The now S$389 #Porto VII from Singapore's very own speaker brand #Elysium is truly designed to be their most powerful portable speaker. And this thing is f***ing huge...
This speaker looks quite good and well built. The front grille and sides are built with metal and the top is laid over with glass. It has two speaker drivers and a woofer built in for what Elysium calls a '2.1' audio experience. More on that later. It has backlit touch sensitive power, bluetooth and volume buttons; a battery indicator and an NFC sensor for quick pairing with Android phones. You can charge your smaller mobile devices with the side USB port. At the bottom we have a power switch which I find quite useful, so that the speaker does not get turned on by accident. The battery life is stated 'Up to 8 hours' but I was so surprised that the speaker lasted for 18 hours (!) playing on bluetooth at 50% volume. I couldn't test it overnight cause' it was too loud even at that level!
This speaker sounds BIG. This guy might actually be as loud if not louder than the JBL Xtreme! I thought they were trying to smoke me but the DIRAC HD sound processing really works. The soundstage was really wide and tall, mids and highs were clear and engaging and the bass was full of meat. I played 'Fever' by Michael Buble and his vocals sounded rich with good clarity, with the instruments sounding spacious and airy. Great diffuse quality. When I play 'Feel Good Inc' by Gorillaz, the tracks sound well separated and though the bass was as meaty as before, it somehow lacks weight and thump. (My guess it that the closed back design of the Porto VII somehow restricts the woofer from delivering its full potential) When watching videos from youtube, audio sounded great with clarity and detail but not like an actual 2.1 audio system. Those ones tend to feature 2 separate speakers and an actual subwoofer box.
Overall this speaker sounds terrific for its price point and compact size. If you see one on display, you should try it!
This thing is so heavy! It must weight around 4kgs or something. I wasn't kidding when I said you can use this for workouts. (Imagine a dumbbell that plays audio for you) Apart from that, it is not water resistant, nor does it have a speakerphone. I'm not so concerned that it charges with a special charger and not USB since the speaker's battery lasts a freaking long time. So overall the weight is my biggest gripe. Too heavy to bring out unless for special occasions!
I am very impressed with the performance of the Porto VII. Despite the lack of thump in its bass, it is a well built machine with great audio performance fit for large spaces at home or outdoors, just try to keep it in a dry spot. If you want something for indoor events or parties, or big sound at home, I will definitely recommend the S$389 Elysium Porto VII. Looking at similarly priced speakers out there, this is has much better sound for the money.
Available in Black, White or Red colours.