Tronsmart Studio review: a surprisingly good Bluetooth speaker
If you’re looking for a good quality little speaker for your desk or nightstand, you could do a lot worse than the Tronsmart Studio. This Bluetooth model offers a surprising amount of thump, and its fake 3D sound is way better than you would expect from a $ 70 speaker.
Design and functionality
For a unit that measures just 8.13 x 2.28 x 2.76 inches (WxHxD), including a large rubber base, the Tronsmart Studio is surprisingly heavy at around two pounds. This usually indicates quality build, and I like it.
I also like the rounded and slanted rectangular style. The Studio apparently borrows style cues from another decade, in a nice way. The big Tronsmart label is understandable, even if it’s just a little big and, to be honest, miserable. Find an eye-catching logo, guys.
This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best Bluetooth speakers, where you will find reviews of the competitor’s offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on which features to consider when purchasing this. type of product.
The Studio has two small full-range speakers (about 2 inches) and plenty of ports. When you look through the front grille, you can see through the portage running through the depth of the speaker. There are 30 watts total for the unit, so I think 15 watts per speaker, which is enough for such a small bluetooth speaker. There are two 2600 mAh batteries on board for 15 hours of runtime.
Bluetooth is 5.0, there’s a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input, a USB-C port for charging, and you get this: a true microSD card slot for direct playback. I’ve only seen these locations on audio units meant for use with car stereos, and it’s a convenient way to build your own library without involving your phone or computer.
The controls are in the center of the speaker and consist of volume minus / previous track, play / pause, volume plus / next track, power, bluetooth pairing, broadcast (broadcast to multiple speakers) and SoundPulse (deepen / EQ) . Tronsmart claims to connect with up to 100 additional speakers, but there is no stereo pairing of just two.
There is also an app (shown below) that allows you to apply various EQ presets.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any custom EQs, although there is a preset that works for almost any taste and genre. The 3D setting in particular impressed me, and I largely kept it for my listening sessions once I tried it.
Alas, Tronsmart did not send me a second Studio to test the broadcast function. From what I’ve read, each additional speaker simply repeats the original stereo signal; that is, there is no division of a stereo signal between two speakers for an L / R effect. Tronsmart calls the additional loudspeakers “faulty” loudspeakers. Vice as vice president, I guess. I hope.
Having said that, I was surprised by the depth of the Studio’s sound. When I chose the 3D EQ preset, as mentioned, my ears straightened up. I wasn’t prepared for the magnitude of the effect and how it avoids the artifacts that sometimes plague this tech. Until this mode, I was lukewarm on the overall sound. Not great, but not bad; and there was no user EQ setting that I could change to my liking. After using 3D mode, I found myself using the Studio well beyond its testing period. I still use it. Runtime for me was around 8 hours of playback and a week and a half of downtime with 30 percent battery life remaining.
While the Studio might not be the best speaker I’ve heard, it’s pretty good value for the money, and it pumps out a lot more bass and volume than you’d expect. ‘expect at this price.
The Tronsmart Studio is my new favorite in the small desktop category. Largely because of the wonderful 3D effect, although bass and volume are also factors. For $ 70, it’s a steal.