By Robert Rowzee
I’ve held off from getting into the wireless speaker world for a long time. Not because I’m an audio snob. It’s more about not having a need. And honestly, whenever I see people with Bluetooth speakers, they are the idiots blaring them on a plane, subway, or some other public place. Ok, I’m an old man. These kids and their wireless speakers on my lawn.
So when this GiG showed up at my door, I was less than exuberant about it. Eventually I opened the box and started playing with it.
After I made sure there were no kids on my lawn, I easily paired it via Bluetooth with my Nexus 6P. Oddly, NFC is an option. I don’t really see the utility of NFC over Bluetooth. Its much, much shorter range and lower bandwidth wouldn’t work for in any situation where you wanted to walk around with your phone.
The unit has a good fit and finish with some surprising heft to it. As my favorite YouTube personality AvE would say, “she has some gravity to her”.
Once paired, I opened the Amazon music app and created a quick playlist of the type that kids listen to today. The opening piano of Norah Jones’ Tragedy was crisp and clear. Next up was Lin-Manuel Miranda My Shot from the Hamilton soundtrack. Again, crisp and clear.
Now let’s move on to something less lyrical. At a loss, I asked the neighbor kids what they listened to when they weren’t collecting bottle tops and playing kick the can, They patiently explained that they did not know what those activities were. But did tell me about Nikki Minaj. So I started playing Starships. I wanted something more bass driven, so I started G-Eazy You Got Me. The bass was surprisingly rich and full.
All I can say is wow. The sound is so much better than I expected. And the battery life is respectable. I was able to use it all day while I puttered around the house; making soup, trying on sweaters. All the things one does. The GiG still had charge after pumping out the tunes a good 10 hours before it was time to go get dinner at 5:00.
Now the soundstage is pretty small. But the unit itself isn’t huge. So I think that criticism might fall into the category of picking nits.
The MSRP is $199 but as it’s been out for a while, the unit can be gotten for much less. For for around $50, you can have a great Bluetooth speaker that lasts a while. Just please, don’t make me listen to it on a plane.