD and Bluetooth mode only and did not work while we used
the Aux cable. If you have your mobile connected to the speaker via Bluetooth
then you can even take calls using the speaker. There is a microphone built in
the speaker that lets you transmit your voice to the person on the other side
of the phone. In our findings, the other party could hear our voice clearly
till about 4 feet away from the speaker, beyond which we had to raise our voice
to be audible. The Bluetooth itself has a healthy range of 10 metres.
All in all, the BT 6000 from Ambrane is a
formidable Bluetooth speaker from Ambrane that can deliver on almost all
fronts. It delivers a rich experience when it comes to audio, it is packed with
features like multicoloured LED light and a microphone for calling, it is even
a practical product that is very cost effective as well. You can get the
Ambrane BT 600 for just Rs 1999 from a store near you or grab it for an
excellent price of Rs 1399 (at the time of the review) from online shopping
portals like Flipkart and Amazon.
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