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First Look: A brawny Bluetooth speaker that goes deep

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First Look: A brawny Bluetooth speaker that goes deep

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Peachtree Audio's Deepblue makes deeper bass and plays louder than any other Bluetooth speaker we can remember, although its rough-around-the-edges feel won't suit everyone.

Hey. I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET. And today, we're taking a look at Peachtree Audio's DeepBlue. This is a high-performance Bluetooth speaker that's currently selling for $400. From the outside, it's not quite clear what the appeal of the DeepBlue is. It has a generic look, and neither the black plastic cabinet or the gray speaker grill on the front is particularly attractive. On the top, there are just three buttons, which isn't quite enough as the Power button is confusingly also used for Bluettoth pairing. There's also no real display on the front, except for a single blinking light. So, you don't get much visual feedback when you're adjusting the volume or the bass level. There is an included remote, although most times, you'll control the DeepBlue from a tablet or a smartphone. Picking up the DeepBlue, though, gives you an idea about what it's all about. It weighs over 16 pounds, packing a 240-watt amplifier and five separate drivers, including a 6.5-inch woofer. Those are seriously big speakers for a system like this, although the weight means it's really more of a one-room device rather than something you'd want to tote from room to room. The DeepBlue is primarily a Bluetooth speaker, which means it can wirelessly stream audio from nearly every smartphone and tablet. Bluetooth is also compatible with any app that you have on your device. So, it's no problem streaming from Spotify or Pandora. The only other way to get audio on the DeepBlue is an analog mini jack port on the back, which is nice for older devices that don't have Bluetooth. But the real attraction of the DeepBlue is its sound quality. This thing makes some seriously deep bass for its size, thanks to that 6-1/2 inch woofer. I compared the DeepBlue to the Klipsch's KMC 3 and the BMW Z2. And neither could come close to making the same kind of low-end as the DeepBlue-- although the KMC 3 was a respectable second. The DeepBlue really excelled with loud, aggressive music like Black Sabbath and AC/DC, and it didn't hurt that it's the loudest system of the bunch, either. But one drawback is that the DeepBlue can at times sound a little harsh, which you don't get with the KMC 3 or the Z2. So, if you're more interested in background tunes or long listening sessions, this may not be the best pick for you. But its full-range sonics make it sound like a much bigger system than it really is, which most Bluetooth speakers can't do. And that's the main reason I go for the DeepBlue. It's not gonna wow you with its looks, and it's not the easiest to use; but if you're looking for a deceptively big sound from a small speaker, the DeepBlue is tough to beat. I'm Matthew Moskovciak, and this is the Peachtree Audio DeepBlue.

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