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AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker: cheap price without looking cheapAmazon's $60 BTV1 is one of the better deals in mini wireless speakers.
I'm David Carnoy and I'm here with the generically-named AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker, the BTV1. This is a $60-wireless Bluetooth speaker. Sells on Amazon, obviously, it's AmazonBasics, and it's actually a pretty good speaker for the money. It sounds decent. It offers pretty clean sound, offers a decent amount of bass. It does have a bass port on the back. So, if you put it up against the wall, you get a little bit more bass. It's a little hyped in the treble. So, you can tell a little bit great with certain songs but, all in all, it's pretty good. It doesn't distort on most tracks, which is kind of a victory for these small Bluetooth speakers. It doesn't have much in the way extra features, but it does have a built-in speakerphone. It has buttons on the top for volume control as well as transport controls, the skip forward, skip back. Battery life is rated around 8 hours. That's around average for these types of speakers and the range is around 30 feet which, again, is average for these types of speakers. This, obviously, has a very simple design, but the key thing about is that, while it looks a little bit generic, it does manage not to look cheap. And that's the key thing about this speaker. $60, it doesn't look like a really cheap speaker. One of the ways, it does manage to avoid looking cheap is it does have this glossy finish. The finish does show fingerprints but, all in all, it makes the speaker a little bit snazzier. I'll finish by saying, while this may not be the greatest sounding mini Bluetooth speaker out there, it does sound better than many speakers in this price class as well as some speakers that cost more in upwards of $100. I'm David Carnoy and that's the AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker, BTV1.