I happened to be at Challenger and the Elysium Porto V caught my eye. I was impressed by the fact that it's wrapped around in leather, which gives it a more premium feel to it.
Elysium's website boasts that it uses quality leather and stitching for the Porto V. It has two 10watt drivers, an 8 hour battery life, and a 5V USB port you can charge your phone with. It's huge for its price point which means you can expect loud output for the price. I like its elegant touch controls with no physical buttons. It used to retail for $299 but now it's $249.
Those were really the only good things about this piece of junk.
It has a carrying handle which begged me to carry it, and when i lifted it, it was so heavy! It felt like 2.5kgs! This is a big and heavy speaker that wants to be stroked and carried, but I would much rather get a real dog, thank you very much.
Okay so maybe it is just a big and heavy brick that can't be carried around easily. Perhaps the sound quality is good enough that it's actually worth $249?
Pairing my phone up with the PV is bery bery easy. The moment you switch it on, it's already on pairing mode. This is what happened after that:
Salesman: Sir your phone is paired up, you can play music now.
LP: Yes okay. *Starts playing 'Baby it's cold outside'
(10 seconds later)
LP: Okay thanks I've heard enough. *Unpairs phone
SM: But it's just te...
LP: It's okay, thanks. *Walks off
SM: Stunned silence...
It played very loud, but it sounded so boxy and hollow! Even if I can sing very loudly it doesn't mean I can sing like Andy Lau! This speaker seemed to have so much potential, but I'm very disappointed. It sounded like an old cassette player my grandma used to listen to! (Sorry ah ma I still love you) It was clearly designed in a pompous way which fell short of what people really want in a portable speaker. It's too huge to carry around anywhere. It has touch controls on an acrylic surface, which adds elegance but no real benefit to the customer. It has well stitched leather but I'm not buying a speaker because of the stitching! It's 8 hour battery life is average despite the size of this monster and it sounds awful! How weird! Was the designer smoking Ganja when he designed this? At least Harman Kardon was thinking of portability and style when they designed their bastard-child the Esquire Mini. The Elysium Porto V is done totally wrong!
As a responsible citizen dedicated to unbiased reviews, LP cannot recommend this speaker to anyone except the pretentious buffoon who has too much cash. Save $20 and buy a Creative Roar 2, you'll get much better value. Now I have to drink a pint to calm down.